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Old 03-25-2012, 04:57 PM   #1
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CORSAIR H100 worth it over normal air fan?

I just noticed that these water cooling setups arent very expensive, is it worth it to spend 110 or whatever over 40-60 for an air cooler?

Will it drop temps a lot more when overclocking or do you have to do a custom water cooling setup?
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Old 03-25-2012, 05:02 PM   #2
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If you dont want to drop the $110 you can get the H80 for $80ish bucks. cool better than air coolers of same price, plus rad is on the case and off the mobo which is another nice plus.

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I have an H70, and an antec 620 and happy with both.

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Old 03-25-2012, 05:35 PM   #3
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I purchased the H100 for my new build (waiting for IB). Based on everything I saw it cooled better with less noise, and probably the most important factor is that it allows you to control that heat flow a little better. In my case I picked up the Thermaltake level 10 GT, this will allow the H100 to fit right at the very top of the case with a push/pull fan setup. This means that almost none of the CPU heat should be getting back into my main system.

You can get slightly better performance going with a full custom water cooling setup, but that is a lot of maintenance and costs more. If I recall the H100 was showing about an extra 10 degrees cooler which is a decent bump.
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Old 03-25-2012, 05:39 PM   #4
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You can get slightly better performance going with a full custom water cooling setup
This is an understatement. You WILL get better temps, not just slightly better on a custom setup, but it comes with a price.
A H100 is not end all beat all to full custom water setup. It's a $100 better than air cooler, that's all.
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Old 03-25-2012, 06:39 PM   #5
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i have it and i must say it keeps my machine cooler and is so much quiet compared to the stock fan and some of the other coolers out there when they start to wind-up





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Old 03-26-2012, 06:42 AM   #6
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I get better temps than i did with my CM V8. It's also less maintance (basically none) than a custom setup.
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Old 03-26-2012, 03:57 PM   #7
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I just noticed that these water cooling setups arent very expensive, is it worth it to spend 110 or whatever over 40-60 for an air cooler?

Will it drop temps a lot more when overclocking or do you have to do a custom water cooling setup?
Well I think the H100 is probably worth it if you can fit it. But maybe on the air forums they may not feel so generous.

The H100 is the peak performer of the All-in-Ones. You might Google "Corsair H100 testing" to see if there is new testing. Here is an interesting review from January 2012 where the H100 tested in between a Noctua NH-D14 air solution and a 120.2 Swiftech water-cooling kit. That Swiftech kit offers similar cooling to a 120.2 Swiftech custom build.
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whats a good case for the H100?

I was gonna get the NZXT Phantom PHAN-001RD Red Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811146066.


im looking to spend 130 or less on the case

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If the OP is considering going full water over these self contained systems the XSPC RASA kits are well worth the extra $20 over a H100.
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Old 05-03-2012, 11:33 PM   #10
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If the OP is considering going full water over these self contained systems the XSPC RASA kits are well worth the extra $20 over a H100.
cant get one on newegg and i need to get myself contained on there
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Old 05-04-2012, 01:19 PM   #11
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whats a good case for the H100?

I was gonna get the NZXT Phantom PHAN-001RD Red Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811146066.

im looking to spend 130 or less on the case
This thread has H80 and H100 compatibility. Scroll down for the H100. Then you can link on what you wish. Unfortunately there are no prices but you can screen for those at Newegg.

You just need something that fits a 120.2 up top. So if it fits two 120.2 fans, you are set. At least some NZXT Phantom modes will work. That red looks nice. Good luck.
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cant get one on newegg and i need to get myself contained on there
Ah bugger mate, newegg don't stock those kits, you're looking at SVC, FrozenCPU etc unfortunately.

I like the Corsair cases, as they already are designed with their own H series in mind, plus they're good quality cases regardless.

Not sure of prices right now though there were previously some good cases to be had. Only trick with the corsairs is if you want to add an additional fan series to go push pull you might find it tight unless you go with one of their full size cases.
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Old 05-04-2012, 07:37 PM   #13
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Cooler Master 690II Advances fits the H100 nicely. The rad goes on top of the case under the plastic shroud with the fans neatly where they would be if air cooling. That being said, I am not either impressed or unhappy with my H100. I paid $75 for it so atleast it was cheap and it does keep my CPU under 40C no matter the stress, but the delta is weird. My CPU idles at 30C yet never breaks 40C no matter the stress (yes I mean Linpack).
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I have an H100 mounted in the top of my Antec P280. Fits great. Runs 20c cooler than my Tt Jing on a 2500k @ 47x / 1.225vcore.
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Old 05-06-2012, 08:05 PM   #15
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This might help someone (h100 in the Colossus)

To anyone wondering if the H100 fits in a Bitfenix Colossus ...

Heres my setup ... the h100 is top mounted, in a pull setup(seting it up in pull config like corsair suggests means loosing 2 usb3 plugs in the top compartement)
Taking the top section of the case appart is necessary and a pain but ... it looks awesome and.. adding 2 xtra fans to make it push pull would be cheap and easy.
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not sure where you live b1lk1. 30c is 86f so might just not be able to go much lower cause it's close to room temperature. If you want to do an experiment turn the AC down to about 60-65 and see if the temps can go lower to see if you've got more delta t. Though it shouldn't matter much 40c at load that sounds mighty good to me.
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That's the thing, I could honestly care less that it idles at 30C seeing how it never heats up. I am also not running the Corsair fans (bought mine used, came with different fans) so that may be the reason too. Either way, it is a good cooler, worthy to use for sure. Getting it on sale is key in my eyes.
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Old 05-07-2012, 08:34 PM   #18
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For $100 you really can't beat it. To get the same performance or better on air you're spending $75 or more on a HSF already and then having to deal with the ridiculous size of a capable HSF it's just worth the few bucks to not have to deal with those monstrosities. It doesn't do as well as a regular water setup but it's $250 cheaper as well.
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