Corsair H50 Review


Corsair H50   Review


Corsair have got ever base covered regardless of which platform you use. On the left is the AMD baseplate and retainer. On the right we have the Intel one. Yes, one.

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This is why there is only one. The bracket has holes in place for all three of the slight spacing differences in the Intel motherboards. Although it does make us wonder why Intel felt the need to move the screw holes a couple of millimetres.

Finally the base of the H50 has pre-applied thermal paste. Thankfully not of the stodgy variety we expect in pre-applied pastes. You can also see the efforts Corsair have gone to to make sure that there wont be any leakage. Last time I saw that many screw-heads in a confined space I was locked in Tom's shed.

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The Simple Installation Procedure

Installation is so simplistic we thought we actually show you. After all, to look at the base of the H50 it's not immediately apparent how you can attach this.

We'll demonstrate on the AM3 platform, although the method is identical on Intel motherboards too. Install four bolts into the backplate. These are profiled to fit snugly into slots which double as a bolt allowing the tightening to occur.

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The retaining ring has multiple latches around the outside which will slot into the base of the main part of the Corsair H50. On the outside of the ring are four oval slots into which you put four of the eight plastic risers.

Here you can see we're rightly using the AMD ones which are easily identifiable thanks to the lack of two screw holes.

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These secure into the retainer with a clip ensuring that it's not a one time fix and so you can transport the H50 to an alternative platform should you need to.

This gets loosely screwed into the motherboard via four long screws. This is a slightly awkward part of the procedure as the holes in the risers are exceptionally low tolerance and getting the screws through is a little bit of an effort. 

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Finally the pump and heatsink section gets slid through the gaps and turned slightly so the notches line up. The whole shebang is then tightened and you're ready to go.

About the only thing to note is that the instructions wisely say to install the radiator first. For the benefits of clear photography we didn't do this for this guide, but we'd definitely recommend it. The pipes aren't very flexible at all so mounting the cooler on the motherboard first will make the radiator flap about way more than we'd like. So backplate, motherboard, radiator, cooler is definitely the order of install.

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Speaking of the radiator. Corsair need the H50 installed with the airflow effectively backwards. What is the standard exhaust port becomes the intake drawing cool air across the rad. Now we'll have much more to say about this decision later on, but it's something to be aware of.

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Most Recent Comments

21-05-2010, 11:46:12

I've noticed Noctua cooler was tested in push & pull configuration. I'm quite sure H50 wasnt. I've been reading the reviews on other websites and actually have H50 myself installed in my CM 840 along with case own rear 120mm fan in Push and Pull configuration and this actually makes a noticable difference. I thought it's worth mentioning.Quote

21-05-2010, 15:05:25

Great review. Kind of mirrors my feelings of it (I have one on my Dad's PC). On the down side, there are ways of getting things cooler, and quieter, but on the other hand, it is quite quiet and allows it to be installed in a larger number of cases. For instance a small Lian Li case looks great, but with the PSU directly over the CPU socket, there is no way to fit a big tower heatsink, especially the sort needed to cool a hot running quad.

Overall the build quality is good, and it allows mounting in a case which is prohibitively small for a big tower.Quote

31-05-2010, 21:44:12

nice review. Exactly my own impressions on it tbh. Convenient but a bit expensive.

EDIT: Got mine for £50 from ebuyer Quote

13-06-2010, 22:25:14

Wow £60 !! I paid £48 for mine from Scan with free delivery. No wonder you lot don't rate it as highly as I do.

Mine must use an older retention though because it's totally different and plastic. It can be a bit of a sod to install on AM2/3 also unless you stick the back bracket on (which I don't reccomend).

Also I have noticed that the Noctua review does not cover AMD at all (unless of course I have missed it) and if it performs anything like Noctua's other coolers do on AMD then I would have the Corsair hands down. I would be very interested to see if the Noctua performs well on AMD tbh. If so then I just may be persuaded to try one out.Quote

14-06-2010, 00:30:27

The Noctua rapes the H50 on any socket and any cpu mate.Quote

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