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Corsair Hydro Series H90 and H110 140mm-Based Liquid Cooler Review

Manufacturer: Corsair

Testing Configuration and Benchmarks Used

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To verify that the coolers work up to par, the H110 and H90 coolers were tested with the CPU running in both stock and at a known stable overclocking speed for the system configuration used. The results are presented for the coolers under review as well as the base test bench cooling system and the Corsair H80i cooler for performance comparison purposes. The benchmark tests used should give you a good understanding of the Corsair coolers' capabilities so that you, the reader, can make a more informed purchasing decision. Note that the Corsair H80i cooler was used for comparison because it was the only cooler from the previous Corsair liquid cooling roundup to garner a Gold award.

Test System Setup

CPU

Intel Core i5-3570K
Stock - 3.4GHz, 34 x 100MHz Base Clock
Overclocked - 4.4GHz, 42 x 105MHz Base Clock

Motherboard

MSI Z77 MPOWER

Memory

G.SKILL 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 modules
Stock - 1600MHz, 11-11-11-30-1T
Overclocked - 1960MHz, 11-11-11-30-1T

Hard Drive

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA III HD

Sound Card

Onboard sound

Video Card

AMD Radeon HD 5870 1GB

CPU Cooling

Swiftech Apogee HD cooler - Swiftech Apogee HD water block, Laing DDC pump with EK-DDC X-TOP Rev 2 Plexi top, Swiftech MCR320-QP Radiator
Corsair Hydro Series™ H110 Extreme Performance CPU Cooler
Corsair Hydro Series™ H90 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
Corsair Hydro Series™ H80i High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

Video Drivers

AMD ATI Catalyst 12.8

Power Supply

Corsair 650w

Operating System

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Thermal Paste

MG Chemicals 860-60G Silicone Heat Transfer Compound

The 64-bit Windows 7 based test bench used for LGA1155 board testing includes an Intel Core i5-3570K CPU, 8GB of DDR3-2133 memory, an AMD Radeon 5870 1GB video card, and a Western Digital Black 1TB SATA hard drive. Using the selected components gives us the ability to demonstrate the cooling system's capabilities rather than that of the system components.

Benchmark Tests used for evaluation:

  • LinX Intel Linpack Benchmark v0.6.4
  • FurMark Graphics Card Overclocking Validation Utility and OpenGL Benchmark v1.10.2
February 27, 2013 | 02:09 AM - Posted by razor512

Great review, will try to save up for one for my AMD CPU that keeps hitting 70c at load using the sunbeam core contact cooler

February 27, 2013 | 03:28 AM - Posted by John Doe (not verified)

Mind you that the CCF is a direct touch heatpipe cooler, so you might want to check out if it's making contact well, and re-TIM if necessary.

I had one back in the day and even thought a cheap cooler, it wasn't that bad. It did the job and kept my E6600 cool. It's not all that well built though you might want to remount it or slap a second fan to it somehow. A second fan would help that cooler.

And well, I wouldn't suggest these cheap AIO water loops. Just get a TPC-812 and be done with it.

September 7, 2013 | 07:18 PM - Posted by stas (not verified)

tell me please guys, does corsair h110 fits inside thermaltake armor revo case?

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