Corsair Hydro H50

Self-contained CPU water cooling kit
Author: Jouni 'Jipa' Vasama
Published: 20.08.2009
Manufacturer: Corsair
Product Group: Cooling
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Low cost and liquid cooling don't go along too well. Proper kits tend to cost a lot, and cheap all-in-one coolers have gained a pretty nasty reputation for poor performance, build quality, and leaking as a result. Anyway there usually are some exceptations to rules, and this time Corsair tries to break the ice with their new Hydro H50 LCLC (low cost water cooling) unit. Right away it's worth pointing out that this unit really is low cost, and aims for direct competition with the high-end air coolers of today.

Now while Corsair may still be best known as a memory manufacturer, they aren't exactly new to liquid cooling either. Back in 2006 they launched the Nautilus 500 external water cooler. Back then the unit gained pretty nice reviews, but being a set-top box, it didn't really seem all that practical. This time they've teamed up with Asetek and taken a bit different approach. Lets see if it pays out!



Corsair Hydro H50 Review

The unit arrived to our test in a white box, so apparently the retail packaging isn't ready yet. So instead of the regular shot of the box, here's what came nicely packed inside.

The cooler comes with mounting hardware for the current sockets: LGA775, LGA1366 as well as AM2/AM3. As of now it's unclear how Corsair will make the unit compatible with the oncoming LGA1156 socket from Intel. Beside the mounting hardware there's just the fan, a set of mounting screws and an installation manual in the box.

Technical Specification

  • Model: CWCH50
  • Cold Plate Material: Copper
  • Fan Specs: 120mm, 1700 RPM
  • Radiator Material: Aluminum
  • Tubing: Low-permeability for near-zero evaporation
  • Warranty: 24 Months

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