Corsair H50 CPU Cooler Review

👤by Sahil Mannick Comments 📅11-05-10
Features and Specifications
First off, let's see what Corsair have to say about the H50:
The Hydro Series H50 provides CPU cooling performance that traditional air coolers just can't match. The pre-filled, closed loop system is easy to install and takes up minimal space inside your PC's case.

•Pre-filled, closed-loop system is easy to install
•Copper CPU cooling plate for maximum cooling performance
•Integrated pump and reservoir is sealed for zero maintenance and improved leakage protection
•Large 120mm radiator for fast heat dispersion
•High-efficiency, low-noise 120mm fan for drawing cool air across the radiator
•Two-year warranty
•Includes mounting brackets for Intel LGA775/1156/1366 and AMD AM2/3

Model: CWCH50
Cold Plate material: Copper
Fan Specs: 120mm, 1700 RPM
Radiator Material: Aluminium
Radiator Dimensions: 120x152x27mm (WxHxD)
Tubing: Low-permeability for near-zero evaporation

Seeing as its direct competitor is the CoolIT ECO, it is inevitable that I will be comparing the two continuously throughout the review. From the features and specification, we can already see the similarities in their design approach. Both use a 120mm radiator, a copper block attached to the pump, similar tubing and include brackets for both Intel and AMD systems. They also come with two years warranty for peace of mind.

The key differences that Corsair believe will give them the advantage over the ECO are the CPU block and pump, and the unique orientation of the fan. Instead of using the fan as an exhaust, it is oriented to pull in cool air from the outside. This may seem counter intuitive on initial looks, especially when it will most likely be installed at the exhaust vent inside a case but the advantage of this design is that cool air will be brought in from outside the case. Of course, this will not necessarily be the case when heat output from a graphics card is considered, which will add heat outside the back of the case. This will be investigated later on during the tests. Another difference is the slower fan that hopes to be quieter than the ECO's one.

The all contained system ensures ease of installation, making this a very user friendly product. The 120mm fan at the back also means that that the cooler can be installed in any case with 120mm fan mounting holes at the back/top.

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