At first we had assumptions that this was just another dressed up refresh, that was until we looked deeper at the specifications when we were asked to review this, once this cooler is in your hands, you start to get a real sense for what all has gone on with this latest release of Hydro coolers from Corsair. With mention of a new cold plate design, and the first time we are seeing this head unit, we know there are some benefits to be found there. Opting for much larger diameter tubing allows for better circulation as the amount of coolant passing back and forth is not hindered there. Dressing them up with braided sleeving, even using a thicker radiator with two turbines for fans, each and every aspect of this cooler was tended to not only for performance, but for some much needed aesthetic appeal too.
With everything in place, and venturing through the Corsair Link software, there is so much more that can be done that we did not have time to address. Allowing the user to control every aspect of the cooler, and even if you do not own a Corsair chassis and do not like the stock images, we really dig that you can upload an image of your actual PC, and apply the sensors and icons right where they are in your specific build for easier reference.
The thing is that just looking at the Quiet mode performance, Corsair would have nothing to worry about and happily sell the pants off of these coolers. The reality is that we can still kick it over to Performance mode, and damn near overtake the Tt Water 3.0 Ultimate, that requires a 360mm radiator to outdo the H80i GT. Screw the noise that this thing will produce in this scenario, nobody else with a single 120mm radiator AIO can claim that have anything on Corsair at the moment.
With everything going for the H80i GT, the only thing that could stop such a brilliant design would be to come out on the shelves overpriced. That is just not the case with this cooler at all though. While you will find the cooler around for the $109.99 MSRP, we always like to find the best deal out there to get the best bang for our buck, and finding this cooler available right now for $91 and no shipping cost just makes the deal that much sweeter. The Corsair H80i GT took on a ton of air coolers, many other AIOs, and even custom loops to take a very strong third place overall. Considering the size of the H80i GT, that is saying much more than we can if we had four more pages to carry on about how impressive the H80i GT really is.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||98%|
|Bundle and Packaging||96%|
|Value for Money||98%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||98%|
The Bottom Line: The Hydro H80i GT is a truly impressive bit of kit! For a single thick 120mm based AIO to take on the competition, and blow most of them away, really proves that Corsair is staying ahead of the game and delivering terrific sealed loop systems.
PRICING: You can find the Corsair Hydro H80i for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The Corsair Hydro H80i retails for $91 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The Corsair Hydro H80i retails for £78 at Amazon UK.
Australia: Find other tech and computer products like this over at PLE Computer's website.
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