Pros

Great looks; matches similarly-priced air coolers; broad case compatibility

Cons

Too loud at idle; installation takes longer than air coolers

Star Rating

Installation

install

The installation process for the H60 was fairly straightforward, but a few things along the way made it more difficult than it needed to be. We've installed a lot of liquid coolers, many of them several times as we've rotated them through for testing, and the H60 fell somewhere in the middle in terms of time required for installation, at 25 minutes. Weighing in its favor is the fact that as a 120mm cooler, there's simply less to handle: the radiator is half the size of 240mm models (and much lighter), there's just one fan to install and connect, and it doesn't take much effort finding a spot to place it in your case (any 120mm fan mount will do). Corsair also makes things simple by pre-applying the thermal paste comes.

Unfortunately, there were also some issues that Corsair really could have avoided. First was that the the H60 uses clips that snap onto the cooling block and are nearly impossible to take off, and the Intel clips come pre-installed. So the first thing you have to do if installing the cooler on a Ryzen CPU is struggle to get those Intel clips off. Second was that the instruction manual was full of omissions and flat-out errors. The AMD clips that you need to install in place of the Intel clips have to be oriented in a specific direction, unlike the Intel clips, but the manual uses a top-down illustration that makes it impossible to tell which way the clips face. Then there's the fact that the illustrations shows the use of eight washers to install the radiator and fan, when only four washers are included with the H60 and listed in the parts inventory. These should be used on the radiator, by the way, rather than the fan. Additionally, the AMD instructions refer to the use of four thumbscrews, when only two can be used (Intel uses four).

Finally, there's the awful advice that Corsair continues to print in all of its cooler manuals that radiator fans be installed as intakes for best performance. This is simply bone-headed. First, as illustrated in the manual, the fan is mounted on the inside face of the radiator, which would put it in a "pull" orientation if used as in intake and massively limit airflow. We assume this is simply another error. But there's a more fundamental concern: as any experienced builder knows, you do not, under any circumstances, blow hot air into your case. Yes, your CPU temps will drop, but you'll cook the rest of your components, including your motherboard. Optimizing CPU temperatures at the expense of everything else is not good PC building practice.

Bent

And there's one more thing.... we were excited to see that the H60 has AM4 support, but then we were shocked to find that no AM4-specific brackets came in the box, as they do with every other cooler we've tested with built-in support for the AM4 socket. Well, it turns out that Corsair is simply using a "one-size-fits-all" AMD bracket, which happens to not fit AM4 very well, as shown above. The metal actually bends out of shape while affixing it, which makes us wonder what the long-term integrity of it will be, and also begs the question of whether it could be reused for a different AMD socket in the future (not that anyone would move from AM4 to an older socket, of course). Overall, this product feels a bit rushed, from the errors in the manual to the difficult to use clips to the mediocre bracket.

Lights

The cabling was also pretty simple, but again, it wasn't ideal. Three connections have to be made: one fan cable for the pump, which functions only to provide tachometer data to the motherboard, a SATA power cable for the pump, and a 4-pin cable for the fan. We really wish that Corsair would do away with the need for SATA power, as have many of its competitors, as no one has SATA power connectors anywhere near their CPUs, so connecting this cable to a SATA daisy chain back behind the motherboard is a sure-fire recipe for cable spaghetti. We really have no idea why the fan connector attached to the pump isn't used for both tach and power functions. Other manufacturers set it up that way, and while extensive RGB lighting could explain the need for more power, the H60 just has a simple white LED logo and surrounding white border. 

There's another problem with this arrangement: with no control signals being passed from the pump assembly to or from the motherboard, the H60 pump is completely automatic, for better and for worse, and there is no user control of the lighting. It's just full-on, all the time. At least it looks sweet, as shown in the accompanying photo!

To put it simply, Corsair cut corners to get this cooler to come in under $70. But if it works better than air coolers at $70, we'll forgive Corsair for its transgressions. Let's see how it does, shall we?

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