Corsair Hydro H50 CPU Water Cooler

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The most critical aspect of installation is for the heatsink to be securely mounted. The more firmly it is installed, the better the contact between the cooler's base and the CPU itself. It's also less likely to fall off. Ease of installation is also important — a simple mounting scheme means less time spent installing, and a reduced likelihood of screwing up.

Installing the H50 is a simple affair and begins with inserting four steel pegs into the appropriate holes on the plastic backplate. We are usually appalled at the use of plastic, but given that most of the H50's mass is not directly weighing down on the processor, it's an acceptable choice.

Four plastic cups with holes in the bottom are inserted into the ends of the mounting ring.

There are a series of metal tabs on the ring that line up with holes surrounding the waterblock.

We found it easiest to partially secure to the ring to the backplate first using the provided screws. Then place the waterblock through the ring and rotate it so the aforementioned tabs line up, and finish screwing the ring down.

Fully mounted. The portion of the H50 that sits on the processor is only 55 mm tall, short enough to fit in most smaller cases.

Pictured above is an approximate representation of our test setup. The pump was connected to a 3-pin fan header with fan control disabled, and the fan was placed in a foam stand that eliminates most vibration effects. During testing, the radiator was placed 1 inch above the motherboard back panel to simulate the position of a typical 120 mm rear exhaust port.

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