Corsair Hydro series H80 CPU cooler review

Cooling/Water Cooling by leeghoofd @ 2011-08-25

The market for all in one cooling solutions is booming. Corsair initially had a good lineup with their Asetek Hydro H50 and H70 coolers. Though they jumped on the CoolIT wagon to enter a more niche market. There was more than just the demand for good cooling. Casemodders and gamers want control over LEDs, Fans, being able to create and monitor different fan profiles,... Corsairs answer is the Link software, a rebrand of the CoolIT Maestro software. The Hydro 60 was Link ready, though it's performance was inbetween the two older Hydro models. Secondly Antec took the performance crown with their 920 cooler, so it was time to react. Let's see if Corsairs latest offering, the Hydro 80 has improved on the previous generations.

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Performance with Intel S775 Q9950@4ghz

Yes lads Socket 775 is not dead ( yet) an overclocked S775 quad core CPU still is able to keep up with even the latest in games. Ofcourse newer platforms are more responsive and will pump out higher FPS. But we still decided to include our beloved X48 Rampage Extreme board.


Test setup comprises of the following hardware :


Asus Rampage Extreme X48 DDR3 board

Intel Q9550@4Ghz with 1.35Vcore ( 470FSB )

4Gb Corsair PC12800C8 ram

We compare all of Corsairs offering versus the two previous generations CoolIT products versus a Thermalright VenomonousX Air cooler with two 1600rpm fans in PnP configuration. Here we go :






It doesn't take a nuclear scientist to analyse the results. At the (s)lowest setting, aided by the thicker radiator and extra fan it manages to outperform the Hydro 60 at full load. Plus it cools at the same level as the Hydro 70, the latter being run with the 7V adaptor. Once we select the balanced preset, the thermal performance is on par with the Hydro 70 running at an earshattering level (fans at 2000rpm). The noise of the Hydro 80 is pretty audible, though nowhere as close as the predecessor. The high preset, less enjoyable for yours ears, manages to squeeze out that little extra. Time to push some more heat with some more recent processors.

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