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Planned Testing of Corsair's H50/60/70's with several different fans.

Poll Results: What do you consider "Acceptable" noise (in DB's) for your CPU cooling choice setup?

Poll expired: Jun 6, 2011  
  • 36% (13)
    20-29 DB's
  • 25% (9)
    30-39 DB's
  • 13% (5)
    40-49 DB's
  • 2% (1)
    50-60 DB's
  • 22% (8)
    I don't care as long as my CPU is as cold as it can get...
36 Total Votes  
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I am planning on doing a large study of Corsair's three offerings in water cooling. The H50, H60, and H70. My hope is to find out which one is the most effective at cooling by doing a controlled test of the three using several different fans in push/pull configurations. (

I will at least use the following fans:Scythe D1225C12BBAP-31 "Gentle Typhoon"(5400 RPM's, 150.1 CFM, 50.5dBA), Yate Loon High Speed D12SH-124R (2200 RPM, 88 CFM, 40 dBA), COOLER MASTER SickleFlow 120 R4-L2R-20AR-R1 (2000 RPM's, 69.69 CFM, and 19 DBA), and Scythe DFS123812-3000 "ULTRA KAZE" (3000 RPM's, 133.6 CFM, 45.90 dBA). If you have any other fans that you would like to see used in this study please let me know. I will also ask that if you have the fans that you would like to see used, that if you could loan them for me for a week so that I can add them to the study. The reason that I ask for you to loan them to me is because some of these fans are to expensive (not to mention a lot of them are always out of stock) for me to buy to use for a week long study and then never use them again. I will of course replace any part that is loaned to me if any damage is done to it during the duration of the tests and I will ship them back to you insured so that if they are damaged during shipping, they will also be replaced. I am a computer and electronics engineer so I assure you that I will take the utmost care with any and all parts and components sent to me and will make sure that everything is in the same or better condition than when it was sent to me. Lets move on.

I also have a few other things that I would like to ask of my fellow OCN members. I am in need of a few other things to make this planned study a reality. I plan on buying either a H50, H60, or H70 for my personal use and will use it in the study but I will need the other 2 that I do not buy (on loan of course) for the study for the same reasons that I asked to have you loan me the fans, because they are too expensive to buy just to use for a week and then have sit until I eventually find a use for them. And the last thing that I would need (though it's not essential but would make my study much more thorough) is a Decibel meter. Sure I could buy one for about $35 but a decent quality one is well over $100 and I'd like to use a good quality one so that it gives consistent results.

Test outline
I plan on testing all three coolers, each with all of the available fans, within the controlled environment of my case (I will control the ambient temperature both inside and outside of my case and mount all three units in the exact same fashion for all test as to control the tests) to ascertain which cooler is the most effective at cooling (by most effective I mean, which cooler can reach the lowest temperatures). I also will test each unit with each set of fans in a push/pull configurations (without shrouds, with a shroud on the push side only, a shroud on the pull side only, and shrouds on both sides) to figure out which fans work the best (on each individual cooler as some fans might be the best on a H50 but be the worst on a H60). And lastly, I plan on testing which fans are the best at cooling while being moderately silent (I will take a poll from you guys to see what your idea of "Moderatly Silent" is).

The test will be completed in my current Sig Rig (with a few changes) so I will list what the test bed will be prior to starting the tests. Please let me know if you guys have any tips, tricks, suggestions, comments, or concerns about this test. I will take detailed measurements using Digital temperature gun, a fan controller/temp probes (please help me choose which one to buy as I need this for after the tests are done too. Also I plan on grinding a small grove into my Intel Core i7-930 to place a probe in between the CPU and cooler as to get the most accurate temperature readings), hopefully a Decibel meter if I can get one loaned to me but if not then I will have to buy a cheap one. Please let me know if you have any other ideas as to what else I can use to take detailed measurements for the test.

I will reserve the next several posts for pictures and results of each of the coolers. I am also a Blogger for TechREACTION.com and will be posting a detailed review there too. Thanks for reading through this and feel free to let me know if you have any comments on how I can better this study.

I am done reserving spaces so feel free to post now! Thanks for being patient.
Edited by lawrencendlw - 4/27/11 at 11:42pm
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