Corsair Hydro Series H5 SF AIO CPU Cooler Review

Introduction


Picking the right cooler for your system can be tricky, but when it comes to sticking a high-performance CPU in a compact gaming system, your choices are often quite limited to a range of low-profile air coolers. Corsair is looking to solve this issue with the new Corsair H5 SF Hydro Series Low Profile Liquid CPU Cooler, an AIO unit that’s small enough to mount over the top of a mini-ITX motherboard! Unlike most AIO that must be mounted on a 120/140mm fan fitting, this cooler is a similar shape and size to a 5.25″ drive and comes with a special bracket that mounts it above the CPU like you would expect an air/tower cooler to install.

“The Hydro Series H5 SF is a low profile liquid CPU cooler that provides efficient cooling for small form factor Mini-ITX systems. Building a small form factor system shouldn’t have to mean compromising on processor speed, and with the H5 SF you can provide reliable cooling for your system’s high-performance CPU.” – Corsair

While I’m not expecting huge performance from the new cooler overall, when it comes down to cooling a compact gaming rig, it’s very likely that it’ll still be better than most low-profile air coolers that would fit the same system. Corsair has some impressive figures of their own, but how do they hold up in the real world? That’s what we hope to find out.

“It has a pump assembly with a copper coldplate and flexible, low permeability tubing, just like our larger Hydro Series models. They’re matched with a one-piece blower which cools the circulated liquid by drawing cool air from the inside of your PC and exhausting it outside the case. So, in addition to keeping your CPU cool, the H5 SF provides additional cooling for the motherboard and other components by constantly pulling cool air across them.” – Corsair

Equipped with copper and aluminium construction, high-quality tubing and support for all major sockets, the H5 SF is certainly promising. So let’s move on and take a closer look.

The packaging is typical Corsair, with the usual black and yellow theme at work, as well as a nice big image of the product, showing us the design of the pump and radiator.

Around the back, a nice technical breakdown of the specifications, design and a little image of how the radiator looks when mounted on a mini-ITX motherboard.

The packaging is nicely done on the interior too, with lots of protective cardboard around all major components, as well as protective plastic bags and stickers to prevent any minor marks or scratches.

In the box, you’ll find everything you need to get the cooler installed on major Intel and AMD mini-ITX platforms. All the screws are really good quality with a nice dark nickel finish and there’ sa durable L-shaped support bar for mounting it above the motherboard.

Corsair Announced New H100i GTX and H80i GT AIO Coolers

Corsair has announced two new high-end water coolers to their already big line-up, the Hydro Series H100i GTX and the H80i GT liquid CPU coolers.

These two coolers are using the latest generation of Corsair’s cooling blocks for improved performance and decreased noise, and also have Corsair Link support for customizing the cooling performance, temperature monitoring, and colour adjustment.

The H100i GTX has a 240mm radiator while the H80i GT has a 120mm double-thick radiator. Both come with high-pressure SP120L PWM fans and are compatible with pretty much any CPU.

The two new coolers will be available sometime February and come backed with a five-year warranty. The H100i GTX 240mm Liquid CPU Cooler has an MSRP of $119.99 while the smaller H80i GT has a $99.99 MSRP tag.

Thanks to Corsair for providing us with this information

Corsair H105 Hydro Series All-In-One 240mm Water Cooler Review

Introduction


Water cooling has rapidly become the #1 choice for high end performance systems, be that custom loops that cost hundreds, even thousands of pounds to create, or simple and easy to use all-in-one units that just bolt right into your system. No matter which format you choose, it is common knowledge these days that water cooling units can beat air cooling into oblivion when it comes to improving system temperatures, reducing noise and improving overall system performance. Having a good water cooler can allow for extreme overclocking, or even just help keep your stock system running cooler and quieter, while also helping improve the lifespan of components such as your CPU. Put simply, water cooling is awesome.

Corsair have long been dominant in the all-in-one water cooling market, their Hydro series is very successful thanks to its high end performance, not too crazy price tags and clean and tidy overall design, all of which have proved popular with system builders. Their latest effort is the H105, a 240mm design that features room for four fans (two included in the box), a sleek pump design and great flexibility thanks to its extensive CPU support and ease of use.

