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Yea sorry about the pic. . . I couldn't figure out how to get the rotation to stick. It is indeed upside down though.
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Hopefully this is the right place to ask this question. This is my first build and overclock, and I am old, so please forgive my ignorance.

As you can see from my rig I have a Corsair H100i cpu cooler.

From reading posts about it, I can see that there are people having some trouble with this particular model. I have mine working reasonably well, but I have done a number of things that I am not sure are right or the best way to go about it.

The stock fans that come with the H100i were too loud so I replaced them with two Noctua NF-P12 fans pulling air down. They only run at about 1300 rpm so the chip runs a touch hotter but I don't care because of how much quieter they are. Since these fans just seemed to be maxed out all the time with Corsair Link 2.2, and I don't change the LED color often, I started to wonder why I had it all installed.

I set the LED color I wanted, uninstalled Corsair Link, and plugged the two NF-P12 fans directly into the motherboard slots for cpu fan and cpu opt fan. Then I was able to remove the usb cord and fan leads from the H100i pump, and just have the SATA power line plugged in now.

I am not excited about my temps: 3770k, 1.29v, 4600mhz, Prime95 max 84c, gaming max 60c in a 75F (23.9c) room, but they seem livable for 247 use.

Much cleaner and simpler now, but is this the best way to go? Any suggestions would be much appreciated.
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That seems awfully warm. I still run my H80 with the stock 2500rpm fans which are some of the loudest in the world but since I have a headset on anyway i don't really mind. I'm only seeing a max of about 50c on a 125watt FX-4170 oc'ed to 4.9ghz at 1.52 volts while playing Arma II/Day Z but I set the fans to "screaming loud" settings that would probably make your ears bleed.
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Hopefully this is the right place to ask this question. This is my first build and overclock, and I am old, so please forgive my ignorance.

As you can see from my rig I have a Corsair H100i cpu cooler.

From reading posts about it, I can see that there are people having some trouble with this particular model. I have mine working reasonably well, but I have done a number of things that I am not sure are right or the best way to go about it.

The stock fans that come with the H100i were too loud so I replaced them with two Noctua NF-P12 fans pulling air down. They only run at about 1300 rpm so the chip runs a touch hotter but I don't care because of how much quieter they are. Since these fans just seemed to be maxed out all the time with Corsair Link 2.2, and I don't change the LED color often, I started to wonder why I had it all installed.

I set the LED color I wanted, uninstalled Corsair Link, and plugged the two NF-P12 fans directly into the motherboard slots for cpu fan and cpu opt fan. Then I was able to remove the usb cord and fan leads from the H100i pump, and just have the SATA power line plugged in now.

I am not excited about my temps: 3770k, 1.29v, 4600mhz, Prime95 max 84c, gaming max 60c in a 75F (23.9c) room, but they seem livable for 247 use.

Much cleaner and simpler now, but is this the best way to go? Any suggestions would be much appreciated.[/quot

Very nice setup by the way. I run the Sp120's that came with it in push out the top with the software and the fans actually or not load at all, I have them set to balanced and they run at 1330 to 1340, under load they go up to 1500+ but it's not that loud. Why do yours run at full speed all of the time?, they shouldn't.
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That seems awfully warm. I still run my H80 with the stock 2500rpm fans which are some of the loudest in the world but since I have a headset on anyway i don't really mind. I'm only seeing a max of about 50c on a 125watt FX-4170 oc'ed to 4.9ghz at 1.52 volts while playing Arma II/Day Z but I set the fans to "screaming loud" settings that would probably make your ears bleed.

Why full speed, you should not need it.
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post #22016 of 28251
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That seems awfully warm. I still run my H80 with the stock 2500rpm fans which are some of the loudest in the world but since I have a headset on anyway i don't really mind. I'm only seeing a max of about 50c on a 125watt FX-4170 oc'ed to 4.9ghz at 1.52 volts while playing Arma II/Day Z but I set the fans to "screaming loud" settings that would probably make your ears bleed.
His temps seem somewhat average to me. You're running an AMD CPU with half the total cores....
And AMD cpus generally run really cool on corsairs CLC coolers anyway
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Devildog83,
My NF-P12 fans are plugged into the motherboard. The BIOS profile says "standard" and they run at about 1350 rpm all the time, which is max. I am not sure how to adjust that. I haven't looked into it since they seem quiet running at full speed.

General121,
Thanks for the response. I am reusing a 4 year old case, and it does not have any great cooling or airflow characteristics so I wouldn't expect my temps to be above average.
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Hey all! I’ve been researching for the last month which Corsair CLC system to buy and have found a lot of conflicting information. I wanted to put this out there on the overclock.net, corsair, and ROG forums to see what the users, moderators, and (maybe if I’m lucky to get a response from Yellowbeard or Ramguy) the manufacturer have to say.

