- Unboxing and Overview- 1
- Unboxing and Overview- 2
- Driver and Lighting
- Individual Component Testing
- Thermal Performance
The CORSAIR Hydro H150i PRO CPU cooler launches today at an MSRP of $169.99, and will be available for purchase shortly on their web shop as well as third-party resellers including Amazon and Newegg for customers in the USA. This is dangerous territory to get into, with Alphacool and be quiet! having expandable AIOs with copper internals and similar noise-optimized cooling solutions available for the same or even lower prices depending on where you reside. There are even some similar 360 mm radiator coolers sold by Fractal Design that seem to test similar and at a lower price point, but I have no personal experience with them so take this for what you will. The pricing here also sets a dangerous precedent for higher end CLCs to go into the high $100s rather than the lower numbers we had before, and I am not a fan of this. Speaking of fans though, the three ML120 fans bundled with the cooler surely are a prime reason for this price point. For some context, assuming these come at the same price point the current ML120 twin-pack does, the fans would cost ~$50 by themselves for a retail purchase. Stock OEM fans cost a lot less to manufacture, and for once we have a CLC that comes with fans that merit being used and not replaced. If you consider the savings from fan replacement, if it is applicable to you, then things do look better here. But I still don’t feel the price is justified, and CORSAIR attempting to use the brand presence is not going to cut it here. Some points will be lost for pricing accordingly.
Packaging and build quality are good to where I have no complaints, although note that the CPU block/pump unit looks better than it feels in hand. It hardly matters though, so no points will be deducted here. I do like that everything came in neatly packaged, with a detailed manual going through what you need. It would have been nice to see the manual discuss more about software monitoring and control as well, but I can’t blame the absence of it here. I mentioned already about the fans, and they perform just as well as the other ML fans from the brand. The lack of integrated lighting and corner rubber pads may drive some to replace them nonetheless, but I strongly recommend giving these a good trial first because they are just that darn good. For the RGB lovers among us, the CPU block unit does have lighting and CORSAIR Link helps with some preset options to customize further.
CORSAIR Link is really the only other disappointment in the entire package aside from the price point. I have mentioned this before, and I will mention it again- it is being overshadowed mightily by their own other software driver suite and I see no reason for the two to be combined. For what it is worth, I hear that may well be happening sooner than later, but this has no impact on the review as it goes live today (if CORSAIR announces something at the time NDA drops for this review, don’t blame me though!). But this might as well be the best iteration of the CORSAIR Link driver to date, with no usability bugs during the test period and functionality working as expected. The multiple available modes for the pump, fans and lighting alike are appreciated as well.
Overall, the CORSAIR Hydro H150i PRO deserves a strong look simply for the fact that this is a CLC that hangs in with the best in both cooling and noise alike thus coming close to DIY water cooling solutions.
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