If you're not yet ready to dive into the deep end of water cooling by building your own setup from scratch (apparently not as popular as it used to be, hence the demise of Danger Den ) but still want to get your feet wet, then a self contained liquid cooler might be what you're after. There are plenty of options to choose from, including two new models from Corsair , the Hydro Series H100i and H80i .
Corsair claims these new models represent a ground-up redesign of the existing H100 and H80. The new models have been enhanced to deliver better cooling performance, run quieter, install easier, and to work with the Corsair Link digital control.
"To improve cooling performance over previous generations, the Hydro Series H100i and H80i coolers use new, more efficient copper cold plates, improved manifolds, optimized fan designs, and larger diameter tubing for increased coolant flow," Corsair explains. "Corsair's new flagship liquid CPU cooler, the Hydro Series H100i, utilizes a 240 mm radiator for increased surface area and cooling capacity. The Hydro Series H80i uses a double-thick 120 mm radiator and two fans in a 'push-pull' arrangement and is compatible with most enthusiast cases with a 120 mm rear exhaust fan."
Both new coolers use Corsair's recently introduced SP120L High Performance fans, which are made with low-pitch fan blades designed for static pressure at a lower noise level. They also feature a motor that's been specially tuned for high torque.
The Hydro Series H100i ($120) and H80i ($100) are backed by 5-year warranties and will be available to purchase later this month.