Summary: I like this thing. It has made my computer way quieter and really brought down temperatures. I didn't do any objective measurements, so look to other reviews for that, but I did want to chime in on one thing, and that's fit. Make SURE this thing is going to fit on your case. That radiator is way bigger than it looks in pictures, and the tubes from it to the pump are pretty short.
Summary: This product is very well designed and capable of some acrobatics when fitted into a mini-itx computer case. Amazingly quite compared to products of the past. No need to worry about all those pesky cables dropping on top of your CPU in cramped computer cases.
Summary: So much quieter than my old air system that would constantly throttle the fan up when temps came up. Pretty good design that will fit any socket out there including the new 1150 which is the board I have. I only docked a star because I had to modify my case in order for the unit to fit.
Summary: My i7 CPU now drops below 30C when idle. Fabulous. However, 1 star off for compatibility issues caused by design. The extruding edges of the radiator and the short coolant tube together made it almost incompatible with any cases smaller than a tall tower. I say "almost" because with some hacking, you can eventually fit it in, like I did with my Blackhawk mid-tower case.
Summary: Overall this is a really good cooler. I had a heck of a time getting my computer to boot after installing the backplate, as it kept shorting out the CPU. After taking everything apart & realigning multiple times I finally got everything working. As an experience IT tech I found this very frustrating & time consuming. My overclocked AMD Phenom II X6 1100T runs at a cool 28 degrees. No complaints there.
Pros: - Quiet, - Good cooling
Cons: - Issues with backplate shorting out the CPU on my Asus Crosshair VI Formula. Had to readjust the backplate multiple times to get it to boot properly, - Screws need to be inserted at a bit of a angle to line up with the backplate
Summary: I replaced my other aftermarket air cooler with this water cooler. It is 10C cooler under load. Installation is easy although look at U-Tube how-tos and not the documentation that comes with the cooler. The documentation is not helpful. Also, it doesn't tell you to check the bios to make sure the fan power header you plug the block into is running full voltage and isn't set to vary the fan speed.Other than that the product works well for my aplication.
Cools effectively, but the fan it came with is loud.
22 December 2013
Summary: I was experiencing overheating issues with my computer with a typical heatsink, however this has solved all problems. It keeps everything cool even after hours of gaming. My only beef with this is the fan is annoying. It doesn't rattle or make any noises that indicates there is something wrong with it, it's just a loud fan. It's tolerable though, and once I put headphones on it drowns everything out. I recommend just buying a new fan to replace the stock one.
Summary: Instructions are pretty easy, if you follow them. I forgot to put the back plate on, with a case with no back plate access. Big hassle to undo and then redo everything. Used it on an Intel i5 4770k Haswell CPU mounted on a ASRock Z87E-ITX in a Fractal Design Node 304 with a MSI Radeon HD 7850. It fits, if just. The reason I mention the video card, is that it only had about 1mm of clearance on the left side of the rad.
Summary: The Lian-Li case I have is designed to look like a component on your entertainment system. This low chassis height might look nice but is awful for heat distribution. I spent months trying different ways to maintain my CPU from heating up, and my case fans from running full throttle, 100% of the time (they get loud). The H90's 140mm fan was a direct fit for man Lian Li and it helped so much even though it was a tight fit.
Summary: Using in Corsair 550D with i5 3570K. 4.2 GHZ 1.2/Auto Volts m 70C Very Quiet 4.5 GHZ 1.25 Volts m 80C Quiet Mounting Back Plate had issues with ASUS P8Z77-V PRO. Solder points on the back of the board prevent use of 1 adhesive strip and can see this being issue with other boards. Plastic back piece had to flex also due to solder points. Overall Great All In One Water cooling unit might change stock fan with Noctua A14.
Pros: Quiet, Pretty Good Cooling, Compatible with Corsair 550D, $79.99 Sale Price