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Review Corsair A500: An Air Cooler That Came to Steal the Throne

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Review Corsair A500: An Air Cooler That Came to Steal the Throne

When we choose the components that will bring our next computer to life, one of the important decisions is to choose the type of cooler we want for our processor. After all, there are those who do not like the idea of having water inside your machine, since electronic appliances and humidity is never a great combination. Therefore, we always have the chance to buy a large and powerful air cooler, where we have reference brands such as Noctua, and apparently… A Corsair!

Corsair is extremely well known for its All-in-One coolers, and interestingly, not long ago it even made a big bet on blocks and pumps for WaterCooling ‘Custom’. So it’s with some strangeness that we’ve seen the brand return to the world of coolers on the air with its new A500, a gigantic but well-designed solution that comes to try to steal the throne from Noctua and his NH-D15.

Well, I had the opportunity to test the Corsair A500, the new CPU cooler from Corsair that wants to rival the Kings of the market!

First, to complete what we said above, it has been about 10 years since the last creation of a cooler of this kind from Corsair. Being that the company in recent years decided to focus strong and ugly on the AIO Coolers (All in One) of great quality, which in fact are even one of the favorite choices of enthusiasts, thanks to its performance, but also design.

Is the Corsair A500 a successful return to the more traditional market for air coolers? A market completely flooded with offers from the most varied brands? Let’s try to figure it out.

Build quality and practicality – Corsair A500

It is not new to anyone that Corsair is one of the manufacturers that is most concerned about the quality of construction of its products. At the end of the day, it is one of the references of the world of PCs. Something we can see in this A500, since its construction is really the best we can find on the market, with great attention to detail.

First, the fans of this cooler are trapped in place by a kind of handrail, with an interesting detail, since the fan support is tight enough to be able to leave them wherever you want.

This way, despite being bigger than my previous Cooler (let’s say in passing… It was nothing small), has a design made with the other components in mind. That is, unlike my previous solution that made some force in the first RAM module, this is simply on top of this area, presenting a well thought out design for any type of motherboard, be it ATX, Micro-ATX or Mini-ITX. (However, care must be taken with the size available in the box, since this boy is not short)

Continuing the question of practicality.

Your application is really fast and easy to fit! In the tests I performed, I removed the cooler several times to change the thermal paste and it was a treat. Simply remove the top cover and with the wrench loosen the two screws to remove the entire cooler, even if the fans are fitted.

An important note is that you will need a long key to do this job. (It’s included in the box.)

Design and RGB – Corsair A500

When assembled, despite its size, the design is “minimalist”! The lines are simple, but the corners have been rounded. At the color level this gray with the black fans is the ideal union for most builds. After all, it looks good in the two most chosen colors for desktop, black and white.

Speaking of RGB… this cooler has no RGB! Corsair decided to keep the minimalist design with matching fans, maybe to lower the price?! It’s just that we’re talking about a €100 Cooler! However, you can always replace the fans included with other RGB, if that’s your wish.

Specifications and Size

The important thing before choosing a cooler of this type is to ensure that your box is able to house metal monster size with 1.5kg of weight.

So we are talking about a Cooler with the following specifications:

  • Height – 162.3mm
  • Width Depth – 146.1mm
  • Weight – 1.5kg
  • Intel Sockets – 115x, 1366, 2011x, 2066
  • AMD Sockets – AM2, AM3, AM4 and FM1

Performance and Noise

At the performance level, when I put the Corsair A500 I noticed from an early age the reduction of noise at low revs and also a lower temperature in IDLE. That said, the noise of the Corsair a500 just starts to be remarkable from the 80%, which although it exists, is not one of the most annoying.

Considering the coolers I have around the house, let’s go to the tests. My current build is based on gygabite Z270-D3 motherboard, 4.8Ghz 7700k i7 CPU and 16GB (8+8) RAM at 3000MHz.

Gigabyte Z270P-D3 + Intel i7 7700k 4.8Ghz

The conclusions I was able to draw from the test (in addition to the instability of my processor/motherboard) is that this cooler is the most “powerful” I have today. However, tests are ensuring that it loses both performance and noise against market kings such as noctua NH-D15 and Deepcool Assassin III.

Still, keep in mind that the Corsair A500 uses two 120mm fans against the 140mm fans that today’s market kings use. This comparison was made, because the Corsair rivals also in price against the kings of the market.

In short, this cooler manages to be an excellent offer and even return of Corsair to this market. However, its price of 100€ is very easily its large Achilles heel.

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