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Old 03-24-2015, 05:19 PM
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Unofficial Hydro Series Installation Guide


This SGC guide will help with the proper installation of Corsair Hydro Series pumps. I noticed a number of forum members are having problems with the pump installation and higher than normal CPU temperatures, this may be related to Corsair instructions being basic and or vague when it comes to a successfully mounted Hydro Series Pump.

Step 1, upon opening your new Hydro Series Pump, take a few minutes to lay out all included parts on a flat surface and verify needed Mounting components were included in the box. Simply open the Corsair quick start guide to page no. 1 (included hardware) and compare the pictures with your hardware.


Step 2, this part of the guide will pertain to Intel LGA 115x and 1366 mounting when installing a H60, H80, H100 and the newly launched H110 GT Series Pumps. If you're using Intel: LGA 2011, 2011-v3 or AMD: AM2, AM3, FM1, FM2 you can skip this step since you'll be using the backplate that came with your MainBoard. Additionally those who are installing a Asetek made Hydro H50, H55, H75, H90, H105, H110 or the newly launched H80 GT and H100 GTX pumps can also skip this step since your backplate is of a different design.


Intel: LGA 115x, 1366 backplate




A closer inspection reveals two notches made into one side of the backplate (the direction of the notches is vital when installing the backplate onto a LGA 115x or 1366 Mainboard)




Intel: LGA 115x, 1366 mounting hardware (notice LGA 115x standoff screws have the same amount of thread on both ends)




Step 3, installing the Intel backplate onto the backside of Mainboard starts with the orientation of the notches in the backplate. It’s vital for a successful mounting having these two notches facing upward towards the top of the Mainboard and going around the two screws holding the CPU socket in place (if this part is skipped or improperly installed the cooler will not make proper contact).

Next, adjust the mounts at the four corners of backplate till they line up with the holes on the Mainboard for your specific CPU socket. Then install the standoff screws from front side into the backplate mounts around the CPU socket until hand tight. This will secure your backplate making it ready to install the CPU waterblock (on some Mainboards the backplate may feel loose, don't worry).


Correct mounting will look like this



Here’s a close up




Step 4, position the mounting bracket over the top of the pump assembly and we're ready to install. Align the bracket and pump assembly over the four standoff screws, standoffs will go through the mounting bracket making it ready to secure.

The process I use when installing a CPU waterblock assembly, is once the mounting plate is lined up correctly and seated to the CPU, continue to apply lite pressure in the center of waterblock while installing all four thumb screws. Keep constant pressure holding the CPU waterblock in place, tighten the thumb screws until all four are have reached the mounting bracket but not making contact (this will ensure the mounting bracket is installed correctly and not off center). Once all four thumb screws are installed then we can start to tighten them by starting with the top left corner, moving to the bottom right corner, next moving to the bottom left corner and finally the top right corner. The thumb screws should be hand tightened first and then using a screw driver to make sure they have been secured to make proper contact, there’s no need to go overboard making them iron tight.

For those who are installing an Asetek made Hydro H50, H55, H75, H90, H105 and H110 pumps, installation of waterblock will be slightly different. The pump head on these models will have ears around the diameter of pump assembly, you will need to assemble the Intel Retention ring and clip onto the pump head. Retention ring will go over the top of pump head resting on the ears and clip installed from bottom of pump head locking the two piece together. If installed incorrectly the Retention ring will fall through the pump head. Once the pump head has been fitted with the retention ring and clip, you can follow the instructions above for secure the pump assembly.

Note: using the process above will ensure proper mounting of waterblock, since it is possible to tighten one side more than the other causing the pump assembly to make poor contact hence affecting the CPU temperature.


Apply pressure in center of CPU waterblock assembly



When mounted correctly it will look like this




Finally, connecting power to the pump with the CPU FAN or CPU OPT port on the MainBoard. Newer Mainboards will only have 4-pin PWM headers that will accept the 3-pin pump connection. The 3-pin connection only reports the pump RPM or speed to BIOS since it’s not adjustable. Additionally your pump may have come with a mini USB cable for Corsair LINK (install into an open USB port on bottom of mainboard) and or SATA power cable (install the power cable to any SATA cable with an open connection).

