Best 360mm White AIO?
CORSAIR has always been on top of its game with innovative products focusing on form and function. Their iCUE H150i Elite Capellix XT White cooler is no exception to that. This cooler packs stunning visuals coming from CAPELLIX LEDs while providing adequate thermal performance at a reasonable noise output. Although this is a feature-rich cooling solution, it has a steep price.
Build Quality - 9/10
Design - 9/10
Performance - 9/10
Features - 9.5/10
Value - 8/10
- Comparable Thermal Performance
- Removable Pump Cap
- CAPELLIX LED Lighting
- AF RGB ELITE 120mm Fans
- Extensive AMD sockets support
- Intel LGA1700 socket support
- Commander Core
- Easy Installation
- Lose Intel Brackets
- Non-Magnetic Hub
- Software Dependency
- No Extra Thermal paste
If you are in the PC market and industry, it is hard if you don’t know the name CORSAIR. They need no introduction as they are a premium brand dealing in PC components, particularly PC memory and cooling products. Founded back in 1994, CORSAIR quickly established a reputation as a high-performance memory manufacturer, and there was no stopping this brand from further adventure as they ventured into peripherals, PSUs, PC Cases, Monitors, storage drives, accessories, etc. You name it.
Related Read: Corsair H100i Review
CORSAIR has an extensive products range in their Eco System, and all of this is bound by iCUE when it comes to the brilliance of lighting. Unlike one ring to bind them all; one ring to rule them all from Lord of the Rings, iCUE is there to sync them all. Oh, and did I forget about PC Cooling and collaboration with other brands to offer liquid cooler graphics cards? CORSAIR is a premium brand, and one thing I love about them is the excellent customer support service. Now, don’t think I am praising needless or that I may be biased. I am saying based on my personal experience.
CORSAIR has sent us iCUE H150i Elite Capellix XT and iCUE H100i Elite Capellix XT liquid coolers for review purposes. These coolers are high-end cooling products from CORSAIR in the AIO category. These coolers are also available in Display LCD versions as well. At-least one thing that has not changed in the basic naming convention is the use of the letter ‘H.’ H stands for Hydro in this case. I have been using CORSAIR AIOs since like 2013 or so. One thing that I have been doing with these coolers is that I swapped the stock fans with Noctua fans.
This was my personal preference and has nothing to do with stock fans provided with these coolers. Then CORSAIR upped their game and started providing even more powerful fans with future iterations. One thing that has not changed with these coolers is their dependence on software. I remember that time when CORSAIR Link was used to control and regulate various aspects of CORSAIR products and it was ultimately replaced by iCUE.
The CORSAIR Elite Capellix XT coolers are available in the following configuration:
The white versions are available in 240mm and 360mm sizes only. The Elite LCD Display versions are available in 240mm, 360mm, and 420mm, whereas the white version of the LCD Display is available in 360mm size only. Additionally, the user can buy an LCD Display upgrade kit to be used with regular Elite Capellix XT series coolers.
In this article, we are taking a look at the CORSAIR iCUE H150i Elite Capellix XT White cooler. This is a 360mm version. CORSAIR is using new AF RGB Elite fans with these coolers with stunning designs and improved performance metrics. This cooler is compatible with Intel Sockets LGA: 1150, 1151, 1155, 1156, 1200, 1700, 2011, 2011-3, 2066 and AMD Socket: AM4, AM5, sTRX4, and sTR4. This cooler features stunning digital RGB light show on the block and on the fans. CORSAIR is using swappable face plates on the block, which all would be digital RGB backlit. We will cover them later in this article.
|Product||CORSAIR iCUE H150i Elite Capellix XT White Cooler|
|AMD Processors Supported||Ryzen Threadripper, Ryzen, Phenom II, Athlon II, FX, A-Series, Opteron, Sempron, Athlon 64|
|Intel Processors Supported||Core i9, i7, i5, i3, Pentium, Celeron|
|Fan Control Method||PWM|
|Tubing Material||White Sleeved Low-Permeation Rubber|
|Coldplate Dimensions||56 x 56mm|
|Cooling Socket Support||Intel 1700, 1200, 1150, 1151, 1155, 1156, 2011, 2066 | AMD AM4, sTRX4, sTR4|
|Fan Speed||550 - 2100 RPM ±10%|
|Fan Dimensions||120mm x 25mm|
|Cold Plate Material||Copper|
|Number of Fans||3|
|Radiator Dimensions||397mm x 120mm x 27mm|
|Fan Airflow||13.8 - 65.57 CFM|
|Fan Static Pressure||0.17 - 2.68 mm-H2O|
Yellow is CORSAIR’s color, and this cooler is no exception when it comes to shipping box styling. The cardboard-made shipping box is finished in yellow and black colors.
