Corsair H60 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler Review

Author: AkG
Date: June 6, 2011
Product Name: Corsair H60
Part Number: CWCH60
Warranty: 5 Years
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First impressions of the H60

As usual, Corsairís box will be bound to get attention on a retailerís shelves while being festooned with all the information a first-time user could possibly need.

Opening up the box and peaking inside, it is obvious the internal protection scheme is the same as the H70. Gone is the plastic clamshell container of the H50ís and in its stead is a sturdy cardboard protection scheme with a foam topper layer.

When it comes to accessories, we get our first real glimpse of CoolITís influence over the H60ís design. The slightly archaic separate mounting rings of past Corsair H-series products are replaced with the more straightforward and easy to manage CoolIT mounting kit. All the components for mounting on AMD and Intel sockets motherboards are included and all are of a very high quality.

The only thing conspicuous by its absence is mounting equipment for a second fan but four generic long screws are inexpensive and readily available at any hardware or home building store. CoolITís iconic full color installation manual is also MIA but its replacement is more than adequate

On a cursory glance, the H60 appears to be very similar to past Corsair H-series self contained water coolers. It still consists of four main parts: the radiator, the water block/pump combination for the CPU, the tubing which connects the two together and the included fan. However, when scrutinized carefully the H60 is unlike any other Corsair branded product we have seen in the past due to its engineering by CoolIT rather than Asetek.

(Picture above left: H60 Left, H50 right)

In the past Corsairís sealed units were known for above average performance, but sadly were just as well known for their less than optimal installation procedure. This was thanks in no small part to the Asetek circular water block & pump with its integrated mounting latches. This design meant you had to twist and lock your new device into place which was a sometimes frustrating procedure. Corsair now uses CoolITís more sensible metal mounting arms so no more twisting and shaking is needed. This alone makes the Corsair H60 better than the H50 for consumers who have very little experience dealing with aftermarket CPU cooling accessories.

As you can see the H60ís waterblock / pump combination is a rectangular block which looks much like the one found on a CoolIT ECO albeit with a flat top.

Much like the block, the radiator itself looks to be a classic CoolIT single bay, single width design which sports a 12 channel and approximately 23 folds per inch design.

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