Pros: This is the 2013 edition of a very well known and popular CPU water cooler. Among its improvements are a new quieter fan with the Max RPM's raised from 1700 to 2000.
It's possible to install this cooler in 15 minutes. If you have an AMD MB with two mounting clips this more or less just pops on. Use the 4 long black screws provided and mount them through computer case, running though the fan holes and into the cooling radiator. The pump has a retention bracket with two clip holders. Just use the supplied thumb screw connectors to latch on to the CPU and tighten snugly. Do not over tighten! You could possibly crack the CPU. Then plug the 4 pin (PWM) fan cable into your MB CPU connector. Next, plug the 3 pin pump connector into any MB system fan connector (3 or 4 pin will do) and you are ready to power up.
The instructions are good with separate sections for Intel or AMD mount MB's. The only confusing part is which direction to orient the fan. Corsair recommends pushing cool outside air on to radiator but I flipped mine up to pull hot air away from it. Seems to work great. Additional screws are supplied to allow you to put another fan (not supplied) to make this install a push / pull sandwiching the radiator arrangement. Also greatly appreciated was that I did not have to remove the MB or CPU back plate to install this. The Intel brackets seem similarly involved but I did not test them.
This is deathly quite. I had to verify that the pump was actually running. Since the radiator attached PWM ultra quiet fan runs at about 1000 RPM (average) on me this makes my system virtually silent.
Also, since the pump is so small it has freed up two of my four memory slots on my Gigabyte 88GM-USB 3 micro-atx motherboard. This will allow me to go from 16 to 32 Gig memory using four G Skill eight gig sticks (using Windows 7 or 8 Pro Operating Systems.)
Cons: The two hoses are very thick and a little unwieldy. You want these tubes to be strong but it does limit the mounting opportunities for the radiator/fan. Fortunately, I have a Corsair 400R case which has a top mounted grill for just such a device. And since this is a Corsair cooler they fit hand in glove for a very professional install. This should also mount fine on any other case with a 120mm or greater fan mounting slot.
Overall Review: I bought an AMD FX-6200 CPU a few months ago. With 6 cores and a factory clock speed of 3.8 Ghz this is by far the fastest CPU I have ever owned. However, it has been running so hot on fan based CPU coolers I have been unable to use it much at all.
I do computer animation and when rendering images it was not uncommon for this CPU to heat up to 76 C before I shut it down. AMD recommends no higher than 61 C for this processor to stay within a safe operating range. Rendering maxes out all cores at 100% and these images can take from a few minutes to several hours to render, depending on scene complexity.
I was shocked when I saw that this Corsair cooler idles my CPU at 14 C and maxes out at 38 C. Finally, I can get some work done with this CPU without worrying about burning down my system. This is a much more dramatic drop in temperatures than I expected.
There seems to be plenty of thermal leeway to use an 8 core processor but I didn't have one to test. The 8 core AMD processors are definitely singing their siren's song for me to get one. At about $200 they seem like a steal. This 6 core was less than $150 and I now regret not spending the extra money. Still, this FX-6200 is a dream now that I can cool it.
This Corsair seems like a very good buy and is targeted at power users like high-end gamers and graphics professionals who are always pushing the envelope.
Pros: Extremely quiet. I can't hear it over the PSU fan which is almost non-existent.
Radiator and fan fit inside the case as long as you have a spot for a 120mm fan.
The unit is a self contained liquid cooler and no need to attach any hoses or fill the radiator. The liquid tubes are very secure and a bit stiff like an automotive fuel line. I can't imagine this ever springing a leak inside your case.
Easy mounting / fast installation but you must have a spot for an external case fan. The CPU brackets are great and extremely easy to install. (
Keeps quad-core Intel 1156 under 40c usually.
I find that not having a huge bulky air cooler int the center of the case helps with overall air flow, temperature control. and cable management. Very clean looking case.
The fan and pump connects to a 3 or 4 pin connector on the motherboard using a single connector so pump and fan speed is controlled by the same connection.
Cons: Liquid tubes a bit short for some case configurations. May require some fancy placement of wires and cards.
Okay this is nit picking, but the instructions are not clear on how tight to make the pump sit on the CPU. My experience is just hand tighten (snug) each of the screws but tighten them evenly. I tighten opposite screws by hand at the same time.
Overall Review: I also have the H80 with 2 fans which is a bit larger and requires you to have more room in your case. In a way i like the H60 with the ability to control the pump and fan speed with the BIOS over the H80's 3 position controller.
