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  1. mr_scary

    H150i vs H110

    I recently purchased an H150i Pro, Installed it on a 5930K Stock CPU Temps were much higher then my 4+ year old H110. Both coolers were mounted on the top of a 760T as Push/Exhaust. H150i | Idle-33°c | Max-51°c | Ambient-71°F H110 | Idle-28°c | Max-38°c | Ambient-71°F I tried mounting the H150i twice. Tried first without iCUE software Second remount with iCUE software 100% fan. Second time with the same TIM I always use. However I could not find any pump RPM setting it was always grayed out. I know these temps are not terrible but, the performance gap is huge IMO. However my entire system was warmer, Ram, VRM, even the plastic RGB Corsair logo was very warm to the touch 89°-90°F measured with a laser thermometer. 82°F with the H110 installed. I ended up returning the 150i, Corsair's excellent RMA service replaced my failing fans on the H110 so I have it back in the system working perfectly. Some people seem to think this was a faulty pump or something. I've remounted the H110 probably 6 times in total on this PC for cleaning over the past 4+ years. twice in past couple weeks, and the temps are always the same. Is the 280MM radiator supposed to perform that much better? Possibly larger copper block? I will keep this H110 forever.
  2. Nachdem ich mir vor kurzem einen neuen Prozessor gekauft habe, der den Sockel AM4 verwendet, kann ich nun meinen H110 Kühler nicht mehr verwenden, da dieser über keine Montagemöglichkeit an dem Sockel verfügt. Nun hat meine Recherche ergeben, dass es da dieses Kit für AM4 gibt: AM4-AMD Retention Bracket Kit for Hydro Series™ Coolers Nun hab ich auch gelesen, dass es dieses Kit für Besitzer einer passenden Wasserkühlung gratis gäbe. (oder zumindest sofern sich diese noch im Garantiezeitraum befindet) Stimmt das denn? Und wenn ja wo müsste man sich denn da melden um dieses Kit zu erhalten?
  3. I have an older H110 and i would like to use it on a new system with intel 8th gen I7 8700K - coffee Lake socket - where can i buy / get a new bracket for 1151 socket ? is it available ? what do I ask for if inquiring from my local PC store
  4. Having been in the cooling business for a few years now, at Corsair we’ve developed a pretty healthy lineup of liquid CPU coolers. So healthy, in fact, that it may be a little bit difficult to figure out which cooler you want or even need.So how do you figure out which cooler to buy? For starters, the larger the cooler you use, the slower you can run the fans. The slower you run the fans, the quieter the cooler is. In our testing, we found that even an H80i GT can run with its fans on their minimum setting and keep a mighty Intel Core i7-5960X (at stock speeds) under 55C. So while it’s entirely possible to have “overkill,” it’s also typically pretty safe to just buy the largest cooler we offer (that’s compatible with your case) since you will, if nothing else, reap lower noise levels. Of course, what you’re cooling plays a big part in determining which cooler you’ll need. If you’re not planning on doing any serious overclocking and not using one of AMD’s 220W processors, you can actually likely get by with even an entry-level Hydro Series H55 or H60. But different chips have different thermal characteristics and produce different amounts of heat. For example, Intel’s Haswell (non-E) and Devil’s Canyon processors can hit a heat wall where they simply can’t transfer more heat into the cooler. Getting a bigger cooler can get you lower noise levels, but if your core voltage is already at 1.35V, odds are good a beefier cooler isn’t going to get you more overclocking headroom. And it shouldn’t; that heat wall shows up at roughly the highest amount of voltage you’d want to put into an Intel chip for daily use. So even though an overclocked Core i7-4790K may only dissipate about 140W of heat – essentially where Intel’s Haswell-E processors start – characteristics of the chip itself prevent it from dissipating any more heat than that, regardless of the cooler used. Haswell-E chips, on the other hand, can dissipate as much as 300W when overclocked, but because they have lower heat density and better thermal transfer characteristics than non-E chips do, they can eke more performance out of a better cooler. With all of that information in mind, I’ve produced a “decoder ring” which should give you a clear idea of the differences between all of the coolers we have available. Note that all of our coolers support all modern Intel (LGA 1150, 1155, 1156, 2011, 2011-3) and all AMD sockets after the ancient Socket A (excluding AM1). If you have an older Intel CPU (Core 2 Duo or LGA1366), please refer to the individual cooler pages for compatibility information. About Radiator Thickness The greater the thickness of the radiator, the deeper the cooler overall and the greater its performance potential. Note that a 240mm radiator with the