Questions about H80 cooler

I am considering the H80 for a new build. I already have the case, which has one 120mm exhaust fans in the rear and one optional 140mm exhaust fan in the top of the case.

Is the H80 the best off the shelf cooling for a case that has only one 120mm exhaust fan?

How noisy are the fans and the water pump?

Are the H80's exhaust fans sufficient to cool the whole case, or will they get overwhelmed if they need to cool both the case and the H80's radiator? (i.e. should I install the optional 140mm fan?)

What is failure rate of these water pumps? i.e. will the pumps burst open and drench the computer with water?

The system will include a 3930K overclocked and a high-end nVidia card.
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  1. ratsa said:
    I already have the case
    Ok... what case?
  2. There are much better air-coolers for the SAME PRICE. If you want water cooling, go custom. Don't even consider the closed loop coolers, from corsair, antec, thermaltake, and asetek. They are all outperformed by air coolers of equivalent or less price.
  3. ratsa said:
    will the pumps burst open and drench the computer with water?
    Not unless there is some serious damage to the rad or tubing.
    Reliability should be pretty good.
    CORSAIR H80 (CWCH80) High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181016
    -> Look at H80 owner comments on the Feedback tab

    Corsair Hydro H80 Review
    http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/corsair_hydro_h80/
  4. WR2 said:
    Not unless there is some serious damage to the rad or tubing.
    Reliability should be pretty good.
    CORSAIR H80 (CWCH80) High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181016
    -> Look at H80 owner comments on the Feedback tab

    Corsair Hydro H80 Review
    http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/corsair_hydro_h80/


    I saw at least two reviews on Amazon by people who had leaks. It's hard to quantify the risk, but is it worth it?
  5. WR2 said:
    Ok... what case?


    Lian Li PC-9F
  6. amuffin said:
    There are much better air-coolers for the SAME PRICE. If you want water cooling, go custom. Don't even consider the closed loop coolers, from corsair, antec, thermaltake, and asetek. They are all outperformed by air coolers of equivalent or less price.


    Was also considering Noctua NH-D14 SE2011. Concern is that I have to be very careful choosing memory sticks that fit, and once the cooler is in place I can't swap memory sticks for any reason. Good news is that I think it fits in my case (Lian Li PC-9F), but just barely. It might block the top exhaust fan.
  7. Definitely a lot more than just two failures. It's hard to quantify because you never know if one user had to force/bed his tubing during installation, or it the cooler was handled by the UPS Gorilla during shipping or a true mechanical failure.

    Did you check through the owner comments on NewEgg?
  8. NewEgg customer comments confirm Noctua NH-D14 will fit in the Lian Li PC-9F.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112304
    There is no real reason to buy the tall heatsink type RAM over the short versions.
  9. NH-D14 will be a much better choice.
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