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Corsair H100i Review

Posted July 22, 2013 by Will in Cooling







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Price at time of Review: $109.99 from Amazon.com and NewEgg


Great performance, low noise, incredible software suite.


Fan screws are too long and hit the radiator fins.
The H100i is a powerhouse that's backed by a powerhouse control software. The H100i is the new king of the AiO market.
by Will
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Corsair – if you have been into PCs over the past few years, you will probably view them fondly. They make some of the best cases, RAM and power supplies available, not to mention other accessories like SSDs, keyboards, mice and audio products. Corsair got into the AiO cooler market a few years ago with the H50. It was a great cooler for an initial offering, and despite being a thin 120mm radiator, it performed admirably well. In fact, I still have an H50 running on a Q6600 @ 3.7GHz in a spare system right now!

Things have come a long way since the original H50, though. The radiators are thicker and longer, the tubing is larger, and the fans are quieter. Fast forward to today and you’ll notice that Corsair’s new H100i has “all that and then some” in an effort to keep your system cool and quiet. They were kind enough to send me one to check out, so without further delay let’s get to it!


About Corsair:

Meeting Performance Computing Demands since 1994. Corsair is a global company bringing innovative, high-performance components to the PC gaming market. Specializing in very high performance memory, ultra-efficient power supplies, and other key system components, our products are the choice of overclockers, enthusiasts, and gamers everywhere. Founded as Corsair Microsystems in 1994, Corsair originally developed Level 2 cache modules for OEMs. After Intel incorporated the L2 cache in the processor with the release of its Pentium Pro processor family, Corsair changed its focus to DRAM modules, primarily in the server market. In 2002, Corsair began shipping DRAM modules that were specifically designed to appeal to computer overclocking enthusiasts. From its roots in high-performance memory, Corsair has expanded its award-winning product portfolio to include ultra-efficient power supplies, builder-friendly cases, ground-breaking CPU coolers, blazing-fast solid-state drives, and other key system components. Corsair has developed a global operations infrastructure with extensive marketing and distribution channel relationships. Corsair’s products are sold to end users in over sixty countries worldwide, primarily through leading distributors and retailers.” – Corsair

Let’s take a look at the features and specifications on the H100i now.




    Thanks for the review, guys. I’ve got my unit on monday, built up a system around Fractal XL R2 with 3930k, gtx 780 (reference) and H100i mounted in front of the R2 in push mode. The pump is F***d, as about 50% of the time the rpm falls to about 780, instead of 2200 and a distinct noise comes from the pump. You would think noise will be lower with lower rpm, but nah, not with this thing (besides being a fault, that is) Full shutdown 2-3 times usually helps to get the pump back to 2200 rpm (give or take). The problem seems to be known, so I’m sending the unit back to the shop and getting Swiftech 220 instead – hope this one is better. Regarding fan noise – the only one I find acceptable is Quiet mode, Balanced is very much hearable, and Performance is far from acceptable IMHO.


    “The shear amount…” – really?

    (Yeh, it took me this many days to read to the last page…)


    In the review you speek of the standoff don’ t tighten to the motherboard.
    But what are the temperatures if they do?
    I have personel experience with a corsair H100i and by tighting the standoff to the motherboard i dropped the temps by 5-10°C.
    Just put some rubber washers behind the backplate

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