Corsair H170i Elite Capellix Quick Review

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Corsair’s history in the all-in-one liquid cooling niche goes back over a decade and includes dozens of models, many of which made our list of the best AIO coolers. The new Corsair H170i Elite Capellix is ​​the largest device in the company’s history” with a huge radiator 420 (3x140mm). Of course, it also has a Corsair pump controlled by the company’s iCue system monitoring and management suite. A separate Commander Core fan and lighting controller, and three ML140 RGB fans. Corsair H170i Elite Capellix is ​​designed to cool almost all desktop processors on the market today. This also includes AMD’s high-end desktop chips (HEDT) for TR4 Gen 1 and 2 or sTRX4 Gen 3. We thought you could ask about it and have therefore attached comparisons for our desktop test systems. : also HEDT Intel i9 and AMD TR4.

Design of Corsair H170i Elite

If you’re looking for top-notch CPU cooling and your case supports a massive 3x140mm radiator, Corsair H170i Elite Capellix offers one of the largest AIOs you can get today with cooling performance to match your size. that, take it. Corsair supplies the Corsair H170i Elite Capellix with a comprehensive set of mounting hardware to install this monstrous AIO on Almost all modern Intel and AMD desktop processors available today, including common rack mounts, adapter boxes, etc. Backplates and Machine thread is the addition of an interchangeable faceplate and Commander Core lighting and fan controls. 

The heart of the H170i is the current generation Corsair pump, the lighting and monitoring of which is controlled by the Commander Core controller, although there is a 3-pin tachometer to control the pump speed. Space for AM4 or TR4 / sTRX4 mounts. A pair of 90 degree swivel joints allows the hose to be adjusted when the hose itself is covered by the braided nylon sleeve.
The pump comes with two interchangeable faceplates, one black and one white, each allowing lighting effects to be displayed from the opaque front of the pump and displaying 33 individual LEDs based on the design of your choice. Replacing it is child’s play even after installing the cooler (provided you don’t lose the key). The H170i uses a copper block plate with a factory-applied thermal paste.

This is more than enough for AMD AM4 and Intel CPU applications, but for Threadripper installations, you should opt for some of the best thermal compounds to ensure more complete coverage. The Intel processors are perfectly centered under Corsair H170i cooling plate, while the Threadripper installation takes full advantage of the entire block area, although the block cannot yet completely cover the huge AMD HEDT processor. The Commander Core control unit allows you to manage the H170i fans, pump and lighting controls, but also manage some additional 3 or 4 pin fans or other Corsair iCUE compatible devices. Connect directly to a 9-pin USB port on the motherboard and is long enough for home improvement to keep the control module looking clean. 

Software

The iCUE software is getting an update with a more complete visual appearance and some new features, including integrating the entire system ecosystem with other devices, as well as coordinating the lighting in the game for RGB immersion. Of course, the expected properties such as graphics, lighting settings, and custom pump and fan performance curves are included as a single source for system monitoring and management. Three 140mm fans use Corsair 4-pin RGB connector for lighting control and 4-pin PWM connector for speed control. 8 individually addressable RGB LEDs per spinner Although it doesn’t look too intimidating, the 420 radiator (3x140mm) is significantly larger than your typical 360, which makes it the limiting factor for most installations, as many system housings are often not compatible with this Radiator The look and feel of the heat exchanger is similar to the smaller H150i Elite Capellix 360, but the size is different.

Noise & Price

Price and noise level are finally at the top of our performance comparison, because Corsair H170i makes the difference when it comes to asking price. The upside is that it also offers the best cooling performance we’ve seen with any standalone cooler size or format. The Corsair H170i Elite Capellix offers great performance and maximum cooling capacity (at least outside of a custom circuit) as long as you can customize it to suit your build and budget. With its massive 420 (3x140mm) cooler, this cooler requires careful planning to consider compatibility . It certainly makes a solid case for being the number one choice for high-end builds with high numbers of cores and heavy overclocks.

The H170i Elite Capellix is ​​also the best cooler we’ve tried so far when it comes to taming our overclocked high-end Threadripper 2990WX and Intel i910850k. There is no lack of cooling performance here. It’s just a question of whether you need that much. and whether the cooler fits into its case.

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