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Corsair Hydro Series H90 AIO CPU Cooler Review - Installation and Finished Product

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Liquid Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Mar 5, 2013 7:23 am
TweakTown Rating: 87%Manufacturer: Corsair

Installation and Finished Product




First off I went ahead and grabbed the Intel bracket that goes on the head unit, the one with all the bent teeth on the inner ring. These teeth set into the locks around the head unit, but there is one more step to this.




Once the ring and mounting legs are where you want them to be on the top side, flip over the head unit, and then clip in the locking ring with the four tabs found around the sides of it. Now these two pieces should be locked solid, and you are ready to continue.




I took the four bottom and four top plastic components, and installed them with the lettering of 1155/1156 facing out on the bottom. Flipped around they work the AMD mounting as well as other Intel sockets. The top piece can only go in one way once the bottom part is right. Once together you slide in the thumbscrew, and the head unit is prepped for installation.




Since I test with an Intel motherboard, I grabbed the Intel back plate and went ahead and stuck the two foam spacers in the cutouts that are made for them.




Since all four corners have three holes, you need to look closely to see they are labeled 775, 1155 or 1366, and you need to slide in the metal inserts for the appropriate socket.




With the inserts in place, and the foam now against the motherboard, all I have to do is flip this over on the table, add some paste, and screw the head unit to the back plate. Because the corners support multiple sockets, the plate will sit askew from the socket, or crooked.




I went ahead and mounted the H90 to my GIGABYTE motherboard with the fittings on the same side as the memory slots. As you can see, even trying to make things complicated, the H90 stays well clear of all four memory slots. Pretty much anything goes here for choice of sticks to populate these with.




Even as we step back a bit to take it all in, you can see there is no interference around the socket with the heat sinks either, and since the radiator is behind the rear I/O panel of the motherboard, it will have no issues mounting to the rear of the chassis for normal use. Now I just need to strap this all to my X-Frame and see what the H90 has in store for us.

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