Corsair A500 CPU Cooler Review

Testing

As I mentioned we installed the Corsair A500 in our Ryzen test system, which is comprised of the following hardware.

Corsair A500 CPU Cooler

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
Cooling: Corsair A500
Motherboard: ASUS Prime X470-PRO
Graphics Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Ti OC Edition
Memory: HyperX Predator RGB DDR4-2933 16GB
Storage: Gigabyte UD Pro 512GB
Power: Corsair RM850x

We will be comparing the to the following CPU coolers tested on the same hardware.

– AMD Wraith Prism RGB
– AMD Wraith Spire
Cooler Master Hyper 212 RGB Black Edition
Cooler Master MasterAir MA410M
Cooler Master MasterAir MA620P
Cooler Master MasterAir MA620M
Cryorig C7 Cu
Cryorig H7 Plus
Noctua NH-U12A
Reeven Brontes
Reeven Justice II
Scythe Mugen 5 TUF Gaming Alliance
Scythe Big Shuriken 3
Scythe Ninja 5

For performance testing we will first test idle temperatures. These are taken on the Windows 10 desktop and hour after the system has been turned on.

Moving on to load testing we will be running the AIDA64 system stability test with the CPU only checked. This puts a full load on our CPU. We run this test for 1 hour and record the highest temperature throughout the test.

Looking at the results we can see that the A500 sits at the top-end of our test group.

We have just upgraded to a new dB meter which we place a few inches in front of our memory to get a reading for noise levels. Here are those results.

As you can see the A500 is the loudest of the coolers that we’ve tested.

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