Date: December 6th, 2010
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Corsair
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The H70's retail carton is relatively compact, with Corsair's signature blue/black color scheme. Full specs and features are available here as well as a few high-resolution photos of the cooler itself. But, as they say, it's what's inside that counts.
The H70 comes nicely packaged with everything you'll need to liquid cool your processor. A quick start guide covers general installation tasks and individual sheets covering the supported sockets will take you home from there. (Yes, the individual sheets say H50 on them, but the H50 and H70 mounting solutions are identical, so no worries.) Now, let's take a closer look at the goods.
PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
The main unit consists of an aluminum radiator and tubes leading to the pump/waterblock module. Tubing to and from the radiator unit is permanently attached to the fittings, making this a sealed, no-maintenance system and the tubes have a spiral feature to prevent kinking. Power for the pump is delivered via a 3-wire cable terminating in a 3-pin power connector. The copper base, with its pre-applied TIM, comes with a protective plastic cover. Lugs around the perimeter of the housing give the block a gear-like appearance, and are integral to the mounting scheme. We'll get to this a bit later, but the mounting solution is virtually identical to the H50 system.
There's not much information available on the fans, other than what we find in the specifications. They are black with a white Corsair ship logo on the exhaust side of the frame and the fantails terminate in 3-pin connectors. Since this is a twin fan system, Corsair includes a Y-adapter to connect both fans to a single motherboard pinheader, and they also provide some resistor cables to slow down the fan speed, reducing noise levels.
The mounting solutions are very well documented in the installation materials included with the H70. We'll go over these items in more detail during the installation section of this review. In fact, let's get right to it.