Introduction, Specifications and Pricing
With everything we have seen in Corsair's H80i GT and H100i GTX recently, and its strong run to the top of our charts, it only made sense to go back to them and ask for the big dog of the pack. In the latest generation of Asetek coolers, Corsair is the first to jump on board and is delivering class leading performance at this time in the AIO game. While other coolers may soon release with a lot of the same major components, it is rare that we see them this dressed up and with what are some of the strongest fans available boxed with any cooler being sold today. This, along with their performance, has really left us with a smile on our face, and both of the previous samples have gone into full duty since being reviewed, they are just that good not to use them.
So, what does Corsair have left in the tank after the H100i dethroned the Water 3.0 Ultimate AIO with relative ease? Well, since we saw the fat-bodied single 120mm solution, and we also saw the thinner dual 120mm solution, what is left in the tank at the end of those two passes is a larger radiator solution with a 280mm radiator and a pair of very capable 140mm fans to cool it. The real question at this point comes down to just how much better can the Hydro Series coolers do in our testing, and with what seems to be very little wiggle room for improvement, Corsair has opened our eyes to the potential.
If you follow our reviews frequently, a lot of what you are about to see is a lot like what the H80i GT and H100i GTX showed in their reviews, but we guarantee while some of this may be a recap for most, take the time to view the charts and browse the conclusion as we have a lot of information to give and some really great results to show off in this review. While we already knew that Corsair is the new dominant performer in CPU cooling, we had no idea that they could take it to this level. It is almost a guarantee in fact, that by the time you are done reading here, and you have the room for it and the cash to cover it, you will be running right out and getting one of these bad boys for your own systems. It is just that impressive.
Corsair offers all of their specifications in two different pages on site and is why there are two charts shown above. In the first chart, we start off with the parts included in the box from the cooler, to the hardware, even down to the Link cable. We then are shown that the radiator measures 140mm wide, it is 312mm in length, and lastly, it is only 26mm thick. The included fans are a pair of A1425S12S-2 140mm fans that are 25mm in thickness. They will spin at up to 2000 RPM, they will deliver 104.65 CFM at that speed with 3.99 mmH2O of pressure, and are rated at 40 dB(A).
The second chart then offers things the first one did not. Here we find out things like that this AIO comes with a five-year warranty. We are also told that the cold plate on the head unit is made of copper, they mention the fans again, and we are then told that the radiator is of course made of aluminum as most of these are. We are also told that the tubing is a large-diameter, it has low permeability (no evaporation), but there is no mention of the sleeved treatment done to them. Both charts in the top right corner cover the compatibility, and here we see that and socket with current support is covered. This includes anything on the AMD side from AM2 and onwards, and for Intel it covers LGA115x, 1366, and 2011.
With a larger cooler and the potential for lower thermal results, we do expect to have to pay out a little more money to obtain the H110i GTX, and to be honest, the price hike isn't all that bad. For $20 more than the H100i GTX, with the MSRP for the H110i set at $149.99, we honestly have not one issue with that pricing. As we look around, we are seeing that the MSRP is definitely just a guideline to most e-tailers at this moment. Right now as this is being typed up, both at Newegg and Amazon, you can locate the H110i GTX for $139.99 with free shipping offered at both locations. So, really it comes down to only a ten dollar difference currently, and you can get your hands on what is the best performing AIO on the planet today.
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