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Corsair Hydro H60 Watercooling System Review
Corsair Hydro H60 Watercooling System Review
Abstract: 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.

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Corsair   Cooling / Heatsinks   Dec 31, 2012   Max Page  

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360° View - Corsair Hydro H60 Watercooling System

Information on Frostytech's test methodology is available here.

The Hydro H60 pump head stands 27.5mm tall. There are no provisions for removing the ~14mm OD rubber tubing for inspection, system refill, top up or cleaning. The metal mounting bracket tabs slip over the top of the waterblock and are held in place with a couple magnets. The swivelling pipe connections which have a good 120 degrees freedom.

The pump head measures 63x63mm square. Power is supplied by a standard 3-pin motherboard fan header.

The top displays a simple Corsair logo, no lights or controls are available with the Hydro H60. The copper baseplate is held in place with eight small countersunk screws, a rubber washer just inside the flange means the screws are not in contact with the coolant (important as steel in contact with copper and aluminum can create a situation where the more electronegative metals cause the ferrous based materials to corrode). The copper base measures 60x52mm in size and ships with a pre-applied patch of grey thermal compound.

Base Finish and Flatness

Flipping a heatsink over to inspect the business end is often a simple indicator of overall cooler quality. More practically speaking, a heatsink is in many ways only as effective as the contact it makes with the processor - the flatter and smoother the better. Base finish is one of the criteria that Frostytech measure in the course of evaluating heatsinks, and it involves two distinct aspects. Surface Finish is the first; this is calculated with the aid of Surface Roughness Comparator that has a cross section of common machine surface finishes and their numerical surface roughness equivalents in microinches. The second is Surface Flatness. This is tested with an engineer's straight edge or proven flat surface, in two axes.

The copper base of the Corsair Hydro H60 waterblock has a lapped surface finish with a surface roughness of approximately ~16 microinches. The manufacturer ships it with a pre-applied patch of gray thermal compound for ease of installation (shown with/without in the above pictures). The base is slightly convex in both axes when compared to a straight edge.

Next up Frostytech looks into the noise levels of this heatsink, then it's onto AMD and Intel thermal tests!

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Table of Contents:

 1:  Corsair Hydro H60 Watercooling System Review
 2:  Hydro H60 Heat Exchanger
 3: — 360° View - Corsair Hydro H60 Watercooling System
 4:  Acoustic Sample and Heatsink Sound Levels
 5:  AMD Heatsink Temperature Comparisons
 6:  Intel Heatsink Temperature Comparison

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