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methimpikehoses
10-16-09, 01:21 PM
Well I decided to give it a whirl but I can't say I'm too impressed. It's not that it's bad, but it's barely better than my previous Xigmatek Dark Knight 1283 air cooler.

I've tried some different configurations, including setting the rad fan to both intake and exhaust and tinkered with push/pull, but those changes result in little CPU temp variation.

Right now I stopped at push/pull intake into the case, with 2 120mm exhaust fans blowing hot air out of the top, and my front top fan exhaust as well. I replaced the stock thermal grease with AS5 but again the changes were negligible.

Still idling at about 40C at 4.02ghz, 1.27V. My load temps are better, however, and did not go above 70C on OCCT, although I have not crunched prime95 yet.

The biggest issue is that the radiator can't go on the outside of the case where it probably belongs because the cooling tubes cannot be detached (unless I get a dremel and start cutting large holes in my TJ09). The rad is just on the inside wall of the case, with the Corsair fan pushing from the back outside the case, and one of my Xig fans pulling that cool air past the rad into the case.

I will try re-seating again, and reversing the airflow again, but I'm not expecting any miracles from this product. Many of the reviews had this beating a TRUE, but I don't see it happening.

No pics for now because my camera is out of commission. :|

If anyone has any revolutionary ideas about how to reconfigure, I'm all ears.

(lee63)

Redeemed
10-16-09, 01:25 PM
It sounds like you have it setup right to me. Water shouldn't help a whole lot with idle temps- it's load temps where it shines. And from what you said, load temps *are* lower. Sounds like it's working. ;)

Run some prime for a while, tax that processor- get it up to 100% on all cores and let it stay that way- all the while monitoring your temps. See if it really helps then. :)

methimpikehoses
10-16-09, 02:01 PM
It sounds like you have it setup right to me. Water shouldn't help a whole lot with idle temps- it's load temps where it shines. And from what you said, load temps *are* lower. Sounds like it's working. ;)

Run some prime for a while, tax that processor- get it up to 100% on all cores and let it stay that way- all the while monitoring your temps. See if it really helps then. :)

Well that is true, it's been at OCCT load for 30 minutes now, and I'm posting at the same time, temps are 61-62C. Under air they would have been mid 70's or higher. I was hoping to get the idle temps down to 30C or so but maybe that wasn't realistic.

I do have a mighty OC on it though, and am running HT as well, so I can't complain too much about 39-40C idle I suppose.

Redeemed
10-16-09, 02:05 PM
Well that is true, it's been at OCCT load for 30 minutes now, and I'm posting at the same time, temps are 61-62C. Under air they would have been mid 70's or higher. I was hoping to get the idle temps down to 30C or so but maybe that wasn't realistic.

I do have a mighty OC on it though, and am running HT as well, so I can't complain too much about 39-40C idle I suppose.

I've never heard of a scenario where water cooling will help with idle temps, it only helps under load.

So it seems like your new cooler is actually doing a *really* good job. :) I'd be satisfied bro.

In fact, I think I'll head over to newegg and frozencpu to see which one has this cooler for the least amount of money. It'll probably be my next purchase... whenever I can find the money for it. :lol:

Redeemed
10-16-09, 02:09 PM
Is this (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181009) the one you have? If so, wonder why it's listed as "deactivated"? :(

methimpikehoses
10-16-09, 03:16 PM
Is this (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181009) the one you have? If so, wonder why it's listed as "deactivated"? :(

Not sure why the egg doesn't have it, but most places have it in stock.

http://www.corsair.com/products/h50/default.aspx

Mine's priming at 75C, so not as good as the site claims, at least with my config.

methimpikehoses
10-17-09, 12:42 AM
Well I rigged up the rad so it's under the top of my case under and intake fan with a pull fan attached below. Idling now at 40-40-37-37 so that is an improvement. I will try to reseat the whole thing and see if I can't get it under 40, which is the goal now. Will try to get some pics too.

Revs
10-18-09, 08:27 AM
I'm liking it, but it's got it's limits. 4.05 is a bit too much for it, at least using Orthos. But there are big drops at 3.6 compared to the Noctua.

