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Date: November 10th, 2009
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Corsair
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH




After a thorough read of the manual, the correct parts were assembled and installed. For my socket 775 system, I had to move the screws to the inside set of holes in the backing plate. The backplate has some adhesive strips to hold it in place during installation



With the waterblock bracket and radiator/fan unit in place, the waterblock can be installed. Follow the instructions to the letter and be sure to orient the screws according to the diagrams. This installation is a bit fussy and awkward, but is very secure. After everything is secured and plugged in, the installation should look something like this. From start to finish, this installation tool a bit over 15 minutes, including the time spent moving the posts on the backplate. You're unlikely to find another liquid cooling solution that installs this quick and easy. Clearance around the socket is very good and the radiator fan control plugs into the PWM header for the CPU fan, while the pump cable gets power from a regular 3-pin fan header on the mobo.


 


One curious thing about the H50 is the fact that Corsair recommends that the user install the fan as an intake, blowing cool outside air through the radiator and into the case. This seems counterintuitive, but we'll follow the instructions to the letter. Potential users should pay attention to this, as it will mean that they will likely have to change the airflow characteristics of their case to accommodate the H50. Potential users should also be aware that, with the absence of a cooling fan on the CPU, components around the socket will no longer reap the benefits of airflow in this area, so case airflow is doubly important when a system like this is installed.


The following parameters were used during Corsair H50 testing:

•  Arctic Silver 5 TIM used on all coolers.

•  Ambient temperature kept at a constant 21C.

•  Idle temperatures were recorded after two hours of zero load after booting to the desktop.

•  Load temperatures were recorded after two hours of maximum CPU heat testing using OCCT 2.0.

•  Core temperatures were logged with OCCT.

•  Fan speeds were recorded using SpeedFan (BIOS fan speed control disabled.)

•  Idle and load temperatures were recorded at stock CPU speed (2.4 GHz.) and at a 33% overclock (3.2 GHz.). Vcore was raised by 0.05V during the overclocking runs.


The computer was shut down for a minimum of two hours between tests.


The following parameters were used while testing the air coolers:

•  Arctic Silver 5 TIM used on all coolers.

•  Ambient temperature kept at a constant 21C.

•  Idle temperatures were recorded after one hour of zero load after booting to the desktop.

•  Load temperatures were recorded after one hour of maximum CPU heat testing using OCCT 2.0.

•  Core temperatures were logged with OCCT.

•  Fan speeds were recorded using SpeedFan (BIOS fan speed control disabled.)

•  Idle and load temperatures were recorded at stock CPU speed (2.4 GHz.) and at a 33% overclock (3.2 GHz.). Vcore was raised by 0.05V during the overclocking runs.


The computer was shut down for a minimum of one hour between tests. Here are the results compared with the other coolers in the test.




There's an old adage that you'll see a lot in watercooling forums that says something like, “Cheap water cooling is no better than high-end air cooling.” What we see in the above results would seem to support this statement, but there are some interesting observations to be made here. First of all, the H50 is very, very quiet as it goes about its cooling duties. Cooling performance is also very impressive, soundly thrashing the OEM cooler and comparing favorably with the Cool It Domino and some of the better air coolers available.

 

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