Corsair H50 CPU Cooler Preview.

Discussion in 'Overclocking & Cooling' started by FrgMstr, Jun 17, 2009.

  1. Rogue71

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    i was thinking the same thing. 20c seems like way too much of a difference, unless your case isnt setup properly for the h50.
     
  2. BBA

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    I have a decent sized mid tower (Chenbro xpider) that I had previously put a blow hole in the top between the PSU and Drive bays. It was the perfect place to put the H50 with fan going in from top the case. I went this route because I did not want to recirculate video and power supply exhaust back into the case due to the fan sucking in from the back. I have pretty cool mb temps so nothing was badly affected.

    I did test my 930 at over 4.2, max temps were in the low to mid 70's.
    I decided to run my 930 at 3.6 with turbo boost on, it runs at about 65º under P95 torture test...so it's a good buy for the price as long as you can figure out a way to make sure the airflow is working right.

    The big benefit is it works as well as the most expensive air coolers while costing less while being very simple to install.

    A high end water cooler it is NOT, but think of the price difference. It's really worth it unless you want to go for max OC continously or you want to water cool graphics cards, but did I mention price differences already...there you go.
     
  3. Vonteme

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    Download the latest intelburn, id prefer intelburn.

    Prime doesn't stress so much, try linx/intelburn with 3.5+ Gb RAM (given you have 4gb) on maximum.

    I have silverstone FT02 and i have tried both stock and puch&pull setup and I got roughly the same temps but somewhat noisier with puch&pull.
     
  4. Spanky93

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    Good review, but just not good enough to get me to switch just yet.
     
  5. Salami991

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    I found that my H50 gives me the same temps. (Give or take 1-2C) as my Megahalem, only difference is the inside of my case is less obstructed now there isn't a huge metal block on the CPU.
     
  6. Headcase_Fargone

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    Can anyone else confirm this? The Noctua is actually quieter than the H50? That's my primary concery first and foremost. I can't stand a noisy rig. If I have to give up some OCing headroom in exchange for silence, so be it.
     
  7. Rogue71

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    in my experience the stock fan is one of the best ive used. i just wish they sold them separately so you could have a native push/pull config.

    what are your rig specs? how far do you plan on oc-ing?
     
  8. Headcase_Fargone

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    Haven't built it yet as I'm on the fence between waiting for Microcenter to possibly get some 920s back in stock or just pulling the trigger on a 930.

    What I'm looking at so far is:

    i7 920/930
    EVGA X58 SLI
    Thermaltake 850W modular PSU
    GSkill 6GB 1600 kit
    H50 or now possibly Noctua
    Antec Three Hundred Illusion case (wanted a Nine Hundred Two, but I don't think it will fit in my desk)

    I'd like to keep my temps under 70C (I'm just uncomfortable with anything more) and as quiet as possible. I assume that means I won't be hitting 4.0Ghz, but c'est la vie.

    His comment about the Noctua being quieter than the H50 really caught my attention though.
     
  9. gman

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    Ok, what the hell I'm I doing wrong? I have the H50 and my idle temps are around 40c. Ambient in my office is around 77 f. I used Artic Silver 5. Should I take off the pump and reset it. I thinking it's not getting good contact with the TIM. I think my airflow is good. I did put the radiator fan sucking in. I also have a 120mm at the bottom of my HAF 932 bringing in cool air.
     
  10. USMCGrunt

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    Guess I'm sittin pretty, 30c idle 50c load with an ambient of around 75-78f. Panzerbox and it's 190mm fans ftw. Don't hear the fan on the h50 either...might have somethin to do with those 190 fans though...or the two 5870s...
     
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  12. Elios

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    dont fell like reading the whole thing but what was the setup on the H50 stock fan only or push/pull the air cooler is 2 fan push/pull so duh its going to be better its moving more air let me know when he re does it with the same 2 fans on the H50

    then there is the size issue the Noctua is HUGE again tons more cooling area it better be better then the H50
    id love to see it vs a 120.2 setup id bet it would be damn close
     
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  13. zc1

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    I posted a link to my test of the D14 vs the H50. It's one page back in this thread. For convenience, though, I have included the link, below. In my post I included data for the H50 in push-pull, and with a Scythe fan. I also included data for the D14 with 3 CM R4 fans rather than the stock 2 Noctua fans. In all cases the D14 was still more efficacious than was the H50.

    http://hardforum.com/showpost.php?p=1035374350&postcount=23

    The posts regarding the D14 being a more effective cooler than the H50 are in response to some members' claims that the H50 cools just as well, stock vs stock, as high-end air coolers. The reason why one or the other cools better is a whole different thread, altogether.