There is a picture of a cooler in RGB lighting. This is what CORSAIR is naming as CAPELLIX lighting, particularly on their pump housing which has 33 digital RGB LEDs for quite some show.
There are diagrams over here which are actually representing the content of the box. Socket compatibility information is also provided, along with a serial number sticker.
Salient specifications are printed in multiple languages. There are diagrams showing the dimension of the unit.
This box is colorful all around. According to CORSAIR, his cooler is their extreme performance edition.
When we lifted the top cover, we found another cover with a scanning label. CORSAIR has not provided a user guide for this cooler for installation. Instead, the user has to scan the label, which will redirect to the webpage on their website where the user manual will be available. Seems like CORSAIR is joining ARCTIC in this aspect.
There is a brown color egged carton in which the contents are placed for safe and secure shipping.
What’s in the box?
This is the first time that I am seeing a brand not using any box or container in which the mounting hardware is supplied. As you can see in the above picture, mounting hardware is provided in dedicated containers, and these containers are placed as it is in the egged carton.
There is a warranty guide document provided in this box.
CORSAIR has provided the following mounting hardware for AMD AM4 and AM5 sockets:
- 4x AMD Standoffs
- 2x AMD Mounting Brackets
CORSAIR has provided the following mounting hardware for AMD sTRX4/sTR4 sockets:
- 4x AMD Standoffs
- 2x AMD Mounting Brackets
CORSAIR has provided the following mounting hardware for Intel sockets:
- 1x Intel Backplate
- 4x Intel LGA 1700 Standoffs
- 4x Intel LGA 20XX Standoffs
- 4x Intel LGA 115X/1200 Standoffs
Intel mounting bracket is installed on the pump housing by default. We removed that bracket to take this picture.
There are 4x thumb nuts provided in the box.
CORSAIR has provided the following:
- 24x Long Screws for Fans
- 12x Radiator Screws
- 12x Washers
CORSAIR has provided 2x pump caps or face plates that can be swapped from the one that came pre-installed. They are made of acrylic material and have a white color coating with various styles. In total, a user would get three of these caps. There is also a cap removal tool that can also be used to install these caps.
The last item in the accessories is the CORSAIR iCUE Commander Core which is placed in a separate container. We will take a closer look at it later in this article.
Besides, there are three CORSAIR AF RGB Elite fans and a cooler.
CORSAIR’s statement about these coolers goes like this, “All-in-one liquid coolers don’t dissipate processor heat inside the case like traditional air coolers, but instead guide it to the edge of the case and blow it out with dedicated fans. This results in cooler components and less noise. The ELITE CAPELLIX XT is an upgrade to our most powerful CPU cooler:
- Includes our best performing AF RGB Elite fans.
- Uses Extreme Performance XTM70 thermal paste.
- Provides superior lighting effects with CAPELLIX LEDs.”
Well, that statement is somewhat strange as the AIO can be installed on the front in addition to mounting it on top. While this statement can be true for a top-mounted cooler, the same might not be so valid for a front-mounted cooler. Anyhow, we get the point. CORSAIR ELITE CAPELLIX XT is a next-generation cooler providing better performance (subjective) and vivid digital RGB lighting. We will see to these shortly.
CORSAIR uses a white color-coated radiator. This radiator is made of aluminum material. The overall paint job is satisfactory. The white color tone is balanced. This unit has a dimension of 397x120x27mm which is quite a standard in AIO coolers. 27mm is the height of this radiator. Adding 25mm fans would make the overall height to 54mm or so, including the heads of the screws. This unit has an FPI count of 20, which is also standard in the majority of the AIOs (almost). The gap between two mounting holes on opposite sides is 105mm. The gap between any two adjacent holes is 15mm. This radiator has 12 channels for coolant flow.
