Corsair Air Series A50 CPU Cooler ReviewWed, Jan 26, 2011 - 12:00 AM
Looking closer at the Corsair A50
The Corsair A50 is a single 120mm fan Heatpipe Direct Touch (HDT) 3 heat pipe tower cooler. Standing at 159.5mm (6.25 inches) the A50 is quite tall so with narrow cases or cases with side panel fans you will need to do some measuring.
Like the A70 the A50 has 45 aluminum cooling fins on 8mm copper heatpipes.
The A50 also has a similar, yet narrower, fin profile to the A70. What is missing from the fins of the A50 is they are not dimpled like the A70, and the A50 is only setup to run a single 120mm fan. I would have liked to have seen the ability to install a second fan even though the A50 only comes with one fan.
The top of the base has grooves 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 A50 comes with a 120mm fan pre-mounted to a fan mounting bracket and ready to install 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 fan is held in place with rubber mounts.