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Corsair Hydro X RTX 3090 Opinions

Hello everyone,


I am (like everyone else it seems) considering an upgrade to an RTX 3090 for my rig.  Currently I have a full Corsair Hydro X water cooling setup, which I like because of the RGB controls etc. 


My question, or rather request for opinions is, Do you think Corsair are more likely to make their first blocks for founders edition (non reference) or the reference design? 


My plan was just to buy a founders edition and run it on air cooling until a Corsair waterblock was released, feeling comfortable that it would be the reference design and all would be well but I am now unsure after hearing the Nvidia card is non ref.


Appreciate nobody knows but keen to hear opinions, I could go for an AIB card that is thought of as being reference. 


Thanks, Mark

CPU: Ryzen 9 3900X  | Motherboard: ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Hero| RAM: 2x16GB 3600MHz Corsair Vengeance Pro RGB | GPU: NVIDIA RTX 3090 Founders Edition | PSU: Corsair RM1000x | Case: Lian Li O11 Dynamic Razer Edition | Cooler: Corsair H150i | SSD: Corsair MP600 500GB PCI-E Gen 4 | Monitor: x3 Razer Raptor

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I don't really see blocks being made for founders cards part from maybe from EK as the founders cards seem to have entirely different pcbs compared to none founder cards.

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23 hours ago, Mark-McG said:

Do you think Corsair are more likely to make their first blocks for founders edition (non reference) or the reference design? 

they will make the non founder and founder editions water blocks first. same was with the 5700XT. when the reference cards arrived corsair made the blocks for them first, since the partner cards came later.


but still we are unsure 



Main PC:


|Ryzen 7 3700x, OC to 4.2ghz @1.3V, 67C, or 4.4ghz @1.456V, 87C || Asus strix 5700 XT, +50 core, +50 memory, +50 power (not a great overclocker) || Asus Strix b550-A || G.skill trident Z Neo rgb 32gb 3600mhz cl16-19-19-19-39, oc to 3733mhz with the same timings || Cooler Master ml360 RGB AIO || Phanteks P500A Digital || Thermaltake ToughPower grand RGB750w 80+gold || Samsung 850 250gb and Adata SX 6000 Lite 500gb || Toshiba 5400rpm 1tb || Asus Rog Theta 7.1 || Asus Rog claymore || Asus Gladius 2 origin gaming mouse || Monitor 1 Asus 1080p 144hz || Monitor 2 AOC 1080p 75hz || 

Test Rig.


Ryzen 5 3400G || Gigabyte b450 S2H || Hyper X fury 2x4gb 2666mhz cl 16 ||Stock cooler || Antec NX100 || Silverstone essential 400w || Transgend SSD 220s 480gb ||

Just Sold


| i3 9100F || Msi Gaming X gtx 1050 TI || MSI Z390 A-Pro || Kingston 1x16gb 2400mhz cl17 || Stock cooler || Kolink Horizon RGB || Corsair CV 550w || Pny CS900 120gb ||


Tier lists for building a PC.


Motherboard tier list. Tier A for overclocking 5950x. Tier B for overclocking 5900x, Tier C for overclocking 5800X. Tier D for overclocking 5600X. Tier F for 4/6 core Cpus at stock. Tier E avoid.

(Also case airflow matter or if you are using Downcraft air cooler)



Gpu tier list. Rtx 3000 and RX 6000 not included since not so many reviews. Tier S for Water cooling. Tier A and B for overcloking. Tier C stock and Tier D avoid.

( You can overclock Tier C just fine, but it can get very loud, that is why it is not recommended for overclocking, same with tier D)



Psu tier List. Tier A for Rtx 3000, Vega and RX 6000. Tier B For anything else. Tier C cheap/IGPU. Tier D and E avoid.

(RTX 3000/ RX 6000 Might run just fine with higher wattage tier B unit, Rtx 3070 runs fine with tier B units)



Cpu cooler tier list. Tier 1&2 for power hungry Cpus with Overclock. Tier 3&4 for overclocking Ryzen 3,5,7 or lower power Intel Cpus. Tier 5 for overclocking low end Cpus or 4/6 core Ryzen. Tier 6&7 for stock. Tier 8&9 Ryzen stock cooler performance. Do not waste your money!



Storage tier List. Tier A for Moving files/  OS. Tier B for OS/Games. Tier C for games. Tier D budget Pcs. Tier E if on sale not the worst but not good.

(With a grain of salt, I use tier C for OS myself)



Case Tier List. Work In Progress. Most Phanteks airflow series cases already done!

Ask me anything :)

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Reference, Founders, Strix, and maybe FTW3 will be the most popular blocks going by the 20-series cards.

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