standard 25mm thickness requires less static pressure to cool than a 120mm radiator with <50mm thickness; though the 120mm radiator may have nearly as much surface area, greater static pressure from the fans – and thus greater noise – is required to adequately cool the radiator. About Corsair Link Any cooler with Corsair Link can be connected to a USB 2.0 header on your motherboard and have fan speed programmed through our Corsair Link software. These coolers also sport RGB-backlit pump caps that can have their color changed in Corsair Link. 120mm Coolers These coolers are typically going to be the most compatible as far as cases are concerned. If your case has a rear 120mm fan mount, you should be able to use one of these. Cooler Radiator Thickness Fan(s) [attachment=41258:name] [attachment=41259:name] Hydro Series H55 25mm 120mm 3-pin No [attachment=41260:name] Hydro Series H60 25mm 120mm PWM No [attachment=41261:name] Hydro Series H75 25mm Dual 120mm PWM No [attachment=41262:name] Hydro Series H80i 38mm Dual 120mm PWM Yes [attachment=41263:name] Hydro Series H80i GT 49mm Dual 120mm PWM Yes Note that because of the H80i GT’s extra thick radiator, some motherboard layouts that place the CPU socket closer to the rear I/O cluster may create compatibility issues. You should measure a minimum of 50mm from the absolute rear of the case to the CPU socket to ensure compatibility. 140mm Coolers We only have one 140mm cooler: the oft-overlooked Hydro Series H90. The H90 comes with a single 140mm PWM fan, is 25mm thick, and does not offer Corsair Link connectivity. Compatibility is also dependent upon your case having a 140mm fan mount. That said, the H90 can also offer surprisingly exceptional cooling performance. Adding a second fan to the H90 can also generate enough air pressure to let you substantially reduce the speeds of both fans, giving you great cooling without a lot of noise. 240mm Coolers Most of our cases are compatible with our 240mm coolers, but you’ll want to measure at least 55mm of clearance to mount any of them; the H105 requires an additional 15mm of clearance. This form factor has become very popular for its balance of noise and performance, and support for it is very common on modern cases. Cooler Thickness Fan(s) [attachment=41265:name] [attachment=41266:name] Hydro Series H100i 25mm Dual 120mm PWM Yes [attachment=41267:name] Hydro Series H100i GTX 25mm Dual 120mm PWM Yes [attachment=41268:name] Hydro Series H105 37mm Dual 120mm PWM No At the time of this article’s writing, the H100i is the outgoing model and being replaced by the H100i GTX, which features a newer pump and more efficient fans. The H100i GTX will consistently outperform the older H100i. Please note that the H100i GTX has a slightly thicker radiator housing that may interfere with some motherboards in our Mini-ITX cases. If you’re unsure of compatibility, please use an H100i non-GTX. If you need more performance, the H105 sacrifices some compatibility for greater surface area and can come within striking distance of a larger 280mm cooler. 280mm Coolers While this is generally the “flagship” form factor, cases which support coolers this size are much less common. That said, these are the ones you want for absolutely the best performance Corsair offers. Cooler Thickness Fan(s) [attachment=41269:name] [attachment=41270:name] Hydro Series H110 25mm Dual 140mm PWM No [attachment=41271:name] Hydro Series H110i GT 25mm Dual 140mm PWM Yes Case Compatibility If you have a Corsair case, you can use the chart below to determine which coolers your case supports. If you have a non-Corsair case, you’ll want to check the manufacturer’s website to determine which types of liquid coolers your case supports. 120mm Coolers 140mm Coolers 240mm Coolers 280mm Coolers All Corsair Cases Carbide Series 200R Carbide Series 300R Carbide Series 400R Carbide Series 500R Carbide Series Air 540 Vengeance C70 Graphite Series 230T Graphite Series 730T Graphite Series 760T Graphite Series 780T Obsidian Series 250D Obsidian Series 350D Obsidian Series 450D Obsidian Series 550D Obsidian Series 650D Obsidian Series 750D Obsidian Series 900D Carbide Series 300R* Carbide Series 330R* Carbide Series 400R* Carbide Series 500R* Carbide Series Air 240 Carbide Series Air 540 Vengeance C70 Graphite Series 230T* Graphite Series 380T* Graphite Series 600T* Graphite Series 730T Graphite Series 760T Graphite Series 780T Obsidian Series 250D* Obsidian Series 350D Obsidian Series 450D Obsidian Series 550D* Obsidian Series 650D* Obsidian Series 700D* Obsidian Series 750D Obsidian Series 800D* Obsidian Series 900D Carbide Series 300R Carbide Series 330R Carbide Series Air 240 Carbide Series Air 540 Vengeance C70 Graphite Series 230T Graphite Series 730T Graphite Series 760T Graphite Series 780T Obsidian Series 350D Obsidian Series 450D Obsidian Series 650D Obsidian Series 750D Obsidian Series 900D *Is not compatible with Hydro Series H105.
