Corsair H50 CPU Cooler Review

👤by Sahil Mannick Comments 📅11-05-10
Closer Look

The bundle

The H50 comes bundled with an assorted array of mounting brackets and screws for all recent Intel and AMD motherboards. Included in the bundle are:
2x motherboard backplates for Intel and AMD,
2x retention rings,
2x adhesive backings,
8x mounting inserts,
4x metal backplate inserts,
4x mounting screws,
4x long screws for installation,
1x 120mm Corsair fan,
1x H50 cooler.

The quick user guides

Along with the 'STOP' sign are four sheets listing all the appropriate parts required for installation on each socket type (LGA775/1156/1366 and AMD AM2/3). Each vary slightly but Corsair have ensured ease of use by making separate sheets available to the user to avoid confusion. Also included is a quick install guide with step by step instruction for installation.

The manual

The quick start guide is a very easy to understand set of instructions that detail every step both visually and in writing.

The H50!

The Corsair H50 is very similar to the design of the CoolIT ECO at first glance. Both are all contained units that have been pre-filled for ease of installation. They also use an integrated pump and reservoir configuration that aim to be leak free and require zero maintenance. Furthermore, both utilise a 120mm radiator and fan for efficient heat dissipation. However, it is the subtle difference that Corsair hopes to gain an advantage with. One key difference is the design of the CPU block and pump unit that has a cylindrical shape as opposed to the block design of the ECO. The retention bracket is also separate to the unit.

The radiator

As with all water cooling radiators, the H50 uses a corrugated pattern to increase surface area for heat dissipation. The fin spacing is the same as the ECO's coming at 2.5mm, thus a densely packed configuration. One improvement over the ECO is that the metal remained undamaged and not bent out of shape during transit. The way Corsair designed it means that users can't accidently bend the metal. In all, it gives the H50 a much cleaner finish. There are four holes at the back of the radiator to accommodate a 120mm fan.

The H50 casing and radiator

The gap between the radiator housing and the corrugated metal ensures that users don't damage the finish when mounting the system. There are four more holes at the front to install another fan for a push/pull configuration.

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