Introduction to the Corsair H50 Water Cooling System
If you call yourself a gamer, enthusiast, overclocker or just a hardware tester, then chances are you've played around with various forms of PC cooling. Though the chances of having dealt with air-cooling is only obvious as it is the simplest and most common way to cool down your CPU, video card and various other components inside a rig.
The most extreme form of cooling is phase change, with LN2 being the emerging favorite due to it's abilities and price to obtain, but there is Dry Ice or Liquid Helium also. Each of these requires expensive equipment and a lot of time prepping the components to endure the very subzero temperatures . The major advantage here is the extreme level of cold applied to the system. The disadvantage would be the time, money and knowledge needed to achieve your final goal, while not ruining hardware in the process.
The happy medium would be water-cooling, which still scares a lot of people. Rightfully so, when you decide to piece together a kit from parts by various manufacturers there is always the chance of a leak. This way can also get expensive, and at the same time requires hours of assembly and testing to make sure things work right.
When it comes to water-cooling kits there are alternatives to piecing your own setup together. Companies are now producing one-piece systems that are easy to install and do not require the user to fill with liquids. These pre-built systems are call "closed loop", since the unit comes already filled out of the box and is sealed up tight to prevent leaks from user error (we're only human after all). One such kit is the H50 from Corsair, the maker of other fine products like memory, cases and power supplies. While the H50 has been on the market for awhile now, it is a tried and true kit which is still a very solid contender in the world of closed loops water cooling.
Corsair’s take on the H50
The Corsair Hydro Series™ H50 CPU Cooler gives you the power of liquid cooling in a compact, easy to install package. You get superior cooling for higher overclocking performance without the complexity of traditional liquid-cooling systems.
The Hydro Series H50 goes head-to-head with top of the line heat sinks, but maintains the near silence of liquid cooling for annoyance-free cooling performance. Due to its compact form factor, the H50 is the ideal solution for any case with a 120mm fan mount, even small form factor cases that prevent the installation of traditional heat pipe based air coolers. So whether you want world-class cooling, lower noise levels than your current CPU cooler, or something that fits in your small form factor case, the closed-loop Hydro Series H50 takes your CPU’s temperature to new lows and takes up less room doing it.