Corsair H110 Review

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kukhotskiyr

If possible, could you please add the fan speeds for all of your temperature measurements; or at least just for ambient. Because noise really bothers me; I want a silent cooler or as close to one as I can get.

Your ambient temps for the H100i were actually even lower than the temps for the H110 despite the fact that the H110 has a larger radiator and larger fans. We are obviously missing something, and that of course being the fan speeds. How much noise are we hearing at those performance levels?

If the H100i had to spin both it's fans at 1,600 RPM to achieve that, and the H110 only 800 RPM then that's a significant variable.

The temperatures really do not matter to me that much (no Corsair water cooler will overheat your CPU), I just want silence!

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Ninjawithagun

The H110 and H100i temps for Quiet and Performance mode are backwards on your chart. Please fix this. The H110 easily outperforms the H100i in all areas.

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tom_m

There actually isn't an error in the chart.

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Ninjawithagun

...then there may have been human error involved during your benchmarking. My H110 easily outperformed my H100i in every benchmark. I even reapplied the thermal paste on both setups just to make sure one heatsink didn't have a distinct advantage over the other. Bottomline, is that your benchmark is the only one I could find which shows that the H100i outperforming the H110. There is something that happened with your particular setup that shows an adnormality in the results which conflict with what all the hardware reviews have shown; the H110 is a superior CPU cooler when compared to the H100i both at idle and when at full load, regardless of how the fan speeds are compared. My only other guess is that you did not properly set the BIOS to compensate for the CPU temperatures using the main CPU fan lead on the motherboard. My setup is correct and the fans on my H110 speed up when the CPU temperature rises during load testing. You may want to verify you did this correctly as your benchmark temps leads me to believe that is exactly what you did wrong during your benchmarking. If the BIOS setting for the fan control is not set correctly, the H110 fan speeds will not increase accordingly to the temp thresholds. End result is a H110 being outperformed by the H100i, which is very misleading to say the least. Food for thought - recheck your BIOS fan speed control settings in accordance with each of the fan leads (for both fans and the pump) of the H110.

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Thiazolium

These two sites show the H100i outperforming the H110.

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Corsair/H110/6.html

http://www.kitguru.net/components/cpu/henry-butt/corsair-hydro-h110-review/6/

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Ninjawithagun

Setup was done incorrectly for both reviews and the fans were not properly set up using the BIOS fan control settings. The fan speeds prove this - take a closer look. Unless you actually own the H110, you won't know that this is required in order to attain the maximum performance.

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brannank

Hey MaxPC, I'd appreciate, since the overwhelming majority of subscribers to the magazine are American, you use the English/American standard for measurements. Fahrenheit instead of Celsius. Thanks!

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tom_m

Celsius is actually the international standard for discussing system temperatures :)

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John Pombrio

I am looking at the Corsair Link program for the H100i and it is in Celsius. The Stability test in AIDA is also in degrees C. If it was given in F I wouldn't know what the cutoff/throttling temperature would be! No, C is where it's at.

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brannank

Thanks for the reply Tom. I've been a subscriber for an eon and I'm pretty sure Fahrenheit was used in the past and if I'm incorrect, could you hard working folks provide both units of measure? Thanks in advance!

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Ninjawithagun

No, Farhenheit was never used in the past. For as long as I can remember, Celsius has always been the standard for computer hardware performance reviews. Oh, and yes the American system is slowly converting to metric and will most likely have completed this process by 2025. The time of ignorance is over!

The bottom line --> Nothing is easier than learning a unit measurement system that is based the factor of 10. I will admit that the temperature scale takes a bit getting used to. But, that one is fairly easy too. Water freezes at 0 degrees Celsius (or 32F) and water boils at 100 Celsius (or 212F) at sea level. Everything in between just takes some basic education and self-training to become familiarized with when comparing to the English Farhenheit system. I learned how to use the metric system when I was in junior high school back in the 1970s. The fact that people exist today that are completely uneducated on the metric system absolutely baffles me O.o

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LatiosXT

Celsius I believe is also the default measurement given by most computer monitoring systems anyway and most of the PC enthusiast world uses it, including those in the US. Plus conveniently many chips have a thermal limit of 100C.

You could always use F = (C * 9/5) + 32

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John Pombrio

I have one of these. Took FOREVER for Corsair to get their link program to work with Win8.1 (I might still have the temp fix in place). Tried several other fans but stuck with the fans that came with it. Noisy on full ramp but they keep the temps down better than anything else I tried that was quieter. It is easy to install but the directions are just about helpful enough to make it painful. I put the fans on according to the directions and found that my CORSAIR case of all things, did not have room for them inside but only up on top. The hose routing is back asswards in the mounting diagrams so just put the tubes towards the back of the case and they will work. As far as O/C a Haswell chip, not so great but frankly never expected much. 4.3 is about all she wrote on an ASUS Z87-PRO i7-4770K (I can get more but my memory speed suffers and I get throttling). I think Haswell may be my last CPU that I try to o/c as Intel is not getting as much headroom any more.

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Ninjawithagun

@ John Pombrio,

No, the Corsair H110 is NOT compatible for use with the Corsair link system. The coolers compatible with the Corsair link software are the H100i and H80i.

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John Pombrio

Crap. I DO NOT own this! I have the H100i which I got on sale for $70. With a square cooling pad, definitely not this! That is why the Corsair Link software works. Who knew?