Excerpt: So we finally have the Corsair H100 in the OC3D labs. You all know it's the range topper in the Hydro series and you really don't need us to waffle on with needless introductions. Mainly because we have been inundated with requests to test the H100 since pictures were first leaked a few months back. So lets not waste time and get straight on with the specifications and testing.
Excerpt: 6 Flares 6 Flares × ‘All in one’ watercoolers have taken the enthusiast sector by storm in the last year. Not only have units from Corsair, Antec and Coolit proved to perform very well, but they are easy to fit and leave a lot of free space around the CPU socket. Today we are looking at the latest and greatest from Corsair – the H100.
Summary: In this configuration, with the H100’s fan speed set to medium, the Corsair cooler lowered our CPU’s burn temperature to 69.2 C—the best of any cooler in our roundup. Even with the fans at their lowest setting, the H100 was a match for the air coolers in the roundup. Its 240mm radiator won’t fit in every case, and it’s the most expensive in our roundup, but the H100 is a competent, quiet liquid cooler and the best LGA2011 cooler we’ve yet tested.
Pros: Quiet; excellent performance; easy install; supports up to four fans.
Cons: Won’t fit in every case; need to open case to adjust fan speed; expensive.
Summary: The Hydro H100 heatsink ships fully assembled, filled with a propylene glycol based coolant and plumbed. The waterblock is connected by 24cm of flexible FEP tubing to the heat exchanger which measures about 274x120x25mm in size. Two 120mm fans are included, these operate at 2600-1300RPM and create a fair bit of noise at full tilt.
Corsair Hydro Series™ H100 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
21 March 2012
Conclusion: The Corsair H100 is not just good, it’s great . It’s large radiator and fairly silent operation makes it a top choice. The biggest problem with the Corsair H100 is the size of its radiator, almost all midsize cases simply cannot fit the massive radiator. If you have room for it, and you are looking to get into water cooling, but you don’t want to commit to the cost (and maintenance) of a full loop, or the danger of a leak, the Corsair H100 is an amazing choice.
Corsair Hydro Series H100 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
20 February 2012
Excerpt: I first ventured into liquid cooling for my computers way back, about a decade ago, for my Intel Pentium 4 "Williamette" and AMD "Duron" based test systems. This was when I was in high school and in my early years of reviewing computer hardware. Back then, the big players in the watercooling market were Danger Den and Swiftech. There were no pumps specific for computer watercooling, so most adopters of liquid cooling used fountain and pond pumps.
Corsair Hydro Series H100 Liquid CPU Cooler Review
17 January 2012
Excerpt: Corsair expanded their product line exponentially in 2011 by adding a variety of PC components like mechanical keyboards, gaming mice, performance CPU coolers, desktop and headset sound systems, solid state drives, and their trademark system memory modules. One of the truest innovations we saw from Corsair this year was their self-contained watercooling units.
Summary: So yes Corsair has a nice LCS kit on their hands with the H100. It remains a kit that is comparable to the really exceptional heatpipe based coolers. The big plus however are the extremely cool looks inside your PC.
In combination with very decent cooling performance, that nifty fan controller and the wide socket compatibility .. well you really can't go wrong with it.
Summary: One of the main remarks we had when testing all the different all in one cooling solutions was the size of the radiator, which limited the heat dissipation. Secondly the modern units generate a fair amount of noise, if it's user opted for maximum cooling capacity. A bigger radiator increases the cooling surface, thus logically should aid in lowering the processor temps.
Conclusion: Since the results in the end are very similar between the Antec 920 and the Corsair H100 you will have to just make up your mind on which to choose. The Corsair has a fan speed controller that I like, this I missed on the Antec. The 920 performed a tad better at a both high and low Rpm on the fans, you can pick up the Antec kit for 94$ at Newegg while the newer Corsair setup costs 119$.