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This review is from: CORSAIR Hydro Series H75 CW-9060015-WW Water / Liquid CPU Cooler 120 MM
Pros: clean install
complete instruction manual
complete kit, all parts given for the user to install.
super quiet operation and compact.
when tinkered with for performance it can deliver decent performance for entry level price.
Cons: Since the Intel bracket is plastic with fine metal threads its very easy to strip it out as you try to tighten the unit to the mobo, it also does not seem to tighten down very tightly,
the pre-applied CPU grease is useless, as the unit is not in an air tight bag, so its all dried out.
one of the fans in my kit at max rpm seems to be "whiny"
Other Thoughts: i bought this cooler to replace my metal fin fan cooler from xigmatek for giggles as more less im trying the concept of closed liquid cooling for the first time.
the board is a LGA1155 with an Intel core i7 k2600 processor
overall the install was very easy but the Intel bracket was problematic, its too easy to strip out. Luckily my metal mounting hardware bracket and all from xigmatek rose to the challenge and the corsair the cooler is now firmly attached.
Also note: while the Intel bracket is plastic the AMD bracket is a nice chunk of polished metal
Grease wise when i opened the box the grease looked dried out, but i gave it a shot anyway and it failed miserably (70c in a about 5 min or so) when i put it through prime95, took it out, cleaned up everything and applied some fresh arctic silver and poof its happy 20-40c and holding.
so the fans with the kit are not bad fans but one of mine is a bit more noisy, now i will note that i opted to not use these fans and instead replaced them with some cougar vortexes for added performance.
the entire water block seems made out of plastic leaving me to wonder as to its longevity,
summery: docking an egg for the Intel bracket as if you can make the amd one metal you can make the LGA one too, xigmatek sure did,
For many years I was a user and consumer of Creative Audio Products, then finally one day I just said enough, - I basically gave up on consumer pc audio and was about to move to a professional RayDAT when I saw this product and decided to give it a shot.
Unboxing/Install: Out of the box you are greeted with simple packaging and the card with its expansion in sealed anti static plastic. From there you open it and install it into the PCI slot,the expansion plugs into the bottom of the card with a cable. Then once that happens you get to open the manual and be greeted for once with instructions that make sense. For the drivers you have to navigate to there site as the disk drivers provided are out of date, no problem as the card is clearly listed and the package downloads and installs with out incident on windows 7 X64.
Cons: 1. Out Of Date Drivers on Disk
2. While I don't mind PCI- some new motherboards are starting to phase it out completely, be sure to check you have a slot for the card and a room for the expansion in your case
Other Thoughts: Some have complained about this device being PCI- If your not processing banks of 7.1 for studio use the card system will provide plenty of signal processing for analog or digital for your receiver or general use music processing deck.
If you are wanting direct drive this card can do that but remember is not a receiver don't plan on direct driving anything more than a really nice pair of 5.1 headphones or 2 channel desk speakers.
For my setup this card feeds digital output to a Onkyo receiver that powers 5.1,
Use is for gaming and general AV stuff
This card is one of last cards of its class before you start getting into items like RayDAT and HDSPe for any one not wanting to drop $1000 and cant stand Creative any longer HT Omega is the way to go.
Pros: 1. Very light weight
2. Very good performance overall temps are in the sub 30C.
2. Fan mounts are unique
3. Install was Amusing (see cons)
Cons: 1. This cooler because of the AMD mount holes required modification using a Dremel to fit the ASUS P8Z68 DELUXE/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 Board.
In short the AMD mount holes for the rear plate had to be cut off and ground down as they struck a mounting screw on the asus board, causing the cooler not to seat properly. The screw was located out side of the Intel mount are but in the exact area where the metal mount fin for the amd hole was.
2. The second major problem came when once i got it to seat right the barrel screws in my kit were not threaded correctly. I had to re-drill 2 of them as the threads on the bottom were malformed.
3. The fan shipped with my cooler had a loud bearing wine to it, so I swapped it out with a diff fan I had on hand.
4. There were 2 sets of instruction in the box, one for a cooler that was an older model (i guess) and one for mine.
Other Thoughts: The rear plate required an additional modification to fit the Asus board, I blame this mod on Asus more than I do XIGMATEK,
I had to remove some foam to clear another mounting screw. However this screw was in the Intel mounting area, Asus should not have put it there or made it thinner.
Overall, I love the cooler its performance is excellent and i love the fact its ultra light.
But some of the problems I had could have been avoided.
Instead of making a universal plate they should just have 2 plates, one intel, one amd.
The amd mounts on this dual intel/amd plate effectively set you up for not having an Intel compliant cooler for an Intel install, as there in vastly different positions.
It also would have been nice to have a few extra screw parts to avoid the re-drill. And the fan, well its a good thing I have many fans on hand.
In short it cost me nothing to fix these issues but the kit was a disappointment for its install and any cost associated with the fan