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.
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.