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Windows 7: Corsair H50 Liquid CPU Cooler

21 Jun 2010   #21
mpcrsc562

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I agree with what Fumz is stating -- but one thing is kind of missing in the whole thing with this good air cooling solutions vs the H50: the size of the heat sink.

Prior to my purchase, I did do some research. However, I bought the H50 some time ago, at a time when the research results I found showed that the H50 was neck-to-neck with the best air coolers and in some cases, better than the best air coolers.

These companies don't sit on their laurels; they are always refining their product and looking for better ways to rid the processor of heat.

So, back to my main point: size. A lot of the very good air coolers are good because of the fact that because of the size of the heat sink, there is an incredible amount of surface area for the moving air to remove the heat. But, being so tall, some of those same air coolers will not fit in mid-tower pc's and definitely not any small form factor chassis.

This post is subjective: for me, the H50 cooled my processor a great deal over the air cooler I had. Yes, springing a leak poses a little worry--but very little for me. For the cooling it does do and the minuscule worry I have about a leak, the H50 relieves me of other worries associated with full-blown water cooling solutions: bubbles, algae, and the fact that I have to change the coolant every so often.

My 2 1/2 cents.


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21 Jun 2010   #22
smarteyeball

 
 

Fumz has made same very valid and correct points.

So too have others.

It performs better than some air coolers, while performing worse than others and in some cases, it's not without it's risks.

The OP has his mind made up.

Not really much debating the pros and cons any further tbh.
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21 Jun 2010   #23
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

One thing that I haven't seen in the thread: the fan on the H50 is intended to draw outside air into the case, through its radiator. Normally, fans in that location blow air out of the case, and the airflow in the case is front to back.

It's not clear to me how large a problem that would be in practice, but my expectation would be that while the CPU might be cooled well, everything else would run at least a little hotter.

I suppose that some compromise should be expected with a compact, inexpensive system, that has no components mounted outside the case.
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21 Jun 2010   #24
blackroseMD1

Windows 10 Tech Preview 9926 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
One thing that I haven't seen in the thread: the fan on the H50 is intended to draw outside air into the case, through its radiator. Normally, fans in that location blow air out of the case, and the airflow in the case is front to back.

It's not clear to me how large a problem that would be in practice, but my expectation would be that while the CPU might be cooled well, everything else would run at least a little hotter.

I suppose that some compromise should be expected with a compact, inexpensive system, that has no components mounted outside the case.
Yeah, it's definitely something to consider. In my case, I have 4 fans in my case...2 pushing air out and 2 pulling air in. I wouldn't recommend it in cases where you only have the 1 120mm fan in the back, but most cases these days have more than one fan. So you can have at least one pulling and one pushing.
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22 Jun 2010   #25
OneSerious

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Okay, lots of good points for and against here. My situation is as such, I'm currently putting money aside for a 5870 Vapor-X OC which is going to cost me the guts of 400. So right now I'm not rolling in it. My case is only a cheap CoolerMaster Elite 335 Mid.

Now with the summer coming in my room is getting really warm, and my system is idling at around 40C, under load it's hitting 60C. As far as I'm aware AMD recommend no more than 62C. Also, since it's getting that warm the fan is going buck wild and making a lot of noise.

So I want a good cooler for the CPU. As much as I would like to, I don't have the money or will to drop 150+ on a new case. Given my lack of space I can pretty much rule most good air coolers out. The H50 however should fit and offer good temps. I'm not to worried about a leak because any Corsair product I've used has been 100% and I've only heard good things about their customer service if something does go wrong.

I would like to double check with the guys who already own them. There are two cables which go to the mobo, one to the CPU Fan header. What is the other cable?

And if anybody could offer up some advice in regards to removing a heat sink with thermal pad rather than paste. I know with paste the heat ink just lifts off? Is the pad the same? I sort of imagine it would be well stuck.

If anybody can come up with a better air solution which will fit in my mid case and cost around the same, I'm all ears.

Cheers for the replies guys.
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22 Jun 2010   #26
Dixon Butz

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

The other cable is for the radiator fan which is very quiet.
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22 Jun 2010   #27
OneSerious

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dixon Butz View Post
The other cable is for the radiator fan which is very quiet.
So it just goes to the 3 pin fan socket then?
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22 Jun 2010   #28
Dixon Butz

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

Yes, 3 pin.
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22 Jun 2010   #29
OneSerious

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dixon Butz View Post
Yes, 3 pin.
Good stuff. I'm temped to order it today...
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22 Jun 2010   #30
Fumz

7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kylehimself View Post
If anybody can come up with a better air solution which will fit in my mid case and cost around the same, I'm all ears.
The H50 is $80.00, and your case is 7.28" in width.

Alternatives:
Tuniq 120 Extreme, $54.99. It's only 150mm in height, 6.18". That would easily clear your case. Tuniq 120 Extreme CPU Cooler: CrazyPC Computers

Scythe Yasya, at $44.99 is about half the price of the H50, and is only 149mm, 5.87". Scythe Yasya CPU Cooler SCYS-1000: CrazyPC Computers

Really, your biggest issue is getting rid of the stock cooler, along with the stock thermal pad/paste. Whichever way you go, H50 or these air solutions, you'll notice a significant drop in temps.
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