Corsair Launches First Link-Supported CPU Coolers: H80 & H100

Posted on June 2, 2011 1:37 PM by Rob Williams

With the recent launch of Corsair’s H60 and H70 CPU coolers, it might have seemed unlikely that the company would be releasing even more models at this point in time, but thanks to the launch of ‘Link’, the company’s hardware monitoring and control platform, something had to support it. And with that, we have the H80 and H100 CPU coolers, the highest-end offerings Corsair has released to date.

The support of Corsair’s Link is something both the H80 and H100 share, and in a proper setup, users will be able to manipulate things like fan speeds and monitor temperatures from within Windows. For those without Link at their disposal, the front of each pump features a button in the center that when pushed, will change to one of three preset settings; low-noise, balanced and high performance.

There’s little different between the H80 and H70. Both feature a double-width radiator and dual fans (of equal performance from what I can tell), although the base of the H80 looks a little more durable. With an SRP of $109, the H80 will retail for a mere $4 more than the H70. For aesthetics purposes and also the introduction of the on-block button, that does seem like it could be $4 well spent.

Corsair H80 CPU Cooler
Corsair H80 CPU Cooler

The H100, which will retail for $119, sticks to a regular width radiator but doubles its length. According to Corsair, this configuration can be used in most mid-tower and higher chassis, and is meant to be used at the top of a chassis with the fans blowing air out through the top.

Corsair H100 CPU Cooler
Corsair H100 CPU Cooler

At just $10 more than the H80, the H100 looks tempting, though on paper, it’s hard to surmise the performance differences between a single dual-thickness rad with dual 120mm fans and a dual single-width rad with dual 120mm fans. We’re hoping to be able to take both of these coolers for a spin soon so that we can tackle that question.

Both the H80 and H100 will be launching later this month, along with Corsair’s Link which can be paired up with either of them.

Source: Corsair Hydro Series Product Page

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