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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With Corsair and CoolIT announcing their partnership at this year’s CES, many had hoped for a new renaissance in the prebuilt, closed loop liquid CPU cooler market. The first byproduct of this new relationship the H60 which ended up doing quite well in our testing. While the H60 was indeed a much better performing cooler than the venerable H50, we knew Corsair had more products being cooked up by their engineering alchemists. The next product to be released was the H80, a higher performing cooler that still carries a sub-$100 price.

Much like the H60 can be considered an upgraded “second generation” version of its forefather, this new H80 is a direct descendant of the very successful H70. Much like its predecessor, the H80 sports a single height, dual thickness radiator connected to an upgraded water block / reservoir combo. This means Corsair’s newly minted mid-tier cooler may indeed be perfect for consumers who are unable to opt for dual bay radiator designs but still require performance that only water can deliver.

There is no doubt the H80 will do a very good job at cooling today's modern processors. It is after all a Corsair branded cooler backed up by CoolIT engineer’s massive experience. The only main concern whether the performance increase is large enough to justify its premium over the H60. Luckily though, the H80 has very little competition at this point other than a few similar products from Antec, Asetek and Swiftech.


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