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Windows 7: Corsair h80i Thermal Paste

04 Apr 2015   #1
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 
Corsair h80i Thermal Paste

I've finally pulled the trigger on an i7-4790k and thought upping my cooler would be a good idea due to the 600MHz jump in clock speed on my i5-4670k, so I chose the Corsair h80i. They seem to have very good reviews so I'm pretty comfortable with the choice, my only question is about the thermal paste that comes pre-applied. Is it good enough or should I opt for some Arctic MX-4/Silver 5?


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04 Apr 2015   #2
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Gav, I have the smaller H60, and just used the pre-applied stuff. Had no issues at all, even after the overclock.
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04 Apr 2015   #3
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

Sounds good Col, appreciate the input mate. If the install is as easy as the BIOS flash it's only the credit card bill that's been painful in this upgrade.
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04 Apr 2015   #4
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Yeah, they are pretty straightforward. Should be a breeze.
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04 Apr 2015   #5
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

I'd rep you mate but I need to spread it around.
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04 Apr 2015   #6
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Not a bother Gav
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04 Apr 2015   #7
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

The Paste they use is supposed to be Shin Etsu, which is supposed to be very good. It should do a good job. I always change it. Mostly because I'm OCD. But I have used what comes on the cooler and had good results with it.
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04 Apr 2015   #8
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

Can't argue with those two inputs. Pre-applied it is. I'll order some Arctic anyway just to shove in the drawer, fail safes and all that.

I might ship you over here one day Steve to put me custom loop in.
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10 Apr 2015   #9
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

One more quick question lads. I took a look at the H80i earlier today (I'll be fitting it and the new CPU tomorrow) and it recommends having the fans draw air in over the rad which makes sense, but as my front fans are pulling air in over my hard drives won't that just leave warm air collecting inside the case?

My current airflow is this:

Corsair h80i Thermal Paste-airflow-1.jpg

Using Corsair's recommendation my airflow will then be:

Corsair h80i Thermal Paste-airflow-2.jpg

Would you go with their recommendation or have the fans pushing out of the case?


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10 Apr 2015   #10
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

Yes I would and always do. I understand your concern. But I have tried it both ways and have had better results pulling the cooler air through the radiator. I'm not familiar with your case, but could you mount the Radiator in the top?
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