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Corsair Hydro Series H80 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

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Corsair Hydro H80 CPU Liquid Cooler
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The Bottom Line

Aug 21 2011 - If you enjoy overclocking and are after the lowest temps to boost your CPU speed even further, the Corsair Hydro Series H80 Liquid CPU Cooler is a cost effective component to add to your system. It's quite easy to install, and I was able to keep an Intel Core i7-2600K in the 70 degree Celsius range even at 4.9GHz with the Corsair H80 installed.

Pros

  • Easy to Install
  • Cools CPU Efficiently

Cons

  • Requires 120mm Case Intake for Radiator

Description

  • Supports AMD AM2, AMD AM3, Intel LGA 1155, Intel LGA 1156, Intel LGA 1366, Intel LGA 2011, Intel LGA 775 Sockets
  • 120mm x 2 Fans
  • Copper Cold Plate Material
  • Aluminum Radiator Material
  • Low Permeability Tubing
  • Radiator Dimensions: 120mm x 152mm x 38mm
  • Fan Dimensions: 120mm x 120mm x 25mm
  • Fan Speed: Up to 1300 RPM (Low Noise), 2000 RPM (Balanced), and 2500 RPM (High Performance)
  • Fan Airflow: 46 - 92 CFM
  • Fan dBA: 22 - 39
  • Fan Static Pressurea: 1.6 - 7.7mm/H20
  • Five Year Warranty

Review - Corsair Hydro Series H80 Liquid CPU Cooler

For many PC enthusiasts, overclocking one's CPU is a long standing tradition. But to achieve off the chart speeds, it's important to ensure the processor is adequately cooled. The Corsair Hydro Series H80 CPU cooler is an easy way to keep your temps at a minimum without going over the top with water cooling throughout your case.

For starters, the Corsair Hydro Series H80 is quite easy to install as long as you have a standard 120mm case fan. The H80 comes with mounting brackets for a variety of CPU sockets, including AMD AM3 and Intel LGA 1155. Corsair also states the Hydro Series H80 will be compatible with the LGA 2011 socket, which is going to be used for upcoming chips that are supposed to be released later this year.

You don't have to worry about applying thermal compound, either, as the H80 arrives with it already applied. What is nice about the H80 is that it is a new model that features an improved design, as well as a longer warranty. The Corsair H80 has a five year warranty while its predecessor, the H70, only had a two year warranty.

Overall, the Corsair H80 allowed me to keep an Intel Core i7-2600K running at 4.9GHz with 1.5 volts under full Prime95 load at around 70 degrees Celsius. It's definitely recommended if you are into overclocking as it's a cost effective solution to keep your temps down, which in turn prolongs the life of the CPU.

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