In the next comparison, we look at the default cooler performance as they come out of the box with their bundled fans. Coolers that come with no fans have been coupled with Noctua’s NF-P12 or fans that the manufacturers intended their coolers to be used with.
The Corsair H100 is comparable to our high end air coolers but requires much higher RPM and therefore louder fans to be competitive. At a more bearable 1300RPM, The likes of the Thermalright Venomous X or NZXT Havik at the lower end are just as competent.
Efficiency with two Noctua NF-P12s is superior to Antec’s KÜHLER H2O 920 but falls short of the Thermalright Ultra Extreme.
The H100 doesn’t appear to make full benefit of the Coolink fans thus falling short of our air coolers but still ahead of the Antec ALC units.
The H100 is easily the best ALC unit we have tested performing better than the Antec KÜHLER H2O 920 at all fan speeds.