Corsair H150i Pro CPU Cooler Review

Recently, we've seen an influx of larger All-In-One (AIO) closed-loop liquid CPU coolers that are designed to appeal to those who seek the highest possible CPU clock speeds and who want a dependable, bolt-on cooling solution to help them do so. Although AIO cooling systems based on single and double 120mm radiator sizes have been mainstream for quite some time, we are seeing a trend of double 140mm and even triple 120mm heat exchangers to cope when additional cooling potential is needed.

Now, Corsair enters the large AIO cooler arena with the H150i Pro, a triple 120mm radiator product that includes all the typical Corsair features with which we’ve become familiar. While the radiator is almost overwhelming in length, the name ‘H150i Pro’ is quite the opposite, making it simple to remember. And, by supporting almost all current AMD and Intel CPU sockets, the only limitation for the H150i Pro is having the room to contain it.

Specifications

The H150i Pro comes boxed packaged with the usual assortment of Corsair-esque snap rings and brackets for socket compatibility that twist-lock into the bottom of the pump unit. The pump is secured via heavy, nickel-plated thumbscrews that thread down over mounting offset posts. Three ML Series 120mm PWM fans rated at 47.3 CFM at 1600 RPM will adorn the 360 radiator to provide airflow and likewise require three 120mm adjacent fan mounts for support.

The H150i Pro pump unit draws power from an integrated SATA 12v adapter. A Micro-B to USB header cable is included to allow granular control of the H150i Pro pump and fans using the Corsair LINK software suite, although they can simply be controlled via motherboard PWM header. A triple, 4-pin ribbon cable protrudes from the pump to allow the three 120mm fans to be controlled with the LINK software or chosen PWM header. The Corsair branded acrylic pump top is ringed with RGB lighting and, as you may have guessed, also gets full customization within the LINK software UI.

The pump cold plate arrives with a factory-applied splotch of thermal compound, which seemed a bit dry and chalky. The cooler also ships with the Intel mounting plate attached, which happens to also be correct for our overclocked 2011-v3, 6-core i7-5930k. Secured with recessed screws, the copper base is milled very smooth, but not quite to a mirror finish. And while radiator tubing connections are fixed, the pump tubing connections shown above pivot to allow movement during installation.

A common, 240 (2x120mm) AIO cooler occupies a significant amount of PC case area to house the radiator, so the 360 radiator used on the H150i Pro requires tactful installation and planning. Corsair utilizes aluminum for the core and fins for this cooler, which should come as no surprise since most (if not all) of the company's AIO offerings are also engineered using the same material for the heat exchangers. The semi-gloss black paint is accented by nickel-plated adhesive Corsair logos along either side. That’s correct: we said nickel plated logos; not paint or stickers.

We setup the H150i Pro in the top of our Corsair Graphite 760T case with all fans oriented to push and exhaust warm air through the top vents of the case, the same manner in which we test all AIO coolers. When it's finally mounted above our MSI X99S XPower AC ATX motherboard, you get the full sense of the sheer size of the H150i Pro.

Corsair LINK software is installed like any other Windows application and can be setup to run at system boot. LINK lets you control and view fan curves, temperature history graphing, configure RBG lighting, and manage pump RPM. One lighting configuration that we found interesting allows pump RGB color changes depending on detected thermal levels of CPU cores, motherboard sensors, or coolant temperature.

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  • Matt_550
    Wow, temps were 10C higher than even the leading 280mm CPU coolers. That's not good...
  • rubix_1011
    My thinking is that airflow might be the overall main culprit since a 280 and 360 radiator are very close in actual surface area and overall heat exchanger volume. Would be a very simple theory to test :)
  • mcconkeymike
    I had to change out the fans on my Corsair H100i due to noise and poor cooling. Once I did I noticed a decent difference. I'm betting they are putting the low end fans on the cooler and if you put some good ones on there you'd be in good shape. That would screw up the price/performance ratio, but if you are a Corsair junky, then there you go.
  • thrakazog
    I've seen a few reviews today on this AIO, and I'm wondering if you tested with the pump set to half speed quiet mode only. All the other test results I've seen show this AIO performing quite well compared to the other AIO's. I've seen one review that tested both the normal performance mode for the pump, and the quiet mode, and only their quiet mode low speed pump results have matched the results in this review.
  • rubix_1011
    I had the pump set to full speed according to the LINK software; it was set for all tests in this configuration.
  • melvis72
    Would be interesting to see if a push pull configuration would give some lower temp ranges and by how much. I also wonder if the stock fans are hindering lower temps but like Thrakazog said I also seen reviews that showed it fairing better against other AIO coolers.
  • mrmez
    These AIO rads are so thin, shouldn't make a difference at all.
  • FD2Raptor
    Anonymous said:
    I've seen a few reviews today on this AIO, and I'm wondering if you tested with the pump set to half speed quiet mode only. All the other test results I've seen show this AIO performing quite well compared to the other AIO's. I've seen one review that tested both the normal performance mode for the pump, and the quiet mode, and only their quiet mode low speed pump results have matched the results in this review.


