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Corsair launches H50 budget water-cooler

Corsair launches H50 budget water-cooler

The H50 is based on Asetek's LCLC but has been significantly updated to improve performance

COMPUTEX 2009: There must be quite a few advantages to being a memory company when it comes to trade shows such as Computex – it’s much easier to breeze into two with a few sticks of DDR than lugging in 20 new cases, for instance. Sadly for the backs of its employees (but happily for us hardware enthusiasts), at Computex this year Corsair made it clear it’s looking to expand into new product categories.

Rich had an early look at Corsair’s upcoming Obsidian case at CeBIT, and in its suite in the Grand Hyatt hotel we got to see an slightly updated version of the design. It’s still absolutely massive, and still boasts reserved, industrial styling which aims, Corsair says, to exude power, confidence and reliability. The design touches that impressed us previously were still present and correct – rubber-edged cable routing holes, hot-swappable hard disk bays, plenty of fans – and it’s a product we’re certainly looking forward to getting into the lab.

In addition to the Obsidian, Corsair had a new CPU cooler on show. Nothing chills our blood quite like the phrase ‘budget water-cooling system’ but we actually came away from the H50 feeling positive. Its been designed by Corsair in association with Asetek, but while it’s based on the rubbish LCLC, Corsair told us almost the only aspect that has stayed the same is the reliability of the tubing seals and the fact that it’s a pre-filled, sealed system with a single 120mm fan. The H50 has a new radiator, a new pump and a new coldplate and has been through “six or seven major revisions” before being its performance was deemed satisfactory.

Corsair felt confident enough in the H50 that it had two Core i7-975 demo systems, each clocked to 3.9GHz with 1.25v vCore and identical hardware aside from the CPU cooling. The air-cooled machine was fitted with Thermalright’s excellent Ultra 120 eXtreme, and under 100% load from Prime95 the CPU was hitting 80 degrees Celsius, compared to 66 degrees Celsius when cooled by the H50.

Corsair’s representatives told us that their aim was to be better than the best air cooler, and to sell the product on its merits as a CPU cooler, rather than as a liquid cooler. We were told the H50 would be retailing for $79, compared to around $50 for the Thermalright - although that's without a fan, so the two products are comparable if not identical when it comes to price. As ever, we'll let you know what we think once we get a H50 in the labs to test.

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Left: The air-cooled machine Corsair pitted against its H50 rig; Right: The innards of the Obsidian.

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trig 5th June 2009, 15:16 Quote
that looks pretty impressive. i am sure there are other issues that go into something like this that may affect individual performance? but otherwise, me wants...
Skiddywinks 5th June 2009, 15:25 Quote
Looking impressive indeed.

Maybe we finally have an entry level water cooling solution (at least for the CPU) that works, and works well.

EDIT:
I'm liking the massive window for the sidepanel. I'm sick of seeing sidepanels that are only actually 30% see through. What's the point?! If you are showing off your system, you want to show it off to the max!

Shame I think the case looks a little... boring.
coolius 5th June 2009, 15:33 Quote
That case looks very nice, can't wait for a full review!
Xtrafresh 5th June 2009, 15:39 Quote
MUCHO ++ kudos to Corsair for showcasing their product the proper way: compare it to industry leaders under the same conditions! I can't believe you didn't spend some more words on this major marketing revelation! Giving journalists some actually useful comparison between their product and another... truely groundbreaking :p
DragunovHUN 5th June 2009, 16:11 Quote
That case looks great on the inside, i wish it was available without a window though!

What's that twin fan memory cooler on the pics? I can't find it on Corsair's site, is it out yet?
Paradigm Shifter 5th June 2009, 16:33 Quote
If that all-in-one watercooler is a good as it sounds there, I'll try it out if I'm still stuck using my P180 when reviews are out and it's available here.

And as much as I want that Corsair case... $300 I just know is gonna be £250+. And I'm just not gonna spend that much, when I can watch Scan like a hawk for the next time they're doing the TJ07 for £160, and buy another one of those instead, then mount a triple rad in the bottom and put HDDs in the optical bays.
scarrmrcc 5th June 2009, 16:45 Quote
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Originally Posted by DragunovHUN
That case looks great on the inside, i wish it was available without a window though!

What's that twin fan memory cooler on the pics? I can't find it on Corsair's site, is it out yet?

those are 2 different cases....
DragunovHUN 5th June 2009, 17:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by scarrmrcc
those are 2 different cases....

