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Corsair Hydro Series H80 Liquid-Cooling System or More Water for Processors!

Started by: k0ST | Date 09/02/11 01:18:10 PM
Comments: 8 | Last Comment:  08/10/13 12:44:02 AM

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I have to say I'm disappointed, but not with Corsairs H100 or H80 - I knew more or less what to expect and that results of H100 will be few degrees better than H80. I’m disappointed that you guys didn’t do more tests with different air intakes and fan orientations, with proper radiator fans (such as Scythe GT AP15), with shrouds, etc. IMHO, these compact Liquid Cooling kits bring to the table different cooling options compared to the standard ~1kg tower coolers. Since this is LC system, you don’t have to follow traditional airflow paths for the best results. By simply installing these units to suck warm air from the case automatically means your result will be ultimately few degrees higher.
Don't get me wrong, I don't think these small LC kits are the best cooling solution ever (performance or especially cost wise), but they do deserve a fair review.
1 0 [Posted by: k0ST  | Date: 09/02/11 01:18:10 PM]
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I think it's fair to say that when you are comparing an $80 H80 and $100 H100, they should be tested in "out of the box" scenario. You start adding 2x GT AP15 fans, that's $30 extra. For H100 that means 4x GT AP15 fans, or $60 extra. Suddenly such systems are $110 and $160, respectively.

Not only does this represent absolutely horrible value compared to $70 Noctua NH-D14, Silver Arrow, etc. but at this level you can get a full fledged RS360 watercooling kit:

http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/xsra750rswak1.html

RS360 completely blows away the H100:
http://www.overclock3d.ne...ing/corsair_h100_review/1

48.75*C vs. 60.1*C for H100

And for those in Europe, there is also the Phanteks PH-TC14PE, which is even better.

Really, Corsair needs to either ditch their stock fans and bundle much better fans OR lower the price on their watercooling units. The performance/noise ratio in stock form isn't great.
1 0 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 09/02/11 06:47:59 PM]
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Value almost always goes past the point of reason when it comes to watercooling
My point is that if you deal with this type of restrictive radiators, use the best fans possible - this should have been done at least in H100 review. Also, different orientation should have been used in these test to demonstrate out-of-box experience, as recommended by Corsair. It would be interesting to see how would warm air blown into case affect the temperatures of the other components.
0 0 [Posted by: k0ST  | Date: 09/05/11 04:41:15 AM]
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Is it true that the Thermolab Baram fans make the Thermalright Archon heatsink even cooler? I read this earlier in their reviews and added them both to my shopping list.
0 0 [Posted by: TeemuMilto  | Date: 09/04/11 10:19:45 PM]
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No, it is not true.
1 0 [Posted by: Jordan  | Date: 09/05/11 04:09:48 AM]
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Not a big of these products but I think you guys might have gotten faulty ones.

The official data is that the pump speed is at 2000 rpm. And many user are reporting that is true indeed. Thats a significant difference and one that I think crucially influences the results.

http://forum.corsair.com/forums/showthread.php?t=98056
0 0 [Posted by: halfwaythere  | Date: 09/05/11 05:37:37 AM]
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still....it needs more surface area.
0 1 [Posted by: zodiacfml  | Date: 09/05/11 05:56:47 AM]
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is the fan spinning clock ways by default?
0 0 [Posted by: Nick Fouskas  | Date: 08/10/13 12:44:02 AM]
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