Thursday, December 3rd 2015

Corsair Releases the Hydro Series H5 SF Low-Profile Liquid CPU Cooler

Corsair, a world leader in closed-loop liquid cooling systems, today announced the release of its first low-profile liquid CPU cooler, the Hydro Series H5 SF, bringing the quiet and efficient benefits of liquid cooling to the smallest of PCs. Mounting to any Mini-ITX motherboard and equipped with a specially tuned low-noise blower fan, the H5 SF is able to cool even an overclocked CPU within the confines of the most compact small form factor cases.

Further expanding Corsair's best-selling Hydro series line of liquid CPU coolers, the H5 SF is Corsair's first liquid cooler designed specifically to meet the thermal demands of small form factor PCs. Easy to install and just 84mm tall, the H5 SF is compact enough to fit inside the most confined PC case , yet still offers up to 150 W of heat dissipation, enough to cool today's demanding high-end CPUs with overclocking headroom to spare.
The all-new design fits directly on top of any Mini-ITX motherboard with no need to attach the H5 SF to any external fan mounts or brackets, maximizing compatibility across a wide range of Mini-ITX and small form factor cases. A high-performance copper cold plate efficiently draws heat away from the CPU, where it's then transferred into the integrated 120 mm x 40 mm radiator and exhausted by the H5 SF's low-noise tuned 120 mm blower fan. What's more, the H5 SF's blower fan also draws air over other heat producing motherboard components such as VRMs and chipset heatsinks, helping to keep your whole system cool.

Fully compatible with Corsair's Obsidian Series 250D, Carbide Series Air 240, and Graphite Series 380T cases, the H5 SF is also critical to Corsair's upcoming Bulldog chassis, allowing the new case to deliver low-noise, 4K living room gaming without compromising CPU choice. Now enthusiasts can take advantage of Bulldog's H5 SF cooling for themselves and fit even the most demanding of CPUs, into the smallest of cases.

Available immediately from Corsair's world-wide network of retailers and distributors, the H5 SF is backed by a comprehensive five year warranty and Corsair's world-wide customer support network.

Specifications
  • Low profile liquid CPU Cooling - Provides efficient cooling for small form factor cases
  • High-pressure, low-noise 120 mm PWM blower fan - Powerful and quiet liquid cooling
  • Ultimate SFF compatibility - Mounts to any Mini-ITX motherboard with no external fan mounts.
  • Low permeability tubing - Ensures long life, and the flexible design makes installation easier in tight spaces
  • Copper cold plate with pre-applied thermal compound - Pre-applied thermal compound saves you time and mess when installing
  • MSRP: $79.99 exc. Tax
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32 Comments on Corsair Releases the Hydro Series H5 SF Low-Profile Liquid CPU Cooler

#1
axis007
Well this is certainly a unique all in 1 cpu cooler, i can't say i've seen anything like it before.
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#2
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
Need to fit this in a laptop.
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#3
LAN_deRf_HA
If the case has an exhaust grill in that spot it's nice having an itx cooler that dumps the heat out of the case. In any other scenario I don't see this being more noise or cooling efficient than a normal heatsink and fan.
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#4
erixx
LAN_deRf_HA said:
If the case has an exhaust grill in that spot it's nice having an itx cooler that dumps the heat out of the case. In any other scenario I don't see this being more noise or cooling efficient than a normal heatsink and fan.
This is like Harley Davidson morons: after the earthdigger (a.k.a. bike) lowlife customers they need the t-shirts, the jackets, the stickers, all the shit to make Mr. H-D rich... Fucking merchandising, but many of us will never fall in the trap.
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#5
wolar
it seems crappy in my opinon ... a 30dollar aircooler will perform better than that and be more secure , or you get a 120mm one .. i dont know a case which doesnt have a single 120mm fan spot..
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#6
romeg
Interesting concept. Reviews should be interesting, but doubt this will be much better than less expensive air coolers on the market.
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#7
GhostRyder
So @W1zzard , any chance we may see this on review. I really want to know how this does and if it could do a decent overclock on something crazy!
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#8
Jism
It's a low profile cooler guys, for chassis with not much space.

Ofcourse any bigger or high end cooler will do better, but does that fit as well?

This with mini-itx you are still able to oc slightly and having temps / noise under control, i think.
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#9
LightningJR
I think it's neat, not sure how well it'll perform.

