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Corsair Hydro H80 Watercooling System Review
Corsair Hydro H80 Watercooling System Review
Abstract: Corsair's Hydro H80 is a no fuss, no mess CPU liquid cooling solution that installs with ease onto Intel socket LGA2011/1366/1155/1156/775 and AMD socket AM3/AM2/FM1 processors. The unit consists of two parts, a 12v DC pump head with integrated reservoir and thin skived copper waterblock, and the fluid-to-air aluminum heat exchanger.

 Manufacturer  Category  Published  Author 
Corsair   Cooling / Heatsinks   May 07, 2012   Max Page  

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The Corsair Hydro H80 is compatible with Intel socket LGA2011/1366/1155/1156/775 and AMD socket AM2/AM3/FM1 processors. The pump head ships with two metal brackets; a pair for AMD motherboards and one set for Intel boards which comes already installed. A special rear motherboard support plate is used with Intel platforms while the AMD bracket makes use of the standard AMD heatsink retention cage.

The printed instructions have no words, so it's a bit like following Ikea instructions when installing this CPU cooler. Additional context with respect to what "LINK" is, or how the button on the top of the pump affects speeds would be useful.

Equal Clamp Forces

While installing the Hydro H80 it's really important to tighten the mounting screws methodically so clamping forces are EQUALLY distributed across the entire processor IHS. The first time Frostytech installed this waterblock, owing to the heavy load placed on it by the dangling FEP tubing and heat exchanger, the copper base plate wasn't mounted properly. It was difficult to see, but in this instance the copper block only made contact with 2/3rds of the CPU IHS.

A more careful re-install solve the issue, but better engineered mounting brackets would certainly lesson the chance for error.. Spring tensioned screws are the standard fix for uneven mounting bracket forces, so we'd consider their absence of a bit of a design oversight on CoolIT's behalf (the OEM).

Difficult Fit For Intel spec'd LGA775 Hole Spacing

Update May 15, 2012 - Corsair informed us that a Part Change Notification was issued and that production has corrected the LGA775 hole spacing issue detailed below.

The second issue Frostytech came up against is that CoolIT manufactured the Intel brackets slightly out of tolerance for LGA775 hole spacing; the units we tested don't quite fit the Intel spec'd 72.5mm hole spacing when mounted on the plastic waterblock frame. With a motherboard this might not matter as much, as the PCB through-holes are 4mm diameter so screws can go in slightly angled. However, Frostytech's Intel thermal test platform uses threaded studs and that means mounting screws with a slight cant, won't thread.

Essentially, the inner-side of the slots punched into Corsair's Intel mounting brackets are just a hair too wide when the brackets are installed on the plastic pump head. The work around for us, was simply to modify the brackets by grinding out ~1mm of metal inward, for each slot with an inexpensive diamond grinding bit in Dremel. Heatsink mounting brackets are typically SK6 heat treated steel, so it's better to grind.

This heatsink will be tested on FrostyTech's Intel LGA1155/1156/775 and AMD version of the Mk.II synthetic thermal temperature test platform, and compared against a hundred reference LGA775 and AMD heatsinks. The whole test methodology is outlined in detail here if you'd like to know what equipment is used, and the parameters under which the tests are conducted.

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Table of Contents:

 1:  Corsair Hydro H80 Watercooling System Review
 2:  The Heat Exchanger
 3: — Mounting Hardware and Issues Therein
 4:  360° View - Corsair Hydro H80 Watercooling System
 5:  Acoustic Sample and Heatsink Sound Levels
 6:  AMD Heatsink Temperature Comparisons
 7:  Intel Heatsink Temperature Comparison

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