Corsair H150i PRO RGB AIO CPU Cooler Review @ [H]

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  1. Kyle_Bennett

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    Corsair H150i PRO RGB AIO CPU Cooler Review

    Corsair has just released its largest All-In-One (AIO) cooler to date. With a 360mm radiator, RGB Frag Harder Disco Lights, and magnetic levitation fans, it seems to be hitting all the popular checkboxes that are required nowadays when it comes to just about any product. Our primary concern is how well it cools a very hot overclocked CPU.

    Amazon has these in stock now as well.
     
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    Clearly, this looks to be a good quiet solution, but how was performance if you turned the fans up? Could it meet or beat the h110i's thermal performance at similar noise levels?
     
  3. Kyle_Bennett

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    The H150i fans were at 100% / 2150RPM as described in the review.
     
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    Hmmm. THAT may be your primary concern, but RGB Disco!!! Who cares how it cools, as long as the bling is there.
    :)

    Edited to add: what is the hole spacing between fans? I have two Fractal cases, one with an NZXT aio, the other has a Corsair. The NZXT 280mm has all 8 radiator holes lined up with the case. The Corsair can only line up one set of fan holes (4). The other end of the radiator hangs.
     
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    Weird, is the H100 fans moving more air? I would think a larger radiator would always dissipate the heat better. Unless their block is crappier...
     
  6. Kyle_Bennett

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    Yes.
     
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    Ah, so there is more cooling capacity with some different fans or push/pull. That noise profile looks really sweet compared to the H100 though.
     
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    nice review. the wire thing has been my only issue with my h110i too. I wish it was a single bundle for a few inches so that you can hide it better.
    I guess people missed the fan specs, 45cfm, so yes there is more cooling if you swap fans.
     
  9. Kyle_Bennett

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    Yep, a lot more cooling capacity if you want to forego the stock fans and go with something that will move a lot more air.

    FYI, on the new testing setup, we run all fans at full RPM.
     
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    I'm actually very disappointed to be honest. When this was first announced a few two or three weeks ago, I admit, I became very excited. I've been waiting for a quality large 3 fan radiator AIO to come to market. While there are a few on the market now, questions of their workmanship/quality are always in question throughout the reviews and forum posts I come across. And no, I've never or probably will ever be interested in building out a custom loop mainly because my personal systems are always positioned to be sold whenever a profitable offer comes along and they always do. So it's not a cost I can afford when I won't be keeping the system.

    My main goal, what I want out of my system will ALWAYS be .. performance. Second, quality and workmanship. I only use Corsair because of their quality.

    For something that costs $186+ dollars with tax .... yeah, not a product I would ever consider or recommend. To me it doesn't make sense.

    It seems they went with a focus on a quieter sound stage and stupid RGB lights ... with performance taking a backseat. Or, perhaps a balance of all three. I would have much rather seen something that came with 6 fans, the larger radiator, awesome air pressure and a good solid pump.

    I'm also seriously considering going with a dual 140mm Air-Cooler next time around to save maybe $40 or $50 bucks over the $120+ I will typically spend on a Corsair Water AIO.

    This might be interesting with 6 fans in a push / pull config
     
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    All flash no substance. Throw it in the trash bin.
     
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    its the ML fans that drive the price up and they aimed for quietness. if they offered a version with faster fans it might suite some better...
     
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    When you are done with it, you can send it to me so I can see if it fits,
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    The corsair ML fans are really nice. My system has 7 of them. 6x120mm ML's on my dual 360mm rads and 1x140mm ML for the rear. If you get really close to my case you can just hear it running. That's even when gaming, I have dual 1080 gtx's and a 5820k@4.4ghz.
    I don't like hearing my systems, so each there own. I think it's a little pricey , but seams like a nice cooler. My next system will probably be all AIO stuff. Building custom water cooled systems is getting less fun and more frustrating in my old age lol .
     

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    Thanks for reviewing this... but... meh... does not look all that interesting. I am on the verge of doing a new build and I still have the Arctic Cooling Liquid Freezer 240 AIO CPU Cooler which you guys reviewed a couple of years ago at the top of my list.
     
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    Well it's all Asetek underneath so they can't do much performance wise besides fans and LED control board.
     
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    Remember to set the frag harder lights to blue, because blue is cold!
     
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    You're saying they had no control over cooling performance? I didn't realize they were locked into what they can and cannot cool. Makes sense I suppose with all the patents and whatnot. The performance looks worse than the 2 or 3 year old Corsair 100.

    So this is just a Water-Cooling Kit dressed in RGB? Ok. Making sense now.

    I wonder if they release a performance oriented Water Cooling AIO using the same radiator but with better fans for front and back. Something that is actually designed to cool extremely well.
     
