Provided by: Corsair
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Price: $79.99 USD (MSRP)
With an estimated price point of $79.99 USD, the Corsair H60 2013 Edition is in the high-end category of CPU coolers.
The Corsair H60 got more than just a cosmetic makeover in the 2013 update. While the original looked very plain with the flat square design, the new 2013 Edition Corsair H60 comes with a new rubber tube, and a slicker metallic pump cover design with matching magnetic mounting brackets that really make it look like a high-end product. The generic looking fan has also been replaced with a Corsair SP120 styled fan with gray fan blades. The AMD and Intel mounting brackets can now be interchanged without the use of any tools and the new fan included has a higher static pressure and cools much more efficiently per RPM compared to the previous design. The new rubber tube is now also easier to manage compared to the old ribbed plastic design, despite being thicker. As usual, since the pump does not occupy too much space around the CPU area, users can fully populate the DIMM slots with very tall heatsinks and will not encounter any clearance issues. The 120mm radiator means that, like the original H60, the new 2013 edition is compatible with most of the cases out there in the market.
In terms of performance, it is slightly better than the Corsair H55 we have recently tested, which most likely explains the small price difference despite the new fan, easier mounting mechanism and superior looks. The backplate at its lowest setting only supports 75mm x 75mm mounting holes (compared to LGA775 mounting holes which are spaced at 72mm x 72mm) and at its maximum at 80mm x 80mm. This means that the Corsair H60 2013 edition backplate is only compatible with LGA1366 and LGA1155/1156 motherboards and not with LGA775, so users still using that platform have to look elsewhere.
During installation, the backplate initially appears to be loose. Upon installation of the pump, the fit is secured properly and the cooler stays in place. Many users might be initially confused by this and think that it is a design issue. I strongly suggest avoiding the addition of any spacers to compensate for the mounting screw distance as it could affect the performance for the worse. I believe this was done by design by Corsair so there is much more wiggle room to mount the bracket, especially on LGA 1366 mainboards. Once the thumbscrews are in place, proper pressure is applied and the backplate is pulled towards the mainboard, locking it in place.
The updated fan also performed better and was quieter than the H55's fan but did produce enough noise at maximum RPM to be noticeable, even inside the case. Since Corsair did not market the updated H60 as a quiet cooler but as an entry level enthusiast self-contained liquid cooler, I feel that this not a major concern. Compared to the Corsair H55, the Corsair H60 also boasts an easier installation procedure and better looks. In terms of performance, however, both are almost similar with the slight advantage in favor of the Corsair H60 2013 edition.