  5. Amusingly, out of Intel’s big overclocking CPU push, things get more interesting the further down the lineup you get. The Core i7-4790K exists more as a corrective than as a legitimate improvement to the Core i7-4770K, while the i5-4690K offers at least a little more benefit over the outgoing i5-4670K. Arguably the most compelling chip in the lineup is Intel’s Pentium G3258, or Pentium Anniversary Edition. Released as a celebration of twenty years of Pentium processors and an implicit acknowledgement of their history as overclockers, the Pentium Anniversary Edition is a $75 shot across AMD’s bow and theoretical frontrunner for best budget CPU on the market. That is, of course, contingent upon overclocking the chip to extract that extra performance, but with just two cores (no hyper-threading), a 55W TDP, and a 3.2GHz nominal clock speed (no turbo), you should be looking at a fairly lean and aggressive overclocker. /corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/blog_Overclocking_the_Pentium_AE-Content-1.jpg With two Core i7-4790Ks, two Core i5-4690Ks, and now two Pentium G3258s under my belt, I feel like I have a pretty good idea of what Haswell is capable of when thermals are taken off the table as a consideration. i7-4790K #1 i7-4790K #2 i5-4690K #1 i5-4690K #2 G3258 #1 G3258 #2 Clock Speed 4.7GHz 4.7GHz 4.7GHz 4.8GHz 4.9GHz 4.7GHz VCore 1.275V 1.31V 1.375V 1.375V 1.4V 1.375V Haswell’s safe limit seems to hover around 4.6GHz and 4.7GHz; I’m hesitant to ever take any of these chips past 1.3V on the core for longevity’s sake, but if your cooling is efficient, they won’t suffer the same heat trapping issues conventional Haswell chips did. The Pentium in particular was running extremely frosty even at 1.375V. The takeaway with Haswell is that heat is no longer the limiting factor, the silicon is, and that’s really the way it should be. Most users should be getting ~4.6GHz at 1.3V, but I’ll be testing retail chips and reporting back. /corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/blog_Overclocking_the_Pentium_AE-Content-2.jpg As for the G3258, it’s a curiosity unto itself. At stock clocks it’s barely worth discussing, but lucky users can get a ridiculous 50% overclock off of it. Because it’s such a lean chip, though, it seems to hit a memory performance wall much faster; it just doesn’t need to be kept fed. Haswell chips can reach a point where high memory speeds actually reduce performance (something that will be investigated later), and the G3258’s memory bandwidth with DDR3-2933 CAS12 is notably lower than with DDR3-2133 CAS10. /corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/blog_Overclocking_the_Pentium_AE-Content-3.jpg Where I think things get dicey is the G3258’s lack of ability to handle more than two threads; Tom’s Hardware’s review basically nails it. Pay attention to how the chip, even overclocked, can’t compete with a stock i5-4690K, and trades blows with the i3-4330. Pay special attention to frame times. This is what makes the G3258 almost feel like a trap; games are becoming more and more multi-threaded. DirectX is becoming more and more multi-threaded. Graphics card drivers, again, more and more multi-threaded. This chip can give you two very fast cores, but they’re not fast enough to make up that pure core deficit, and even hyper-threading is desperately missed. This is a fun chip to play with and probably at least a decent stand-in until you can socket a Broadwell into your desktop, but while people rocking Sandy Bridge i5s are still pretty happy and likely will be for the foreseeable future, I don’t think the Pentium Anniversary Edition will have anywhere near the longevity. Speed is nice, but there’s just no substitute for superior hardware. People who need the i7-4790K’s hyper-threading already know who they are; for everyone else, I continue to recommend the i5-4690K as the best bang for the buck.
