Corsair Hydro Series HG10 CPU Cooler Launched
You asked for it and we listened: introducing the Corsair Hydro Series HG10. The HG10 is a bracket designed for high-end reference graphics cards to allow you to mount a Hydro Series CPU liquid cooler to the GPU, substantially improving both cooling and acoustic performance.
What makes our bracket unique is that in addition to allowing you to use liquid cooling on the GPU itself, it also cools the card’s memory and power circuitry. By using the stock radial blower that came with your graphics card’s cooler (or an aftermarket one sold separately), the heat from the card’s PCB is absorbed into the aluminum bracket and dissipated.
With the reference cooler, AMD’s graphics card runs until it hits 94C-95C and then throttles the GPU clock substantially. The fan is running at 48%, and it’s loud.
Switch over to the R9 290X equipped with an HG10 and Hydro Series H75, and the GPU is running at a borderline frosty (at least for a graphics card) 50C. The stock fan runs at a paltry 23%.
At Computex we debuted the HG10 on AMD’s Radeon R9 290X. With just a Hydro Series H75 and two of our SP120 Quiet Edition fans, we were able to reduce the GPU’s load temperature from AMD’s spec of 95C to just 50C. Even reducing the fans to their minimum speed resulted in silent operation and a still healthy 18C improvement in GPU thermals compared to AMD’s reference cooler.
Because the HG10 is designed specifically for reference boards to ensure proper cooling for all components, we’ll be releasing multiple editions. The first will be the A1, designed for AMD’s Radeon R9 290 and 290X, due in August. Shortly thereafter will be the N1 for NVIDIA’s GeForce Titan Black, Titan, GTX 780 Ti, GTX 780, and GTX 770. MSRP is $39.99.