The radiator fan blows the air inward from the outside so if you have the ability to place the radiator in a different spots, try to avoid putting it close to where the PSU (power supply) is expelling hot air. I put a thin shroud on the back of my gaming case to deflect the PSU air upwards.
Painting a radiator is usually not a good idea (hence a car's radiator is usually pure aluminum). I wonder if it would stay cooler if they were not painted black? It's hard to tell if the inside is completely painted as well. The paint would hinder the cooling.
Use the thermal paste on the unit. The machine even coat and substance works wonderfully. Brother tried using Arctic Silver with no effect.
Pros: Thick large gauge tubing,looks and feels well sealed.
Cooler base on the cpu block has a very smooth and even finish on the copper base for contact with CPU.
Though it is not "Mirrored" it IS level and smooth.
Mounting solution for the cpu block is superior for either AMD or Intel based systems.
For an AMD based cpu, it's just two thumbscrews and two hooks, no mounting bracket required.
If you own an Intel socket 2011 (AKA Sandy Bridge-E) based system, you won't need to remove the back panel of your case to install a mounting bracket.
Included fan is quiet, Corsair claims this to be a "High-Pressure" fan.
It is, I can actually feel air coming from the case I installed this in with a good force, that while being almost silent. can't go wrong.
Installation Manual is easy to follow and straightforward.
Temperature comparison : Tower style Cooler (air) Vs. Corsair H60 Liquid cooler
Test System -
AMD Phenom II 955 BE 3.2Ghz
8GB DDR3 RAM @ 1333Mhz
AMD AM3+ 970 chipset based motherboard
AMD Radeon 6870 1GB Graphics Card
1.5TB SATA III Hard Drive
1 Front 80mm case fan - intake
1 side mounted 80mm case fan - intake
Corsair H60 set as exhaust
Ambient room temp = 74ºF/23.3ºC
Tower design air cooler. (120mm fan,4 heat pipes/direct contact to pipes, copper pipes/base and aluminum fins.)
Stock / idle = 34ºC
Stock / load = 45ºC
CPU overclocked to 4.0Ghz stable (And toasty)
Overclocked/idle = 41ºC
Overclocked/load = 57ºC (!!!)
Corsair H60 liquid cooling system.
H60 stock/idle = 23ºC
H60 stock/load = 33ºC
CPU overclocked to 4.2 Ghz stable. (Was able to hit 4.4Ghz stable. But I was more comfortable with 4.2Ghz. Blue screened @4.5Ghz mid testing.)
H60 Overclocked idle = 32ºC
H60 Overclocked load = 46ºC
Results here are impressive. Easily gained an extra 200 mhz with the liquid cooler AND maintained lower (and safe) temperatures.
The smaller self-contained liquid cooling units are known more for being quiet than for their use in overclocking.
For overclocking I would recommend a larger radiator/dedicated cooling solution, but this is actually capable for small overclocks.
When I was stress testing @ 4.5Ghz before I hit a blue screen, I didn't break 47ºC.
Which in turn leaves me with it being my cpu hitting it's design's ceiling, not the cooling. (am3/Phenom II = 60ºC max temp before failure/ruined cpu.)
All overclocking aside? Just interested in a cool running and quiet system?
This cooler should suit most people fine.
Cons: I have one concern for this cooler. and it is in the radiator/fan mounting.
The threaded holes for the screws on the radiator, they strip VERY EASILY...(seriously..that easily)
I had to move and relocate the radiator about 3 times during mounting and had to insert and remove the screws 3 times while doing so.
Stripped 2 of 4 of the threaded holes on the radiator.
Used a regular phillips screwdriver and did not over tighten the screws.
Was very disapointed in this part of the design.
What do you do if you strip all 4 screw mounts? I really did not excessively tighten these screws.
It appears Corsair used aluminum in this part of the radiator for heat dissapation purposes, the threaded screw mounts could have been steel mounted into the aluminum.
Or it should have/could have been a through and through thread design or solid cupped ends of the threads/screw inlet and all made from harder steel.
Also, if one would want to add another fan for push-pull configuration?
You have to either order the mounting screws through Corsair or find your own.
Kind of a let down as it is just 4 screws that should be included, especially for something of this quality/price.
And most people will/should have an extra 120mm fan left over after this install, I did..had to remove it prior to installing the Corsair fan/radiator. Would have been nice to have been able to put it to use rather than stash it with my spare parts.
