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Hi all, i just built a skylake rig and currently have a corsair h110i, ive opened my case about 20 times trying different fan configurations for the whole system and on the radiator itself. No matter what i do temps stay almost identical. CPU idles at around 32c and playing The Division would drive it into the high 80s. Ran a stress test real quick but stopped it because temps would hit 100c. I am thinking of returning this cooler and maybe pick up an ek kit, what are some of your thoughts and opinions?
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pls provide a schema/paint pic of what you tested, try this if you haven't
https://www.reddit.com/r/buildapc/comments/2ej4yt/discussion_radiator_position_temperature_testing/
 
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Hi all, i just built a skylake rig and currently have a corsair h110i, ive opened my case about 20 times trying different fan configurations for the whole system and on the radiator itself. No matter what i do temps stay almost identical. CPU idles at around 32c and playing The Division would drive it into the high 80s. Ran a stress test real quick but stopped it because temps would hit 100c. I am thinking of returning this cooler and maybe pick up an ek kit, what are some of your thoughts and opinions?

Something is definitely wrong. While I will be the first one to tell you to ditch the CLC for the EK kit or Swiftech H240-X2 (which you really should), that is not a fan position issue. The slightly high idle temps and crazy load temps typically indicate a bad seating on the block, but could also indicate a flow issue. Have you tried replacing the TIM and reseating - making sure that you are getting good, even contact? It could be something as simple as the backplate getting hung up in one of the MB holes causing the block to sit unevenly. Look at the TIM print when you pull the block off, it should give you a good indication if it is sitting evenly.
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If you download and install Corsair Link (I know it's not the best software) you can monitor and ramp up pump speed which helped me when I had high temps with my H100i. EKWB AIO solutions seem rather appealing vs CLCs. They EKWB's are more expensive, but they are mod-able and perform better according to my quick research stint.
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If you download and install Corsair Link (I know it's not the best software) you can monitor and ramp up pump speed which helped me when I had high temps with my H100i. EKWB AIO solutions seem rather appealing vs CLCs. They EKWB's are more expensive, but they are mod-able and perform better according to my quick research stint.

Actually, while Corsair Link won't solve the heat issue, it will actually point out of the pump is running at correct speed. Well.....that is if it happens to work correctly.... tongue.gif
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thanks for your input fellas, i ended up returning the h110i got refunded and purchased the ek-l360 kit. All i have to say is damn that was so much fun to build, by first time assembling a loop, even if it just for the cpu i had fun doing it. My cpu temps now idle at 21c, so i am stoked about that.
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Something is definitely wrong. While I will be the first one to tell you to ditch the CLC for the EK kit or Swiftech H240-X2 (which you really should), that is not a fan position issue. The slightly high idle temps and crazy load temps typically indicate a bad seating on the block, but could also indicate a flow issue. Have you tried replacing the TIM and reseating - making sure that you are getting good, even contact? It could be something as simple as the backplate getting hung up in one of the MB holes causing the block to sit unevenly. Look at the TIM print when you pull the block off, it should give you a good indication if it is sitting evenly.

You were absolutely right about the block, pulled it off and there was a decent sized area where contact wasnt being made. I still returned the h110i and got the ek-l360, I now idle at 21c give or take.
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You were absolutely right about the block, pulled it off and there was a decent sized area where contact wasnt being made. I still returned the h110i and got the ek-l360, I now idle at 21c give or take.

A wise choice, glad that all worked out for you!

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A wise choice, glad that all worked out for you!

Welcome to the world of water cooling! It's a lot of fun.........but get your credit card ready! wink.gif

of yeah lol, my local microcenter wasnt much help to me as i wanted to get primochill tubing in clear, and i wanted to get colored compression fittings, they said they didnt have any and i didnt even know how they worked, so i didnt know what to look for. Well when i opened the box and looked at the fittings i went to the microcenter website and they do have assorted colors in stock, go figure. I couldnt seem to find a primochill tube the same diameters as the ek tubing that came stock which is 9,5/15,9 mm
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