Corsair H100i Overview
Taking the cooler and components from the box you will find an almost identical setup to the H80i.
That is, everything for installation that could be needed for all the supported socket types. As well, there are enough fan connectors for four fans and of course the advertised and included Corsair link cable. One thing missing is a disc containing the Corsair Link software. For this you will need to have an internet connection and head to Corsair.com to download it.
Take a close look at the included fans and you will find that they are a pair of standard Corsair fans for their Hydro series products, and not a pair of Corsair’s popular Air Series customizable fans. The included pair are rated at 2700 rpm and claim to push 4mm of pressure. They are of course 4 pin PWM fans which allows them to be controlled by Corsair Link.
Moving to the cooler itself, you will find a well built unit with a much shorter pump/block unit than previous models. The radiator itself is pretty thin at only 27mm. Being so thin, it has been correctly packed with a dense set of fins to increase the cooling surface area.
Also worth mentioning is the thicker tubing now being used on both the H80i and of course this the H100i. This thicker tubing should give it a longer life, as well as the ability to pass more water.
The pump and block unit of the H100i is the same as the one on the H80i. It is a quite improved design over some of the older ones. The biggest factor is that it is just so much slimmer, this will ease installation as well as increase it’s visual appeal. The top is finished with a smooth black polish, and has the Corsair symbol on the middle. This is actually illuminated from the back and controllable from within the Corsair Link software.
Looking closely at the edge of the top of the pump, you will see there are several connectors embedded. These connectors are there for the fans and Corsair Link cable.
Finally the cold plate/block is a big wide flat surface that comes with thermal paste preinstalled.