• Cold Plate Material: Copper
  • Fan Size: 140mm (x2)
  • Socket Support: AMD AM2, AM3, FM1, FM2, Intel LGA 1155, 1156, 1366, 2011
  • Radiator Material: Aluminium
  • Pros:
  • Simple installation process
  • Almost no maintenance required
  • Cons:
  • Fans can get loud at higher temperatures

It’s Cool, Bro

CPU coolers are often one of the least-considered components on a person’s list when shopping for parts to build a computer, but what they don’t realise is that choosing a good cooler is important because a good cooler will ensure that your CPU lifespan isn’t cut short. Corsair, purveyors of PC components, have come up with a complete all-in-one watercooling solution with the Corsair H110 CPU Cooler.

The H110 comes in a box the size of a power supply unit, and provides several components of its own. These include the heatsink, which is attached to a large radiator via several rubber tubes filled with liquid coolants, and two 140mm fans which can be attached to the radiator.

Installing the watercooling block is a relatively simple process and only requires that you have a Philips-head screwdriver. You first install the two fans onto the heat spreaders, and mount the unit to the back of your casing (we recommend that you have at least a mid-tower casing at least), and then screw the CPU cooler head onto the sockets on the motherboard.

The H110 supports a wide variety of socket types from Intel, including Socket LGA 1155, 1156, 1366, 2011 and AMD, including Socket AM2, AM3, and FM1. It’s not stated whether it supports AMD’s new Socket AM3+ processors however, so do take note if you’re thinking of building a new PC with these two components in mind.

As with most watercooling blocks, the H110 shines when the CPU is overclocked, maintaining a low temperature even at high clockspeeds. In all our tests, the H110 never once recorded a temperature reading that went beyond 40 degrees Celcius. That said, the higher we clocked the CPU, and the higher the temperature levels rise, the 140mm fans got noticeably louder, and if you’re bothered by loud fan noises, we recommend clocking the CPU at around the 4.2GHz range for best performance-to-noise ratio.

CHIP CONCLUDE: If you have the money to spare for a good watercooling block for your CPU, we highly recommend the Corsair H110. It is perfect if you’re building an overclocked rig for every day use, and you don’t need to change the coolants every so often unlike a lot of unconventional watercooling solutions out there.

(previously published in issue April 2012)