Corsair H80 High Perf. Liquid CPU Cooler Review

Today we are reviewing the Corsair Hydro Series™ H80 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler. This cooler may look very familiar in that it is a step down from the flagship Corsair H100, but still carries much of the same DNA. Basically the H80 is about $10 less expensive with a lot less radiator to worry about.

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Corsair H80

So if the H80 is an update to the H70, what's changed? As you'll see in a bit, Corsair tweaked the dimensions of the H80 to be larger but there are also some changes going on under the hood. To quote from the H100 article:

Fans are no longer connected to long leads that clutter your case with needless wires. They plug right into the water block where two connections can be found. There is also a speed control button that offers three different fan speeds located directly atop the CPU block. Lastly, there is a mysterious connection unlike any other that Corsair refers to as 'Corsair Link'. It is an add-on module that allows finer control of your H80 through sensors that monitor pump speed, coolant temp and fan speed.

Sounds like all the great features of the H100 have been included on the H80 which is always a good thing. Let’s go through them shall we?

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Package & Specs

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The packaging of the H80 is similar to what we have seen with the H70, H60 and H50 before it. Which is to say that it's good and gets the job done.

Dimensions: (Radiator) (L) 152mm x (W) 120mm x (H) 38mm

Weight:

Material: Aluminum Radiator / Copper Micro-Channel CPU Fluid Heat Exchanger

Compatibility:

Intel

  • LGA 2011
  • LGA 1366
  • LGA 1156
  • LGA 1155
  • LGA 775
  • AMD

  • AM2
  • AM2+
  • AM3
  • Fan:

  • Size: 120mm x 25mm
  • Speed: 1300~2500 RPM
  • Air Flow: 46-92 CFM
  • Noise: 22-39 dBA
  • Contents

    The contents of the H80 are pretty basic and with good reason. Corsair is good at designing a simple mounting system for their coolers. This results in less items needed and less headaches incurred during installation.

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    Photos

    The first two photos show off the H80 pretty well and also give us a glimpse of the power plug for the pump. A four-pin Molex connector. Yuck. Make sure you plug the three pin connector to a header on the edge of the board so it's easier to route the power cable for the four-pin Molex connector and hide the wires.

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    The last two images show the connections for the fans and the Corsair Link system. Pretty slick implementation.

    Installation & Contact

    Installing the H80 takes a bit of time similar to that of a high end air cooler. Since much of the unit comes pre-assembled, the H80 is vastly easier to install than the H70.

    There is lots of open space around the CPU which is to be expected with water cooling. The fan connectors on the CPU block do a great job in cutting down cable clutter.

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    Excellent contact between the H80 and our CPU can be seen here. Installing the H80 was a breeze which makes it all the easier to get solid contact for maximum performance.