Corsair Hydro Series H100i v2 Review




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.

Corsair Hydro Series H100i v2

Corsair Hydro Series H100i v2
8

Design

7.0/10

Performance

8.0/10

Value

9.0/10

Pros

  • Simple instillation
  • Good temps
  • Software link

Cons

  • Noisy compared to other liquid coolers
  • Stock fans are average at best