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Corsair Hydro Series H90 Review

ccokeman    -   February 28, 2013
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Corsair Hydro Series H90 Testing:

Testing of Corsair's latest Hydro Series high performance liquid cooler, the H90, will be accomplished installing the cooler into the test system mounted into a case, not a test bench. Most systems are built and mounted into a sealed (relatively) chassis, so this method will be used to generate the load and idle results to give a real world view as to what kind of cooling performance one can expect, based on the test system listed below. Of course, your results may vary, due to case design and ambient air temperature by several degrees. The CPU load is generated by Prime 95 version 27.7 for a period of two hours, with a cool down period of one hour, after the computer has returned to an idle state. Real Temp 3.70 is used to log the temperatures over the time frame with the highest and lowest averages across the four cores of the Core i7 2600K test CPU. Ambient temperatures are kept at 24 °C throughout the testing to minimize the impact of a variable temperature. Each cooler is tested with the manufacturer supplied thermal compound as delivered. Many of us have our own TIM favorites, but for the end-user without a half dozen tubes of thermal paste laying around, the supplied TIM will have to do and is how these coolers will be tested.

Testing Setup:

 

Comparison Coolers:






 

   

 

   

 

As a high performance liquid cooling solution, the H90 does a great job of keeping the overclocked Core i7 2600K cooler under load than any of the comparison cooling solutions, including Corsair's own H60 and H80. Idle temperatures are nice to see when they are low but the load measurement is the indicator that tells the true load capacity of the cooling. In this case the H90 is the clear winner.




  1. Corsair Hydro Series H90 Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Corsair Hydro Series H90 Closer Look: Continued
  3. Corsair Hydro Series H90 Specifications & Features
  4. Corsair Hydro Series H90 Testing: Setup & Results
  5. Corsair Hydro Series H90 Conclusion
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