The above picture shows a close-up of the radiator. We can see a good job in fin stacking.
The block on the far end of this radiator has a rectangular design or layout. The edges are not sharp, which is a nice touch. There is no sticker or branding of any sort over here.
The tube side has two stickers. One has a part number and a serial number on it. The other is a scanning label. The fittings are concealed inside metal shells which are also white in color. The unit is made in China and there are power ratings showing 12V at 0.8A max. Seems like this rating is for the pump.
There is a metallic CORSAIR brand sticker on both sides of the main housing. We can see uniform paintwork across the board.
There is no protective plating under mounting holes on the main frame. This plating protects the screws from damaging the fins. However, this design differs in a way that there is hardly a gap between the mounting arms of the housing and the actual fin stack. This implies that we have more surface area on these radiators compared to majority of the AIOs in the market. From a safety point of view, you will be ok as long as you will use CORSAIR screws on this radiator.
The above picture shows a backside view of the radiator. Again, we are seeing an even and uniform paint job with nice finishing.
The CORSAIR uses sleeved rubber tubing with fine threading. These tubes are soft and flexible. They don’t kink anyway, so that is a plus. They run to approximately 450mm. They are wrapped inside nice nylon braided sleeves in white color for cool aesthetics.
The pump housing has a different design. It is made of ABS material and finished in black color. Perhaps the only component in this cooler that is not white is the pump housing. There is a cap on top of the pump housing. The cap shown in the above picture is pre-installed. It is secured with the main housing using 4x long screws, which are also white in color. You can see their heads in white color. CORSAIR has provided an Allen key to remove this cap and change it. There is a gray color pattern on this cap which looks good with backlighting.
The above picture shows a close-up of the default cap with digital RGB backlighting. It is quite a spectacular view.
The above picture shows a solid diffuser sitting on top of the pump housing after removing the cap. It has 33 digital RGB or what CORSAIR refers to as CAPELLIX LEDs underneath. The LEDs are hidden between the diffuser and the plastic back cover.
The above picture shows a base with 4x standoffs. There is a proprietary 8-pin header at the bottom. This is where the diffuser body makes contact.
The above picture shows the underside of the diffuser body. We can see 4x mounting holes through which the white color screws pass. There is an 8-pin connector at the base, which connects to the 8-pin header on the base cover.
Here, we have changed the stock pump cap with one of the two additionally provided caps. This cap has only the CORSAIR logo on it.
The above picture shows the changed cap with backlighting.
The above picture shows the third cap with backlighting. This is the second cap provided with this cooler in accessories.
The above picture shows the diffuser with backlighting without any cap.
We can see the rear view of the housing where the fittings are installed at a 90° angle. These tubes are installed closer together. They are rotatable as per the user’s requirement. The fittings are in black color whereas the metal clamps are finished in white.
The above picture shows a side view. The portion above the inset line is for the digital RGB backlighting, whereas the area below that line houses the pump of this unit.
The maximum speed on this pump is 2600 RPM, set by iCUE. On our first PC startup after installing this unit, the pump was operating at 2200 RPM max. The pump’s cable is connected to the CPU_Fan Header. Once set from iCUE, the pump retains its maximum speed.
There is a screw on the front of this pump housing. Though we are not sure about its purpose, it seems like this is a port that is for factory use only.
Looking at the base of the pump housing, we can see a transparent cover there. Since the cooler comes with pre-applied thermal paste, this cover protects the thermal paste. The Intel mounting brackets are pre-installed. They are sliced in a groove portion towards the base. CORSAIR uses XTM70 thermal paste. However, there is no additional paste provided with the box. You would need to buy a thermal paste in case of installing this cooler again. In this price range, I was expecting a thermal paste tube inside.
The above picture shows a copper base measuring 56x56mm in size. Note the thermal paste pattern. It reminds me of the CORSAIR LC100 triangle penal for digital RGB lighting mod.
CORSAIR is using a 22-pin connector (not all pins are active) to power and control the CAPELLIX LEDs on the pump housing. This can only be put to use using Commander Core or CORSAIR-compatible Commander hubs.
There is a 3-pin connector to power the pump. It has to be connected to a CPU_Fan header or a water pump header.
