CORSAIR Hydro Series H105 CPU Cooler Review

Cooling/Water Cooling by leeghoofd @ 2014-01-13

Even though the Hydro H105 has just been officially presented to the masses at the CES 2014 Trade Show, MadShrimps is already introducing you to this latest sibling of the CORSAIR Hydro series. The H105 is manufactured for CORSAIR by Asetek and looks at first glance as a beefed up version of a Hydro H75 with a 240mm radiator. Over the years CORSAIR keeps on innovating in the AIO segment. The CORSAIR LINK software unleashed extra end-user tuning possibilities with the Hydro series. The included Static Pressure Fans allow for better cooling performance at lower noise levels. The Hydro H90 and H110 got equipped with 140mm Fans. So what's new with the Hydro 105? The biggest improvement for the H105 is the thicker 240 radiator, now measuring 38mm instead off the regular 25mm. How it all will perform will become more clear on the following pages...

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A Closer Look

In the package we find two additional color accent plastic rings, which allow you to customize the looks of your Hydro H105. These rings are easily removable with the tip of a screwdriver, just make sure you don't damage the plastic of the pump unit.





The package contains:

  • Hydro Series H105 Liquid CPU cooler
  • Two SP120L High performance fans
  • Mounting bracket and hardware
  • Color accent rings
  • Quick Start Quide
  • Y cable for fan connection


The Hydro H105 is compatible with all current processor sockets:

  • INTEL: LGA 1150/1155/1156/1366 and socket 2011 (no LGA775 support)
  • AMD: FM1/FM2/FM2+/AM2 and AM3

The biggest difference with all 240 versions from CORSAIR is due to the increased thickness of the radiator, now measuring in at 38mm. The radiator dimensions are 272.5mm x 120mm x 38mm.

Below are some pictures to highlight the comparison between the radiator and tubing of the Hydro H100i  (left side) and the new Hydro H105 (right side).





If you do the math, the radiator cooling surface thus has been drastically increased. More optimizations were also carried out on the radiator fin design, all to achieve better airflow, resulting in superior cooling.

The low evaporation tubing length remains unchanged at around 330mm. The tubing diameter is measured at approx. 11mm for the H105, significantly less than the H100i's  14mm thick tubing.

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