The CWCH50 is designed to be a compact, high-efficiency cooler offering simple installation with zero maintenance and leak-free operation. Just like the NorthQ unit, the kit arrives pre-filled and sealed, so there is practically no setup or leak-testing required.
Corsair's website states that mounting kits for Intel sockets LGA775 and 1366 are provided with an optional AMD kit available. However our box came with instructions for AMD and also Intel 1156 installation as well. Everything is well documented with depictions of all parts and diagrams showing installation steps.
The mounting kits consist of two new backing plates for AMD and Intel, two top brackets for AMD and Intel and other various hardware. The system itself is comprised of an aluminum 120mm radiator with low noise PWM fan, low permeability tubing and combination pump and copper plate block. The tubing is only about a foot long, which limits your options for mounting the radiator to basically just the traditional rear or top exhaust ports in a standard tower style case.
The copper plate comes with some sort of thermal interface material already applied. Although not identified either in the documentation or on the website, the consistency of this paste is very thick and does not come off easily. Once removed and cleaned, we find that the face of the copper bottom plate is not polished but still bears the signs of the machining process, and does not reflect much at all.
Next let's take a look at installation.