CORSAIR is using AF RGB Elite fans with iCUE H150i Elite Capellix XT liquid coolers. These fans feature a close frame. White edition fans look spectacular. CORSAIR has mentioned that these are their best-performing RGB fans. Each fan has 9x frosted blades. The center has a large diameter which is understandable since there are digital RGB LEDs inside that hub. There are 8x digital RGB LEDs in each fan. There is a CORSAIR branded sticker on the hub. The gray color over white gives quite a good look to these fans.
There are cut-to-size gray color stylish anti-vibration pads on the mounting corners. AF ELITE is texted on the mounting corners of the main frame.
There is a CORSAIR branding in gray color on two sides of the main frame.
There is a serial number sticker pasted on the side from where the cables are coming out. Take note of two arrow symbols. They are there to help identify the direction of airflow and the direction in which blades spin.
Taking a look at the backside of the fan, we can see 9x white color vanes. These are installed in a particular geometry to ensure a direct airflow coming out of the fan. CORSAIR calls these anti-vortex vanes for guided airflow. This makes these fans a good choice for the cooler as well as for the case ventilation. These remind me of Noctua NF-F series fans that utilize this concept. Noctua calls these Vortex Control Notches. Also, the Air Penetrator fans from SilverStone act on the same foundation.
There is a white color CORSAIR branded sticker in the center. There is no other text or power rating here. These fans are using Fluid Dynamic Bearings. The specification of the fan is:
|Type||4-pin PWM and 4-pin Proprietary Connector|
|Speed||550-2100 ±1 0% RPM|
|Airflow (maximum)||65.57 CFM|
|Static Pressure (max)||2.68mmH2O|
CORSAIR has provided a 4-pin PWM connector to power the fan’s motor. There is also a 4-pin proprietary connector which is connected to the CORSAIR iCUE Commander Core to control the digital RGB Lighting using iCUE software.
The above picture shows two fans. One fan is placed facing the upside, and the other facing downside. The purpose here is that even using these fans as exhaust in the PC case would not compromise the overall outlook of the build.
We have tested the CORSAIR iCUE H150i Elite Capellix XT cooler on the Intel platform. Installation is simple, as has been the case for CORSAIR Hydro series coolers. Some key steps are:
- Place the backplate behind the motherboard
- Use the LGA 1700 standoffs and secure the backplate with the motherboard. Backplate may feel a bit loose, but that is ok. It will be fixed once you install a block.
- Remove the protective cover from the base.
- Place the block on the CPU by passing the threaded portion of standoffs through the mounting holes on the brackets.
- Use thumb nuts to secure the block over the CPU.
- Use a diagonal approach for an even fit of the block
- Install fans on the radiator
- Install a radiator in the case or as per the requirement
- Connect fan cables to the CORSAIR iCUE Commander Core
- Connect the pump housing’s large connector to the Commander Core
- Connect Commander Core’s SATA connector to the SATA cable from PSU
- Connect the 3-pin pump cable to the CPU_Fan Header or water pump header
- This would complete the installation.
The above picture shows the backplate installed on the motherboard.
The above picture shows the Intel LGA 1700 standoffs installed on the backplate.
The above picture shows the installed cooler and the prepped test build.
This cooler has a dimension of 397 x 120 x 27mm without fans. With fans, this size is 397 x 120 x 54mm. We did not observe any clearance issue with this cooler. You would need to check that your PC Case has clearance for this size radiator. The tube side does not hinder DIMM slots. The real challenge will come from cable management and Commander Core.
Since we are at it, let’s take a look at the CORSAIR iCUE Commander Core fan controller and RGB lighting hub.
The Commander Core is a controller and hub that allows up to 6x CORSAIR compatible fans and lighting elements to be connected with it. Each port is labeled though the font size is quite small. One side of this hub is labeled RGB Hub and it has 6x 4-pin proprietary headers. The opposite side has a label Fans and it has 6x 4-pin PWM headers. There is a CORSAIR logo embossed in the center.
The above picture shows 6x 4-pin proprietary pin headers to which the RGB cables are attached.
The above picture shows 6x 4-pin PWM fan headers. The fan power cables are attached here.
There is a label on the backside of this Commander Core showing the serial number of this hub.
There is a 22-pin proprietary header on one end of Commander Core. This is where the bulky connector from the pump housing is connected. Pay attention to the gray color symbol.