Water cooling can be trick, but all-in-one units are no more difficult to fit than a tower air cooler, just screw it to your CPU, screw the fans and the radiator to the chassis, hook up the fans and you’re good to go. Can something so simple really be so great? With a price tag of around £90 / $110 / EUR 122, we certainly hope so.

The specifications are pretty straight forward, a 240mm radiator that can hold two 120mm fans on each side, support for all major AMD and Intel socket types of recent years and a promise of high end performance, what’s not to love about that! So let’s get right to it and see what else the H105 has to offer.

The packaging is what we have come to expect from Corsair, and the box is packed with specifications (see above), as well as a list of socket support and other technical information.

On the interior you’ll find everything is neatly packed and protective wrap on major components such as the pipes which help keep it safe in transit.

Everything you need is in the box; a retention bracket, multi-socket back plate, Y-split fan cable, an instruction booklet, washers, a wide selection of screws and bolts and two extra top rings (red and blue) that can be installed to add an extra touch of colour.

Corsair H75 120mm All-In-One Water Cooler Review

Introduction


Corsair have provided the industry with many great coolers in recent years, their H80 and H100 all-in-one water coolers have proven to be some of the most popular choices for system builders, capable of cooling overclocked CPU’s for a fairly competitive price tag, plus they’re rather well designed, and look great in almost any build. From that we’ve got big expectations of their latest range of coolers and their Hydro Series H75 looks like a promising solution for those looking for a 120mm radiator. With a slim rad, but two 120mm fans, we can get some sweet push/pull action going that should help shift some serious heat from our test system.

Priced at around £70 the H75 isn’t exactly cheap, but the AIO (all-in-one) water cooling market is fiercely competitive and so long as the performance is there, it’ll be worth every penny. For around the same money you can pick up the H2O 950 from Antec and the Zalman Reserator 3 Max, both of which are 120mm radiators and of a similar specification, albeit both come with a hard mounted fan, and a second fan would have to be added at extra cost, so the H75 is already sounding like great value for money given that both of its fans are fully removable and both are included in the box.

With support for all major AMD and Intel sockets, as well as a redesigned pump, aluminium radiator, a pair of 2000 RPM, high static pressure PWM fans, and a wonderful five-year warranty mean the H75 is really well equipped right out of the box. I can’t wait any longer, so let’s get right to it and see what Corsairs latest hardware has to offer.

Features and Specifications

  • 120mm aluminum radiator
    • 120mm x 152mm x 25mm
  • Two SP120L PWM 120mm high static pressure fans
    • 120mm x 25mm
    • 2000 RPM (+/- 10%)
    • 54 CFM
    • 31.4 dBA
  • PWM fan control for customizable cooling
  • Support for AMD and Intel CPUs
    • AM2, AM3, FM1, FM2, LGA 1156, 1155, 1150, 1366, 2011
  • Advanced copper cold plate and manifold design
  • Tool-free bracket for simple installation on most Intel and AMD motherboards
  • Sealed all-in-one design, pre-filled and maintenance free
  • 5-year limited warranty

The H75 comes nicely packaged in a fairly compact box, on the front you’ll find a nice picture of the cooler and details of its support for Intel and AMD sockets.

Around the sides of the box you’ll find the full specifications (see above) as well as some further information on the components and their performance, but of course we’ll be taking a closer look our selves in a moment.

The box is nicely laid out, with some protective covering for the pump, and all the fittings and components packaged into separate sections of the box.

Included in the box is an easy to follow installation guide, molex to dual 4-pin fan cable adaptor, two 120mm x 25mm fans, high quality screws, washers and other mounting components, a metal retention bracket and finally a plastic backplate with metal screw pegs pre-installed in sliding brackets to allow for easy installation to various motherboard socket types.

Of course you’ll also find the pump and radiator in the box, which comes with thermal paste pre-applied and a protective cover to prevent the copper plate getting scratched up in transit.