The move to water cooling for many is a big step to take with research, the work, and the cost all seeming overwhelming. Many water cooling enthusiast will tell you a custom water cooling solution is the only way to go, but I beg to differ. Corsair is at the forefront of turning all-in-one liquid cooling solutions into less of a dirty word for this crowd by expanding their award-winning Hydro series with the new H55 and updated H60.
The Corsair Hydro H60 gets the standard overhaul treatment this year. It has a new cold-plate design, new manifold design, and larger diameter composite rubber tubing. The H60 comes with a new Corsair Air Series Sp120 fan too. All of these features are designed to improve coolant flow rate and performance.
The new tubing material also pulls double duty by making installation easier as well. The improved Hydro H60 introduces a magnetic mount bracket to simplify selection of the right socket format. The $79.99 MSRP should make the H60 a very attractive water cooling solution to anyone shopping for aftermarket cooling of any kind.
The new Corsair Hydro H55 is targeted more toward those looking to save a few dollars without giving up quality. The H55 has the same 4th generation cold-plate design as the updated H60; however, the H55 does not have the new Air Series fan or updated manifold. The H55 also uses a tool-free mounting bracket and low-permeability rubber tubing. The entire system is focused on be a simple upgrade for all users at an MSRP of $69.99.
When you have a design that everyone else struggles to compete with, why start over? Corsair was clearly doing something right with the award-winning Hydro H50 and H60 series. These new additions should continue with an already great series of products.