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This review is from: CORSAIR Hydro Series H55 Quiet Edition Water / Liquid CPU Cooler 120mm
Pros: A completely leak-proof design, just make sure you give it 12V of power, sometimes that can be tricky with certain BIOS'.
Remember to have proper airflow in your case.
Cons: You may not get the performance you are looking for. AIO water-cooling solutions are largely dependent on case air flow, ambient temperature, and rad size. Because the rad size is quiet small on this, I recommend doing a push-pull configuration with pressure fans.
I am not able to get my R9 290 below 70C under load, which was the overall goal of my project. Need a larger rad.
Pros: The design looks sleek and performs like a monster. I RAID 0'd two of these 1TB bad boys together and got 1044mb/s sequential reads, 956mb/s sequential writes, 201mb/s reads and writes at random 4k in crystal mark.
At 100Gb of writes per day, these drives have an estimated run time of 56 years. You pay for the reliability.
Cons: I did not like the lack of presence for any mounting brackets or screws to convert the drive from 2.5 to fit 3.5 bays. This is a minor complaint, but at these price points I like to be wined and dined. There is no hardware packages at all with these and the packaging would not protect them from a face drop, only corner drops. Then again they are rated to withstand a ridiculous amount of G force.
Other Thoughts: I chose to do a large 128k stripe size but have my virtual drive's sector size at 4k to optimize specifically around larger jobs. Great for high res textures, not so much for things like Minecraft.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This AIO liquid cooler will truly open up the possibilities of your CPU or GPU. If you have a lot of heat, like I do, or live in a hot climate, liquid cooling is your solution. I overclocked my FX-8150 to a stable 4500mhz at a maximum operating temperature of 48C under load, a 25% theoretical performance boost with little to no heat increase from my former CoolerMaster Hyper 212. I got a stable 5Ghz in testing, but don't like running 1.45v through the CPU as well as having to overclock the bus as this messes with my overclocked RAM speed.
Cons: Installation, installation, installation. The installation on this piece is an absolute pain and the smallest of improvements could have levied these pains. I opted not to use the Corsair prepackaged fans and instead went with two static pressure Noctuas. They are just a smidgen thicker than expected causing the mounting screws to be too short for easy installation. They hold well, but compress the rubber grommets more than I would like. Having an extra 1-2mm on the screws could have easily levied this.
Additionally, the manual is subpar. The pictures barely represents the actual way to assemble and caused me (an experienced user) to reassemble the mounting bracket twice. Also, the backplate is only frictionally held in place and does not actually mount to the motherboard (AMD, not sure of Intel) during installation. This will make it more difficult to remove when changing processors or general cleaning.
I also thinking the mounting hardware was cheap overall. Non-solid plastic for the backplate which could have easily been an aluminum plate at this price.
Other Thoughts: Why do high end products continue to come with a layer of cheap thermal paste that no end user worth their salt won't just wipe off? Save the 5 cents in production cost please.READ FULL REVIEW