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This review is from: CORSAIR Hydro Series H55 Quiet Edition Water / Liquid CPU Cooler. 120mm
Pros: Keeps my GPU (yes, GPU) under 50*C in games
Nice and quiet even with stock fan if you turn down the speed
Compact, good for ITX builds or for saving space
Cons: Fins are really flimsy, (bent a few) but that's the norm in any radiator.
Other Thoughts: I modded this thing onto an overclocked, overvolted radeon 7870 and I am very happy with the results.
Even zip-tied on, after almost a year it hasn't given me any issues. Before, with MSI's dual-fan cooler on it, I would see temps of over 90*C (possibly because I was in a bad spot for airflow to the card) that probably weren't so good for the card. So, I got one of these things because it was on sale and busted out my trusty 1000 pack of zip ties, thermal gunk, and a scissors.
I was even able to Litecoin mine with this and I did so for about 3 months straight, earning enough to pay for the card and this cooler in the process, while keeping the card under 60*C at all times even under such a ridiculous load spread out over months.
I'm sure this would keep a CPU cool too, especially where space is limited.
This review is from: CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i Extreme Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler. 240mm
Pros: Great for freeing up space inside the case
Quiet - I have 2 Phanteks fans that are similar (?) to Noctuas at 950 RPMs that do the job
The LED on the pump looks cool and can be made to go with any color scheme. Mine switches between white and blue.
Cons: Installation took a while as there are many screws.. but that's the case with about any decent cooler it seems.
Performance wasn't awesome but it was a big improvement for me
Other Thoughts: This cooler does a decent job of cooling an overclocked, overvolted FX 8320 @4.4Ghz with all cores enabled in a case with mediocre airflow (Corsair 550D.. it's not the best for that purpose) Also, it's summer here and ambient temp is 79*F or 26-27*C.
Temps under prime95 are about 55*C and idle is 29*C.
Although this is nothing to be amazed at, my previous cooler that was equivalent to a Hyper 212 couldn't keep this CPU under control with all 8 cores enabled. I had to disable 2 cores and even under light load it hit 45*C (internet surfing, Minecraft, etc). With all cores enabled it basically overheated and filled my case with heat since there was a big hot chunk of metal right on the motherboard <6 inches from the GPU.
The H100i does a good job of moving the heat away from the core components to the top of the case or wherever else you happen to mount it.
If this thing is on sale and you need some more cooling performance, give it a shot.
This review is from: Corsair Obsidian Series 550D Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Pros: Very quiet compared to a Phantom 410
Decent airflow, considering what it's designed to do
Side panels are very easy to remove and are much easier to remove than those on a case with thumbscrews
Has lots of fan mounts under the removable panels if you're willing to sacrifice some noise for more airflow.
Cons: Mine came broken :(
Airflow isn't good compared to a case designed for airflow, but that's to be expected.
Cable management space isn't as generous as what a Fractal Design Define R4 would give, but it's enough.
Other Thoughts: I like this case. It's very well built, is quiet, and does what I need it to.
The only thing I really am displeased with is Fedex. They played football with the case for all I know and it arrived with the mini noise isolating panel loose in the packaging, and broken.
However, note that Corsair sells about every part you could expect to break at some point in their store. I purchased a set (2) of those panels - the top one and the side one - for $8 + shipping. That's pretty decent for replacement parts, I think. Corsair also sells things like drive cages, the top panel for this case, additional stock fans, front metal and plastic panels, drive covers, the set of screws, you name it.
It also looks very elegant with the little noise isolating panels on. It's simple and minimalist, like the Define R4, and is something that would look great housing a professional workstation or even a sleek gaming PC.
Even though the R4 is pretty much the standard budget quiet case everyone recommends, I think that this is worth a look. Corsair does a good job making their cases built to last. Also, instead of the R4's brushed aluminum "finish" (translation: plastic) this one has a real metal front door lined with foam, which is extremely solid.
Also, room behind the motherboard tray is at a bit of a premium. Towards the bottom of the case, there's about an inch of room for cables, but directly behind the motherboard, there's not room for much more than an 8 pin CPU power cable. I was able to fit all of my cables and make it look very nice in front with about a half hour of work and a few twist ties and zip ties. There is some more wiggle room due to the fact that the cables will rest against noise isolating foam instead of a solid side panel (like you'd see on most cases), though. I was able to fit all unused cables from a Corsair CX600 non-modular PSU back there.
If you want something different than a Define R4, which everyone and their dog seems to own as of late, or just a good, quiet, balanced case, give this a look.