Reviews and Problems with Corsair Hydro Series H105
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Corsair Hydro H105 Review
3 September 2014
Excerpt: Over the past couple of years or so, we gearheads have transitioned from membrane keyboards to mechanical ones; from mechanical hard drives to SSDs; and from air-cooling our CPUs to using closed liquid loops. All favorable moves, though the latter group suffers from a lack of variety.
Pros: Smooth installation; uncomplicated fan control; quieter than average.
Cons: Not quite top-tier performance; radiator size can be an issue.
Summary: The Corsair Hydro Series H105 is without a doubt an amazing AIO liquid cooler. It offers extreme cooling performance that outdoes the H110 and every air cooler I have tested to date. The H105 delivers exceptional performance at even lower fan speeds by beating every cooler I have tested with the fan set to 50%. Add to that the perfect memory and socket clearance which allows users to install any memory or expansion card they can think of and you have a winner.
Pros: Extreme cooling performance, Perfect memory clearance, High-quality fans, Exceptional Performance at even 50% fan speed, Solid build quality, Great warranty, Well packaged, Customizable pump appearance
Cons: High price, Very loud fans at full speed, Not expandable, Fans lack colored rings to match pump
Conclusion: As far as all-in-one, closed-loop liquid coolers go, the Hydro Series H105 is one of the highest-performance solutions available on the market today. By attaching a thick, 240mm radiator to its latest-generation, low-profile pump, Corsair has created a refined Hydro Series cooler that offers excellent cooling potential and compatibility with many of today's high-end enclosures.
Summary: Right out of the gate, we were offered an AIO that can take on a bit of personality to suit the build with the new interchangeable colored rings for the head unit. We did not expect, however, the level of performance we saw in this Hydro Series cooler. Taking third place on the charts is a great accomplishment on its own, but considering what beat it, the H105 is the best sealed, traditional AIO on the market that we have tested.
Summary: Even though the Hydro H105 has just been officially presented to the masses at the CES 2014 Trade Show, MadShrimps is already introducing you to this latest sibling of the CORSAIR Hydro series. The H105 is manufactured for CORSAIR by Asetek and looks at first glance as a beefed up version of a Hydro H75 with a 240mm radiator. Over the years CORSAIR keeps on innovating in the AIO segment.
Conclusion: It’s quite evident that H105 (just like the Hydro coolers before it) can achieve some of the best thermal performance results in both the liquid and air cooling arena. As we have demonstrated throughout our rigorous tests, at both stock and overclocked performance the H105 was able to effectively cool our Intel Core i7-3930K and top the cooling charts. In this next phase, Corsair has given H105 a new mounting bracket design which translates to a quick and easy install.
Pros: + Excellent thermal performance, + Great build quality, + Quick and easy to install, + Interchangeable pump accent rings, + 5 Years warranty, + Support for multiple sockets