Excerpt: I got this cooler when I upgraded to the AMD FX-8150. I knew for the overclocking I was planning, air cooling wouldn't cut it. So, I went (almost) all out, and got the H100 while I was in the store.
Defective out of the box, faulty Hydro series units from Corsair
5 March 2012
Summary: Purchased the H100 for a new gaming rig. Installed everything fine, did quick power/system checks before actually installing the OS etc and the cooler seemed to work fine while the case was on it's side (Corsair 800D). Once everything was up and running, the pump started to make a very loud grinding noise and could be heard over 4 120mm fans (case + radiator) and 1x 140mm exhaust fan.
Summary: Well I thought I would be able to dodge the well known "fan controller defect" that is plastered all over corsairs forums BUT it appeared fate had different plans. The pump worked fine, but the fans would come on full blast and gradually die down in speed. No amount of button pressing would change the fan speed. I tried multiple times to reset the firmware per corsairs instructions to no avail.
Excerpt: The H100 is a great liquid cooler for anyone wanting liquid cooling temps, without the liquid cooling installation. Taking the plunge into liquid cooling can be a little tricky for a beginner, from the leak testing, to deciding the loop order, not to mention the price. For anyone a bit hesitant of taking that on, the H100 is a great choice.
Excerpt: I have an EVGA X58 Classified motherboard. It has a huge huge huge northbridge heatsink right underneath the socket. I had this fact in mind while on the market for a CPU cooler, as it obviously limited my choices. Originally I wanted to go for a high end air cooler near the $90 price point, such as the Noctua NH-D14 or the Thermalright Silver Arrow, but after some research, found out they weren't compatible, with some users having to rotate the cooler 90 degrees.
Excerpt: A solid performance putting it midway between air and a good custom water cooling loop. It looks good and ease of setup and use are great. The TIM is good and the high speed fans mean it can perform well, however the fans are loud and for high load applications I'd look at going push/pull with AP15's. Shrouds are not worth the cost unless they're free.
Excerpt: I didn't have that much of a problem installing this cooler. Note that I do have an Corsair 800D that lets me take the back panel off and access behind the board for the processor mounting. If you have any case like that, this will be a breeze but if you don't then this may be a bit more frustrating for you.