Wednesday, June 30th 2021

Corsair Intros iCUE H170i Elite Capellix CPU Cooler

Corsair today introduced its largest all-in-one liquid CPU cooler, the iCUE H170i Elite Capellix, augmenting the iCUE Elite Capellix series the company debuted in September 2020. This cooler lugs along a large 420 mm x 140 mm radiator, and a high-pressure pump-block, making it capable of HEDT applications including 280 W TDP Ryzen Threadripper PRO chips in the sWRX8 and sTRX4 sockets. Among the other sockets supported are AM4, LGA2066, LGA1200, and LGA115x.

While the pump-block is essentially of the same design as other models in the series, with its "split flow" micro-fin lattice, and Capellix LED-illuminated top, the flow-rate is suitably increased to match with the larger 420 mm radiator, at 0.82 L/m. Each of the three included 140 mm fans turns at speeds of up to 2,000 RPM, and features magnetic-levitation bearings. The company didn't reveal air-flow or air-pressure numbers, but mentioned noise output to be up to 37 dBA at top speed. A Corsair iCUE Commander Core RGB controller comes included with the cooler. Available now, the iCUE H170i Elite Capellix is priced at USD $229.99.
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12 Comments on Corsair Intros iCUE H170i Elite Capellix CPU Cooler

#1
watzupken
Not sure about others’ experience, but my experience with Corsair AIO isn’t great. It’s not just the fans being noisy, the pump is loud and cooling is lacklustre. Plus you need to install the resource intensive iCue software that makes it an even harder pill to swallow.
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ratirt
watzupkenNot sure about others’ experience, but my experience with Corsair AIO isn’t great. It’s not just the fans being noisy, the pump is loud and cooling is lacklustre. Plus you need to install the resource intensive iCue software that makes it an even harder pill to swallow.
I got the Corsair h115i pro rgb and can't complain. It does the job well and I don't hear anything. I see everyone is arguing about the software and I'm not sure why. Never had a problem with it.
Although, the previous software installment was a bit off with temps showing. It has gotten better though. At least that's what I have noticed about the soft
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#3
lynx29
next up, 480mm AIO's with the corsair 7000D. lol
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#4
Guwapo77
This is the size I was looking for when I did my recent build as it would have saved me time and a couple hundred dollars. I hope to see a respectable increase in performance.
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#5
TheLostSwede
ratirtI got the Corsair h115i pro rgb and can't complain. It does the job well and I don't hear anything. I see everyone is arguing about the software and I'm not sure why. Never had a problem with it.
Although, the previous software installment was a bit off with temps showing. It has gotten better though. At least that's what I have noticed about the soft
Pretty much the same experience here with the same cooler.
The fans on my graphics card are much louder when gaming so...
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#6
AusWolf
watzupkenNot sure about others’ experience, but my experience with Corsair AIO isn’t great. It’s not just the fans being noisy, the pump is loud and cooling is lacklustre. Plus you need to install the resource intensive iCue software that makes it an even harder pill to swallow.
I have an old H55 and an H100i Platinum.

As for the H55 - I can't complain. It's a nice, quiet and simple AIO for low TDP CPUs in compact systems.
As for the H100i - it's great if you don't mind using iCue. The most recent versions aren't that resource intensive. Without it, the pump is a bit loud at full RPM, and there's no other way to control it. I'm currently looking for a 280 mm alternative as I don't want RGB in my current build, and I don't want software control, either. Unfortunately, there aren't too many (if any) such AIOs left.
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Mussels
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watzupkenNot sure about others’ experience, but my experience with Corsair AIO isn’t great. It’s not just the fans being noisy, the pump is loud and cooling is lacklustre. Plus you need to install the resource intensive iCue software that makes it an even harder pill to swallow.
A bunch of their new ones dont even use Icue, they KNOW its gone to sh*t

I made the mistake of AIO's needing USB just once, and i'll never do that again (H115i)
(Corsair have removed support for it from iCue, it would disconnected and reconnect all the time, and you cant save settings to the device - iCue MUST be running for any settings to apply)
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#8
AusWolf
MusselsA bunch of their new ones dont even use Icue, they KNOW its gone to sh*t
Which ones? :eek:
MusselsI made the mistake of AIO's needing USB just once, and i'll never do that again (H115i)
(Corsair have removed support for it from iCue, it would disconnected and reconnect all the time, and you cant save settings to the device - iCue MUST be running for any settings to apply)
I never had that problem, though having to install iCue for ANY control over the unit is exactly why I want to replace my H100i (also to upgrade to 280 mm because why not).

I'm currently eyeing the EVGA CLC, though I'm not sure whether it needs software control or not. It connects to the motherboard with a normal fan header, though has a suspicious USB on its side.
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#9
Sabishii Hito
AusWolfWhich ones? :eek:


I never had that problem, though having to install iCue for ANY control over the unit is exactly why I want to replace my H100i (also to upgrade to 280 mm because why not).

I'm currently eyeing the EVGA CLC, though I'm not sure whether it needs software control or not. It connects to the motherboard with a normal fan header, though has a suspicious USB on its side.
It uses USB to control the pump and fan speeds through the EVGA Flow Control software, though that is a very barebones piece of software.
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#10
Dave65
Yep, over hyped and overly expensive..
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#11
Turmania
How many all in one 420MM coolers are out there? I think with the way power usage going up it makes more sense.
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#12
AusWolf
Sabishii HitoIt uses USB to control the pump and fan speeds through the EVGA Flow Control software, though that is a very barebones piece of software.
What about control through PWM? Is that not possible? :(
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