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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For anyone familiar with CoolIT products -especially their all-in-one water cooling units- the Corsair H60’s installation will be very familiar. For those of you who have never touched a CoolIT product, let’s just say that installing the H60 is extremely easy and the process is light years better than past Corsair water coolers.

As with all serious CPU cooling solutions the H60 includes a “4 in 1” backplate which is adaptable to Intel 775, 1155, 1156 and 1366 systems. Meanwhile, AMD installation uses the standard backplate that comes with all AMD motherboards.

The H60 comes with the Intel all in one retention arms pre-mounted to the water block. If AMD is your choice, you will first need to uninstall these arms and install the ones which came in the box. Unlike CoolIT products which have the retaining bolts pre-attached to these retention bolts, the H60 does not. This does complicate tend to complicate the installation slightly since these double ended bolts need to be screwed into the motherboard before installing the H60.

In order to actually install the water block onto the motherboard, the two tubes have to be aligned so they are facing towards the ram slots before the whole affair can be gently lowered into place. The next step is to simply tighten the retention bolts before moving on to the fan installation.

As with all single bay units, the H60 requires a case be equipped with a 120mm rear exhaust port though a top port can be used in a pinch. If you have an older case which uses smaller fans, a plastic 80/92 to 120mm fan adapter can be bought for a few bucks. Naturally, in order to install the H60 we recommend uninstalling your case fan before beginning the installation process.

Corsair has made this part simple as well by allowing the H60 to be installed in exactly the same manner as a standard case fan. This is where the rotatable ports on the heat transfer block tend to come in handy.

With the Corsair H60 now securely in place, you have just successfully installed what is most likely your first water cooling setup. All in all, this is an extremely easy installation and you shouldn’t run into any motherboard compatibility issues. We just wish Corsair had opted for CoolIT as their OEM long ago, as this installation really makes a mockery of the “improved” installation process which our H70 review sample came with.

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