EVGA CLC 280 vs H115i v2 + Bonus Question

farmfowls

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I've come down to the EVGA CLC 280 and the H115i (v2 I believe?) as my AIO. I was wondering if anyone could recommend one over the other based on what you have either experienced or heard. I've not been keeping my ear to the ground so I'm not update on one over the other. 



Bonus Question: On the H115i's amazon page there is a listing for the "H115i 280mm" and then there's a listing that just says "280mm" with a lower price and I was wondering what the difference was between the two listings. Is one V1 vs V2?  
 

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Does one look like this:

https://www.corsair.com/us/en/Categories/Products/Liquid-Cooling/Dual-Radiator-Liquid-Coolers/Hydro-Series%E2%84%A2-H115i-280mm-Extreme-Performance-Liquid-CPU-Cooler/p/CW-9060027-WW

And the other like this:

https://www.corsair.com/us/en/Categories/Products/Liquid-Cooling/Hydro-Series%E2%84%A2-H115i-PRO-RGB-280mm-Liquid-CPU-Cooler/p/CW-9060032-WW

These are the only two H115is available. The Pro and Extreme. The Pro has RGB and a max airflow of 55.4CFM while the Extreme has a max airflow of 104CFM.

The Pro is meant for a quieter experience while the Extreme is meant for pure performance, so its louder. The radiators are the same minus the RGB on the colling plate (the Pro obviously has more RGB than the Extreme which only has RGB on the logo). Its mainly the different fans. The Pro comes with ML140s which are great for performance while being quiet but the Extreme has the SP140L which are meant for pushing air through radiators.

Of the two the EVGA is slightly better than the Corsair at max, by roughly 1c which is negligible. I have had a H100i for years and its performed great on my system.

Which case do you have?
 

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Yes that is what the two look like. I guess I didn't post the link, sorry about that. (https://www.amazon.ca/Corsair-Radiator-Advanced-Lighting-Software/dp/B019955RNQ/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1531182481&sr=1-1-fkmr0&keywords=h115i%2Bv2&th=1)

And I have the Corsair Vengeance c70.
 

jimmysmitty

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OK then its as I posted. The one that's cheaper, thanks to a sale, is the H115i Extreme and the slightly more expensive one is the Pro. We can break them down like this:

Pro: Quieter, more RGB
Extreme Performance: better performance, less RGB

Both seem to perform very well with the Extreme having better cooling thanks to higher static pressure fans. The EVGA and 115i (not the Pro) are about the same level. At that juncture you would have to pick based on the looks. I prefer Corsair products as have yet to have any let me down in all my years using them but either way you go should be good.
 

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