I’m a big fan of these closed loop all-in-one liquid coolers.  For a little extra on the cost of an air cooler we can get a quieter cooling solution and something that can offer a great way to remove heat from the CPU without going for a full blown self-build water loop.  AnandTech covered the first Corsair closed-loop liquid cooling range back in June 2011, and Dustin recently covered six of them including four from Corsair and two from NZXT in December 2012, with the larger 280mm model taking the top spot.  With that in mind, Corsair has announced a pair of larger CLCs, in the form of the 140mm H90 and the 280mm H110.

The Corsair H90 is a single width 140x140mm model that comes with a single 140mm fan, making it the bigger version of the H55.  The H110 by contrast is a double length 140x280mm loop and a pair of fans, pushing the size of the H100 but using the Asetek based mounting system of the H55.  The switch to 140mm should allow for quieter operation from the bigger fans, and Corsair states the bundled fans are designed for the high static pressure that these loops need.

It is worth noting that both models use the Asetek mounting system used on the H80/H100 rather than the CoolIT mechanism of the H80i/H100i.  Similarly, there is no mention of Corsair Link integration like the H80i/H100i, which may mean that the -i variants could be coming later this year if Corsair want to release them (and they can get the OEM of the H80i/H100i, CoolIT, to make them).

We should be getting both in to review within due course, but eager buyers can find the H90 and H110 available at the Corsair Store online for $100 and $130 respectively.  Both coolers will support all modern motherboard sockets - 2011/1366/1156/1155 for Intel and FM2/FM1/AM3+/AM3/AM2 for AMD.



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  • dishayu - Friday, January 18, 2013 - link

    The big coolers, like the H110 here should come with the list of cases that they will fit in. It's hard to find cases that will fit this cooler without issues/modifications. Reply
  • ShieTar - Friday, January 18, 2013 - link

    "For a little extra on the cost of an air cooler we can get a quieter cooling solution ..."

    Is there any proof of this theory, anywhere? In my experience, watercooling is always the noisier solution for CPUs, because the noisy part of the cooling process is pressing air through the cooler, and with the watercooling this happens that much closer to the edge of the case.

    On top of that, what I don't understand about these coolers is, who exactly is the target audience? Personally, I havn't come across a singe PC where the CPU cooling solution was noisier than the GPU cooling in about 10 years. What kind of system do you build with one of these coolers?
  • vicbdn - Friday, January 18, 2013 - link

    You can put them into mini-itx cases like the SG07/8. I have a H80 in mine. Air coolers are harder to fit in there, at least ones at the same performance level of one of these all in one coolers. Reply
  • maximumGPU - Friday, January 18, 2013 - link

    i agree. I have a silver arrow with 2 140mm fans. Lets say for argument's sake that this high end heatsink produces the same temps as an H80 with its 2 fans in push pull at the same rpm (although i'm pretty sure the SA would be marginally better), and let's say the 2 fans also produce the same db (again, the TY-140 that's bundled with the SA are amongst the quietest). at the end of the day you'll always have to add pump noise to the H80, therefore it most certainly will be noiser, no matter how quiet the pump is.

    There are a lot of reasons to go for these closed loops, such as aesthetics and space saving, but lower noise levels isn't really one of them.
  • HisDivineOrder - Friday, January 18, 2013 - link

    I think the question of whether this is quieter depends on if the pumps grind. Because Corsair likes to make closed loop systems with grinding pumps. It seems to be their specialty and they do it really, really well. Reply
  • Beenthere - Friday, January 18, 2013 - link

    I love the technical ignorance and fanboism of the clueless...

    Witness this statement:


    "I’m a big fan of these closed loop all-in-one liquid coolers. For a little extra on the cost of an air cooler we can get a quieter cooling solution and something that can offer a great way to remove heat from the CPU without going for a full blown self-build water loop. "

    Nothing could be further from the truth than what Ian has stated above...

    In fact testing at numerous websites including AnandTech show that highend HSFs actually perform as good or better than closed loop coolers (CLCs), in every typical CPU cooling metric used by enthusiasts, those being:

    1. Thermal performance
    2. Cost
    3. Fan Noise
    4. Reliability

    Corsair has finally tweaked their H2O coolers so that they are slightly better than a highend HSF in thermal performance - under the right conditions, but has not resolved the cost, fan noise or reliability issues where water leaks can and do destroy PC hardware. While Corsair has been paying for the water leak damage, you can still lose data and be without your PC for weeks and for what? So you have a CLC that cost more, is thermally less efficient, has a louder fan and that can leak water?

    Really? Is that what a technically informed person actually wants? I doubt it. I think that the majority of people who buy or promote inferior CLCs over safe, reliable, efficient and cost friendly HSFs, are technically challenegd, unscrupulous or both.

    People are free to buy whatever makes them happy but promoting an inferior CPU cooling system to the clueless is unscrupulous IMO and that of other technically informed enthusiasts. The sheeple will flock to whatever is pimped, most without ever bothering to do their homework and learn the facts for themselves.
  • IanCutress - Friday, January 18, 2013 - link

    "Nothing could be further from the truth than what Ian has stated above..."

    When I state 'I am a fan of', how is that untrue? Do you know something I don't about my own mental state that I do not? Please send your findings to the James Randi Educational Foundation, they'll give you $1m if you can do it under laboratory conditions.

    I enjoy using CLCs, and I personally prefer them over large HSFs, and own both. Aside from reducing the weight hanging off the motherboard, I find them better for heat transfer and noise in my environments in which I put them than the large HSFs. When I push the CPU load, the fans stay quiet and I'm happier with the temperatures. I have never had a leak with one, as neither have >99% of users. While I can't back up that figure, I fear if it was any larger then Corsair and NZXT wouldn't be forging ahead with new models.

    I have confidence in them, and thus all my recent builds and my test beds use them. I'm sorry you feel differently.
  • kyuu - Friday, January 18, 2013 - link

    Don't mind Beenthere. He's a notorious troll.

    In this case he does have some fair points, but CLCs have no real risk of leaks. I'm sure there have been a few cases, but those would have been a result of a manufacturing defect or being damaged during shipping/installation. CLCs are *closed* and so, barring defects or damage, there's no reason they should leak.

    CLCs are a fairly new product category, and the fact that the first gen models were on par with high-end air HSFs I think shows their potential. The cost and performance can only go up, while HSFs have pretty much topped out what they can do.
  • kyuu - Friday, January 18, 2013 - link

    I should have said, the cost can only go *down*, and the performance can only go *up* [for CLCs]. Reply
  • lever_age - Saturday, January 19, 2013 - link

    >> "For a little extra on the cost of an air cooler we can get a quieter cooling solution and something that can offer a great way to remove heat from the CPU without going for a full blown self-build water loop."

    Just because CLCs can be used in some more situations, may be more convenient, and so on, doesn't mean that you should be making such claims about performance.

    CLCs of comparable prices to air coolers (and those of a "little extra cost") tend to have worse cooling and noise performance. Of course, some models with very fast fans might have slightly better cooling at the expense of much higher noise. Normalize for equal noise levels or equal temperatures, and the other parameter is worse than for the air coolers. If you run the CLCs quieter, then they will not cool as well, so describing that as a "great way to remove heat" gives people the wrong impression. The new CLCs should of course be better than older models (particularly with the 140mm unit sizes), but this issue was even reported before on AT in a previous article:

    @kyuu, well, first-gen doesn't look on par to me. You see the same story in others' testing as well.

    If the results are quite different these days, then maybe AnandTech should run an article about it.

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