Summary: Corsair have updated the waterblock design and given the Hydro H60 a new compact profile which hides functional changes to the integrated pump and improves mounting bracket installation significantly. All of this is transparent to the end user though.
Excerpt: By now AIO liquid cooling is something even the novice builders are taking notice of and using more often. The reasons why are pretty evident. With many years of CoolIT and Asetek battling it out for supremacy in this market, all the kinks have been worked out, and more importantly performance has improved along the way as well. Then there are the added benefits that AIO coolers offer that no regular tower air cooler today can.
Corsair Hydro Series H60 High Performance Liquid Cooler
9 December 2012
Summary: Looking for a replacement for a stock CPU heatsink or similarly low-end cooler that is underperforming? Then the Corsair H60 is a pretty darn suitable replacement. The H60 will give your cooling performance comparable with many of the mid-range air-coolers on the market; however, the H60 holds a couple of advantages over most air-coolers. First, you don’t have to worry about clearance when it comes to your memory modules.
Summary: The Corsair H60 is an excellent choice for anyone who wants to enter the liquid cooling world, as it is easy to install and fits virtually any case. It equals the performance of the high-end air coolers, with a similar price tag.
As a simple and affordable liquid cooling system, the Corsair H60 receives the Hardware Secrets Silver Award.
Conclusion: Finding the right balance between cooling performance and noise is definitely a challenge. While traditional air-coolers continue to grow in size and weight to deal with this problem, Corsair fights it from a different angle with liquid. All of the Hydro Series coolers tested today are perfectly adequate at keeping our overclocked Sandy Bridge system cool.
Summary: Instead, the H60 represents a first step for Corsair and its partnership with CoolIT. It prepares the way for more CoolIT-built Corsair coolers (we’re guessing the H80 will have a double-thick radiator and two fans), as well as Corsair’s upcoming Link software. Whether the Corsair H60 is worth the $10 premium over the Antec H2O 620 will largely depend on whether you plan on buying into the Link platform when it becomes available.
Pros: New design; Corsair Link port; improves on H50.
Cons: More expensive than competition; no use for Corsair Link yet.
Conclusion: Our benchmarks have confirmed what you might have already expected; Hydro H60 performance sits slap-bang in the middle of the £50 Hydro H50 and £75 Hydro H70. Temperatures are kept well within comfortable limits, and the £60 self-contained unit is a strong challenger to high-end air coolers.
Excerpt: In the short time all-in-one water coolers have been on the market, it has been basically two styles to choose from. One with a large, round bulky head, and what I think is a weak mounting system, or the other variant which offers a much better mounting setup, similar results, but usually demands a higher price upon purchase. There wasn't, up until now, any way around this. You had to make that choice and live with your decision.
Excerpt: Corsair's H60 liquid CPU cooler comes to us with different technology than we saw with its H50 and H70 as Corsair has switched up supply sources. Corsair is touting a micro-channel cold plates and a split-flow designed manifolds.