Best Water Cooling Systems in 2020



Corsair Hydro Series H100i PRO RGB AIO Liquid CPU Cooler, 240mm, Dual ML120 PWM Fans, Intel 115x/2066, AMD AM4 Review:


There are dozens if not hundreds of all in one (AIO) add on liquid coolers on the market now. And Corsair has been making models for more than 10 years now at least. The previous H100i V2 units had more powerful pumps that were unfortunately prone to failure. So, Corsair worked with Asetek to redesign the pump for longer term durability. They also redesigned the RGB LED lighting and added their new "magnetic levitation" fans. And they upgraded the interface so the H100i requires no special BIOS setup (as the H100i V2 did for the CPU_FAN header) and is fully integrated into their new software iCUE.

Now, that all sounds dandy, but how does it actually work? Well, when I finished installing my H100i Pro (the 240mm version with 2 120mm fans), my initial temps were only about 2 deg C better at rest compared to my previous CryOrig H7 air cooler, and about 7 deg C better under Prime95 load for my 8700k cpu (I used Grizzly Kryonaut as my thermal paste). A bit puzzled, I began looking into the iCUE settings and saw that I could set things to either Quiet, Balanced, Extreme or Zero RPM, but only for the fans. I saw in iCUE that the pump was running at about 1080 rpms but I could not click on it to set to a different speed or seem to adjust it. And when I put my head very close to the pump inside the case, I heard just the faintest whirling. Finally, after posting a question about pump speeds at the Corsair User Forums, I found that you need to go to the Performance tab on the left, then set it to another setting (it initially is set to "Quiet"), and then you can see the pump appear as an entry on your right that you can change. Then you can click on the fans or the pump and set them to Quiet, Balanced, Extreme or Zero RPM (which means the pump is not spinning and the fans are not turning - totally passive water cooling).

At this point, I think it is important to note that at no place in the included instructions is there ANY mention that the pump is initially set to "Quiet" mode, or how to change the pump speed, or how to setup the H100i Pro with iCue !!! (I am using iCUE 3.6.109) Without being mean to Corsair, this is extremely poor. And no doubt, many people will buy this unit, see not much improvement and then return it, never realizing that the pump is set too low to begin with.

When I then put my pump into "Balanced" mode, it went from 1080 rpms up to 2150 rpms and the temperatures immediately started to drop. Now, temps are about 5 deg C cooler at desktop rest and about 15 deg C cooler under Prime95 loads. In "Extreme" mode, the pump ramps up to 2950 rpms and my resting desktop temps are about 7 deg C lower and my Prime95 temps are about 20 deg C lower for my Intel 8700k cpu. Big difference. (For day to day use, I keep my pump and fans set to "balanced" mode.) The fans also are high quality and I do not notice them until they spin faster than about 1800 rpms. (they go up to 2450 rpms) It is also great that there is a preset temperature lighting effect that you can set for the waterblock/pump head LED Corsair logo that changes from green to yellow to red based upon the temps you set for the internal coolant.

So, once the kinks were worked out and I had everything set correctly, then the H100i Pro performed admirably. I have only been using my H100i Pro for one month so far, so I cannot say if Corsair changing the pump design is going to result in increased reliability. I can say that they should have stuck with larger 3/8 or 1/2 inch inner diameter coolant tubes (more water, can hold more heat), and they should have made those tubes enter the waterblock/pump head directly for less flow restriction. With the H100i Pro, the small little 1/4 inch tubes enter at cheap plastic 90 degree couplings that will hurt flow and increase temperatures (and increase pressure for the pump, leading to less life).

Because of these small design flaws and the cluster$#@! lack of iCUE instruction or how to set the pump to higher RPMs in the instruction manual, I am deducting one star. Time will tell, and I will come back and update this review, but right now I would say that this is a good AIO cooler that needs a more detailed instruction manual and a few small design changes. 4 out of 5 stars for me.



Corsair Hydro Series H150i PRO RGB AIO Liquid CPU Cooler,360mm,Triple ML120 PWM Fans, Intel 115x/2066, AMD AM4 Review:


There are dozens if not hundreds of all in one (AIO) add on liquid coolers on the market now. And Corsair has been making models for more than 10 years now at least. The previous H100i V2 units had more powerful pumps that were unfortunately prone to failure. So, Corsair worked with Asetek to redesign the pump for longer term durability. They also redesigned the RGB LED lighting and added their new "magnetic levitation" fans. And they upgraded the interface so the H100i requires no special BIOS setup (as the H100i V2 did for the CPU_FAN header) and is fully integrated into their new software iCUE.

