Originally Posted by ColeriaX
The h100i is not bad at all. I swapped out the fans for sp120s and idle is around 30C and load never gets over 50 in prime with my 2600k @4.6 1.4v. Oh, I will mention I also used gelid extreme as the tim. Stuff corsair put on there looked low quality (think Intel box fan cooler)
Yea, I've had luck with my h100i. However, the fans it comes with are loud as hell if you set to max, so loud I can't hear a youtube video on my laptop when I'm stress testing my gaming system...
I had bought some other Corsair PWM fans to replace them, but those suffered from really bad pulsing. I later found out that some fans have this issue when plugged directly into the H100i fan controller.
I returned those fans and have just been using the stock fans set to quiet. I'm thinking about getting some of those Noctua, since I heard they worked well with it... Of course I heard the fans I had got worked well with it also. As annoying as the stock fans can be, that pulsing sound was driving me crazy.
I'll get around to those Noctua sooner or later. =D Just wish they didn't look like Noctua fans.
The h100i does work well as a closed loop cooler, but the included fans are way too loud to use at higher settings without some really nice headphones. I'm guessing Corsair went for performance over convenience on these.