Review: Corsair H115i RGB Pro XT liquid cooler

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  1. Reddoguk

    Reddoguk Ancient Guru

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    A 5 year warranty for an AIO is probably the reason it's more expensive.

    Plus those ML fans aren't cheap either. I'm not a big fan of AIO coolers and went for Noctua NH-12A instead.

    It's proven as one of the best coolers out there especially if you aren't overclocking.

    Again 5 years is a long time for that pump to last.
     
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  2. fry178

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    Good cooler, but air cooling the cpu with a dedicated gpu above entry level is lowering gpu clocks noticeable.
    Especially when a LC is setup to exhaust heat (and dump it outside the case), the lower gpu/case temps get you better boost clocks resulting in higher fps.

    E.g. 20xx cards will drop clocks at 40/50/54*C and continue linear (15 mhz per 10*C), so having lower temps inside the case is crucial.

    I see about 30*C difference on avg. (air vs lc)
     
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  3. kakiharaFRS

    kakiharaFRS Master Guru

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    arf I lost my lenghty reply >< so I'll make it short
    because I have 9 different corsair components and I made profiles to tweak all of them with 1 key, 1ms change, almost instant with 1 software which is impossible to do otherwise
    because I rebuilt my threadripper from an empty case to custom loop+rgb 3x in 2 months
    because I tweak my pump and fan speeds 3x per day I tweak stuff nonstop, I'm never content with anything when it comes to my pc
    even now while I have 55°C running cinebenchR20 (or 78°C all cores at 4.4Ghz) I find some of my fans (the rgb ones obviously) whiney I might drop them and go "dark"

    @slicer
    lots of different people doing different jobs or not having one
    lots of different countries with prices hugely different
    lots of people wanting different things from a product
    you clearly mind about 40$, my motherboard alone was 700$ you can imagine I'm not at +-40 in my budget
     
  4. slicer

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    Why You are here commenting even? You are saying that You have a custom loop.
    You clearly just wanted to let other people know that you are buying expensive stuff, your comment does not make sense in the current conversations that we have had in this thread...
     

  5. kakiharaFRS

    kakiharaFRS Master Guru

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    my comments come from real life testing not watching/reading the internet and I actually bought used and tested toroughly the previous H115i "version" with both Intel and AMD so my comments are very relevant to people interested in this product especially since I test all the products I buy for several days/months/years before making statements

    I prefer "reality" rather than someone else's "point of view" about products but that's me
     
  6. fry178

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    @kakiharaFRS
    i do tweak stuff as well (as in "optimizing"), but at some point if everything is "dialed in",
    i dont need to do any additional changes, and can just turn off loading at startup/ uninstall sw,
    as settings are usually kept in the hw and dont require sw to be running.

    e.g. what need is there to "tweak" things like KB/mouse/fan profiles and stuff, over and over again?
    as that isnt really tweaking, but more a change of settings.
     
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  7. sykozis

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    Who gave you the right to decide who's opinion is relevant to everyone else?

    For people that want all of the features this AIO has, it's price and performance are fine. The performance difference between this AIO and Arctic's AIO are negligible at best. If you like having RGB fans, the Arctic AIO isn't going to save you money in the long run as you'll have to buy the AIO....and then purchase RGB fans and controller separately. In the end, you will actually pay more..... That is where value comes in. For those that like RGB, and system builds with some degree of personality, there is more value in this AIO, at it's price than there is in the Arctic AIO.

    Personally, I like to change the appearance of my build from time to time. I have no issue paying the $140-150 this AIO costs, vs saving $40-50 on another AIO and having to source multiple sets of LED fans or a set of RGB fans and an RGB controller.....which are going to cost considerably more than the price difference.
     
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    Why the article does not include the fan speeds or pump speed they have used when testing?
     
  9. The Goose

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    I too use the H115 rgb platinum and find the pump very noticeable even on quiet setting but on balanced the sound doesnt seem as bad, coming from the H110i gt which had slightly better acoustics im still happy with my H115 rgb platinum........it has rgb....thats a plus right, i just hope they do a white platinum ML-RGB 280mm edition.
     
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    LOL thanks i just noticed it was my comment you refered to, must have been a long day when i posted my comment. :)
     

  11. The Goose

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    If you look at the photo`s on page 8 you`ll see balanced setting was used as opposed to quiet or extreme, balanced only seems to differ at very high water temps and extreme just has a more aggressive pump speed and fan curve, if a custom profile is used then the cpu temp can be used for monitoring but could completely change the results of the test and water temp seems to be locked for the three presets, on my h115 platinum quiet setting run at 450rpm for the fans around 1900 for the pump, balanced setting are 650/2300 and extreme are 1800+/-50(after a few minutes drops to 1600) /2750, all tested on idle, i find my pump gives a rattling noise which seems to settle after a few minutes on quiet setting but balanced is just a quiet hum, i find no difference is cooling performance between the 3 different pump settings.

    Being a tinnitus sufferer i find balanced setting the best compromise as the pump has no custom setting so can not be fine tuned, although Corsair Link used to have an option for the custom pump settings....it was removed before the introduction of Icue.
     
  12. The Goose

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    A custom loop will always give better temps and maybe a quieter system...not to mention more maintenance....higher costs and more time to get the look your going for but in a world where people are happy with a cooling solution that does the job with no maintenance....pretty low cost and nice aesthetics that`s good enough, not to mention the warranty...1 warranty covers the unit as a whole, ive done the whole custom loop for cpu and gpu on several builds...yeah it was cool but now i just want a system that when i get home from work i can just turn on and play a game or watch a movie before i have to go back to bed to get up for work and do it all again.
     
  13. fry178

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    most of corsairs (and almost every aio) are running fixed power/rpm and only the fan speed is changed with profiles.

    one reason i like the arctic/alphacool units, as they use ither own designs for pumps and have less tolerance on parts, so usually the pumps can be throttled by 50-70% for low load stuff.

    and no, custom loop are NOT always lower on temps. especially with ryzen cpus the heat transfer from cpu is the prob, so with anbaio on the gpu as well, and using LM, i have temps that are same/close.
    or i wouldn't stay below 75C for 3700 and 55C for the 2080S when under 100% load (p95/fur mark)
     

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