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Corsair Hydro H90 and H110 (with i7-3930K) Review

To test the performance of the Corsair H90, we built a powerful X79 based system on an open test bench to push the cooler to it’s limits.  As we were testing on an open test bench, we directed a Be Quiet! Shadow Wings 120 mm fan at the VRM circuitry to better simulate the airflow generated in a case.  The fans on the H90 and H110 were connected to a 12V header, meaning they were running at their full speed of 1,500 rpm.

Coolers Tested

  • Corsair H110
  • Corsair H90
  • Phanteks PH-TC14PE
  • Noctua NH-D14
Test System
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-3930K
  • Motherboard: Asus P9X79
  • Memory: 16 GB (4 x 4 GB) Mushkin Blackline 1600 MHz
  • Thermal Paste: Arctic Cooling MX-2
  • Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 7950
  • Graphics Card (noise tests): HIS Radeon HD 5550 Silence
  • Power Supply: Seasonic Platinum P1000W
Software
  • Prime 95 (64-bit)
  • CPUID Hardware Monitor

Overclocking

We manually overclocked the i7-3930K to 4.7 GHz by increasing the multiplier to 47x, leaving the baseclock set at 100 MHz.  We set Load Line Calibration to ‘High’, and increased the CPU Current Capability to 120% with a minor voltage increase.  Speed stepping was disabled for both stock and overclocked tests.

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