  6. Reviews of Intel’s Devil’s Canyon processors have been trickling out into the wild after their doorbusting appearance at Computex and unfortunately, the news hasn’t been as good as Intel made it out to be. We have samples of the Core i7-4790K and Core i5-4690K in house, with Pentium Anniversary Edition chips en route. I haven’t had a chance to play with the i5-4690K yet, but I’ve put some mileage on both i7-4790K chips. If you’ll recall, the original Haswell i7-4770K developed a fairly unhappy reputation in enthusiast circles as a hot, inconsistent overclocker. I’ve tested three retail chips and two ES chips; the retail chips would top out at around 4.3GHz while the two ES chips were able to do 4.5GHz. In either case, I hit both clock and heat walls where a tenth of a volt was required to hit the next multiplier, and the chip was already peaking at 90C on the cores under water. Running the i7-4770K past 1.25V was asking for trouble. Same stepping, same revision, but a change of package and possibly better binning helps Haswell be the overclocker it should've been from the start. Devil’s Canyon, on the other hand, seemed exciting right from the specs. While vanilla Haswell was having trouble going to 4.4GHz and beyond in the wild, the i7-4790K was specced to hit 4.4GHz on a single core right out of the box. Intel promised changes to Haswell that would improve overclocking potential, but those really just boil down to a change in thermal interface material beneath the heatspreader and some extra capacitors on the underside of the chip to smooth power delivery. The i7-4790K isn’t even a new stepping; we’re still C0 just like we were with Haswell. Internal testing mirrors experiences reviewers have had with the Core i7-4790K. Both of our samples hit 4.7GHz at 1.3V, which is about as high as you’d want to push through the chip for regular use. Intel seems to be a victim of their own hype; Intel was telling everyone they’d be doing 5GHz on air, but that hasn’t been repeated by any members of the press. Both of my samples are under water; one under a custom loop, the other under an H110. While the i7-4770K had issues with heat transfer, the i7-4790K will allow your cooling system to stretch its legs. That said, Haswell’s thermals are vastly improved with the Core i7-4790K. Tom’s Hardware measured the new thermal interface material as buying you about 7C; my experience is actually more optimistic. Devil’s Canyon removes Haswell’s heat wall; your primary limitation now is the silicon and not heat. OCCT testing at 4.7GHz and 1.3V has cores peaking in the low 80s and spending most of their time around 70C, which is a massive improvement over vanilla Haswell. Interestingly, though, the IMC on one of the samples has a hard time going past DDR3-2666, even at stock clocks. I was planning on investigating memory and Devil’s Canyon at some point down the line, so we’ll revisit this. If Intel hadn’t promised us the moon we might be a lot happier with the i7-4790K. A fairly reliable 4.7GHz at least lifts the performance ceiling for overclockers, a ceiling that hasn’t moved since Sandy Bridge. Again, though, these are engineering samples. Retail chips could actually go either way; anecdotally, my ES 4770Ks were consistently better than the retail ones I tested. As retail 4790Ks trickle out, we should be able to see about where these chips are going to land. For now, the 4790K isn’t a clear upgrade over the 4770K or even the 3770K or 2600K/2700K. If you want a new toy to play with, it’s here, but the rest of us might want to hold our breath for Haswell-E.
