Liquid Cooling Final Thoughts
The Corsair H80i GT is not your typical single fan sized all-in-one cooling system. The extra installation space needed for the thicker radiator is compounded by the H80i’s push-pull fan configuration. This can make installing the full assembly into a smaller case a real challenge, and in some cases one fan may need to be omitted to fit in the assembly.
However, for cases that can accommodate the extra depth, the Corsair H80i GT is an excellent single fan sized cooling system.
With the addition of the Corsair Link capability, the new H80i GT cooler is a very good choice for an all-in-one cooling system where only a single fan space is available. In addition to the Corsair link update, the radiator styling has been upgraded as well and sports a new silver strip with the Corsair brand name.
This would also be an excellent choice for a small system with a limited number of fan connectors. By using the Corsair link system, only one fan header is needed to connect the pump and two fans.
In Balanced mode, the H80i GT cools to within 2 degrees of the Nepton 240M. Although the noise level is noticeably higher that the Nepton 240M in Balanced mode, it can be easily switched to Quiet mode and still deliver very good cooling performance.
The H80i is a unique cooling system that makes the best possible use of a single fan space. This extra performance comes at the cost of a much tighter installation, and there may be compatibility issues in smaller cases, so customers should be sure of the available space before purchasing this unit.
At full speed operation in Performance mode, the H80i GT is capable of cooling a 4.2GHz overclocked six core processor to less than 19C over ambient. The fan noise at this high setting is noticeable, however the Corsair Link utility gives the ability to trade off fan noise for cooling performance
The H80i GT has excellent construction features, with very solid mounting bolts and an easy attachment procedure to the CPU. The extra wide radiator adds flair with a new metallic Corsair logo badge. The addition of Corsair Link functionality has the added benefit of reducing the number of required fan headers for a full installation.
The Corsair H80i GT is an excellent all-in-one CPU cooling solution for systems where space for a dual-width radiator is unavailable. Provided the computer case can accommodate the extra depth of the radiator assembly, the H80i GT’s performance will give the best cooling performance available for a single fan space.
+ Corsair Link provides selection of cooling performance and fan noise
+ Very good cooling performance
+ Easy assembly and mounting
+ Pre-applied thermal paste
+ Only one fan space needed for two fan operation
– Extra radiator thickness may cause installation issues
– CPU block attachment requires attaching stand-offs to motherboard
– A bit loud in Performance mode