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Corsair H100i Review

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Posted July 22, 2013 by Will in Cooling

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Overview

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

WHAT WE LIKED:

Great performance, low noise, incredible software suite.
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Fan screws are too long and hit the radiator fins.
 
BOTTOM LINE:
The H100i is a powerhouse that's backed by a powerhouse control software. The H100i is the new king of the AiO market.
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Conclusion

 

The H100i is one heck of an AiO cooler. It matched (or exceeded) the Seidon 240M and did so with MUCH LESS NOISE. Installation was a piece of cake and its aesthetics are impressive too.

 

The Corsair Link software is incredible to say the least. The sheer amount of configuration options and customization options is nearly mind-numbing. It can even send you an email if one of your fans stops, or if it overheats, or if your pump stops! That’s just crazy. You can also link the software to any of Corsair’s Link-enabled products like power supplies and lighting controls for an all-in-one monitoring center.

 

The only negative is that the screws will contact the radiator’s fins unless you’ve got a particularly thick chassis you’re mounting the unit to. I don’t see this being much of an issue because it’s just the fins, not the tubes.

 

And we’ve FINALLY got a match for the Noctua NH-U14S in p/p! The Seidon was close but the H100i is spot on and does so with a lot less fan noise.

The H100i is truly impressive. It beats the Seidon 240M in both performance and acoustics. Where it gets beaten though is price point. The H100i retails for $25 more than the Seidon (but can be found for only $10 more – $109.99 at NewEgg) However, the incredible software quite is worth that and more. Being able to link your power supply, cooling and lighting into one piece of software that’s well-designed, easy to use and feature-packed is amazing. The H100i also carries a generous 5-year warranty from Corsair. Given all of the above and seeing firsthand the performance and hearing firsthand the low noise I have to give the H100i our Editor’s Choice award.

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3 Comments


  1.  
    Slava

    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.




  2.  
    Zetro

    “The shear amount…” – really?

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




  3.  
    anymous

    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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