Corsair A70 Dual 120mm Fan CPU Cooler ReviewMon, Aug 16, 2010 - 12:00 AM
With the A70 out we can start to get a look at it.
The A70 is a tower style cooler with 45 aluminum fins and four ‘U’ shape 8mm heatpipes.
Corsair says that the distance from the motherboard to the first cooling fin is 43mm or 1.6”. This will be an issue to those who run tall RAM like Dominators that are 50mm+ tall or HyperX T1’s that can get in the 60mm range.
The fin shape is asymmetrical and dimpled. The dimples create air turbulence as well as increase the surface area of the fin. Corsair also has the top fin blacked out with their logo etched into it. What surprised me is that the logo is not painted white like on the base of the H50. This is not a bad thing; I like the stealthy logo. It is not in your face, but if you look closely enough you can see who made it.
The top of the base has groves cut into it for the top mounting strap to sit in for both Intel and AMD configurations.
The base comes protected. The adhesive used on the protector left some residue on the base. This is why you should always clean the base no matter what with new coolers.
Like with all HDT coolers the base is flat, but not a mirror by any means. If you’re thinking of lapping the base it is highly advised that you don’t. There is no telling how thin the heatpipe wall is and you could kill the cooler very easily in the process of lapping it.
The A70 comes with two 120mm fans. They are also mounted to the fan brackets for the push-pull configuration out of the box.
In each corner of the housing there is a rubber pad that isolates the housing from the cooler. There are clips that hold the whole assembly to the cooler. The fans are held in place with rubber mounts.
The clips hold onto channels cut down the side of the cooler. They are easily put on and taken off by hand.