Q9650@3.0Ghz(with SpeedStep)
Idle: 29*C
Load: 49*C

Q9650@3.6Ghz(1.3vCore, no SpeedStep)
Idle: 42*C
Load: 58*C

Q9650@4.05Ghz(1.4vCore, LoadLine Calibration, no SpeedStep)
Idle: 48*C
Load: 80*C

Load tests are using Orthos (x4). Temps using CoreTemp.

http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/attachment.php?attachmentid=38447&stc=1&d=1255872022

http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/attachment.php?attachmentid=38451&stc=1&d=1255872374

http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/attachment.php?attachmentid=38450&stc=1&d=1255872041

I'm running the pump and rad fan through the fan controller as it has a audible warning for low RPM's.

HYBRID
10-19-09, 11:35 AM
I just installed an H50 in an Obsidian 800D, Q9550 at 3.714 8.5X 437.

Idle temps 40c,39c,38c,38c the room ambient temps are round 77 degress, and im in Florida where it hot all the time.
load Prime95 4 cores small ftt 68c,67,67,66 these temps are for 2 plus hours of prime.

Shocky
10-19-09, 12:04 PM
Got 4GHz on my i7 920 with a H50 with load of around 75C, it's not a bad cooler but it's not the greatest either.

HYBRID
10-20-09, 10:29 PM
http://i36.tinypic.com/2e651yp.jpg

http://i34.tinypic.com/s5cx1j.jpg

http://i33.tinypic.com/dz9dw0.jpg

http://i38.tinypic.com/2hqtp2f.jpg

Here's a couple pictures of the H50 in a Corsair's 800D Case.

Revs
10-21-09, 02:27 PM
Very nice. The hugeness of that case always makes me chuckle :lol:.

HYBRID
10-21-09, 02:57 PM
The hugeness of the case is the reason why its so great to work in it. I can see how some ay shy from it but cable management and all the other great attributes are why the case is tech win.

bob saget
10-21-09, 05:45 PM
Thats one heck of a northbridge cooler :D

Destroy
12-07-10, 08:55 PM
How is the noise level of fan and pump of this H50? Thinking of picking one up but I need cool AND very quiet.

methimpikehoses
12-07-10, 09:40 PM
How is the noise level of fan and pump of this H50? Thinking of picking one up but I need cool AND very quiet.

it's very quiet.

i forgot i made this thread, lol. i have been happy with the cooler since i rigged the fan to push air into the case through the rad rather than out.

Destroy
12-09-10, 09:15 PM
Ok, thanks. I think I'll ask for one of these for Xmas.

Roadhog
12-09-10, 09:16 PM
DONT LET DD SEE THIS

Redeemed
12-09-10, 11:23 PM
Two months later and I still don't have the cooler. :lol:

For the better though- with how my case is setup (mobo rotated 90*) it likely wouldn't do very well, as the rad would be at the top of the case where all the hot air is. :lol: Think I'm sticking with air cooling. :)

methimpikehoses
12-09-10, 11:24 PM
Two months later and I still don't have the cooler. :lol:

For the better though- with how my case is setup (mobo rotated 90*) it likely wouldn't do very well, as the rad would be at the top of the case where all the hot air is. :lol: Think I'm sticking with air cooling. :)

i have the rad at the top of my case pulling cool air from the outside across the rad on its way into the case, then exiting out the back. it works quite well, just took some creative wiring in my TJ09.

;)

Redeemed
12-09-10, 11:32 PM
i have the rad at the top of my case pulling cool air from the outside across the rad on its way into the case, then exiting out the back. it works quite well, just took some creative wiring in my TJ09.

;)

Top, as in literally the top? Click here (http://www.silverstonetek.com/raven/products/r-photo.php?model=RV01&area=usa) for some good photos of my case to see what I mean- the only "exhaust" fan I have, is one 120mm at the top of the case, then two 140mm at the bottom for intake, and vents all around for intake as well. The CPU is roughly level height wise with my GPU, so the vast majority of the hot air goes out via that *one* 120mm fan at the top. If the rad is there, it'll have to contend with nearly all the hot air in my case. Having it blow air into the case is not an option as that's the only exhaust fan. It'd likely just raise the ambient temp.

Then again, maybe it'd work better than I think. Already wound up purchasing a beefier HSF for the CPU. Haven't installed it yet :lol: :o but likely next year I'll be doing an over haul to my rig. I'll have to keep the H50, or it's successor, in mind. :)

methimpikehoses
12-09-10, 11:37 PM
yeah, literally on top, where the top fans are supposed to be. it might not work on the raven from the looks of your pics there.