    Again, the argument isn't whether the H50 is a good cooler. Clearly it is. The point that several of us have been trying to make is that if you test it, in the same system, against a high-end air cooler such as the D14, then the high-end air cooler will display greater cooling efficacy than will the H50.
     
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  14. haadij404

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    there is no doubt about this. I used to run an h50 but switched to a megahalems and saw temps drop by around 10c. I think the little h50 starts to lose some of its ability at 4ghz+.
     
  15. Headcase_Fargone

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    Just pulled the trigger on one of these to go along with the i7 system I'm building. Yes, I've managed to wait this long before finally building one. I'm hoping the H50 will get me to at least 3.6 at under 70C load. I suppose we'll find out soon enough...
     
  16. SonDa5

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    Keeps my Q9550 stable at 4.3 GHZ.


    I think it's a great value for a self contained effective liquid cooling solution. Very pleased with it so far. I've had mine for almost 6 months now.
     
  17. Elios

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    but the issue is high end air can A. cost more B. is heavy C. can block ram slots
    for 5 to 10 c higher temps the H50 is a good trade off
    and i would bet at 120.2 ver would be even closer
     
  18. haadij404

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    I am not saying its a bad cooler but with an i7 @ 4ghz+ you will get temps in the 80's which is not very impressive. You could lower those temps by 5c with two 120x38 high speed fans but then its size becomes comparable to the size of a regular tower heatsink.

    Its a good cooler but if you are trying to hit high speeds with an i7 then you would be better served with a high end air cooler. And I am not just saying this... I have used the H50 extensively.

    But otherwise its an impressive performer for its size.
     
  19. Nickbaldwin86

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    I personally run a H50 and a i7 @ 4.2Ghz... 1.35v, I have never seen 80c, cores idle around 45 and max temp i have ever seen during Intel Burn Test was 68c

    I have run every stress program to my knowledge and I still have never crashed this system nor got this i7 hotter then 68c on my H50
     
  20. haadij404

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    run prime95 small fft's for 10minutes and post a screen shot of it with cpuz and real temp or hwmonitor open :D

    also need your ambient temp
     
  21. jojodancer

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    do you live in iceland?
     
  22. Nickbaldwin86

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    prime95 is no stress test compared to intel burn test... intel burn test gets my machine the hottest and proves that my system is stable,... compared to just running prime95 for 12 hours :rolleyes:

    that is funny :rolleyes:

    I must have just got a good chip, or my H50 is better then anyone else :p I have talked to lots of people getting the same or even better results then I am getting

    ambient temp is generally around 68F to 72F, (temp gauge sitting right outside my case)

    Don't believe me fine, I could care less, not going to waste my time posting pictures that you will just say have been photo chopped anyways :rolleyes:
     
  23. haadij404

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    from what I have seen from other peoples temps and my own (check out the massive thread at overclock.net regarding the h50) with i7's clocked at 4ghz+ they all seem to range from 75c to the 80's. Its not that I don't believe its that your temps aren't on par with what I have seen myself and I had mine set up with push n pull with lower voltage then yours as well.

    Also I have found small fft's to get my temps hotter then intel burn test. I mean a quick 10 minute test of prime95 isn't asking too much. Also do you have hyper threading enabled?
     
  24. Nickbaldwin86

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    Hyperthreading and turbo :D
     
  25. DriV3n

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    Iceland is actually very green. Greenland is covered in ice. :D

    just saying...
     
  26. gman

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    Well, I'm about to give up on this. This thing is not seating correctly. It looks like the inside part of the plate is not contacting the CPU. I've reseated it 4 times now. Added some TIM. Re spread it out again. I think I've gotten one that is not flat or something. I guess I can go back to BB and try another one.

    Temps: 41 47 43 48 on the last reseat. It's worse than the previous. This is idle at around 78 ambient.
     
