Originally Posted by FreekyGTi
so as some know in this thread...im RMA'ing my H60 and im in need of some people to get an opinion from
so im considering trying either another H60 or H50...what would you all recommend out of those 2 situations?
im also considering a tower cooler like hyper 212+ but thats sorta a last resort if i cant decided between the above choices
I'm only o/cing a lowly core 2 quad, so I can't really relate to the kind of temps you're getting. However, the Hydro series of coolers is really comparable to the high end air coolers. If the temps with your H60 were ballpark with the high end air cooler you were using then the only way to improve them is to put some elbow grease into lapping the water block/pump, and maybe your CPU as well. Other than that, the fans you use are the most important thing. We have found orientation (intake/exhaust) only makes a difference of a few degrees in most cases, so good fans with good static pressure and and air flow become very important. If you're looking for the magical combination of super cooling and super quiet combined with ultra high overclocking, personally I don't think you're going to find it with these coolers.
Having said that, most people with i7 CPUs seem to get pretty good temps running at 4GHz using the Hydro coolers. If your temps are higher than theirs and you are using the same cooler, then you're back to the decision you were just lamenting. The H50 is a sworn by tried and true cooler, you may want to give it a try. Again, you'll likely want to lap it and replace the fan with two of the same model fans. (believe it or not, I have to mention that you should make sure they're both pointing in the same direction).
The H60 is a new member of the Hydro series. I have seen reviews of a comparison between the Hydro coolers (all in stock configuration) and they agreed that the cooling was best with the H70, then the H60, then the H50. However, that is in stock configuration. Once you add a second fan to the H50/60 they start performing closer to the H70 and can actually out perform it at lower temps. Even at higher temps the difference is only a few degrees (maybe 5 degrees). If you lap the water block you can improve the temps even further, some say they can get a 10 degree reduction by lapping the water block and the CPU.
If that seems like too much work to achieve your goal, than perhaps you would prefer some other type of cooler? There are a few coolers that use thermocouples added to a large heat sink and a fan, perhaps you may get a little better temp with one of those? I would suggest a full water loop, but if you decide that lapping your water block is too much work, then water cooling is likely out of the question since it also takes a little more work.
Personally, the first thing I would do in your case is email Corsair support, give them all the information (case model, number of fans, orientation, a picture maybe, cpu model, clock speed, voltage, cooler model, ambient temps and the temp of your cpu), and ask them if they think your temps should be better. If they think your temps are too high for your configuration you may decide to RMA the H60 for another one. I'm sure they would be interested in helping you find a solution.