Frankly speaking, I was pretty skeptical about Corsair H50 when I just started the review, because of all the previous experience I had with similar systems. However, I am glad that I was wrong, because this liquid-cooling system did surprise me in a very positive way and not just with one specific feature but with a combination of characteristics. I think no one is surprised at this point that a compact and inexpensive liquid-cooling system loses to the best air super-cooler, but the today’s difference turned out fairly small – only 4-5 °C, and simply negligible during maximum overclocking tests (60 MHz). At the same time Corsair H50 is very simple to install and work with, doesn’t require any special skills or knowledge from the user.
Corsair H50 pump is very quiet even at 12 V. By lowering the voltage to 7 V you can make it almost completely silent at the expense of only 2 °C increase in the maximum processor temperature. This fact together with a very successful (unlike Akasa) default fan makes Corsair H50 very appealing to those who care about the acoustic characteristics of their system case. Overall, I can conclude that Corsair H50 is the best compact liquid-cooling system I have tested so far.
It is impossible to address the operating life within a product review that is why the only thing I can tell you at this point is that it comes with a 2-year warranty. By simply installing the default fan of Corsair H50 for air exhaust and adding another fan for air intake on the opposite side of the radiator you can increase the cooling efficiency substantially. I am sure that any user, even a beginner will be able to do it. However, it could be nice if Corsair took care of that on their end, as in this case there would be no need to explain to users how to arrange the airflow inside their system case to ensure highest cooling efficiency.