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This review is from: CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i Extreme Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler. 240mm
Pros: -looks wonderful
-performs great with an FX-8350 can push it up all the way to 4.7GHz @ 1.452V although that is also attributed to my lucky chip
Cons: -radiator with fans hooked up is a tight squeeze inside the fractal design R4
-no corsair link compatibility on windows 8.1 (unless you use the beta version so that doesn't really matter)
Other Thoughts: I just bought this thing because I wanted a good looking cooler that has some muscle to it.
If you're a real enthusiast or someone who loves to overclock go get a PH_TC14PE if you like air cooling or a custom built EK water cooling kit and have fun.
Pros: -Quiet as advertised
-great radiator fans; the noise/static pressure ratio on these is just as good as the gentle typhoon fans.
-looks are fantastic
-great radiator fans and for the price they compete greatly against higher end competitors
Cons: For moving air around in your case I can't really recommend these. I find it a little difficult to recommend corsair's AF series for the task either as a lot of higher end cases have 140mm mounts rather than 120mm (like the fractal design define R4 I happen to own) and it would be lovely to get a twin pack of the 140mm AF fans but for $20 for one fan that is too much and it's forcing me to either spend more or get the cheaper twin pack 120mm counterparts. Would be nice to have 140mm versions of the SP series as well. But overall, for moving air around your case I'd just get some scythe fans for $15 off of frozen CPU or somewhere else. These fans are built for tight enclosures and for moving large amounts of airs through fins on a heatsink effectively with low levels of noise.
Also be careful when top mounting these or really any fan in general (like for your H100i or any other liquid cooling radiator). Make sure its fastened in really tight (kinda hard to tell with the rubber mounts on these fans how tight it is but just screw it in as far as it'll go) With any fan and these are no exception, if they are loosely mounted that will put pressure on the bearing inside the fan because it slouches down because the frame is either improperly or unevenly supported and may cause decreased efficiency and/or FAN CLICKING. It happened to one of the last SP 120 fans I bought for a top mount on my case and it will drive you insane. The only way to fix it would be to put graphite powder inside the fan bearing but that would require tearing up the corsair sticker on the fan and no one wants to do that :(
Other Thoughts: I'd really avoid the high performance edition if you're concerned about noise as I am AND as you can still achieve that overclock you want with an H100i or a PH-TC14PE with these fans and still have your noise level low but you may have to bump the core voltage down just a bit in order to shave off that extra degree difference between the quiet edition and the performance edition to really make these things worth your while. Also YES these are the PWM (4-pin) fans that are compatible with corsair link and their speeds can be controlled. And for anyone wondering the SP 120's white ring(s) and fractal design define R4 black and candy coated white PCI slots and white hard drive bays and the GA-990FXA-UD3's black and white color scheme really match well.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: - Can't see the green PCB when seated all the way
- OC'd a tad to 1866MHz using timings of 11-10-11-28 fine on a GA990FXA-UD3 (rev. 3.0) and its running fine and stable
-aesthetically pleasing to look at from inside case window and matches great with motherboard
Cons: -memory benchmarks on this module are a tad bit lower than a few others in its price range but those are just synthetic scores and RAM is all fast so it doesn't matter much
Other Thoughts: bought this 1 stick to save up for another 8GB stick and get 16GB and leave extra room for any possible future upgradesREAD FULL REVIEW