    Gamer Nexus : 5930k @ 3.8Ghz 1.14V
    EVGA 280 (2200rpm) : 32.86 LOAD, over ambient
    NZXT X61 (1700rpm) : 36.94 LOAD, over ambient
    Corsair H150 (1600rpm) : 35.80 LOAD, over ambient
    Corsair H150 "quiet" (1600rpm) : 49.91 LOAD, over ambient


    Toms : 5930k @ 4.2Ghz 1.2V
    EVGA 280 (2280rpm) : 37 LOAD, over ambient
    NZXT X61 (1980rpm) : 41 LOAD, over ambient
    Corsair H150 (1600rpm) : 55 LOAD, over ambient

    either those extra OC and voltage is already too much for the H150 or something is off here...
  • envy14tpe
    Something seems wrong in your testing. I haven't seen a single review with comparable cooling numbers.
  • Randi Poling
    Swap the fans, they use the bare bones, bottom of the barrel fans for their AiOs. I swapped out the stock fans with some LP Corsair White LED fans and i noticed a difference. Swap the fans and try the tests over.
  • Randi Poling
    Not to add a second comment, but also check the settings, quiet mode can really make the temps shoot up when trying to push the CPU, trust me, I was playing BF1 and in quiet mode, and my cpu temps shot to 80... I was like, what? No.. cause the norm is usally 50, 60, MAX, and lo and behold, it was in quiet mode.
  • rubix_1011
    Performance mode was set for all testing; Corsair provided our team with a specific software release of LINK to be used and was double-checked each time testing was performed.
  • ddferrari
    Anonymous said:
    Swap the fans, they use the bare bones, bottom of the barrel fans for their AiOs. I swapped out the stock fans with some LP Corsair White LED fans and i noticed a difference. Swap the fans and try the tests over.

    That's just silly, what's the point? That's like testing a Porsche, getting weak numbers, then suggesting they pop in a more powerful motor. Then it's not the same car anymore, is it? People want to know how the product performs as sold, not after swapping parts out (and spending more money).

    If Corsair is using "bottom of the barrel" fans then that's what the review should reflect- which it does.
  • expert_vision
    More expensive than a CPU (8100) ... Are you kidding me? It's a bloody fan with a radiator and a 12V pump.
  • thrakazog
    Anonymous said:
    Anonymous said:
    Swap the fans, they use the bare bones, bottom of the barrel fans for their AiOs. I swapped out the stock fans with some LP Corsair White LED fans and i noticed a difference. Swap the fans and try the tests over.

    That's just silly, what's the point? That's like testing a Porsche, getting weak numbers, then suggesting they pop in a more powerful motor. Then it's not the same car anymore, is it? People want to know how the product performs as sold, not after swapping parts out (and spending more money).

    If Corsair is using "bottom of the barrel" fans then that's what the review should reflect- which it does.


    The issue we're wondering about it why the specific unit in this test performed badly. Every other test/review I've seen has it performing well in the top half of the charts with other AIO's. Perhaps Tom's received a bad unit. I'm not saying I like this AIO one way or the other....it's just strange that this particular review is the only one with poor results.
  • flep
    Finally a review that is not paid, the other sites are probably tied to some Corsair advertising shit and don't want to point the simple truth: there is NOTHING GOOD about a 360mm AIO that loses to cheaper 280mm and even 240mm on some comparisons.
    Corsair took years to finally do a 360mm one and it's terrible, plain simple.

    And man that pump format and style is ugly, jesus.
  • HossIV
    @FLEP so your logic is when you see everyone giving good reviews on it and one bad review youre gonna believe the one bad review and say the good ones are all paid? that's extremely uneducated. MOST people that have done reviews are NOT paid endorsements. in fact this very one was technically a paid review because Corsair hooked them up with a unit AND a special version of Corsair LINK as the guy said. If a review is paid or sponsored it is illegal NOT to say it is sponsored. so if someone just does a review, especially a more well known person or group, and they dont say it's sponsored or anything, then it is not sponsored and they are more than likely not going easy on the product. Especially if you watch JayZTwoCents' review on it. He's the last guy to ever review a product and not give an honest answer on it. if he says it's good then it's honestly good.
  • flep
    Anonymous said:
    @FLEP so your logic is when you see everyone giving good reviews on it and one bad review youre gonna believe the one bad review and say the good ones are all paid? that's extremely uneducated. MOST people that have done reviews are NOT paid endorsements. in fact this very one was technically a paid review because Corsair hooked them up with a unit AND a special version of Corsair LINK as the guy said. If a review is paid or sponsored it is illegal NOT to say it is sponsored. so if someone just does a review, especially a more well known person or group, and they dont say it's sponsored or anything, then it is not sponsored and they are more than likely not going easy on the product. Especially if you watch JayZTwoCents' review on it. He's the last guy to ever review a product and not give an honest answer on it. if he says it's good then it's honestly good.


    No, that's not my logic at all, and there's nothing uneducated.

    I really don't get how you can't see the logic, as it's simple logic pattern: if the data provided on comparisons SHOW that a product is losing to cheaper 280mm products (and they do show this on multiple reviews), the product is bad, that's it.

    But then there's reviews that show have this same data and still say "good product, we recommend", it doesn't make any sense because this is not something subject of opinion, it should be backed up by data / facts.

    Therefore, if the data provided show that the product on it's main functionality loses to cheaper / older / smaller products, and someone still say is a good product, or the reviewer is being paid (which they should mention on the review itself), or the website has some advertising tie and don't want to upset Corsair (and this they do not need to mention on the review) - because this is how the world works.

    Pretty simple.
  • rubix_1011
    I am not paid by Corsair for the review, nor am I paid by any of the hardware vendors for the coolers I am supplied with to review. We are provided testing samples for benchmarking, photos and write-up. All manufacturers do this and this is common practice everywhere on the web for any site posting reviews. These are not paid endorsements and by reading some of the results, it should seem apparent that not every item that is being reviewed receives positive marks or 'finishes on top'.

    Tom's Hardware is viewed by millions upon millions of people per day, so the web traffic alone to see their hardware shown and written about is the primary goal. It also means Google and every other search engine can then index the page for people searching on it.