Review: Corsair H100i GTX

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  1. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    We test and review the all new Corsair Hydro Series H100i GTX Series Liquid cooler. An all-in-one liquid CPU cooler for cases with 240mm radiator mounts. This updated revision CPU cooler is compatible...

    Review: Corsair H100i GTX
     
  2. SilAntoine

    SilAntoine New Member

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    Looks like a nice product but unless you can't fit a 280 I don't see any reason not to go for the h110i GT.
     
  3. Fox2232

    Fox2232 Ancient Guru

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    Performance is not bad, bit better than NH-D14/15. While it comes at around 25% higher price, but takes considerably less space.

    This thing will make many happy users around.
     
  4. EdKiefer

    EdKiefer Ancient Guru

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    On page 2 there some mix up of specs between H100i and H110i , In top paragraph

    "The Hydro Series H100i GTX liquid CPU cooler pairs two 140mm fans with a 276x125x30 millimeter radiator to deliver CPU cooling in the most processor-intensive applications or quiet operation when the PC is idle. The H110i GT also features a new generation, high-efficiency cooling block with a striking new look with logo inserts on the block and radiator. Integrated Corsair Link support provides monitoring and customization of built-in logo lighting, fan speed, pump speed. As with all Hydro Series CPU coolers, the H100i GTX is completely self-contained, requires no maintenance or filling.

    140mm x 322mm x 27mm aluminum radiator
    Two SP120L 120mm high static pressure fans
    Corsair Link support for customization and monitoring
    Sleeved wide diameter, low evaporation rubber tubing
    Support for Intel LGA 115x, 1366, 2011 and AMD AM2, AM3, FM1, FM2
    5-year limited warranty
    MSRP: $119.99

    The included 140mm fans are custom-designed for high static pressure air delivery with minimum turbulence and noise. They’re PWM controlled, so you can customize the fan speed to find the optimal balance of cooling and noise.""

    In bold are mixed ones between units .
     

  5. Glottiz

    Glottiz Master Guru

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    if by less space you mean immediate space around CPU area, then yes. but rad with fans is rather large, probably takes up similar volume in cubic centimeters as D14/15 (or even more!), just placed a bit further from CPU.

    also, don't forget numerious disadvantages of AIO coolers: very real possibility of leak (worst nightmare for everyone using AIO), additional pump noise and additional parts that can go wrong - fans, pump, tubes, rad, liquid.

    maybe it's just me but increase in cooling performance is trivial compared to D15, not worth enough to be dealing with common disadvantaged associated with AIOs.
     
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    Good to see my H105 is still keeping up with these recent units. Best cooling unit I've owned so far :nerd:
     
  7. Fox2232

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    Not really, I have 19cm case and There is only 6mm clearance with D14. It is very close to graphics card's PCB.
    Each of 2 heatsinks/radiators are 14cm long and 5.5cm wide.
    1 fan is square with side 12cm and another is circular with 14cm diameter.

    It is huge block measuring in total 14x16x15cm. That dual 13x13x5.5cm is not only smaller, but fits in much larger variety of cases
     
  8. Reddoguk

    Reddoguk Ancient Guru

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    Yea i noticed the 140mm being listed twice for the 100iGTX but the 100i is only 120mm x2 so i think H may of just used a preview from the 110i or something.

    He needs to change it as it's a bit misleading.
     
  9. CPC_RedDawn

    CPC_RedDawn Ancient Guru

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    I don't get why they have wires coming off the CPU block?

    Even on my NZXT Kraken X61 it has about three cables coming off the CPU block.

    Why can't they hide these cables?

    For instance make the tubing slightly thicker and have the cables running through the braiding of the tubing and then have them come out the side of the radiator. So when you install this at the top or front of a case you have easily hide them through a rubber grommet hole that literally all cases have now.

    Would save use having to hide them across our motherboards.
     
  10. CPC_RedDawn

    CPC_RedDawn Ancient Guru

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    Is this why the tubing on the picture of the H110i GT is different to the newer braided tubing on the 80, and 100 versions?
     

  11. Hilbert Hagedoorn

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    Yeah, typo twice. 140mm has been altered to 120mm.
     
  12. ScoobyDooby

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    My H100 is still keeping up also! I immediately replaced the corsair fans that came with it and slapped on a couple of low rpm high sp fans and it keeps my 4.6ghz SB ~34/35 Idle and 70s load.

    I see that these newer models would probably grant me better temps overall, but too lazy to change over to it :nerd:
     
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    Highly unlikely, but sure, we have seen cases where the cooler leaked for some reason. They do happen, but very rare and if it does, we do have a system in place to handle that type of situation to give you guys a peach of mind when using our AIO cooler :)
     
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    I'd like to know whether changing out the tim for something like arctic silver would make any difference to the temps?

    Anyone ever tried this?
     
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    it could, but it would be marginal at best unless the TIM on there now is really sub-par. You'd see bigger difference by changing your fans and/or going push pull.
     

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    The TIM included isn't great but it is very even and won't contain air bubbles and the like.

    Replacing the standard TIM with high-end TIM will result in 0-5C of a difference.

    Usually around 2-3C is gained by replacing it, most would say that that's not worth the effort but us hardcore types would test it out at least. 2-3C may be a OC gain of 100Mhz :)

    I'd also like to see one of these puppies with 4 high-end 120mm fans in a push/pull config.
     
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    Ok, I've skimmed the review here so apologies in advance if I've missed this but I disagree with the fan installation as shown in the pictures.

    I use an older Corsair H100 variant and I've played with the fans in all different positions and here are my results...

    Wrong (less noisy and 5-10 degrees warmer)

    2 x 120mm fans on the inside pushing air through the radiator and outside the case.
    4 x 120mm fans in a push and pull configuration pushing air through the radiator and then outside the case.

    Correct (noisier but 5-10 degrees cooler)

    2 x 120mm fans sandwiched between the case and the radiator pulling cold air in from the outside on to the radiator and in to the case.

    Most people disagree with the above and I did too at first, but having been convinced by a friend to try it I can honestly say this is the best fan configuration for water cooling kits. It's in most people's belief that you would want to push hot air out of the case but that all depends on your PC case. Mine is large so I have 2 fans pulling air in at the front. 2 fans on top pulling cool air in on to the radiator and 1 fan below the radiator at the rear of the case sucking out that hot air which is being blown downwards.

    Has anyone else experimented? Curious to know your observations...
     
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    This is actually worth noting. I'll definitely include this to our cooler's wish list, and hopefully we can implement it on future models.

    I personally would like see those cables hidden somewhere to the cooler a cleaner look.. more sophisticated in a way.

    That stock TIM is actually one of the best thermal paste you can find on the market - Dow Corning TC-5026. But like what has been said above, changing to a different high quality TIM will most likely have no effect, minimal gain at best. Changing/adding fans will probably more practical.
     
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    My previous H100i (before it's tubing went bad) had some terribly loud fans. The H105's fans when plugged to my mobo are quite silent. Running in the 800 ~ 900rpm range are pretty inaudible, and my 3770K doesn't pass the 60Cº mark.
     
  20. ScoobyDooby

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    Right on, yeah I think the fans that Corsair started to include with newer models were better than the ones they shipped with the original h100.

    The ones that I received moved enough air, but they all had a buzzing sound that were very obvious since the rest of my rig was dead quiet at the time.

    I have a couple of gentle typhoons that I placed on mine (only push) and they are running at full kick all the time.. keep stuff cool and stays quiet. If it weren't for having to throw 1.375v to my CPU for 4.6ghz, I imagine I'd be running a fair bit cooler :/
     

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