Introduction, Features, Technical Specifications
Courtesy of Corsair
Corsair expanded their product line exponentially in 2011 by adding a variety of PC components like mechanical keyboards, gaming mice, performance CPU coolers, desktop and headset sound systems, solid state drives, and their trademark system memory modules. One of the truest innovations we saw from Corsair this year was their self-contained watercooling units. Corsair developed the H100 to be their flagship CPU cooler that uses a dual-radiator configuration to bring enthusiasts an efficient and responsive cooling solution.
Courtesy of Corsair
The Corsair H100 debuted in June 2011 and is the only self-contained watercooling unit on the market that sports a massive 240mm radiator and digital fan control buttons to adjust the CPU cooler for quiet, performance, and balanced modes. This CPU cooler retails for around $119 before shipping at most vendors, but many enthusiasts wonder how it stacks up against other comparable options from Corsair, Antec, and Thermaltake. Personally, I would also like to see what performance differences I will see using the H100 against a few of the top air-cooled heatsinks I have in our office.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 23, 2011 - 12:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: corsair, Carbide 400R, h100, h80
The Corsair Carbide 400R enclosure is constructed of steel, apart from rubber for grommets, feet and drive mounts and is surprisingly light for such a sturdy enclosure. The grommets for watercooling are plentiful with Corsair even describing the best way to set up the case using either their H100 or H80 self contained water coolers. At the top of the front you will find audio ports, two USB 3.0 headers and a Firewire port in addition to activity LEDs and a power button. What impressed Legit Reviews even more than the light weight was the MSRP of $100, making the case affordable for those who can't bring themselves to spend $150+ on an enclosure.
"Corsair simply nailed it with the Carbide Series 400R mid-tower case. The first thing I noticed taking this steel case out of the box was it is fairly light at under 16 pounds! It was very sturdy and I didn't feel like I was going to be breaking plastic parts while reviewing the case. The elegant sleek design may escape you are first look but it is certainly there. It may take the first time for you to see the PC turned on to see how well it works with the white LED lights provided on the front panels and front case fans. Sure it only comes with three fan to start but if you are feeling creative you can have up to ten to create a wind tunnel in your Corsair Carbide Series 400R."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Corsair Carbide 400R Case Review @ Madshrimps
- Cooler Master Storm Enforcer Gaming Case Review @ Tweaknews
- Cooler Master Silencio 550 Mid-Tower Chassis Review @ Techgage
- Thermaltake Level 10 GT System Enclosure @ Metku.net
- Caselabs M8 @ OC3D
- In Win BUC @ Hardware Bistro
- Thermaltake Chaser MK-1 Full Tower Case Review @ OCIA
- NZXT Source 210 Elite Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews
- Bitfenix Shinobi Gaming Chassis Review @ OverclockersHQ
- Arctic Cooling F12 Case Fans @ Rbmods
- Thermaltake Frio OCK CPU Cooler Review @ ThinkComputers
- Xigmatek Aegir CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 31, 2011 - 01:02 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: computex, water cooling, hydro, h80, h100, corsair
The new Hydro series sealed-loop water coolers from Corsair that we got a sneak peek of earlier this month have now been officially announced by Corsair. The H80 is a double-thick 120mm radiator, and will be compatible with the majority of standard ATX cases on the market. In contrast, the H100 uses a dual 120mm radiator and will require modding or a case that supports mounting holes for standard 240mm radiators.
Both sealed loop water coolers feature a low profile water block and digital fan control, which will allow enthusiasts the choice between maximum performance and quiet operation. Further, the coolers include Corsair’s Link technology, which provides a “system for monitoring and control.” Systems that have Corsair Link Commander hardware, which is a hardware monitoring kit that mounts in a 3.5” drive bay and connects to software on the PC via USB, will be afforded even more control over sound levels and performance. The H80 includes headers for two fans while the H100 includes headers for four fans.
The H80's fan connectors
Ruben Mookerjee, the VP and GM for Components at Corsair stated that with the H80 and H100 coolers, the company focused on what made the earlier Hydro series so successful; “closed-loop reliability, straightforward installation, and, of course, the best CPU cooling technology available.” The Hydro H80 and H100 will be available from authorized retailers beginning in June, and carry a MSRP of $109 USD and $119 USD respectively.
Corsair's Hydro H70 has been their top of the line sealed-loop water cooler for some time now. While it can be great for overclockers on a budget and enthusiasts who do not feel comfortable mounting a heavy air cooler on their motherboards, it has not been able to match the cooling performance of self assembled water loops. Corsair may be looking to change this, as Sweclockers found two new sealed-loop H80 and H100 Hydro series coolers posted on a Swedish online store. Tech Power Up reports that the H80 is listed for $154 USD, while the H100 is listed for $172.50 USD (converted from Swedish Krona).
The H80 looks very similar to the H70, with a few small tweaks on the CPU water block. The block appears to be thicker than that of the H70, which may indicate a higher flow pump. A control knob is also present on top of the water block, which may control the amount of water the pump pushes. The H100, on the other hand starts to look less like the current Hyrdo series coolers and more like a traditional water loop with its double 120mm radiator. The H100 further has a the same control knob as the H80. While the H80 has a lot to prove as a single radiator cooler versus its H70 predecessor, depending on the street price the new additions to the Hydro series should help fill in the performance gap between the H70 and a full DIY water loop.