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Corsair Hydro H100i GTX High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler Review

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Liquid Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Aug 6, 2015 2:15 pm
TweakTown Rating: 99%Manufacturer: Corsair

Final Thoughts

 

We knew that when we tested the H80i GT that we were in for some really good results when it came to the H100i GTX, but we did not expect them to be this good. The revamp of what the new Hydro Series coolers offer was well worth the time effort and engineering that went into this new design. A new pump and cold plate just makes that end of things more efficient, offers less heat dump, and has to allow for a bit more flow through it as well. The tubing is larger and is no longer a point of discussion in AIOs at to the amount they can or cannot allow, as with these, it is obvious that coolant is indeed moving very well through the loop. The only restriction is in the radiator, and not so much in the tubes or headers, but due to the high FPI used in these AIOs. Knowing this though, Corsair packed in a pair of seriously capable fans to force bunches of air through it, and deliver us award winning thermal results.

 

 

We like the looks of the shaping of the new head units, we dig the silver accents to it, and who does not like LEDs that you can change on a whim, set to the theme of the build, or even know at a glance without Alt Tabbing out of the game to see, as the LED can also tell you if you are cool, warm, or hot just by seeing the color of the head unit from the corner of your eye. The tubing, while sleeved and nice to look at, can be stiff when trying to install things and in tight quarters could be an issue, and with the swivel fittings now gone, overall height is now an issue for SFF cases.

 

The thing is though, we get why all of this was done, and to be honest, we really like what Corsair did here. Not only did they hugely upgrade performance which is what is the backbone of sales, but they also bridged the gap between what the typical AIOs used to look like, and what a custom loop looks like. While there is no way to add into these loops and keep the warranty, it is truly the only thing that separates this kit from a custom loop at twice or three times the price.

 

With all this cost talk being thrown around, even to get one of the less efficient custom loops we have tested, at minimum you have to spend $200, and that is just to cool the CPU as well. Here with the H100i GTX, you get better performance, software control of lighting, the fans, and the pump, you don't have to do half the work involved in a custom loop, and to get a loop this attractive, you are going to spend twice that. To get great results with no hassles, you can simply opt to buy into the Corsair Hydro Series, and seeing the H100i GTX listed at $112 with free shipping, you are either broke, or very thick headed not to take advantage of what this kit brings to the table.

 

The thing is though, even if this was not so impressive to you as it is to us, there is still also the H110i GTX to ponder, and from what we know about surface area, and that that kit has even more intense fans with it, Corsair is poised to be the benchmark from which all future coolers are measured and designed against.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance100%
Quality including Design and Build99%
General Features99%
Bundle and Packaging96%
Value for Money100%
Overall TweakTown Rating99%

The Bottom Line: Corsair shows that there is always room for improvement as the Hydro H100i GTX beats everything we have previously tested. It looks great, performs great, and while things can get noisy, for less than $100, it's basically impossible to go wrong with it.

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