Introduction, Features, Technical Specifications

Is H100 best self-contained liquid cooler on the market?


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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. Corsair developed the H100 to be their flagship CPU cooler that uses a dual-radiator configuration to bring enthusiasts an efficient and responsive cooling solution.


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The Corsair H100 debuted in June 2011 and is the only self-contained watercooling unit on the market that sports a massive 240mm radiator and digital fan control buttons to adjust the CPU cooler for quiet, performance, and balanced modes. This CPU cooler retails for around $119 before shipping at most vendors, but many enthusiasts wonder how it stacks up against other comparable options from Corsair, Antec, and Thermaltake. Personally, I would also like to see what performance differences I will see using the H100 against a few of the top air-cooled heatsinks I have in our office.

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The H100 also includes two 120mm fans that operate at 1,300 RPMs in Quiet mode, 2,000 RPMs in  to Balanced mode, and 2,500 RPMs in Performance mode. This CPU cooler also supports a variety of CPU sockets from Intel and AMD including the LGA 2011 socket. Throw in a five-year warranty, and the H100 may push leary consumers away from air-cooled heatsinks to modern watercooling units that require no maintenance and can be configured with a touch of a button.



Control at your fingertips
The low-profile integrated pump and cold plate includes push-button control so you can select the fan speed and cooling performance setup that best suits your needs. The cool white LED display lets you know at a glance which profile is being used.


Easy installation, zero maintenance
You no longer need to invest into finicky modular watercooling systems to get serious CPU cooling performance. Each Hydro Series Liquid CPU Cooler is a sealed, closed-loop system that comes pre-filled and never needs refilling. Tubing is constructed from low-evaporation FEP for a long lifespan. Even the thermal compound is pre-applied. You’ll be up and running in minutes.


The latest cooling technology
The H100 includes a low-profile, light-weight cooling unit with a micro-channel copper cold plate and a split-flow manifold. The result of all this attention to fluid dynamics is CPU cooling that’s remarkably efficient, with a total noise level that’s lower than most stock CPU fans. 


Technical Specifications (taken from Corsair’s website)

Radiator dimensions: 122mm x 275mm x 27mm

Fan dimensions: 120mm x 120mm x 25mm

Fan speeds: 1300 – 2600RPM

Fan airflow: 46 – 92 CFM

Fan dBA: 22 – 39 dBA

Fan static pressure: 1.6 – 7.7mm/H20

Compatibility: Intel: LGA 775, 1155, 1156, 1366, and 2011; AMD sockets: AM2 and AM3

Warranty: Five years 

Cold Plate Material: Copper 

Fan Specifications: 120mm (x2) 

Socket Support: AMD AM2, AMD AM3, Intel LGA 1155, Intel LGA 1156, Intel LGA 1366, Intel LGA 2011, Intel LGA 775

Radiator Material: Aluminum 

Tubing: Low-permeability for near-zero evaporation

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