Corsair Hydro Series H90 140mm High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler - £67.98 @ ebuyer
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Corsair Hydro Series H90 140mm High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler - £67.98 @ ebuyer

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Found 10th Mar 2015
After going through the straining process of reading conflicting benchmarks for various coolers (honestly, the contradictions between different reviews are astonishing!), I ended up selecting this cooler for my core i7 2600K.

The reason is that all single reviews agreed that it outperforms the more expensive h80i, while being more quiet and slim (skinnier radiator, only one fan) and all placed it fairly close to the performance of the much more expensive h100i.

This is not an "intelligent" model, meaning you won't be able to control it through the -infamous for its buginess- windows-only Corsair software (set profiles, change led colours, monitor performance) however you can control the fan speed satisfyingly through the motherboard's PWM and a variety of third-party software.

Based on my on-line research, it currently offers the best performance/cost ratio among all ready-made/closed-loop water-cooling options.
[EDIT] Thanks to "Just Wondering" for pointing out Nepton 140XL. H90 is still a great deal with its own advantages, but, at least purely from a performance standpoint, if noise is not an issue, Nepton is a better deal.

PS: make sure that your case can accommodate a 140mm fan.

*PS2: These are some of the reviews that formed my opinion that this is indeed better performing than h80i and very close to h100i, both of which are more expensive, bulkier and louder.

hardocp.com/art…iew
techpowerup.com/rev…H90
overclockersclub.com/rev…htm
pcper.com/rev…er-
hitechlegion.com/rev…t=2
eteknix.com/cor…/5/

PS3. Yes, Air-cooling is still king of cost/performance ratio, however you need to have a huge, heavy sink hanging from your motherboard, obstructing access and straining the board, which I don't like.

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+1 for links to your sources. They look like good sources to me. Interesting product, didn't know it existed.

same price on Amazon if you're not in a rush (2-3 weeks delivery)

I have the h80i its amazing and easy to fit.

Hot for the effort you put into this and sharing with us - thanks.
What cases are you considering putting this in?
Edited by: "Hootwo" 11th Mar 2015

Cheers for the head up brother! Please keep posts like this coming!! Thanks again OP!!!

Try a Nepton 140XL from amazon , go for a flubit , got one for around 48 delivered , Frostytech highly rates it !

Terrific review buster and very timely for myself too.....looking at single fan solutions here and this saved me a lot of work

Have some heat!

Like the review and time taken to do so.

Heat from me.

HUKD

Original Poster

Just Wondering

Try a Nepton 140XL from amazon , go for a flubit , got one for around 48 … Try a Nepton 140XL from amazon , go for a flubit , got one for around 48 delivered , Frostytech highly rates it !


Thanks for that, I somehow missed it in my search!

At 48 pounds that can it be gotten from Una Technology, it looks an excellent deal and I'm half tempted to cancel my order and buy this instead. Very tempted. If only I knew the noise would be bearable...

For those interested here's a list of stores that sell it, starting from 48 pounds:
google.co.uk/sho…675?q=Nepton%20140XL&biw=1280&bih=692&prds=hsec:online,scoring:tps&ei=pXUAVbG0JcbQ7Aa6ioDIBw&ved=0CJABENkrMAI

The only negatives that I summed from the reviews I read, are:

1) They are very noisy (all agree on that). Quote from Anandtech:

On the other hand, one would have to be at least partially deaf in order … On the other hand, one would have to be at least partially deaf in order to use these coolers with the fans anywhere near their maximum speed. Even with their voltage reduced down to 7V, both kits are rather noisy. It is not possible to run these kits quiet even if you reduce the voltage even further, as the fans are clearly audible from 1 meter away even at just 4.7V, the minimum voltage required to start them. Therefore, we simply cannot recommend them to anyone seeking a quiet cooling solution.


