Corsair Hydro Series H100i Extreme Performance CPU Cooler Review

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Corsair H100i Benchmarking

In the benchmarks that I will be running, I used an Intel 4770k clocked at 3.5GHz with Turbo Boost and the low power state enabled.  Turbo Boost allows the 4770k to hit up to 3.9GHz.  To record temperatures, I used Core Temp, logged the temperatures while each program was active, and averaged all 4 cores.

Benchmark wise, I will be using several synthetic and real-world benchmarks to perform normal, heavy, and extreme load.  The benchmarks that I’m going to use today include:  Prime95, x264, 3DMark 2013 (Firestrike test only), Metro Last Light, and Sleeping Dogs.  Prime 95 will peg all four cores and eight threads to 100%, which will help us to understand exactly how hot this CPU can get with each cooler.

Ambient temperature during all testing was 74 degrees Fahrenheit.

I recently reviewed the NZXT Kraken x40 and x60 coolers and I will be putting these in for comparison purposes.  NZXT claimed that their larger surface area radiator (140mm) could give their coolers the edge over 120mm coolers, like the Corsair H100i.  Let’s see if the H100i has what it takes to keep up with the competition!

Idle

Corsair H100i Idle Benchmark

Prime95

Corsair H100i Prime95 Benchmark

X264

Corsair H100i x264Benchmark

3D Mark 2013

Corsair H100i 3DMark 2013 Benchmark

Metro Last Light

Corsair H100i Metro Last Light Benchmark

Sleeping Dogs

Corsair H100i Sleeping Dogs Benchmark

Overall Results:  From the various graphs above, you can see that the NZXT Kraken x60 cooler beat the Corsair H100i in all tests while it was on the extreme setting.  When the Kraken x60 was on its silent setting, the H100i did well in comparison.  With the H100i being strictly motherboard controlled, the fans did ramp up when appropriate.  Overall the H100i did quite well compared to its larger competition, though at the expense of some added noise.

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  • xpmule

    Thanks for the info :)
    I went and checked and an updates was released..
    hmm maybe i’ll buy one of these ?

    http://www.corsair.com/en/cpu-cooling-kits/hydro-series-water-cooling-cpu-cooler/hydro-series-h100i-extreme-performance-liquid-cpu-cooler.html

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    Corsair Link Installer RC v2.4.5110Refactored TempMap to prevent spurious errors (no
    longer using BinaryFormatter) as well as reduce disk IO significantly
    (it will only write now if the data table has actually changed).

    Updated Hardware Monitoring:

    Added experimental support for Intel Ivy Bridge-E CPUs

    Added experimental support for AMD family 15h model 1Xh and family 16h CPUs

    Added support for new Samsung SSDs (like Samsung SSD 840 PRO)

    Added experimental support for Intel Haswell CPUs