ProsGreat looks; matches similarly-priced air coolers; broad case compatibility
ConsToo loud at idle; installation takes longer than air coolers
At idle, all we really care about is noise. Sure, there's some differentiation in terms of temperature, but a well-designed cooler will reduce noise to the minimum possible level while still operating at a safe temperature.
The H60 performed only so-so here. The CPU temperature sat at 30 °C, which is fine, but do to pump noise, the sound level hovered around 30dB. And this is indeed mostly pump noise, as the fan was running below 650RPM. Herein lies the pitfalls of using a fully automatic pump that doesn't allow for any user control.
We were pretty impressed that sound levels didn't move up much here, although it's still louder than any of the air coolers. At least it wins easily on thermals, and we view this as a particularly important test: CPU-z's built-in benchmark closely approximates the load created by intense gaming, and most users of the H60 likely aren't going to be pushing huge overclocks, so this stock test is quite relevant. We like what we see here.
When we really push our stock-clocked Ryzen 7 1700 using Prime95 Small FFTs, things get a bit more challenging. The Hydro H60 is still the loudest in the test, and it's beaten in terms of thermals by the ~$45 Scythe Fuma Rev. B, which happens to be a pain to install, but also the best air cooler we've ever tested. They Hydro H60 puts up a fight, though, arguably looks better, and surely fits in more cases.