Excerpt: 11 Flares 11 Flares × Today we are going to take a look at the latest iteration of the Corsair H60 liquid CPU cooler. This is a slightly revised version of the existing H60, tweaked to improve cooling performance. The upgrades include an improved CPU block, uprated hoses and a new fan based on the latest Air Flow SP120 design.
Summary: Corsair have updated the waterblock design and given the Hydro H60 a new compact profile which hides functional changes to the integrated pump and improves mounting bracket installation significantly. All of this is transparent to the end user though.
Excerpt: By now AIO liquid cooling is something even the novice builders are taking notice of and using more often. The reasons why are pretty evident. With many years of CoolIT and Asetek battling it out for supremacy in this market, all the kinks have been worked out, and more importantly performance has improved along the way as well. Then there are the added benefits that AIO coolers offer that no regular tower air cooler today can.
Conclusion: The competition within the all in one water cooling market has reached a fever pitch and Corsair chose a perfect time to update two of their most popular products. Finding ways to improve upon some of the highest regarded all in one water coolers is a tall order but the new H60 and H55 represent a great step forward for this niche.
Summary: The Corsair H60 is an excellent choice for anyone who wants to enter the liquid cooling world, as it is easy to install and fits virtually any case. It equals the performance of the high-end air coolers, with a similar price tag.
As a simple and affordable liquid cooling system, the Corsair H60 receives the Hardware Secrets Silver Award.
Conclusion: Finding the right balance between cooling performance and noise is definitely a challenge. While traditional air-coolers continue to grow in size and weight to deal with this problem, Corsair fights it from a different angle with liquid. All of the Hydro Series coolers tested today are perfectly adequate at keeping our overclocked Sandy Bridge system cool.
Corsair H60 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler Review
6 June 2011
Conclusion: There is no getting around the fact that we walked away extremely impressed with the Corsair H60. Everything from the installation process, to the stock fan to the oh so critical cooling performance has been improved over past Corsair and CoolIT units. There are no ifs, no buts and no waffling about it: this is the best designed Corsair all in one CPU cooling solution we have come across.
Summary: Instead, the H60 represents a first step for Corsair and its partnership with CoolIT. It prepares the way for more CoolIT-built Corsair coolers (we’re guessing the H80 will have a double-thick radiator and two fans), as well as Corsair’s upcoming Link software. Whether the Corsair H60 is worth the $10 premium over the Antec H2O 620 will largely depend on whether you plan on buying into the Link platform when it becomes available.
Pros: New design; Corsair Link port; improves on H50.
Cons: More expensive than competition; no use for Corsair Link yet.
Conclusion: Our benchmarks have confirmed what you might have already expected; Hydro H60 performance sits slap-bang in the middle of the £50 Hydro H50 and £75 Hydro H70. Temperatures are kept well within comfortable limits, and the £60 self-contained unit is a strong challenger to high-end air coolers.