Corsair H60 AIO Review
For the purpose of the review we'll be mounting the H60 to the 2011 platform as this is the chip we now conduct all our testing on. The lack of a need for a back plate makes mounting to 2011 a much easier option for all coolers, but backplates aside it's hard to see how Corsair could have utilised a simpler mounting mechanism than the one they have chosen. Four bolts, threaded at each end screw into the motherboard (if you're using any other platform then they screw through to the backplate). The cold plate is then placed over the CPU with a mounting bracket being placed over the top of it, the slots at it's 4 corners being lined up with the protruding bolts you previously placed in the motherboard. Knurled thumb bolts are then tightened over the top of each thread and can be further tightened with a screw driver if desired. The fitting for AMD is similarly simple utilising the lever type mechanism that will be familiar to those with AMD chips. A novel innovation is the embedding of magnets into the corners of the cold plate assembly which serve to hold the mounting bracket in place as you screw it down. On the face of it this might seem like a bit of a gimmick, but believe us when we say it makes quite a difference to the fitting process, preventing as it does the bracket wandering off as you attempt to secure it with the knurled bolts
The instructions indicate that the H60 should be installed with the fan on intake, the idea being to pull in cool fresh air and have it exhausted by a roof fan. It's a simple enough job to install the fan the other way round to have it extracting in pull configuration, however, if you want to set things up for extract in push configuration you will have to be careful of the amount of clearance you have in your case between the rear fan area, the roof of the case and the expansion card rebate. Remembering that if you have the rad up against the interior of the case the end tanks increase it's footprint over that of a standard 120mm case fan. Once you've chosen your configuration, it's a simple matter of passing bolts through the case, a set of washers and the fan, leading them to holes in the 4 corners of the rad where they are tightened. Both the fan and the pump have fan headers, the pump having a 3 pin and the fan a 4 pin enabling PWM. For the purpose of testing we always attach to 12v straight out of the PSU, we would always advise wiring the pump straight to the PSU so you get a true 12v and not risk you motherboard slowing the pump down unnecessarily, we are happy to point out the pump makes little to no noise so running it at 12v isnt a problem.
We've installed the kit into our trusty Cooler Master "Test Trooper". The flexibility of the tubing and the rotating junctions where the tubing joins the Cold plate enable easy manipulation of the tubing route and should offer kink free installation Should your case provide the flexibility, it's entirely possible to mount the H60 in the place of a roof fan.