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(Review) Corsair iCUE H100i RGB Pro XT: Beautiful and quiet!

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(Review) Corsair iCUE H100i RGB Pro XT: Beautiful and quiet!

Corsair is undeniably one of the most famous brands in the PC world, launching quality products in almost all areas that the traditional enthusiast likes to get his hands on. We have complete PCs, mice, keyboards, boxes, RAM, SSDs and of course … Coolers! That said, today we are going to review one of the brand's latest AiO coolers, the H100i RGB Pro XT, a 'refresh' to the very popular H100i Pro.

(Review) Cooler Corsair iCUE H100i RGB Pro XT

So, being a ‘refresh’ from a well-known product, here we have a lot similar to the previous model. In other words, here we have an AiO with an aluminum radiator and pump that offers us a single loop, receiving the help of 2 120 mm fans. And of course, in addition, we have the obvious support for RGB lighting! After all, we are talking about Corsair, a brand that knows very well what the consumer wants.

(Review) Corsair iCUE H100i RGB Pro XT: Beautiful and quiet!

However, although everything looks the same, we have a light touch on the product design, as well as a new 'Zero DBA' mode, which basically stops the fans to stop in order to avoid any unnecessary noise. This is as long as the processor temperature allows (less than 40ºC).

As for the ‘fans’ of the H100i, we have two 120 mm ML (Magnet Levitation) fans, capable of reaching 2400 revolutions per minute. Which in terms of sound, means a maximum of 37 dBA. As for ‘airflow’, these two fans offer 75 CFM (Airflow -> CFM: Cubic Feet per Minute, it’s basically the amount of air that a fan is able to move.)

CFM stands for cubic feet per minute (it is also referred to as airflow). Put simply, CFM is how much air a fan moves.

Technical Specifications and Warranty:

(Review) Corsair iCUE H100i RGB Pro XT: Beautiful and quiet!

Something that Corsair guarantees, and very well, is a 5 year warranty. In other words, the brand has blind confidence in the quality of the product it sells! It is true that it is said, to see a guarantee of long duration in cooler AiO, is an authentic rarity. It is good to see this confidence in a product that when it fails … It really fails! (It is a component that fails without warning!)

Presentation and Unboxing

(Review) Corsair iCUE H100i RGB Pro XT: Beautiful and quiet!

Installation, Compatibility and Performance

This cooler is compatible with both AMD and Intel platforms, just having to change the plug head that comes in the box. Afterwards, you just need to prepare the backplate and follow the steps in the manual. It's a super easy process to follow. Especially when you have a series of designs in front of you, courtesy of Corsair.

AMD compatible sockets:

Intel compatible sockets:

  • LGA 115x, LGA 2066, LGA 2011-3 and LGA 2011.

However, you need to be careful with all the cables that you will have to fix and connect to this boy! With RGB support, we have some cables that have to be connected at the rear. But truth be told, this storage process is more aesthetic than anything else, being the same in almost all coolers of this type.

Note -> The H100i Pro XT comes with pre-applied thermal paste, which is usually an excellent quality paste. However, if you do not trust this type of pre-application, I recommend the use of Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut (on here).

Test System

(Review) Corsair iCUE H100i RGB Pro XT: Beautiful and quiet!

  • Case: Corsair iCUE 220T
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte AORUS X570 Elite
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 3700X
  • RAM: 16GB G.Skill Trident Z Neo 3600MHz

First of all, let's look at the results:

  • Temperatures: IDLE -> 35 ºC // Load (Medium) -> 60 ºC // Load (100%) -> 72 ºC
  • Noise: IDLE -> 32dBa // Load -> 37 dBA

To get a sense of what these noise values ​​mean:

  • Lifting an airplane -> 120 dBa
  • Construction site -> 110 dBa
  • Truck -> 90 dBa
  • Interior of a car -> 70 dBa
  • Normal conversation -> 60 dBa
  • Office -> 50 dBa
  • Living Room -> 40 dBa
  • Room at night -> 30 dBa
  • Broadcast studio -> 20 dBa
  • Leaves in the wind -> 10 dBa

Well, the Corsair H100i does not disappoint in performance, as it manages to contain the very popular Ryzen 3700X, while it will not bother the neighbors. At the end of the cable, it reaches 32 dBa in IDLE and 37 dBA in Full LOAD, so, whether you are being pulled or not, you will hardly be bothered by the noise of this cooler.

RGB (iCUE)

As I said in the analysis of the iCUE 220T RGB box, this control program from Corsair is undeniably one of the best on the market, not asking for 'sissies' as accounts or logins via Facebook. In addition, the control panel has a very minimalist feeling, being focused on what is your real objective … Let you control the lighting of the product you wanted to buy.

So, we can monitor the RPM, the temperature, as well as control the level of performance we really want. And of course, we can change the 16 individual LEDs on the cooling head completely independently. The customer is in charge.

(Review) Corsair iCUE H100i RGB Pro XT: Beautiful and quiet!(Review) Corsair iCUE H100i RGB Pro XT: Beautiful and quiet!

Conclusion

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The Corsair H100i RGH Pro XT is a cooler that tries to build on the success of its predecessor, by implementing a new pump from Asetek, as well as a new simple design that can fill the eye of any enthusiast. That said, forgetting the ‘look’, it is a product that impresses positively with its performance without compromises, at the same time that it doesn’t drive anyone crazy with noise, even with the use of the fans included by the manufacturer.

Installation and configuration is very simple, even if you don't have much experience with Corsair products (as was my case!)

Corsair has done an excellent job in trying to bring this type of cooling to users with less experience in the computer world, but who still want a beautiful, fast and quiet build, this H100i RGB Pro XT being the perfect example of this effort.

In short, both in terms of design, construction and finally in performance … the Corsair H100i RGB Pro XT has met our expectations. Receiving the seal of recommended!

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