Corsair H60 AIO Review

Testing

Corsair H60 AIO Review

 

Testing 

 

Intel i7 3960X
Stock@ 1.1v (undervolted)
4.0GHz @ 1.25v
4.4GHz @ 1.35v
4.6GHz @ 1.45v
Gigabyte X79 UD3
Corsair Vengeance LP Memory
Corsair HX850 V2
Corsair Force GT 60GB
Coolermaster Storm Trooper

 

As usual we'll be testing our coolers at varying  levels of overclock and increasing levels of voltage.  this in turn of course means increasing levels of heat which the coolers need to dissipate.  To begin with we start with the undervolted stock speed.  Why undervolted? well if you have things set on "Auto", you may well be using more volts than are actually required to run at the chosen frequency, for example our 3960s will run quite happily at just 1.1volts, solid as a rock, 24/7, and as such we use this as our starting point.

Continuity is very important in testing, and for this reason we keep as many of the potential variables as locked down as possible.  We will be using OCCT in Linpack X64, AVX compatible with all logical cores tested and 90% free memory utilised. The test is set up to run automatically with just a few clicks to set it going.  A 10 minute idle followed by 30 minutes of testing and a 5 minute cool down is the order of the day and brings the total test time per clock speed to 45 minutes.  So as to remove subjectivity in determining whether a CPU has failed, OCCT is set to stop the test and register a fail should the max temp exceed 80 degrees.  In testing we noted that if even just one of the cores exceeds 82 degrees OCCT halts the test and a fail is recorded.

 

 

Turning now to the 4GHz test we up the voltage to 1.25 volts, this is what is deemed normally as stock volts. Something we are always harping on about on the forums is AUTO does not mean stock volts, and normally if you overclocking with "auto" volts the motherboard will be upping the volts much more than needed if you were to do it manually. By whichever means it happens, upping the volts (especially from our 1.1v undervolt) does have a big impact on temps, with an average increase of 10-15 degrees seen in the results.  

 

 

 

Upping the volts still further we achieve a stable 4.4GHz overclock at 1.35 Volts. It's here we start to separate the wheat from the chaff, with lesser coolers not able to disperse the increased heat effectively. Again we see an jump of 10 degrees or so from the figures at 4GHz. Both the H100 and the well respected D14 are creeping into the 70s here, indicating that only the cream of the crop will excell at this level

 

We were quite hopeful that the H60 would slip into the into the 4.6GHz  club, but sadly this was not to be.  Maxing out one of it's cores after 13 minutes, OCCT registered a fail of the test.

 

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Most Recent Comments

28-03-2013, 05:59:47

tinytomlogan
The second generation H60 AIO watercooler from Corsair offers entry level water cooling at price similar to some midrange Air coolers. But is it any good?

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...141945926l.jpg


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28-03-2013, 06:14:05

FTLN
Been waitin for this one, might have to rma my original to get one of these back

28-03-2013, 06:30:38

Lystfiskern
Link missing?

EDIT. Refreshed the page and there it was - BOOM

28-03-2013, 06:41:12

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lystfiskern View Post
Link missing?

EDIT. Refreshed the page and there it was - BOOM

I need the thread here before I can put the review live dude. Just need to be patient

28-03-2013, 07:04:03

Blackbeard
Quote:
Originally Posted by FTLN View Post
Been waitin for this one, might have to rma my original to get one of these back
You ain't seen me, right?...

28-03-2013, 07:10:59

Lystfiskern
Aaah! Ok, I just happened to open thread just before you provided the link then.

Thx for a clean honest review as we have come to expect from OC3D.

1 thing - I really would mind the graphs being sorted by best performance cooler (delta -load) if at all possible?
Although its not to much of a hassle comparing with the other logical contenders so not that big of a deal if rearranging graphs is a large job.

28-03-2013, 07:14:06

tinytomlogan
We need a new graph program to sort them, our current one is old and needs to be done manually

28-03-2013, 07:18:55

FTLN
Quote:
Originally Posted by Blackbeard View Post
You ain't seen me, right?...

Well I been living with clunk clunk brrrrrr of the pump for a while so I can jsutify the rma

Dont even let me get on to the subject of the flock of birds that live in my ax650

28-03-2013, 08:02:37

Lystfiskern
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
We need a new graph program to sort them, our current one is old and needs to be done manually
I hear ya - would receiving a simple excel-macro with how-to instructions do do the job? If your not on to a spesific program already maybe open a thread for suggestions and possible help on the subject?

28-03-2013, 08:23:17

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lystfiskern View Post
I hear ya - would receiving a simple excel-macro with how-to instructions do do the job? If your not on to a spesific program already maybe open a thread for suggestions and possible help on the subject?
No mate it needs to look nice and we dont want our to look the same as every other excel user.

28-03-2013, 09:02:31

kenny'sghost
and with that I'm back in 2 minds.. Air cooler or this..

I want a H60.. well I want a H100 but my budget does not allow it..even the H60 is abit over budget I want to spend on a cooler..

28-03-2013, 09:09:14

Lystfiskern
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
No mate it needs to look nice and we dont want our to look the same as every other excel user.
Point taken. Will let u know if I come across possible options/sdolutions.

28-03-2013, 12:01:26

F-alienware
I'm running one of these. Well, I'm running the Coolit Eco II but it's basically identical it just doesn't have any branding. Mine uses the older type flexi hose that the old H60 used IIRC.

A good cooler. I dialed in the fan using my Alienware control board and it's very quiet and does an admirable job on my Xeon (I6, basically).

My load temps are usually under 50c and sometimes just over but more than controlled enough.

This cooler is ideal for non K CPUs IMO. You can really down the fan speeds and dial it in to be super quiet

Another fine review chaps, thanks !

02-04-2013, 03:25:27

Dexo
Overall a great cooler, stock fan is a bit noisy, but I replaced them with 2 Corsair quiet series and now the pump on full is loder

The pipes for me seemed a bit stiff and it was a bit of struggle to bend cooling unit into proper angle. I'm still not sure if the unit is properly covering cpu, temps are ok though- 3570k @ 4.4 ghz not a swet

04-04-2013, 04:08:07

Vlada011
CORSAIR always make best looking pump/block part.
And for H60, H100, H100i.
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