Review: Corsair iCUE H170i RGB


Intel CPU temperatures

95W processor:

We start with the 95W profile, a fairly average power consumption, especially when you consider the basic consumption of this 13600K. We’re here to simulate the power consumption of small processors with a reasonable number of cores. In theory, everyone should do well!

Thermally, on our Core i5 13600K consuming just 95W, Corsair’s kit does well. At full throttle, we find the CPU running at 50°C, while at low speed it rises to 55°C. In these conditions, it does as well as the Ryuo III 240 from Asus, a high-performance 240 mm kit.

130W processor:

Here, we take our readings on a Core i5 13600K, so power consumption reaches 130W. The P-Core runs at 4.5 GHz, the E-Core at 3.5 GHz and the VCore at 1.270V!

If we push our processor’s power consumption a little to 130W, Corsair’s kit is among the best when the fan is running at full and half speed. However, at low speeds, it seems to be seriously impacted thermally. As it stands, it once again boxes in the same category as Asus’ Ryuo III 240.

130W processor :

Finally, we conclude our series of readings with our Core i5 13600K, which consumes 170W. For this, we push the frequencies a little further, as well as the VCore, which now rises to 1.350V!

With its high power consumption, this is clearly a formidable AIO at full speed, where it outstrips all the competition with its 74°C rating. Even at half speed, it’s still formidable, doing as well as a Ryuo III 360 at full throttle! At low revs, however, its ventilation seems to have trouble keeping up, as at 85°C it finds itself caught between the Liquid Freezer II 280 and the Ryuo III 240.


Basically, Corsair’s iCUE Link H170i RGB is a high-performance piece of kit. However, if low-speed ventilation is perfectly inaudible, there is a non-negligible impact on temperatures, which will be on the rise!