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AMD FX-6300 Vishera 6-Core 3.5GHz (4.1GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W FD6300WMHKBOX Desktop Processor
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Solid chip, you get what you pay for. Went from A8-3780k to this. Good gains felt all around.

Overclocked to a stable(Intel burn test and prime95 pass) 4.5GHZ (200 x 22.5) at 1.292 Vcore using a Corsair H80i closed-loop water cooler. CPU max temp was around 43C, idle at around 21C with the ambient temp in the low 20s C.

Could go higher if I played around with the settings more but this is good balance of power and longevity as the max temp hit 62C (on a brutal summer day where the ambient temps were in the 80s in Fahrenheit).

The right combo of motherboard, RAM, and cooling you can definitely get this in the 4.8-4.9 range without dealing with some serious temps.


Cons: You get what you pay for.

While this may have six cores and can be clocked pretty high, it's still not comparable to the intel chips in raw speed/power. In a straight GFLOP comparison, this PC overclocked is getting about 33GFLOPS whereas a comparable Intel is at least double that.

Other Thoughts: Slightly disappointed at how slow this is compared to an Ivy or Sandy bridge but I knew that beforehand. I've always bought AMD but to be honest this'll probably be my last one.

To sum it up though, it is a solid chip and it's a good price for a six core that you can very easily overclock but for true performance you might want to get an Intel dual core and do the same.

CORSAIR Hydro Series H80i High Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler. 120mm
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Overclocking review 06/27/2013

This review is from: CORSAIR Hydro Series H80i High Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler. 120mm

Pros: This is my updated review with overclocking the FX-6300.

It works well and quietly for the most part(see CONs).

Overclock settings:

RAM at 1866 1.5V ( Using the XMP profile)
4.5ghz (200 x 22.5) stable (Intel Burn Test and Prime95 pass)
1.296 Core V
All power and cooling settings off(Cool N Quiet, C6, etc)
ASUS BIOS settings for LLC, tweaking, etc: extreme


Fans set to quiet mode


Ambient temp : ~18C
CPU idle(1-4%) : 20-22C
CPU max(Intel Burn Test) : 43C

With the fans on quiet mode, usually sits at around 1100 RPM during low loads, the fans went up to about 1300 RPM and were barely audible. Did some more benchmarking on a more typical summer day (~96 F outside, 80s inside) and max temp hit 62C which is about right with the ambient temps and the fans were slightly humming at around 1600 RPMs.

The hardware side of the H80i is pretty sound but...

Cons: The software, now that I've used it a lot more, is so incredibly buggy. You'll have the icons from your saved profile show up as all zeros and have a brand new set of the SAME icons working properly but not placed. It makes no sense.

Sometimes changing the fan speeds in CorsairLink doesn't do anything or takes a while for it to register. Changing to the BETA version of the software didn't do anything.

Other Thoughts: My revised final thoughts on this are:

If you don't mind the software(which is pretty bad, considering how big of a corporation Corsair is) it's a great functioning cooler. The pro reviews have this as one of the best CPU closed-loop coolers out there and it performs like it. With the way it's designed you won't see much cooling on the idle side but you'll see it in the max side.

I still recommend it but if you can find something else comparable in the price range of this ($86) you might want to give it a shot because these software issues have been around for a while and it doesn't look like Corsair is going to fix them anytime soon.

Asus Crosshair V Formula Z
AMD FX-6300 overclocked to 4.5GHZ
Sapphire Vapor-X 1 GB OC GHZ Edition Radeon HD7770
G Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) CAS 9 DDR3 1866 RAM
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 90GB SATA 3 SSD
Seagate Barracuda 1 TB SATA 3 HDD
Raidmax Blade ATX Mid Tower w/ 500 PSU

CORSAIR Hydro Series H80i High Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler. 120mm
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Works very well. Running an FX-6300(see Other Thoughts for full system) and keeps it really cool.

Take into account I haven't disabled Cool N Quiet and Turbo Boost, so there are some throttling issues.

Ambient Temp: 16 C
CPU idle(1-4% activity): 10-12 C
CPU max(100% prime95, 64 bit, in place): 23 C

Simplistic enough to install(with the right size case) and the software is competent enough. The fans(when adjusted through CorsairLink) work well and are quiet.

