Corsair Hydro H60
ATTRACTIVE AND WELL MADE BUT THE PUMP IS TOO NOISY
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.
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.
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”