Corsair Hydro 90 & H110 Review - 140mm Cooling Power

Cooling/Water Cooling by leeghoofd @ 2013-01-28

Corsair just recently launched a brand new Hydro series with the H80i and H100i units, both coolers being updated versions of their predecessors, not alone being overhauled in the cooling/pump block design, but also the addition of the new CORSAIR AIR Static Pressure fans was a big plus for the new Hydro i series. Secondly the LINK software was now directly supported, without the need of buying the optional Command Control set. The new features boosted the cooling performance and versatility for end-user adjustment. To our big surprise, two brand new Hydro units arrived on our doorstep. The Hydro 90 and 110, both being optimized for extreme cooling performances. Weirdly enough these brand new coolers are not based on the latest Hydro I series, but seem at first glance a revamp of the older Hydro 70 design, manufactured by ASETEK for CORSAIR. Biggest innovation is the usage of a 140mm radiator and ditto fan, instead of the 120mm version we are so accustomed too. More radiator surface should enhance the cooling capacity. Let's find out how these two Hydro units perform...

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Unboxing H110

The brand new Hydro 110 is the flagship in the lineup of CORSAIR's All In One cooling units. Alike the H90, deviating from the standard 120mm design, CORSAIR goes one step beyond, now using 140mm FANs, thus drastically increasing the radiator surface with this 280mm radiator.

The box design in typical CORSAIR style, the box art shares similarities with the H100i,  just a red theme this time.




The new H110 resemblances a mixture between the H100 radiator and the H70 pump design. However as can be clearly seen in the below pictures, the radiator surface has undergone a steroid treatment. The below pictures of the radiators of the H110 and the H100i tell more than a thousand words could ever do.





CORSAIR opted to swap the old stiff tubing and use the low evaporation, easy bend tubing. These were already used on the older ANTEC 620/920 models, also made by ASETEK. Too bad the H110 tubing is not of a similar thickness as the H80/100i.

Thermal paste is pre-applied and has good thermal transfer capacity. Typical for ASETEK designs is the round shape of the cooling/pump unit. The CORSAIR Hydros manufactured by CoolIT are rectangular shaped.




On the left, the old H70 versus the H110 block. The picture on the right compares the H110 with the H100i.

At first glance the new H90 and 110 share many similarities with the old H70 design. The cooling block surface is slightly overdimensioned. The swivelling points for the tubing are still present but the filling/bleeding hole has been omitted. The pump unit needs to be connectod to a 3 pin header on the motherboard. The FANS require a  4pin header on the motherboard. A direct plug in with the pump unit is not foreseen on this older pump design. No LINK software support for neither the H90 nor the H110 cooling units.


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