Corsair Hydro Series H80i and H100i Liquid CPU Coolers Review

Cooling/Water Cooling by leeghoofd @ 2012-12-02

Corsair is renewing it's all in one liquid cooling solution series. After overhauling the high end AX series power supplies, their high end Hydro 80 and 100 models are getting a facelift too. Baptized as the H80i and H100i models; Without any clue what the i really stands for, however ignition or injection seem logic options. Most important upgrade is the inclusion of the new Corsair Air fan series, which already are renown for improving the cooling performance by a small margin. However that's not the only part where the new Hydro I series differ from their predecessors. Time to explore Corsair's latest addition.

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LINK Software

The CORSAIR LINK software has gone through some serious hardcore testing. It was announced already during the launch of the Hydro 60 and 80 unit but has finally popped up as a downloadable version. Being based on CoolIT's Maestro software, which was already announced way back at CeBIT 2010. Maestro sadly never really went into production. Finally in 2012 CORSAIR got it all sorted and best off all this LINK version is now freeware.

The LINK software capabilities are endless. Besides monitoring pump and fan speeds, it can readout CPU and GPU temperatures. By hooking up optional LINK devices it allows you to monitor other devices as LINK compatible PSU'sand RAMs. Allowing you to change colour on installed LEDs and adjust other installed fans via preset or user defined profiles.

We only tested the basic LINK functions with our Hydro units and were pleasantly surprised by the ease of use. Here are some screenshots which already give you a good idea of how the software looks and functions.






Some RGB logo fun, a flashing mode is also provided. Colours can be selected to be auto adjusted in reference with eg. temperature of the CPU,...




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