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Corsair H115i RGB Platinum Liquid CPU Cooler Review

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Liquid Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Nov 1, 2018 1:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 98%Manufacturer: Corsair

Corsair H115i RGB Platinum CPU Cooler

 

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The head unit has been dressed to fit the Platinum name, with the new brushed metal ring around the black center section with the Corsair name and logo. The logo, as well as the thin ring around the black plastic, is RGB LED backlit with three LEDs on all sides, with an additional four LEDs in the center.

 

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The right side of the head unit is where the tubing connects to it via the ninety-degree swivel fittings. The tubing has black sleeving over the rubber tubes, but we also notice the hexagonal-shaped covers where they all meet.

 

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The left side of the head unit is where the iCUE USB cable attaches to the system and is also where the fill port for the AIO is, although it has been sealed, and is not meant to be refilled or topped off. At the left of the image, or at the top of the head unit, this is where the wires exit.

 

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Due to compatibility, the round application of thermal paste is not enough, so a much broader application is used now. However, the plastic cover that protects this area has allowed debris into the paste, which could cause issues with mating to the CPU.

 

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We do not use the provided paste for testing, so the debris issue is moot, but once removed, we can see the cold plate in its entirety. It is convex, with the center being the highest point, and the machine marks are still visible, but less noticeable than in previous designs.

 

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Back to the wires coming from the head unit, we see some usual suspects and a couple of new ones. The head unit, including the pump and LEDs, are powered with the SATA power connector, and there is a 3-pin fan lead coming from that cable to read RPMs. The connectors in the middle are for RGB control of the ML 140 fans, and of course, the 4-pin fan connectors power the fans.

 

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Leaving the head unit, on the way to the radiator, we see that Corsair has given us fifteen inches of tubing, and the cables range from ten to eleven inches. There are plenty of both to allow the radiator into the front of a chassis, as well as not making too much hassle when it comes to wiring.

 

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This image shows three things. One is the sticker at the left, which verifies the name of the cooler and is where the serial number is located, should an RMA be needed. We also see the radiator is 27mm thick, but you can see how much closer the fins are to the frame now. Lastly are the tube connections again, where we find the hexagon-shaped plastic covers.

 

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This 240mm radiator is built tough, and even though the fin stack is thicker, no issues from screws will arise. They can screw into the fins once they pass the frame. The FPI is quite high, as most AIOs are, and we counted twenty-three fins per inch in the area we chose to count in.

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