As shown in the above picture, you would need to match the gray symbols on the connector and the header. These are there to provide a visual aid on which side of the bulky connector goes on what side of the Commander Core. There is also a label on Commander Core saying this Side Up. There are two tabs or raised portions on the bulky connector. This side of the connector goes inside the Commander Core upside.
The CORSAIR Commander Core controller and the hub have two cables coming out of it. One is the SATA cable to power the hub whereas the other cable has a 9-pin USB connector that would go inside a 9-pin USB 2.0 header of the motherboard.
Optionally, the user can connect a 2-pin probe cable to a header on one side of this Commander Core, and you will see the temperature reading in the iCUE software from this cable sensor. You would need to buy that cable separately.
Unfortunately, the CORSAIR Commander Core is non-magnetic hence you would need to use double-sided self-adhesive tape to paste the hub on the PC Case.
The above picture is for illustration purposes, as we are showing the bulky connector coming from the pump housing connected to the CORSAIR Commander Core.
We can’t complete this content without discussing iCUE software because, without this software, you can’t control the fans’ speed or the lighting.
The software picked the cooler right at the start. We can see some statistics on the left quadrant showing coolant temperature, pump speed, CPU temperature, etc.
Clicking on Lighting Effect will load the pump and 3x fans in the main window. Each of these components will show dots. Each dot represents a digital RGB LED. The pump housing has 33 LEDs, whereas each fan has 8 LEDs. You can create multiple layers of lighting effects by selecting a range of LEDs and whatnot.
The above picture shows the pump housing’s digital RGB LEDs using a static color. We can use CORSAIR Murals for lighting effects as well.
Similarly, we can use Murals for the fans’ digital RGB LEDs.
Here you can see the rainbow mode on the fans and pump housing’s digital RGB LEDs. There is a list of presets that we can use to customize the lighting effects.
You can use Sequential color mode for customized lighting effects.
Static color will load a single color, as the name suggests.
Here, we can select any color from the color palette under static color mode.
In the above picture, we are showing the lighting layer to create customized lighting effects on the pump housing.
We can create zones by dragging and selecting LEDs in the pump pictured above. We can even name that zone.
The same can be done for the fans’ digital RGB LEDs.
Now coming to the performance side of the cooler, under the label Cooling, we can see all fans and pump listed in order in the main window. Each of these components has 4x pre-defined modes:
- Variable Speed
We have tested the cooler using Extreme mode. Variable speed mode is like an Auto mode. We can see that the sensor is reporting these fans to be spinning above the 2200 RPM mark. There is also a coolant temp reading. This would mean that this cooler has an integrated temperature sensor to monitor the coolant’s temperature.
Clicking the 3 dots against each component will show more options. Add to Dashboard and Add to Home are of my interest when it comes to showing a summary of sensor readings.
The user can also set alerts based on coolant temperature readings. Now, we have the option to shut down the PC if the temperature value crosses the set threshold.
The brightness setting of the unit can be accessed under the Device Settings. We can also check for a firmware update.
Digital RGB Lighting
There is no way to connect the RGB cables to the motherboard’s supported header. We are solely relying on Commander Core and iCUE, for that matter. The lighting effects on CORSAIR iCUE H150i Elite Capellix XT are too good, in my opinion, since CORSAIR has done a fantastic job in this department. Here are a few pictures.
We have used the below-mentioned configuration for this testing:
- Intel i7-13700K
- GIGABYTE Z790 AORUS ELITE AX
- T-Force Delta RGB DDR5 32GB 6000MT/s CAS30
- GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 3060 VISION OC [For Display]
- Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 2TB NVMe SSD
- be quiet! Straight Power 11 850W Platinum PSU
- Thermaltake Core P6 TG Snow Edition converted into an open-frame layout
Here is the settings table for testing:
|P-Cores Clock (MHz)||Auto [5300 All Cores]|
|E-Cores Clock (MHz)||Auto [4200 All Cores]|
|Voltage (V)||Auto [Ranged between 1.27 to 1.30V]|
|Thermal Paste||[CORSAIR XTM70]|
|Thermal Paste Application||Pre-Applied Thermal Paste|
|Test Run Time||30 minutes|
|Idle Time||10 minutes|
|Fan Speed||100% PWM Duty Cycle|
|Pump Speed||Full speed|
|Header||CPU_Fan Header, USB 2.0 Header|
|Stress Software||CINEBENCH R23.2|
Before we move on to the results, let me write a few lines on the new platforms from both camps. We have seen AMD AM5 and Intel Alder Lake S CPUs taking more power, and this time, both sides have aimed at reaching the maximum clocks regardless of the thermal limit. In fact, they run into thermal limits right away depending on the cooling solution and the clocks being used.
