Corsair H60 2013 edition review
Posted by Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 12/07/2012 09:09 AM [ 5 comment(s) ]
Final words and conclusion
The updated H60 2013 edition is definitely a nice all-round cooler that offers quite a bit of performance for what is is really. At default states the cooler is not even that far off from its dual-rad and fan based brothers and sisters. Overclocked however you can slowly see the product forfeit. But still at 4600 MHz / 1.2 Volts on the CPU I'd not be hesitating to use the H60 as its cooling performance simply is sufficient enough. And let's not forget, we used the Core i7 3770K processor which is a downright gnarly CPU when it comes to heat transfer.
We'd classify the updated H60 as a product offering very decent cooling performance, combined with that nifty looking cooling block with the new wider tubing and its wide socket compatibility .. well you really can't go wrong with it. Cooling capacity is definitely good enough with a small overclock.
Aestethics & design
The overall looks are just terrific as far as I am concerned, all black design, fairly easy to install with the mounting system, prefilled .. it's one of the most easy and comfortable kits on the market to use and install. Reality remains this though that it will continue to be a mainstream cooling product yest closing in on high-end performance. But remember, the H60 is not reaching the "enthusiast or performance" segment. It simply is a good alternative toward heatpipe cooler with the added benefits of being fairly quiet whilst offering very nice looks.
The H60 use a new cold-plate and manifold design, new mounting bracket, new larger-diameter tubing (higher flow, also more flexible, but same low evaporation-rates as the old ones). The fans are based on the SP120, so deliver very high pressure and low noise at a given rpm, compared to the older fans.
The price of the updated H60 remains competitive enough towards quality heatpipe coolers, the entire kit as tested today costs roughly 65 EUR if you look around a little. In the enthusiast segment the cooling performance here might not be appealing to you, but please be realistic as enthusiast LCS products can easily cost you twice maybe three times as much or even more.
So overall I'm pleased with what the updated H60 offers. It is a very nice alternative towards heatpipe based cooler. The added benefit of course is the great looks. Performance wise you'll find this solution to be adequate for what you pay for it, honestly it feels balanced out quite well. The processor clocked at defaults will give you great temperatures and there certainly is room left for overclocking as well, albeit you couldn't go extreme with Ivy Bridge based processors. Still at 1.2 Volts we got a stable 4600 MHz our of the Core i7 3770 while hovering at 70 Degrees C, and that was under full stress/load on the processor.
The kit is very easy to install, 10 minutes tops really, after the connect two wires for powering up the fan and pump and you are good to go. So there you have it you guys. I definitely like what the updated H60 has to offer,a nd that is very decent cooling performance and downright great looks for any PC. Definitely recommended.
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