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Corsair Hydro Series H105 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler Review

Corsair Hydro Series H105 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler Review
It's time to look at the newest AIO from Corsair. This time we have optional color choices, and a whole lot of great performance.
| CPU Liquid Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Mar 5, 2014 7:12 am
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: Corsair

Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing

 

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While we have seen quite a few AIO solutions hit the market as of late, we also took a look at the single 120mm H75 in that run. Corsair showed us with that design new hardware to mount the cooler, a new head unit to look at that also runs on less voltage than the previous versions, and it also solidified that Corsair is sticking to AF styled fans, and while we cannot change the color rings on the fans, we were given fans that were more than capable of doing what they needed to do to put the H75 in the mix with all the other AIOs in its segment of single-radiator AIOs.

 

This time around, we get a lot of what the H75 brought to the table, but we are now more than doubling the surface area as we look at a dual 120mm radiator in this newer version. Yes, we get AF fans with grey blades and black frames just like we saw in the H75, and we also are getting the newest head unit design to admire through the window on our chassis. We also get to take a look and see if the hardware is the same this time around, or if they have addressed the height issue with the standoffs.

 

We also get one more option on this design that the H75 lacked. That is the option to change the ring on the head unit. So if you don't care for the brushed look or the grey color, you are sent a light blue and a red ring for the head unit much like what the Corsair fans offer, allowing users to customize the looks a bit more this time around.

 

As we look at the newest release in the newer designs, we are now going to get up close and personal with the Hydro series H105 from Corsair. While they have proved before that the H75 was still a contender for your hard earned dollar even with weak mounting pressure, we now look at the dual-120mm version for those who want or need more than what the single-radiator solutions will offer them.

 

The real question at this point is whether or not the performance of this AIO, billed as an "Extreme Performance" model, is actually that impressive. Typically, we see very slight movement in temperatures from model to model and from series to series, but maybe this time Corsair has done something other than making swappable color rings to make us want to run out and buy this latest version.

 

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In typical Corsair fashion, we do get what we could call a specifications chart, but to us it is more of a common knowledge image with a couple of fine points tied into it. It addresses that this is the chart for the H105 and goes right onto the use of two SP120L fans to cool this high FPI design of the usual AIO radiators. It also shows we get mounting hardware, color accent rings, a quick start guide, and a Y-splitter cable to help with wire management and powering of the pair of fans via one connection from the motherboard.

 

Technically, the radiator is 272.5mm long, 120mm wide, and 38mm thick without the fans. As for the fans, they are the usual 120mm by 25mm versions that we are all used to, but these can sail at speeds of up to 2700 RPMs. Doing so, these fans will produce 73 CFM of airflow and 37.7 dB(A) of noise, which is quite high, but it also allows these fans to carry a rating of 3.9 mmH2O of static pressure. While a tad loud, these fans should be capable of bringing the H105 into that billing of "Extreme Performance".

 

While they do cover all of the capable mounting options for the H105, they don't offer up an actual FPI count and do not cover the materials like the copper plate and the aluminum radiator all-in-one chart. For that, you have to look in another section. They don't cover that there is a coolant mixture used to help fight bacteria of fungal buildup as well as helping to fight corrosion within this mixed metal loop. We think it fair to say that Corsair could do a little more work on their charts. Facts like power draw of the head unit are things customers should have to compare to older units. Things of that nature, while menial to some, are all important traits that could have easily been added in.

 

Finding the Hydro Series H105 is relatively easy. The first two places we regularly hunt for pricing had listings and stock ready for anyone to grab this cooler. We also noticed that the release pricing is the typical $119.99 that almost every other dual radiator AIO on the market has released for previously.

 

This does not surprise us in any way and was expected long before we even looked at actual pricing; we just knew the MSRP would be at that level. The nice thing is, as we look online at this moment, we are seeing that most e-tailers, at least those worth their reputations, are selling the Hydro Series H105 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU cooler for some $10 less right now.

 

As with all of these AIOs, as we get closer and closer to a new series release, pricing also drops, but we are here to see if the new H105 will take on the competition and possibly make users want to swap out their large tower coolers or other AIOs for this, and, at this sort of pricing, it is going to need to impress on a large scale in our eyes.

 

 

PRICING: You can find the Corsair H105 for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.

 

United States: The Corsair H105 retails for $109.99 at Amazon.

 

Canada: The Corsair H105 retails for CDN$119.99 at Amazon Canada.

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