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Corsair Hydro H80i & H100i CPU liquid coolers review

The H100i

The H100i is so similar to the H80i that it may be simply considered the “long version” of it. It makes use of a dual 120mm fan radiator, which however is significantly thinner than that of the H80i. This version also uses black thick rubber tubes, of the same type and even length as the H80i.

H100i radiator
H100i radiator

Despite its shape, the radiator of the H100i is of the same exact design as that of the H80i. The liquid travels across the radiator via the twelve lines, which have arrays of aluminum heat dissipation fins soldered on both of their sides. As the radiator is thinner and imposes a lower resistance to the air, the fins of the H100i radiator are slightly more dense than those of the thicker H80i radiator.

The H100i core
The H100i core

The core assembly of the H100i is identical to that of the H80i, down to the last detail, with the sole exception being the presence of two fan power and monitoring plugs. As each plug accommodates two fans, this allows the H100i to monitor and control four fans via the Corsair Link software.

Corsair Link software interface
Corsair Link software interface

The Corsair Link is a monitoring and tweaking software, which the company developed in order to bring the ability to adjust features, such as fan speeds and cooling profiles, which previously required the manual change of jumpers or were not possible at all. However, Corsair’s software is not limited to monitoring and controlling only the compatible devices which the company offers; it can also be used to monitor other components, such as the temperature and fan speed sensors of processors, video cards, etc. With this software, enthusiasts can simply use one of the pre-programmed profiles, program their own cooling profiles or simply monitor the resources of their systems, all via a convenient application on their desktop.

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