CORSAIR H170i ELITE CAPELLIX Cooler Review
CORSAIR is known for producing innovative PC component products and today we are reviewing a new AIO(all-in-one) liquid cooling solution from CORSAIR, the CORSAIR iCUE H170i ELITE CAPELLIX Liquid CPU Cooler. CORSAIR H170i ELITE CAPELLIX is a massive 420mm radiator high performance liquid CPU cooler with three CORSAIR ML140 RGB PWM fans, and a CAPELLIX RGB pump head, delivering big cooling performance with very low noise.
Now let's see with 420mm radiator and RGB lighting what more the CORSAIR is offering with this AIO.
HIGH-PERFORMANCE RGB PUMP HEAD
The ELITE CAPELLIX cooler pump head houses 33 ultra-bright CAPELLIX RGB LEDs to go along with its RGB fans. When you add powerful, low-noise cooling to the mix, your system will look great and will run even better.
SPLIT-FLOW COPPER COLD PLATE
An optimal cold plate design and a high-density stack of 128 micro-skived fins-per-inch provides highly efficient cooling at all loads.
LOW-NOISE CENTRIFUGAL PUMP
Delivers a flow rate of up to 0.82L/min while generating less than 20 dBA, for extreme cooling with low noise.
CHANGE UP YOUR LOOK
Each ELITE CAPELLIX CPU cooler includes two separate pump caps. The pre-installed pump cap is a stylish, glossy black, while the alternate pump cap is more transparent to let your CAPELLIX LEDs shine through.
TURN ANY CASE INTO A SMART CASE
Harness the power of iCUE with the included iCUE Commander CORE to control the fan speed and RGB lighting for the included ML RGB fans, with the potential to control additional CORSAIR RGB fans, up to a total of six.
POWERFUL CORSAIR iCUE SOFTWARE
Adjust fan and pump speeds, control and synchronize your cooler's RGB lighting with all iCUE-compatible devices, and monitor CPU and coolant temperatures, all from a single intuitive interface.
MAGNETIC LEVITATION RGB FANS
CORSAIR ML RGB Series PWM fans deliver powerful airflow for extreme CPU cooling performance, with eight RGB LEDs per fan.
Corsair H170I ELITE CAPELLIX CPU cooler comes in a securely packaged box with product image, Model name and features highlights on front and the back of the box.
Box contains hard molded cardboard cutout holding CORSAIR H170i ELITE CAPELLIX 420mm Liquid CPU Cooler securely along with Mounting kit for most modern CPU sockets, 3 ML PRO RGB Series PWM 140mm high performance fans, CORSAIR iCUE Commander CORE, Fan and radiator mounting screws, Thermal compound (pre-applied) and Quick Start Guide.
By including CORSAIR ML140 PRO RGB PWM fans with the AIO, Corsair unrivaled performance and low noise operation. One of the best fans which utilizing magnetic levitation bearing technology and comes with vibrant RGB lighting controlled in CORSAIR iCUE software.
Cooler also includes iCUE Commander CORE to control the fan speed and RGB lighting.
Cooler is solid build with 420mm radiator having close fin stack for better heat exchange.
CPU block/pump combo comes with Corsair logo on top with addressable RGB lighting and preinstalled power and fan cables. Block comes pre-applied with thermal compound and special connector for CORSAIR iCUE Commander CORE.
Cooler comes with modular and tool-free mounting bracket for quick and easy installation.
Test system configuration -
|CPU||Intel i9-9900K |
|Board|| MSI Z390 GAMINF PLUS |
|RAM||2 X 8GB Corsair DDR4 3000Mhz|
|CPU||AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1900x |
|Board|| ASUS X399 |
|RAM||4 X 4GB Corsair DDR4 3000Mhz|
|SSD||Corsair Force GT 240GB SSD|
|GFX|| MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Ti ARMOR 8G |
|PSU|| Corsair RM650x |
|PSU|| Corsair 7000D Case|
|Display||ASUS PB287Q |
|OS|| Windows 10 & Windows 11|
Cooler supports CORSAIR iCUE 4 software which can be downloaded from Corsairâ€™ website.
CORSAIR iCUE software connects all your CORSAIR iCUE compatible products together in a single interface, giving you complete control over your entire setup.
For testing thermal capability we manually overclocked Intel i9-9900K upto 5GHz and stressed the CPU using AIDA64 for 10 minutes. To average out we took three readings with 15 minutes of system idle time in between every reading. We compared CORSAIR H170i ELITE CAPELLIX CPU cooler (CORSAIR iCUE software profile set to 'Balanced') with few of known AIOs, Air coolers and a custom LC solution.
Ambient Temperature 24C
- Three 140mm ML PRO Series RGB PWM fans
- Included iCUE Commander CORE
- 420mm radiator
- Easy Installation
- Nice Cooling and noise performance
- CORSAIR iCUE software
- Modular, tool-free mounting bracket
- Since 420mm radiator, not compatible with many PC chassis
In our testing the CORSAIR H170i ELITE CAPELLIX 420mm Liquid CPU Cooler performed very good with stand-out performance and very low noise, with great fans chose from Corsair for this cooler, the 140mm ML PRO Series RGB PWM fans.
Only thing with the CORSAIR H170i ELITE CAPELLIX Cooler is its size, with 420mm radiator size, you may encounter some case-cooler compatibility issue. In our review we are using Corsair 7000D case and H170i Cooler just fits perfect.
Finally, the CORSAIR H170i ELITE CAPELLIX 420mm Liquid CPU Cooler is one the best AIO cooling solution with quiet operations and great thermal performance offered by Corsair and makes it worthy of our PC TeK Reviews Choice Award for AIOs, if your case supports 420mm radiator.