The Hydro Series? H100i is a high performance all in one liquid CPU cooler from Corsair. The H100i is similar to other Hydro Series CPU coolers from with a few exceptions, the main one being that the H100i uses a longer 240mm radiator. Luckily most Corsair PC cases will support the H100i and this blog will serve to illustrate the installation process. In this artice I will be installing the cooler into a Vengeance Series C70 case.
First, it?s a good idea to lay out your components and make sure you have everything you will need for your particular CPU socket. The H100i supports the following CPU sockets right out of the box:
- Intel: LGA, 115x, 1366, 2011
- AMD: AM2, AM3, FM1, FM2
In this installation we will be attaching the H100i to an Asus P9X79 motherboard which uses the LGA 2011 socket. The H100i ships with two different mounting brackets one for Intel sockets, and one for AMD. Both of the brackets attach to the cooling unit magnetically, so just slide the correct bracket over the cooling unit and it should ?snap? into place.
The backplate for the H100i is adjustable and can be configured for any of the supported socket types. Just slide the pins on the bracket so that they align with the holes on the motherboard and then use the double-sided mounting bolts to secure it into place. With Corsair?s PC cases, there is a CPU backplate cutout so you can apply the bracket without having to remove the motherboard from the case. If your case does not have a backplate cutout to access the rear of the motherboard, then you will want to mount the backplate before installing the motherboard into your case.
If you are using a motherboard with socket LGA 2011, or any AMD based motherboard, then no backplate is required. With these sockets you can use the backplate that is already attached to the board.
The mounting bolts serve two purposes, one is to secure the backplate to the motherboard, and the other is to give you a mounting point for the CPU cooling unit and its bracket. Since our motherboard uses the LGA 2011 socket, we do not need to use the included H100i backplate.
There are two sets of double sided mounting bolts, one set has equal length threads on each side of the bolt and are used when the supplied Corsair backplate is being used. For LGA 2011, you will want to use the other set of double sided mounting bolts, the set which has one short threaded side and one longer. The short sided threads screw directly into the LGA 2011 Intel bracket that is already attached to the board. You can see in the picture below that all four double sided mounting bolts have been screwed in directly to the standard LGA 2011 socket.
Now that the backplate and double sided mounting bolts are installed, we will mount the radiator. It will be easier to mount the radiator first, and then the CPU cooling unit, rather than the other way around. In most cases you will need to install the H100i in the top of the case, but if you have a large case with multiple installation points that support 240mm radiators, then feel free to experiment by mounting the H100i in a different area.
The correct order for securing the radiator is Screw > Washer > Case > Radiator.
The fan installation can be done in multiple ways, but by default we would recommend having the fans mounted on the bottom of the unit exhausting air up through the radiator towards the outside of the case. If your system is already set up to have sufficient exhaust, then you can experiment with mounting the fans on top of the radiator where they can push cooler air from outside of the case down through the radiator. If you mount the radiator with the fans on the bottom, then it might be easiest to mount the fans to the radiator before installing the radiator into the case, which is what I did for this installation.
With the fans mounted below the radiator you will want to use the 8x 10mm screws (the shorter set of screws) to secure the radiator to the case. If you are going to set up a push pull configuration (fans mounted on both sides of the radiator), or you are mounting the fans on top of the radiator then you will want to use the longer mounting screws in the following order: Screw > Washer > Case > Fan > Radiator.
Once the radiator, fans and backplate are mounted, it is time to mount the CPU cooling unit. Simply line up the pins with the holes on the CPU bracket and tighten it down with the supplied thumb screws. The H100i comes with thermal material already applied to the CPU cooling unit, so when you are ready to mount the CPU cooling unit, remove the plastic shielding that covers the thermal material and use the 4x thumbscrews to secure it to the mounting bolts that we screwed directly to the Intel 2011 socket earlier.
Now that the unit is mounted, we will want to plug in power cables for both of the fans and the pump. The H100i has an integrated 4-fan hub which is where you will want to plug in your H100i fans. You will find two ports on top of the cooling unit, where you can plug in the included fan power adapter cables. Each adapter will support two fans, and by plugging the fans directly into the fan power adapter cable and into the cooling unit, you will be able to monitor and control the H100i fans through the Corsair Link V2 software.
The cooling unit itself has two cables to plug in, a SATA power connector, and a pump sensor cable. The SATA power connector should be connected directly to an available SATA power cable from your PSU, and the 3 pin (with only a single sensor wire) fan connector should be plugged into your CPU fan header on the motherboard. The sensor cable relays pump RPM information to both the BIOS and to the Corsair Link V2 software, and lets your motherboard know that you have a CPU cooler installed.
