Corsair Hydro H110 280mm AiO CPU Cooler Review

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Posted by on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 8:00am

Corsair's next step was to combat the NZXT Kraken which was the first to bring an AiO based on 140mm fans and mounting. The H110 just like the Kraken uses larger 140mm fans on a 280mm radiator to help with the dissipation of heat made by the CPU. We are going to take a look at the H110 and see if it can top what we saw in the Kraken.

Corsair Hydro H110 280mm AiO CPU Cooler Review

Introduction

When it comes to the popularity AiO water-cooling kits many give us of give most of the credit to Corsair. Granted they were not the first to bring them to market but where the one to make them a household name (geekly speaking). When the H50 hit the scene it was like the start of a new revolution even though CoolIt and Asetek offer models first.

Now in 2013, we have moved on from the H50 with a remake of the model as well as many other models to survive from Corsair. The last big splash from them was not too long ago with the introduction of the H100i. The H100i is a dual 120mm unit sporting some new gear and better performance over its brother the H100, which we loved.

Corsair's next step was to combat the NZXT Kraken which was the first to bring an AiO based on 140mm fans and mounting. The H110 just like the Kraken uses larger 140mm fans on a 280mm radiator to help with the dissipation of heat made by the CPU. We are going to take a look at the H110 and see if it can top what we saw in the Kraken.

Corsair’s take on the H110

Extreme CPU cooling performance

Hydro Series H110 is an all-in-one liquid CPU cooler that provides cooling that’s far superior to stock CPU air fans. Liquid cooling simply works better than air cooling, and the self-contained design of the H110 makes it easy for you to protect your valuable CPU.

Take advantage of your 280mm radiator mount

For efficient cooling, bigger is better – it’s simple physics. If your PC’s case can fit a 280mm radiator, Hydro Series H110 will give you better performance. The larger diameter fans provide better airflow with lower noise than most 120mm fans, and the 280mm radiator has more surface area for faster cooling.


Specifications

  • Radiator dimensions: 140mm x 312mm x 29mm
  • Fan dimensions: 140mm x 25mm
  • Fan speed: 1500 +/- 10% RPM
  • Fan airflow: 94 CFM
  • Fan static pressure: 1.64mm-H2O
  • Noise level: 35dB(A)

Features

280mm radiator

The 280mm-wide radiator has a larger surface area than typical 240mm radiators for more efficient heat transfer.

Low-RPM 140mm fans

The blades of the included 140mms fan are larger than most 120mm fan blades, so they don’t need to spin as fast to deliver the same airflow, reducing noise without lowering performance.

Next-generation tubing

The low-evaporation, easy-bend tubing is guaranteed leak-free.

Advanced cold plate and manifold design

The cold plate uses copper for outstanding heat transfer, and the manifold is engineered for efficient flow.

Simple mounting bracket

The multi-platform mounting bracket easily adapts for Intel and AMD processors.


Closer look

Many will say the H110 is a H100 just reincarnated but larger. The new H110 is Corsair’s new beast sporting two larger 140mm fans and a larger radiator allowing for allowing for better heat dissipation. The rest is pretty much what we saw in the not too long ago released H100.

We begin the tour with one of the biggest reasons why we are here taking a look at the cooler, the radiator. The H110 is the first cooler for Corsair to boast a 280mm radiator. That is right; it uses two 140mm fans on one of the side cooler, which is included. Another fan can be mounted to the opposite for a better cooling setup.

The radiator measure 5.51” x 12.28” and is only 1.14” thick.

Next up would be the head unit. The head unit is a two-part component which consists of the pump and CPU block. Overall the top of the unit is simple and classy. Not lights to draw attention. Just a flat surface with the Corsair logo stamped on it.

The way the block is secure to the motherboard is the same as the H100. Several notches surround the diameter of the block and a ring interconnects with them to attach to the motherboard. The pump is powered through a standard 3-pin header. 

The base of the cooler does have a decent shine but doesn’t have the high gloss we have seen with many cooler. Thermal compound is already applied to the surface, so need for you to add it.

The H110 use more of a base model fan and not the better performing 2700 RPM blowers like the H100i. These 140mm fans are 1500 RPM at 35 dBA.

The H110 comes with all the hardware needed to install it on any current AMD and Intel motherboard.


Mounting Images


Testing Methodology

For our testing we will be using the following procedures and parameters to acquire the necessary data:

  • Thermal compound used is Arctic Silver 5
  • Idle temperatures are recorded after the system has been allowed to idle for thirty minutes from the point Windows has finished loading.
  • Load temperatures are recorded by running OCCT for twenty minutes on all available threads.
  • Real Temp is used for the recording of all temperature sensor reading.
  • PWM function is disabled via BIOS to allow the fans to run at full speed.
  • CPU model and overclock speed used for testing are outlined below in "Test Hardware".
  • Each cooler is first tested with one fan supplied from the manufacturer.
  • Each cooler is then tested again with a second fan attached if provided by the manufacturer.

Test Hardware:

1. ASUS X79 Deluxe Motherboard
2. Intel Core i7 3930K Processor
3. Kingston HyperX 1866 DDR3 16GB
4. Kingston V+ 200 120GB Solid State Drive
5. ASUS BC12B1LT BD-Rom Drive
6. Thermaltake Frio Extreme CPU Cooler
7. MicrocoolBanchetto 101 Open Air Test Bench
8. Silverstone Strider Gold Evolution 850W Power Supply
9. ASUS Nvidia GTX 560Ti 448 Graphic Card

Results

 

Conclusion

When it comes to pure performance and cooling capability the Corsair H110 has proven to be one of the best we have tested. It took on the mighty NZXT Kraken X60 and defeated it by a small margin when we look at the overall average temps of the CPU's cores. The H110 continues the mindset of Corsair to bring the world top-notch products.

The H110 does lack some of the extras they we have seen with the H100i like the higher end fans and monitoring software but who says that is not coming in the form of H110i. Performance is what really matters and the H110 did pretty well.

The only downside to the H110 is that it is not compatible with all cases, so some research will need to be done by the buyer before purchasing.

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