We won't be talking about the radiator or fan installation since Corsair has provide sufficient information for mounting these two items.

So with that brings an end to our Hydro Series Installation Guide, fire your computer up and enjoy.

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Old 03-26-2015, 12:07 PM
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Nicely done, thank you for posting this!
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Old 03-26-2015, 01:54 PM
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Thanks Dustin.

Corsair should move this post to the top making it sticky, it will help alleviate most issues members are experiencing when installing a Hydro series pump.
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under full load, lets say gaming Battlefield 4, using the H80i on an I7 3770K @ 4.1 Ghz, what temps should i get?
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Old 04-08-2015, 09:16 AM
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While playing games system load should be around 50-60%, system temperature would be in the range of high 40C to low 50C.

Other factors to take into account is the voltage needed for a stable overclock. A mild overclock of 4.10GHz, voltage range will be 1.05 - 1.20V depending quality of CPU.
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Old 04-08-2015, 09:58 AM
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I'm now gaming at a temp of around 70-75 degrees. This is with a GTX780TI and in high settings.
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Old 04-09-2015, 03:53 PM
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Snak3doc,

Your temperatures are very high for gaming


During stress test temperatures should reach that high, but not a light system load





Heres an Core i7 3770k overclock of 4.30GHz on a system with H100i, these are optimal temperatures for system load and idle (ambient room temperature was 31C during this testing)






As you can see Corsair LINK is working without a issue in Windows 8.1

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Unofficial Hydro Series Installation Guide - Cable Connections




With this part of the guide i'm going to be adding in some additional information and pictures for those who are installing H80i, H100i that requires some additional connection.


First - Mini USB Connection at the pump (plugs into the side of pump assembly)




Second - Pumps SATA power Connection




Third - Connect Pump Sensor to CPU_FAN (most Mainboards will run this port at full speed, higher end Z87 & Z97 MainBoards will run both the CPU_FAN and CPU_OPT ports at full speed)




Fourth - Radiator Fan Connection (you can use either the pump or MainBoard to control these, the image shows fans connected to top of pump assembly with the supplied interface cable)



Fifth - USB interface cable Connection for Corsair LINK




Heres an additional image of H100i backplate mounting on LGA 115x and 1366




Heres a closer look




I'll be adding in some additional information for those who are installing a Asetek made Hydro H50, H55, H75, H90, H105, H110 or the newly launched H80 GT and H100 GTX pumps, later next week.

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Unofficial Hydro Series Installation Guide - Asetek Pump Installation


This part of the guide, we'll be covering the installation of Asetek made Corsair Hydro Series H50, H55, H75, H90, H105 and H110 pumps. While it has more parts to put together, it’s quite easy and should take about 5 – 10 minutes depending on ones experience.

Step 1, upon opening your new Hydro Series Pump, take a few minutes to lay out all included parts on a flat surface and verify needed Mounting components were included in the box. Simply open the Corsair quick start guide to page no. 1 (included hardware) and compare the pictures with your hardware.


Mounting hardware




Step 2, this part of the guide will pertain to Intel LGA 775, 115x and 1366 mounting when installing a Asetek made Hydro H50, H55, H75, H90, H105 and H110 pumps. Those who are installing the newly launched H80i GT/H100i GTX Series pumps can skip this step since the retention bracket comes pre-installed from the factory.

Step 3, Retention bracket assembly. There several parts involved with the assembly, standoff bushings, upper retention bracket, retention bracket clip and standoffs.

Notice the 2-piece retention standoff bushings are marked on the sides for Socket that you're installing. These standoff bushing mount different ways for LGA 115x and 1366. They are easy to assemble, just insert into retention bracket and clip them together. Review the images below showing the installation.