Now that the unit is installed, there are two more things to take note of. On the side of the cooling unit you will find two different sockets, one is for the included USB cable and it connects the H100i to a spare internal USB 2.0 header on your motherboard and allows the cooler to communicate with the Corsair Link software. The other connector is a Corsair Link expansion port. The expansion port can be used if you have multiple Corsair Link devices in your system. This is useful if you do not want to use up all of your internal USB 2.0 headers on the motherboard. For example, if you have an AXi PSU, then instead of connecting it directly to the motherboards USB header, you can simply plug it into the cooling block on the H100i, where it will interface with Corsair Link through the H100i. The expansion port can also be connected directly to the stand alone Corsair Link kit which comes with the Corsair Link Commander unit. This is to minimize the amount of cables that need to be connected directly to the motherboard.
Now that the hardware is completely installed, you will want to power up your system and download the latest version of the Corsair Link V2 software. You can find this download on the H100i product page.
Click on the ?Downloads? tab and you will find the latest firmware update and Corsair Link V2 software version.
Lot codes for Corsair products can generally be found in the follow locations. For more specific information, please view the Corsair knowledge base Lot Code article for a particular product series.
Headsets: The code is located on the earcup's arm.
Speakers: The code is located on the back of the subwoofer.
Case: The code is located on the back panel.
Cooling: The code is located on the radiator.
Flash: The code is located on the unit's packaging, near UPC barcode.
SSD: The code is located on the label on top of the SSD.
Mice: The code is located on the label taped next to the USB connector.
Keyboard: The code is located on the packaging near the UPC barcode.
Memory: The code is on the memory module's label.
PSU: The code is on the PSU label, next to the serial number.
How do I make a warranty claim?
Prior to submitting your warranty claim, we recommend checking the Corsair knowledge base at http://corsair.com first, where you can find answers to commonly-asked questions. You can also receive troubleshooting assistance by clicking Ask a Question or proceed with product replacement by clicking Request an RMA.
Valid warranty claims should be processed through the retailer where the item was purchased during the first thirty (30) days after purchase. This period may vary depending on where you purchased your product; please verify the return policy with the retailer where you purchased your product. Any warranty claims that cannot be processed through your original point our purchased should be submitted to Corsair at http://corsair.com.
What are Corsair?s replacement options?
Corsair offers the following Warranty fulfillment options:
Standard Replacement ? Through Corsair?s Standard Replacement process, Corsair will issue an approved RMA number for the return and replacement of your defective product(s). Our Standard Replacement processing time from receipt of your product(s) to the replacement product(s) shipment is 1-3 business days plus transit time.
Express Replacement ? At Corsair, we understand the need to be up and running at all times! To minimize down time, we offer an Express Replacement RMA process. Through this process Corsair will ship your replacement product(s) prior to receiving your defective product(s). This process requires a valid Credit Card where a holding fee will be applied for the cost of the product until the returning product(s) are received by Corsair. To avoid being fully charged for the Express Replacement product(s), the defective product(s) must be received by Corsair within 15 business days from the date your Express Replacement order is shipped.
Accessory Product Request ? Experiencing a problem with a Corsair Component Product? Many of Corsair products have easy to install replacement accessories which will resolve the issue and prevent the need to return the entire product for replacement
Where do I ship my items?
Corsair operates multiple RMA receiving locations worldwide. Your RMA confirmation will specify the specific return address you must use when sending your RMA package. This will be your standard return location and should not be changed without prior approval from Corsair. Any packages received at an unauthorized location may be refused and returned to the sender at the sender?s expense.
For your reference, here are the addresses for all Corsair RMA receiving locations:
US (US, Canada & Latin America):
Corsair Memory, Inc. Attn: RMA Department
2252 W. Winton Avenue
Hayward, California 94545
Corsair B.V. Veluwezoom 50, 1327 AH, Almere, The Netherlands
Asia: (Memory Product Returns)
Corsair Memory, Ltd Attn: RMA Department
5F-1, No. 5 Hangsuang Road Dayuan, Taoyuan County 33747, Taiwan
Asia: (Components (Case/Audio/Cooling)
Corsair Inc. Attn: RMA Department
Unit B &C , 13th Floor, Tai Sang Container and Godown Centre
2-10 Cheung Fai Road, Tsing Yi, NT
1) My H80i/H100i is making a low "buzzing" noise when the fans are running at low RPM, how do I get rid of it?
