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Corsair iCUE H170i ELITE CAPELLIX Cooling Test - Is the 420mm Coolant a Recipe for Best Performance?

Corsair iCUE H170i ELITE CAPELLIX Cooling Test – Is the 420mm Coolant a Recipe for Best Performance?

Since the launch of the first generation of AMD Ryzen processors in 2017, there has been a fierce battle in the market. Blues compete with Reds for the title of best CPU manufacturer, and as a result, consumers finally have a wide choice among many different models. From generation to generation we see an increase in the number of cores, threads and higher clocks. However, this translates not only to increased efficiency, but also to increased energy consumption, and therefore higher temperatures. No wonder then that you need the best cooling systems for the best processors. Today we will be looking at the latest offering from Corsair, namely a ready-made liquid-cooling kit in the form of the iCUE H170i ELITE CAPELLIX. It’s a massive model with a 420mm cooler and wide-band RGB LED backlighting. Is this a recipe for success?

Author: Przemysław Banasiak

Corsair has been in the market since 1994, which is 27 years. At that time, Americans significantly expanded their portfolio and now offer a huge number of different products. Air and water cooling for the processor, special LC system components, fans, RAM modules, SSD buses, cases, power supplies, off-the-shelf PCs, mice, keyboards, seats, streaming accessories and much more. Corsairs offers something for both ordinary people, consumers looking for a good price-performance ratio, as well as enthusiasts with very strict requirements.

Corsair iCUE H170i ELITE CAPELLIX is a ground-breaking new model based on the 420mm radiator and wide-band RGB LED backlighting, aimed at the most demanding users.

Corsair iCUE H170i ELITE CAPELLIX Cooling Test - Is the 420mm Coolant a Recipe for Best Performance? [nc1]

Corsair iCUE H170i ELITE CAPELLIX is definitely a product aimed at the latter group. It is the main representative of the American company AiO, that is, ready-made liquid cooling kits. We are talking about a proposal with a 420 mm radiator, which will extend the ELITE CAPELLIX family, which so far has included 240, 280 and 320 mm models. In theory, a large heat sink should provide the high performance necessary to cool higher processors from Intel and AMD, even with a powerful OC. Of course, in keeping with mainstream trends, there was a massive and fully configurable RGB LED backlighting.

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Corsair iCUE H170i ELITE CAPELLIX Specifications:

  • Cooler dimensions – 450 x 140 x 27 mm
  • Hose length: 380 mm
  • Fan – Three 140 x 25 mm (Corsair ML140 RGB Series)
  • Fan Operating Range – Max. 2000 (±10%) RPM
  • Base Material – Copper
  • Heatsink Material – Aluminum
  • Max Volume – 36 dB(A)
  • Max static pressure – 3.0 mm H20

As you can see from the dry data, the Corsair iCUE H170i ELITE CAPELLIX is a fairly standard representative of the All in One solutions. We’re talking about a 27mm aluminum radiator, a brass block pump, a plastic shell and rubber hoses with fabric braid (although they’re a bit shorter than standard). Cooling is set up for both Intel consumer processors using LGA 1200, 1150, 1151, 1155, 1156, and 1366 sockets and AMD on socket AM4, AM3 (+) or AM2 (+). The kit also includes clips for higher-end units using an Intel LGA 2011 (-3) or 2066 socket, as well as the AMD TR4 and sTRX4. The manufacturer itself confirms in the specifications that it is ready to cool the Intel Core i9 and AMD Ryzen Threadripper units.