Corsair A500 CPU Cooler
Looking down the barrel of the A500, we see that the Mag-Lev fan, attached to the chunky brackets, closes off most of the view of the fins behind it. Also, note that the fans can be easily changed if the ML-120s are not to your liking. Below the fan, we see the four heat pipes, and to us, it is easy to pick up on the fact that the two center pipes are thicker than the outer ones.
Even though the fan mounting appears to clip on the sides of the tower, they ride on rails on the leading and trailing edges of the fins. The A500 is a single-tower design with forty-eight fins in the stack, but also notice the brighter center section filled with fan leads, which is a significant gap in the center of the tower.
The exhaust of the A500 looks just like the front of the cooler, only that this time we can see the fan frame blocking the view of the seven gray fan blades. We can see the 12 V 0.219A power rating, and the part number is shown to be 31-005165.
Again, the appearance is very similar to the other side, so at this point, we will get into finer detail. We like all of the "bracing" we see in this design. Not only are the side of the fans made to look more industrial, but a similar trim can also be found just under the thick metal top cover.
Sliding the fan up and off the top of the cooler exposes the fan mounting rails and the metal tabs used to lock the fans into four predetermined "ride heights" for the ML fans. As to the edges of the fin stack, the edges are flat, but the center of all of the fins are saw-toothed, found on both the leading and trailing edges of the fins.
Over 100 grams of the cooler is what we find between the two fans, covering the top of the tower. Behind the Corsair logo is mesh cut to go along with the fan aesthetic, and surrounding the center hole is a thick hunk of aluminum, which has been brushed around the black section, but has a matte texture on the angled outer edge. The cover is removable to access the mounting hardware.
At the other end of the tower is the base, which is made of aluminum, with copper heat pipes running through it, and it has all been nickel plated. We also see that the thermal paste is pre-applied, and while there is no debris in the paste, the application is not perfect.
We removed the paste to look at the mating surface and find that this time, all of the heat pipes are level. It is much easier to make out the difference in the size of the pipes as you follow the semi-circular machining marks from one side of the base to the other.
Last updated: Apr 7, 2020 at 12:34 pm CDT