Corsair Hydro Series H80 Liquid CPU Cooler Review

Author: AkG
Date: September 29, 2011
Product Name: H80
Part Number: CWCH80
Warranty: 5 Years
Purchase at NCIX: | UK
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Closer look at the H80 Cont'd

The tubing is the same ¼” ID PVC or coated neoprene affair used on previous Corsair water cooling units which has been heat-sealed onto the radiator and water block barbs. This is par for the course as very few companies bother with pinch clamps since heat sealing is a cheaper, more secure and generally easier method.

As with the H60, the H80 uses 90° connectors which can swivel to mate the tubing and the water block together. This is a great feature which will reduce the pressure on the connectors and should (if past history is any indication) make installation a heck of a lot easier.

There is a large button atop the H80’s block surrounded with three illuminated indicators. This button acts much like a selector switch allowing you to quickly and easily cycle through a trio of built in fan speed modes. Low noise mode (maximum fan speed of 1300rpm), balanced mode (maximum fan speed of 2000rpm) and a high performance mode (maximum fan speed of 2500rpm) can be cycled through depending on your needs.

The H80 also has a digital port on its side, which allows the H80 to be controlled via the Corsair Link software. This is an aftermarket feature which does not come standard with this particular cooler.

Another great addition to the water block is the built in dual fan controller. With this, plugging the H80’s fans into separate ports or via Molex adapters will be a thing of the past. It is also noteworthy that while the stock fans use 3 pin connectors, the integrated fan controller can accept 4 pin fans, making your choice of aftermarket fans even easier.

To power the pump and two fans, the H80 comes with a Molex adapter as well as a standard 3 pin fan connector. In all likelihood the 3pin is simply to provide motherboard compatibility – as some motherboards throw a fit when a CPU fan isn’t plugged in – and most if not all of the power comes via the Molex connector. The only downside to all these new features is the fact that the water block is about 1cm taller than a H60’s yet it is still quite compact.

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