Now, that all sounds dandy, but how does it actually work? Well, when I finished installing my H100i Pro (the 240mm version with 2 120mm fans), my initial temps were only about 2 deg C better at rest compared to my previous CryOrig H7 air cooler, and about 7 deg C better under Prime95 load for my 8700k cpu (I used Grizzly Kryonaut as my thermal paste). A bit puzzled, I began looking into the iCUE settings and saw that I could set things to either Quiet, Balanced, Extreme or Zero RPM, but only for the fans. I saw in iCUE that the pump was running at about 1080 rpms but I could not click on it to set to a different speed or seem to adjust it. And when I put my head very close to the pump inside the case, I heard just the faintest whirling. Finally, after posting a question about pump speeds at the Corsair User Forums, I found that you need to go to the Performance tab on the left, then set it to another setting (it initially is set to "Quiet"), and then you can see the pump appear as an entry on your right that you can change. Then you can click on the fans or the pump and set them to Quiet, Balanced, Extreme or Zero RPM (which means the pump is not spinning and the fans are not turning - totally passive water cooling).

At this point, I think it is important to note that at no place in the included instructions is there ANY mention that the pump is initially set to "Quiet" mode, or how to change the pump speed, or how to setup the H100i Pro with iCue !!! (I am using iCUE 3.6.109) Without being mean to Corsair, this is extremely poor. And no doubt, many people will buy this unit, see not much improvement and then return it, never realizing that the pump is set too low to begin with.

When I then put my pump into "Balanced" mode, it went from 1080 rpms up to 2150 rpms and the temperatures immediately started to drop. Now, temps are about 5 deg C cooler at desktop rest and about 15 deg C cooler under Prime95 loads. In "Extreme" mode, the pump ramps up to 2950 rpms and my resting desktop temps are about 7 deg C lower and my Prime95 temps are about 20 deg C lower for my Intel 8700k cpu. Big difference. (For day to day use, I keep my pump and fans set to "balanced" mode.) The fans also are high quality and I do not notice them until they spin faster than about 1800 rpms. (they go up to 2450 rpms) It is also great that there is a preset temperature lighting effect that you can set for the waterblock/pump head LED Corsair logo that changes from green to yellow to red based upon the temps you set for the internal coolant.

So, once the kinks were worked out and I had everything set correctly, then the H100i Pro performed admirably. I have only been using my H100i Pro for one month so far, so I cannot say if Corsair changing the pump design is going to result in increased reliability. I can say that they should have stuck with larger 3/8 or 1/2 inch inner diameter coolant tubes (more water, can hold more heat), and they should have made those tubes enter the waterblock/pump head directly for less flow restriction. With the H100i Pro, the small little 1/4 inch tubes enter at cheap plastic 90 degree couplings that will hurt flow and increase temperatures (and increase pressure for the pump, leading to less life).

Because of these small design flaws and the cluster$#@! lack of iCUE instruction or how to set the pump to higher RPMs in the instruction manual, I am deducting one star. Time will tell, and I will come back and update this review, but right now I would say that this is a good AIO cooler that needs a more detailed instruction manual and a few small design changes. 4 out of 5 stars for me.



CORSAIR HYDRO Series H115i PRO RGB AIO Liquid CPU Cooler,280mm, Dual ML140 PWM Fans, Intel 115x/2066, AMD AM4 Review:


There are dozens if not hundreds of all in one (AIO) add on liquid coolers on the market now. And Corsair has been making models for more than 10 years now at least. The previous H100i V2 units had more powerful pumps that were unfortunately prone to failure. So, Corsair worked with Asetek to redesign the pump for longer term durability. They also redesigned the RGB LED lighting and added their new "magnetic levitation" fans. And they upgraded the interface so the H100i requires no special BIOS setup (as the H100i V2 did for the CPU_FAN header) and is fully integrated into their new software iCUE.

Now, that all sounds dandy, but how does it actually work? Well, when I finished installing my H100i Pro (the 240mm version with 2 120mm fans), my initial temps were only about 2 deg C better at rest compared to my previous CryOrig H7 air cooler, and about 7 deg C better under Prime95 load for my 8700k cpu (I used Grizzly Kryonaut as my thermal paste). A bit puzzled, I began looking into the iCUE settings and saw that I could set things to either Quiet, Balanced, Extreme or Zero RPM, but only for the fans. I saw in iCUE that the pump was running at about 1080 rpms but I could not click on it to set to a different speed or seem to adjust it. And when I put my head very close to the pump inside the case, I heard just the faintest whirling. Finally, after posting a question about pump speeds at the Corsair User Forums, I found that you need to go to the Performance tab on the left, then set it to another setting (it initially is set to "Quiet"), and then you can see the pump appear as an entry on your right that you can change. Then you can click on the fans or the pump and set them to Quiet, Balanced, Extreme or Zero RPM (which means the pump is not spinning and the fans are not turning - totally passive water cooling).

