Summary: This thing does what it is supposed to do. It keeps your CPU cool, and noise level down. The only con I have on the Corsair H50 is the mounting system. It involves mounting the backplate, then a bracket over the cpu socket and finally you have to maneuver the cooler into the bracket. Once in the bracket, you must turn the cooler around to align grooves on the cooler with the bracket. Then you can start tightening the cooling system onto the CPU.
Summary: This did the trick of quieting my PC!..During gaming or watching movies that annoying stock CPU fan doesn't drown anything out. Initial max temp under load is 119.45F/48.58C, Idle is 100.4F/38C. Stock fan/heatsink needed replacing. AMD AM3 Phenom II X4 965 Processor. I did have to cut a notch in my case for the radiator because it interfered by about a 1/4 inch/6.35 mm with the case (Micro ATX/Mini ITX case, Lian Li V351/Giga-Byte GA-MA785GMT-UD2H MB) This wasn't a...
Summary: Don't use this if you're overclocking. It's very easy to install and it's quite reliable. It's based on Asetek technology so it's a quality part. However, the 120mm radiator just isn't big enough if you're overclocking a Core i7 proc. This cooler does not provide temps that are significantly different than a Thermalright Ultra Extreme (TRUE) 120 Rev C, and it's not really significantly quieter because you'll need high-CFM (read: LOUD) fans to cool that tiny 120mm rad.
Summary: Easier to install than I expected. If you have a heavy duty heatsink/fan already, then you shouldn't have to remove motherboard for installation. I used a push/pull exhaust fan arrangement. Adding the 2 noctua fans cost $$$, but well worth it. I am running my QX6850 at 20C idle and around 38-40C under load, 10% OC. Great product.
Pros: Easy To Install, Energy Efficient, Quiet, Reliable