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,
46-92CFM / 22-39 dBA,
46-92 CFM / 22-39 dBA,
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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  • prime2515103 - Monday, November 7, 2011 - link

    "Each Corsair Hydro Series cooler is mounted to blow air from outside the case over the radiator."
  • compudaze - Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - link

    You can always mod your grill like this: -- but you're right, it sucks and you shouldn't have to do that.
  • mschira - Monday, November 7, 2011 - link

    Then this would solve the compatibility issues right from the start...
  • Earthmonger - Monday, November 7, 2011 - link

    Kind of disappointed you didn't open the coolers up. I'd like to know just what kind of build quality one can expect; whether it is deep-fried korean junk, or pristine japanese craftsmanship. It does a lot to ease the mind.
  • Mjello - Monday, November 7, 2011 - link

    Why isn't anyone making a "ready to use" closed circuit cooler for gpu's ?
    My gpu needs watercooling more than my cpu.
  • ggathagan - Monday, November 7, 2011 - link

    It's a matter of market scale.
    You can accomodate any CPU from the last 5 years with a single design and two styles of mounting mechanism.
    For GPU's, there are too many variations of design that would have to be considered to make it anywhere near as profitable.
  • cjs150 - Monday, November 7, 2011 - link

    I rather like these kits. They are a lot worse than a custom loop but for someone just starting on water cooling they are a good introduction.

    Water cooling CPU only is not particularly sensible because air coolers are just as good (although big). A custom loop would cool both CPU and GPU at very least.

    Nice review
  • Hauk - Monday, November 7, 2011 - link

    I bought the H80 last month and was less than impressed with the quality of the mounting hardware. Perhaps I've been spoiled with the superb quality found with Thermalright mounting hardware. In any case, the hardware Corsair provides is cheap garbage in comparison. Yes it works, but it's poor quality, soft metal. Hold this mounting hardware in one hand, and typical Thermalright hard metal (and chromed) hardware in the other. It's easy to see which was designed for multiple mounting and unmountings.

    The installation instructions are poorly written as well. I learned more from this article about how the push button affects fan speed than I did from anything Corsair provided. And no words Corsair? Just pictures? You'd think there'd be something written, if anything, a paragraph explaining the push button, or how to properly torque the fittings.

    Other than that, meh, so I got water in my case now.
  • Mjello - Monday, November 7, 2011 - link

    I have had the h100 for a year or two now. Could have done with the H60. I don't care about 3-4 degrees difference or overclocks.

    I want absolute silence and water does that. Just need something for my gpu as well. It gets a bit noisy when gaming.

    Big cpu coolers are also silent. However the heat tends to build up in the case and then you need extra fans to move the air out of the case. With water you can place the radiator outside the case with a 900 rpm fan on.

    When my gpu isn't working hard, all i hear is my harddrive. So please, someone make a gpu version of this.
  • kg4icg - Monday, November 7, 2011 - link

    I don't seehow you had the H100 for over a year, when it just came out this year. It's less than 6 month's old. Try that again?

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