Joined on 07/26/11
Pros: This is honestly the single greatest computer part I've ever owned. With proper fans and correct installation this thing offers unbelievable performance. I overclocked the socks off of my processor and this thing still keeps it chilly under intense conditions. It even bests my previous water cooled system with three radiators. I still don't entirely understand how this thing does its job so well but whoever invented this rocks. I don't personally see how other forms of liquid cooling are even still relevant givin the ease of installing this compared to fitting multiple radiators.
Cons: The fans are still garbage. Sorry but they are. They feel very solid and look like they would perform well but they're just too loud. I anticipated this and bought two additional fans and I would recommend the same to others who care about noise.
Overall Review: The key is to have the fans pulling air in through the back of your computer, not blowing air out (assuming you have sufficient top exhaust fans). Trust me, I've tried mounting this just about every way you can think of.
Pros: Cools the GPU core VERY well. Temperatures barely exceeded 60C with near 50% (yes, you read correctly) core overclock, compared to the 100C+ temps I was previously getting. Also stays very quiet. I can't hear it at all even at 100% fan speed, something I'm sure you all know is NOT the case with most stock coolers.
Cons: Pretty big. TOO big to fit in SLI. I have a bottom mounted PSU and the cooler won't fit in the lower PCIe slot because the top of the PSU is in the way. I would have gone with a different cooler had I known this. Also, it doesn't play nicely with a fan speed controller. Or even a molex adaptor. Don't worry, it works fine when hooked into the card fan slot.
Overall Review: Bought the accessory kit for my Galaxy 465. It turned out to be completely unnecessary. My core and memory stay very cool, but the voltage regulators are scorching hot. One side of my card feels room temp, the other feels like I could fry breakfast.
Pros: This thing is extremely effective at cpu cooling. About 10C (sometimes more) cooler than my previous 240mm AIO, and that's with lower fan speeds as well. My 12 thread CPU hardly ever makes it past 50C. Very nice. The tubes are also long and easy bend to your installation needs.
Cons: This thing carries quite a premium over 240mm units, but only offers more rad space and another cheap fan. Speaking of the fans, if you're going for silent operation like myself, the stock fans are best left in the box. The pump itself is quite noisy. Turning the speed down mostly solved problem with no negative effects on performance. Finally, the unit is very plain. It comes with no software, and the block itself is just a boring circle, with no led's or anything.
Overall Review: This unit greatly surpassed my expectations as far as cooling goes. Reviews only put this thing on par with other AIO's that feature shorter rad's, but I found it to be far better. However, I'd be more satisfied if it weren't so expensive.
Pros: Has a very attractive black / silver color scheme. Comes with MSI military class components, which are very solid in my experience. So far it has been very stable. I like the included software, especially intel extreme tuning utility. It's great for monitoring cpu temps and speed, and comes with some very useful stress tests.
Cons: No onboard debug LED is probably the biggest thing that sticks out. The BIOS lacks the ability to save profiles. Would also have liked an onboard creative sound chip, but that would understandably drive the price up.
Overall Review: It doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles, but a lot of higher end motherboards are just marketing unnecessary features that I'll likely never use anyways.