Corsair H70 Review
What's in the Box?
The H50 box was nicely designed, but suffered from incredibly thin plastic holding it all together. It was perfect if you never wanted to put the cooler back in the box, but an absolute nightmare if you did. Straight away the H70 is an improvement with egg-box style cardboard keeping the whole arrangement nicely in place and making it as easy to store as you could hope.
The front certainly stands out leaving nobody in any doubt of what is in the box. Although we can't wait to hear the "I expected it to have some RAM in there" thanks to the cheeky use of a stick of Dominator in the picture.
The universal mounting system is identical to that which we saw on the H50. It was so simple to use there that we're pleased to see Corsair haven't tinkered for the sake of it. So often we find things work perfectly well and then get needlessly changed for the sake of change. Anyone who's tried a one-sided webcam conversation on the new Windows Live knows what we mean.
As well as two of Corsairs fans we also have some adaptors in the box. There are two with in-line resistors for fan speed reduction, and a y-splitter so you can run both fans off one header. Very welcome additions to the package.
Here it is in all its glory. The difference between this and the H50 is instantly noticable. The radiator is 50mm thick, twice the thickness of the H50, and once you get both the fans on there it certainly will be a fair lump to install.
Flipping the size thing around, the heatsink/pump combination is greatly reduced in height.
The largest annoyance when trying to fit the H50 was how inflexible it all was. Installing the heatsink meant having the radiator flapping about and hitting you in the arm/side of the head. If you installed the radiator first then the pump would be waving around in the air. Although the tubing isn't enormously more flexible, there is at least a little more suppleness to the H70s arrangement.
The best improvement though is the addition of rotating fittings which really help not only installation but also radiator placement. With some ITX or mATX cases you could mount the radiator at the front now, which makes far more sense considering Corsair want you to use it as an intake and not an exhaust.