It can be amended with changing fans though, if someone doesn't mind (the difference in cost makes up for it).
2) Very thick radiator (only a negative if the case cannot accommodate it). This is a picture showing it side by side with the h100 radiator, which is already quite thick:
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-eXDajIELx8M/UsLIKrabh-I/AAAAAAAABFg/uaEbEk68gkg/s1600/IMG_0204.JPG
Now add the two fans in push/pull that come with that and the thickness seems a little overwhelming
3) 2 years Warranty instead of 5

On the other hand the positives:
1) better performance (hard to say how much better, as few review it side by side, and there are great inconsistencies in most reviews, however using the h100 and h80 deltas as reference, I'd say something between 0 and 15%.
2) It looks more easy to refill with liquid, should it ever be necessary.
3) almost 35% cheaper

Reviews:
modders-inc.com/coo…ew/
tech-critter.com/201…tml
ocinside.de/go_…tml?ocinside.de/htm…tml
anandtech.com/sho…s/2
play3r.net/rev…/8/
frostytech.com/art…751

Hootwo

Hot for the effort you put into this and sharing with us - thanks.What … Hot for the effort you put into this and sharing with us - thanks.What cases are you considering putting this in?


I will put it to my Xigmatek Midgard II. I am also setting a second system for work (same CPU), so I'm in the search of a good case -wish I could find the same, it was a steal for 33 pounds-. Since I can no longer find that case, I'm considering cases like Cooler Master N300 (radiator would have to go to the side panel) or Silverstone RL04W. Here's a limited list, although I'm not limiting myself among them.
uk.pcpartpicker.com/par…h90

I'll throw an update when I decide and get it.









Edited by: "nske" 11th Mar 2015

Just Wondering

Try a Nepton 140XL from amazon , go for a flubit , got one for around 48 … Try a Nepton 140XL from amazon , go for a flubit , got one for around 48 delivered , Frostytech highly rates it !

On the other hand, one would have to be at least partially deaf in order … On the other hand, one would have to be at least partially deaf in order to use these coolers with the fans anywhere near their maximum speed. Even with their voltage reduced down to 7V, both kits are rather noisy. It is not possible to run these kits quiet even if you reduce the voltage even further, as the fans are clearly audible from 1 meter away even at just 4.7V, the minimum voltage required to start them. Therefore, we simply cannot recommend them to anyone seeking a quiet cooling solution.

Hootwo

Hot for the effort you put into this and sharing with us - thanks.What … Hot for the effort you put into this and sharing with us - thanks.What cases are you considering putting this in?



Good effort! my money is on you being an academic quoting sources like that!

Thanks,

Cooler Master N300 (radiator would have to go to the side panel)


Could consider Fractal 3300 at £50 - there appears to be room on the back panel. The side mounted drives leave space for SLI/Crossfire with long cards too...

Will it run Minecraft?

ronin1

Will it run Minecraft?



No

l`m not convince with this AIO, got one in my pc and not really impressed with, overclocking cpu @ 4.5, (stable @ 4.2 still too high for my liking) it shuts down due to overheating and when gaming at all ultra`s the temp hits high 80`s and idle is no better.
Maybe it`s me during installation that l messed it up, believe me, READ the whole damn instruction before installing, it can only be correctly installed in a certain order!

Like the OP, l`ve reservation about the weight hanging off the motherboard, however there is one (when l can be bothered to open the pc and remove AIO) This bad boy is clearly an underated air cooler, again like the OP, did research on all the leading brands and the Cryorig was highly recommended, infact beating some AIO, as mentioned the sheer weight put`s me off, but with experience of not so cool H90, will change eventually.

However if you plunge for the Corsair cooler, be rest assured, the customer service is excellent (l know it`s a pain RMAing to Netherlands, but hey no more, there is one in Bolton now)

Sent a refurbish K90 faulty LED keeps going on/off, replied within days of receipt, l was offered the K70 (as the K90 is now discontinued) but sadly the switch on K70, l`m not keen on, inform Corsair of my preference to the Red on the K90, I was offered the newer K95 RGB, is that service or what, for that experience l rate their excellent customer service.


l

Edited by: "wottodo" 12th Mar 2015

Original Poster

rastbury

Good effort! my money is on you being an academic quoting sources like … Good effort! my money is on you being an academic quoting sources like that!


No, just trying to provide my information in a way that I'd appreciate to find them

wottodo

l`m not convince with this AIO, got one in my pc and not really impressed … l`m not convince with this AIO, got one in my pc and not really impressed with, overclocking cpu @ 4.5, (stable @ 4.2 still too high for my liking) it shuts down due to overheating and when gaming at all ultra`s the temp hits high 80`s and idle is no better.Maybe it`s me during installation that l messed it up, believe me, READ the whole damn instruction before installing, it can only be correctly installed in a certain order!


