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    [O/C]Corsair Hydro Series H70 Review

    Corsair Hydro Series H70 Review
    by muddocktor

    Now, we have Corsairís answer to the shortcomings of their original LCLC offering, which comes with a thicker radiator for more area to move heat from it and they have given this new solution a true push-pull dual fan setup for more airflow through the new, thicker radiator. Letís see if this cooler can outmatch high end air cooling.


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    Great review mudd! Nice to see a 'kit' finally manage to compete with the best air!

    I feel like I took a trip across the pond with all the 'mm' measurements though!

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    Thanks Mudd! Guess there wasn't much need to run GT1850s at 1200 RPM in push pull since the temps would be higher by quite a bit over a air cooled CPU.
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    Nice review! The price is too high compared to the high end air.
    How was the noise (db) with the push/pull config with the stock H70s?
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    Quote Originally Posted by EarthDog View Post
    Great review mudd! Nice to see a 'kit' finally manage to compete with the best air!

    I feel like I took a trip across the pond with all the 'mm' measurements though!
    Heh, originally I was going to include measurements in inches, but the fraction parts looked out of place and confusing so I deleted them in the end.

    Quote Originally Posted by Conumdrum View Post
    Thanks Mudd! Guess there wasn't much need to run GT1850s at 1200 RPM in push pull since the temps would be higher by quite a bit over a air cooled CPU.
    No, I don't think the GT's would give any better performance, especially at 1200 rpm. This radiator needs static pressure to perform well and I think you would lose too much with the undervolted GT fans.

    Quote Originally Posted by astroboy508 View Post
    Nice review! The price is too high compared to the high end air.
    How was the noise (db) with the push/pull config with the stock H70s?
    Since I test in a room with a window AC plus at least 2 other computers running (and I don't presently own a dB meter either), I can't give you a number about this. I will say that the Corsair fans on high were slightly noticeable when running, but not objectionable to me. With the inline resistors being used, the noise from them wasn't really noticeable though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by astroboy508 View Post
    Nice review! The price is too high compared to the high end air.
    How was the noise (db) with the push/pull config with the stock H70s?
    from [H]'s review of the h70



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    A red X? ^^

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    Quote Originally Posted by EarthDog View Post
    A red X? ^^
    herm....works fine for me, I'll edit in the link to the article.
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    Good job as usual

    Quote Originally Posted by muddocktor View Post
    Heh, originally I was going to include measurements in inches, but the fraction parts looked out of place and confusing so I deleted them in the end.
    You don't have an engineering scale? They measure in tenths of an inch, then you could use decimal places
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    No, actually I don't. The only place I need engineering scales is at work and I just get a tape from the rig if I have to measure anything that needs readings in tenths or hundredths of inches. And my work on the rig mostly involves liquid measurements anyways and if it's small quantities we measure in ml and if large quantities it will be in barrels (1 barrel=42 gallons).

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    Great review, mudd!

    And good news for our members who own narrow/small cases but still want excellent cooling.

    Even though this is an LCLC it still retains the logistical advantage of WC loops, namely that the heat doesn't have to be shunted away from the CPU area with air. Moving the (air) heat exchanger to another location definitely has it's advantages, which is often not considered when talking about upgrading air heatsinks. Poor case airflow can kill you and though many of us have good cases with good airflow many do not. For those people, switching to high-end air also must include better case fans to accommodate the higher CFM many high-end air heatsinks have. Running a 50 CFM (or higher) air heatsink with only a 37 CFM exhaust fan tends to reduce performance ...
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    Great Review. I like the inclusion of several fans and different high end heatsinks. I'll use this as a reference.

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