Here’s my specs:

Intel Core i5 3570k
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Ambient temps are around 21 degrees Celcius

I’m currently using the stock Intel fan and get temps of about 88 degrees Celsius when running Prime95. I have the processor overclocked to 4.2ghz with -0.01 offset voltage, which raises the temperature to about 91. Obviously that’s way too high. For now, however, I’m ok to keep it overclocked at 4.2 as the processor doesn’t usually go above 65 degrees when gaming. I would like to get it to 4.5ghz, but want to get a better cooler first.

I would like to get a CLC as my case can only fit a CPU fan up to 76 mm in height. I’ll need to mod the case to fit the rad, which will be mounted on the outside of the case. I can’t imagine that I’ll be able to do anything other than an exhaust setup. There is a similar build below:

http://www.pctechadvice.com/gallery/computer-builds-spartacus/

You can kind of see in picture 16 the holes that will need to be cut. I also plan to cut out the plate covering the fan for extra airflow. I have an 80 mm fan in the front of the chassis pulling air into the case.
I’d prefer NOT to use corsair link for two reasons: 1.) I’d like to keep the number of cables in my case to a minimum, and 2.) it doesn’t seem that stable yet.

But which fan to buy? Here are a couple examples of the conflicting information:

http://www.anandtech.com/show/6530/closing-the-loop-contained-liquidcoolers-from-corsair-and-nzxt-compared

Anandtech shows the H55 beating the H60 by about 3 degrees. They attribute this to a better waterblock:

“Unfortunately, part of the reason the H55 looks so good is because the H60 performs so poorly. The H60 runs $10 more than the H55 for an arguably better PWM-controlled fan and a somewhat lesser quality waterblock. In this corner of the market, there's really no legitimate reason to spend up on the H60 when the H55 performs as well or better for less.”

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/12/03/new_corsair_h60_h55_cpu_liquid_coolers_review/1

Hard OCP shows the H60 beating the H55 by about 2-4 degrees when overclocked. They also attribute this to a better waterblock:

“It is able to best the original by about two degrees which is impressive considering it uses the same radiator and pump, so surely this points to a more efficient coldplate design.”

Hard to decide which one! For the sake of argument, let’s ignore cost. They are all pretty close to each other in price and $50 one way or another is not going to persuade me. I do care about noise level. I have come up with some questions that will help me decide:

1. Does the H55 or H60 have the better waterblock?
2. With a mild overclock (4.2-4.5), is a H55 or H60 enough to keep the temps below 50 degrees over ambient when running Prime95?
3. From the pics and reviews, the waterblock on the H60 seems much easier to install. Is that correct?
4. Are the H50 and H55 consistently ranked higher than any of the other coolers just because they are cheaper?
5. Is a 27mm radiator too thin to benefit from a push/pull configuration?
6. If a 27mm radiator does benefit from the push/pull, would it be enough to keep the temps below 50 degrees over ambient?
7. Can you run a H80i without CorsairLink?
8. Would a H90 with a 140>120mm adapter work (essentially acting as a shroud)?
9. Do the preliminary tests for the H90 show it works better than the H80i?

Side-issue – I have a 3-pin 120 mm case fan. I’ve noticed my RPM’s are not consistent. Does that mean my motherboard is modulating the voltage? If so, is there really any advantage to PWM fans? Based on Anandtech’s radiator fan review and the fact that they match my system, I’ll most likely swap out any stock fans for the Enermax Magma fans – the ones on FrozenCPU are red and black.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/6391/120mm-radiator-fan-roundup-part-2-fan-harder/7

I really appreciate the information these forums contain. Hopefully this post will help others asking the same questions.

Thanks,
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^ I don't think there are too many members on OCN using the Intel stock cooler trying to overclock. You also have to keep in mind Ivy runs hot and your case is very compact in it's design. I have a feeling if you want to go the water cooling route you'll have to mount the rad externally. There's no way to assure you that one cooler over the other is going to give you the temps you want. As far as fans go, whatever floats your budget.
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^ I don't think there are too many members on OCN using the Intel stock cooler trying to overclock. You also have to keep in mind Ivy runs hot and your case is very compact in it's design. I have a feeling if you want to go the water cooling route you'll have to mount the rad externally. There's no way to assure you that one cooler over the other is going to give you the temps you want. As far as fans go, whatever floats your budget.

When I started overclocking I used the stock Intel cooler on my G6950 - 4.1GHz @80C biggrin.gif

In reply to azra187:

I run the H70 and I'm very happy with it. It has a thicker radiator but a lower profile pump/waterblock. If you have to mount it externally anyways, might as well use a thicker radiator for better heat dissipation and more OC capabilities.
 
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