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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 01-09-2020, 02:49 AM - Thread Starter
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[PCPer] Corsair Introduces The A500 CPU Air Cooler

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CORSAIR RETURNS TO AIR COOLING WITH THE A500

The A500 is a very substantial cooler, with fans the cooler is 144 x 169 x 171 mm. The cooler (with fans) weighs in at 1460g / 3.2 lbs, which is more than large coolers such as Noctua’s NH-D15 (1320 g). ...

An interesting feature of the A500 Dual Fan CPU Cooler is the “slide-and-lock” fan mounting system, which allows for variable mounting height of both fans to accommodate tall memory modules. With other coolers this generally involves manually placing and clipping fans higher up on the heatsink, which is hardly ideal (and sometimes problematic). This slide-and-lock system, which uses a ratcheting mechanism, sounds like a nice innovation.



The included ML120 fans are part of CORSAIR’s magnetic levitation series, and are PWM fans with a wide 400 – 2400 RPM range. ...

The CORSAIR A500 Dual Fan CPU Cooler retails for $99.99 USD and is currently up for pre-order on CORSAIR’s site with availability “in 1 week”.
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The design is pretty nice, and it seems to come with some good fans and its ratcheting fan mounts are simply amazing. But the size and price is pretty rough for a single tower; dual 120mm cooler.

Still happy to see newcomers in the air cooling space, hopefully it performs well enough.
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So basically the old A70, with almost the same concept behind fan securement; sole difference that this time they're slided down rather than snapped on a plastic housing.
Amazing stuff.

But they added a faux-plated cover on top, so i guess that's enough to elevate it up to 'new'. Mmk..
For that pricing, why would anyone bother; i already have a better air cooler (or could acquire one had i been looking), with lifetime platform mounting support; and chances are it performs better as well.
I know people will go out and get this, sure, i just.. as always, fail to relate frankly

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Its nice that it looks nice. That is 90% of what matters.

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Quote: Originally Posted by Aenra View Post
So basically the old A70, with almost the same concept behind fan securement; sole difference that this time they're slided down rather than snapped on a plastic housing.
Amazing stuff.

But they added a faux-plated cover on top, so i guess that's enough to elevate it up to 'new'. Mmk..
For that pricing, why would anyone bother; i already have a better air cooler (or could acquire one had i been looking), with lifetime platform mounting support; and chances are it performs better as well.
I know people will go out and get this, sure, i just.. as always, fail to relate frankly
one word: Aesthetics


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So basically the old A70, with almost the same concept behind fan securement; sole difference that this time they're slided down rather than snapped on a plastic housing.
Amazing stuff.

But they added a faux-plated cover on top, so i guess that's enough to elevate it up to 'new'. Mmk..
For that pricing, why would anyone bother; i already have a better air cooler (or could acquire one had i been looking), with lifetime platform mounting support; and chances are it performs better as well.
I know people will go out and get this, sure, i just.. as always, fail to relate frankly
C'mon dude, give some credit where credit is due. The old A70 has those terrible fixed height plastic clips that clipped straight onto the fins. that's worse than even the 212 evo clips, they're arguably worse than most wire clips. Its not "almost the same"

These ratcheting clips are by far the nicest solution I've seen for fan securement on an air cooler.

The heatpipe config looks nicer than the A70 as well, and it has a way flatter base. Although I very much doubt their choice of 2 fat + 2 regular heapipes is going to pay of as much as they hope, especially for that price.

Its easy to be cynical but at least its a step in the right direction...
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Its easy to be cynical but at least its a step in the right direction...
Gilles..
It's a cooler with nothing to boast of in terms of cooling. What it has to boast is "looks" (and this is a cooler, so frankly, give me a break if you think "looks" should enter the cooling situation) and, which i mention myself, an "improved" fan attaching solution.
Is that of such an import to you? By all means then, go and buy one when it's out.

For me, it's not; simple. For one, i've both hands functioning and can manage with traditional clips just fine; two, said solutions almost always involve either compatibility issues with fan casings or one's inability to add extra fans due to the very casing required for said fans to slide/clip on; three, said solutions usually don't leave much room for vibration dampening.
All that on top of a subpar cooler that is expected to cost about as much as other 'top' ones. One of which, i will mention this again, is a onetime purchase, given its lifetime support.

And you call me cynical for failing to grasp why folks don't ignore this..
And this is what you call and i quote "a step in the right direction"..
Respectfully disagree

That folks care about the looks of internal components, that folks care about looks inside a chassis that is additionally all about looks? That's their problem, not mine. Said it a million times, we can all like or have a tendency towards dumb or insensible things. Problem only arises when we're no longer capable of admitting, if only to ourselves, that said predisposition IS dumb, just.. hey, we do it anyway.
Am not being cynical here. Am being rational. If you or anyone else has gone so far that you're by now incapable of grasping the difference between the two? Not my fault.

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