Two K-Type thermocouples are deployed around the test bench: One (T1) above the bench, out of airflow channels, and one (T2) approximately 2-3" in front of the cooler's intake fan. Because we use an in-house script, we are able to perfectly execute and align our tests between passes. The brand new iCUE H115i RGB Pro XT model (instead of Hydro CORSAIR is now using iCUE) is the successor to the very successful H115i RGB Pro model released back in 2018 (review here) and is also manufactured by Asetek. The better heatpipe based coolers are good though. Asetek has also reportedly “optimized” their liquid paths to reduce hotspots that caused higher permeation than desired in older generations. Our review of the Corsair H115i Pro closed-loop liquid cooler, a 280mm quiet-focused CLC (or AIO) that follows the H150i Pro. The unit will offer good performance, not exceptional as key for this release are low noise levels. Remember, the H115i Pro focuses more on noise than thermals, so that focus will land it lower on the thermal testing charts. Copyright © 2020 GamersNexus, LLC. Corsair iCUE H115i RGB PRO XT CPU Cooler review James Dawson February 24, 2020 Cooling, Featured Tech Reviews, Reviews Rating: 8.0. Asetek now includes an RGB LED kit for manufacturers, and also includes the PCB for programmable LEDs (something that NZXT previously went through great effort to customize on the 5th generation). It’s a … Next to that what's interesting is that this product (for this review) is based on a 280mm radiator which gives it quite a bit of cooling surface area. In that case, for anyone willing to do some tuning (and who doesn’t require peak noise-thermal ratios out-of-box), it’s absolutely worth considering the EVGA CLC at its presently discounted price of $113. C-States are disabled, as is all other power saving. This is to ensure that the CPU does not undergo any unexpected/uncontrollable power saving or boost states during testing, and ensures that the test platform remains identical from one device to the next. Typically, this test is a 40dBA stock fan test. The product we test in specific is the Corsair H150 PRO. Of course, the counter-argument is that you could always just quiet-down competing fans to the same or similar RPMs. A script automatically triggers the beginning of a CPU-intensive benchmark running Prime95 LFFTs. We then produce charts using a Delta T(emperature) over Ambient value. Data is calculated using a custom, in-house spreadsheet and software solution. If that’s true when you’re checking prices, pick based on these items: (1) Out-of-box silence versus tunable silence, (2) looks and LEDs. It is a cooler series that is easy on the eyes, has very subtle RGB lighting with control and comes with a relatively tool free installation. We saw some impressive thermal results from the H115i Pro RGB, maxing out at 34°C above ambient, while overclocked; that's the best result we've had on the overclocked profile so far. Up Close: Radiator and Cold Plate. To accomplish this, Corsair pairs their 240mm radiator with high quality ML series fans, and a newly designed cold plate. Regardless, Corsair has taken this and used it as an opportunity to bundle their new CLCs with silence-focused fans, the ML120 Pro fans. First world problems, Steve. Our test starts with a 180s idle period to gauge non-gaming performance. The 'I' in the naming refers towards LINK software. With that in mind, Corsair started to develop a new H series (for Hydro) coolers. It does a fantastic job at keeping my i7 9700k cool - in fact, it is quiet aggressive at that. And that’s at best. The Corsair H115i Pro is focused on silence, as was the Corsair H150i Pro that we reviewed previously – a 360mm variant. Here are some quick price checks on nearby alternatives: Ultimately, Corsair’s H115i Pro is OK. It’s fine. Positioned versus the EVGA CLC 280, performance is similar at 1050RPM, but other factors enter play: EVGA’s CLC 280 costs about $140, the same as the H115i Pro, and takes a much different visual approach. Conducting thermal tests requires careful measurement of temperatures in the surrounding environment. That really is what it comes down to, these days. The H115i Platinum is “better” at max speeds as a result of higher RPM fans, but realistically, thermals aren’t really all that different. For these tests, we configured the thermocouple reader's logging interval to 1s, matching the logging interval of GPU-Z and AIDA64. Corsair is hot off its announcement of the new Platinum line of coolers in the H100i RGB (240 AIO) and H115i RGB (280 AIO) lines. The Corsair User Forums > Alternate Language Support > German Language Support > Kühlung (Cooling): User-Review - H115i Regardless, Corsair has taken this and used it as an opportunity to bundle their new CLCs with silence-focused fans, the ML120 Pro fans. The included fans spin at a lower RPM and focus efforts on lower-noise performance. In order to hit 40dBA, we’d have to use louder and faster fans on the H115i Pro. Job well done on that front. This plants it within margin of error of the X61 at 1050RPM and CLC 280 at 1050RPM. The cores are kept locked to 3.8GHz (x38 multiplier). Corsair Hydro H150i Pro RGB 360mm review The sound of silence. First world problems. These days you can pick a hundred different heatpipe based coolers, where many are shaped, formed and priced the same. We additionally log core utilization and frequencies to ensure all components are firing as expected. So without further ado, let's have a peek at the new 280mm PRO model with new looks and configurability, head onwards into the review. We moderate comments on a ~24~48 hour cycle. The difference between these rankings is that, unlike EVGA and NZXT, Corsair is already at its maximum fan speed. The Corsair's LINK applications will also allow you to customize LED lighting directly from the software. CORSAIR’s H115i liquid coolers are the 280 mm option in each year’s