A few months ago we published a big comparison test of seventeen AIO liquid coolers. Since then Corsair, a big contender in this market, launched two new high-end models: the H80i GT and the H100i GTX. With their new design the 120mm- and 240mm-kits can compete with other high-end models for a while to come. We find out if Corsair is able to beat our favourite, the NZXT Kraken X61.
These coolers are closed-loop liquid coolers; this means you cannot expand them yourself. This means you can use them out of the box, making them as easy to use as any conventional air CPU-cooler. The H80i GT has a 120mm radiator, whereas the H100i GTX has a 240mm radiator that is twice as big.
Both coolers come equipped with two Corsair “High Torque” 120mm fans that are controlled through PWM. They are supposed to be optimized for a static pressure that is as large as possible. This is needed to let air flow through the radiator as quick as possible. The fans are, as far as we know, not identical to the SP120 fans that Corsair sells separately.
The H80i GT and H100i GTX really distinct themselves from their predecessors, the H80i and H100i, by having a new design that looks great. The tubing is now fully sleeved, which looks great but also makes it less flexible. The Corsair-logo on top of the CPU-block lights up in a colour of your choice or from red to blue as the temperature increases. Using the Corsair Link software you can set this up to your own liking, as well as configure the speed of the fans and the pump. The little ‘i’ in the names of the products means they can be used with the Link-software, as usual with Corsair products. The finishing touch of the light grey elements in the CPU-block and radiator look really good in our opinion.
You can use the new liquid coolers on all current Intel- and AMD-sockets, including socket 115x, 1366, 2011 and AM3/FM2. To install the H100i GTX inside your case you need a 240mm-spot with a depth of 25mm. At the time of writing the Corsair Hydro H100i GTX costs about 90 pounds / 128 euros. The H80i GT is interesting for those that are not able to fit a 240mm radiator in their case. Bear in mind that the radiator and the two fans are about 4 inches wide. On average the H80i is cheaper: we can find it for 77 pounds / 109 euros in our price comparison. Both coolers have a five year warranty.