What we have found with the H100i PRO RGB is an affordable way into reasonably decent performance, especially when considering this against all of the other Corsair AIOs on the charts. The looks are clean and attractive, and while the RGB lighting may be limited to just the head unit, we find it is enough, as most of the RGB in a PC is contained to the motherboard, video cards, and RAM.
The cooler is easy to install, and with the sufficient length of cables and tubing, size of the chassis nor the location you wish to use should be of any concern. Compatibility with iCUE software ups the game a fair bit too. While many makers will not even offer software control of their AIOs, it is easy for Corsair to jump ahead with things like fan and pump presets, color changing capabilities with reactive modes to sound or temperature, as well as many other color modes outside of static RGB LEDs. Combined, all of this comes together to ensure everyone out there can have their cake and eat it too.
Performance is fair, and for the size of this AIO, it does reasonably well. When comparing to other Corsair units, there is the H80, which was a beast, along with the H115i RGB Platinum as well as the H150i PRO that can outperform it thermally, but two out of those three are considerably more expensive options. Noise levels are kept low and are why there are defined gaps in the thermal testing, and unless you are in Extreme or Custom Modes, the noise will be of little concern.
To get the most out of the cooler, you will be dealing with the loud drone of fan noise, but running the fans in either mode is more for benching runs, where they would not be running so fast all of the time anyway. For what it is, and for what the current pricing is, we feel there is a fair mix of aesthetics, performance, and low noise in most scenarios.
If what you have seen here gets you wanting to start shopping for it, cut to the chase and go to Amazon. Currently listed at $109.99, we feel it is a fair price to pay for what we have seen from the H100i PRO RGB. We cannot ignore that there are more affordable solutions in air cooling that perform better with similar noise, but none are as easy to install, they don't take the weight off the socket, and case width is rarely an issue when installing an AIO into a mid-tower or larger chassis. That being said, for the ease of mind, decent performance with the option to go a bit crazy when needed, all piles on to have us still recommending the H100i PRO RGB for AIO consumers, as it is a good all-around option.
|Overall TweakTown Rating||93%|
The Bottom Line: While not a chart topper, the H100i PRO RGB from Corsair has what it takes to sell to the masses. Fair performance, inclusion of RGB to the head unit, and all at a reasonable cost makes it hard to gloss over this CPU cooler!
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