Cor­sair Hy­dro H60

AT­TRAC­TIVE AND WELL MADE BUT THE PUMP IS TOO NOISY

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As one of the rst com­pa­nies to en­ter the all-in-one liq­uid cooler mar­ket, Cor­sair has had a stab at nearly ev­ery ra­di­a­tor size and has also been adding to its line-up this year, with mon­sters such as the Hy­dro H150i. How­ever, the H60 prob­a­bly sounds fa­mil­iar, as the com­pany has sim­ply used the same name for mul­ti­ple gen­er­a­tions of cool­ers of this size. This ver­sion, which is new for 2018, has an up­dated mount­ing mech­a­nism that dif­fers from the usual Asetek de­sign, al­though it works in a sim­i­lar way.

There’s a back­plate for In­tel LGA115x moth­er­boards, with all In­tel socket mounts re­quir­ing the usual mount­ing pins and thumb­screws. You also now get two pairs of sep­a­rate slide-on plates to cater for AMD and In­tel moth­er­boards, al­though re­mov­ing these plates proved quite tricky, as they’re rmly locked in place.

Cor­sair has also opted for a ba­sic two­point mount­ing mech­a­nism that makes use of the stock AMD mounts, which al­ways feels a lit­tle imsy and could ham­per cool­ing. On the plus side, in­stalling and re­mov­ing the pump was bliss­fully easy on our AMD moth­er­board as a re­sult.

Cor­sair in­cludes a pre­mium SP120 fan with the H60, and it’s a bit of a mon­ster, with a top speed of 1,700rpm. It needs to be con­trolled sep­a­rately, but its 4-pin PWM fan header means most moth­er­boards will be able to ad­just its fan speed.

Sadly, the pump re­quires a SATA power con­nec­tor, so it can’t be ad­justed, which is a shame, as slow­ing down the pump lead to no­tice­ably qui­eter noise lev­els when a sys­tem is idle or un­der low loads.

The H60 has also re­ceived a makeover in the form of a graphite-coloured il­lu­mi­nated pump top, while the ra­di­a­tor has squared edges to give it a smarter look, al­though there’s no RGB light­ing. There’s also only enough screws in the box to mount a sin­gle fan; you’ll need to pur­chase ad­di­tional screws to make use of the sec­ond fan mount on the ra­di­a­tor.

In terms of noise, the H60 has one of the qui­etest re­sults on test at idle, record­ing just 35dBA, al­though this re­sult doesn’t re­veal the full story. The fan might be quiet, but the pump is the loud­est on test by far, and it ex­hib­ited an an­noy­ing whine that was au­di­ble out­side of the case.

At full speed, the noise was sim­i­lar to the NZXT Kraken at 48dBA, but even then the pump was still au­di­ble. On the plus side, cool­ing abil­ity is rea­son­able, but the likes of the ARC­TIC Liq­uid Freezer 120 and Cooler Mas­ter MasterLiq­uid ML120L RGB were a lit­tle cooler in all our test sys­tems.

CON­CLU­SION

At $115 the H60 of­fers bet­ter value for money than NZXT’s Kraken M22, but the fact that it costs $40 more than Cooler Mas­ter’s of­fer­ing means it’s just too pricey for the cool­ing on of­fer. The big­gest is­sue, though, is that the pump makes an an­noy­ing, loud noise. Un­for­tu­nately, you can’t even rec­tify this prob­lem, as there’s no way to slow it down, which we’ve been able to do with other Cor­sair cool­ers in the past with dra­matic re­sults and lit­tle im­pact on cool­ing. There’s also no soft­ware and no RGB light­ing. While Cor­sair’s new high-end all-in-one cool­ers are ex­cel­lent, the cheaper H60 strug­gles to com­pete at its cur­rent price.

KEY SPECS

Com­pat­i­bil­ity In­tel: LGA2011, LGA2011-v3, LGA2066, LGA115x, LGA1366; AMD: Socket AM4, AM3/+, AM2/+, FM2/+, FM1 • Ra­di­a­tor size with fans( mm)120x157x 52

(WxDxH)•Fan­s1x 120 mm• Stated noise Up to 28.3dBA

$115 • www.cor­sair.com

“Cor­sair in­cludes a pre­mium SP120 fan with the H60”

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