That would be it for the cons of this cooling unit. Mainly the radiator mounting.
Overall Review: For it's cooling and low noise, I have no problem with recommending this product to anyone.
If someone were to consider the Corsair H60 or a high priced "tower style" air cooler to cool a hot running CPU?
I would have to say, spend the extra $20 - $35 and go with the H60. It's performance and low noise warrants the extra money.
Just have to watch out while mounting the radiator..my ONLY real gripe I have with this cooler is the radiator's mounting..
It really does not take much to strip the screw holes in the radiator.
And if someone were to use a drill with phillips bit to install that? would be the end of any proper mounting options for them.
Lastly, I did not use the included thermal compound that was pre-applied, for which I have two reasons.
One, I wanted to see the cooling block's CPU contact area for smoothness/finish.
Two, I wanted to be fair vs. my air cooled setup and use the same thermal compound.
The pre-applied thermal compound did appear of propper consistency and was the correct thickness applied/required.
(Infact, I wanted to use it. looked grade A. Just wanted to view the copper base for it's machined quality.)
-1 Egg : Installation hardware related.
I would give this cooler 5 eggs....BUT...The problems of stripping screw inlets easily on the radiator, (which in turn, you strip all screw inlets, you cannot properly mount the radiator onto your case. or fans to the radiator for that matter.) And the fact that One would have to order 4 screws that should be included to install another fan which most people WILL have on hand after installing this..
Pros: First, please make sure you read the "Other Thoughts" section for an idea of how water coolers work, and how this cooler is different from traditional do-it-yourself setups.
Key components of my PC: Phenom II x4 955 Black Edition CPU (stock speed 3.2ghz). HAF 932 computer case (2x 200mm fan in front and on top, 2x 120mm fan on top and in back). GTX 570 video card. 8GB's RAM (4x2GB G.Skill Sticks). Tests were performed using Prime95 with an average of 2 hours per test. To compare results I will be using my previously installed air cooler: a Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme modded with a blue LED NFB Gelid fan and NT-H1 CPU paste. Room temp is ambient 70F.
Tuniq at stock speeds:
-30c @ idle
-48c @ load
Tuniq with 3.4ghz OC:
-31c @ idle
-50c @ load
Tuniq with 3.8ghz OC:
-35c @ idle
-57c @ load
Tuniq with 4.2ghz OC:
-45c @ idle
-Blue Screen @ load
H60 at stock speeds:
-27c @ idle
-40c @ load
H60 with 3.4ghz OC:
-29c @ idle
-46c @ load
H60 with 3.8ghz OC:
-33c @ idle
-51c @ load
H60 with 4.2ghz OC:
-38c @ idle
-56c @ load
Anything after a 4.2ghz OC and voltage increase causes a blue screen, no matter the temperature beforehand. This is probably the physical limitation of the CPU, and not the H60 cooler.
And now some facts!
Self-contained means no fussing with messy liquids or worrying about damaging spills! As with all water coolers, of course the threat of a leak is still there, but a month later and my cooler is still dry and kicking! You also don't have to worry about filling it ever. Installation was insanely easy, and the instructions provided were useful for setup. It adds a level of professionalism to your case, and looks good in my PC. I imagine it would look good in any PC, just slap on an LED fan of your choice! It's also small form factor and will fit well in most cases, and is especially useful for cases with little head room between the door and the CPU.
Cons: Price is always going to be a con of any water cooler setup, and the H60 is no different. Worse, in fact. It performed better than my $60 Tuniq Tower 120 extreme, which is good, but it's priced in comparison to far better performing air coolers such as the Megahalems or the ever glorious and much cheaper Hyper 212. *Remember though, these larger air coolers won't always fit in smaller cases, and that's where the H60 shines.*
That's really the only true con about the unit. Remember to read the "Other Thoughts" section if you're unfamiliar or need more information about how "self-contained" liquid coolers work, they aren't for everyone!
