I bought an H100 from Newegg during Black Friday ($70 after rebates), so I got a pretty good deal on it. I opened it a few days ago after I finally received all of my parts, and there was liquid seeping out of the unit and into the bag. I found the leak and noticed that one of the screws that holds the copper CPU plate to the unit was completely corroded and had black residue coming off of it. Needless to say, I had my RMA approved yesterday.
I decided to go with the H100 in the first place due to its ease of installation, small form factor (inside a 500R), and great temps. However, after doing a little more research and finding that a lot of people are having problems with this cooler's pump and fan controls failing, I'm a little nervous about sending this back in for a replacement when I can just get a refund and purchase a CM Hyper 212 Evo.
Are the temps this thing provides for OC'ing really worth it? Can anyone who owns an H100 share their experiences with it? I only have a few days left before my $30 rebate has to be sent should I decide to keep the H100, so I have to decide rather soon.
I'd suggest a Thermalright Silver Arrow. It will give you a quieter, more reliable and "drier" experience and barely discernable thermal performance. If ya were willing to spend what ya did on the H100..... I can't see the 212 ..... you're losing about 7-10C as compared to the H100 or Silver Arrow. The 212's bug bruddah has finally hit these shores however and the 612 PWM is very viable alternative to the Scythe Mugen 3 at the $50 price point.
I'm leaning towards turning the H100 in to spare myself from any potential headaches. Saving money is always a good thing, so right now I'm considering the CM 612 PWM or the V6 GT. Although, I really like the fact that the V6 GT comes stock with two decent fans and is currently $47 with free shipping. Would they offer any headroom for OC'ing a 2500k past 4.5 GHz?
Also, does anyone know if either of these coolers will fit inside a Corsair 500R with the stock 200mm side fan? It's a little hard to take any accurate measurements at the moment with everything installed, but it looks like it'll be a tight fit.