Corsair H150i PRO RGB AIO CPU Cooler Review

Corsair has just released its largest All-In-One (AIO) cooler to date. With a 360mm radiator, RGB Frag Harder Disco Lights, and magnetic levitation fans, it seems to be hitting all the popular checkboxes that are required nowadays when it comes to just about any product. Our primary concern is how well it cools a very hot overclocked CPU.

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Conclusions

Corsair has made an interesting product with the H150i PRO RGB. Despite the fact it is the largest AIO cooler we have tested, it is not the best performer when it comes to cooling, however if we were to have a "Cooling per Decibel" chart, the H150i PRO would be at the very top of the list. I wouldn't call the H150i PRO innovative, as much as I would call it "refined."

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Aesthetically we like the H150i PRO RGB. With the metal cover over the pump, the soft sleeved tubing, and the nicely done logo on the radiator, the H150i PRO screams quality. The RGB lighting on the pump isn't garish or too "gamery," but rather leans towards being stylish. Our single small complaint is the wiring configuration. Being sticklers for cable management, having 4 wires coming out of the cooling block is a lot to deal with when it comes to pulling together a clean look which very much matches the overall H150i PRO feel.

Installation was extremely easy! Even someone who doesn't have much experience in installing CPU coolers should have no trouble installing the H150i PRO (especially on an AM4 system). The included USB cable for Corsair LINK is long enough to go behind the motherboard tray on our 750D, and the pigtail for the fan wires is long enough for the connections to the fans to be hidden as well. Corsair LINK software is required to change the lighting or the fan profiles since the fans are driven off the pump and was quite easy to work with. I had no problems with the LINK software during any of my testing, and it offers a nice range of lighting effects and fan profiles to play with.

Cost per Degree

We are also changing this up a bit differently than how we used to do this. Instead of using a stock cooler, we will be using Thermalright True Spirit 140 Direct as our base cooler with a price we are going to lock in at $45. This represents one of the least expensive coolers that will support our Ryzen 7 overclock. To explain the formula we are using for Cost per Degree, it will be the difference in cost between the True Spirit and our review unit, then the delta in cost from our True Spirit divided by our cost delta. So what this gives us in a dollar value per degree for the reviewed cooler over the True Spirit's performance.

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The Bottom Line

Corsair has built and designed a premium product with the H150i PRO RGB, and that comes with a premium price tag as well. With an MSRP of $169.99 (triple/ dual fan unit pictures on page are flipflopped) the H150i PRO RGB is one of the most expensive AIO coolers on the market. It is an excellent package, offering outstanding performance with minimal noise, and comes with a 5 year warranty. And the fact is that Corsair has an excellent track record of standing behind its AIO warranties, quite frankly, probably the best in the industry going by anecdotal experiences that we see reported. If you have the $170 to spend on a cooler, and the room in your case for a 360mm radiator, between the build quality, the understated looks, and the fantastic MagLev fans, in our opinion the H150i is the best all around AIO coolers we have tested. However, those looking for an almost nonexistent sound profile are going to be those most drawn to it when it comes to the value proposition. As you can see by the "Dollars Per Degree" chart above, the H150i Pro RGB hardly qualifies for any type of budget cooling solution.

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Corsair H150I PRO RGB AIO CPU Cooler

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