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Corsair Hydro H80i GT High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler Review

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Liquid Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Aug 4, 2015 2:13 pm
TweakTown Rating: 98%Manufacturer: Corsair

Corsair H80i GT CPU Cooler

 

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Starting with the head unit, we find a new design yet again, with an octagonal shape and angled section surrounding the backlit Corsair logo in the silver section in the middle. We can also see that the Intel hardware comes pre-installed to it.

 

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Part of the reason the last image was so off angled, is that with this design, rotatable fittings are done away with, in favor of two very thick tubes coming out of the top of the head unit, and rather than to leave them rubber, there is cloth sleeve applied to them to dress it up very nicely.

 

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As the silver section that holds the Corsair logo on top rounds the side of the cooler and stops, we find that this is where two leads come out of the head unit. One of them is a three pin lead to power the pump, and the other is a four pin lead with a pair of fan power plugs at the end of it.

 

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On what will be the bottom edge as installed on the motherboard, there is a mini-USB port found on this head unit, and is used for the Corsair Link cable. This is optional, but with it offering what it does, it is well worth the effort to run the cable.

 

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Under the head unit, we find that there is a snap on plastic protector that keeps that pre-applied paste in good shape and free of debris. Also, there is not a removable lock ring on this unit, to swap the mounting bracket, you twist the bracket and keys align with the slots to allow it to come off.

 

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Removing the paste, we see that the base of the H80i GT shows defined milling marks. These marks are concentric circles, and nearest the center it is higher than at the edges.

 

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Moving down the tubing from the head unit, we see that the pump power lead is ten inches long, while the fan power lead is eleven to twelve inches long. We can also see that from the top of the head unit to the front edge of the radiator, we have fifteen inches of room to get this mounted.

 

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We already know that this radiator is 49mm in thickness, which we do appreciate, but we really do like the way Corsair matches the sides of the radiator to the head unit with the silver stripe and octagonal shape surrounding their name and sails.

 

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At the end of the radiator, we find two stickers. The top number is the UPC for the radiator at the manufacturer. The lower sticker is the one specific to Corsair where it tells us the model of the cooler along with the voltage and wattage requirements.

 

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Our last view of the kit is head long into the fins of this radiator. It may be thick, but this design keeps with the 21 to 23FPI depending on the location of the fins counted. This can be overcome, but takes some serious pressure, and with the specs for the chosen fans, this should be an easy task for them to cool.

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