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CORSAIR - Hydro Series 280mm Liquid Cooling System with RGB Lighting - Black/Gray-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 96 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Seems pretty good!

    Posted
    Absence4paradox
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    Was having problems with my stock cooler on my ryzen 5, and decided to pick this one up. Fits perfectly in my midsized tower. Measure to make sure it fits. Bad reviews based on not measuring don't give this justice. Dropped about 20 degrees while idle, while gaming it dropped 20-30 degrees depending on the game. Average temp idle is 37 in case, ambient. Gaming never goes above 53, average gaming is 47 and it's overclocked to 4ghz. (Might be different for your situation, it's also on the paste it came with). It's not loud IMO. I have 7 fans, and it's rarely loud. Rgb I could care less about but icue software works fine for adjusting color and performance. I'm sure there are cheaper products, but I was in a pinch and was local. I'd say worth a buy. Install was annoying but was easy and straightforward. Hope this helps.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This hyrdro series works well. Keep things cool.

    Posted
    HeavyGamer

    Got motivated to build me a new system intel based. my orders from newegg came in fine. Only thing my i-7 didnt come with was a Fan an heatsink. Instead of waiting for another week for one part. I decided to go to bestbuy to pick this up. Since my new case was designed with liquid cooling in mind. I said what the heck. Went in smooth no issues it mounted up in a designated spot on my case. Ran some extensive Benchmarks to see how well it would handle. Kept my CPU between 35 to 42C with no issues. As of now I dont see an issue and I checked the cords an connections to make sure it didnt leak before I installed it. Pretty well built. Only time will tell how well it will hold. After installed played about 7hrs of Doom on ultra settings no problem it stayed at a cool temp the whole time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works well, just nothing special

    Posted
    StevenM
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    This has been a great cooler so far, it's just not much different than any other AIO liquid coolers out there. The RGB lighting on the block is much more customizable than the older RGB Corsair AIO coolers, but it would have been nice if it came with some LL series RGB fans instead of the stock HDP fans. I got the cooler new and sealed, but some of the radiator fins were already damaged upon taking it out of the box. I had to straighten them myself. If I hadn't been in the spot of already having to run out and get this last minute because the older Corsair AIO cooler I had intended to use wan't interfacing with my motherboard, I would have tried returning it for a new one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best for overclocking CPU

    Posted
    Dan81
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    I overclocked my Ryzen 5 2600x because I wanted the best experience when gaming. The stock cooler had the cpu temperatures around 75c. With this water cooler, the CPU temperatures never past 45c during hours of gaming at max settings. The program I was using to measure the temperatures was MSI command center. Even the moment I would stop gaming, I went straight into BIOS and temperatures always said CPU temp. 42c. When using the PC for standard usage (YouTube, studying), CPU temperatures stayed between 32c - 37c.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice and Cool

    Posted
    JTCJC
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    Works great! My old one started failing so I picked up this one and even when my old was new my CPU ran hotter. With this one my CPU temp is only about 1-2C above ambient. I OC'd my CPU to 4.7 and the temp was still below 50c. The CPU (6700k) wasn't stable but the temp was great. Remember there are settings in the iCue software to change the fan profile. I think the default is quiet for the fans and balanced for the pump. I could could only hear a slight change in the fans and no change in the pump even though the software showed a reduction in temp and increase in speed. I am very satisfied with this product. FYI the old Corsair was still within the 5 yr warranty and Corsair stood behind it and is sending a replacement. Great company!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice all inclusive liquid cooling package

    Posted
    s3tech
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    This CPU cooling package has everything you need to convert from an air cooled setup for your CPU (both Intel and AMD). It's extremely quiet since it uses magnetic levitation cooling fans on the radiator for reduce friction and noise. It also has a newer version of the original Corsair pump for quieter operation. My only complaint is that the hoses are somewhat short and since this is a sealed closed loop cooling system they cannot be changed. Check your requirements if you have a custom or very large case. Note this is not designed for cooling anything other than your processor (not for video card, memory etc...)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great AIO, Very Good CPU Cooling

    Posted
    Ruskrim
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    I purchased this to get rid of my stock heat sink and fan I had on my Ryzen 5 2600. Before installing the new cooler I was running temps around 50 degrees C. After installation I run temps at around 30 degrees C at idle and around 45 under load. When overclocking my CPU to 4 GHZ I was able to break 50 degrees C under load and still remained in the high 30's at idle. Great cooler and the RGB is very easy to customize with Corsair iCue.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Cools my 9900k

