Corsair H100i PRO RGB Liquid AIO CPU Cooler Review

Corsair has just unveiled its new model Hydro AIO H100i CPU AIO cooler. These work with all new AMD and desktop Intel processors. Its new claim to fame is super quiet magnetic levitation fans. As usual, cooling our highly overclocked AMD Ryzen CPU is our focus, so how does it cool when pushed to the limit?

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Conclusions

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Aesthetically the Corsair H100i PRO is understated, while maintaining a hint of Frag Harder Disco Lighting. We feel like the PRO series from Corsair looks quite nice, and has a premium feel about it, however RGB fanatics will likely think it's not enough, and haters of the trend will likely think even a little may be too much. However, this is all very controllable through Corsair's software. We do like how the bead-blasted finish on the bezel perfectly matches that on the Dominator Platinum memory. The ML magnetic levitation fans thoroughly impressed us, from the build quality to the performance, these are definitely fantastic.

Installation is a breeze. No complex wiring or odd mounting systems on the H100i PRO. The installation instructions were well written and easy to follow, however for most hobbyists the installation is nearly self explanatory. The iCUE software is quite robust, and it seems if you have multiple Corsair products in your system it can control and monitor them all with ease. Worth mentioning is that iCUE software has come a long ways since its introduction, and even further here with recent releases in the last month. iCUE has finally moved from hated to liked in an everyday usage model. iCUE gets a lot more right than wrong now, and that is a very much welcomed change.

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

The Corsair Hydro Series H100i PRO is a premium AIO CPU cooler. Instead of chasing minimal noise however, Corsair turned the ML magnetic levitation fans up to 11 on the H100i PRO, making it not only a very quiet cooler during normal operation, but a cooling monster when cranked up. Unfortunately all this does come at a price, and that price is $119.99 with Prime Shipping. While this definitely doesn't qualify as a budget cooler by any means, the performance, build quality, and overall package with the magnetic levitation fans make the Corsair H100i Pro RGB a winner. It also comes with a 5 year warranty, and Corsair has a great reputation for standing behind it's products. Just like the H150i PRO, the H100i PRO has made one of the best all around coolers money can buy, only this time with a smaller footprint, as well as price. Put the Corsair H100i Pro on your short list when you are looking for a great all around AIO.

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Corsair Hydro Series H100i PRO RGB Liquid AIO CPU Cooler

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