They both have the memory cooler thingy. Nevermind though, i figured out they only come bundled with their RAM kits :(
Turbotab 5th June 2009, 19:49 Quote
When can we expect it in the UK?
antaresIII 5th June 2009, 20:15 Quote
I hope you did not forget it in the airport lounge on your way home; I'd like a review before I put out my order.
Same for lian x100 and Obsidian.
greensabbath 5th June 2009, 21:35 Quote
Is there a possibility of a head to head comparison between the H50 cooler and that thing you have from those guys a couple weeks ago (you know, the one that got everyone up in a huff)? Or is that opening a bad can of worms...
docodine 5th June 2009, 22:32 Quote
The Obsidian's window looks like a sail, kinda:

http://www.corsair.com/products/800d/default.aspx
The_Beast 5th June 2009, 22:57 Quote
The cases look pretty sweet and I hope the water cooler is in my price range
HourBeforeDawn 6th June 2009, 01:03 Quote
that looks like that syberian liquid cooling system, I wonder if it is actually made from them and rebranded. (I think thats how it is spelled)
Infection 6th June 2009, 05:34 Quote
That case is nice, considering I started reading the article thinking I could replace this huge beast of a cooler with something smaller and more effective (H50) but I guess it looks like I may be getting a new case to, oh well, I'm about due for another upgrade.
docodine 6th June 2009, 07:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by The_Beast
The cases look pretty sweet and I hope the water cooler is in my price range

It's in the article, $79 without fan.
The_Beast 6th June 2009, 08:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by docodine
It's in the article, $79 without fan.

I'll be totally honest, I don't read most of the articles here unless there really interesting.


$79 isn't bad, I guess I'll have to read the article now :(
Ending Credits 6th June 2009, 11:18 Quote
That's a nice case apart from the feet and the interion "is to die for" as the expression goes.

I shudder to think of the cost of this thing.
[USRF]Obiwan 6th June 2009, 12:27 Quote
Ok two things I notice that make the comparison test unfair:

1) The TRUE is working in a closed case
2) The Corsair WC kit is in a open case

That Obsidian case looks really amazing!
http://www.corsair.com/products/800d/800dgallery2.jpg

And.. I quote:
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A dust-filtered 140mm fan draws in cold air at the bottom of the chassis and exhausts it at the rear and top. This clever design forces fresh air directly over the graphics card and CPU. The SATA hot-swap bays are cooled by a separate 140mm fan which vents from the chassis via a sealed chamber and prevents the heat generated by the drives from entering the main compartment. The power supply compartment has its own dedicated intake and exhaust, also isolated from the main compartment.

Need even more cooling performance? The Obsidian Series 800D has pre-drilled support for top-mounted single, dual, and triple radiators, or up to three additional 120mm fans.

Awesome!
Pookeyhead 6th June 2009, 12:39 Quote
This looks like it may be a realistic solution for those after a simple water cooling option for CPU only, and small enough to fit in my case. I can't wait for a review. My i7 is also around 80 degrees under load, so if this can really bring it down to 65ish, then it's worth every penny.


That IS a nice case :)
sheninat0r 6th June 2009, 16:14 Quote
The window there reminds me of Lian-Li's window design for the W-75BT.
thehippoz 6th June 2009, 16:46 Quote
it looks just like the coolit domino in size.. performs better? I wonder what they did in r&d the other guys missed
automagsrock 7th June 2009, 10:03 Quote
Looks like I've found my first step into the land of liquid cooling :)

That case is gorgeous. May have to retire the Lian-Li V2000B for this case depending on what the Bit crew thinks come review time :)
antaresIII 7th June 2009, 11:03 Quote
If the review comes during our lifetime. They hinted at revolutinary new Coolermaster's; somebody more info??
logan'srun 7th June 2009, 11:33 Quote
you misspelled 'town' because that's what I'm assuming you meant with 'it’s much easier to breeze into two with a few sticks of DDR than lugging in 20 new cases'.

plus - is that a new memory cooler, looks sweet if it is.
automagsrock 8th June 2009, 23:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by logan'srun
you misspelled 'town' because that's what I'm assuming you meant with 'it’s much easier to breeze into two with a few sticks of DDR than lugging in 20 new cases'.

plus - is that a new memory cooler, looks sweet if it is.

I don't think it is. It looks like the Dominator RAM fans to me. Could be a new version for the DDR3 set possibly.
HourBeforeDawn 8th June 2009, 23:42 Quote
The Obsidian case is probably the first case I have come across that I cant see needing to mod, it looks like it has everything I need :)
HourBeforeDawn 9th June 2009, 01:01 Quote
Just got a press release from asetek talking about the Hydro 50 so was it them that made it and then Corsair branded it?
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