Summary: Corsair's Hydro H80 is a no fuss, no mess CPU liquid cooling solution that installs with ease onto Intel socket LGA2011/1366/1155/1156/775 and AMD socket AM3/AM2/FM1 processors. The unit consists of two parts, a 12v DC pump head with integrated reservoir and thin skived copper waterblock, and the fluid-to-air aluminum heat exchanger.
Conclusion: In every way imaginable the Corsair H80 deserves its “High Performance” moniker. No matter what the heat load this sumo sized – yet still only single bay form factor – all in one water cooling solution simply performed flawlessly. But then again, we expected nothing less from Corsair since through their partnership with CoolIT; they seem to have the design of closed loop water coolers down to a precise science.
Summary: When looking back at the questions posed at the introduction of this article, it becomes incredibly easy to see how well the Corsair H80 stacks up in terms of providing a useful and effective cooling solution that is not only simple to operate, but easy to maintain. Hampered by a frustrating installation process, as well as a questionable interface, it would be easy to simply blow off the H80 as another “me too” all-in-one solution, and yet Corsair delivers where it...
Summary: The Corsair H80 is a great liquid cooling solution. It reached one of the best performances we saw on all air coolers and sealed watercoolers that we tested so far. It is also not too loud, maintaining the noise at an acceptable level even at full speed.
It’s a pity we couldn’t test it with the Corsair Link companion system, which can monitor and control the H80 by software.
Summary: 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.
Excerpt: All-in-one water coolers have been worthy of some pretty big debates. Are they actually needed, do they serve a niche need, or are they an option for everyone? - Does their cost at release justify the results? - When I first was seeing samples of this type of unit, I so far have yet to be overly impressed.
Summary: Corsair continues to push cooling technology forward with the H80. Where water cooling used to be a tedious practice of carefully combining components, Corsair has made the task as easy as installing an air cooler. The H80 delivers improved performance in every category over its predecessor the H70. I really enjoyed the new design which makes installing the H80 and H100 much easier.
Excerpt: To be what seems like a mystical black art, water cooling gives most users chills to think of putting liquid in the PC as most are trained from small kids to keep liquid away. Those that have started to overcome the fear usually stop dead in their tracks when they watch the price tag climb for a custom water cooling loop. For the last few years companies have recognized the need for low cost, budget friendly kits. Corsair is one of those companies.
Conclusion: Final ThoughtsWow! Just wow! We knew that Corsair’s H80 was going to perform well, but we have to be fair and say that it performed even better than we anticipated! The H80′s performance is astounding! It easily tamed our hotter than usual 2600K when overclocked and didn’t reach anywhere near the dangerous 75C zone. We would have no worries or problems pushing our chip even further and increasing the voltage, as we are sure this cooler would easily dissipate the heat.
Pros: Awesome performance, Straightforward installation, Aesthetically pleasing, Widespread compatibility, 5 year warranty, Non-intrusive, Very little strain on the motherboard, Good price for a liquid cooler