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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PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING
Our testbed for Corsair's H70 system will consist of the following hardware:
Intel Q6600 Kentsfield Core2Quad CPU
Western Digital WD800 hard drive
Western Digital WD6400 hard drive
Samsung SH-S203N DVD writer
Buffalo Firestix DDR2 RAM (2 X 1GB)
EVGA 8800 GTS 640MB graphics card
Thermaltake Toughpower 750W PSU
We'll test it in the open case pictured above. Keep in mind that temps inside your case will be different, depending on the chassis and airflow. Let's gather a screwdriver and the appropriate instruction sheets and get busy.
I removed Corsair's thermal compound prior to testing. While I'm sure it would have done a fine job, my associate Mr. Bones insisted on inspecting the base finish. We'll be applying AS5 during testing to provide continuity anyway, so I agreed to this indulgance. The base is dead flat and, while the H70's base lacks the highly polished finish seen on some coolers, this is very similar to the finish of the H50, which performed very well. Mr. Bones and I like what we see so far.
After a thorough read of the installation materials, 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, a big help when you don't have a second set of hands.
With the backplate attached to the board, the block retaining bracket can be assembled per the user's guide and each fastening screw can be started into the backplate. Don't tighten the screws all the way just yet, or you'll never get the block's lugs under the bracket. This is when I applied thermal compound, but if this was a normal installation, all that would be required would be a thorough cleaning of the processor heatspreader. Next, the block is inserted into the bracket and given a slight turn to engage the “teeth.” When everything looks good, the screws can be run down tight
Next, the radiator and fans can be installed with the supplied hardware. Getting the rearmost fan installed is a bit tricky, but the shorter tubing runs help a lot. Like the H50 system, Corsair recommends that the user install the fans as intakes, 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 may have to change the airflow characteristics of their case to accommodate the H70's additional intake. They 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.
Now it's time to plug in the pump and fans and do some testing.