( 4.4 Average / 101 Ratings )
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Helps to keep my CPU from blowing up with the amount of time I spend on here! Quick setup, only took 10 minutes.
This cooler doesn't have the muscle to beat out higher end 280mm offerings when it comes to stuff like the 4790k, FX-9590 or Ivy Bridge-E or Haswell-E. At the low end though, with stuff like the the i5-4690k, and FX-8350, it actually beats out coolers like the NZXT Kraken x61 and H110 for idle and load temperatures on those CPUs by a couple of celsius. The included fans are basically SP 120s (SP120Ls), but without the colored rings and also with a much higher average and max RPM. They move tons of air and have a higher static pressure compared to the SP120s... but here's the catch... they are the loudest things on Earth if you have your fans set to anything other than "Silent mode" in Corsair Link. It was so bad, I actually went out and purchased a two pack of SP120 PWM Performance Edition fans from my local Fry's. They are half the noise, but 3/4 of the static pressure, a worthy compromise.
One other little complaint I have is how difficult it is to install this cooler in a pull setup. You have to hold the fans in place on top of the radiator then use the long screws through the top of your case. The fans are free to slide around as you hold the radiator in place, so I actually ended up having to tape them in place, and peel off the tape once they were installed.
Similar to the H100i, though the GTX is more sexy with the sleeved tubes and silver and black waterblock, you can use Corsair Link to change fan speed, pump speed, and LED block color (full RGB this time around). The software is still kind of glitchy, and if you boot from an SSD the program opens too fast and the block goes back to the default white until you re-open the program.
Final verdict is a 4.5 out of 5, ditch the SP120Ls and opt for some more expensive Noctua Industrial PPCs for extra static pressure at the same noise level, or some SP120 PWM Perf editions for half the noise, but almost as much static pressure. Corsair Link still needs some work. Radiator is too thick to do push/pull in anything but the roomiest of cases (in which case, you should be using a custom loop, or a 280mm AIO)
Does it's job well. My only complaint is the noise of the fans. I believe that Corsair really should stop gimping those who buy their products with crappy fans. Is it really that much more expensive to put quality fans in with your coolers, Corsair?
Got a great deal on this from a friend. performs like a h100i, looks slightly better, harder to manage the tubing. probably not work 20 bucks to most people.
Looks pretty slick with the braided hoses and love the RGB feature. Also it isn't that loud with the blue SP120'S that I put on.
Does a good job of keeping my CPU cool while overclocking but the software associated isn't my favorite. As more drivers come out for Windows 10 it seems to be getting better though.
Seems to be a solid CLC with a 5 year warranty. Pump can make noise but you can cancel it out a bit with rpm changes not so much lower rpm.
Easy assembly, especially on a 2011v3 slot. Great performance.
Easy to install back plate and radiator, while putting in the pump have to apply a little force to the pipes. For this particular case (NZXT S340) I did not want hot air blowing over mobo, but this meant the top fan would have to be pushing air in the case and because the case has no filter on the top side I settled the pull push way. The pump whines loudly at 100% speed, even a little less i.e @90% the pump and fans are silent, I have seen to it that 100% kicks in only at 70 degrees.
Amazing Closed Loop Water Cooler! CPU hasn't reached 60°C and I've played Phantom Pain a lot. P.s - Really Quiet!