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Corsair H100i Pro Review: Understated Performance

The addition of the new 240mm H100i to Corsair’s Hydro Pro lineup provides impressive cooling performance, more akin to a larger 360mm model, with the benefit of leaving extra space in your case and spare cash in your pocket. Although the H100i Pro runs a bit light on now-ubiquitous RGB lighting effects, this understated marvel certainly makes up for it where CPU core temperatures are concerned.

Pros

  • Great performance
  • Desktop UI control and customization
  • Powerful high-flow fans

Cons

  • Might not provide adequate RGB lighting for some
  • High noise levels at full speed

Verdict

Corsair’s new H100i Pro proves a well-designed 240mm AIO can perform like a larger, pricier 360mm model, while costing a whole lot less.

Specifications

Thickness

1.1″ / 27.7mm (2.15″ / 54.4mm) Width 4.75″ / 120.7mm Length 10.88″ / 276.4mm Pump Height 1.25″ / 31.8mm Speed Controller Software, BIOS Cooling Fans (2) 120 x 25mm Connectors (1) SATA, (2) 4-Pin PWM, (1) 3-pin, (1) microUSB Weight 70.1 oz / 1987.3 g Intel Sockets 2066, 2011x, 1366, 115x AMD Sockets AM2(+), AM3(+) AM4, FM1, FM2(+), TR4 (coming soon) Warranty 5 years Web Price £120

Features

Corsair has been involved with PC component and AIO cooling business for so long, we almost expect the company’s triple-sail logo to be found etched on cave walls next to a pile of ancient PC tools–like All-in-Wonder cards and 4x SCSI CD burners.

That kind of longevity is earned by providing a rabid user base with a steady stream of performance products, built on the successes of previous models, and a highly interactive community network. Any of those long-time enthusiasts (as well as those more recently entering the PC build space) currently in the market for a large, 280 or 360mm all-in-one cooler should sit up and take notice. Your shopping list just changed.

The H100i Pro leaves port with enough equipment and accessories to fit most modern Intel and AMD processors. The company promises of an available mounting bracket is coming soon to support AMD’s Threadripper TR4 socket.

The typical lot of threaded standoffs, knurled mounting nuts and backplate brackets are accompanied here by a micro-USB cable which terminates in a 9-pin header for pump and RGB lighting control. This is accomplished through integration with Corsair’s LINK software.

Corsair utilizes an all-aluminum radiator for the H100i Pro, paired with a duo of 120mm ML Series PWM fans rated up to 2400 RPM. The heat exchanger fittings are immobile barbs, and rubber tubing is sleeved in black nylon braid to the 90 degree swivel connectors on the cooling block. The Corsair logo which adorns the lateral edge on either side of the radiator is actually a plated, adhesive fixture rather than a simple sticker or screen printing.

Opting away from excessive RGB lighting, the H100i fans are of the non-LED variety. Hidden discreetly at the corners of the matte grey and black fans are rubberized mounts designed to minimize noise from fan vibration.

There is some RGB goodness here, though. Corsair’s logo is set into a RGB-backlit acrylic face, controlled by the previously mentioned LINK software suite via a USB port. A hardwired bundle of two 4-pin PWM fan headers, a 3-pin voltage pump speed control and SATA power provide interfacing with the H100i Pro pump unit.

It would have been nice to have all cabling sleeved together or even allow for modular connections. This would make cable management much easier, instead of having to wrangle an angry octopus of individual wires.

Corsair wisely chose to use a copper base contact plate for heat transfer between the cooler and the CPU’s integrated heat spreader. The H100i Pro ships with factory-applied thermal compound, but we cleaned the base to instead use our standard testing compound of Arctic MX-4. A faint lateral milling grain can be seen across the face of the copper disk, as well as the twist+snap posts around the perimeter that secure the mounting plate to the cooling base.

Keen eyes will spot the slight oxidation of the cooling plate around the center splotch where the thermal compound was applied. As a standard 240mm AIO, the Corsair H100i Pro easily fits most cases designed for a 2x120mm fan setup or radiator layout.

Installation of the cooling block and pump unit is simple and hassle-free, leaving cable management the only installation chore–and that’s only a problem for those who strive for the cleanest looks in their PC builds. Installation of the LINK software by Corsair provides a single desktop UI console to manage RGB color lighting, cooling performance profiles and system monitoring. MORE: Best CPU Cooling

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Testing Results & Conclusion

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Utilizing standardized test data gathered from previous cooling reviews, we can build comparisons between the Corsair H100i Pro, Corsair H150i Pro, NZXT Kraken X72 and Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240R RGB. Overclocked to 4.2 Ghz at 1.20v, our Intel i7-5930k hexa-core processor provides significant thermal load running Prime95 during timed 2-hour runs.

