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April 5, 2012 3:01:01 PM

Hey guys,

I have recently bought the Corsair H80 liquid cooler accompagnied by the Corsair Obsidian 800d. I notice that Corsair wants you to install the cooler drawing air inside the case, rather then the "standard" exhaust way. I'm just wondering if anyone has experienced issues with this way. I've read depending on the case, it's better to use the exhaust way.

Thanks for your help

Cheers

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a c 158 ) Power supply
April 5, 2012 3:23:48 PM

The reason for making it an intake is to ensure the coolest air is being used to cool the radiator. I have an H80 installed in an Antec P183 and followed the mfr suggestion to set it up as an intake. I have two fans installed as intake on the front and one exhaust mounted on the top of the case. My temps are great...i just wish the H80 wasn't so dang LOUD. If I had it to do again, I would buy a good air cooler instead of the H80. I've added a fan controller and some good quality fans; run them at 800rpm and have significantly reduced my noise levels. The fans that come with the H80 are like loud wind turbines when they are controlled by the H80, especially at boot and coming out of sleep mode.
April 5, 2012 8:30:20 PM

Rugger said:
The reason for making it an intake is to ensure the coolest air is being used to cool the radiator. I have an H80 installed in an Antec P183 and followed the mfr suggestion to set it up as an intake. I have two fans installed as intake on the front and one exhaust mounted on the top of the case. My temps are great...i just wish the H80 wasn't so dang LOUD. If I had it to do again, I would buy a good air cooler instead of the H80. I've added a fan controller and some good quality fans; run them at 800rpm and have significantly reduced my noise levels. The fans that come with the H80 are like loud wind turbines when they are controlled by the H80, especially at boot and coming out of sleep mode.

Thanks for the reply.

I have Noctua fans from my previous cooler master cosmos 1000 chassis. Will probably give it a try with those fans. On a side note, what temperature are you getting and what processor are you using. Furthermore, are you OC'ing?

Thanks
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a b ) Power supply
April 5, 2012 10:27:58 PM

my h80 is also set push pull intake

with a 200mm top exhaust

i also replaced the stock fans--i used silverstone air penetrators

very quiet as i put in a fan controller to give precise control over fan speed/noise but still cool enough even at

5ghz on a 2600k


heres link with temps etc--after 10 minutes of 80% load--i dont use prime95 as its not realistic to what you will

do in everyday use

http://i1184.photobucket.com/albums/z330/mcnumpty23/tem...
a c 158 ) Power supply
April 6, 2012 12:54:31 AM

v1zzle said:
Thanks for the reply.

I have Noctua fans from my previous cooler master cosmos 1000 chassis. Will probably give it a try with those fans. On a side note, what temperature are you getting and what processor are you using. Furthermore, are you OC'ing?

Thanks

i3 2120 with no OC. I'm using Yate Loon D12SL-12s in a push-pull as intake in an Antec P183. All of my fans are on a Scythe Kaze Master fan controller and set at 800rpm. Idle to light usage at 32C. Playing Skyrim with max details/max settings at 1080p and I go to 45-50C without increasing fan speeds. System is really quiet...I run my GPU (HiS HD6950) at 35% to keep noise levels lower and temps still don't go over 65C gaming.

Fans $4/20 at Petra's Tech shop: http://www.petrastechshop.com/12yalod1cafa.html
Review: http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/cases_cooling/yate_l...
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April 7, 2012 2:28:58 AM

Ok, so to my understanding, I should put one fan as exhaust( the one further back) and the other (on the inside) as intake and I would use most likely 2 top mounted 120mm fans. Also, I should plug the two fans on the block of the cpu as well, cause I know you can control the fans from the push button on the block. Curious, how much is a decent fan controller if I were to use one.

Thanks
a c 158 ) Power supply
April 7, 2012 2:39:06 AM

You can't mount fans on the CPU block of the H80 - only on the radiator. Two fans mounted on the radiator for the H80 with both of them acting as intake. The two fans mounted in the top of the case as exhaust. If you mount any fans on the side or front then use them as intake. I personally use the Scythe Kaze Master fan controller and it's $45: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
There are less expensive options, but I like the control, quality, and display options. Other fan controllers:
1. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
2. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
3. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a b ) Power supply
April 7, 2012 8:41:54 AM

v1zzle said:
Ok, so to my understanding, I should put one fan as exhaust( the one further back) and the other (on the inside) as intake and I would use most likely 2 top mounted 120mm fans. Also, I should plug the two fans on the block of the cpu as well, cause I know you can control the fans from the push button on the block. Curious, how much is a decent fan controller if I were to use one.

