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Corsair Hydro H60 High Performance

The packaging of the Hydro H60 High Performance is the same in design and information content but silvery in color:

Specifications and a list of accessories in several languages can be found on the box. The cooler's performance and noise level are again compared against a standard boxed cooler from Intel.

 

 

The accessories differ, though. We can see a different type of fasteners and lots of screws, bushings and spacers:

Like its junior cousin, the Corsair Hydro H60 High Performance is manufactured in China and shipped with a 5-year warranty. It is somewhat more expensive at $79.95.

This cooler looks exactly like its predecessor: a pump with a waterblock, two pipes and a radiator.

 

We can see that the pipes are larger here, though. They are 14 rather than 11 mm in diameter to reduce resistance to the coolant and minimize its evaporation. The length of the pipes has remained the same at 310 mm.

 

The aluminum radiator is almost the same size (158x120x27) as the previous cooler’s, except that it’s larger in the pipes area. Moreover, the number of flat heat pipes has increased from 11 to 12 in the radiator while the spacing between them is diminished.

 

The radiator’s body is the same thickness as the Hydro H55 Quiet – 17 mm.

The sticker on the radiator doesn’t tell us any useful information.

 

The Corsair Hydro H60 High Performance differs from the other coolers in this test session in its pump/waterblock unit. The latter is not round but square and measures 63x63x32 mm:

 

Unfortunately, that’s the only difference we can point out. The scanty technical info suggests that neither the pump nor the waterblock differ in their interior design from those of the Corsair Hydro H55 Quiet. The power consumption of the pump is 1.96 watts according to our measurements. That’s the most economical pump in this test session.

There’s the same thermal interface on the waterblock’s base but it has a square rather than a round shape:

Thanks to that, the waterblock has contact with the full surface of the CPU’s heat-spreader, so the thermal grease imprint is almost perfect:

 

The Hydro H60 High Performance differs in its fan, too. It comes with a high-quality PWM-regulated Corsair SP120.

 

The slim radiator doesn’t need a high-pressure fan with a large dead zone beneath the motor, though. That's why we guess Corsair's AF120 would be a better choice with its stronger air flow and smaller motor (meaning a smaller dead zone underneath). And two such fans would just be perfect. Alas, the manufacturer has preferred another fan which is specified to have a peak speed of 2000 RPM, a noise level of 30.9 dBA and an air flow of 54 CFM.

The Hydro H60 High Performance is installed in the same way as the Corsair Hydro H55 Quiet. If you’ve got a mainboard for Intel CPUs, you insert threaded pins into the socket’s mounting holes.

  

Then, magnetic retention frames are installed on the waterblock and used to fasten the latter to the mainboard and CPU.

In fact, installing the Hydro H60 High Performance is even simpler and easier than installing the Hydro H55 Quiet.

 
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