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January 23, 2012 9:27:23 PM

So I'm having trouble deciding between which Corsair Hydero series to get. I've been searching prices for ages and here's what I've found.

H50 = £60
H60 = £50
H70 = £58
H80 = £70
H100 = £75

So I'm guessing to some of you this is an obvious choice but I've spent hours looking at one vs another and got different results from different sites. I don't really want to spend more than £70 so unless the H100 is miles better than the ones below it I won't be buying it. Also I'm willing to add an extra 120mm fan to any of the ones below the H80 and 100 if it makes them a better deal. Thanks in advance for any help.
January 23, 2012 9:54:37 PM

Any idea why this review doesn't include the H70?
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January 23, 2012 9:55:57 PM

I have an H50 on my Core i3-2100 running at stock speeds it's at 26C (I haven't Prime95'd it as it's not OCed yet). Previously I had a Core2Quad Q8200 that ran at 3.01GHz (2.33 stock) and it stayed at 24C idle, 36C Prime95. I also am only running the one stock fan as an intake on the back of my computer across the radiator on a positive pressure Antec 300 with room temp usually around 70F +/-.

I can't see spending cash on another sealed cooler when the low ball of the line does so well. MaxPC, CPU Mag and PC World have all done comparisons of the H50 and air coolers on Core i7 set ups and the H50 has always won in temps and sound of the one's I've seen. I don't know (or haven't seen) if any comparisons have been done on the H50 against the H80 or the higher end new ones. Might be something to do a quick google on.

Whatever you choose, it will be a great investment, at stock speed and OCed. Good luck!
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January 23, 2012 9:59:02 PM

the h50 and h70 are crap imo, the newer ones outperform them. Even a cm hyper 212 outperforms the h50
January 23, 2012 10:01:21 PM

First of all thank you both for the replies haven't any on other forums. Scottie what you said in the last bit of your post, you saying the H50 outperformed the H60 and H70?
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January 23, 2012 10:10:16 PM

No, I'm saying I haven't PERSONALLY seen any comparisons, but the few I looked at on google the past few minutes, they are saying the newer ones outperform the H50, but the temp differences are minimal. The H50 is nice and small and can fit in most cases with a 120mm 'hole'. If you have a beefy case, you can easily go with most of the H series, but if you're pinched on space, the 50 will likely do.
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January 23, 2012 10:12:38 PM

Like amuffin's link showed, the 80 and 100 are minimally lower in temps... Are you going to see the difference in 33C vs 34C?
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January 23, 2012 10:15:26 PM

scottiemedic said:
Like amuffin's link showed, the 80 and 100 are minimally lower in temps... Are you going to see the difference in 33C vs 34C?

look at overclocked at full load.
January 23, 2012 10:17:26 PM

You're right scottie the H50 does perform really well with minimal differences up until load overclock where there is a 10C difference really wish the H60 was on here though because if I can find that it performs better than the H50 then thats what I'll go for as it's the cheapest one around
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January 23, 2012 10:19:51 PM

CM12x said:
You're right scottie the H50 does perform really well with minimal differences up until load overclock where there is a 10C difference really wish the H60 was on here though because if I can find that it performs better than the H50 then thats what I'll go for as it's the cheapest one around

what cpu?
January 23, 2012 10:22:12 PM

Phenom II X4 965 stock clock 3.4 want to overclock it
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January 23, 2012 10:25:20 PM

Personally I'll take 10C for the small 120mm fan noise (or lack thereof). The only difference in the H50 and 60 is a different (and lower profile) pump on the CPU and radiator fins revamp. It still uses the same 120mm fan for reservoir cooling. I can't see a huge difference just off specs...
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January 23, 2012 10:37:28 PM

Go with the 60 as long as you're not trying to get to 5GHz, you should be well off (and it's cheaper). And make sure you get a good CPU paste like Arctic Silver. No use having a good cooler if you can't transfer the heat...
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January 23, 2012 11:34:01 PM

there is no point of hydro series, just go for a cooler master hyper 212 plus.
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January 24, 2012 12:16:38 AM

I fully disagree with amuffin after doing both air and water cooling. The hyper is 'old' tech according to many websites I've read (never personally owned one), and it's a beast of a tower sticking up in your case, the hydros have a nice clean look to them and perform just as well to better depending on what source you look at.
January 24, 2012 8:42:55 AM

I appreciate your input muffin but tbh I've seen your response in many different forums and tbh if people are asking about a Hydro they probably don't want a huge hunk of metal hanging off their motherboard as I don't
January 24, 2012 9:18:30 AM

