The Corsair H50 CPU Cooler is a sealed unit, so if you open it up the coolant will leak out and there is no way to seal it. After we completed our testing we sacrificed our test sample in order to show you the internals so you can see how it works.
With the plastic cover removed off the base of the H50 you can see that the solid capacitors are being used for power management and that the PCB design for the pump is pretty basic with nothing that can be adjusted. There really is no reason to open this up after all!
Here is a closer look at the pump motor and the base of the Corsair H50 with the copper cooling plate removed.
A shot of the two base halves so you can see how the inlet and outlets work.
After removing an amazing 10 screws, the cooper cooling base plate can be removed and you can see dozens of small cooling fins that increase the surface area of the base plate for better cooling. The Corsair H50 has a total of two o-rings, one on the copper base and a larger one on the two plastic case halves. These are the only two places that the cooler could leak down the road unless the water tubing itself would break. The cooler should be as safe as they come for water cooling, but it is good practice to plug a water cooler in and to check it for leaks before you put it in your system and run it for the first time.