Specifications, Availability and Pricing
The biggest change you are going to see on the H100 over the H80 we recently took a look at is the dual 120mm radiator that has been attached. While still utilizing the high FPI count as per the other radiators, Corsair has now used a 27mm thick radiator that is 275mm long and allows for the pair of included fans and another pair to be connected to this radiator. Of course, just like the H80, the principle of how this cooler works is the same. The head unit matches the one found on the H80 and offers a trio of fan speed adjustments too. The tubing is the same non-permeable tubing used in all the Hydro coolers, but unlike the 10" of hose on the H80, this unit comes with near 12" of tubing between the head unit and the radiator. With water pumping through the radiator and the tubes, it has to be pumped over the fins on the back of the copper cold plate. Mounting for both systems is done with thumbscrews and various brackets that screw into the side of the head unit.
The pair of fans that accompany the H100 are a pair of CF12525SH12A fans. These are the same fans I found inside my H80, so sound results and what these fans are capable of were already seen. But this time we get to spread out the fans and instead of a push/pull fan configuration, the H100's 275mm radiator allows fans to be installed side by side. The head unit will allow for up to four fans with 3-pin or 4pin fan connectors to be used with the H100. Included in the kit is a pair of sleeved cable extensions for the fans cables. This helps to allow for clean wire management and allows the head unit to get further from the radiator when they are in place. Back to the fans; these bad boys are capable of up to 92 CFM at 2600 RPM and can deliver 7.7mm/H2O in static pressure. The increase of CFM and static pressure over the earlier Hydro cooler fans is greatly appreciated on this tightly spaced fin arrangement on this radiator.
Now that we have covered the basics and are ready to get down to the pricing and availability, here is where the kicker comes in! Let me set the stage. The top performer on my list has been the Swiftech H2O-320 kit, and it is still demanding $250 to get your hands on one. Now, if you only plan to cool the CPU with the kit, Corsair has a much better solution for those who just can't sell themselves on buying almost $300 worth of cooling. As I search around, Google is showing that Directron.com is leading the price war at just less than $110 to your door pricing. On the high end, watch yourself, as some places are priced well over $150. Right at the low end of the pricing is my favorite place to shop with a price of $101.99 at Newegg.com, and currently they offer free shipping!
Now that we know that what you are about to see can be done at this price point, there are two things I see happening soon. One, after you read this I will put money on the fact that you are going to be looking to buy one of your own. Secondly, I see a cooler like this putting a real hurt on not only custom loop purchases, but even putting a dent in the need for air coolers that don't offer silence with their performance!