Corsair Hydro Series CPU Cooler Decoder Ring and Case Compatibility Chart

 

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)


Hydro Series H55

25mm

120mm 3-pin

No


Hydro Series H60

25mm

120mm PWM

No


Hydro Series H75

25mm

Dual 120mm PWM

No


Hydro Series H80i

38mm

Dual 120mm PWM

Yes


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)


Hydro Series H100i

25mm

Dual 120mm PWM

Yes


Hydro Series H100i GTX

25mm

Dual 120mm PWM

Yes


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)


Hydro Series H110

25mm

Dual 140mm PWM

No


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.

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  • Julien's gravatar Julien said:
    1/24/2017 10:49 AM

    H115i with Corsair 230T and Asus Z170M-PLUS. Both radiator + fans does not fit, I mounted the radiator only on top, and one fan at the bottom of case. Wanted to replace the exit fan at the rear of the case with one from the H115i but it is too wide to I left the one that comes with the case.

  • Xoza's gravatar Xoza said:
    12/10/2016 11:48 PM

    Just got a 110i and have a 300R case, definitely does not fit. Now I'm stuck without a PC...

  • wolfram's gravatar wolfram said:
    12/4/2016 10:14 PM

    Tried fitting an H100i as per the compatibility confirmed here in my 250d and that did not work at all. Very disappointing for corsair.

  • got lost finding this's gravatar got lost finding this said:
    10/18/2016 11:13 PM

    You need to make this table easier to find on your website!

  • Split's gravatar Split said:
    8/5/2016 4:05 AM

    Would the H110i GTX be compatible with the Carbide Series 330R? then stated that compatible but this link http://www.corsair.com/ru-ru/carbide-series-330r-quiet-mid-tower-case is no.

  • Michael's gravatar Michael said:
    6/1/2016 2:31 AM

    Would the H115i be compatible with the Obsidian 450D?

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