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Corsair Hydro H100i GTX High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler Review

Corsair Hydro H100i GTX High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler Review
Corsair's Hydro Series H100i GTX High Performance Liquid CPU cooler is without a doubt the best liquid CPU cooler we have ever reviewed.
By: Chad Sebring | CPU Liquid Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Aug 6, 2015 2:15 pm
TweakTown Rating: 99%Manufacturer: Corsair

Introduction, Specifications and Pricing

 

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Just as the energy is starting to calm of the results we saw the Corsair H80i GT put up in our charts, we then realized that this is the smallest of the three options Corsair is offering in this latest Hydro series. They still offer a 240mm version, and another that uses a 280mm radiator with the rest of the components staying the same, except for the fans. While the 240mm version uses the same pair of fans we saw in the H80i GT, the 280mm version gets 104CFM fans rather than the 70CFM the SP120L fans produce. Outside of that, the looks, appeal, sleeved thicker tubing; it all remains the same across the board.

 

 

Now we were not sent the H110i GTX, which is their big dog if you will, or the cooler that should offer the best performance out of the entire group, but instead, we were given the mid-range 240mm option. Considering what a single thick radiator was able to accomplish in the H80i GT, with more surface area to cool in our latest sample, with the same fans cooling it, it isn't hard to put together that this cooler should indeed be more efficient than that. Due to the fact that the H80i GT almost jumped into the lead, we have no doubts that we will have a new top dog in our charts with this latest submission.

 

As we look at the H100i GTX that Corsair sent, we will be going through everything. We will be testing with the Corsair Link software in control using the various profiles, and since we have the pair of fans off the H80i GT, we even went as far as to try four fan testing just to see how crazy things can really get. Knowing the gap in performance associated between various AIO configurations, it is easy to see that things are just going to get more impressive, and with how well the H80i GT performed, we are extremely excited to get this testing underway and see just what Corsair has in store for us when it comes to the H100i GTX high performance liquid CPU cooler.

 

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When we took a look on Corsair's website for information regarding this H100i GTX, we found that Corsair puts it all in two different locations again. The top section of this offers the basic information. We see there is a five-year warranty, that the cold plate is copper, that the radiator is made of aluminum, and that it uses low permeability large diameter tubing. They also show is that this will install on AM2, AM2+ AM3, AM3+, FM1, and FM2 sockets. As for the Intel side, this cooler will fit LGA115x, LGA1366, and LGA2011.

 

Under the specifications header, we do see more of the finer details. The radiator of the H100i GTX is 120mm wide, 275mm long, and is 30mm in thickness. The included fans are the SP120L fans that are 120mm square and 25mm thick. Doing a bit of math, that makes for 55mm in thickness out of the box with fans included, and if you opted for a push/pull configuration, you are then at 80mm of thickness to fit into a chassis. The SP120L fans are made to spin at 2700RPM, delivering 70.69CFM of airflow at 37.7 dB(A), while also offering 4.65mmH2O of static pressure.

 

We did skip over the included bits, but you do get the H100i GTX, mounting hardware, two 120mm fans, fan and radiator mounting screws, and pre-applied thermal compound. You also get instructions, a warranty insert, and most importantly, a Corsair Link cable to take advantage of software controls for this AIO.

 

With the plain fact that the H100i GTX is larger and more efficient than the H80i GT we just looked at, we assume the pricing will of course be a bit higher, and this is what we found. The MSRP on this kit is set to $129.99 which is spot on for all 240mm AIO cooler release pricing. That being said, it does not mean you have to shell out $130 to own this. Over at Amazon, we found that the H100i GTX is listed at $111.99 and is currently offered with free shipping.

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