Corsair iCUE H150i RGB Pro XT CPU Cooler Review
Good performance, especially at full speed; iCUE software integration; 5-year warranty
Too loud at full speed; doesn’t integrate with non-Corsair lighting systems
Here at TBG, we have a thing for coolers, we’ve tested well over 60 at this point, including a number of coolers from Corsair, specifically the all-in-one liquid coolers that the company is known for, and frankly had a huge hand in bringing to market. In this review, we check out one of Corsair’s latest offerings, the iCUE H150i RGB Pro XT.
Here are the coolers included in this test:
- Corsair iCUE H150i RGB Pro XT ($160)
- Scythe Fuma 2 ($60)
- Noctua NH-D15 Chromax.black ($100)
- Arctic Liquid Freezer II 360 ($125)
And here’s the system setup:
- CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
- MB: Asus X470 Crosshair XI Hero
- Case: be quiet! Silent Base 802
- Thermal Paste used for all coolers: Noctua NT-H2 10g
As with all of our reviews at this point and going forward, this review appears exclusively on YouTube, which you can see below. Not only do we show you what comes in the box and share some benchmarks, but we give you a good look at what it’s like to use each product!
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Well, in the end, Corsair comes out about where we would expect: the H150i is amazing if all you care about is performance, but Corsair gets you to that point with crazy-high fan speeds. To a great extent, this approach was likely informed by cooler reviews that prioritized performance above all else, but we’ve made it our mission over the past few years to change the industry, and in our own small way, we think we have. Thus, in our noise-normalized results, Corsair falls a bit behind, but it’s still competitive, which means that with a little tweaking to its fan design, it could definitely reclaim the title of the #1 choice in AIO coolers.
As always, check out our CPU Cooler Buyer’s Guide, updated quarterly, for all our latest recommendations.