Corsair Hydro series H60 Watercooling kit Review

Cooling/Water Cooling by leeghoofd @ 2011-03-10

I was surprised that Corsair launched another complete liquid cooling model, the H60. The H50 being perfect for tiny spaces and moderate cooling demands. The H70 was able to cope with our overclocked Gulftown setup, crushing the H50's performance. It's beefier radiator and dual fan setup was a big step forward for higher cooling demands. Corsairs new H60 is the first new release of it's new partnership with the CoolIT company. Corsair continues to sell CoolIT's previous products to the end users.  CoolIT themselves will only be shipping their products to system builders and integrators. CoolIT's products at the last years Cebit 2010 looked promising but had a few too many flaws to be really competitive with the Corsair/Asetek lineup of the H50 and H70. Time to open the box...

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Performance With Intel S775 Q9550 @ 4Ghz

First Test platform the good old socket 775. Many users still run these old buggers. Many X48/ P45 based chipset boards are still going strong and are powering many dual and quad CPU's close to or over 4Ghz.



Our S775 test setup comprises of the following hardware

Mobo : Asus Rampage Extreme Bios 1302
CPU : Intel Q9550@4Ghz with 1.35Vcore (470FSB)
RAM : 4Gb Corsair PC12800C8 rams
Case : Lian Li with 3 extra 120mm 1200rpm coolers ( 2 top and 1 front )

As mentioned before  : we test the H70 with 7V and 12V spinning fans ( 1600 vs 2000rpm ), the H50 stock out of the box with one fan (1600rpm), the same H60 with the fan PWM controlled ( 1000 -1700RPM ) , both stock CoolIt unit ( Vantage is set to Extreme preset ) and finally the Thermalright Venomous X with the two Corsair H70 fans spinning at 1600rpm.




The Corsair H60 fits right in. This single fan unit keeps the H50 at a small distance, performing a degree cooler. Adding a 2nd fan to the H50 gives a small temp boost and closes the gap with the H60. The same can be said for the H60 that performs a bit better with a 2nd fan.

The H60 is no match for it's bigger brother, albeit the gap between the two is pretty small. The heat output by this overclocked quad is no real problem for either of these coolers. Only the two older CoolIT units were a dissapointment from the start. Price/performance of them units was so appalling that I never finished their reviews. Let's put some more strain by utilising an OC'ed 4.5Ghz Sandy Bridge.


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