This has made testing of CPU coolers challenging because viewers/readers are not used to a new nomenclature which is what clocks are sustained under a given load using a particular cooler. That is if the cooler is capable of providing enough cooling head to sustain the high frequencies. Traditionally we are used to going the other way around, that is, which cooler is better in terms of thermal capacity. Despite this, we are using temperatures as a base for measuring this unit.
The ambient temperature was in the range of 30°C to 31°C. Since the variation in the ambient temperature is within 1°C, we are reporting absolute temperatures in the graph. The testing is done on an open-air bench system. Once inside the chassis, the temperatures are expected to rise and would largely depend upon the optimal airflow inside the chassis.
Disclaimer: Every silicon is different hence no two same SKUs are likely to take the same voltage to yield the same performance at the same thermals per se, but the margin would be close. Not every stress test run may yield the same result, which could be due to various reasons like thermal paste application, ambient temperature variation, the mounting pressure of the cooler, etc. This is very why we have listed our variables and their settings. Variables not mentioned are on the Auto setting. We are actually testing the cooler on all Auto and stock settings.
Let’s take a look at the results.
This test was done using Intel’s default settings with power limits imposed. The CPU was drawing roughly 225W power, so this is a 220W domain result.
The maximum temperature under heavy workload was 91°C. There is no other cooler in the graph due to different thermal pastes used for testing since we have used the pre-applied thermal paste on the CORSAIR iCUE H150i Elite Capellix XT cooler. Usually, we use Noctua NT-H1 thermal paste. Before you raise an eyebrow over the 91°C, let me dare say it is normal given how the new platform behaves and the high ambient temperature.
As per our sound meter, these fans were making 51~52 dB(A) sound output at an ambient sound level of 34 dB(A). This is a nice performance since these fans are not that loud.
I have been an avid user of CORSAIR Hydro series liquid coolers for some time before switching to Noctua and EK Water Blocks. The Hydro (X) series of liquid coolers have been high-performing all-in-one cooling products with famous H100 and H100i name tags in the series. This time, CORSAIR’s top-performing liquid cooler is the iCUE Elite Capellix XT series which is available in multiple sizes and colors as well as configurations.
The black color series is available in 240mm, 280mm, 360mm, and 420mm. ARCTIC and ALPHACOOL so far have been the only brands carrying 420mm size AIO, but this trend has been catching up with other brands like CORSAIR and, very recently ThermalTake. The white version of this series is available in 240mm and 360mm sizes only. Then there is an LCD Display series of iCUE Elite Capellix XT coolers available in white and black colors. The black color series has 240mm, 360mm, and 420mm size coolers, whereas the white color series has only 360mm size. The user can optionally buy an LCD Display upgrade kit from CORSAIR to be used with simple iCUE Elite Capellix XT series coolers.
CORSAIR has sent us iCUE H100i Elite Capellix XT White and iCUE H150i Elite Capellix XT White coolers for review and user guides. In this article, we have tested the CORSAIR iCUE H150i Elite Capellix XT White cooler. This cooler is compatible with Intel Sockets LGA: 1150, 1151, 1155, 1156, 1200, 1700, 2011, 2011-3, 2066 and AMD Socket: AM4, AM5, sTRX4, sTR4. All necessary mounting hardware is included in the box so you would not have to worry about anything.
This cooler has a 360mm radiator having a dimension of 397x120x27mm. This radiator is made of aluminum material and the total housing plus fin stack is white color coated with an even finish all around. This radiator has a height of 27mm. Adding 25mm thick 120mm size fans would make the overall height of this unit approximately 54 mm, including the heads of fan screws. The FPI count is 20, and this radiator has 12 channels for coolant flow. There is a standard gap of 105mm between two opposing end mounting holes and 15mm on two adjacent mounting holes.
