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Corsair Hydro Series H110i Extreme Performance Water / Liquid CPU Cooler Cooling. 280mm CW-9060026-WW
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4 out of 5 eggs A great product that has improved with each generation... 03/17/2016

This review is from: Corsair Hydro Series H110i Extreme Performance Water / Liquid CPU Cooler Cooling. 280mm CW-9060026-WW

Pros: Let me start by saying that an AIO cooler for my build isn't my first choice, but it also isn't my last. I'm currently planning a custom loop for my configuration and this will be my 3rd (yes 3rd) AIO cooler I have tested/reviewed. I own the original H110 from several years ago, the H100i GTX, and now the H110i. Don't ask why I have so many, I just do.

I can honestly say having used all 3 within the recent future on the same configuration, I can say there is a 2-4C drop in my core CPU temps as I progress towards the newest model, being the H110i. The H110 didn't have the USB interface, controllable pump speed or any of the other fancy stuff in the software. The H100i GTX built upon that in the 120mm configuration and added the USB interface and all the bells and whistles. It did reduce my temps from the H110 using the same PUSH/PULL configuration. This brings me to this model, the H110i, which has further improved upon the H110 and the H100i GTX.

They did change the radiator design from a rounded edge to a square edge, not sure why, but it doesn't matter to me. They changed how the pump mounts on both sides. Meaning the backplate used to be a plastic type material and now they are using metal, which I like, feels more sturdy. They also changed the pump design and how it mounts to the backplate. All in all I would say these were improvements and made the installation and removal quite easy.

The pump did come with a paste pre-installed, which unless you plan on taking it off for testing like I frequently do, just leave it alone. I ended up removing mine and going with the best in the industry (IMO), Thermal Grizzly. I saw a minor improvement in my core and load temps after applying that over the stock paste.

All in all, I'm not going to divulge my idle and core temps because I'm not the norm. My Skylake has been delided and had custom paste put in place of the stock Intel paste. It was such a significant drop in temps that providing them here would skew the reviews of others. Leave it to this, this pump is by far the best at removing heat from an overclocked i5 Skylake (4.9Ghz/1.424V).

Cons: The cons...I will just get right there and say the fans. I can't emphasize this enough, the fans are loud. Sure, they might be quiet when running in silent mode, but why would I want that when I'm overclocking? I literally almost immediately replaced them with Noctuas that at full speed, have equal or better static pressure and are much quieter.

Another con is the tubing. Having owned the older H110, it was so much more flexible and easy to work with. I'm not sure why they changed it, maybe that instances of breaking/leaking with it, but mine never did. This new tubing on the H110i is so stiff I worried in the beginning about the torsional stress it was placing on my MB.

Other Thoughts: Would I recommend this in place of a custom loop or massive air cooler? Sure, but it depends on your needs individually. If you want your case to look clean, improve air flow from your case fans and keep the noise down, then go with an AIO cooler from Corsair. If money isn't an option and you live dangerously, go custom and be happy. And those with the massive air coolers...sure they are cheaper (relatively) and have almost equal performance to this AIO cooler, but they don't make your case look minimalist/clean and they are just down right ugly.

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Rosewill RCW-572 - 10-Foot Cat 6 Network Cable - White
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4 out of 5 eggs Works as expected and inexpensive... 12/23/2015

This review is from: Rosewill RCW-572 - 10-Foot Cat 6 Network Cable - White

Pros: Its a great quality CAT 6 cable that comes neatly packaged at a decent price, that is all I need.

Cons: None, don't put one. If you underestimated the length...then learn to measure.

Other Thoughts: Buy more? If you go to a brick & mortar store, you better be prepared to pay more for a similar product. So just buy it from Newegg and be happy.

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StarTech FAN4EXT12 12
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4 out of 5 eggs A fan cable extension, woot! 12/23/2015

This review is from: StarTech FAN4EXT12 12" 4 Pin Fan Power Extension Cable - M/F M-F

Pros: It didn't come with bent pins, extends the power to the distant fans in my case... What more could you ask for? I know, it could some with sleeving options, that would be awesome!

Cons: Its not sleeved?

Other Thoughts: No issues with it and I would certainly recommend it to anyone who needed to extend power to fans they ordinarily couldn't get to in their case. It is also good for fan mounted doors as disconnect becomes a lot easier.

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Display Name: Kristopher K.

Date Joined: 07/11/03

  • Reviews: 26
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  • First Review: 11/08/13
  • Last Review: 03/17/16
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