Over the last couple of years Corsair has been branching out to other areas besides DRAM, and excelling in those new markets. It looks like Corsair has handled the growth extremely well. You can now get a system decked out with all Corsair parts aside from optical drive, processor, and motherboard. You can go with the Power Supply, Solid-State Drive, Memory, CPU Cooler (air or water) PC Chassis and Speakers, and it’s all very well built.
With the Corsair A50 doing as well as it does and costing what it does, I feel it would make for a nice budget cooler because it will get the job done and not break the bank in the process. The documentation is very easy to follow, it was easy to install, and will fit all the popular sockets out today — even the new Intel LGA1155 socket for ‘Sandy Bridge’ processors as that socket same hole pattern as the LGA1156 socket. The Corsair A50 even comes backed by a 2-year warranty, which is nice for the price you pay. Not too many things can go wrong on a HSF, but you never know one of the three 8mm heatpipes might blow up or something! 🙂
I can only think of one con, and it’s not a deal breaker by any means. It’s the 120mm fan; not too many people will be happy with a non-PWM controlled fan so the PC can control the fan speed. The stock fan is not the loudest fan I have ever had on a cooler, but it’s by no means the quietest, either. The A50 does come with a speed reducer, but to get quiet when you need it and performance when you need it the reducer needs to be removed.
Currently the Corsair A50 can be found for $35.24 shipped without a rebate and that should be able to fit any one’s budget. For that you get a CPU cooler that works well at stock processor clock frequencies and even higher overclocks, and for $35 it makes for a nice upgrade over stock cooling. If you search around you should be able to find a heck of a deal for this HSF if you can find it with a rebate. We were able to find the Corsair A50 with a rebate over at Newegg, which means till the end of the month you can get this cooler for $20.24 shipped. At $20.24 you get a heck of an upgrade in cooling for a minimal amount of money! For that I am giving the Corsair A50 our value award.
Legit Bottom Line: The Corsair Air Series A50 is a good performing cooler with a $35 price tag that is easy on the wallet and also carries a 2 year warranty.