The Corsair Hydro Series Keeps Your PC Cool And Silent With Water Cooling

The Corsair Hydro Series Keeps Your PC Cool And Silent With Water Cooling

Water cooling is a great way to keep your computer super cool and super quiet, but it can cost a lot of money. Corsair’s Hydro series makes water cooling easy with inexpensive, maintenance-free units that take just a few minutes to install.

Water cooling is great, but it takes a ton of upkeep, costs hundreds of dollars, and comes with a risk of drowning your computer if you make a mistake (yeesh!). Corsair’s Hydro series — made up of the H100, H80, H70, H60, and H40 — makes water cooling simple. Just install the water block like you would any other cooler, and install the radiator on the top of your case (if you have the 120x140mm H100) or the back exhaust fan (if you have the 120x120mm smaller models). The fans will keep the radiator cool as the water pumps through it, giving you a quieter computer with lower CPU temperatures.

You’ll still have to compromise a bit on noise, since you are still using fans, and Corsair’s stock fans are quite loud. You can swap them out for something quieter, but the H100 and H80 also come with a handy feature that lets you run the fans on “low”, “medium”, or “high” speeds, which you can adjust depending on your needs.

If you’re looking for a silent system, go with the lower, quieter setting; if you’re overclocking and gaming, go with the higher, louder setting. Alternatively, you can do what I do and get an external fan controller and use that to control the cooler’s fans instead. That way, you can have it quiet when you’re just browsing the web, and louder when you need the performance boost.

I’ve been using the H100 for about a week now, and my experience has been very good. My temperatures are a bit lower, though probably not enough to overclock my system any further (obviously, your mileage may vary depending on the CPU you’re using, your case, and the cooling system you’re currently using). The main benefit I’m seeing is in the realm of noise — coupled with the H100’s fan controller (or an external one), you can decrease the noise in your system quite a bit.

If you’re sick of your computer sounding like a wind tunnel, or if you just want some extra overclocking headroom, check out the H100 or one of its smaller cousins. See the video above for a look at the hardware, or hit the link below to check out the specs on Corsair’s website. The H100 runs for about $160 in Australia, while the other models cost less as you go down the chain.

Corsair Hydro Series CPU Coolers [Corsair]


  • Just thought that I would mention these are good, as they massively reduced my running temperatures. However I have found that over time the cooler tends to fail or make quite a lot of noise (which Corsair claim to be air bubbles), and it gets unbelievably frustrating. Though if you are a lucky one and have a good run then they are brilliant.

    • Would all depend on the way the fan connects to the mobo. If it just uses a 4 pin fan connector, then yes some BIOS’s will automatically adjust the fans for you. If its a 3 pin or molex connection or you BIOS cant control speeds then not so much. But alot of gamers like to have full control over their system and dials on the front of a pc with a display couldn’t get any more sexier on a tower 🙂

  • I have two of the H50 kits on my 6x Core CPUs in my servers, they work a treat, currently they run at no higher than 42ºC under full load. about 25-26 Ambient. The good thing is they are very quite for the performance.

  • These cooling units are notorious for really really noisy stock fans (You can replace the fans on them with noctua case fans etc for better sound)

  • Be careful with the h100. I’ve had mine replaced twice now because the pump actually exploded/expanded. The first incident luckily did not leak any fluid however the second time it did unfortunately, damaging both mobo and gpu. I’ve got photo’s to prove it. Corsair are replacing it yet again.

  • I got the H40 last Monday and its fantastic! I was having serious overheating issues when playing BF3. Within a few minutes my CPU would hit 80 degrees! and the game would stutter and turn to shit.
    I was going to get some big fancy cpu fan, but for the same price (or less) I decided on the H40.
    My cpu is lucky to hit 45 degrees now.

    Wow, I really sounded like one of the ‘genuine customers’ on those infomercials. But it is true, and its great! Ive always been daunted by water cooling, but Im a convert now.

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