There's plenty of professional reviews out there for this model and my experience falls in line with them. This is far and away better than a stock cooler and the control and effectiveness at this price range(~$86US when I bought it) make it a logical alternative to air cooling.

As others have mentioned it's powered by a SATA connection and CorsairLink is used by a USB header connection on your motherboard and then downloading the software.

Here's the software overview. IMO, very important as this controls EVERYTHING with the cooling. (Will upload a video review at some point)

Everything shows up as icons on a blank computer case, you can move them around and place them where you have your actual parts. You can also use a picture of your actual case!

THE FANS: Note: You might only be able to control any Corsair Fans, other mfgs might not be adjustable.

Modes: Fixed RPM, Quiet, Balanced, Performance, Fixed %, Custom Curve, Max Speed and Default

The dual 120mm fans max RPM is right around 2476, quiet mode was around 1000 RPM, and balanced around 1440 RPM. Note the RPMs change accordingly to your CPU temps, there's a little chart/graph showing you what it does. Quiet is really quiet, wish I had a decibal meter but you can't tell that it's on. Balanced is also quiet, can barely tell it's there. At Max, well it's obvious it's on but not a hairdryer either.


Just shows you the temperature of the fluid. Not much else to do here.

H80i LED:

You can change the color of the Corsair logo that lights up on the cooler. You have 3 main color sliders: Red, Green, Blue. You can adjust each slider to make a certain color. Put red and green down and blue up all the way for just blue, or have red 2/3 up, green at 1/2 and blue at 1/3 and make orange. It's a really nice feature for those who like to show off the innards of their computer. Adding to that is you 3 main modes of using the LED feature: Normal, Cycling or Temperature. Normal is just choosing 1 color with an option to pulse. Cycling gives you the option of having either 2 or 4 colors changing one after the other. So you could set Red, Purple, Green, and White. For Temperature, you can set 3 ranges with 3 colors. Example, 25=blue, 35=green, 50=red. So at less than 25C the color would be blue and it TRANSITIONS its way toward green the higher the temps go. My experience was that it worked as it should.

OTHER ICONS: None of these except noted are adjustable

HDD Temp
CPU Activity
CPU Temp

Cons: As others have mentioned the materials shipped with the H80i don't match what's listed as included. You only get 4 short screws(didn't use any) and 4 washers instead of 8(not really a big deal but puzzling nonetheless).

The instructions to assemble are a bit of a joke. It seemed more pertinent on offering you four or five languages than actually going in depth on anything. They also recommend the use of the fans as an intake, but you'll be better off using it as an exhaust because while you may see a few degrees drop on the CPU, your GPU, HDD and anything else will surely see higher temps.

The fans aren't marked per say on what side is intake and what side is exhaust. (Not a big deal for those familiar with fans). FYI, the side with the 'protectors' on them is the exhaust side.

The 3 pin header for the fan controller is a disappointment. This should be a 4 pin to utilize PWM. (Again not a big deal because the software does give pretty good control over them but still...)

Not really a con but on start up, the fans do roar pretty loudly and then settle down by the time Windows boots up.

The software can be buggy at times. This seems to be a hit or miss as evidenced by the forums over on Corsair and some of the reviews here. When in doubt, try the beta drivers or firmware updates but I would only recommend them if you HAVE problems to begin with.

Other Thoughts: My final thoughts:

Definite buy for anyone that wants aftermarket cooling.

At the price that it is right now, it makes total sense. On the whole, it's quiet AND it really cools well. Make sure your case can fit the fans though. If you have a rear fan that's 120mm in a ATX case you should have no worries. Compare it to the case I bought. Room wise, no problems with the fans and radiator. The cables for the CorsairLink and fans might get a little tricky depending on you USB header and SATA power connection. The cooling hoses seemed sturdy and flexible. If Corsair worked on the manual and the software a bit more this would be a 5 egg product for sure.


AMD FX-6300 3.5 GHZ Six Core ( not overclocked ATM)
Asrock FX990 Extreme 3 ATX motherboard
Sapphire Vapor-X 1 GB OC GHZ Edition Radeon HD7770
G Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) CAS 9 DDR3 1866 RAM
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 90GB SATA 3 SSD
Seagate Barracuda 1 TB SATA 3 HDD
Raidmax Blade ATX Mid Tower w/ 500 PSU


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