Whether you are new to PCs or an enthusiast, when you hear the name Corsair your mind most likely jumps straight to RAM. However, Corsair has been branching out over the last couple of years into more than RAM. Now they have power supplies, USB drives, SSDs, cases, water cooling kits, and air coolers. Last August we looked at the Corsair A70; today we are going to look at its little sibling, the A50.
The Corsair A50 CPU Cooler has flown under the radar since it was launched, but it caught our attention this month when we noticed that it was very affordable. Amazon has this cooler for $36 shipped and that is before rebate. Earlier this month Amazon was selling this cooler for $27 and it had a $15 rebate at the time. That brought the price down to just $12 and for that price we had to get one in to see how it performs. While this rebate is no longer available we did find that some deals on this cooler are still available. For example Newegg has it listed for $35.24 shipped before a $15 rebate available (expires on 1/31/2011), which drops the $20.24. That is a price that many of us have paid for a high-end 120mm fan, so to get a quality heat sink and fan for that price is pretty impressive.
The Corsair A50 is a single 120mm fan Heatpipe Direct Touch (HDT) 3 heat pipe tower cooler. The A50 will mount up to all the Intel LGA sockets and the AMD AM2/AM3 sockets. The A50’s fan is rated at 61.2 CFM at 2000 RPM and run at 31.5 dBA. They can also be restricted with inline power resistors to be forced to run at 50.35 CFM at 1600 RPM and 26dBA each. So the cooler can be quieted down if needed. The fan itself is mounted to the cooler without spring clips, but with a rubber isolated bracket that can be easily removed by hand for installing the A50 or switching out the fan if you so choose.