Thanks


both fans go the same way--both as intake or both as exhaust

heres the fan controller i used--though there are cheaper ones

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/nzxt-sentry-mix-led-illu...
April 7, 2012 2:42:48 PM

Rugger said:
You can't mount fans on the CPU block of the H80 - only on the radiator. Two fans mounted on the radiator for the H80 with both of them acting as intake. The two fans mounted in the top of the case as exhaust. If you mount any fans on the side or front then use them as intake. I personally use the Scythe Kaze Master fan controller and it's $45: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
There are less expensive options, but I like the control, quality, and display options. Other fan controllers:
1. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
2. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
3. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


haha, No I din't mean on the block, I know that, I was referring to plugging them on the block, or get a seperate fan controller like yourself. Will look into that though, thanks


Cheers
a c 158 ) Power supply
April 7, 2012 3:49:36 PM

v1zzle said:
haha, No I din't mean on the block, I know that, I was referring to plugging them on the block, or get a seperate fan controller like yourself. Will look into that though, thanks


Cheers

I got ya...you were asking if you should let the H80 control the fans by plugging them into the ports on the CPU block. I started out that way with the Corsair fans and it was LOUD, especially on startup, coming out of sleep mode, and during heavy loads. If you don't get a fan controller then use the mobo fan headers and a program like Speedfan to try and control fan speeds to minimize noise.

Cheers!
April 11, 2012 2:23:06 PM

Rugger said:
I got ya...you were asking if you should let the H80 control the fans by plugging them into the ports on the CPU block. I started out that way with the Corsair fans and it was LOUD, especially on startup, coming out of sleep mode, and during heavy loads. If you don't get a fan controller then use the mobo fan headers and a program like Speedfan to try and control fan speeds to minimize noise.

Cheers!

Thanks for the feedback, much appreciated. I might consider getting a fan controller.

Cheers
April 19, 2012 2:49:29 PM

Have to admit you sure made a mistake buying the Corsair H80 you poor sole...I went through 3 of these in a year and what pisses anyone right off is downtime...There no doubt in my mind you will experience the head aces i went through.. first of all there loud as hell & sooner or later youll hear a knock knock coming from the pump...I still cant understand why in hell they put there pump in the waterblock..So i sent my 3rd one back and told them to shove it...So what i end up doing is i picked up an old Zalman Reserator 1 v2 & slapped a swiftech 655 external pump on it and now i dont hear nothing and it cools my rig just as good even better then corsair
November 19, 2012 1:46:44 AM

I have noticed something no one else has mentioned. First I have the H80 and love it. Second, I replaced my Corsair stock fans with COUGAR CF-V12HP Vortex Hydro-Dynamic-Bearing Silent Cooling Fan. Allow me to tell you that these fans are solid and move tons of air. Their directed flow is amplified by what I wanted to direct me comment to. These Phobya 120x120x20mm Fan / Radiator Shroud - Plexi. They remove the "dead spot" from traditional fans. Now, the design of the Cougar fans aggressively direct airflow but these shrouds do a few things. they first improve airflow and second they increase standoff of the fan from the radiator with cools better and greatly reduces resistance = noise. Try them for yourself and you will see I speak the FOR REAL!!

Thanks
November 19, 2012 5:08:48 PM

I admit smart move changing the fan but that wasn't my problem with the H80...I was having problems with a knocking noise coming from the pump and the push button that adjusts the fan speed..maybe now they have taken care of the problems but at the time i wasn't impressed...Just in the past few months i replaced my zallman reserator because its just to bulky and im now using the intel RTS2011LC which is totally silent with no software and its automatic the fan speeds up depending on the load thats on the cpu...Mind you the reviews says its not the best but if your looking for a unit were you dont have to baby sit it this is the one to have...
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