Corsair Hydro H80 and H100
Our test bench was done with ambient temps set at 72 degrees Fahrenheit or 22 degrees Celsius and tests were run and temps taken after 30 minutes at idle with stock settings, then pushed to 100% load with Lin-X at both stock and an overclock of 4.0GHz. The following hardware and software were used:
- Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth 990FX
- Processor: AMD 1100T
- Memory: Mushkin 4GB DDR3-1600
- Power: Sparkle 1250W
- Software: AIDA64, LinX, CPU-Z, Core Temp
Let’s move onto the results below.
We see the H100 beat the H80 by a margin of almost 10% on average. Stock CPU speeds don’t really push either water cooler, as the temperatures are well below the recommended thermal limit. However, when we push the overclock to 4.0GHz, we see the H100 results in the CPU still within spec, but the H80 is dangerously close to the thermal limit. We did run into the occasional BSOD with the H80 at 4.0GHz, so we’d actually recommend backing the clock speeds down a bit on the 6-core AMD chip, assuming you have great internal case airflow.
These results are comparable to top air coolers on the market, with the H100 finishing as particularly impressive. Keep in mind, too, that these Corsair coolers run quieter than most air coolers at such speeds, though if you want to keep the noise down then we recommend dialing back the clock speeds and fan RPMs to suit your preferences.
Let’s wrap things up next.