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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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Features and Specifications

  • Corsair Link monitoring and control. Monitor temperature and control lighting and fan speed on your screen. No additional hardware is necessary.
  • Entirely self-contained. Hydro Series H100i comes pre-filled, and never needs refilling or priming.
  • Dual radiator with custom fan design. The 240mm top-mounted radiator provides maximum surface area for maximum cooling power. The 120mm fans use wide, low-pitch blades for better static pressure to noise ratio, offering improved efficiency at lower noise levels.
  • Built-In Corsair Link. No additional hardware is necessary – just connect the included Corsair Link cable to a USB header on your motherboard and download the free Corsair Link Dashboard software. You can monitor coolant temperature and adjust cooling performance directly from your desktop.
  • Tool-free multi-platform magnetic mounting bracket kit. The modular design makes installation simpler, and it’s compatible with Intel and AMD processors.
  • Large-diameter, low permeability tubing. Minimal coolant evaporation helps ensure long life, and the resilient material offers both high flexibility and excellent leak protection.


Warranty: Five years
Cold Plate Material: Copper
Fan Specification: 120mm (x2)
Socket Support: AMD AM2, AMD AM3, AMD FM1, AMD FM2, Intel LGA 1150, Intel LGA 1155, Intel LGA 1156, Intel LGA 1366, Intel LGA 2011
Radiator Material: Aluminum
Tubing: Large-diameter, low permeability

With the details out of the way let’s move on to the packaging and unboxing!

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    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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