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COUGAR CF-V12HP Vortex Hydro-Dynamic-Bearing (Fluid) 300,000 Hours 12CM Silent Cooling Fan with Pulse Width Modulation
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Good price
Nice design
Focused air flow
Quiet

Cons: None anymore

Other Thoughts: When I had these installed on my mATM mini tower they were loud, just as loud as the fans they replaced. I have since moved it a much larger case using it with a 120mm radiator in a push/pull configuration. Now they are whisper quiet.

The only fan I hear now is the fan from my HD7870. These have so far worked great with water cooling. I have them running full blast and I honestly do not hear them. Maybe the design of certain cases just amplifies these and other "silent" fans (like the other case I had these in), but in my Antec case these fans are near silent.

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CORSAIR Hydro Series H60 (CW-9060007-WW/RF) Water Cooler Manufactured Recertified
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Good price
Cools good
Looks good in my case
Quiet

Cons: No extra screws included for mounting another fan
No back-plate for AMD (a plus for some maybe, but I feel the block/pump would seat better with one)

Other Thoughts: I was having an issue with fluctuating temp readings for a few days but they mostly seem to have steadied out. Another 6 hours of Prime95 (max temp, power mode) didn't get past 39c on Core Temp, gaming has topped at 37c.

Idle temps still fluctuate between low 20c's and low 30c's, but no more high temp spikes. My ambient temp is in the upper 70s to low 80s most days.

Adding a second fan dropped the temp about 2c, could also be the other 4 120mm fans I added with a swiftech 8-way pwm splitter I bought so I could use all my fans.

I was sort of worried at first the unit was possibly defective in some was but it has been working great for me now. I may try overclocking my fx-6300 soon but I don't really have much need to. I am confident this can easily handle 4.2GHz , possibly up to about 4.4GHz with a good board and vrm cooling.

I am tempted to buy a couple more, one for my son's warm running Phenom II and another for my video card (I have enough room to mount another in the front of my case). If you are looking for a good cooler at a good price then this is your cooler. May not be the best for overclocking or cramped cases though.

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CORSAIR Hydro Series H60 (CW-9060007-WW/RF) Water Cooler Manufactured Recertified
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Great price
Looks cool in my case
Good heavy quality 120mm fan
Quiet
No need to remove backplate for AMD (a plus for some)

Cons: Hoses are kinda stiff (not really a con but makes installing a little harder)
No back plate to remove on AMD(I think custom backplate would make this seat better and not let it slide around so much (makes it harder to tell if it is seated correctly)
Radiator could be a little thicker.
Corsair could not be so cheap and include screws to add an additional fan instead of making you pay 4.99 plus 4.99 shipping and handling, 10 bucks for 4 screws ... I used some I got from the hardware store ... 1.50 plus I didn't have to wait a week for it to come in the mail.

Other Thoughts: I am having serious issues with fluctuating temp readings since installing this all in one unit. I'm not saying the H60 is the cause, because I don't believe that it is. I put the old 92mm freezer pro 7 back on to check and that read 96c on a light load when it was at 58c max on prime95 for hours.

so putting the h60 back on and reseating several times with a few different TIMs yielded the same fluctuating/high temps. I have found that core temp provides the most "normal and accurate looking" readings to me.

I doubt that will be an issue for others but I was almost ready to RMA this. According to cope temp 64 I'm idling at around 25c and maxing out around 55c on my stock clocked FX-6300. My room is rather warm so this does seem accurate to me.

Like I said though, this is a decent cooler for the price. Refurbed didn't bother me and likely was do to user error on this unit (looks like the previous owner stripped the radiator mounts). The radiator fins weren't bent and the item came in a brand new box, professionally packaged and with pre-applied thermal paste (they use the good stuff so don't remove it unless you have too). I knocked off an egg because the use AMD's stock mounting system which I feel doesn't seat the cooler as properly as it should/could.

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Randy G.'s Profile

Display Name: Randy G.

Date Joined: 10/15/11

  • Reviews: 48
  • Helpfulness: 22
  • First Review: 10/20/11
  • Last Review: 08/06/14
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