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Corsair H-50 Water Cooling System Review


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Introduction


Liquid cooling is not a new concept in the computer world, in fact it has been around for several years now and made popular by computer enthusiasts looking to get the most from their systems.  As you can imagine liquid cooling comes in different forms.  The most common is the DIY component cooler that offers ultra high performance at a premium price and requires a certain degree of skill to assemble.  Another popular style is the watercooling "kit" that comes with all of the components you need, leaving you to assemble the parts.  Performance is decent, cost is controllable, and if you can read and follow instructions you can assemble it. 

Both of these options are great, provided you're a computer enthusiast but what about the beginner, the n00b, the average Joe?  Well Corsair has something for you.  In this review we will be looking at an amazing compact liquid cooler from Corsair called the H-50.  The H-50 is a pre-filled closed loop cooling unit with all of the benefits of a full sized water cooler without the hassle.
Liquid cooling is not unlike air cooling, the biggest difference is how the heat is transferred to the surrounding air.  2 main components of this are the radiator and hoses.  The hoses used on the H-50 are a very flexible and feature a series of anti-kink rings to keep the hose from collapsing as it is bent into place.
The radiator used is a large 120mm design that will mount wherever a 120mm case fan happens to be.  Notice the size of the radiator, the total surface area here is key in making sure large amounts of heat are being removed.
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