What I would think is an obvious design flaw is putting the fan facing down. Wouldn't that just draw warm air in from the mobo and cpu socket? idk maybe it was taken into consideration and found not to be an issue.
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#10
RCoon
Gaming Moderator
Huh. This is perfect for my ML03 chassis downstairs. Then I could OC the Steam machine!

EDIT: Oh, it's £60+ in the UK...
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#11
RejZoR
Hm, considering the size and all, would same configuration with heatpipes instead of coolant hoses work in a similar way? I mean, laptops and blower graphic card coolers use same thing with heatpipes and it seems to work. No one upscaled it and used it like Corsair did here with this water AiO...
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#12
lZKoce
I have to see it physically. It certainly has smaller footprint, but if it has to be ultra low profile -> like 32mm height, Noctua has that covered. And even in 47mm height Noctua + Cryorig has that covered. " just 84mm tall, the H5 SF is compact enough to fit inside the most confined PC case " - > yeah, right. I will show you the most compact PC case alright :) See if you can fit this thing there ;)
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#13
trog100
i cant see much point in the design.. except a false belief that water has to be better than air.. some silly buggers will probably buy it though.. he he

it does look to be set up to blow the hot air out of the rear of the case.. one good point but that is about all.. :)

trog
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#14
Solidstate89
Very neat. It could be a really great option for those smaller cases where you have enough for a low profile CPU cooler, but not one of those giant tower coolers. However Corsair should take it easy on those "most confined PC case" statements, because it just isn't true. This thing could never fit in my Lian Li PC-Q12.
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#15
RazrLeaf
I envision that any performance gains would be because the cooler exhausts air directly, compared to the top-down style most low profile air coolers are.
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#16
9700 Pro
Itäs always nice to see something new. :)
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#17
arterius2
wow, so many negative comments for a company who's trying to do something new for a change. like all AIO water-cooling setups, this is elegant, I'm playing for elegance vs air cooling, which may or may not perform better, but who cares, some people may not base decisions on performance numbers alone, I for one would get this over any air coolers in a heartbeat, so to each their own.
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#18
iO
Looks nice but mounting this thing will be a major pain in the ass...
Its performance could be the same as a regular 25mm thick rad as they have pretty much the same volume, so pretty good for its height.
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#19
RejZoR
Hm, if you have a case with fan exhaust on top of the motherboard you could easily fit a regular AiO with a thin radiator. Plus the long hoses would allow you to take case cover off while having all attached (fan/radiator and pump).
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#22
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
I would have liked this better if they had designed the fan similar to how nVidia did it on the GTX470/480, with intake slots on both side. So that if your case has an opening in the side panel over the CPU it would draw in a little cool air in.

RejZoR said:
Hm, if you have a case with fan exhaust on top of the motherboard you could easily fit a regular AiO with a thin radiator. Plus the long hoses would allow you to take case cover off while having all attached (fan/radiator and pump).
I would say easily. I put a H60 in a rvz01, and while I did eventually get it to fit, it wasn't exactly easy. It absolutely would not fit with the standard fan, I had to use a 15mm fan. Even then, the space between the fan and the block was very tiny. I had to route the tubes around the block, and up to the radiator. There was only one way to mount the radiator and one way to mount the block, they had to have the tube fitting on each opposite each other, otherwise the tubes would not fit.
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#23
lZKoce
newtekie1 said:
I would have liked this better if they had designed the fan similar to how nVidia did it on the GTX470/480, with intake slots on both side. So that if your case has an opening in the side panel over the CPU it would draw in a little cool air in.



I would say easily. I put a H60 in a rvz01, and while I did eventually get it to fit, it wasn't exactly easy. It absolutely would not fit with the standard fan, I had to use a 15mm fan. Even then, the space between the fan and the block was very tiny. I had to route the tubes around the block, and up to the radiator. There was only one way to mount the radiator and one way to mount the block, they had to have the tube fitting on each opposite each other, otherwise the tubes would not fit.
Like North falcon Tiki's solution : they used 15mm fan and routed around the block.

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#24
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
lZKoce said:
Like North falcon Tiki's solution : they used 15mm fan and routed around the block.


Exactly, a perfect picture of what I was talking about. That isn't exactly easy to get in there neatly. Especially not with the H60's square pump/block.
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