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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 06-09-2019, 09:46 AM - Thread Starter
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H100i rattling pump noise

This issue has already been raised at least thrice:
http://forum.corsair.com/v3/showthread.php?t=187821
http://forum.corsair.com/v3/showthread.php?t=187816
http://forum.corsair.com/v3/showthread.php?t=187750 (H150i Pro)

I’m having the same problem with my brand new H100i RGB Platinum. In quiet mode my pump is making rattling noise, which I can clearly hear through radiator and case fans’ noise. The pump works louder than in balanced mode, in which this rattling noise is significantly reduced but not completely. If I put my ear close to the pump, I can still distinguish it from higher rotation speed of the rotor. It’s definitely not a “low-noise pump design” that Corsair claims. In extreme mode this noise is indistinguishable from rotor rotation.

My cooler firmware version is 1.00.32. It seems like there is a newer version but I couldn’t update mine. I get a message that “the firmware failed to load or a newer version is not available”. I uninstalled iCUE software, cleaned registry and reinstalled the same latest version and still get the same message. But I highly doubt this problem has anything to do with the firmware. To my understanding, this noise is created by the rotor and is mechanical in nature. At lower RPM the rotor tends to vibrate more thus creating this rattling noise.

Does anybody else have a better idea of what this could be? I’m on my third H100i Platinum for the last 6 months. The first two had other issues one of them being the same as this one: http://forum.corsair.com/v3/showthread.php?t=187938 . By the way, I’ve had no issues of any kind with my H110i that I have installed in my second computer. I want to love this H100i. It fits like a glove in the top of my Carbide Clear 400C with my Ripjaws memory modules just barely touching radiator fans and it perfectly complements my build. But I can’t stop replacing it because of all the new problems. I see other people in Corsair forum are having all kinds of problems with this cooler too, some of them keep replacing it just like me. “On paper” and in reviews this cooler looks like the best 240mm AIO that Corsair has ever made but in reality it’s plagued with all kinds of issues. Should I keep finding my perfect sample or look elsewhere?
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if it rattles, it's faulty. RMA.

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Quote: Originally Posted by G-Force View Post
Does anybody else have a better idea of what this could be? I’m on my third H100i Platinum for the last 6 months. The first two had other issues one of them being the same as this one
Have you considered maybe just getting something more reliable?

A high end air cooler will cool your CPU just as well, and there's a lot less that can fail on them.
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Quote: Originally Posted by G-Force View Post
This issue has already been raised at least thrice:
http://forum.corsair.com/v3/showthread.php?t=187821
http://forum.corsair.com/v3/showthread.php?t=187816
http://forum.corsair.com/v3/showthread.php?t=187750 (H150i Pro)

I’m having the same problem with my brand new H100i RGB Platinum.

I’m on my third H100i Platinum for the last 6 months. The first two had other issues
So.....are you asking if after three straight bad units, with issues documented by others, if you should try a FOURTH one?


Quote: Originally Posted by Gilles3000 View Post
Have you considered maybe just getting something more reliable?

A high end air cooler will cool your CPU just as well, and there's a lot less that can fail on them.
I agree with @Gilles3000 . There a lot better ways to cool your CPU than with a CLC.

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I still have Noctua NH-U12S that I’ve used to cool this i5-6600K CPU. But I want to overclock this CPU to its limits and I’m afraid my Noctua won’t be able to properly cool it even with two fans. There is a newer NH-U12A cooler but I’m not sure if it’s significantly better than NH-U12S to justify such a high price tag. And it weighs more than NH-D15S, which in turn is too monstrous. In terms of aesthetics, H100i Platinum would beat all of them. These were my reasons to keep trying but maybe you’re right and I should give up by now.
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If you just want RGB I'd look into the Swiftech Drive x3 or the new Alphacool Eisbaer RGB units coming out.


No point paying $150 for a unit with aluminum in it.

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Quote: Originally Posted by G-Force View Post
In terms of aesthetics
An air cooler is always going to block some of the motherboard, not much you can do about that. But if you're looking for a more aesthetically pleasing cooler, have you checked out the Cryorig R1?

If no air coolers suit your fancy you could just try a different AIO/CLC as well.
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Quote: Originally Posted by G-Force View Post
In terms of aesthetics, H100i Platinum would beat all of them.
You are making an objective statement about something that is purely subjective.

As @AlphaC said, if RGB is your thing, then go to a Swiftech Drive X3. You get the RGB, plus better components, the ability to expand if you desire, and you can make it far more aesthetically pleasing by being able to cut the tubing to the proper length for your build instead of one-size-fits-none CLC.

And, FWIW, the NH-U12A will outperform any 240mm CLC on a 6600K, especially when noise is leveled. So....the price is certainly justified by the performance.

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All CLC coolers are overhyped overpriced unreliable loud rubbish and you are better off with a good air cooler or on open AIO kit from EK or Swiftech
https://www.overclock.net/forum/61-w...lc-cooler.html

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In my opinion, AIO's have poor reliability. If pump dies and you away from your desk you doomed. Also, most of them have louder pumps, not really intrusive but loud enough that you can hear it and sometimes it can get on your nerves

Air cooler like Noctua for example, and if case size would allow NH D15S is superior and even thou I have custom dual loop only because of my 4 bloody hot GPU's, otherwise, If I had 1 GPU I would go totally air.

My son has NH D15S in his PC and its absolutely fantastic, he loves it and would not trade for any AIO.
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