Corsair have chosen to move to thick rubber tubing for the H80i which we think is far superior to the FEP tubing which featured on the original H80. This rubber tubing is a lot thicker and also much more flexible than the FEP tubing. These two attributes will help more coolant flow through the tubes and will make the installation procedure slightly easier.
As we mentioned earlier in the review, Corsair have developed a new pump for the H80i. This is contained within the newly designed CPU block which features a large LED backlit Corsair logo on the top. The colour of this light can be configured in the included Software bundle to any shade of your choice.
We find a number of connections on the CPU block which include a mini-USB connector, and two fan splitter adapter.
There is also a thin cable coming straight out of the CPU block which terminates in SATA power and 3-pin fan headers.
The most noticeable difference between the H80 and H80i is the different fans included with each. The H80i is supplied with a pair of Corsairs new SP120 fans which are already highly regarded by enthusiasts despite only being on the market for a month or so. These attach to either side of the radiator in a push-pull configuration.
As the H80i only features a 120mm square radiator, it’s 38mm deep which is 13mm thicker than the radiator employed in the H100i. This should help narrow any performance difference between the two based on the size of radiator.
One of the most interesting features of the H80i is the Corsair Link V2 software which is bundled with the cooler. This lets us manually adjust fan speeds, set different fan profiles and even create our own fan profiles for the cooler. This will let you configure the cooler to suit your specific needs.