CORSAIR uses metal clamps to hide the connection of the tube and fitting over the radiator and pump housing. CORSAIR uses sleeved rubber tubing with fine threading. These tubes are soft and flexible without kinking. They run to approximately 450mm and have nice nylon braided white color sleeves purely for aesthetics. This 450mm run is on the 360mm and 420mm size coolers only.
The pump housing is made of ABS material. It has a stylish yet distinctive outlook. The top portion is purely for CAPELLIX LEDs. This housing has 33 digital RGB LEDs. There is also a cap on the pump top that can be changed from one of the three provided caps as per the user’s liking. These are powered by a bulky connector (22 pins).
The copper base has a size of roughly 56x56mm, and it has pre-applied thermal paste, which is XTM70. This is CORSAIR’s high-performance thermal paste. CORSAIR has not provided extra thermal paste in the box. In case you have to redo the cooler in your PC Case after cleaning it or uneven block coverage, for example, you will have to buy a thermal paste in that case. The tubes are installed in a 90° orientation to make them rotatable up to a certain extent.
CORSAIR is using AF RGB ELITE 120mm fans with iCUE H150i Elite Capellix XT cooler. These fans are also white in color with a gray texture, making them quite stylish-looking fans. Each fan has 9x frosted blades. The anti-vibration pads are gray in color. These fans have a closed-frame design. The backside of these fans has stator vane guides. CORSAIR calls these anti-vortex vanes. They are also white in color, and there are nine of these vanes. These help in directional or focused airflow coming out of the fan.
This is not a new design, to be honest, as Noctua has been using this on NF-F12 fans for quite some time. The CORSAIR AF RGB ELITE fan has a dimension of 120x120x25mm. It has a maximum speed of 2100 RPM with a maximum of 65.57 CFM airflow at 2.68mmH2O static pressure. The noise level is rated at 34.1 dB(A) maximum. These fans are using Fluid Dynamic Bearings.
I remember the time when CORSAIR Link was in use to control various aspects of CORSAIR products then. Now, it is the job of iCUE software. As has been the case, this cooler is no exception when it comes to connecting and controlling the performance and digital RGB lighting of the fans and the pump. CORSAIR is using a standard 4-pin PWM connector for the fan motor but, at the same time, using a proprietary 4-pin connector for digital RGB LEDs on the fans (8x LEDs per fan).
Similarly, there is a 3-pin connector cable to power the pump motor but there is a bulky 22-pin connector to power the CAPELLIX LEDs on the pump housing. CORSAIR has bundled an iCUE Commander Core Fan Controller and RGB Hub with these coolers. This hub is SATA powered, and it has a 9-pin USB 2.0 connector, meaning you would need a spare USB 2.0 header on the motherboard. The pump’s 3-pin power cable is connected directly to the CPU_Fan Header or Water Pump Header, whereas the rest of the cables are attached to the Commander Core.
This makes cable management quite challenging. At the same time, we are again software dependent, particularly for the digital lighting effects. The Commander Core is non-magnetic and needs to be attached to the PC Case using self-adhesive tape.
The basic installation of this cooler is convenient. The Intel mounting brackets come pre-installed on the pump housing. However, our sample has these brackets loose, as they were coming off easily. We had to hold them together during installation. We need a total of 9x items to install the block on the Intel LGGA 1700 CPU, excluding the pre-installed mounting bracket.
CORSAIR iCUE H150i Elite Capellix XT cooler is listed at USD 224.99 at the time of this writing. This is a CORSAIR listed price. It is quite a steep price. CORSAIR is offering a 5-year warranty on this cooler. This cooler was put on an Intel Core i7 13700k for testing. The ambient temperature was in the range of 30°C to 31°C. This cooler, under heavy workload, managed 91°C on this platform. This is not surprising, given how these new platforms thermally behave.
We have tested a few other 360mm AIOs, and all these coolers are sitting in the same range of 90°C to 92°C. This even makes spending this much amount on a 360mm size cooler a hard decision if going for a new platform. The CORSAIR AF RGB ELITE fans are not that loud, which is a plus. The CAPELLIX LEDs are making a difference in digital lighting effects. We absolutely admire the beauty of digital RGB lighting on this cooler.
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