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Corsair Hydro Series H60 Testing:
Testing of Corsair Hydro Series H60 High Performance Liquid CPU cooler will be accomplished by installing the cooler into the test system, mounted into a case, not a test bench. Most systems are built and mounted into a (relatively) sealed chassis, so this method will be used to generate the load and idle results to give a real world view as to what kind of cooling performance one can expect.
Of course, your results may vary due to case design and ambient air temperature by several degrees. The CPU load is generated by Prime 95 version 27.7 for a period of two hours with a cool down period of one hour after the computer has returned to an idle state. Real Temp 3.70 is used to log the temperatures over this time period, with the highest and lowest averages across the four cores of the Core i7 2600K test CPU.
Ambient temperatures are kept at 24 degrees Celcius throughout the testing to minimize the impact of a variable temperature. Each cooler is tested with the manufacturer-supplied thermal compound as delivered. Many of us have our own TIM favorites, but for the end-user without a half-dozen tubes of thermal paste laying around, the supplied TIM will have to do and is how these coolers will be tested.
- Processors: Core i7 2600K @ 4.3 GHz 100 x 43 1.30v
- CPU Cooling: Corsair Hydro Series H60
- Motherboard: Gigabyte Z68AP-D3
- Memory: Mushkin 993997 9-11-10-28 1866Mhz
- Video Card: XFX HD 7970 Black Edition
- Power Supply: Corsair AX1200
- Hard Drive: Corsair Force GT 240GB
- Optical Drive: Lite-On Blu-Ray
- Case: Corsair Obsidian 650D
- OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
- Temperature: 24 degrees Celcius
Whatever Corsair has done to the insides of the pump/cold plate assembly, it just works. With a thinner radiator and single fan it is able to keep up with the Corsair H80 on high. Compared to the standard air-cooled heatsinks, the new H60 is a degree cooler than the Phanteks offering at stock speeds and a degree warmer when overclocked. A pretty solid effort, I would say.