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#26
This is our first cooling review in a long time. Feedback please.
It would be nice seeing preapplied paste vs a preferred enthusiast paste. This would be a unique feature to the reviews and would be interesting to see because lately I've been seeing more people unable to match the temps of stock paste. I presume this is because stock paste has gotten better, but I'm also suspicious of the ideal thin layer application being hard to replicate.


I totally agree with this... I always prefer to utilize the already existing hardware controls in place rather than adding another software (that is again prone to bugs) and it runs on the background...

I am actually eyeing at this one (or the H60 '13 edition) once it will be available locally...

By the way, it would also be good to try this H90 in a dual fan (SP140 maybe?) setup and see how the temps go...



Oh crap, where's the post before me? I thought I had that quoted...
I deleted it because I thought it was a little harsh to post here as it was unrelated to the review and more of a complaint against Corsair and poor design in general.


Anyone know the release date?
 
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#27
Should compare with Noctua NH-D14: an air cooler that is arguably better than h100.
 

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#28
It would be nice seeing preapplied paste vs a preferred enthusiast paste. This would be a unique feature to the reviews and would be interesting to see because lately I've been seeing more people unable to match the temps of stock paste. I presume this is because stock paste has gotten better, but I'm also suspicious of the ideal thin layer application being hard to replicate.




I deleted it because I thought it was a little harsh to post here as it was unrelated to the review and more of a complaint against Corsair and poor design in general.


Anyone know the release date?
Corsair water cooling is good and customer service is top notch if you get the rite number ;)! It all depends on your cooler orientation and fan's your using.
 
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#29
if the temps on hw monitor made any sense i think an AMD FX 8350 may be a really good choice for a thermal solution testbed... its pretty hot, o/cs well, and temps scale pretty well too...

anywho, what i really wanted to say is that i think comparing this to the H/70/80/80i could have been a better choice...
 

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if the temps on hw monitor made any sense i think an AMD FX 8350 may be a really good choice for a thermal solution testbed... its pretty hot, o/cs well, and temps scale pretty well too...

anywho, what i really wanted to say is that i think comparing this to the H/70/80/80i could have been a better choice...
Na the H90 is the better choice! been there, done that!
 
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Corsair water cooling is good and customer service is top notch if you get the rite number ! It all depends on your cooler orientation and fan's your using.
You do realize your comment can't possibly be on the mark when we're referring to a deleted post...
 
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#32
Nice to see this.

I only miss a temp bench with the same fan for all tested coolers, many swap fans, don't we...?
 
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Awesome review! Maybe you guys could have used an AMD system since they overclock well at higher clock speeds
 
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#34
+1 to the request to change stock fans with other fans (can show how good the radiator is + noise difference);
also at least one high end air cooler + 1 mid end cooler...
 
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#35
I think it is best to use stock config when comparing different cooling solutions at stock.
Using different fans would be good for a separate review that compares stock fans to certain aftermarket ones.

LGA2011 is fine. I can't complain just because the reviewer uses a different system than my own.
I'm running 1366.

what matters is that the same system be used for all the tests
 

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#37
Personally, I would have liked to see this compared to more closed-loop coolers. I'd like to know just how much advantage a H90 would give compared to my H60 with push/pull fans.
 
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#38
Nice review crazyeyesreaper!!!
It is too bad that Corsair did not include the Link support with this cooler:( It is a nice feature to have.
I am personally okay with you testing the coolers with LGA2011. Hopefully you have some more coolers lined-up to test so we can start seeing more comparisons than just the ones listed in your charts.
Only guessing, but I would think the reason for this new product lacking Corsair Link support is due to all the issues w/ the h100i software.

My h100i is currently being shipped and I'm not sure what to do once I get it :|
 
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Anyone knows what bearing the fan use?
 
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Review looked great! I wouldn't change a thing.
 

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#42
AS long as it's not a sleeved bearing, those fan always die when you put them horizontally :/

I'll see with corsair, this might replace my CNPS10x
 

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#43
Nice review, i currently have the H55 and i'm pretty pleased with it.

it manages to keep my A10-6800K OC @ 5Gh 1.5V, the iGPU @ 1020Mhz and NB @ 2000Mhz 1.4V at 62 C full load with ambient temp 26 C. i changed the default fan with an artic cooling F12 PWM (7 USD at Amazon) which is quieter and i barely can notice the fan running.
 
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