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Corsair makes water-cooling easy

If you've been tempted to venture into the esoteric realms of liquid-cooling, but find yourself bewildered by all the kit, then Corsair's new Hydro Series H70 could give you a friendly introduction.

Rather than threatening you with a several metres of tubing to snake around your PC's innards, not to mention finding room for a triple-fan radiator, the H70 kit features a simple setup that just cools your CPU.

You don't need to connect up the tubes, and you don't even need to fill it up with water and add chemicals to it; the whole thing comes in a ready-sealed unit.

The hub of the kit is a 50mm-thick radiator, which looks like a usual single-fan setup. However, the H70 kit ingeniously comes with a pair of 120mm fans to mount on either side of the radiator, giving you an intake and exhaust system to push through more air while keeping the noise down.

The fans can also be switched between 1600 and 2000 rpm, depending on whether you want a quieter system or a higher overclock.

The radiator also incorporates a pump to move the water through the loop, while a CPU waterblock is hooked up via a pair of tubes. This can connect to a number of current CPUs, covering a wide variety of sockets. Mounts are included for AMD's AM2 and AM3 sockets, as well as Intel's LGA775, LGA1156 and LD1366 sockets. Basically, you can join it up to pretty much anything from a Pentium 4 to a Phenom II X6.

Despite its simplicity, however, Corsair claims the H70 is capable of some pretty mean cooling. Using the new kit, Corsair's vice president of technical marketing, John Beekley, says "you no longer need a fin array the size of a small shoebox to cool aggressively overclocked CPUs.

"The H70 stands toe-to-toe with any CPU cooler on the market," says Beekley, "and does it with less noise, easier installation, and support of nearly every ATX-compatible case."

Described as an "evolution" of Corsair's previous H50 cooler, the H70 is available for pre-order now for £77.20 inc VAT.