Corsair H100 Hydro Series Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

👤by Sahil Mannick Comments 📅22-09-11
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The Corsair H100 results are distributed mostly at the top of our charts. In its best configuration using two fans at 2600RPM and its pre-applied thermal paste, it creeps ahead of the best Antec cooler setup to take the lead. Otherwise with the standard ChillFactor II thermal paste, the H100 requires 4 fans to operate at 2600RPM to beat the Noctua NH-D14 or Phanteks PH-TC14PE with 3 fans. The main difference of course is that the Corsair is a significantly louder unit compared to those two whose fans operate at a much quieter 1200RPM instead. With two stock fans at 2600RPM and ChillFactor II thermal paste used, the H100 is more comparable to the standard out of the box Noctua NH-D14 and Phanteks PH-TC14PE. In balanced mode, the results vary based on whether two or four fans are used and depend on the thermal paste used. With the stock thermal paste, the delta generated by two fans in balanced more is 29.75C, otherwise 4 fans at the same speed are needed to generate the same performance. With just two fans at 2000RPM and the pre-applied thermal paste removed, the delta increases to 31.5C. Dialling down the fans to a much quieter 1300RPM yields slightly worse results as expected ranging from 31C with four fans to 34C with two fans only, making the H100 comparable to a number of high end air coolers using fans at similar speeds.

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