Corsair Hydro H50 CPU Water Cooler

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Corsair Hydro H50 CPU Water Cooler

May 2, 2010 by Lawrence Lee

Corsair Hydro H50
(CWCH50-1 PK1) CPU Cooler
Street Price

With an excellent reputation as a top tier computer memory company, Corsair has been able to diversify their product lines without much resistance from DIY PC users. While the majority of its business still revolves around RAM and flash memory products, Corsair also has been successful selling power supplies and large EATX cases. The Obsidian line of cases is popular among water cooling enthusiasts who need the extra room, so while a CPU water cooler from Corsair is surprising, it doesn't come totally out of left field.

The box artwork is pleasing to the eye, but the image of water splashing all around the H50 perhaps sends the wrong message.

The Hydro H50.

Water is the most widely used coolant on the planet due to its high heat capacity and easy availability. Some PC enthusiasts use water cooling to achieve high overclocks, while others see it as an effective way to cool their system quietly. Of course, there are also those who simply think it's cool to have water flowing through your desktop. There's more effort, time, money, and risk involved in installing and maintaining a water cooling system than an air cooled heatsink, so it's definitely one of the geekier things one can do. One-piece water coolers like the Corsair Hydro H50 allow any slack-jawed yokel who can handle a screwdriver to join this once exclusive club.

The Hydro H50 is a simple device with a stubby cylinder containing the waterblock, reservoir and pump connected by plastic tubing to a radiator that mounts to a single 120 mm fan placement. It's easy to see why the H50 retails for only US$65~$80; most DIY loops have thicker tubing and bigger components that can push larger volumes of water more quickly. They also commonly have transparent parts so you can see the water circulating inside, while the H50 is painted utilitarian black. It will be interesting to see whether the H50 can take down any of the top air cooled heatsinks while generating an equivalent or lower level of noise.

Accessory bundle. Our sample included mounting hardware for all current desktop sockets.

Corsair H50: Key Features
(from the product web page)
Feature & Brief Our Comment
Pre-filled, closed-loop system is easy to install
Practically idiot-proof.
Copper CPU cooling plate for maximum cooling performance Like most heatsinks.
Integrated pump and reservoir is sealed for zero maintenance and improved leakage protection Integrating the pump and reservoir means less tubing and fewer joints, so it is less likely to spring a leak.
Large 120mm radiator for fast heat dispersion
A standard size for a budget radiator.
High-efficiency, low-noise 120mm fan for drawing cool air across the radiator To be determined.
Two-year warranty Okay.

Corsair H50: Specifications
(from the product web page)
Model CWCH50
Cold Plate Material
Fan Specs 120mm, 1700 RPM
Radiator Material Aluminum
Low-permeability for near-zero evaporation
Warranty 24 Months

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