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This review is from: Scythe SY124020L 40mm Case Fan
Pros: Not too noisy. Moves a decent amount of air to help cool the smallest mini-itx/ small form factor/ slimline cases.
Other Thoughts: Mounted in the rear of an HP slimline S3000 series PC. Works great without a whole lot of extra noise to provide a little extra cooling where needed.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Fast and able to power through apps and games. Overclockable. Seems a somewhat faster version of my FX-8320 which I have @4.2GHz.
Should run great with most setups even if you don't OC it or run it at the max stock turbo clock of 4.7GHz.
A worthy Intel competitor, this CPU is great at handling tasks and won't be the bottleneck in your PC rig. Might I also mention it's reasonably priced?
Cons: Power hungry and therefore runs a bit warm on current AM3+ 990FX Boards. In fact, w/o proper cooling, you may not be able to OC it to ~5GHz stable. **see thoughts
Other Thoughts: My setup was using the ASRock 990FX Extreme9 which people were saying it's a good board for the 220W CPU. It is in fact an awesome platform, but I tried w/ a Corsair h80i with upgraded fans and still couldn't keep it cool enough @5GHz.
I haven't had enough time to play with the voltages on the mobo, but I think a cooler such as the h100i is in due order to keep this CPU cool enough. Make sure you get a CPU cooler designed to handle this large amount of 220W TDP-generated heat.
If you're thinking of just upgrading from an FX-8320 or 8350, the benefits are probably small to medium, b/c of all the heat and power required. It is very fast though on a new build and nothing could slow it down.
This review is from: CORSAIR Hydro Series H80i High Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler. 120mm
Pros: High quality Corsair equipment. Digitally adjustable color light, also can glow like your PC's "heartbeat", or stay nice and bright, or as dim as you like.
Two fans are included to get started with push/pull config. Hardware & guide is included for Intel/AMD, and works nicely.
Cons: Included fans are going to be much too loud for most people desiring a nice, simple water-cooled system at avg. rpm's. They're loud, "buzzy" sounding fans. So the first thing I did was take them off and put some other quieter ones on.
Corsair marketing must know this; IMO they should lower the item's price and state: Fans not Included, or "Fans sold separately" and advertise their SP Quiet Editions for those desiring quiet over performance; and their SP Performance Ed. for those desiring max cooling/slightly more noise.
I mean, it's nice that they at least included a pair of fans but for me, I couldn't use them at all because they're so noisy. I wouldn't want to use the incl'd fans anywhere, so -1 egg.
*the included thermal material square you will want to clean with arcticlean and put on your own high-tech paste. Just a note.
Other Thoughts: I guess that Corsair is assuming people are going to want to use their own, upgraded fans. I say, lessen the price of the rad and let the consumer buy their own, better fans!
Performance was not enough to keep a 220W AMD FX-9370 @ 5GHz from getting too hot (65 to 70+C: shutdown temps) when running intensive programs, so had to adjust clock to 4.7 (stock turbo clock sans the turbo-core tech.)
I can say that I wasn't expecting this single-rad solution to keep my 220W cool enough so no more eggs being docked. But I will say, based on TDP performance in my scenario, that this is probably a plenty good rad for most of those with 125W CPU's.
The reason I say this is because I'm still running a 125W FX-8320 @ 4.2 on air and it runs great. I was hoping for a little more out of this unit, but was disappointed. So I bought an h100i LOL and was going to try that out but now I've given the PC to my customer so I can't assess 220W performance w/ the other product.
Hope this helps those judging what kind of rad to buy!