    Posted
    MikeyPhillips
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    Not bad for a 280mm Radiator. Cools my i9 9900K Cpu that is overclocked to 5 Ghz. idle sits around 32* and ingame between 46 and 60* Granted still new to OC. so I am sure I can optimize Voltage. just haven't tried lowering it and stress testing. Voltage is at 1.350 Volts OC on all cores to 5ghz. It does look Rather small in a Corsair 570X mounted at the front. But their is plenty of tubing to reach it. Over all really nice AIO

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    a staple aio cooler

    Posted
    volcurial
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    if youre not doing custom cooling and/or tweaking every fan curve, look at this series or the evga clc series. choose whichever is less and dont look back. and knockout the rgb if you want to save without losing performance save some fan differences which are nice on the platinum edition iirc. the corsair ml series fans are good match for rads. using this on a 9900k with ml 140 fans.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Well Worth the Install Effort

    Posted
    Thunder
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    This was the first CPU liquid cooler I've purchased; but, overall, I'm thrilled with the unit. As a general rule, I don't tend to overclock because of the general use of my PC and laptop isn't centered around serious gaming. That may change with my newly acquired (albeit a bit older) Intel I7 cpu. I had to work a bit with my case to ensure it was in the most beneficial portion (right up front).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Price Point & Visually Stunning!

    Posted
    Legion
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    This thing is perfect for those who do not want to add liquid or worry about leakage from a custom loop. It syncs up with the other Corsair visual add-ons nicely and the warranty is great. It keeps my PCU nice and cold. I have not overclocked, but I'm sure if I needed to this would still be 5 stars. I whole-hardheartedly recommend this!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent water cooler for any performance CPU

    Posted
    MOSES
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    I've used 2 other Corsair hydro series coolers in the past and have had no issues with them. So the bar was set high, but so far after 2 weeks this cooler is delivering. Cool CPU temps aside, overall system temps are down all around thanks to the massive 280mm worth of airflow circulation. And the RGB function is pretty awesome. Recommended if youre a PC enthusiast.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Huge Cooler

    Posted
    GoEagles
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    I ended up having to exchange this for the 240mm liquid cooler. There was no way this was going to fit into my Fractal Design R2 case. (Which is meant for a 280mm cooler. The power supply leading into the MOBO was blocking where this would have to be installed. Please check the dimensions of this cooler. It is much longer than 280mm it is also VERY deep.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very quiet and powerful

    Posted
    needmoarhardware
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    I have this installed on a Ryzen 7 2700x. I had a smaller 120mm AIO cooling it before. This 280mm unit keeps my temps 12-15c cooler under load AND my cpu clocks itself about 100-125MHz higher as well. This cooler unlocked some extra performance from my cpu without me having to do any manual over clocking.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best CPU Liquid Cooling System

    Posted
    StephenW
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    Does a very good job at cooling down my i7 8700k. I am getting frame rate boosts because of the lower temperatures and boost clock. Setup is not too difficult as long as you follow the instructions. Really nice fans and lighting! Also very quiet and good software to control everything.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect fit and great performance.

    Posted
    Browner
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    I was looking for a Liquid cooler and had decided on this model. The pricing was very competitive to other stores I had looked at, and it was in stock locally. Very simple to install and connect. Cools as good as, if not better than the larger cooler it replaced. I would highly recommend.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good cooling capacity for i7-8086K/8700K

    Posted
    rsp81
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    This is used to cool a delidded 8086K while overclocked at 5GHz. Was able to keep CPU below 82C running AVX on all cores with Prime95. Otherwise, average temperatures are around the mid 60's while running normal apps and games. Relatively quiet with the included fans at full speed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works well so far

    Posted
    WarriorJD
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    Only gave it 4 stars due to the first one being defective. Got this for a new build a month ago, but the first one I got leaked in its packaging. Traded it in for the same model and it installed easily. Fans run well and fairly quiet.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great cooling power

    Posted
    DLCoates1
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    Hooked up to iCUE for lighting, with the high powered fans that it includes, side mounted in push pull, keeps my Ryzen 5 2600 cool and below 30 at idle, and under 80 while gaming. And that’s with it overclocked at 4.1ghz

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works amazing!

    Posted
    Ty174
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    My CPU temps have never been cooler, even comparing to other products since this has 2 140MM fans rather than 2 120mm fans. I do with they offered these with RGB fans however instead of selling them separately for $40 each.

    I would recommend this to a friend