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Pros: Air flow
Well built - exactly as I'd expect from an "Obsidian Series" and from corsair overall
Large, clear window
Looks nice and understated
Cons: Few included fans, but I bought all SP120s/AF120s so doesn't matter to me
Shortage of 3.5" bays could be a con for some
Other Thoughts: This is a nice little case. Sure, you could almost fit an ATX board in most cases this size, but that leaves you with a lot of room to cable manage and make your build look great.
Airflow is solid. Keeps my GPU nice and cool (ASUS GTX 970 OC'd) and since you can install up to 5 fans it's really good overall. I'm using all of the fans I can fit in the case and it's really nice. The Corsair AF120 and SP120 quiet edition fans do an awesome job at moving air through this case at low RPMs. I have most of mine at about 750 RPM now and it's more than enough. Sure, my H100i might help the heat situation, but still.
Overall, it's a great case for even new builders as the small form factor motherboard inside a decently sized (but by no means big. it's comfortably sitting on my desk whereas my old 550D mid tower would have just looked stupid) case allows some room inside to install extremely high end hardware and for the hardware to breathe. Most other mATX cases don't offer this!
Decent overclocker even though it's Haswell
It's a CPU. It does what it's supposed to!
Cons: Not a groundbreaking upgrade from an FX 8320, but it's still more efficient and is definitely faster.
Other Thoughts: Not a bad CPU.
This thing likes to get hot without heating up my H100i's coolant, as there's a large (25-30*) discrepancy between core temps and coolant after hours of load, which suggests that intel hasn't really "fixed" the heat transfer issue. It stays below 65* even @ 4.5Ghz and 1.26v despite this, though. Unfortunately this did not come without several re-applications of thermal paste even though I know what I'm doing when it comes to computers.
I've found that the best way to get passable temps for me is to put the thermal paste on in a vertical line, which I think is the shape of the Haswell CPU die. Could be remembering wrong. However, the temp. spikes I was having before that could be partially attributed to my H100i needing some washers between the backplate and motherboard.
It's not a huge upgrade from AMD, though. If I hadn't come upon a dead motherboard in my room the other day I don't think I'd have made the platform switch. Alas, I decided to try something different. It's worth the $100 extra for upgrade-ability and efficiency combined but not for raw performance.
However, I do really like Intel's screaming single core performance. Certain games do run better now because they only were able to partially use AMD chips.
Bottom line: It's probably worth the money unless all you care about is raw performance. You're paying somewhat for the name, but that's gonna happen. It's awesome with my GTX 970 and I can see this combo lasting for quite a while.
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.