Was that with the factory-applied thermal compound?

If you try that air-cooler and you get much better temperature with it, it might be a faulty unit -maybe an underperforming pump or something-, so maybe send it to Corsair and ask to check it. That's because all the comparisons I've seen put it ahead or very close to the Noctuas NH-D14/5, which are among the best air coolers.

wottodo

However if you plunge for the Corsair cooler, be rest assured, the … However if you plunge for the Corsair cooler, be rest assured, the customer service is excellent (l know it`s a pain RMAing to Netherlands, but hey no more, there is one in Bolton now)


That's great to know! 5 years of local warranty are important as there are lots of things that can go wrong with these coolers (had an h100 5 years ago and the pump developed problems on the third year).


Edited by: "nske" 12th Mar 2015

wottodo

l`m not convince with this AIO, got one in my pc and not really impressed … l`m not convince with this AIO, got one in my pc and not really impressed with, overclocking cpu @ 4.5, (stable @ 4.2 still too high for my liking) it shuts down due to overheating and when gaming at all ultra`s the temp hits high 80`s and idle is no better.Maybe it`s me during installation that l messed it up, believe me, READ the whole damn instruction before installing, it can only be correctly installed in a certain order! Like the OP, l`ve reservation about the weight hanging off the motherboard, however there is one (when l can be bothered to open the pc and remove AIO) This bad boy is clearly an underated air cooler, again like the OP, did research on all the leading brands and the Cryorig was highly recommended, infact beating some AIO, as mentioned the sheer weight put`s me off, but with experience of not so cool H90, will change eventually.However if you plunge for the Corsair cooler, be rest assured, the customer service is excellent (l know it`s a pain RMAing to Netherlands, but hey no more, there is one in Bolton now) Sent a refurbish K90 faulty LED keeps going on/off, replied within days of receipt, l was offered the K70 (as the K90 is now discontinued) but sadly the switch on K70, l`m not keen on, inform Corsair of my preference to the Red on the K90, I was offered the newer K95 RGB, is that service or what, for that experience l rate their excellent customer service.l



Can always try some uprated fans.. I bought the 2x140 version, have 2 phanteks running on it, and they're noticeably better than the standard fans.

stickyjam1

Can always try some uprated fans.. I bought the 2x140 version, have 2 … Can always try some uprated fans.. I bought the 2x140 version, have 2 phanteks running on it, and they're noticeably better than the standard fans.


Thanks for the reply, l replaced the custom fan to Noctua NF-A14 and added another for good measure, coupled with the two fans that came with the case (Fractal R4, now that is one hell of a case, even l could not mess up the clean built, just amazing)
Like nske said, it might be DOA, but l never thought of that untill he mentioned it, l'll have a chat with Corsair, knowing the great service they provide and see what happens.

rastbury

Good effort! my money is on you being an academic quoting sources like … Good effort! my money is on you being an academic quoting sources like that!

wottodo

l`m not convince with this AIO, got one in my pc and not really … l`m not convince with this AIO, got one in my pc and not really impressed with, overclocking cpu @ 4.5, (stable @ 4.2 still too high for my liking) it shuts down due to overheating and when gaming at all ultra`s the temp hits high 80`s and idle is no better.Maybe it`s me during installation that l messed it up, believe me, READ the whole damn instruction before installing, it can only be correctly installed in a certain order!

wottodo

However if you plunge for the Corsair cooler, be rest assured, the … However if you plunge for the Corsair cooler, be rest assured, the customer service is excellent (l know it`s a pain RMAing to Netherlands, but hey no more, there is one in Bolton now)


Thanks man, the paste that came with it, is rubbish IMO, and replaced with Noctua NT-H14 (Another great product, use on my ageing laptop and it dramactically reduce the noise, the OH was complaining it's too loud when watching movie inbed or might have to move to another room, and she conceded, yes it's a lot quieter and she is hard to please lol)
I'll try and chat with Corsair and see what happens.
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