Anyway I decided to squeeze my budget and go for the H100 £84 next day delivery.
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January 25, 2012 1:25:40 AM

Let me know how it works and what temps you run at. Always worth looking at upgrading my H50, but never been accepting enough to pull the trigger :) 
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January 25, 2012 5:34:37 AM

scottiemedic said:
Let me know how it works and what temps you run at. Always worth looking at upgrading my H50, but never been accepting enough to pull the trigger :) 

Why would you even need to upgrade from the H50? The I3-2100 runs pretty cool compared to its counterparts.
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January 25, 2012 6:01:47 AM

That's why I haven't yet... But I'm also not going to get stuck on old tech if pumps get more efficient and such, nor have I tried any Prime tests or OCing yet, I've only had the 2100 3-4 weeks. My temps might go thru the roof (not that I think it will based on my previous C2Q, but you never know).
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January 25, 2012 6:18:16 AM

scottiemedic said:
That's why I haven't yet... But I'm also not going to get stuck on old tech if pumps get more efficient and such, nor have I tried any Prime tests or OCing yet, I've only had the 2100 3-4 weeks. My temps might go thru the roof (not that I think it will based on my previous C2Q, but you never know).

You know you can't even oc the 2100.
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January 25, 2012 6:24:11 AM

Sorry, my bad. I will be moving over to a i5 or i7 k series as soon as the wife allows it :)  Then I can talk about OCing...
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January 25, 2012 6:31:10 AM

scottiemedic said:
Sorry, my bad. I will be moving over to a i5 or i7 k series as soon as the wife allows it :)  Then I can talk about OCing...

I would wait until april 9th and move over to the i5-3570k.
January 25, 2012 5:12:24 PM

CM12x said:
So I'm having trouble deciding between which Corsair Hydero series to get. I've been searching prices for ages and here's what I've found.

H50 = £60
H60 = £50
H70 = £58
H80 = £70
H100 = £75

So I'm guessing to some of you this is an obvious choice but I've spent hours looking at one vs another and got different results from different sites. I don't really want to spend more than £70 so unless the H100 is miles better than the ones below it I won't be buying it. Also I'm willing to add an extra 120mm fan to any of the ones below the H80 and 100 if it makes them a better deal. Thanks in advance for any help.



I have H50 on Q6600 , H80 on I7-2600K works like a charm. Both are OC. The setup is really low noise and i don't have that ~ 1KG heat sink/cooling fan on the motherboard. That's what i like the most. H60/70 should work. What ever is cheaper that will work for your budget.
January 25, 2012 9:36:55 PM

I'm so glad I went with the H100 I'm running 25C idle and 40C full load and at full load it's really quit. I don't understand why people are saying this loud, i must be doing something differently at idle its silent!
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January 25, 2012 9:38:48 PM

Glad to hear it's kicking A. People really underestimate the effectiveness of the hydro series!! Congrats!!
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January 27, 2012 5:38:37 AM

Though a real water cooling kit would be much more efficient...
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January 27, 2012 5:48:23 AM

[start_rant]Then why don't you buy a 'real' water cooling kit yourself amuffin and stop being a hypocrite since right there in your sig you admit to having an H80 yourself. He wanted Corsair advice, and I think he got the answer and cooler he wanted, and the Corsairs work awesome for being an all in one solution. Send me your H80 and get a water cooling kit yourself instead of making random remarks just to get your post score higher for the month. [/end_rant]
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January 27, 2012 5:52:58 AM

scottiemedic said:
[start_rant]Then why don't you buy one amuffin and stop being a hypocrite since right there in your sig you admit to having an H80 yourself. He wanted Corsair advice, and I think he got the answer and cooler he wanted, and the Corsairs work awesome for being an all in one solution. Send me your H80 and get a water cooling kit yourself instead of making random remarks just to get your post score higher for the month. [/end_rant]

How am I being a hypocrite? I just stated that a real water cooling kit would be a better option than an Hydro cooler. It isn't for the points, it is just stating that a water kit setup would be a much better option.
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January 27, 2012 6:03:30 AM

Look at the first post in the thread and tell me HOW mentioning a 212 or water cooling kit is at all appropriate or relevant, especially after YOU were the first to recommend an H80 or 100.

Post more if you want, I'm not going to have a cyber battle of wits with an unarmed man, nor will I check the thread again unless CM12x decides I had the best answer in which case I will pull it up to thank him without reading your posts. Night night...
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