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This review is from: CORSAIR Hydro Series H80i High Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler. 120mm
Pros: Elegant design
Cons: Fan noise is very high
Coolant temp much lower than core temp
Other Thoughts: I love this cooler. It works well, and the hoses were long enough to mount the radiator on the front of my spec-1 corsair case.
My old case was more enclosed than the new one, and the sound of the fans on 100% was very loud. On the new case, with a more open design, the fan volume is almost unbearable at 100%, so I turned down my overclock instead. Its pretty bad when one sacrifices processing speed due to fan noise.
I placed the fans as exhaust rather than intake, with little or no coolant temperature variance. This gives me better thermal control for ALL system components, rather than just the processor.
Pros: Beautiful design
Ease of drive installation
Bright LED on fan
Cons: Front plastic is flimsy
Must remove disc drives to remove front face completely
Must release disc drives to pull face away for cleaning
No external 3.5 bay for card readers
Other Thoughts: This is a well built, easy to use case, and well worth the money I spent.
The front face is very flexible and I have some concern about it breaking during cleanings. Both fans I placed on the front are intakes, which means I must remove the front to blow out the dust. The drive space is so tight that the face cannot be slid over the drives. I have considered taking a blade to the face to trim it down to ensure I can remove it without removing the disc drives.
The cable management options are great, and the fully assembled unit has no exposed cables. That’s a big plus in my book.
The red LED fan that comes with the case is a generic fan, not the higher end corsair brand LED fan. This was a bit of a disappointment.
Overall, this case is worth every penny I paid. The ability to run all of the drive wires / PSU wires, etc., behind the mobo tray is a massive plus. The cutouts for routing the cables are slightly angled, making it a breeze to manage placement. I could only use two of my 6 side sata ports due to cutout placement when routing the cables from behind, however you could easily route them above and loose a little ascetic appeal.
The trays for the 3.5" drive space design intend to have the cables routed to the rear, which is nice as yyou can easily hide those wires completely.