Corsair H100i RGB Elite (2022) review

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Processor baseline performance test

Testing the cooler

Time for testing. The tested cooler of today will perform admirably with any modern ageprocessor, from low-end to high-end, at its default operating speeds; overclocking is also possible. We have developed a procedure policy for testing cooling benchmarks. Let's examine the results of the system in its default, non-overclocked configuration. Below, the IDLE temps, indicating that your CPU is doing next to nothing. Simply awaiting processing in your system.


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The CPU LOAD temperatures are shown in the chart seen above (in the non-overclocked state). We measure at an ambient room temperature of 21 degrees Celsius. This way ambient temperature has little effect on the cooling performance.

Sidenote: for this test we stick to the 'balanced' setting for fans and pump.

Guru3D's rule of thumb on CPU load vs cooling temps:

  • Anything up-to to roughly 50 Degrees C or lower we consider enthusiast-class cooling
  • Anything in-between 51 to 60 Degrees C we consider performance cooling
  • Anything in-between 61 to 70 Degrees C we consider mainstream cooling
  • Anything above 71 Degrees C we consider average cooling

This LCS kit thus sits at the threshold of performance cooling at processor default clock frequencies. 

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