The Corsair Hydro H60 vs. Low-Profile Air Coolers

By Ari Altman | Published April 15, 2020 | Updated April 15, 2020


Truly offers unmatched cooling for compact systems that can’t fit standard tower coolers


Way too loud, needs a fan upgrade!


4 out of 5 stars


Here at TBG, we have a thing for coolers. In fact, at this point, we’ve tested more coolers than any other PC component, with nearly 50 under our belt. That means we have a very good sense of what the best models are, and more importantly, where they are best put to use. And that’s what this review is all about: finding the best combination of components to achieve greatness!

In our last CPU roundup, the Corsair Hydro H60, which is being reviewed again here, didn’t do all that well. But in that test, it was up against tower coolers, and honestly, it just doesn’t have the grunt to take on the best. But where we thought it would have promise is in compact systems that typically require low-profile coolers.

And guess what… we were right! Watch the video below to learn more, including our tip for reducing the noise from this rowdy cooler!

The Test

We tested the Hydro H60 2018 in our SilverStone SG13 case, using a Ryzen 5 3600 processor.

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Final Thoughts

So, the Corsair Hydro H60 easily beat every low-profile cooler on the market, including the best-of-breed NH-L12S, which makes it an obvious choice for a small form factor PC. But it was darn loud, too loud as far as we’re concerned. In our testing, we found that we could achieve the same performance at far lower noise levels, on par with the best air coolers, by upgrading the H60 with the Noctua NF-A12x25, the best 120mm fan on the market. Now there’s your perfect setup!

As always, check out our Small Form Factor Buyer’s Guides to find all the best SFF PC builds!

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