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AIO Watercooler Challenge – 6 Way Round-up

Next, we have the Corsair H80i V2. The new edition retails for £89.99.

Corsair say ‘the Hydro Series H80i v2 liquid CPU cooler has an extra-thick 120mm radiator and dual SP120L PWM fans for efficient, customizable cooling for your rig.’

Specifications

  • Intel™ LGA 1150, 1151, 1155, 1156, 1366, 2011, 2011-3
  • AMD™ sockets FM1, FM2, AM2, AM3
  • Radiator dimensions: 154mm x 123mm x 49mm
  • Fan dimensions: 120mm x 120mm x 25mm
  • Fan speed: 2435 +/- 10% RPM
  • Fan airflow: 70.69 CFM
  • Fan static pressure: 4.65 mmH2O
  • Fan noise level: 37.7 dB(A)

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Just like the Arctic 120mm unit, the H80i V2 uses a backplate, four standoffs and then four thumbscrews to secure the pump in place. It really is a doddle to install.

The H80i V2 radiator is also 49mm thick, so again – just check there is enough clearance in your case.

For testing today, I plugged both PWM fans directly into the motherboard – I did not use Corsair Link.

Testing

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In terms of performance, the H80i V2 just edges ahead of the Arctic Liquid Freezer. Its stock speed temperature is one degree cooler, as is its overclocked temperature.

It is a bit noisier though. The pump is certainly noticeable, although given I used an open-air test bench for all the coolers, it would certainly be less noticeable inside a case. However, the pump noise did seem to cut across any background noise, though the fans do drown it out at full speed.

The fans themselves do make a fair racket at full pelt, although this situation is unlikely to happen often. Corsair Link also provides a great way to digitally manage your fan speeds, allowing you to set custom profiles. The only reason I did not use it here is to keep the testing fair by always using the motherboard fan headers.

You can pick up the H80i V2 from OverclockersUK for £89.99 HERE.

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