Corsair H60 AIO Review
Up Close: The Cooler
The H60 treads the now familiar AIO route of a radiator and fan attached to a combined pump/cold plate assembly. But as we know from looking at Air coolers, just because a cooler may look similar, or share an almost identical specification to another manufacturers unit there can often be significant margins between their levels of performance. The Pump/cold plate and Radiator of the H60 are connected via 2x30omm runs of flexible rubberised tubing, having a larger diameter than the older H60 and potentially offering better flow as well as greater flexibility and less propensity to kinking as the image below right shows.
Designed to accommodate a 120mm fan on either of it's surfaces the H60 comes with one of Corsair's 2000RPM fan units. The fan appears to be one of Corsair's SP120s, but with Green/Grey blades. With the SP series offering greater static pressure than their AF (Airflow) range it makes great sense for Corsair to choose this as the partner for the Radiator. The keen eyed amongst you will also pick up on the fact that the fan comes pre drilled for the fitting of 5mm LEDs should you wish to add in a little modding bling (but please don't as we quite like the rugged simplicity)
Taking the fan away now to enable a closer look at the Radiator we can see that unlike the H80i the H60 has a single width rad. Measuring just 120x152x27mm the Radiator is only a little bigger than a standard 120mm fan, the main differences being the end tank extensions.
The tubing attaches to the larger of the end tanks either side of the centre-line, and although little flexibility is offered here the tubing is quite pliant and should not cause any problems in being bent over the to CPU area in even the smallest of cases. Although only a single fan is supplied the radiator assembly does have threaded fan mounting holes on each side, which with the addition of the correctly threaded and correct length screws (available from Corsair) will enable you to configure a push pull set up should you so desire.
The cold plate/pump assembly looks almost identical the to both the H80i & H100i the H60 but does however lack the LED lighting behind the Corsair logo and the Corsair Link software which enables the setting of cooling profiles from the desktop. The cold plate comes coated in pre applied thermal paste with a protective plastic guard preventing the TIM getting smudged before you're ready for installation.