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    Looks like Amazon has the images reversed for the H150 and the H115...

    Hopefully that doesn't confuse anyone into buying the wrong model.
     
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    They added 50% more radiator than the H100, but used slower quieter fans, to get almost the same performance as the H100, but with much quieter operation.

    I'm guessing they determined that what people really care about is less noise, not lower temps.

    I bet you could make this thing outperform almost any other AIO by using the same loud-ass fans Corsair used to use on it.
     
  24. Kyle_Bennett

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    Just the stupid people that deserve it. ;) Actually I note exactly that in the review where it is linked to mitigate that. :)
     
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    Really like Corsairs stepping up their stock fans for the H150i in comparison to H100i, silent with a decent CFM comparable to Noctua NF F12 fans.
     
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    Corsair first showed this off last June. After waiting 6 months, I finally gave in and did 2 custom loops. Would have been a whole lot cheaper and easier if they hadn't taken so long.
     
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    You gave me a thought, I'll put in a google alert for this model number and keep my eyes peeled for a review that uses higher spec'd fans. My Corsair is already pretty quiet. I don't need silent. So I'm more than ok with performance fans for the lower temps. I'm pretty sure most would be too if they had a choice between a quiet fan or reducing your CPU temps 10 additional degrees.

    I really love the Corsair fit and finish. I still think it looks nice with or without the RGB's.
     
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    don't think a 360mm would help even. the big 5.0 and 1.4v shit I think you'd still see 75-85c under heavy loads/benchs.
     
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    Thank you for the review.

    So could these fans be added to the H100i/115i?
     
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    I replaced the fans on my H105 with ML120's, and I use the Asus AISuite3 software to control them. So far I've been pleased. They can provide plenty of cooling without generating much noise, and at full speed they don't really bother me. I actually use the ML series for both my radiator and case fans now.
     
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    The ones that come with the new AIO's are the regular ML fans that don't have the fancy exterior finish, black blades, and rubber corner dampers of the ML Pro's, not sure if there is a performance difference though.

    This is the Dual pack of the ML's, about $16 a fan,
    https://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Prem...050040-WW/dp/B01G5I6MRK?tag=hardfocom-20&th=1
     
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    Ahh, my bad, I must have skimmed that part. Only clicked the direct link from the forum :p
     
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    These radiators are pretty much universal. You can likely add any roughly standard sized 120mm fan to them.

    If the fan thickness varies too much you might need different screws. Be careful if using a fan that is thinner than stock, as tightening in the screws too far can then damage the radiator and cause it to leak.

    Personally back when I used a 280mm Corsair H110i GTX, I had four 140mm Noctua iPPC fans on it in push pull. Performed very well (but got very loud at full load)
     
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    those are 2000rpm and 75cfm. a lot better than the included ones.
     
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    Well since 2015 Asetek officially holds the patent for AIO coolers (pump onto a block) and all those AIOs are their design (getting royalties) or they provide them to OEMs. Coolermaster was in court with them for this reason.

    This new model is the first that Asetek revised after quite some time (there is a video from GamerNexus on youtube about it)

    Well more AIOs on this design will flood the market soon so any "lead" will be temporary.

    If you want true performance difference you need to go custom but an AIOs has its uses.


    Have a look at Asetek's Web Site and check the products under "Desktop"

    https://www.asetek.com/desktop/do-it-yourself/

    VOILA almost all of the AIOs of the market here. Why? Because they make them I guess so it all comes down to branding and RGB control boards.
     
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    I just don't trust Corsair fans. All marketing hype. I give them a try every few years. Maybe THIS year the flashy marketing spam will match the product? Never does.

    I always go back to bland brown Noctua. I have several Corsair AIOs. They all run Noctua fans. Corsair cases? Noctua fans.
     
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    I've had good luck with their three pin case fans, but poor luck with their 4 pin radiator fans. I've had quite a few of the latter die on me, while the several Corsair case fans I accidentally bought with drag harder lights, didn't want and then donated to my stepson have been running flawlessly for years.

    When I have bought Corsair AIO's I've just dealt with this by changing my perspective. I'ce convinced myself that I am really just buying a radiator, and am going to change the fans to my liking anyway, so the included fans become temporary use at most.

    If you buy the radiator expecting to trash the included fans anyway, you are less disappointed when you actually do.

    I wish they sold these things without fans. I mean, what enthusiast isn't going to want to mix and match to select the best combination for their setup. Some people want loud screaming fans for the lowest possible temps, others prefer silent ones.
     
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    The ML140 Pros are great radiator fans actually and very quiet. Based on review (see thermalbench) and user feedback I am going with them. I just wish they were a bit cheaper.