Corsair is one of the oldest companies in the PC market. The company became known for their memory-related products but, following the explosive growth of PCs at the dawn of the millennium, the company began diversifying into other segments of the market. Corsair was reluctant at first, releasing just a couple of new products each time. Most of their attempts were highly successful and driven the company to furiously expand over the last decade, creating the entrepreneurial giant that every computer enthusiast knows of today.

One of the company's most successful products segment today is their all-in-one (AIO) liquid coolers. That is somewhat ironic, considering that the liquid cooling market was one of the company's first diversification targets back in 2003 and their attempt was largely unsuccessful. That was because the product that they marketed back then in collaboration with Delphi, the HydroCool 200, was not successful due to its size, cost, and complexity. Corsair repeated their attempt to claim a piece of the cooling market share many years later after the company had already several other successful diversification attempts and the AIO designs were more mature.

Fast forward to today and the liquid-based AIO coolers are amongst Corsair's most popular products. We have reviewed several of their products in the past, ranging from cost-effective designs to advanced products with a software interface. In this review, we are taking a look at their recently released and largest AIO cooler, the H150i Pro RGB. The H150i Pro is largely based on previous popular AIO cooler designs but is using a massive 360 mm radiator and features programmable RGB lighting.

Packaging & Bundle

We received the H150i Pro RGB into a long rectangular box that clearly hints the size and shape of the cooler. The designer did not stick to the usual black-yellow theme that is Corsair's insignia, but instead added a full-color spectrum at the front of the packaging to signify the product's RGB lighting. Information regarding the features and technical specifications of the cooler are printed on the sides and rear of the box. Inside the box, we found the cooler and its parts well protected by a custom cardboard insert.

Corsair supplies all of their advanced Hydro coolers in similarly sized and designed cardboard boxes. Essentially, the only thing that changes is the picture of the product and the color theme. The design is simple but elegant and attractive, with enough information printed on the box and in several languages. Inside the box, the coolers are well protected into a custom cardboard insert.

The bundle of the H150i Pro is Spartan, especially considering the premium character of the product, with Corsair supplying only the absolute essentials. Inside the box, we only found the hardware necessary for the mounting of the cooler onto the CPU socket and an internal USB 2.0 header cable. It is also important to mention that Corsair's universal bracket supports most of Intel's and AMD's current processors, yet it is not compatible with the SP3r2/TR4 socket. Corsair mentions that the H150i Pro RGB now supports the SP3r2/TR4 socket via another mounting bracket that was not included into our packaging.

Corsair supplies three 120 mm fans for use with the H150i Pro RGB. The Corsair ML (MagLev) fans are rebranded and so we cannot tell who the OEM behind them is. Nevertheless, these are very high quality fans with magnetic levitation engines. Their plastic frame also is significantly reinforced. According to Corsair's specification sheet, these fans have a maximum rotational speed of 1600 RPM, a maximum static pressure (i.e. zero flow) of 1.78 mmH2O, and a maximum airflow (i.e. open air, no resistance) of 47.3 CFM. These numbers are hardly impressive for an advanced AIO cooler, clearly indicating that the H150i Pro RGB is designed for quiet operation and relies on its massive radiator to provide good thermal performance.

The Corsair H150i Pro RGB
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  • tamalero - Sunday, August 19, 2018 - link

    Good for you man, but anecdotal evidence isnt exactly a basis for fact.

    Many people never had Xboxes fail on them, does not means others did.
    Hell, my cousin had more than 10 CONSECUTIVE xbox failures (as in replacements) during the Xbox design BS.
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  • Shlong - Friday, August 24, 2018 - link

    It doesn't matter if it's anecdotal evidence or not. There is no evidence that AIO's have a high failure rate. The failure rate reported is like 0.01%. The Xbox comparison isn't apt because that had a high failure rate. Reply
  • FullmetalTitan - Friday, November 16, 2018 - link

    It would be one thing if the risk he was pointing out was that AIOs will fail somewhat stealthily, but whatever cooling method you are using you will definitely notice the first time your PC hits a BSOD for CPU over temp. Troubleshooting both takes exactly one failure to identify the problem.

    On the xbox note, I was actually pretty happy I got the red ring naturally because MS had just changed it's warranty policy like the week before, got an upgrade from the janky first shipment of 360s to the newer version with better power management/safer power brick.
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  • loadbang - Monday, August 27, 2018 - link

    Have put together into boxes with i9 and an H150i with four 1080Ti's installed. I was surprised at how quiet the whole box was, the client ended up having the rendering PCs in their office rather than the comms room. You can pretty much let the fans idle at the slowest speeds, CPUs are pretty happy running up to 100ºC, this AIO gets temps well below that. Reply
  • TEAMSWITCHER - Thursday, August 16, 2018 - link

    I read somewhere that a custom PC manufacturer switched to all-in-one water coolers to eliminate problems they had in shipping. Large heavy heatsinks would damage the motherboard when the package they were shipped in received a sharp impact. Computers that worked fine before shipping were broken by the time they reached the customer. This article prompted my switch to water cooling. Reply
  • mkaibear - Thursday, August 16, 2018 - link

    That would make sense if you move your computer a lot, but most people build it and leave it in one place... Reply
  • Cableaddict - Friday, June 28, 2019 - link

    I've been taking oc'd PC's on the road for about 20 years now. Water cooling scares me to death, even today. As the air coolers got larger, I did start having problems with micro-cracks in my mobos.
    Then I came up with a simple solution: I run a length of angle aluminum across the top of the rack case, then I use plastic ties to secure the Noctua cooler to the aluminum. Dead solid. I haven't had a mechanical failure in at least 6 years, with 3 PC's getting thrown around my truck several times a week. With my new i9x build, I'm finally considering an AIO, but it would have to offer more than just a 10% improvement.
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  • Diji1 - Friday, August 17, 2018 - link

    Yeah but how quiet is that top of the line air cooler with 100 CPU load? Reply
  • Diji1 - Friday, August 17, 2018 - link

    *100% even Reply
  • Apharot - Monday, June 10, 2019 - link

    Keeping it cool at 100% load is far more important than noise level. I'll take cooler over quieter every time. Reply

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