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Corsair H100i GTX Review

Corsair H100i GTX Review

A few months ago Corsair began refreshing its liquid cooling product range and we have looked at two of the models so far. Each was impressive for its market segment and today we find out if Corsair can continue on this trend. Welcome to our Corsair H100i GTX Review.

Corsair H100i GTX Review – Packaging and Bundle

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As expected Corsair go with some familiar packaging on the H100i GTX. It gives us a nice amount of feature info as well as showing a clear view of the cooler itself. Inside the product is suspended in cardboard and wrapped in polythene bags, just like the other models in the range. The bundled items, which consist of mounts and a USB cable, are in their own bags and then we have two fans and a product manual. These fans are 12cm models with a rated RPM of 2435. Airflow is 70.69CFM with a static pressure of 4.65 mmH2O and noise level is rated at 37.7dB(A). Thats the same spec as the fans included with the H80i GT.

Corsair H100i GTX Review – The Cooler


The main components of our cooler start with the aluminium finned radiator. This is a single thickness unit which fits 2x12cm fans on each side and has dimensions of 276x125x30mm. Extending from it we have two tubes with braided finish and these lead to our CPU block.

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This CPU block has a similar design to the H110i GT and H80i GT which we have reviewed previously with Corsair branding on the top, lit from beneath by LEDs. This led section can be manually set to a colour, or vary depending on the temperature. A USB port can be seen on the side of the block which allows us to monitor and control the cooler through software and also extending from it are two cables. The first cable connects to our motherboard CPU fan header and the other is a passthrough, taking the two fan plugs and powering them via the block. As is standard, the base is copper and Corsair pre-apply their thermal paste to this at the factory.

Corsair H100i GTX Review – Installation

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Installation of the cooler on Socket 115x platforms begins with the addition of the bundled backplate. From there it matches the 2011 version shown above where we screw in four bolts around the CPU socket. We then place the CPU block on the processor and secure it in place with the bundled thumbscrews. On AMD we use their bundled backplate and instead change the mount on the CPU block to the alternate version provided. Next we install the fans on the radiator. That is then screwed into the case and we complete the install by connecting the fan and USB cables.


With the cooler installed (including the USB cable) we can then install Corsair Link which interacts with key components in our system such as the motherboard, as well as Corsair items like their PSUs and of course our cooler. It displays various voltage readings on items like PSUs, or fan speeds on our cooler and allows us to configure and monitor the system as we wish, including changing the settings for our CPU block LED.

Corsair H100i GTX Review – Performance

Test Platform: X99, i7-5960X at stock and at 1.425v/4.4GHz. Dual fans tested. (Load tests using Prime 95 at 100% load)

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Corsair H100i GTX Review – Conclusion

It will come as no surprise to those who read our H80 and H110 series review that our H100i GTX experience starts with a solid radiator construction, high quality braided tubing and a stylish CPU block which feels well made. In terms of design, again pretty much the same it looks good and there is plenty of compatibility offered by the range, both motherboard compatibility and CPU models on those platforms.

Installation of the cooler takes around 15 minutes, is very simple, and can really be explained at a basic level as some placement and the turning of 16 screws/bolts followed by plugging in some cables. If you have installed any recent Corsair cooler, or liquid cooler you may not even need the manual. Its that simple but if you do need them the instructions are easy to follow and Corsair have a support forum for anyone who requires extra assistance. Again, we still find Corsair Link a little clunky to configure (and maybe in need of restyling) however the base install/options are more than enough for basic users to monitor their system.

Corsair continue to offer a 5 year warranty on their enthusiast coolers and in terms of performance there was a lot to be happy about. At stock settings our i7-5960X ran at a competitive temperature when compared to other liquid coolers. When we applied some extra voltage and an overclock this impressive performance continued, exceeding the competition and sitting nicely in with the other Corsair models. For noise levels, the H110i GT is a touch quieter in our experience with the H80i GT offering a very similar noise profile to this new H100i GTX.

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