Corsair H80i Water Cooling System Review

Corsair H80i Overview
Pulling the unit from the packaging you will find an adequate amount of accessories, including everything but a Philips head screwdriver to do the installation.

Corsair H80i Water Cooling System

This AIO comes with dual fans intended to be run in push/pull. At first glance you might mistake these fans as a pair from the very popular Air Series of Corsair fans. Unfortunately they are not. These fans lack the finishing touches of those such as sound dampening rubber and aesthetics. On paper however, though not as nice, the fans included have a higher static pressure and higher maximum rated speed. It will be interesting to see how these perform.

Corsair H80i Water Cooling System

Moving to the AIO unit itself I’ve found that Corsair has compressed some parts of the cooler and blown up others.

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Looking at the pump unit it has been shrunk down from the tall design used on their older coolers to a more pleasant thinner design. Despite this it still has room for a myriad of attachments to be plugged into it’s sides.

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The pump comes with only a Sata power adapter to power the unit as well a 3 pin to attach to the CPU_FAN header to provide the motherboard with a tach reading from the pump.

Corsair H80i Water Cooling System

The base of the pump is of course a solid copper cold plate with channels on the inside to pass heat. One thing nice with Corsair AIO coolers is they come preinstalled with a thermal paste. This is great for the first installation, but if you mess up or remove the unit you will have to get some of your own to reinstall.

Corsair H80i Water Cooling System

The radiator, attached to some large diameter tubing (a big improvement over past units and competition) is built from aluminum. At 38mm thick this is a serious 120mm radiator. Looking more closely at the fins of the radiator you will find they are fairly dense. I would recommend a high speed fan with gobs of static pressure. Fortunately this is exactly what Corsair has provided.

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And of course there is that little “i” attached to the H80. This represents that the unit is setup to work the the Corsair Link system as is. You simply attach the cable to a USB header and fan speed, pump speed, and lighting control are all available via software.

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