ProsGreat looks; matches similarly-priced air coolers; broad case compatibility
ConsToo loud at idle; installation takes longer than air coolers
All right, moving onto overclocked performance, let's see if the little Hydro H60 can hang on with the big boys. We've brought in data for three more coolers here, the Noctua NH-D15 (the best 140mm tower on the market), the CoolerMaster MasterLiquid 240, which practically matches the Hydro H60 in price despite being twice as large, and the big 280mm Thermaltake Water 3.0. Note that we're going to skip idle metrics here, because no one overclocks a PC to watch it sit idle all day!
In CPU-z, which is the best test of real-world loads, we see the Hydro H60 doing OK, matching the similarly-priced Noctua NH-U12S 120mm air cooler in terms of temperature, but certainly not scoring that high in the performance-to-noise contest.
In our most challenging test, we actually see the H60 do all right. It's handling the heat as well as the air coolers in our test, while staying pretty competitive in terms of noise. At this point, its pump noise isn't a handicap, as fan noise dominates, and the other liquid coolers have to turn up their pump RPMs too. You can see that the Hydro H60 nearly matches the bigger MasterLiquid 240, yet comes in much quieter. It even does well against the mighty Noctua NH-D15 140mm air cooler.
Overall, we like what Corsair has done with the new-for-2018 H60. While it borrows a venerable name, it is clearly a brand-new product. It looks better than the previous version of the H60, offers a much more sophisticated look than any air cooler, and it comes in at a fair price. It's the ideal first step into liquid cooling for novice builders, given that it's reasonably quiet at load and offers great compatibility with compact cases.
The only concerns we have are with regard to idle noise and ease of installation. Due to a constant pump speed, noise at idle is unnecessarily high. Most higher-end liquid coolers we've tested automatically adjust pump speed downwards for low temperatures, or at least give users the option to manually do so. And the installation process, while fairly simple, is made more difficult by a manual that has several errors in the instructions for the AMD AM4 socket. We also have to wonder if using the same bracket for both AM3 and AM4 was a wise decision on Corsair's part.
All that being said, the Corsair Hydro H60 (2018) is a great new addition to the liquid cooler market. Yes, it has an old name, but it's a brand new product, and it's a fantastic option at its pricepont. It's available for $69.99 shipped from Amazon, as of our publication date.