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#1 9 years ago

Looks ok, it is cheaper than a big water cooling system, but is it worth it? Take a good look at the results in the video, then compare them to the results of the TRUE cooling unit below:

http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/charts/cpu_cooler.php?tid=35


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#2 9 years ago

You can't expect that TRUE bench to be a fair comparison at all. It's on a Q6600 @ 3GHz vs the Corsair unit being benched on a i7 920 at 4GHz, which would produce quite a bit more heat.

Out of all the ready to go cheap WC units, this is one of the best I've seen, and at $75, it matches if not beats the price of a TRUE once you get the required fan it doesn't come with.

I don't know about you, but 59C on a 4GHz i7 920 vs 51C on a 3 GHz Q6600 is pretty damn good, even if it were $100. I would seriously consider getting this cooler, and I'm not really big on WC.

It's design eliminates all the worries of a WC setup and it does it at a very good price and more importantly, it produces very good results, esp in it's price range. When Corsair puts their name on something, they expect it to be good, and this product appears to be no exception there. Rodney Reynolds (AKA 3DGameMan) also only endorses good products. Unlike Trubritar, he'll be the first to tell you anything about a product he doesn't like, vs just raving about benchmarks.

After reading Guru3D's review on it, there is one caveat it appears. Corsair recommends mounting the rad fan facing inward, so as to pull cool air from outside. That means this setup is best put in a case with a large exhaust fan at the top to help remove the heat pulled in by the rad.

http://www.guru3d.com/article/corsair-h50-cpu-cooler-review/




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#3 9 years ago
I don't know about you, but 59C on a 4GHz i7 920 vs 51C on a 3 GHz Q6600 is pretty damn good, even if it were $100. I would seriously consider getting this cooler, and I'm not really big on WC.

Depends on the voltages, as well as BClk. With a TRUE on my 920 at 3.6GHz, 1.34Vcore gives me 59C load. 1.31Vcore gives me about 55.




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#4 9 years ago
>Omen<;4958053You can't expect that TRUE bench to be a fair comparison at all. It's on a Q6600 @ 3GHz vs the Corsair unit being benched on a i7 920 at 4GHz, which would produce quite a bit more heat.

Crap, I didn't even see that.


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#5 9 years ago

Well I think it depends on what review you trust, as after further reading they seem to vary on this product. Guru3D seems to show it as having excellent results on a QX9770 @ 3.6GHz, which is pretty close to an OCed i7 in heat.

Guru3D doesn't show the TRUE in their chart though. MadShrimps puts it about on par with a TRUE on an OCed i7, scoring only 1 degree better at load vs the manufacturer's claimed 10% better than the best air cooler.

If it really is only 1 degree better than the TRUE on an OCed i7, that's not bad for it's price range but I'd still go with a TRUE because you'd no doubt wind up with higher case temps having to turn your rear exhaust fan inward. I also don't like the idea of having an intake fan that is not dust filtered.

Aside from that, the H50 would also be more cumbersome to install than a TRUE, with it's attached rad and hoses dangling after mounting the block. I always prefer mounting the MB without anything dangling from it or having to mount something dangling from it before mounting it. That's one tradeoff of a closed loop WC system they don't mention.

That being said, I still feel this is the best affordable closed loop WC kit I've seen, and it makes me ponder if even better ones can be made under $100.




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#6 9 years ago

Yeah it's a very good price for a water-cooling system, it's no Koolance, but it gets the job done. I'd have to say that I'd rather get a TRUE as well.


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#7 9 years ago

I saw this over on OCF in the watercooling section and I'm not really impressed. If you saw the comparison Corsair did vs. the TRUE you'd see that they had the TRUE in a pull configuration where as it performs quite a bit better in a push configuration. This is a step up from koolance products, but it sure as hell isn't as good as a good watercooling setup.




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#8 9 years ago
kow_ciller;4958129I saw this over on OCF in the watercooling section and I'm not really impressed. If you saw the comparison Corsair did vs. the TRUE you'd see that they had the TRUE in a pull configuration where as it performs quite a bit better in a push configuration. This is a step up from koolance products, but it sure as hell isn't as good as a good watercooling setup.

My point exactly.


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#9 9 years ago
kow_ciller;4958129This is a step up from koolance products, but it sure as hell isn't as good as a good watercooling setup.

No it's not, nor do they claim it to be. Better to say it doesn't perform 10% better than the best air coolers like they claim, though I'd like to see more bench tests first.

At the very least performance wise it seems to be on par with a TRUE, but many run their TRUE's with two fans or one high RPM loud one that pushes a lot of air. So this unit may win slightly as far as noise levels too. I still feel the main drawback is having to invert the fan you cool the rad with.

I never thought just having a WC setup for the sake of it being WC was a good reason to step away from air. It should work better because it's superior technology. That's the price you pay when you simplify a WC setup too much. You end up taking away a lot of it's full potential.




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#10 9 years ago
At the very least performance wise it seems to be on par with a TRUE, but many run their TRUE's with two fans or one high RPM loud one that pushes a lot of air. So this unit may win slightly as far as noise levels too. I still feel the main drawback is having to invert the fan you cool the rad with.

Well, many cases for enthusiasts have a fan at the top, so that's not too bad. It just means that there are more inlets than outlets.