Corsair H80i GT review

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Introduction

 

120mm yet still cool runnings !

In this review we test the Corsair H80i GT Hydro Series Liquid cooler. This processor cooler is compatible with Corsair's LINK software allowing you to program, customize and monitor this all-in-one liquid cooling solution for your processor. Armed with two 120mm fans in a push-pull configuration and a nice extra thick 120mm radiator; the performance should be pretty okay. All that and you get configurable RGB lightning as well.

You know, in the world of CPU coolers nothing ever stops developing. These days you can pick a hundred different heatpipe based coolers, where many are shaped, formed and priced the same. The better heatpipe based coolers are good though. Next in line are LCS systems (liquid cooling), the entry level products are affordable, easy to install pre-fab liquid cooling kits. We've seen and tested many of them as Corsair, Asetek, CoolIT and so on all have interesting kits. The bigger problem is cooling performance. The gear behind these kits are good yet the performance is often battling a small included 120mm radiator with thin tubing and lacking coolant levels due to missing reservoirs. To compensate FAN RPM goes up making a good looking product noisy again. With that in mind Corsair started to develop a new series H (for Hydro) coolers.

The product we test in specific is the Corsair H80i GT, an updated design with new cooling block and regulated control for pump and fans. Next to that what's interesting is that this product is based on a sticker 120mm radiator (49mm) which gives it a little more cooling surface area. It is a cooler series that is easy on the eyes and comes with a relatively tool free installation. Next to some very good performance, the Corsair H80i GT is compatible with Corsair's LINK software. You hook up the LCS unit towards a USB port and then the software allows you to program, customize and monitor this easy to install Liquid Cooling solution. And hey within the new RGB concept, the logo at the top of the water-block can be configured to a color of your preference.

So without further ado, let's have a peek at the Hydro Series Corsair H80i GT and then head onwards into the review.

 

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