Please make sure that you have the latest version of the Corsair Link software. You will also want to make sure that you update your H80i/H100i to the latest available firmware. Please click the links below to get to the product page for your cooler, and then click on the "Downloads" tab to get a direct link to the latest software and firmware. H80i H100i Corsair Link 2) I need help installing my H80i/H100i. Do you have any installation guide available?
Please visit this link for the H80i/H100i installation blog: Link 3) I need help understanding Corsair Link V2 features and Functionality. Do you have any article related to this?
Please visit this link for the Corsair Link V2 guide: Link 4) Introduction to Corsair H80i and H100i Hydro Cooling series.
Please visit this link for the introduction of H80i and H100i Hydro Cooling Series: Link
Corsair H60 H80 H100 Hydro Series CPU Cooler FAQ
1) WATCH: How do I attach the cables on the Hydro Series H60?
The cable leading from the fan should connect to the CPU FAN header on your motherboard. The power cable that leads from the pump should be connected to the POWER FAN or CHASSIS FAN header on the motherboard. Video Link
2) Will the Hydro Series Coolers work with Intel's Ivy Bridge CPUs?
Intel's Ivy Bridge CPUs use the same socket as the 2nd generation Sandybridge-E CPUs, the 1155. This socket is fully supported by all of Corsair's Hydro Series CPU coolers.
3) WATCH: Should I remove the plastic sheet found on the backplate of my Hydro Series CPU cooler?
The plastic sheet is there as insulation to prevent any metal on metal contact between the backplate of the CPU and your motherboard. You will want to leave the plastic sheet in place. Video Link
4) Where can I find replacement parts for my Corsair CPU cooler?
Please submit a case through Corsair Customer Portal, and let us know which cooler you have and what parts you need.
5) Are the Hydro Series CPU coolers compatible with my motherboard?
H40 Socket Support: AMD AM2, AMD AM3, AMD FM1, Intel LGA 1155, Intel LGA 1156, Intel LGA 1366, Intel LGA 2011, Intel LGA 775
H70 Core Socket Support: AMD AM2, AMD AM3, AMD FM1, Intel LGA 1155, Intel LGA 1156, Intel LGA 1366, Intel LGA 2011, Intel LGA 775
H80 Socket Support: AMD AM2, AMD AM3, Intel LGA 1155, Intel LGA 1156, Intel LGA 1366, Intel LGA 2011, Intel LGA 775
H100 Socket Support: AMD AM2, AMD AM3, Intel LGA 1155, Intel LGA 1156, Intel LGA 1366, Intel LGA 2011, Intel LGA 775
Note: 1155 and 1156 are both identical when it comes to installing a CPU cooler. You will want to use the 1156 instructions when mounting a Hydro Series CPU cooler to a socket 1155 motherboard.
6) What is a Corsair Hydro Series Cooler?
Hydro Series Coolers from Corsair are high performance liquid CPU cooler. They are designed with a self-contained water-cooling loop with integrated pump and reservoir, and require no maintenance.
7) Will I need to fill the unit with water? Do I have to perform any maintenance?
Our Hydro Series CPU coolers are designed to be a closed-loop solution with no maintenance required at all. The units come pre-filled and feature proprietary hoses that virtually eliminate evaporation of water. The expected lifespan of the average unit is significantly longer than the warranty period.
8) What kind of liquid is used inside the Hydro Series CPU coolers?
The liquid inside our Hydro Series CPU coolers is a mixture of distilled water with Propylene Glycol added to prevent corrosion and organic build-up.
9) I want to run push/pull with my Hydro Series Cooler, what screws will I need for a second fan?
The screw thread and length are 6 x 32 x 1 1/4"
#6 machine thread, 32 TPI (threads per inch), 1.25 inches in length.
10) How long are the hoses on the H60?
The hoses on the H60 measure about 11.5 inches in length.
11) What are the dimensions of the radiator on the H80?
H80 Radiator Dimensions: 120mm x 38mm
12) What are the dimensions of the radiator on the H100?
H100 Radiator Dimensions: 240mm x 25mm
Corsair Air Series A50 A70 CPU Cooler
1) Corsair Air Series A70/A50 Mounting guides for Intel Motherboards: Link
2) Corsair Air Series A70/A50 Mounting guides for AMD Motherboards: Link
3) Both the A50 and A70 are compatible with the following CPU socket type: Intel:
LGA 775, LGA 1156, LGA 1366 AMD:
AMD Core AM2, AMD Core AM3
4) What are the dimensions of the A70 and A50 heatsinks?
Dimensions of Heatsink only (not including fans) A50
Width: 54mm A70
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