At this point, I think it is important to note that at no place in the included instructions is there ANY mention that the pump is initially set to "Quiet" mode, or how to change the pump speed, or how to setup the H100i Pro with iCue !!! (I am using iCUE 3.6.109) Without being mean to Corsair, this is extremely poor. And no doubt, many people will buy this unit, see not much improvement and then return it, never realizing that the pump is set too low to begin with.

When I then put my pump into "Balanced" mode, it went from 1080 rpms up to 2150 rpms and the temperatures immediately started to drop. Now, temps are about 5 deg C cooler at desktop rest and about 15 deg C cooler under Prime95 loads. In "Extreme" mode, the pump ramps up to 2950 rpms and my resting desktop temps are about 7 deg C lower and my Prime95 temps are about 20 deg C lower for my Intel 8700k cpu. Big difference. (For day to day use, I keep my pump and fans set to "balanced" mode.) The fans also are high quality and I do not notice them until they spin faster than about 1800 rpms. (they go up to 2450 rpms) It is also great that there is a preset temperature lighting effect that you can set for the waterblock/pump head LED Corsair logo that changes from green to yellow to red based upon the temps you set for the internal coolant.

So, once the kinks were worked out and I had everything set correctly, then the H100i Pro performed admirably. I have only been using my H100i Pro for one month so far, so I cannot say if Corsair changing the pump design is going to result in increased reliability. I can say that they should have stuck with larger 3/8 or 1/2 inch inner diameter coolant tubes (more water, can hold more heat), and they should have made those tubes enter the waterblock/pump head directly for less flow restriction. With the H100i Pro, the small little 1/4 inch tubes enter at cheap plastic 90 degree couplings that will hurt flow and increase temperatures (and increase pressure for the pump, leading to less life).

Because of these small design flaws and the cluster$#@! lack of iCUE instruction or how to set the pump to higher RPMs in the instruction manual, I am deducting one star. Time will tell, and I will come back and update this review, but right now I would say that this is a good AIO cooler that needs a more detailed instruction manual and a few small design changes. 4 out of 5 stars for me.



NZXT Kraken X62 280mm - All-In-One RGB CPU Liquid Cooler - CAM-Powered - Infinity Mirror Design - Performance Engineered Pump - Reinforced Extended Tubing - Aer P140mm Radiator Fan (2 Included) Review:


Bought the X42 to cool down my NVIDIA 1080Ti card which was having temp spikes above 84c playing VR games. So i ordered the G12 bracket and a Kraken X42 and while waiting for delivery watched some various videos on disassembly and installation so I was educated before attempting this. I also ordered some better thermal paste as well.

Installation was relatively easy, making it all fit in my mid height tower case was another story but that's not the fault of the components. I managed to get everything mounted in a workable manner.

So how much better is the cooling? Well the stock fan i wasn't impressed with the speed or the amount of air it was pushing so I replaced it with a Thermaltake Riing Static Pressure type. That along with the x42 my gaming sessions see temps around mid to high 50c instead of 84+. So it was well worth the time and money.



CORSAIR Hydro Series H60 AIO Liquid CPU Cooler, 120mm Radiator, 120mm SP Series PWM Fan Review:


If anybody says this is not a good cooler they must of got a broken product. This cooler is very nice and I highly recommend it I am running it in a push pull configuration pulling the air from the outside of the case in and it works very well like I said I highly highly recommend this cooler as long as you of course have a good case with good airflow the sentey burton that I have had for years works perfectly for this set up with a total of 7 fans I’m running it on an fx-8300 build and I’ll let the pictures speak for there selves now if you want to keep your stock fan like I did and run this set up (push pull) always put the weaker fan In the pull position have the stronger fan in the push position



NZXT Kraken M22 120mm - All-In-One RGB CPU Liquid Cooler - CAM-Powered - Infinity Mirror Design - Reinforced Extended Tubing - Aer P120mm PWM Radiator Fan (Included) Review:


Bought the X42 to cool down my NVIDIA 1080Ti card which was having temp spikes above 84c playing VR games. So i ordered the G12 bracket and a Kraken X42 and while waiting for delivery watched some various videos on disassembly and installation so I was educated before attempting this. I also ordered some better thermal paste as well.

