Your PC will run cooler and quieter when you replace your CPU’s standard heatsink with a Hydro Series H55.
Installation is straightforward: if you can get to the back of your PC’s motherboard, you can install an H55. All you’ll need is a screwdriver.
I had to trade a Dualshock 4 to my friend to get this thing. Here's hoping it doesn't leak!
CPU: AMD FX-8350 (overclock: 4.6GHz@1.49v)
Motherboard: ASUS M5A97 R2.0
Memory: Kingston HyperX FURY 16GB
GPU: Sapphire R9 280X Tri-X TOXIC@1.2/1.7GHz
Case: Cooler Master HAF X
PSU: Corsair HX750
Software: SpeedFan / Prime95 / CPU-Z / Windows 10 Professional
Getting this thing on was a task because my friend who lent it to me didn't include the backplate. I had to zip-tie it on, which you can see in the photos below, and that's not easy when you're using a full tower, in a cramped space, and you're kind of a small person. So I'm not biased about having to zip-tie it on, I asked my friend to rate installation out of 10, and he gave it an 8. Otherwise, this thing would've gotten a big fat zero.
When I ran two fans on this thing (the stock fan and my CRYORIG QF120), and even then, it was still really, really quiet. I mean, it's not as quiet as the Macho X2, but damn, it was still really, really quiet. I couldn't hear either of the fans, the pump, or anything. I'll give this thing a 10 for not making a sound. Good freaking job Corsair/Asetek, I'm glad I didn't have to hear the pump.
Okay, so here's the part that took me the longest to measure. I had to install it so many times, and that took a good 3 hours of my time alone, but here are the benchmarks:
Maximum: 82.0°C not sure what happened here.
So, yeah, pretty passable numbers for a 27mm single rad. I'll give this a 8.5 here, mostly because it's performing how I suspect a 212 EVO would, but it costs $50 at the time of writing. It'd be a 10 if it was less than $40USD, as I do consider price/performance.
When my friend gave this to me, my first reaction was that it is so much better looking than my old Alienware CLC (ugly, ugly corrugated tubing). I really liked the tubing as it's smooth and not corrugated. Smooth tubes are B-E-A-UTIFUL. This simplistic cooler deserves a 10.
So, this was a new experience for me. I've never once in my life used a liquid cooler that actually fit my socket, and was sold by someone I know (like Corsair, NZXT, be quiet, Fractal Design, etc). I felt pretty special installing something with zip-ties, even though it's been done so many times before.
Performance (40% of the score): 8.5
Noise Level (30% of the score): 10
Installation (20% of the score): 8
Aesthetics (10% of the score): 10
Final Score: 9 / 10