Update H100i / H80i ... to quote "Corsair George" [HERE]Okay, here's a list of differences between the older versions and the new "i" variants.
1. Corsair Link compatibility in the box, so you can just plug in the included USB cable into a mbd header and download the software. This allows you to create your own fan and noise profiles, and to adjust the RGB LED logo on the top of the unit. (you can even have it changed color based on temp)
2. Moved from 4-pin "molex" power to a SATA power connector.
3. Upgraded cold plate
4. Upgraded impeller/bearing/motor design for lower noise pump unit.
5. Upgraded split-flow manifold design.
6. Upgraded to wider tubing with more flexibility, but retaining the same low evaporation rates.
7. Upgraded the fans to SP120L design. Same impeller as the SP120 retail, with a different housing. A high-torque motor keeps the fan spinning near its ideal RPM even with backpressure. The noise level of the units is significantly better than last year, as a result.
8. New Industrial Design.
9. Changed mounting mechanism for AMD/Intel bracket to be magnetic, so you can swap out the tops without any screws.
10. Price of H80i dropped from $109 to $99.
For anybody wondering about the "i" designator, we'll be using it on parts that offer full Corsair Link compatibility out of the box without having to add any additional purchase.
Looks like some nice improvements with NO increase in cost! We'll have to wait for some head to head reviews, but I don't see any real improvement in performance EXCEPT in possibly the same performance with LESS noise! Always a good thing
... and Corsair Link would be fun to play around with
... that use to be a very pricey accessory
... AND best of all, if my H100 fails it will be replaced with a new and improved version EDIT:
To quote George again ... H100i vs H100 (performance) ...At 200W of heat, it's about 3 degrees C and 2-3 dBA quieter.
George, if your out there can you post the specs on the fans? OR are they the same as the Corsair Air Series SP120 High Performance Edition High Static Pressure 120mm Fan @ Speed: 2350 RPM / Airflow: 62.74 CFM / Static Pressure: 3.1 mm/H20 / Sound Level: 35 dBAEDIT:
looks to be a slightly different variation (+v) of the SP120 above ... Corsair specs [HERE]
•Fan speed: 2700 RPM
•Fan airflow: 77 CFM
•Fan dBA: 37.68 dBA
•Fan static pressure: 4mm/H20Edited by TomcatV - 11/5/12 at 12:03pm