Installation was relatively easy, making it all fit in my mid height tower case was another story but that's not the fault of the components. I managed to get everything mounted in a workable manner.

So how much better is the cooling? Well the stock fan i wasn't impressed with the speed or the amount of air it was pushing so I replaced it with a Thermaltake Riing Static Pressure type. That along with the x42 my gaming sessions see temps around mid to high 50c instead of 84+. So it was well worth the time and money.



NZXT Kraken X72 360mm - All-In-One RGB CPU Liquid Cooler - CAM-Powered - Infinity Mirror Design - Performance Engineered Pump - Reinforced Extended Tubing - Aer P120mm Radiator Fan (3 Included) Review:


Bought the X42 to cool down my NVIDIA 1080Ti card which was having temp spikes above 84c playing VR games. So i ordered the G12 bracket and a Kraken X42 and while waiting for delivery watched some various videos on disassembly and installation so I was educated before attempting this. I also ordered some better thermal paste as well.

Installation was relatively easy, making it all fit in my mid height tower case was another story but that's not the fault of the components. I managed to get everything mounted in a workable manner.

So how much better is the cooling? Well the stock fan i wasn't impressed with the speed or the amount of air it was pushing so I replaced it with a Thermaltake Riing Static Pressure type. That along with the x42 my gaming sessions see temps around mid to high 50c instead of 84+. So it was well worth the time and money.



Corsair H100i RGB PLATINUM AIO Liquid CPU Cooler,240mm,Dual ML120 PRO RGB PWM Fans,Intel 115x/2066,AMD AM4/TR4 Review:


I had an older H100 when I was running an AMD FX-8320 (AM3+ socket) and loved it, but when I upgraded to a Ryzen 7 2700 (AM4 socket) I decided to upgrade my cooler too, the tubs leading from the pupmp to the radiator are nice and flexible, long too. But the tools for installing on an AM4 socket is a pain.

Instead of taking off the stock clips on the using screws for hold the pump down on top of the CPU using the back plate on the motherboard, it uses the stock, plastic clips, that come with the motherboard and uses a very cheap hook and screw system that makes installing it not feel secure at all and makes me feel like I'm going to break the clips or crack the motherboard from the tension. I hope Corsair comes out with new brackets for this one so that I can screw it onto the back plate like you normally would. My first attempt ended in failure because the hooks came off the CPU as I was tightening it, screwing up the preapplied thermal paste.

Other than that, it's pretty, the iCUE software is easy to use and it keeps my CPU at a very nice temperature, just know that if you're an AM4 user, you're gonna have a bit of a hard time with installation.



Corsair H115i RGB Platinum AIO Liquid CPU Cooler,280mm,Dual ML140 PRO RGB PWM Fans,Intel 115x/2066,AMD AM4/TR4 Review:


When designing a cooling system, most companies these days optimize for low noise. Corsair optimized for performance, which is great! It does a fantastic job at keeping my i7 9700k cool - in fact, it is quiet aggressive at that. My annoyance is that for the money Corsair is asking, you get super thin wiring that kinks immediately, connectors with super sharp edges, and the fan shrouds aren't even really polished. Shoot, I'll go out on a limb - I believe Delta uses a higher quality finish on the fans that go in Dell servers. Corsair still needs to work on iCue, too. It works great - when it works. EVERY TIME I go into iCue for the first time on a boot, I have to close it and reopen it to see my devices. Ahh. That high quality software I paid so much for.



Cooler Master MasterLiquid LC240E RGB Close-Loop AIO CPU Liquid Cooler, 240mm Radiator, Dual Chamber RGB Pump, Dual MF120R RGB Fans w/ RGB Lighting Sync for AMD Ryzen/Intel 1151/2066 Review:


The Cooler itself is awesome. the RGB works well and has many settings / colors. I knocked off 1 start due to the instructions provided.

Pros:
-With youtube, installation was quick.
-No water or liquid needed, just plug and play.
-Comes with install accessories for AMD and Intel (intel of course)

Cons:
- of course, the installation guide needs work
- the mounting bracket that goes behind the Motherboard will not stay put without the cooler mounted. This was especially changeling trying to keep the back mount flush while at the same time trying to add pressure to the cooler to install the screws. For me, this required a 3rd hand.