Corsair H100i Review
WHAT WE LIKED:Great performance, low noise, incredible software suite.
WHAT WE DISLIKED:Fan screws are too long and hit the radiator fins.
Our test setup is as follows:
- Biostar TZ77XE4 Motherboard
- Intel i7-3770k
- 8GB Mushkin Blackline DDR-3
- Enermax Platimax 1200W PSU
- Kingston 90GB SSD (OS)
- WD Blue 160GB HDD (storage)
- ASUS 24X DVD Burner
- HSPC Top Deck Tech Station
- Windows 7 64-bit fully updated
All tests are run using Arctic Silver Alumina thermal compound for comparison purposes. The CPU and heatsink is cleaned with Arctic Clean and Arctic Silver Alumina is reapplied. Tests are run at stock (3.5GHz [with 3.7GHz Turbo Boost]) and a moderate OC at 4.5GHz (no Turbo Boost). The system is left to idle for 30 minutes and a baseline temperature is recorded using CoreTemp. A Prime 95 blend test is then run for 30 minutes and the temps are recorded again. The recorded temperature is the average of the four cores. Since ambient temperatures can affect CPU temperature readings ambient temps are recorded during idle and full load testing. The ambient temperature is then subtracted from the recorded CPU temperatures resulting in a Delta T measurement, (or how many degrees above ambient the CPU cooler keeps the CPU). This levels the field for different ambient temperature tests. The H100i was tested on Quiet, Balanced and Performance modes.
Here you can see the Corsair logo lit up in the default white. It’s not overpoweringly bright but it gets the job done.
You can see that under stock clocks, the H100i matched the reigning king Noctua at load, but only in performance mode. The balanced and quiet modes slipped a few degrees behind, respectively. On quiet, the fans were borderline unnoticeable. Balanced was very much tolerable, and finally, performance mode was loud but tolerable. Now let’s bump the clocks up and see how it handles the heat.
As you can see, the H100i clearly held its own. It once again matched the reigning leader Noctua (in performance mode) with the balanced and quiet modes falling behind, but that’s to be expected. Again, on quiet, the fans were borderline unnoticeable, balanced was very much tolerable, and performance was loud but tolerable.