Introducing Corsair’s Hydro Series: H60, H80 and H100

Closed-loop liquid CPU cooling solutions are gaining popularity as more and more vendors are carrying their own variation. We've even seen both Intel and AMD announce the inclusion of liquid-coolers for their upcoming processor lines. Today we're going to take a look at the Corsair Hydro Series H60 High Performance, H80 High Performance, and H100 Extreme Performance liquid CPU coolers. Corsair has teamed up with CoolIT Systems this time around. They have previously partnered with Asetek for other Hydro Series products (H40/H50/H70/H70 Core), but our focus here is on the H60, H80, and H100.

The Corsair Hydro Series of liquid CPU coolers aim to give you the power of liquid-cooling in a compact, easy to install package, without the complexity of traditional water-cooling kits. They are designed to be a closed-loop solution with no maintenance required at all. But just how well do these Corsair liquid-coolers perform against the current cream of the crop air-coolers? After all, Corsair is targeting the high-end air-cooling market with these cooling solutions, both in price and performance. First, let's take a look at the specs for the units being tested today.

Corsair Hydro Series Specifications
H60 H80 H100
Radiator Dimensions 120mmx152mmx27mm 120mmx152mmx38mm 122mmx275mmx27mm
Fan Dimensions 120mmx120mmx25mm 120mmx120mmx25mm (x2) 120mmx120mmx25mm (x2)
Fan Speed (+/- 10%) up to 1700RPM (+/- 10%) up to:
1300RPM (Low),
2000RPM (Medium),
and 2500RPM (High)
(+/- 10%) up to:
1300RPM (Low),
2000RPM (Medium),
and 2500RPM (High)
Fan Airflow / dBA,
Static Pressure
74.4 CFM / 30.2 dBA,
3.2mm/H20
46-92CFM / 22-39 dBA,
1.6-7.7mm/H20
46-92 CFM / 22-39 dBA,
1.6-7.7mm/H20
Cold Plate / Radiator Material Copper / Aluminum Copper / Aluminum Copper / Aluminum
Tubing Low-permeability for near-zero evaporation Low-permeability for near-zero evaporation Low-permeability for near-zero evaporation
Intel Sockets LGA 775, 1155/1156, 1366, 2011 LGA 775, 1155/1156, 1366, 2011 LGA 775, 1155/1156, 1366, 2011
AMD Sockets AM2, AM3 AM2, AM3 AM2, AM3
Warranty Five years Five years Five years
MSRP $79.99 $109.99 $119.99

H60, H80, and H100 Overview
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  • n13L5 - Monday, August 27, 2012 - link

    ooops necro alert.... Reply
  • JPForums - Monday, November 07, 2011 - link

    <quote>(English is my 2nd language so I'm not sure I use all words 100% correctly. Hope I'm understandable.) </quote>

    Quite.

    Also, you seem to have a good understanding of how liquid cooling systems work, and for all practical purposes I agree with you statements.
    However, in regards to the function of reservoirs, there are a few technicalities that could dispute your statements in theory, but not in common practice.

    First, if the reservoir is made of a thermally conductive material and has good thermal contact with the chassis in which it is mounted, it can remove heat conductively. Commonly, reservoirs are made of plastic and thus provide no effective cooling. As you alluded to earlier, you would need a massive surface area of liquid to radiate an appreciable amount of heat. Further, as most of this heat is lost as liquid turns to vapor (Read: liquid loss), it would not be in your best interest to rely on such a system.

    Second, larger volumes of liquid would take longer to heat. If you were to take measurements of two similar systems with varying volumes of liquid, you would find that the system with less liquid would reach steady state temperatures more quickly. If you compared temperatures without making sure the second system reached steady state, then you might indeed conclude that the extra volume of liquid was beneficial to cooling. However, upon reaching steady state, both systems would perform more or less the same.

    Again, in practice the reservoir does little to add to the cooling capability of the system.
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  • Death666Angel - Monday, November 07, 2011 - link

    Good addition to my post and of course, very true. :-) Reply
  • martyrant - Monday, November 07, 2011 - link

    I just have a $30 enzotech cpu block, $5 casa depot homer bucket, $15 eco 264 pump (using 1/2" tubing), and let me tell you, compared to every other "pc built water cooling system" whether I pieced it together of expensive parts off frozencpu or bought a kit, this is by far the best cooling setup I've ever ran. No radiator. Just a 5 gallon bucket of distilled water. If you are worried about algae or other goodies, just run h2o2 (hydrogen peroxide) with it [don't use the medical stuff, grab the stuff that is like 30% h2o2]. Sometimes I can't believe how much I used to spend on this crap. Sure, it's not that portable [but who moves their water cooled computer anyway--you are supposed to drain/fill everytime you do with the other custom kits], and it either loses/gains wow factor depending on how you look at it (I love showing off my ghetto cooling setup that beats the pants off everything beyond going chilled water). The only upgrade would be a car radiator...hah. Reply
  • double0seven - Tuesday, November 08, 2011 - link

    It sounds like it is working for you this way, but have you ever wondered why your windows keep fogging up? And the underside of your desk is moldy? Reply
  • martyrant - Sunday, November 13, 2011 - link

    It's got a lid, I cut out holes, it's semi-sealed...and even if it wasn't, those wouldn't be an issue...do you know what you are talking about? Reply
  • jewie27 - Sunday, November 20, 2011 - link

    they use a 240MM radiator because they are only meant to cool the CPU not the entire system with GPU's... Reply
  • Wakanabi - Monday, February 13, 2012 - link

    I just overclocked a new FX4100 cpu from 3.6 to 4.6Ghz per core, quad core, in a NZXT M59 case and using a corsair H60 $60 liquid solution I ran prime95 overnight. Completely stable and better yet the cpu never eclipsed 38 degrees celcius. On top of that it has been idling at 8-15celcius. Compare that to stock or even aftermarket fans.

    Even the cheap H60 does an amazing job at cooling. Naysayers simply haven't tried them. The H100 in my HAF case is even more amazing with my core i7 cpu.
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  • zodiacfml - Tuesday, November 08, 2011 - link

    surface area. that is why these sealed water cooling kits perform better with faster fan speeds. yet, they still make sense when you have a moderate target cooling capacity like cooling a Sandy Bridge. Reply
  • mach2plus - Monday, January 23, 2012 - link

    "why do the big honking air coolers consistently outperform the sealed water cooling units?"

    What testing are you referring to? I have read reviews of the H80 and H100 here and elsewhere, and your comment just doesn't seem to make any sense...

    please elaborate on your claim and cite facts, please.
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