Following up with the reviews of the Corsair Hydro H75, Corsair Hydro H110i GT, the NZXT Kraken x41 and the NZXT Kraken G10, it is time to finish the first round of GPU coolers here with the Corsair Hydro HG10- specifically the A1 edition. What’s A1 you ask? Why, it is simply their first iteration bracket for AMD GPUs. In this case the A1 is compatible with AMD Radeon R9 290 and R9 290x reference GPUs with extra emphasis on the reference part. You see, unlike the NZXT G10 which is a more universal cooling bracket and works with a lot of different GPUs, the HG10 is customized to fit a particular PCB type. Thanks to James and George from Corsair who provided the bracket(s) and the AIOs for the testing, we can take a detailed look at the HG10 and see if it performs as intended.
Let’s begin by taking a look at the specs courtesy the product page:
There’s also a massive list of GPUs from various AMD board partners in there but, as with all things coming out of board partners, keep in mind that there may be unadvertised changes to the components used on the PCB or even the PCB design itself which may result in the HG10 not working out as intended. The smallest things like an extra mm of height on the capacitors used on the PCB can be enough at times, and if you are not sure about your particular GPU then please do talk to both Corsair as well as your GPU manufacturer to get more information. With that being said, let’s now take a good look at the HG10 A1 on the next page.