For serious gaming, having a more powerful cooling system on your PC becomes imperative. Gaming activities are known to be demanding to the components of the computer. The traditional fan may not be sufficient to eliminate the significant amount of heat produced by the extended heavy-duty usage. That’s why you should consider getting a liquid cooler. Liquid is more effective and reliable to carry and transfer heat away than air. Two popular liquid cooler systems are Corsair H60 and Corsair H45. Currently, you may find the two models standing in a similar price range. What’s the difference between Corsair H60 and Corsair H45, and which is the one that you should choose?
The first difference and perhaps the most distinctive difference between Corsair H60 and Corsair H45 is the mounting mechanism. Corsair H45 still uses the traditional mounting system with screws, so it can be pretty difficult to install. It also takes longer to mount. Of course, Corsair H45 is an older model, so we can’t really complain. On the other hand, Corsair H60 is a newer model that has been equipped with a new, tool-free magnetic multiplatform mounting system. This modular design is compatible with both Intel and AMD processors, so there is no compatibility issue. The new mounting system enables you to mount the liquid cooler in a much simpler and quicker way.
Both models still use rubber tooling. The flexible design ensures better leak protection and easy installation in tight environments. But Corsair H60 has a slightly larger diameter than Corsair H45, allowing more liquid volume to pass at the same time. Then, more heat can be transferred away.
However, Corsair H60 only has a single fan, with 2000 RPM speed and 54 CFM airflow. One advantage is that Corsair H60 is quieter than Corsair H45. Being quieter, Corsair H60 becomes much more convenient to use. Nobody likes to hear strong humming when playing a game.
Corsair H45 is armed with two fans with 2300 RPM speed and 94 CFM airflow. Still, even though Corsair H45 blows more air to the CPU, the heat transfer by the liquid is lower. Corsair H45 has a higher fan pressure and is noisier than Corsair H60.
Corsair H60 vs H45
Finally, we can conclude that Corsair H60 is a better system than Corsair H45. The most prominent advantages are the simple magnetic mounting system and the quieter performance. The cooling power is also slightly better, though not by a huge margin.