  7. There’s a general perception that custom loop liquid cooling is directly superior to all-in-one liquid coolers like our Hydro Series line, and for many enthusiasts, all-in-one liquid coolers aren't “true liquid cooling.” It’s understandable why enthusiasts would think so, but it’s not factually accurate. The reality, as it so often is, is much more nuanced. The essential components of liquid cooling in a PC are: a pump, a waterblock, a radiator, and coolant. Custom loops will add a coolant reservoir or two, but this isn't strictly necessary, just incredibly convenient and useful for building and maintaining the loop. So if we define liquid cooling on these terms and leave the reservoir as optional, then all-in-one liquid coolers absolutely count. The pump is integrated into the waterblock, connected to a radiator, and the loop is then filled with coolant and sealed at the factory. From a purely technical perspective, there just isn't much difference between a custom loop and an all-in-one cooler. She's a beauty, but upkeep can be a real pain. Where the custom loop comes out ahead is in a couple of places. Custom loops tend to use copper radiators to go with their copper waterblocks, and the pumps tend to be more powerful. That makes sense: CPU waterblocks with integrated pumps are fairly rarefied, with Swiftech’s Apogee Drive II being the most notable example. Incidentally, their popular H220 is less a purpose-designed all-in-one cooler similar to our Hydro Series products and more just a combination of their Apogee Drive II, one of their 240mm radiators, and two of their Helix fans. They pretty much just made an all-in-one cooler using off the shelf (off their shelf) parts. The copper radiator is an important component, as is the oftentimes more powerful pump used in a custom loop. But keep in mind that more powerful pump is a necessity for a custom loop: an all-in-one only needs to push coolant through a single CPU waterblock and a radiator, but a custom loop will typically have the CPU waterblock, at least one or two GPU waterblocks, and more than one radiator. As for the radiator, a copper radiator becomes more relevant when you’re dissipating more than just a single source of heat. For the purposes of an all-in-one like the Hydro Series, a copper radiator simply isn’t necessary; it’s added expense with questionable tangible benefit to the end user. (Source: AnandTech.) The highest TDP processor available is an AMD FX-9590, at 220 watts. Overclock it some more and you may hit 250 watts. But that chip is also an outlier; Intel’s TDP tops out at 150 watts with 8+ core Xeons. Simply put, an all-in-one cooler just doesn't have to dissipate that much heat, and the name of the game is more of just how efficiently and rapidly heat can be pulled from the CPU and dissipated. That’s something we have a serious interest in and continue to invest time and resources in researching. Where the custom loop becomes more relevant is in cooling graphics cards. We’re not going to produce a graphics card bracket for our all-in-one coolers unless we’re convinced we can properly cool both the memory and the power circuitry on the PCB, and this is one of the chief benefits of using a custom loop. Waterblocks for graphics cards typically cover the entire PCB or at least all of the heat generating components, improving longevity and allowing power circuitry to run cooler and more efficiently. If you're going to liquid cool a graphics card, this is the best and really only way to go for now. As for the GPU itself, just putting it under water can cut load temperatures in half or better. The flip-side of a custom loop is that it requires tremendous work and expense, and if you’re only interested in cooling the CPU, it’s just not worth it. The gains over a high end all-in-one cooler like the Hydro Series H100i or H110 are modest if noticeable at all, and I can tell you if it wasn't for the graphics cards in my loop at home I’d probably go back to using an all-in-one for my CPU. A custom loop requires care and maintenance on top of the expense, while all-in-ones are sealed systems designed to be maintenance-free for extended periods of time. It’s also much harder to upgrade or even do maintenance on the computer itself. SATA ports have started to fail on the motherboard in my home loop; I've had to manhandle the system a few times and risk leaks just to rotate cables into different ports, and that’s ignoring the fundamental issue of potentially needing to replace the motherboard. There’s also the fact that I have a propensity for building and rebuilding my own system whenever a new component looks at me funny, and that’s suddenly been curtailed. An all-in-one is easy to install and remove, but a custom loop can be a nightmare. Ultimately, from a pure performance perspective, if you have a very high-powered machine (high end CPU, multiple graphics cards), building a custom loop can make sense. But if you’re gunning for a more modest, single graphics card build, you can get a quiet and efficient system just by using a good all-in-one CPU cooler and a graphics card with a custom cooler design without worrying that the CPU cooler is limiting overclocking potential. And even if you’re going multi-GPU, cards with good blower style coolers (NVIDIA’s reference coolers on the 770 and up are incredible) may be just fine.
