March 21, 2010

Corsair H50 Water Cooling Review

My new hardwareSo noth­ing is more excit­ing then get­ting new hard­ware for your PC… well at least for me there isn’t.  This Sat­ur­day I picked up some new hard­ware which you can see in the pic above.  The three items I picked up yes­ter­day don’t real­ly affect sys­tem per­for­mance per say but they still add to your gam­ing expe­ri­ence.  The one that real­ly stood out amoung the parts was the Cor­sair H50 water cool­er.  Now to give you guys a lit­tle back­ground I have had ter­ri­ble luck with with water cool­ing.  The last two times I have picked a water cool­ing sys­tem of some sort it has either explod­ed all over my desk or just ran­dom­ly run out of liq­uid over night and then crashed my sys­tem so as you might guess I was quite skep­ti­cal about buy­ing a new one.  When my last one final­ly died it spilled liq­uid all over my moth­er­board.  I was able to sal­vage the board but at that point I was just ready to give it up and move on.  I bought a new mobo and proces­sor short­ly after that to wash myself of the pain which was that expe­ri­ence.  I am glad to say how­ev­er that I am far more impressed with the Cor­sair H50 then I was with my pre­vi­ous unit.  As I have done my best to blot out the pre­vi­ous expe­ri­ences I do not remem­ber the name of the pre­vi­ous sys­tem but after look­ing around Newegg, Google Images and I can hon­est­ly say I don’t think you can get it any­more.
So lets start with my set­up.  I am run­ning a Asus M3a78‑T moth­er­board with 4gb of Geil DDr2 1066 with 5–5‑5–15 tim­ings, AMD Phe­nom 9950, Sound­blaster Xfi Fatal1ty, Lite-on DVD IE, and final­ly a rock­et­fish  700 watt pow­er supply.I do apol­o­gize I did­n’t take any before and after pic­tures of this upgrade.  Next time I do this I will try to sit down and doc­u­ment the entire process.   So lets start with how it looks.  The unit looks clean and sim­ple.  It’s not over­ly cool or fan­cy.  I feel some­times com­pa­nies spend way to much time mak­ing their units look cool but for­get to actu­al­ly take time mak­ing them work.  This was part of my prob­lem I had with my pre­vi­ous unit.  It looked cool with the blue coolant flow­ing through the lines but the damn thing bare­ly worked and it caused me way more dam­age and headache then that was worth and quite hon­est­ly the con­struc­tion looked like crap.   I’m hap­py to say that the H50 looks sol­id and it feels sol­id… the tub­ing is stiff… but not so stiff you think you are going to break it.  The tub­ing is fas­tened secure­ly in place and does­n’t look like it’s going to bust off if you wig­gle it the wrong way.
On my pre­vi­ous set­up before the H50 I was idling at around 50 — 54 Cel­sius and if I start­ed play­ing games it would eas­i­ly go up to six­ty.  Just for kicks last night before I installed it I tried over­clock­ing my CPU to 3.1GHZ up from the stock 2.6 GHZ that it comes in at.  My sys­tem very quick­ly jumped temps to 64C and start­ed slow­ly going up from there.  At this point I fig­ured it was no good so I just shut it off and start­ed the install.
Sev­er­al things you need to con­sid­er before you buy any com­po­nent is how easy is it to install?  Will I need to dis­as­sem­ble my com­put­er?  Will need to mod­i­fy my case?  Is my case big enough for this com­po­nent?  In my case I did the research at the store.  If you are buy­ing this unit you need to make sure that the back end of your case has a 120mm fan slot.  You will need this to mount the radi­a­tor onto it.  The unit comes with brack­ets that will allow it to fit onto Intel LGA 775, LGA1366, LGA1156 and AMD AM2 and AM3 sock­et types.  In some cas­es you can use your moth­er­boards mount­ing brack­et to fas­ten the CPU cool­er onto your CPU.  This was­n’t so in my case, I had to remove the entire moth­er­board and use the mount­ing brack­et that came with the H50.  Not a big issue but it’s always a has­sle to unassem­ble your PC.   The unit is not over­ly sized or crazy small so it fits quite well into my par­tic­u­lar set­up.  I did­n’t find myself strug­gling to close my case or hav­ing to push excess tub­ing out of the way.
Final­ly your prob­a­bly won­der­ing how it per­forms on stock cool­ing and for over clock­ing.  I am hap­py to say the unit works quite well.. espe­cial­ly with my set­up.  I dropped down from a 50 — 54 Cel­sius idle to a 31 — 34 Cel­sius idle.  Where the prod­uct real­ly start­ed to shine was when I added the over­clock.  When I over­clocked the machine to 3.1ghz again the tem­per­a­ture rose up to 41C but then held steady.  So not only did i drop my over­all temps 20+ Cel­sius but I also manged to main­tain a much cool­er over­clock.  For those of you curi­ous to what I did to achieve this over­clock I did this.  I set the CPU core mul­ti­pli­er to 15.5 and the CPU core volt­age to 1.44v.  So far I am hap­py with this unit.  I haven’t seen any issues of it leak­ing, explod­ing or like­wise mal­func­tion­ing.  So if you are look­ing into a begin­ners water cool­ing sys­tem that is easy to install this should work for you quite nice­ly.  I dropped 79.99 on this pup­py and so far it seems to be work­ing quite nice­ly.  I am quite hap­py with it.


  1. PimpmasterF - March 21, 2010 5:26 pm

    I picked up the H50 a month or two ago to replace my Ther­mal­take V1 air cool­er and could­nt be hap­per with it. I was able to unlock the 4th core in my PHII X3 720 and OC it from 2.8Ghz to 3.5Ghz which is a decent OC, 700Mhz or 21.5%. It idles around 26–30c depend­ing on ambi­ent temps and reach­es 39c dur­ing heavy gam­ing and then hits 48–50 under 100% load (8+hrs of prime95) so the $80 spent was a wise invest­ment and worth every cent 😀

  2. DeathProof - March 21, 2010 8:08 pm

    Cool, now I wan­na low­er my temps just for shits and gig­gles.

  3. Anonymous - March 21, 2010 9:47 pm

    Will this work on my lap­top? My lap­top runs real­ly hot and needs more help than any­thing else!

  4. PimpmasterF - March 22, 2010 12:43 am

    anony­mous, I dont mean to be rude but are you seri­ous? if so then no, its a desk­top cool­er 🙂 the best thing you could do is blow out your lap­top with com­pressed air and get a cool­ing pad 😀

  5. DeathProof - March 24, 2010 8:58 pm

    sound­man, give us an update on how ur sys­tem is run­ning after hav­ing it hooked up for while now. Any leaks? lol. Does look sweet thou 🙂

  6. thsoundman - March 24, 2010 11:13 pm

    So far so good… after about a week of own­ing it is still keep­ing temps low and to fur­ther that when I over­clock i have yet to go over 44c. And it’s qui­et as shit in my case. Even with the side off it’s very min­i­mal noise.

  7. PimpmasterF - March 25, 2010 9:23 pm

    Good call Tay­lor 🙂

  8. Office Assistant - March 26, 2010 10:05 am

    It’s beau­ti­ful.

  9. thsoundman - March 27, 2010 5:46 pm

    I know it’s beau­ti­ful. Thats how i roll!

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