“The Corsair Cooling Air Series A50 High-Performance CPU Cooler uses tried-and-true thermal engineering technology to deliver superior air-cooling performance: three 8mm copper heatpipes directly contacting your CPU. The contact surface is polished to increase heat transfer efficiency. One 120mm fan with twin speed settings, mounted on rubberized fixings, spins quietly providing effective airflow at low noise levels.”
The Corsair A50 heatsink is nothing that we haven’t seen before: stacked fins, one with a concave side, the other with a pointed convex, three 8mm copper heatpipes with direct touch technology. Even though the design is similar, this doesn’t necessary result in better performance. The A50 comes with one of the best CPU fan installations I’ve ever seen. I wish more companies would follow under these footsteps because it is effective and easy to install.
Like other heatsinks with metal wire brackets to install, which can be painstakingly annoying, the A50 has a notch built into the heatsink on either side. However Corsair has created a fan housing, which not only reduces vibration with rubber fan mounts, it makes installation literally a “snap”. Out of the four sides, two have a set of clips built into them. The clips essentially just snap into the notches on the heatsink, making installing quick and painless.
The top of the heatsink shows the three 8mm copper heatpipes capped off which are also surrounded by a black covering on the top heat fin.
The heatsink is relatively small in width, giving you more room inside your case. The heatpipes can be easily seen through the heatsink. If you grab the heatsink, you’ll know by first touch that it is solid and that the heat fins aren’t made of cheap material.
The polished direct touch base is almost entirely comprised of the three 8mm heatpipes, giving you the best cooling performance possible.