Retention bracket mount



Retention standoff bushing




Assembled Retention bracket - front view




Assembled Retention bracket - rear view




Assembled Retention bracket with standoffs installed - front view




Assembled Retention bracket with standoffs installed - rear view



Next comes fitting the Retention bracket to waterblock, the bracket sits on top of the ears made into the pump head assembly - rear view




Completed Retention bracket installation with clip - rear view




Completed Retention bracket installation with clip - Front View




Step 4, installing the backplate onto the backside of Mainboard. Those who are installing a LGA 775, 115x or 1366, take note that the pins insert into the mounting in different position for each socket. Once pins have been installed, just line up with the mounting holes on your MainBoard and insert the standoffs from the front. The standoffs just need to be hand tight, no need to go overboard making them iron tight. If you're using Intel: LGA 2011, 2011-v3 or AMD: AM2, AM3, FM1, FM2 you can skip this step since you'll be using the backplate that came with your MainBoard.


Backplate with LGA Socket pin location



Backplate with retainer pins installed




Backplate installed onto MainBoard




Step 5, Align the pump assembly with retention bracket with the backplate pins, standoffs will screw through the MainBoard into the pins making the assembly secure.

The process I use when installing a CPU waterblock assembly, is once the mounting bracket is lined up correctly and seated to the CPU, continue to apply lite pressure in the center of waterblock while installing the standoffs (just partially tighten them for now since this step will be repeated, the goal is to install the bracket properly so it does go off center causing poor contact with the IHS). Once all standoffs are installed then we can start to secure them starting in the top left corner, moving to the bottom right corner, next moving to the bottom left corner and finally the right top corner. The standoffs should be hand tightened first and then screw driver making sure they are secure to make proper contact, there’s need to go overboard making them iron tight.

Finally, connecting power to the pump with the CPU_FAN or CPU_OPT port on the MainBoard. Newer Mainboards will use 4-pin PWM headers that will accept the 3-pin pump connection. The 3-pin connection only reports the pump RPM or speed to BIOS since it’s not adjustable. Connect the fan to any open fan header on the MainBoard (does have to be connect to the CPU_OPT, CHA_FAN or SYS_Fan can also be used). Note: on some high end MainBoards from Z87 and newer will run both the CPU_FAN and CPU_OPT fan ports at full speed.


Bonus picture - TIM (Thermal Interface Material) installation


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Old 04-21-2015, 11:23 AM
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Successfully working LINK with Windows 8.1



I've seen many complaints and comments with regards to Corsair LINK and Windows 8.1 compatibility, so I decided to post a known working LINK to help other members.

Background History:

Corsair LINK was launched in January 2011 at the CES show in Las Vegas. What you may or may not know is that Corsair LINK software was developed by CoolIT. CoolIT proprietary software is leased by Corsair with their own Branding. CoolIT ECO III solutions encompass the Hydro series H60, H80i, H100i and newly launched H110i GT.

With Windows 8.1 came the introduction to power management improvements which helps reduce power consumption and extend battery life on mobile computers. When a USB device presents itself as a Human Interface Device (HID), Windows 8.1 can suspend this device to reduce power. Known issues or symptoms: when you connect a USB device to a computer running Windows 8.1, the device is suspended and doesn't recharge.

This feature may be great for portable computers but doesn't benefit nor is it useful for a desktop computer, additionally it has been creating many issues for people who are experiencing problems with the LINK interface.

Step 1, Pre-Configuration:

- Disable legacy USB devices (UEFI) prior to installation
- Install Window 8.1 in UEFI mode

Step 2, Connecting devices

- Connect devices to Corsair LINK (Corsair LINK Commander or LINK Commander mini, Cooling Node, Fans, Temperature Sensors, Lighting Node with RGB LED Strips, Corsair Hydro USB, and Corsair H100i. When using a LINK Commander with the Hydro series pump, be sure to install into a separate USB connection port).

- If your MainBoard doesn't support more than one USB connection, a separate USB port expander would be required (NZXT makes a nice internal USB expansion port that will allow 3 additional USB connections for devices).

Step 3, Update Procedure:

- Install all MainBoard Firmware Updates (UEFI/BIOS, chipset, USB drivers, etc.)
- Apply all available Microsoft Updates for Windows. Allow Windows to restart as necessary while "Configuring Windows". Updates should apply without issues.

