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my h100i is in transit, what should I do?

Feb 13, 2013
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System Name Orgrimmar
Processor AMD Ryzen 7 5800X 3.8 GHz 8-Core Processor
Motherboard MSI MAG X570 TOMAHAWK WIFI ATX AM4 Motherboard
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Case Phanteks Eclipse P400A Digital ATX Mid Tower Case
Audio Device(s) Onboard Realtek
Power Supply EVGA G5 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply
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I think i've been hanging out in the corsair support forum and/or reading to many one eggs :)

i've seen quite a few issues w/ the h100i due to the firmware and/or link software. my question is should I just dive in and install per the instructions or consider forgoing the software and install the h100i directly to my motherboards cpu fan connection?

thanks for any advice.
Aug 19, 2008
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System Name I can't believe I bought that / HTPC
Processor i5-750 @ 3.5GHz 1.27v / P II 705e @ stock
Motherboard Asus P7P55D-E Evo / Asus M4A785D-M PRO
Cooling Corsair H100i / Air
Memory 4x2 Geil DDR3-2133 @ 1755 / 2x2 DDR2-800
Video Card(s) Asus GTX660 TI / Asus HD6670
Storage Crucial MX100 512GB + Spinpoint F1 750GB / Crucial m4 128GB + WD Green 1TB
Display(s) HP w2408h / Samsung 55" HDTV
Case CM 690 II Advanced / Silverstone GD02
Audio Device(s) Integrated
Power Supply Corsair AX850 / OCZ ModXstream 500W
Software Win 7 / Win 7
Try the installation as it's in the manual. Not all people have problems with them. If it doesn't work (the fans rattle, whine etc), then RMA the fans and they'll send you new fans. You don't have to send anything back.

While waiting for the RMA, use the motherboard fan headers. BTW, most issues are due to the fans themselves being controlled by DC, the new ones are PWM.

There are issues with the firmware as well, but those are more rare.
Jun 27, 2011
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Display(s) Asus 144hz
Power Supply Cougar 850w
Software Windows 10 64 Bit
Apr 4, 2008
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System Name Obelisc
Processor i7 3770k @ 4.8 GHz
Motherboard Asus P8Z77-V
Cooling H110
Memory 16GB(4x4) @ 2400 MHz 9-11-11-31
Video Card(s) GTX 780 Ti
Storage 850 EVO 1TB, 2x 5TB Toshiba
Case T81
Audio Device(s) X-Fi Titanium HD
Power Supply EVGA 850 T2 80+ TITANIUM
Software Win10 64bit
I've had the H70/H60i/H110. All of them had shit fans. Don't ever trust a corsair fan. Buy other fans ahead of time. Once you eliminate the fan issue it's just a matter of pump problems. Try just hooking it straight up to the psu first and if you hear any grinding noise wait a day, if it's still there try hooking it up to the board and updating the firmware. If it's still making noise wait one week (can take awhile to get all the air out) and then RMA if it's still there.

It's always a gamble with these companies. They just cross their fingers that most people won't notice the sonic disaster most fans and CLC are. Some people have to rma over and over again to get one without the noise.