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Corsair Hydro Series H100 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler Review

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Liquid Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Aug 29, 2011 4:40 am
TweakTown Rating: 96%Manufacturer: Corsair

The Corsair Hydro Series H100 Liquid CPU Cooler Continued




As I was getting ready for images of the radiator, I figured I would measure the distance of the installed tubing. You can see this H100 comes with almost 12" of tubing where the H80 had right around 10".




The hoses are stretched over aluminum fittings on this 27mm thick radiator. I mentioned in the specs section that this is a dual 120mm radiator, and this should help express that fact, as it is easy to see how you get two 120mm fans on this unit.




Corsair has always used a radiator with a tight fin arrangement, or a high FPI count. The H100 is no different, jus the configuration of how this radiator is cooled over the fatter single radiator of the H80.




Just for show I went ahead and connected everything so you can get a look of the whole unit ready to be installed. As you can see the wiring is a bit tight right now, and is why Corsair offers a pair of extension cables you will see in the hardware section.




I went ahead and added some power so you can see how the H100 lights up when it is in action on your system. With the fans button set to the low fan speed setting, the lower left quarter circle indicates this level as it lights up with the white LED that back lights the wedge.




In balanced mode, you now get the pair of wedges lighting up to denote that you are at stage number two of three in total.




In extreme mode, the fans are kicked up to full speed, sort of, as there is a PWM feature on these settings I didn't notice with the H80. While the three LEDs are lit to denote the correct setting, the fans are lower speed now than they are once I used the Tec to add an actual load to the unit. At which point the fans spooled up to full speed when the setting and loads are applied.

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