Corsair H70 Review
Ahhh bigger. We like bigger. No matter what it is, when it comes to PC hardware, bigger is nearly universally better. Bigger hard-drives give more space. Bigger RAM gives improved application performance. Bigger heatsinks gives better cooling.
The same is true of radiators. A bigger radiator in your house produces more heat. A bigger radiator in your water-cooling loop gives lower temperatures.
Of course there are some limitations to size. You'd never fit a Noctua NHD14 into a HTPC case for example.
As you can probably tell from the cooling theme of the introduction, todays review is of something that is bigger, and therefore hopefully improved, version of a CPU Cooler we've previously tested here at OC3D.
When we tested the Corsair H50 we found it had a great mounting system and reasonable performance for a self-contained CPU water-cooler. However it just didn't have either the rad-size or pricing to be a sensible alternative to a high-end heat-pipe tower style air cooler.
Corsair have have been busy beavering away in their labs and have produced the H70. So before we take a look at this big brother to the H50, let's grab the features off of the Corsair website.
- Pre-filled, closed-loop system is easy to install
- Copper CPU cooling plate for maximum cooling performance
- Integrated pump and reservoir is sealed for zero maintenance and improved leakage protection
- Large, double-thick 120mm radiator for outstanding heat dissipation
- High-performance, twin 120mm fans offer outrageous airflow in push-pull configuration
- Included step-down adapters let you customize your fan speed for low noise or high performance.
|Cold Plate Material||Copper|
2 x 120mm, selectable 2000RPM or 1600RPM
Low-permeability for near-zero evaporation
The main improvements are an improved CPU block/pump and a much larger radiator. As well as the inclusion of two fans in a push-pull setup. Certainly on paper it has everything that the H50 needed. So let's take a look.