Originally Posted by InvaderJ
The HEX is expensive, and a little louder than comparably performing air coolers, but both TweakTown and Tom's reviews show it's a good performer, and indicate zero issues with any sort of condensation. Why the beef? It seems like you can't beat its performance for the size, which is a consideration for cases like the BH2; not to mention its smaller size means easier maneuvering in and around the mobo, especially when compared to coolers like the (really great) Noctua C14S.
Figuring with a high performance fan in the front of a BH2, effectively lined up with and blasting air at the HEX, would make for a pretty good solution – based on reviews thus far.
I believe any "beef" is because in the past any cooler that used a peltier element ran into issues with condensation, general inefficiencies, and even worse... Ease of heat soak. Also, you're adding in several more things that can go wrong with the cooler, versus what is now considered a "traditional" heatpipe and fins with fan(s) setup, where the only way to cause an issue is either a sawzall or claw hammer - basically any kind of serious force against the heat pipes. Traditional coolers also only require power to the fans.
There's a reason why most benchers would rather rig up a custom evap setup or even just ye olde bucket of ice water over dealing with the hassles of a peltier element - they just can't handle what they're supposed to, and they use an insane amount of power.