Corsair H100i GTX Review

Conclusion

Corsair H100i GTX Review

Conclusion

With the completion of the H100i GTX review we've now concluded our reviews of the new additions to the Corsair AIO cooler family.  With its rounded end tanks and absent 90 degree rotation elbows at the cold plate, the 240mm radiator based H100i GTX shares more of its looks and hardware with the smaller 120mm rad based H80i than it does with the Daddy of the range, our chart topping H100i GT.  This isn't a bad thing by any means, we're rather taken with the way the sexy braided tubing appears to simply plunge straight into the top of the RGB illuminated cold plate, and it goes without saying that the build quality and attention to detail are up to Corsair's usual standards.

Fitting the H100i GTX is as easy as accidently sleeping with your best mate’s girlfriend when you’re both drunk and he’s out of town on business, so easy in fact that the excellent multi language instructions are largely superfluous.  In use it's much the same story as the H80i, from a noise point of view at least, as the H100i GTX is fitted with the same high performance, high rpm fans as its stable mate.  At full lick these babies turn at 2435rpm, and give of an ear bleed inducing 37.7dB(A) of noise.  Thankfully, the downloadable Corsair link software enables less traumatic profiles to be selected, or even custom ones to be set up.

When we turn to look at performance, as we're sure you already have on your way over here to the conclusion we see that the H100i is worthy of its GTX suffix.  To be honest we expected much of what the H80i delivered in that it would be great at full tatt but not so good as the fans spooled down.  We couldn't have been any more wrong, with the H100i GTX putting in a cracking show across the board and doing particularly well as the volts and the heat ramped up.  Don't believe us?  Go and take a look at the torture test graphs and you'll see what we're talking about.  This really is one mighty little machine.

At the beginning of this review we said that typically the 240mm radiator versions of AIOs are the ones that bring the most revenue for manufacturers as they offer the most bang for the buck than the 120s, and fit more readily into cases than the larger 280mm rad versions.  We said that for the H100i GTX to earn its keep it would have to well in the tests.  Well it seems neither the H100i GTX nor Corsair have anything to worry about, as it's a bit of a belter, It looks great, has RGB control and software monitoring, it performs like a Usain Bolt on acid with the fans racing, but can be quieter than you hiding in a wardrobe when it has to be, and at a smidge under £100 what's not to like. If you want to be extra picky, watch Toms video review because he isnt 100% happy with some of the placement. Id have to agree that if they had used the same cold plate and pump set up as the H110i GT that this would have got a gold award aswell as the red badge below.

It goes without saying that the H100i GTX gets the Performance award.  Yes it can be loud at full speed, but this thing knocks the socks of a good few 280mm radiator based AIOs when it is so that's not to be sniffed at. 

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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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