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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant All in One Loop, 8 Jan. 2013
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This review is from: Corsair Hydro Series H100i All-In-One 240mm Digital High Performance Rad Liquid Cooler for CPU (Personal Computers)
I bought the H100i as part of a Chassis transplant a couple of weeks ago, sofar everything has been fantastic a exept the fan noise and the pump's SATA power cable is a bit flimsy and cracked when first connected.

It's only 4 Stars because the supplied fans are ridiculously loud at anything over 1000rpm and Corsair's alternative Static pressure fan the SP120QE is a about 50% lower performing.

The fan noise issue was resolved by swapping the SP120L's for a pair of AK-FN058's which have a much better noise to cooling ratio (because you can run them at full speed all the time without any audible noise vs the corsair fans having to run slower for silence and thus giving worse cooling performance)

Stats @ Max fan speed;
AK-FN058 are 1300rpm 57.33CFM @ -16db- & 2.64mm/H2O
vs
SP120L are 2350rpm 62.74CFM @ -35db- & 3.1mm/H2O.

For prospective buyers, get some high pressure silent fans to swap with the SP120L's and use the SP's with a fan controller as a case intake/exhaust.
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Initial post: 9 Nov 2013, 19:51:29 GMT
Reese Bel says:
The stock fans actually run at 4mm/H20 (Corsair originally stated they were 4-7mm/H20 so I think the 4mm/H20 is the lowest they can perform), god knows why they didn't cool better,than the Apache's, more CFM, more RPM, more static pressure = erm, hotter!?...

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Dec 2013, 10:31:41 GMT
S. Golzari says:
I think he's saying that at full pelt the Corsairs are cooler but you have to sacrifice the quietness. Whereas if you run both quietly the apaches win hands down.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Dec 2013, 11:00:31 GMT
maz says:
Spot on, the supplied SP120L fans provide brilliant cooling but even on the "balanced" setting they were louder than my reference 670 GTX under load.
The Apache's offered the best noise to cooling compromise even compaired to the QE corsair fans. Being able to run them at max speed 100% of the time whilst remaining effectivly silent.
The temps are easily on par with the stock fans with only 2-4C at extreme max load, and it still keeps a 1.37v 4.8Ghz 2500k at sub 60C under all the abuse I can throw at it, including weeks of nothing but Folding@Home using both the GPU and CPU earlier this year.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Dec 2013, 15:00:05 GMT
S. Golzari says:
Well, thanks for the effort that went into your original review. I'm going down your route and have already ordered the Apaches. I like quiet.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 May 2014, 12:03:24 BST
ShammyB says:
get the scythe gentle typhoons. Quietest and most efficient fans I have used.

Posted on 1 Aug 2014, 18:37:16 BST
Sha says:
I ignored your advice and regretted it - the stock fans perform well but are too noisy; however I went for Noctual NF-P12 PWMs instead. It's also quiet, though I don't know relative to AKs.
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