Corsair Hydro Series H110 Reviewccokeman - March 14, 2013
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Corsair Hydro Series H110 Conclusion:
After putting the Hydro Series H110 through its paces I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised by its cooling performance. After seeing what the latest Gen 4 Asetek pump-equipped Corsair Hydro Series H90 was capable of, the H110 just had to be better. In terms of cooling performance it was, even against the more than adequate Corsair Hydro Series H100 where the H110 enjoyed a 5 °C improvement in cooling performance. A 5 °C improvement may not seem like a large improvement but essentially it is when compared to last year's best in class. As a high performance liquid cooling solution the H110 delivers not only impressive cooling but it can do so with significantly less noise than the Hydro Series H100 and Hydro Series H80. It does this by using larger, slower, 140mm fans, a larger 280mm aluminum radiator, and a new Generation 4 Asetek pump to manage the thermal transfer through the system and out the chassis.
Currently priced at $120 the H110 is competitive with the market of 2x120mm self contained liquid cooling solutions including Corsair's own H100 and Thermaltake's Water 2.0 Extreme. Competitive but in no ways inexpensive. However only you can decide whether the performance outweighs the cost. In my eyes it does coming from one that has spent way too much on custom liquid cooled systems.
The only real negative for the H110 is that you will need a chassis that can fit a 280mm radiator in it. Sure, modifications are possible and you can make it fit, but it's nice to have a chassis that can hang it right out of the box. In that respect Corsair has several of its chassis, including the Corsair Obsidian 650D that I use as my test system chassis, that fit the bill. Further Corsair case compatibility includes the Vengeance C70, the 550D, the 500R, and of course the latest full tower beast, the 900D. Other manufacturers may have compatibility but you will need to do your research. Socket compatibility for the Corsair H110 includes all current socket types from both Intel and AMD, ensuring just about everyone running a current socket has access to this cooling solution from Corsair.
I have to say that the lower noise levels and improved cooling really make the case for the H110. It currently sits at the top of the heap as the best cooling solution I have tested on this iteration of my test system. Equipped with all of the adapters and installation parts you need, Corsair has thought of it all. Ease of installation is improved with the larger, more flexible low evaporation tubing that allows Corsair to extend a five-year warranty for this product as a way to provide peace of mind to the skeptical user. The five-year warranty is going to mean this cooler may make it through to your next build on average. Great cooling, competitive pricing, low noise, and a great warranty make the H110 a shoe-in for you next build or cooling system upgrade.
- Excellent Cooling
- Low Noise
- Improved Pump
- Large surface area
- Five-Year Warranty
- Competitive pricing
- Limited Case compatibility