by Ryan Perry on July 15, 2011 in Cooling
When Corsair earlier this year announced its partnership with CoolIT, it at the same time also announced a follow-up to its popular H50, the H60. At first glance, the H60 looks simpler in design to the H50, but with an entirely rethought inside, featuring a split-flow design with micro-channel cold plate, that’s not the case at all.
I’ve personally been using an all-in-one liquid cooler in one form or another off and on for about a year and have not looked back. They allow users the ability to have a liquid cooled system that is either close to or on par with current high-end air coolers while requiring no maintenance and sometimes for less money.
Also, many of the best performing air coolers are so large that they will not fit into some cases whereas the H60 shouldn’t have much of a problem at all seeing how the radiator isn’t much bigger than a typical 120mm fan.
Installation of the previous models could be a bit rough on those who may not be used to installing components, but the new method used on the H60 could be completed by a trained monkey (in this case, that’s pretty close to the truth) and the documentation included with the cooler is easy to follow.
The marks found on the base of our review sample will not be found when one is purchased. These come from the fact that we have been beating up on the H60 during our case reviews since the final list of components was finalized. We were so confident in the performance that we decided to use it in our test system before reviewing it and it looks like we were right on the money.
The H60 can be had for ~$74 and is a steal in my opinion, especially considering there are some air coolers out there for about the same price but can’t cool quite as well. It’s durable, well designed, performs very well and best of all there is no maintenance aside from cleaning the radiator and fan ocassionally with a blast of air.
If you notice that your current cooler just isn’t cutting it or plan on overclocking, the H60 should be near the top of your list to help keep temperatures down.
Corsair H60 CPU Cooler
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