Summary: ive had this cooler for a little over a year now . i want to say that it has held up well and has a decent cooling capascity as far as the product its self .. id say if your looking to over clock your processor and plan to just using it for gaming id say go for it if your looking to do a lot of processor intensive work while its overclocked i would say its better suited two 3.6 ghz maybe 3.7ghz on an oc for a phenom 2 1090t the temps tend to say in the 32~40ish range...
Summary: The H5o0 has been wonderful I have my 1090t overclocked to 4Ghz idle temp is 34C and load temp is 58Cish. Installation was a bit of a pain though. The instructions were beyond vague, watch Corsair's Youtube video.. The pump is quite overall and doesn't take up a huge amount of space. I recommend using two fans for the radiator though i.e. push pull. Corsair has instructions for that on their site.
Summary: Corsair H50 system is a good way to have a performance cooling solution for your CPU without mounting a huge Air Cooler one your MoBo and putting huge stress on it this way. Like Prolimatech Megahalems Rev B. Intel CPU Heatsink (LGA 775 / 1156 / 1366) (AM2** / AM2+** / AM3**) that is a great cooler that will chill even highly OC'd CPUs, but the stress it puts on motherboard is just unacceptable for me.
Summary: This product was a pain to install. Be aware that you will need to remove the motherboard from the case in order to install a new CPU back plate and the instructions provided are worthless. Check out youtube for videos detailing how to do it. I installed mine in a old Tsunami Dream case running an AMD Phenom II (965) on an older AM2 motherboard (MSI K9N2 Platinum).
Summary: Firstly, my initial setup: CPU - i5 750 @ 2.67GHz and stock cooling RAM - 8GB DDR3-1600 Case - Cooler Master Centurion, cramped with 5 HDDs and 2 optical drives Baseline: idle - high 40's, 47C avg. 100% CPU load (induced by prime95) - 80+C within a couple of minutes testing Not very happy with the stock cooling, so I got the H50. The instructions (watch the video, it is very helpful!) specifies to install the radiator/fan as an intake.
Summary: I bought this on december 2010, installed it to cool an AMD Phenom II X4 945, i built a budget workstation, i work on the architectural visualization field, so that means lots of renderings for hours and all i can say is that temps are definetely lower and that works for me. The stock fan of the AMD cpu went up to 52C when rendering, and the H50 doesn't go above 42C in room temperatures between 20C-25C.
Summary: I've installed h50 using manuals and youtube vides of corsair which I found really instructive but the last screw for cooling unit over cpu is stripped. And there is no backup screw for this unit. Also I cannot remove it without removing other three screws. Finally I decided to use it with three screws which seems holding unit stable. Now I'm using my i7 950 around 38C without overclocking at 3.06GHz.
Summary: Title says it all. This is the first time I've built a system using water cooling instead of using just the CPU Fan/heatsink. I was a little apprehensive at first, but after watching Corsairs videos and some research, I went for it. I actually used Corsairs installation video to install it and had no problems except for a backplate, motherboard tray issue which was easy to fix. Once installed it runs very quiet. I keep looking at it to make sure it's still working.
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.