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Corsair A500 High Performance Dual Fan CPU Air Cooler Review (Page 6)

Chad Sebring | Mar 28, 2020 at 5:09 pm CDT - 2 mins, 42 secs time to read this page
Rating: 90%Manufacturer: CorsairModel: Corsair A500 High Performance Dual Fan CPU Cooler

Chad's CPU Cooler Test System Specifications

To see our testing methodology and to find out what goes into making our charts, please refer to our CPU Cooler Testing and Methodology article (October 2016) for more information.

Thermal Results

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Delivering a twenty-second place finish for the average cooler would be a good place to get started. Performace is within half a degree of the D-15 is good, but we honestly had more hope for the A500. Considering the Ninja 5, Windale 6, Le Grand Macho RT, and NiC C5 all do better with less of an investment skews that view in today's assessment, versus 2014 when the D-15 was hot stuff in our charts.

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Moving up a couple of positions once the overclock was applied, the A50 showed a result of 72-degrees averaged across the four cores. Six -degrees out of first still ends up in the twentieth position, but is a full two-degrees behind the similarly priced D-15. Again, we expected more from this cooler!

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This last thermal chart is to see how much meat is left on the bone opting for PWM control over delivering 12 to the fans, and we see Corsair left us with just 2.25-degrees to get from the A500. Not the best performance here, but it did move up four more spots from the previous chart.

Noise Level Results

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Our pair of fans idled at 535RPM, and are only 24 dB at that time. However, once the heat starts to be produced, the couple of fans were sent up to 1100RPM under control of PWM. 32 dB is not anything to worry about for many, but keep in mind when testing the cooler; this is the best scenario!

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As we applied the overclock and reran the stress test, the PWM curve increased to try to keep the processor cool. In that effort, the fans were turning at 1570 RPM, getting much louder, this time at 48 dB! This level of noise is into the annoying territory for many, but we are old school, and noise is irrelevant to us if the cooler performance is worth the constant hum.

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Considering we had another 900 RPM to go to hit the rated max of the fans when we did send 12V through the fan connection, our fans passed that and read at 2470 RPM; we expected a bunch more noise to come. Not shocking to us is the 68 dB rating of the fans spinning what they are.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Chad Sebring

After a year of gaming, Chad caught the OC bug. With overclocking comes the need for better cooling, and Chad has had many air and water setups. With a few years of abusing computer parts, he decided to take his chances and try to get a review job. As an avid overclocker, Chad is always looking for the next leg up in RAM, cooling, as well as peripherals.

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