Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 23, 2011 - 04:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: corsair, Carbide 400R, h100, h80
The Corsair Carbide 400R enclosure is constructed of steel, apart from rubber for grommets, feet and drive mounts and is surprisingly light for such a sturdy enclosure. The grommets for watercooling are plentiful with Corsair even describing the best way to set up the case using either their H100 or H80 self contained water coolers. At the top of the front you will find audio ports, two USB 3.0 headers and a Firewire port in addition to activity LEDs and a power button. What impressed Legit Reviews even more than the light weight was the MSRP of $100, making the case affordable for those who can't bring themselves to spend $150+ on an enclosure.
"Corsair simply nailed it with the Carbide Series 400R mid-tower case. The first thing I noticed taking this steel case out of the box was it is fairly light at under 16 pounds! It was very sturdy and I didn't feel like I was going to be breaking plastic parts while reviewing the case. The elegant sleek design may escape you are first look but it is certainly there. It may take the first time for you to see the PC turned on to see how well it works with the white LED lights provided on the front panels and front case fans. Sure it only comes with three fan to start but if you are feeling creative you can have up to ten to create a wind tunnel in your Corsair Carbide Series 400R."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Corsair Carbide 400R Case Review @ Madshrimps
- Cooler Master Storm Enforcer Gaming Case Review @ Tweaknews
- Cooler Master Silencio 550 Mid-Tower Chassis Review @ Techgage
- Thermaltake Level 10 GT System Enclosure @ Metku.net
- Caselabs M8 @ OC3D
- In Win BUC @ Hardware Bistro
- Thermaltake Chaser MK-1 Full Tower Case Review @ OCIA
- NZXT Source 210 Elite Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews
- Bitfenix Shinobi Gaming Chassis Review @ OverclockersHQ
- Arctic Cooling F12 Case Fans @ Rbmods
- Thermaltake Frio OCK CPU Cooler Review @ ThinkComputers
- Xigmatek Aegir CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 3, 2011 - 07:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: water cooling, corsair, h80
Don't confuse the Corsair H80 High Performance liquid cooler as a less expensive version of the H100 Extreme, with a price difference of $10 you will be disappointed with it. Instead think of it like a small form factor version of the very large H100. It is not quite reduced 50% in size, sitting at 152mm (6") x 120mm (4.7") x 38mm (1.5") it has a substantial radiator but not big enough for a pair of 120mm fans to be needed. Overall it performed as well as the larger H100 if not better but like its bigger brother it falls behind the competition once [H]ard|OCP breaks out price to performance measurements.
"Today we are reviewing the Corsair Hydro Series H80 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler. This cooler may look very familiar in that it is a step down from the flagship Corsair H100, but still carries much of the same DNA. Basically the H80 is about $10 less expensive with a lot less radiator to worry about."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Corsair Hydro H80 Review @ OCC
- Thermaltake Frio CPU cooler @ VR-Zone
- Zalman CNPS 11X Extreme CPU Cooler Review @Hi Tech Legion
- Arctic Freezer 13 Limited Edition CPU Cooler @ Real World Labs
- Thermaltake FrioOCK CPU Cooler @ Pro-Clockers
- Cooler Master Hyper 612 PWM CPU Cooler Review @Hi Tech Legion
- Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 Pro CPU Cooler Review @ ThinkComputers
- Arctic Freezer 13 Limited Edition CPU cooler @ Funky Kit
- Lamptron Fan Controller FC8 Review @ Madshrimps
- Bitfenix Shinobi Window Case Review @ OCIA
- Corsair Carbide Series 400R Case Review @ Hardware Secrets
- BitFenix Shinobi Window PC Case Review - A Ninja Worth Your Coin @ The SSD Review
- Rosewill Thor V2 ATX Full-Tower Gaming Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews
- Fractal Design Define R3 Mid-Tower Chassis Review @ Techgage
- 3-Way Budget Case Roundup @ Neoseeker
- Cooler Master CM STORM Enforcer Review @ HardwareLOOK
- Silverstone Fortress FT03 mATX Tower Case @ Pro-Clockers
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 22, 2011 - 12:05 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: water cooling, hsf, h80, corsair, cooling
We talked about the Corsair H80 (and H100) all in one water coolers in a previous post as they were announced a few months ago; however, it seems that they are finally out in the wild and ready for review. Neoseeker has the review ball today and has posted a concise five page review of the device. Forunately, from their testing it seems to stack up well compared to its predecessors, though the review does note that the fan noise can become rather loud.
"...the H80 also includes the same easy to use mounting system as the H60. This was one of the aspects we liked the most about the H60, so we are more than pleased to see it return with this new unit. The low-profile block and 120mm radiator will allow the Corsair H80 to fit into nearly any chassis, with the only exceptions being some of the smaller HTPC cases."
You can read more about the sealed loop water cooler here.
And in other case and cooling news:
- Thermaltake Frio OCK Review @ Motherboards.org
- Thermaltake A30 Armor Case Review @ Motherboards.org
- Evercool Transformer 4 HSF Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Corsair Hydro H80 Review @ eTeknix
- SilverStone Raven RV03 @ Anandtech
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 31, 2011 - 05:02 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: computex, water cooling, hydro, h80, h100, corsair
The new Hydro series sealed-loop water coolers from Corsair that we got a sneak peek of earlier this month have now been officially announced by Corsair. The H80 is a double-thick 120mm radiator, and will be compatible with the majority of standard ATX cases on the market. In contrast, the H100 uses a dual 120mm radiator and will require modding or a case that supports mounting holes for standard 240mm radiators.
Both sealed loop water coolers feature a low profile water block and digital fan control, which will allow enthusiasts the choice between maximum performance and quiet operation. Further, the coolers include Corsair’s Link technology, which provides a “system for monitoring and control.” Systems that have Corsair Link Commander hardware, which is a hardware monitoring kit that mounts in a 3.5” drive bay and connects to software on the PC via USB, will be afforded even more control over sound levels and performance. The H80 includes headers for two fans while the H100 includes headers for four fans.
The H80's fan connectors
Ruben Mookerjee, the VP and GM for Components at Corsair stated that with the H80 and H100 coolers, the company focused on what made the earlier Hydro series so successful; “closed-loop reliability, straightforward installation, and, of course, the best CPU cooling technology available.” The Hydro H80 and H100 will be available from authorized retailers beginning in June, and carry a MSRP of $109 USD and $119 USD respectively.
Corsair's Hydro H70 has been their top of the line sealed-loop water cooler for some time now. While it can be great for overclockers on a budget and enthusiasts who do not feel comfortable mounting a heavy air cooler on their motherboards, it has not been able to match the cooling performance of self assembled water loops. Corsair may be looking to change this, as Sweclockers found two new sealed-loop H80 and H100 Hydro series coolers posted on a Swedish online store. Tech Power Up reports that the H80 is listed for $154 USD, while the H100 is listed for $172.50 USD (converted from Swedish Krona).
The H80 looks very similar to the H70, with a few small tweaks on the CPU water block. The block appears to be thicker than that of the H70, which may indicate a higher flow pump. A control knob is also present on top of the water block, which may control the amount of water the pump pushes. The H100, on the other hand starts to look less like the current Hyrdo series coolers and more like a traditional water loop with its double 120mm radiator. The H100 further has a the same control knob as the H80. While the H80 has a lot to prove as a single radiator cooler versus its H70 predecessor, depending on the street price the new additions to the Hydro series should help fill in the performance gap between the H70 and a full DIY water loop.