Corsair H100i RGB Elite (2022) review

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The kit bundle is wrapped, padded, and bundled securely in a box. Let's open it to examine what's inside and to what extent this kit requires assembly.



After removing the liquid cooling unit from its packaging, you will see the radiator, fan, tubing, and pump/cooling block. The vast majority is assembled and ready for use. You must install the fans and a mounting bracket to secure the device. However, because you are visiting, we will, as usual, walk you through the installation procedure over the following several pages.



You'll spot a backplate that supports a wide variety of CPU sockets. Intel LGA 115x, 1366, 1700, 2011, 2066, and AMD AM2, AM3, AM4, FM1, FM2 based processors can be used in combination with this cooler. Lovely to see is support for Threadripper. Included are:

  • CORSAIR H100i Elite 240mm RGB Liquid CPU Cooler
  • Mounting kit for all modern CPU sockets
  • Two ML Series PWM 120mm high-performance fans (2400rpm)
  • Fan and radiator mounting screws
  • Thermal compound (pre-applied)
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Extra faceplate

You'll spot the cooling unit consisting of the radiator assembly, fan, and brackets + backplate that support an extensive range of AMD and Intel processors. A little thermal paste is pre-applied on the cooler for you. I wish manufacturers would add a little extra for reserve in a syringe. We love how well Corsair bundles the bags holding mounting kits these days; you cannot confuse things. 




Here we have the package showing the radiator unit and block/pump; we'll need to mount the variable PWM ML series fans (120mm). The fans are re-wired onto the embedded iCue commander controller (inside the water block). With Corsair's iCUE software, you may regulate it and set up your RPM preferences and, of course, RGB preferences of that block. We'll show that later on in the article.

Inside the previous model, a separate Commander Core RGB/fan hub was included carrying a price premium but also a lot of extra wiring. Things have now normalized much better. The downside is that you cannot connect extra fans to your iCue infrastructure.




Here we can see the base unit. The cooling block faceplate can be rotated as it's clipped secure with small magnets.

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