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 S1155 2600K@4.5Ghz

Intels Sandy Bridge lineup is very very popular. Providing out of this world performance in every application you throw at it. If needed you can overclock the hell out of it too ( if you opt for a K reference CPU ofcourse ) Yet all remaining moderate in power draw and not leaving a gaping hole in ya wallet.


Our 1155 Test setup comprises :

Asus Maximus IV Extreme board

Intel 2600K @ 4.5Ghz, 1.35Vcore

4Gb Corsair Dominator PC12800C8 rams







Similar stuff then with the good old socket 775 test setup. Hydro 70 alike cooling performance at the low setting. Though the cooling performance gradually improves with added fan speed. Almost 4°C difference with the slow setting when you run the fans flat out. Plus besting the Hydro 70 with more than 2°C. A very nice improvement over the previous versions. Making me wonder how the 240mm Hydro 100 will do.

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