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Review: Corsair Hydro Series H100i GTX

by Parm Mann on 1 May 2015, 13:01

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Conclusion

Installation is as simple as it has always been, the new aesthetic is easy on the eye, and cooling performance on an overclocked chip continues to impress.

Corsair has refreshed its range of all-in-one Hydro Series coolers with the introduction of the 120mm H80i GT, 240mm H100i GTX and 280mm H110 GT.

Covering all the popular form factors and touting a new industrial design as well as Corsair Link integration, the trio continue to rely on a tried-and-trusted formula of pump and radiator in a single, closed loop.

Installation is as simple as it has always been, the new aesthetic is easy on the eye, and cooling performance on an overclocked chip continues to impress. The H100i GTX plays to the Hydro Series' strengths, however the two potential weak spots - pump noise and software refinement - still need to be addressed, and as high-performance PCs become increasingly quiet, liquid coolers are starting to be identified as one of the primary contributors of overall noise.

Bottom line: it'll look great in a windowed chassis, and the Hydro Series H100i GTX should be considered if you prioritise cooling performance above all else, but if you're planning a near-silent build you'll want to look elsewhere.

The Good
 
The Bad
Great cooling performance
Straightforward installation
Doesn't clutter the CPU socket
Customisable caps
 
Pump noise is an issue
Pricey for a CPU cooler



Corsair Hydro Series H110i GT

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H100i GTX, huh? My humble H100, without even an ‘i’ to its name, is nothing.

But can the same formula continue to prove successful in the years to come?

No, I think they'll have to get really radical and start using “ZZ” and more ‘X’s and maybe stick the word “Super” in there, or something like that. I'd definitely ditch my now pitiful H100 and trade up to a Corsair ZZH100XXR SuperBlackrad. Totally hot and yet really cool all at the same time.
As for the reality, when the pump and fans are competing with trance music, tinnitus and a washing machine, it's really not a problem. ;-)

On the other hand, if it's still as easy to ruin the thread of the screws/fittings as with my H100 then I can't recommend it without a “caveat emptor”.

(For those who had the obvious thought there.. ;-) … Yes, I do wish that I hadn't thought it a bargain that the supplier would build the system for barely any difference in what I paid for it.)
How long are the tubes? I don't know if it's just me, but it looks from the photos, that the tubes aren't long enough to allow mounting the radiator in the front of the case.
It would be nice to see other similarly priced and performing air coolers to the D15, like Phantek's PH-PC14PE, and be quiet!'s Dark Rock Pro 3 mixed into these results
Looks well engineered and made and for a high performance gaming rig its certainly an option.
For me its a no go. To expensive (£30 - £40 more than a top end air cooler) and to noisy.
I find it odd that Intel has not gone the route of a better supplied stock cooler that would add maybe a few pounds more to the cost of a cpu.