This is a preliminary review of the Corsair Hydro H80i self contained liquid cooling system. The Hydro H80i is a compact all-in-one liquid cooling solution built around a 120mm aluminum heat exchanger with two 120mm fans mounted on either side, in a push-pull configuration. The waterblock features a USB interface for software monitoring of pump and fan speeds, temperature and so forth. The tubing is a fairly ridged rubber hose and power is supplied not by a fan header, but via a SATA power connector. Corsair's Hydro H80i installs onto Intel socket LGA775/115x/1366/2011 and AMD socket AM2/AM3/FM1/FM2 processors. Retail price is around $116 USD / CDN. Please see corsair.com for the full spec sheet.
NOTE: In an effort to keep up with the increasing pace of heatsink releases and provide a timely reference to our readers, Frostytech has decided to release its heatsink test results in a preliminary review format as soon as the data is compiled. Contained within this preliminary article are the complete set of test results charts for Frostytech's 125Watt AMD, 150W & 85W Intel LGA115x/775 and 200W Intel LGA2011 synthetic thermal test platforms, acoustic measurements and a 360° pictorial overview of the thermal solution. This preliminary look at the Corsair Hydro H80i will be updated to the complete review at a later date.
Base Finish and Flatness
The Corsair Hydro H80i is compatible with Intel socket LGA2011/1366/115x/775 and AMD socket FM2/FM1/AM2/AM3 processors. The cooler ships with a universal motherboard bracket and a pair of metal mounting plates that attach to the pump head to facilitate each particular socket. Additional wires for fan speed monitoring and connecting the pump to a USB port are also supplied.
This heatsink will be tested on FrostyTech's Intel and AMD version of the Mk.II synthetic thermal temperature test platform, and compared against hundreds of reference Intel and AMD heatsinks. The whole test methodology is outlined in detail here if you'd like to know what equipment is used, and the parameters under which the tests are conducted.
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