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.
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.
Excerpt: Earthquakes. Volcanoes. The dead rising from the grave. Human sacrifice. CoolIT and Corsair working together. You get the point. If you had asked us last year whether the two would ever bury the hatchet, we’d have laughed. And we’d have been wrong. At CES this year, Corsair announced a partnership with CoolIT, and the Corsair H60 is the first fruit to come out of that collaboration.
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.
Summary: The Corsair H60 is an easy to install water cooling unit that gives you very good performance at very low sound levels. A perfect match if there ever was one. The Hydro series from Corsair should remove any fear you would have from installing a water cooling loop for your CPU. Corsair has made it so easy and hassle free, not to mention competitive on price, to get into water cooling. The H60, in our testing, delivers on most of those points.
Summary: 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. But, will it blend?