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If that's how your overclocking session usually goes, fear not - for today we review the Corsair H80 all-in-one liquid cooler. This bad boy is the next step in the progression of the Hydro series and boasts a thicker radiator with dual fans similar to the previously released H70 but also the advancements in the design of the copper block, like the recently reviewed H60. Both models kept the CPU in our test system nice and frosty, but will combining the two take performance to the next level? The H80, like all coolers in the Hydro series is a self-contained loop. The unit is leak-tested before it leaves the factory to ensure there are no mishaps once installed. It supports AMD systems starting at AM2 all the way up to the new FM1 for Llano chips, and also Intel systems beginning with LGA775 straight through to the unreleased LGA2011 - so even if the upgrade bug bites, the cooler is (temporarily) future-proof. Couple that with support for Corsair's upcoming Link temperature monitoring and lighting system that allows both fan speed and added LEDs to be controlled from within the operating system, and there are a ton of options for potential buyers.
Cooling down that multi-core CPU can be accomplished with the stock heat sink delivered by the CPU manufacturer, be it Intel or AMD. However, it just does not do a very good job of it. Even at stock clock speeds, the delivered temperatures are "high" for an enthusiast's tastes. This stock cooling solution is meant to keep the silicon within the thermal boundaries set by the manufacturer and must do so in all the chips running in cramped, poorly ventilated cases that are the hallmark of the mass builder. When you think of it, how many die prematurely from running to hot? Cooling and chassis technology have come a long way, with products out now that allow us, enthusiasts and gamers, to step away from that poorly ventilated case and CPU running at stock speeds. Massive heat sinks and fans can be used to effectively cool down the CPU. Case fans have stretched all the way up to 300mm in chassis that blow air well enough to keep the inside air the same as the outside ambient temperature. Liquid cooling systems can be had from mild (small, self-contained, modestly priced) to wild (full-on systems with separate radiators, pumps, and blocks for the CPU and GPU).
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