There are a few things that we cannot sidestep, which are what Corsair is banking on that you too will appreciate in the H150i PRO RGB. The looks of the cooler are stellar, and the new head unit is sleek, compact, and easy to install. The sleeved tubing is a nice touch, and also the chromed Corsair name and logo on the side of the radiator adds a bit of bling not found on many AIOs.
Software control is always handy, and we see that Corsair offers the utmost in options and way in which the H150i PRO RGB can be used. Once powered, the H150i PRO RGB comes to life and is where the RGB illumination shows off what it is capable of. There is also the lack of noise which many will find appealing, but to us, this is a double-edged sword.
What is also just as hard to sidestep is the things about this product which are just too big to go without pointing them out. We may as well start with the lack of noise to start things off. To some, this might not concern you, but we see all kinds of room on our charts to raise the level of noise if it means we get closer to the performance that many will expect with an AIO of this size.
Thermal results were abysmal, and in the charts on the previous page, it is hard to go to bat for a product which performs worse than a fat single 120mm radiator unit they sold years ago. Why spend the money to assume great things, to get home and see the cooler flounder, and get beaten handily by $50 air coolers. Lastly, and we sort of hit on this already is the cost. With what Corsair is demanding of the H150i PRO RGB, the bang for the buck value goes right down the crapper.
With all things considered, at $169.99, we feel that Corsair has some thinking to do. They could lower the price to the $100 range, and we would be more satisfied with what we saw. For what they are charging, you can move into custom loops or open loop systems which allow for full customization, and on top of it all, better results all around. We understand that they followed their pricing schedule from earlier products they made, but we feel Corsair is grasping at straws here.
If anything Corsair should have called this something else like the lite series, or silence above all else series. From what we have come to know of the Hydro Series, we expected much more from the H150i PRO RGB, and we know the end-user wants better than what we saw for the cost too. Even if you fell in love with the H150i PRO RGB with all the evidence put in front of you, we would still suggest you wait for a sale, as there is no polite way of explaining how gross the price is once everything is on the table.
|Overall TweakTown Rating||79%|
The Bottom Line: The Corsair H150i PRO RGB is sleek looking, and the RGB illumination is a nice touch. However, the lack of performance is a huge letdown, and the fact that the price is two times too expensive kicks this cooler right smack in the grapes!
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Corsair H150i PRO RGB CPU Cooler]
- Page 4 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 5 [Installation and Finished Product]
- Page 6 [Corsair LINK Software]
- Page 7 [Test System Setup, Thermal Tests, and Noise Results]
- Page 8 [Final Thoughts]