Overall Review: Many of you are going to be reading these reviews wondering if water cooling really is a reasonable solution. THIS ISN'T THE SAME KIND OF WATER COOLING YOU SEE IN THOSE AWESOME YOUTUBE VIDEO'S. You must know that the Corsair Hydro series of water coolers are self-contained/looped units, meaning they require no real maintenance or refilling of the liquid inside. That's OK for the casual - enthusiast PC user, and even small/medium overclocks will work fine. However, large overclocks or heavy CPU loads will overpower the cooler. The reason for this is the same reason air coolers are limited: More heat is being generated than can be carried away by the coolant. As the liquid inside heats up, that heat is being directed into the fins of the radiator, and then blown away by the fan. If too much heat is present, the liquid won't cool down properly, and the system will drag hotter and hotter liquid over the CPU. The more expensive versions in the Hydro series cool better because their radiators are bigger, allowing more heat to flow out of the coolant.
Pros: Quiet. The new fan is supposed to be quieter than the one included with older H60 models, and installed in my case it is no louder than the Xigmatek Dark Knight it replaced.
Small form factor, easy to install. Tubing isn't the most flexible but still fits nicely into my ATX mid-tower case and is fairly easy to install. Magnetic clip bracket is a pretty smart idea for mounting in different sockets. The entire unit gives me much more room to work with near the CPU socket than a traditional tower air cooler.
Compatible with dual fans BUT (see cons), screws must be purchased separately.
Cons: Performance is about the same as much cheaper air coolers. I replaced my Xigmatek Dark Knight from two years ago with it and got nearly the same performance (using the Corsair fan). Benchmarks were made by letting the temperature equalize first at idle and then running maximum load Prime95. The CPU I used is a hot 125W AMD Phenom x4 955 BE OC'ed to 3.8 GHz.
Dark Knight idle/load: 37C/51C
H60 idle/load: 33C/53C
The H60 got slightly lower idle temperatures but slightly higher load temperatures. This is disappointing considering the Dark Knight is about half of the H60's price. The H60 may perform better with cooler CPUs, but then so would cheaper air coolers.
The H60 is however compatible with dual fans, something the Dark Knight can't do. This would probably lower temperatures and make the H60 a better deal, but Corsair doesn't include the mounting hardware, which I don't understand, considering the price of this cooler. They refer you to their website to buy the screws, but would it really be that much more expensive to throw a set of 4 bolts and washers in the kit, which could potentially boost performance quite a bit?
Overall Review: I think the reason this cooler doesn't deliver huge performance is it's weight. The first thing I noticed upon unboxing is how light the entire cooler assembly is. The fan, radiator and pump altogether was much, much lighter than my Xigmatek Dark Knight. In the end, I think even though the liquid works better to remove heat from the CPU, there simply isn't enough surface area on the radiator to get rid of all the heat as compared to traditional air coolers. My verdict- buy it when it's on sale or save your money and get either a high end air cooler or a more expensive proper liquid cooling system.
Pros: Easy to install and I am getting 28c at idle and 47c under load. This is on an i3770k overclocked to 4.4ghz
Cons: Big honking black tubs in my case.
Overall Review: Clear tubes and the option to use shorter tubes would of been nice.
Pros: For the first 6 months, it worked as advertised.
Cons: Completely died. CPU gets up to 70C and the computer shuts down.
Overall Review: This sucker has absolutely no warranty. I realized shortly afterwards, that any electronic parts with a less than the standard 5 year warranty, is not worth buying.
Pros: The "generation 2" H60 looks great and appears to be solid. Install was easy. Running Prime 95 with 8 virtual cores on my 3770k (mildly overclocked to 4.1Gh) had all cores running around 58C.
Cons: Could have been a bit clearer in the manual about the electrical connectors. I called Corsair and clarified that the 4-pin radiator fan connector can be allowed to be speed controlled by the bios, but the 3-pin pump connector should NOT be allowed to vary the pump speed which should be on full at all times since below a certain voltage the pump can stop altogether.
Overall Review: The gen 2 model appears to have a simplified mounting bracket, quieter higher torque fan and larger hoses. While my ASRock z77 motherboard has both 4 & 3 pin CPU fan headers, I had to use a separate 3-pin chassis fan header to prevent the pump from throttling down along with the radiator fan. Also, I had to change the CPU fan setting from full to variable in the BIOS. At full the radiator fan was loud but when allowed to modulate it was very quiet. Interestingly the bios fan controller reported the pump rpm at 4,600 rpm. Hope it lasts!
Also, because of the thicker and less flexible hoses I mounted the pump on the CPU rotated counterclockwise 90 degrees (Corsair logo goes down to up) to take the torque strain off the CPU pump mount caused by the thicker hoses. Works like a charm. Looks Great. Works Great (so far). And Corsair tech support was right there when I called.