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This review is from: Intel Core i7-870 Lynnfield Quad-Core 2.93GHz LGA 1156 95W Processor BX80605I7870
Pros: I've had this CPU for over two years, and it's been great. With HT enabled, I've got a stable OC of 3.8 GHz on a Corsair H80 cooler.
Great for video encoding, 3D rendering, 3D modeling, animation, gaming, and everyday PC use. Basically, it's been an all-around workhorse for all my computer needs.
Other Thoughts: Even though it's been long discontinued, it's highly worth considering if you can find one cheap through other outlets.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Man, talk about a difference. I bought 2 of these to replace the stock Corsair fans that came with my H80. The difference is staggering. Not only do they push more CFM's of air at a lower RPM, but they do it at such a low noise level that they're barely noticeable even at full speed.
Cons: The price if anything. They're a bit pricey for a 120mm fan, but you certainly get what you pay for. These things rock!
No LEDs (but that's a personal preference).
Other Thoughts: If you're looking for a great fan, either for a CPU cooler or case, look no further than these Cougars.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: CORSAIR Hydro Series H80 (CWCH80) High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
Pros: Lowered the temperatures on my Intel i7 870 significantly...nearly 30 degrees F. Before installing this cooler, I was getting BSOD's every week, due to the inadequate cooling on my stock Intel cooler. Two and a half months after installing this, I haven't had a single one. Fantastic!
Better still, after installing the H80, I managed to overclock my processor from the stock 2.93 GHz to a very stable 3.7 GHz, with lower temperatures to boot. A win-win.
Installation was straight forward and relatively simple. The worst part was removing my motherboard (I don't have an easy access panel in my case) to install the mounting bracket (but that's not the H80's fault). The instructions were simple enough, however some text might be helpful for more beginner builders. This was my first after-market cooler installation, and I didn't run into any issues.
What I really like is how the inherit design takes most of the weight OFF the motherboard and shifts it to the back of the case.
Cons: Fans are loud at full speed. Very loud. Luckily, they don't get there unless I'm really pushing a heavy load on my processor (maxing out a majority of my threads).
Sadly, due to my case's design (Thermaltake Armor MX+), I had to remove my side panel 230mm fan in order to install the radiator and both fans in a push-pull configuration. Not a big deal, as that fan was really loud, and didn't provide much benefit in terms of air flow. It was more aesthetic than functional. I could remove one of the fans, but I'd rather provide maximum cooling to my processor, rather than concern myself with blowing air in from the side.
Other Thoughts: If you're looking for a great cooling solution that'll fit into a tightly packed mid-size case, the H80 delivers. Double check your cases specs ahead of time just to be sure it'll fit. You may have to do some slight modifications to get it in there just right.READ FULL REVIEW