The installation procedure for the Corsair Hydro Series H100i v2 is as cookie cutter as it gets. With the Intel pre-installed bracket and simple attachment mechanism, installation takes around 1 and a half minutes for the block. Installing the dual 120 mm fans/radiator unit takes a bit more time depending on your case (I was using the Corsair Carbide 500r for this build), but essentially amounts to less than 20 minutes of work. A minor point, but worth noting, is that one of my dislikes of this cooler is the radiator unit itself. It is much bigger than other coolers I’ve installed and feels/looks a bit clunky. If you’re looking for a sleeker build, there are much better options on the market (EK waterblocks have some very slick designs).
The only gripe I have about the design of this cooler is the radiator. As mentioned above, it just seems too clunky to hide into your case. On the positive side, the input/output hoses that feed the radiator are great. Not overly long, and are easy to manipulate into position. In terms of performance, the H100i v2 offers great a bang for your buck CPU cooling solution. A great dive into the numbers, and also a great review, was done by The Tech Buyer’s Guru and I suggest taking a peak before you decide on buying this cooler.
My Verdict on the Corsair Hydro Series H100i V2
Although the radiator is a glorified brick in terms of design, the second version of Corsair’s H100i is a great budget CPU cooler. From easy installation to great performance, there are multidimensional pros that make me give it my stamp of approval.