Introduction, Specifications and Pricing
When it comes to sealed loops for CPU cooling, Asetek is the largest maker or distributor of these systems, but when it comes down to it, Corsair and AIOs are so closely related, it is almost the same as calling tissues Kleenex, or a soda a Coke. We have been around since the inception of the Hydro series of coolers, which happened very early in the game, right after CoolIT and Asetek stopped selling their own products and opened the doors for other manufacturers to take advantage of what they had built. Now Corsair did swap sides a couple of times with early Hydro coolers offering a round head unit, then they went to square ones, back to round ones, but this time around they have brought an all new look and feel to the Hydro series.
With what we have gathered, Corsair sort of took this last series releases as a no holds barred match against all other seal loop AIOs out there on the market. The issue with an AIO is that it has only four components to fiddle with to make improvements. There is the head unit with the pump and cold plate, and here we find an industry standard offered as we see nothing showing manufacturers are replacing either of those components. Next in line is the tubing. Thinner tubing will create more pressure as it is forced through it, but as you widen the ID of the tubing, you are able to move more coolant in the same amount of time, and is one thing that Corsair was sure to address. Then we run into the radiator, and again we see time and time again that we get the same FPI offerings and the same thicknesses, but Corsair did opt for the thicker radiator in this latest cooler. Then, of course, you have the fans, and here Corsair searched for a while and found some real power houses to pair up with this design.
Today, we are looking at the smallest offering in the new Hydro series lineup with the H80i GT. Not only does this system take full advantage of every opportunity given to them as a choice of how to improve things, being in the Hydro series with an "i" designation also means we get the full advantages of the Corsair Link software and within just a few clicks, you can have full control over fans, the pump, and even LED lighting since in this version the Corsair name on the head unit is backlit. Seeing what we have on the box, online, and with the testing behind us, we are sure that this H80i GT from Corsair will be turning some heads. Not only due to the sleek and new and improved styling all around this AIO, but more importantly for the massive boost in efficiency we see.
If you are on Corsair's website looking for more information about the H80i GT, when you click on the "Tech Specs" tab, this is the chart they will offer you. This bit explains that we get a five-year warranty on this cooler, which is a good start. It then tells us the cold plate is made of copper, that there are two fans, that the radiator is made of aluminum, and passing the compatibility, we see they make mention of the large diameter tubing used as well. Back to the compatibility, we see AMD is covered from AM2 forward, and for Intel we see LGA115x, LGA1366, and LGA2011 are all supported.
Now if you are to scroll all the way to the bottom of the main page, you are then shown this chart as the specifications. Here we see everything that comes in the box, from the cooler to the fans, on down to the hardware and pre-applied thermal paste. We are then told that this radiator is 154mm tall, 123mm wide, and is 49mm in thickness. The included fans are 120mm fans that are 25mm thick, and offers speeds of 2435 RPM, delivering 70.69CFM and an astonishing 4.65mmH20 of pressure. It is easy to see with this H80i GT, that while compact compared to other sealed loop offerings, Corsair definitely splurged where at all possible to bring forth a serious contender for your hard earned dollars.
Speaking of hard earned dollars, just what sort of cost does all of this new, bigger and better cooler cost? The truth is that while many would think that with all the additional effort that went into this design, there would also be a considerable price hike, but that just isn't true. While Corsair released the H80i GT with an MSRP of $109.99, we found that at this time you don't have to even pay that much. Right now on Amazon, you can find the cooler listed for $91 with free shipping.
For comparable pricing to what a top tier air cooler would cost, and much less than most coolers of this nature cost at their time of release, if ever there was a time to jump on the Corsair AIO bandwagon, this is it; and when you see the charts, you too will easily see the bang for the buck that this cooler has to offer.
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