  8. A little less than a month ago I ran into a troubling issue with my system at home. Drives on the SATA ports were starting to blink in and out while the machine was running. We checked the SSDs (all Neutrons and Neutron GTXes, naturally) internally and found no problems, and that pretty much left me with the motherboard. Ordinarily replacing a motherboard is a nuisance but not a huge issue, but when your system looks like this: …it’s borderline catastrophic. Since then I’ve been able to rotate the drives to different SATA ports and so far things have been okay, but it seemed prudent nonetheless to build a system that I could swap in if things got too difficult with my primary. Luckily we had a couple of Graphite Series 760T prototypes in house, and I opted to grab one and put together a pretty handsome beast. It’s easy for the white version of the 760T to overshadow the black one, and the white one is the one we’ve been showing off, but I actually have a soft spot for black. I decided to take the opportunity to style a black 760T and make it my own. Here are the parts I used for this build: Intel Core i7-4770K Corsair Hydro Series H110 CPU Cooler ASUS Maximus VI Hero Z87 Motherboard 4x8GB Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR3-2400 CAS 10 with Light Bar Kit AMD Radeon HD 7990 XFX Radeon HD 7970 Corsair Neutron GTX 240GB SSD Corsair AX1200i 1200W 80 Plus Platinum Power Supply Corsair Link Lighting Node Two blue AF120 LED fans and two blue AF140 LED fansAssembly was fairly easy and I made effective use of the resources on hand from being a Corsair employee and member of the tech marketing team. For starters, the Intel Core i7-4770K is an engineering sample; nigh identical to retail chips, but in my experience, engineering sample Haswell CPUs tend to overclock a bit better. This one did the same clocks my home chip does: 4.5GHz at ~1.22V. That’s pretty good for an i7-4770K, especially one that has 32GB of DDR3-2400 CAS 10 strapped to it. I was also able to scrounge up a second Y-cable and two more of the stock fans for the H110 and assembled it in a push-pull configuration to maximize performance while reducing noise. The ASUS Maximus VI Hero motherboard was a good chance for me to play around with one of ASUS’s ROG boards and BIOSes. I’m used to overclocking on Gigabyte hardware, but one of the benefits of working here is being able to learn about everything else that’s available. I do my research and pass it on to you. The Maximus VI Hero is a fine board and very easy to use, and I may make the jump back to ASUS when I do finally rebuild my custom loop in my home system (probably circa Devil’s Canyon or Haswell-E). On graphics duty, I was compelled to investigate the issues Tom’s Hardware reported with the AMD Radeon HD 7990 as well as trying to get a little triple CrossFire action going. Tom’s Hardware was right, though: in a multi-card configuration, the 7990 just plain can’t be the top card. For whatever reason, the fan design on the card causes the first GPU to suffocate and overheat; swapping the 7990 into the bottom slot and putting the 7970 into the top slot allowed TriFire to function without thermal issues. That said, it’s still a bit noisy: the 760T has fine air cooling performance, but we’re talking about ~625W of graphics hardware under open air coolers. As for performance, it’s definitely there, but microstutter is also plainly evident in Unigine Heaven. Historically, going past two GPUs has exponentially increased potential driver issues, and that’s pretty apparent with this build. If I were going to replace my home system with this build, I’d be seriously considering simply removing the 7970 and sticking with just the 7990. Visiting forums suggests other users have fared better with triple Radeons, but I remain skeptical. In order to give my build some flair, I swapped out the red LED fans that came pre-installed in the black 760T for blue ones, as well as adding an additional 120mm blue intake fan on the bottom of the case. I used our blue braided cable kit for the AX1200i power supply as well, and swapped in blue light bars for the Dominator Platinum memory. Finally, I added two Corsair Link LED strips to the top and bottom of the case to help illuminate it. Despite blue being an extremely common LED color, blue system builds actually seem to be rarefied, and I’m very happy with the black/blue/red color scheme of this 760T. We know the 760T is taking a little extra time to get to you but we want to make sure it’s just right. The prototype I used for this build can have issues with flexing and flexibility on the side panels that frankly we just weren’t happy with in a final product, and we think you’ll be a lot happier with the 760T when it does ship later this month.
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