lineup, last reviewed here way back in 2018 with the H115i RGB PLATINUM.This year the H115i … This allows you to program, customize and monitor this all-in-one liquid cooling solution for your processor. The bigger problem is cooling performance. Compatible with CORSAIR iCUE Corsair’s H115i Pro launched alongside the H150i Pro, the first two closed-loop liquid coolers to use the Asetek 6th-Gen pump. The H115i Pro will profit when Corsair choose to execute more top to bottom lighting control, be it from inside their CUE programming or something else. The delta value is created by subtracting corresponding ambient readings (T3) from the average CPU core temperature. The Corsair H115i Pro is focused on silence, as was the Corsair H150i Pro that we reviewed previously – a 360mm variant. To compensate FAN RPM goes up making a good looking product noisy again. We review the new Corsair Hydro Series H115i PRO - the dual-fan 280mm model of the AIO Liquid cooler series that Corsair releases. Corsair Hydro Series H150i Pro RGB and H115i Pro RGB Reviews. VCore voltage is locked to 1.141v for the CPU. In fact, especially for this new product, you can select an optional 0-DBA mode. This latest edition has been optimized for large heat demands while keeping fan noise to a minimum. We use an AMPROBE multi-diode thermocouple reader to log ambient actively. 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Corsair H115i RGB PRO XT liquid cooler review The performance AIO LCS cooler A new week a new LCS test, we are reviewing an AIO cooler from Corsair: the H115i RGB PRO XT. We've seen and tested many of them as Corsair, Asetek, CoolIT, NZXT, Cooler Master and so on, all have interesting kits. We control for ambient by constantly measuring temperatures with K-Type thermocouples and infrared readers. ... own peak speed compared to a modest thrum from Corsair, although the H115i is the quieter of the two. BE SEEN, NOT HEARD The CORSAIR Hydro Series H115i PRO is an all-in-one RGB liquid CPU cooler with a 280mm radiator built for low-noise cooling and bold styling with an RGB LED pump head. My annoyance is that for the money Corsair is asking, you get super thin wiring that kinks immediately, connectors with super sharp edges, and … Noise normalization doesn’t really work here like it normally does. Corsair is one of the major players on the market when it comes to PC cooling, and in this review, we take a look at its new iCUE H115i RGB PRO XT water cooler. This ambient measurement is used to monitor fluctuations and is subtracted from absolute GPU diode readings to produce a delta value. With the inclusion of RGB lighting and Corsair's Magnetic Levitation fans, this new H115i Pro RGB represents a decent improvement over the previous iteration. It was ugly. Asetek has changed its impeller to a metal option, similar to the old Dynatron impellers in the Antec 1250 Kuhler series. EVGA’s fans can spin-up significantly faster as well, but will hit 57dBA when maxed – basically an unusable noise level. Corsair once again looks to take the closed-loop cooler crown with the new Hydro Series H115i Platinum. We’d imagine this is more to do with manufacturing tolerances and variance than anything. We use a bench that is more carefully crafted for noise performance, opting for a passively cooled PSU and 23% RPM 980 Ti blower fan for very low system noise. Next in line are LCS systems (liquid cooling), the entry-level products are affordable, easy to install pre-fab liquid cooling kits. Corsair H115i PRO RGB: GreenTech Reviews (ru) Mar 18, 2018: Corsair Hydro H115i Pro : NikkTech Mar 6, 2018: Corsair H150i Pro : Tweaktown Feb 25, 2018: Corsair Hydro Series H115i Pro RGB : Madshrimps Feb 14, 2018: Corsair H150i Pro : TechTesters (nl) Feb 8, 2018: Corsair H115i Pro : … The H115i PRO LCS cooler has a 280mm radiator with corresponding dual 140mm fans. It is an updated design based on the previous models, yet with a new cooling block and regulated control for pump and fans. Armed with two ML (Magnetic Levitation) PWM based fans and that radiator the cooling capacity should be good. As long as the coolant stays under 40 Degrees C the fans do not spin, which is something we have seen for the past two years on most graphics cards we well. For this part of the review we're going to concentrate more on the H115i with regards to images, appreciating that the H115i and the H150i are very similar in all respects other than the H115i being a 140mm based rad measuring 315mm x 143mm x 29mm and the H150i a 120mm based rad, measuring 396mm x 120mm x 27mm. I also had people who were typing apostrophes into the address bar - sigh. The frequency is locked without any interference from boost or throttle functions. For liquid coolers, pumps are set to 100% speed unless otherwise defined. Only fans which are provided with the cooler are used. We reviewed the H115i RGB PRO XT back in April and that cooler came with the same package, but with different images. Corsair H115i Pro RGB (280mm AIO) Liquid Cooler Review Dominic Moass January 8, 2018 Cooling, Featured Tech Reviews, Reviews Rating: 8.5. FPI count (find per inch) is … Two CORSAIR ML PRO RGB 140mm PWM fans run up to 2,000 RPM, alongside an optimized cold plate and pump design that delivers the high performance Hydro Series cooling. GamersNexus.net is Owned, Operated, & Maintained by GamersNexus, LLC. The ML140 PRO RGB support a listed fan speed of 400 to 1,200 RPM on their specs, but we saw peak fan speeds of 1,800 RPM, at a … Other competitors adjacent to the H115i Pro include the X42 140mm cooler at much higher fan speeds of 1700RPM, and higher noise levels, and the Eisbaer 420 at lower fan speeds and with its anemic fans and pump. The fans are quiet and still move a lot of air. We’ll keep this in mind for future noise normalization benchmarks, and might do an additional lower dBA noise test. 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