Corsair Hydro Series H60
On the surface, the Corsair Hydro Series H60 self-contained liquid-cooler is similar to its cousin, the popular H50. Both kits are all-in-one, no-maintenance products that are easy to mount and compatible with all current Intel and AMD sockets. For the H60, though, Corsair collaborated with a new partner, CoolIT Systems. So, although the products are similar, the H60 uses a few different technologies.
The updates to the H60 include a much lower-proile cooling unit that uses a highly efficient micro-channel copper cold plate with a split-low manifold. The design works by injecting the coolant in the center of the cold plate—at its hottest point—where it then funnels out to the sides and ultimately back through the radiator. he H60 also features a custom designed, low-noise, 120mm fan mounted to its radiator. The H60 also uses low permeability FEP tubing for minimal coolant evaporation and durability. Installing the H60 is as easy as the other Hydro Series units.
The H60’s performance was top notch. Using an Asus P8P67 Deluxe motherboard with a Core i7-2600K, the H60 significantly outperformed Intel’s high-end stock air cooler. Whereas the Intel cooler managed average idle and load core temperatures of 38 and 67 degrees Celsius, respectively, the H60 managed temps of 36 C and 51 C. We also tested the H60 and Intel cooler with our 2600K overclocked to 4.57GHz at 1.35V and continued to see strong performance. While overclocked, our processor idled at 43 C and peaked at 74 C under load with the Intel cooler, whereas the H60 was able to keep idle temps at only 38 C with a load temperature of 62 C. And the H60 is quiet, to boot.
Users considering a self-contained liquid-cooling kit should look into the Corsair Hydro Series H60. Its easy installation, affordable price, and strong performance make it an attractive proposition.
Specs: Radiator dimensions: 120mm x 152mm x 27mm; Fan dimensions: 120mm x 25mm; Fan speed: Up to 1,700rpm; Fan airlow: 74.4cfm; Fan noise: 30.2 dBA; Fan static pressure: 3.2mm/H20; Socket compatibility: Intel LGA775/1155/1156/1366, AMD AM2/AM3; Two-year warranty