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Windows 7: Corsair H50 Liquid CPU Cooler


21 Jun 2010   #1

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
Corsair H50 Liquid CPU Cooler

So what do you guys think of this unit or others like it?

I've noticed my Phenom II x4 965 running hotter and hotter recently. The stock fan with little thermal pad thing doesn't seem to be doing it's job. As a result the fan is ramping up and making a lot of noise. With the hot days coming in to the summer my room is constantly roasting even with windows wide open and the cpu is sitting at 40C idle. I know a good heat sink will cost a decent amount of money so for 60 can you go wrong with one of these?


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21 Jun 2010   #2

7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Imho, the H50 offers zero benefits of water cooling, yet all the risks of water cooling. Thermalright, Noctua, Prolimatech, Tunique and Zalman all offer better results on air, with no risk of spilling water all over your rig, which the H50 has been known to do. Granted, Corsair has been very good about replacing (for free) all damaged parts, but still...

http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1025/6/


If you're going to go water, do it right. They're expensive, but they deliver the results: Let us help you be cool!
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21 Jun 2010   #3

Win7 x64 X2, Win 8.0 x64, Win8.1 x64, Quad Boot
 
 

32 idle, 48c full load with prime on my Phenom II 1090T. Way better solution then those monster air coolers.
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21 Jun 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Obviously, if you're going to go the water route, a leak will always be something that could happen.

I have a Phenom II X4 940 (right now not overclocked). Prior to using the H50, I had a Sunbeam Core Contact Freezer cooling this processor. The last time I used the CCF and overclocked the processor to 3.5GHz, I consistently had temps about 45C -- the same clock speed using the H50 has seen temps consistently at 37C. As previously stated, my processor is not overclocked and my consistent idle temp is 30C and load temp is 36C -- obviously, the lower the load temp the better.

That's me -- your results may vary!
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21 Jun 2010   #5

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Fumz View Post
Imho, the H50 offers zero benefits of water cooling, yet all the risks of water cooling. Thermalright, Noctua, Prolimatech, Tunique and Zalman all offer better results on air, with no risk of spilling water all over your rig, which the H50 has been known to do. Granted, Corsair has been very good about replacing (for free) all damaged parts, but still...

Corsair Hydro Series H50 CPU Water Cooling Kit Review - Results, and a "What If" Scenario - Legit Reviews


If you're going to go water, do it right. They're expensive, but they deliver the results: Let us help you be cool!
Thing is I don't want to go expensive, well I do, but can't afford to. My thinking is more along the lines of price and space. I have this case which isn't exactly huge, so some of the large air coolers just aren't going to fit.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dixon Butz View Post
32 idle, 48c full load with prime on my Phenom II 1090T. Way better solution then those monster air coolers.
How did you find the fitting? the video Corsair have makes it look easy, but they have one of those cases that has an opening behind the CPU section of the mobo.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mpcrsc562 View Post
Obviously, if you're going to go the water route, a leak will always be something that could happen.

I have a Phenom II X4 940 (right now not overclocked). Prior to using the H50, I had a Sunbeam Core Contact Freezer cooling this processor. The last time I used the CCF and overclocked the processor to 3.5GHz, I consistently had temps about 45C -- the same clock speed using the H50 has seen temps consistently at 37C. As previously stated, my processor is not overclocked and my consistent idle temp is 30C and load temp is 36C -- obviously, the lower the load temp the better.

That's me -- your results may vary!
Same question, how did you find fitting. Also, I noticed they said it comes with thermal compound on it. Did you use their stuff or apply your own?
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21 Jun 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kylehimself View Post
Same question, how did you find fitting. Also, I noticed they said it comes with thermal compound on it. Did you use their stuff or apply your own?
I used the thermal compound already on the pump unit.

Installation was a snap. Unfortunately, I did have to remove the motherboard. Even though my case has a motherboard tray cpu cut-out (CM HAF932), the cut-out still didn't quite match up to the motherboard backing mounts. But still, it was easy. You will have to do some radiator placement tests to see what actually give you the best temps. The instructions state to mount in the back with the fan pulling air into the case. I mounted mine in the back with the air blowing out. Worked better for me.
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21 Jun 2010   #7

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Yeah, installation is really easy, even if you have to remove the mobo. I've noticed a massive drop in temps on my i5-750. The H50 is a good unit and, even if the worst does happen, Corsair is awesome about replacing your parts. I'd recommend it.
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21 Jun 2010   #8

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mpcrsc562 View Post
I used the thermal compound already on the pump unit.

Installation was a snap. Unfortunately, I did have to remove the motherboard. Even though my case has a motherboard tray cpu cut-out (CM HAF932), the cut-out still didn't quite match up to the motherboard backing mounts. But still, it was easy. You will have to do some radiator placement tests to see what actually give you the best temps. The instructions state to mount in the back with the fan pulling air into the case. I mounted mine in the back with the air blowing out. Worked better for me.
Well your temps seem good and you seem to think the installation was as easy as their instructions made out. Think I might just go for it, seems like the best bang for buck.

Another question which you may be able to help me with. My Phenom II heat sink came with a little thermal pad on. Do these pads stick to the CPU? or should it just lift off when removing? I've only fitted a CPU with thermal compound and removed one that used compound so have no experience with these pads.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by blackroseMD1 View Post
Yeah, installation is really easy, even if you have to remove the mobo. I've noticed a massive drop in temps on my i5-750. The H50 is a good unit and, even if the worst does happen, Corsair is awesome about replacing your parts. I'd recommend it.
It's all so tempting.
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21 Jun 2010   #9

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kylehimself View Post

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by blackroseMD1 View Post
Yeah, installation is really easy, even if you have to remove the mobo. I've noticed a massive drop in temps on my i5-750. The H50 is a good unit and, even if the worst does happen, Corsair is awesome about replacing your parts. I'd recommend it.
It's all so tempting.
I would go for it. It's a cheap alternative to those massive water cooling systems, and it really does improve temps. Before, my CPU oc'd to 3.0 was idling at 50c, now it's idling between 28-32c.
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21 Jun 2010   #10

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by blackroseMD1 View Post
I would go for it. It's a cheap alternative to those massive water cooling systems, and it really does improve temps. Before, my CPU oc'd to 3.0 was idling at 50c, now it's idling between 28-32c.
My only fear is removing the heat sink thermal pad.
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