Specifications, Availability and Pricing
The chart provided on Corsair's site (where people will go for the most information on the product) shows us the same limited information we have seen for years from Corsair. First off, they discuss the five year warranty, which is great. But then things get simple fast. They mention the copper cold plate, show that the H75 comes with a pair of 120mm fans, cover the aluminum radiator, and say you get "standard" diameter tubing, whatever that means. In the middle of the chart, they also show that this cooler is compatible with all AMD sockets since AM2, and on the Intel side, anything with 1150 pins or greater in the socket. I really can't see why the information on the packaging cannot be replicated on site. Most people that buy, do so from their office chair, and cannot see the packaging via e-tailer imagery.
There is the new generation of head unit that should produce much less heat dump into the coolant, and aesthetically, we are looking at something new here too. There is a mix of the round head unit, with three large, chunky notches on the sides. They also took that three notch design and added a metal ring, with a shape similar to the head unit, to surround the Corsair name and logo. As for the tubing and radiator, well, these are the same old bits of kit that have worked so well for them in the past, so no need to make any changes there. The kit also includes a pair of AF120 fans, delivering roughly 50CFM of air flow, but these are the black and grey ones without the color change rings.
This time, they have introduced a newer back plate too. It offers the ability to have the threaded inserts set inside of sections that now slide back and forth to adjust to all of the Intel sockets. While it does make the back plate much easier to install without needing to flip the inserts around, or have the back plate sit askew on the back of the motherboard: I'm just not so sure it was a good move. The idea and principle are sound, but in real life, the issues are obvious.
The Hydro Series H75 is widely available just about anywhere you look. At Corsair, they list them with the MSRP of $84.99 U.S.; from what Goggle shows, most places are sticking close to that pricing. Newegg.com has them at spot on pricing to Corsairs MSRP, and even offers free shipping. Amazon.com is a bit cheaper for the initial purchase, but once shipping is included, the pricing starts to pass the $90 mark. As of this moment, the value is still a toss up to me. Compared to most other AIOs this is pretty average pricing, but does the H75 have "that thing" that will make you want to swap from another AIO you already have running?