Corsair A500 Overview
The Corsair A500 is definitely a large CPU, maybe the largest that Corsair has ever released. It has official dimensions of 137mm x 169mm x 103mm and weighs in at 1460g.
As I mentioned this is a dual-fan cooler so you have two of Corsair’s 120 mm ML Series cooling fans. These PWM fans have a maximum speed of 2400 RPM, push up to 75 CFM of air, with a noise level of 36 dBA. The fans themselves have a black frame with grey blades, no RGB here!
These fans are on each side of the large heatsink. Corsair has installed the fans on these grooves which makes it so you can basically slide the fans on and off easily and completely tool-less. The fact that you can easily move the fans up and down means that you can adjust for things like larger memory modules.
Moving up to the top of the cooler we have this very sleek blushed aluminum top cap. It has the Corsair logo in the center and I think this really sets off the cooler. Corsair has really designed to have a modern look, not look like every other CPU cooler out there. This top cap easily pops off to reveal the design of the heatsink of the cooler and to give easy access for installation.
There are four heatpipes that start at the base of the cooler and go up into each heatsink tower to help dissipate heat from your CPU. The heatpipes are actually different sizes, the two outer heatpipes have a smaller diameter than the two inner heatpipes.
Looking at the base of the A500 we can see that the heatpipes will make direct contact with the CPU. Another interesting thing we see is that Corsair has pre-applied the thermal paste on the base of the cooler. This makes things easier for beginners, don’t worry though Corsair also includes extra thermal paste as well.