Corsair H100i GTX Review

Up Close: Radiator and Cold Plate

Corsair H100i GTX Review

Up Close:  Radiator and Cold Plate

Unlike the H110i GT which has squared off end tanks, the H100i GTX has more conventional looking rounded tanks.  It does though share the same sexy braided hosing as the other two coolers in the new Corsair series, a feature we like a great deal.  The H100i GTX also has the brushed Aluminium effect side strips to the radiator 

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The connections to the end tank are stealthed into the fittings but as with the H80i GT the whole appearance is let down by the fittings then thinning right down.  The appearance kind of reminds us of someone with really skinny legs wearing trousers that are too short.  Not a good look we think you'll agree

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At the other end the fittings just go straight into what can only be described as a gigantic cold plate.  We do though love the way the braided tubing just plunges in without a hint of a fitting in sight.  The cold plate also has connections for power and a split line out for fan control, all of which is mastered by the USB link from the cold plate to the motherboard.

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The cold plate itself is circular and comes with a layer of pre applied TIM, which of course will be removed prior to testing.  The cold plate comes with the Intel bracket already attached, but this can be easily removed and the AMD bracket fitted

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11-03-2015, 13:04:35

RickPlaysWarr
Nice review Tom. I don't think you are mental going on about the wires and hose connections. I wonder if its a price point that has to be met. I don't know why they change OEM manufacturers within the same product line. It also effects my OCD as it does yoursQuote

11-03-2015, 13:08:01

JR23
Who said CoolIT


I think your niggles with the cooler were well founded and wd for revealing that the grey trim can easily be removed. For a lot of people will not care about the cables even slightly and value the increased performance over the H100i so really Performance is the perfect award for it.

Corsair were silly with the USB placement and I would say it annoys me but I have become so anal I wouldn't plug it in wherever they placed it. Just set the LED colour in link one time and leave it on it's own after that. Similarly the criticism about not having push/pull support like the H100i is a bit of a weak point for it too. I also really don't like the fact you can't remove the fan cables should you wish to use motherboard headers or fixed voltage fans. I prefer the H105/Kelvin approach of just chucking a few splitters in the packet, but we all know how much Corsair are addicted to moar features. The hoses still look ridiculously long and fixing them is very odd.

I wouldn't go for it and i'm glad I swapped my H105 for a Kelvin rather than waiting for these.

JRQuote

11-03-2015, 13:16:10

tinytomlogan
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Originally Posted by JR23 View Post
Who said CoolIT


I think your niggles with the cooler were well founded and wd for revealing that the grey trim can easily be removed. For a lot of people will not care about the cables even slightly and value the increased performance over the H100i so really Performance is the perfect award for it.

Corsair were silly with the USB placement and I would say it annoys me but I have become so anal I wouldn't plug it in wherever they placed it. Just set the LED colour in link one time and leave it on it's own after that. Similarly the criticism about not having push/pull support like the H100i is a bit of a weak point for it too. I also really don't like the fact you can't remove the fan cables should you wish to use motherboard headers or fixed voltage fans. I prefer the H105/Kelvin approach of just chucking a few splitters in the packet, but we all know how much Corsair are addicted to moar features. The hoses still look ridiculously long and fixing them is very odd.

I wouldn't go for it and i'm glad I swapped my H105 for a Kelvin rather than waiting for these.

JR
If you dont plug it in you cant control the pump YOU would need to faff about with this. After our debate the other day this at full chat isnt quiet at all. Compared to the H110i GT this thing is plain noisey and I honestly think its down to the Asetek OEMQuote

11-03-2015, 13:17:31

JR23
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Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
If you dont plug it in you cant control the pump YOU would need to faff about with this. After our debate the other day this at full chat isnt quiet at all. Compared to the H110i GT this thing is plain noisey and I honestly think its down to the Asetek OEM
That's tragic then, H100i's were always happy without anything connected. That's a big step backwards.

JRQuote

11-03-2015, 13:22:22

Dark NighT
A nice review there, it looks quite good apart from that usb connection and a tiny little detail that you didnt pick up on which i think is important but utterly small.

http://i.imgur.com/prKpwkV.pngQuote
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