Review: Corsair H170i Elite LCD


At the beginning of February, Corsair announced new all-in-one watercooling kits with an effective availability at the beginning of this month of March. On our side, we received the highest kit of the range, the H170i Elite LCD XT. Moreover, with the reworking of our protocol, we have been somewhat late in publishing it, but this time it’s good… At least in part, the section noted Intel is still missing, but it will come.

In short, what is this Corsair worth that over $300 or nearly 400 €? We’ll tell you everything.

Corsair H170i Elite LCD XT boîte


With this Elite series, the Corsair brand updated its AIOs with new fans, the AF Elite RGB. This update concerns the cooling systems in 240 mm, 360 mm and 420 mm. The American brand then offers us its H100i Elite LCD XT, H150i Elite LCD and H170i Elite LCD.

Of course, as their name suggests, we find there cooling systems equipped with a display on top of the pump. The screen is qualitative with its diagonal of 2.1″ IPS type. Similarly, it displays a resolution of 480×480 pixels and a brightness of 600 cd/m². Enough to display adequately the information related to your system or your .gif or .jpeg personalized.

The management of the AIO will therefore go through the software suite iCUE of the brand. Via the latter, as well as the iCUE Commander Core controller, you can manage up to six fans, whether their speed or their lighting.

By the way, while we’re on the subject of fans, you should know that the brand opts for its highest performing RGB mills. Corsair says that its mills provide an intense and concentrated airflow. In addition, we can count on a semi-passive operation, which ensures a golden silence when the machine is not very busy.

Regarding the pump, the brand puts forward an efficient block which, coupled with its home-made paste, the XTM70, will ensure a good cooling of your CPU. This set is supposed to help the processor to scrape a maximum of MHz via an adapted cooling.

Finally, the installation is simplified, especially thanks to the presence of a pump retention mechanism that can be mounted without tools. The latter ensures exemplary compatibility with all platforms currently on the market.

Corsair H170i Elite LCD XT

Well, it only remains to talk about the price which is around 400 € or more on the internet. Here, clearly, Corsair positions its kit on a premium segment. The competition is likely to be tough, since it is right in front of the ready to assemble custom kits from Alphacool, Thermaltake and even Raijintek.