  27. trick0502

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    kyle, what ever happened to the [H]ard review?
    this preview was a long time ago.
     
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    keeps my i7 860 around 90f ish not oc i got it at best buy for $60 cause the had the wrong price on it
     
  29. hobag

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    I would like to see the [H] review too. But in the meantime, I have done a small review on the H50 in my i720 OC thread. It should add some perspective.

    http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1509432

     
  30. PennDisc

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    How much variability in temps are people seeing from the fans alone? Is 5-10C too much to expect from replacing 2 somewhat generic CoolerMaster fans (not R4's) in push-pull exhaust mode with something like gentle typhoon AP15's? I'm running an i7 860 at 3.85GHz getting temps in the low 70's C at load with HT off.
     
  31. Olle P

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    I think the main advantage of this (and similar) cooler has gone missing: Ruggedness!

    It put much less strain on the motherboard when the brunt of the cooler weight is carried by the case, which allows the computer to endure higher G-forces than with a regular high end heatpipe cooler. This in turn will for example make it possible to send the computer by regular mail without having it broken by the rough handling.

    If I were to design/build a portable gaming computer to be hauled around to friends and LAN-parties this type of CPU cooler would be a given choice.

    To learn more about it I recommend reading some insightful blog posts by André Eriksen, founder and CEO of Asetek: What's best - a Corvette or a John Deere? Part 1 and Part 2.

    Cheers
    Olle
     
  32. USMCGrunt

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    I would neve mail a fully assembled pc... Asking for stress damage or full on breakage with that IMO
     
  33. Olle P

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    Etailers mail assembled PCs all the time. That's why Asetek designed this LCLC concept aimed at the OEM market.

    Cheers
    Olle
     
  34. arentol

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    Just installed my new H50 last night. I haven't had a chance to do much testing with it, but it is idling at 17c, 6c below what I was getting with my Tuniq Tower 120.

    I also didn't have to give up a pint of blood to get it installed, unlike with the Tuniq, so that was nice.
     
  35. Nickbaldwin86

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    why? Because you cant build a system that will not fall a part in the mail?

    I mailed a fully built computer that had a 1/2"ID single loop with a 2x120mm rad in it to like New York I think, made it there and the buyer plugged it in and it worked flawlessly
     
  36. bdubb

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    Should be possible. I'm at 3.6 with a 920 and full load after 15 min. has my hottest core right at 69-70C with HT turned on and speed step on and turbo off. Don't remember my vcore at the moment though.

    Running push/pull with two gentle typhoon fans at 50cfm each (1450 rpm fans approx.)

    72°F ambient and a RV02 case
     
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  37. USMCGrunt

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    Went looking and couldnt find it but there is a rather recent news piece about an x2 card (cant remember Nvidia or ATI) that snapped the slot off the motherboard from its weight...while the system wasnt moving. My opinion (IMO = in my opion, maybe you missed that in my post) is that your taking a rather unnecessary risk mailing a built PC. I understand companies ship them like that all the time but if one breaks and is RMA'ed, they can handle the costs. I for one, dont make enough money to rebuild an expensive piece of equipment such as these.

    oh and last time I checked, you really can assemble a computer any other way then industry standard...something to do with slot designs and circuitry mumbo jumbo...so trying to insult my abilities is not only uncalled for and childish...but its also not really possible.
     
  38. Gorankar

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    Never hear of $.99 card keepers, or insuring packages?
     
  39. Nickbaldwin86

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    Oh ok well at least you aren't crying about it.... right? :confused:

    not everyone is as uber le3t as you and can build a PC, so I have built PCs for these people and shipped them their PC... like I stated in my last post that I have shipped PCs with water cooling systems with water in them and computers with multi card PCI bay slots... I have NEVER had a problem shipping, either that or my customers have never complained about getting a PC that didn't work (highly doubtful, they would let me know and I have always followed up to make sure it worked etc.)

    ANYWAYS,.... How bout them H50s eh?
     
  40. Hornet

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    Is it normal to hear water sound from a running H50?

    I've been hearing since yesterday when I completed my new build. Check everything but it doesn't look like its leaking or anything, just kept hearing those sound like water dripping, heh.