Step 4, Corsair LINK installation

Download the Corsair LINK software. Right click the download and install software via elevated or admin. Allow the Corsair LINK to install correctly including firmware updates for connected components (don't cancel anything during the installation).

Restart computer, Corsair LINK should appear (LINK default setting will "Run at Windows Startup", disable this since it's not necessary). The LINK will still run in the background.

Open Corsair LINK, the H100i may show all zeroes. Other system information Corsair LINK obtains comes from the MainBoard (CPU Temp, CPU Activity, GPU Temp and Fan, and Hard Drive Temp) should be present and accurate. To confirm information is correct, enter UEFI and compare with the information inside UEFI.


FIRMWARE Versions are as follows:

Corsair LINK Version 2.7.5361 or 2.7.5339
Corsair Hydro USB - 2.0.0
Corsair H100i - 1.0.7
Corsair Commander - 2.0.6
Corsair Cooling Node - 1.2.5
Corsair Lighting Node - 1.1.9

Step 5, Registry Edit:

If the registry edit is required, make sure to follow the instructions below exactly. SGC assumes no responsibility for any issues that would arise from incorrect or improperly entered information which could corrupt the Operating System.

Corsair Registry is identified by VID_1B1C.

Registry changes are needed to the USB\VID_1B1C&PID_0C02 and USB\VID_1B1C&PID_0C04 Registry items.

>Open search and type regedit
>Right click and run regedit in elevated or admin
>Open registry and look for HKey Local Machine\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\USB\VID_1B1C&PID_0C02.
>Edit each path string you see under this (numbers and ampersands smashed together), expand the Device Parameters, then right click and select modify to change the DWORD settings (value data) to 0 (0 = disable).
>Next do the same for AllowIdleIrpInD3, DeviceSelectiveSuspended, EnhancedPowerManagementEnabled, SelectiveSuspendEnabled.
>Make the same edits for USB\VID_1B1C&PID_0C04.

After Registry edit is complete, reboot the computer and all icons should appear on the left side of the Corsair LINK window. Next delete the old icons with the zero's, followed by moving the new icons to their proper location or where you would like them. Save the Profile, Reboot computer, reopen Corsair LINK. Now everything should be working as intended.

The only known issue that is not addressed would be H100 saving the user defined color after restarting the computer.

Here's a quick workaround:

Set the LED color you would like on the Hydro pump head

Example RED
Adjust - R 255,
Adjust - G 1 or 2,
Adjust - B 1 or 2

On start the H100 will start with a White color for a few seconds until Corsair LINK software is initialized, it will then apply the color that was selected.

Once everything is working properly, correct values will be displayed and you will now be able control fans with custom curve profiles.

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Old 04-27-2015, 03:05 PM
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Thank you for the great post. I seem to have installed the back-plate upside down with the notches pointing downwards. Can I reseat it without reapplying the thermal paste? I only just installed it on Friday the 1st of may so its still new.
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Yes, the backplate can be swapped to correct position without removing the pump head, but it will require removal of the pump head mounting bracket and a second pair of hands to keep pressure on the pump head against the CPU die cap.

It should not pose an issue if the pump head needs to be removed and reseated, just monitor the CPU temperature if it becomes to high than the TIM will need replaced.
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can you tell me if it's possible to get replacements for the CPU mounting screws for my H60?

Or if it's possible to replace them with off the shelf parts?

specifically, these are exactly what I'm looking for as I've lost them and need to re-fit my H60.



I *think* the thread is M3 (but I'm not 100% sure), but I'm also not sure what length the standoffs need to be either, so I don't want to go ordering stuff until I can be sure i'm getting the right parts.

thanks for your time.
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can you tell me if it's possible to get replacements for the CPU mounting screws for my H60?.
The hardware is part of the mounting kit that can be purchased through the Corsair store.

Here's the link:

http://www.corsair.com/en-us/hydro-s...al-bracket-kit


However, i would contact Corsair Customer Service to see if they will send the stand offs and thumb screws.
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