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Corsair Air Series A50 Performance CPU Cooler CAFA50

by Corsair
50 customer reviews

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  • Three 8mm copper direct-contact heatpipes, for efficient heat conduction away from your CPU
  • Aluminum fins make the unit compact and lightweight, for easy installation and maximum airflow
  • 120mm fan with multiple speed options that let you optimize the maximum cooling and minimum noise
  • The A50 is compatible with all current CPU socket designs, including Intel LGA775, LGA1155, LGA1156 and LGA1366, plus AMD Socket AM2 and Socket AM3
  • Backed by Corsair: A respected name with a passion for quality products, and great service and support
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Technical Details

Style: A50
  • Brand Name: Corsair
  • Model Number: CAFA50
  • Processor Count: 1
  • Computer CPU Manufacturer: AMD
  • Manufacturer Warranty Description: 2 years
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Product Description

Style: A50

Protect your investment in your Intel or AMD CPU, and make it run better. Excessive heat is the deadly enemy of high-performance silicon, and the Air Series A50 CPU cooler can extend your CPU’s lifetime by efficiently drawing that heat away. You’ll get faster performance, too. Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors automatically overclock when conditions are right. Add the A50 and your CPU will detect that it’s running cooler, and instantly boost its speed when you need it. Of course, if you’re not using a Core i5 or Core i7 or if you prefer to overclock manually, the Air Series A50 will still give you the temperature headroom you need. Spend 15 minutes installing the A50 and enjoy years of improved CPU performance.

Product Details

Style: A50
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 19 x 11 inches ; 2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B003IT6RDE
  • Item model number: CAFA50
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at April 22, 2010

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jane Doe on October 2, 2010
Style Name: A70
Length: 0:31 Mins
Pros: well thought out design, comes with silver thermal paste, 2 120mm fans, creates good air flow, no led lights
con: poor instructions ( read on for instillation tips)

My push pin cooler was not making even proper contact and causing high heat with freezes and and crash on full load. Temps used to be 43 c idle and 89 c full load (prime 95 stress test). computer was starting to freeze and restart upon first 10 min of gaming and video rendering. NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 28 c idle and 56 c full load. So happy I could cry. Even my MSI pro-E x58 north bridge chipset, which gets up to 76 c (and know for it high heat) went down to 64 c max under full load, thanks to the extra cooling of the 2 fans. I notice only slightly quieter then intel's stock cooler. But I don't care, I can render with handbreak and temps never go over 56 c. The air flow even dropped my video card temp 5 c and northbridge chipset over 10 c.
The fins are curved-in on one side to create a space that the fan doesn't get to close to to allow proper airflow. I would have to say directions for fan placement could of been better documented for newbies. The corsair logo side of the fan is the side the air will flow out from. bare black side pulls air in. So corsair logo goes to curved-in fins and the logo out fan goes to the fins that are curved outward. You will understand when you open the box. Logo out fan faces the back of the case or what ever way you air exhausts air out of the case. Also the rubber washers go on the plastic separator that is located on the back bracket for intel. Again lack of documentation. Fans go on heatsink after motherboard is screwed back in case and wires are plugged in.

Yes you will have to pull motherboard out to get this on. So what.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By pkweagle on March 14, 2011
Style Name: A70
I tried several fans including a water cooler (H50) nothing seemed to really get the job done. I am running a 780i mobo and a Q9650 quad with 2 GTS450 video cards. Its overclocked to 3.75 and really kicks out the heat especially with something like FSX or Lockon FC2. The A70 is big and just barely fits in the HAF 932 full tower case. You have to get behind the motherboard and fortunately the 932 lets you pull the back panel and doesn't require you to pull the main board. It comes with a very simple "X" shaped back plate and four cap screws to secure the fan to the CPU. The 120mm fans are big and move some air. This fan is across the board a better solution to my heat problem than water. I was stunned at the difference. It doesn't manage the heat quite as well as the water cooler during the build phase but idle temps, maximum temps and time to reduce heat immediately after program close is better than the water cooler. The water system (H50) was not the most expensive but it was a closed fluid cooling system touted to be "of course" substantially better than air. Not rue in this case. The A70 is a very serious fan for serious PC users. If your not ready for a big solution...get something else. Comes with its own compound. The written instructions are so bad its really sort of funny. You have very brief lines of english that tell you just enough to get you mad then there is a mountain of information in several languages of choice if your in Europe or South America. Surely someone at Corsair gets a great giggle during staff meetings when the A70 subject comes up. Worth every penny of whatever you spend. Can't go wrong.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Online Tech Shopper on May 15, 2011
Style Name: A70 Verified Purchase
Does the job well. However, the instructions are weak and a little mechanical aptitude goes a long way. I would suggest figuring out how it goes together before you install the cooler.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jerry on December 6, 2010
Style Name: A50 Verified Purchase
Looks fantastic, with an embossed corsair logo on the top and bottom of the grills. Fins are thin and can be sharp with enough force, so be careful. The heatsink is also monstrous and heavy. However, it does fit in my Lian Li PC K62 case with about an inch of room from the side panel. I imagine that cases with side fans in the area may have slight difficulties fitting this. The heatsink part that interfaces with the processor has three copper heat pipes in direct contact with the processor. Gliding my fingers over the surface, I felt that the surfaces between the heat pipes and the aluminum in between were slightly uneven. The surface also did not have a mirror finish, but I understand that is the norm for direct heat pipe hsf. At any rate, prior to installation, I went ahead and lapped the surface to achieve a flat mirror finish surface.

The A50 comes with a large amount of thermal paste in a push-tube, probably enough for at least 10 applications. I opted to use arctic silver 5 that I already owned. I have a socket AM3 mobo, which does not require additional mobo hardware to secure it. The package includes all the various attachments you need for other sockets, but the AM3 attachment was very easy with a similar attachment piece that you find on your AMD stock coolers. I will say that the cooler feels like it could fall off due to the sheer size and weight of it. However, it does secure well and I have not had any issues with it even with moving my entire case around. The surface of the hsf does not cover the entire processor (phenom II), but does not seem to affect my performance, as I will discuss later. The HSF can also be slid around even though it's attached, but it remains flatly held against the surface.
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