The H100i Pro is right on the heels of the larger 360mm NZXT Kraken X72, and manages to steal every bit of thunder from its larger sibling, the 360mm H150i Pro. This creates a curious product rivalry within the ranks of Corsair.

Comparing both Corsair products, we can see where the additional cooling power of the H100i Pro comes from–its faster 120mm fans. Of course, as we have so often seen, higher fan speeds often equate to higher noise levels.

As expected, the H100i Pro takes a hit with those 2400+ RPM fans in the registered noise level department. Things aren’t all that quieter at 50% speeds either, but perhaps not all is lost.

Great performance coupled with noisy fans provides for an ugly hit for the H100i Pro on our acoustic efficiency chart. With relatively close thermal results, the larger differences in decibel levels amplify the result offsets.

At a retail price of £120, the Corsair H100i Pro brings the performance value graph back into check once again. The price premiums of the larger 360 AIO coolers creates a cost and performance handicap that bodes well for the 240mm liquid coolers.

Thermal imaging from the FLIR One PRO camera provides expected heat signature differences at 100% and 50% fan speeds. The 240 radiator itself shows marked elevation of thermal loads at lower airflow, which translates into a noticeable difference in temperature of the tubing and CPU cooling block.

Conclusion

The release of the new H100i Pro makes for an interesting debate. We weren’t originally impressed with the release of the H150i Pro, especially considering its large, 360mm footprint.

The tables turn with the H100i Pro though, thanks to the use of more-aggressive fans over the radiator cooling field. This results in just-as-impressive load temperatures at 100% fan speeds as the larger model, with a 33% smaller cooler. The more-compact H100i Pro also costs £40 less than its 360mm sibling, while taking up less space inside your case.

By utilizing faster 2400 RPM fans on the H100i Pro, Corsair delivers system builders the option of a great-performing liquid cooler with manageable noise levels. When paired with a smart fan curve, idle and lighter loads will allow for quiet operation. When your CPU cores roll up their sleeves and get to work, the powerful fans will certainly make their presence known.

But our tests show that this cooler can keep your CPU temps cooler under load than some larger, pricier alternatives. The only reason we can see to opt for something else is if you want to maintain the quietest operation even under heavy load, or if the H100i Pro doesn’t have enough RGB for your rainbow-lit dream build.

Pros

  • Great performance
  • Desktop UI control and customization
  • Powerful high-flow fans

Cons

  • Might not provide adequate RGB lighting for some
  • High noise levels at full speed

Verdict

Corsair’s new H100i Pro proves a well-designed 240mm AIO can perform like a larger, pricier 360mm model, while costing a whole lot less.

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Fujifilm’s XF10 is a small compact camera with a big sensor

Fujifilm has announced the XF10, a new fixed-lens compact camera that will serve as the successor to 2016’s X70. Like the X70, it pairs an 18.5mm (28mm-equivalent) f/2.8 lens with a large APS-C sensor in a small, pocketable body. The XF10 ups the resolution to 24 megapixels and is capable of 4K video (albeit only at 15 frames per second).

There’s still a touchscreen, but the XF10 also now has the focus point selection joystick as seen on other Fujifilm cameras. The weight has been cut from 340g (0.75lbs) to 280g (0.62lbs).

The XF10 isn’t quite a straight upgrade to the X70, however, and owners of the older camera may miss several features on the newer model. There’s no tilt screen, flash hotshoe, or aperture ring on the XF10, and the control scheme is entirely different.

The XF10 uses a PASM dial rather than dedicated controls for each exposure parameter, and the rear D-pad has been removed — like the X-E3, the emphasis is on touchscreen operation.

Fujifilm is pushing the new “square mode” on the XF10, which lets users flick the screen to switch to a 1:1 aspect ratio for Instagram-ready shots.

The camera also has Bluetooth Low Energy support for automatic image transfer to a smartphone.

This isn’t really a camera for X-series purists, then — Fujifilm seems to be banking on the existence of a market for premium compact cameras that you’d use instead of your phone.

The XF10 will be available in August for a pretty reasonable £499.95, and it comes in black or champagne gold.

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