Corsair made an Air Cooler... is it worth it?

  • Published: 13 February 2020
  • Corsair has launched the A500 Air cooler... but how does it stack up against the big guys??

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  • David Anderson
    David Anderson  5 hours back

    JayzTwoCents i went how you start your business and get free stuff on youtube channels
    because i went start business like you doing online

    • tetryl1
      tetryl1  10 hours back

      Price is very wrong. If you're coming to a all ready saturated market for high performing air coolers at a high price, you have to either beat the performance of them or be cheaper. And more compatible which I think this is terrible at just from the looks. We haven't seen a really good review of this things actual compatibility with motherboards and RAM's and if we did I bet it would be one of the worst. Also pretty much every 120mm AIO is cheaper and those fit with anything and cooling performance is similar or better. Though sure AIO's are not forever, probably 5 years and either the pump's break or the liquid has evaporated too much. Air coolers last basically forever so there is that. Oh and why the hell didi they leave the empty space in the middle? You could have just filled that with fins and make the thing smaller thus being more compatible. Going for style points over performance and compatibility is stupid.

      • GiSWiG
        GiSWiG  16 hours back

        Looks like they copied a lot from the Cryorig R1 Ultimate but fell short on some of the complaints you had. I've been using the R1 to cool my OC'd 6700K for years now. The R1's towers are separate. It comes with two 140mm fans, typically for one in the front, one in the middle but they give you a third set of clips to put a third fan on the back. The clips give you the freedom to make the air blow any direction you want. It comes with a dual fan header splitter as well. The shrouds around the fins can be replaced with ones of different colors so no need for spray paint (I bought red ones with slight metallic finish). The fans still clip on and can be slid up, maybe not as easily as the A500 but seriously, how many times are you going to be moving your fans up and down? And if your not sure if it will fit, go to Cryorig's web site, print their paper guide that you fold in to the shape of the bottom of the cooler to see if it will fit. No, I'm not affiliated with Cryorig, I just really like their stuff.

        • Jeremiah Dant
          Jeremiah Dant  17 hours back

          I wouldn't use an air cooler They take up way too much room and block so much of the view of the motherboard.

          • Иван Драго
            Иван Драго  18 hours back

            I've been using a Fuma 2 for two months so far. Not as nice at cooling as a Noctua of the same form, but not far off at all. It's also very adaptable given the fan form factors and the layout of the towers.

            • Azri Azhari
              Azri Azhari  19 hours back

              12:04 I did know that regarding the thermal paste. Just leaving a comment so that I can reference that later in the future :)

              • shawn bruncic
                shawn bruncic  22 hours back

                great looking cooler i have always have same problem whiff ram great idea with the fans and general maintenance

                • 0rogontorogon
                  0rogontorogon  23 hours back

                  I am sorry but this is not a review, this is a commercial.
                  The most important characteristic of a cooler is noise normalized performance. I don't care about the temperatures if the noise generated isn't mentioned at all. So, after nearly 17 minutes I don't even know if that cooler is worth it or not. Feels like one of those teleshopping ads.

                  • Artur
                    Artur  23 hours back

                    Can you change the stock fans inside the mounting mechanism?

                    • vanveenmatt
                      vanveenmatt  1 days back

                      I'd buy it!

                      • David Hurt
                        David Hurt  1 days back

                        FYI my current system has a Corsair air cooler in my i7 950 I bought it then

                        • Crixis
                          Crixis  1 days back


                          • Admiral JT
                            Admiral JT  1 days back

                            It should have an option to put a fan in the center.

                            • Dave Davidson
                              Dave Davidson  1 days back

                              Corsair made an Air Cooler... is it worth it?: no Corsair don't actually make anything so the title is a lie.

                              • denvera1g1
                                denvera1g1  1 days back

                                hoyl crap 190w, IIRC my 3950x only hits 140w, though, only stock speeds, wonder what it would pull at 5Ghz(if it were possible)

                                • denvera1g1
                                  denvera1g1  1 days back

                                  What would be really cool with this cooler, is if the cage of one or both of those fans was open on the bottom, to cool the ram, and or VMRs

                                  • denvera1g1
                                    denvera1g1  1 days back

                                    back in the day, didnt overclocking require putting a fan on your passive heat sink? i mean it was before i was born but still

                                    • Thercon Jair
                                      Thercon Jair  2 days back

                                      Hey Jay, put some Noctua fans on that thing! Looking at the mounting solution, it should be possible :)

                                      • Ishaan Pitcon
                                        Ishaan Pitcon  2 days back

                                        The U12A at the same price, while less bulky, less noisy, beats this cooler by at least 5c (look at real reviews that compare the A500 to others...)
                                        I don't understand why anyone would by it, except for "i must have only corsair stuff" kinda people

                                        • Matt Bulfinch
                                          Matt Bulfinch  2 days back

                                          Hey! That little space underneath the brushed metal top is perfect for toasting! :P

                                          • Connectron Builds
                                            Connectron Builds  2 days back

                                            There's a problem with this cooler where the heatpipes contact the capacitors around Intel 115x sockets you should probably do a follow up on that.

                                            • Rengaruu
                                              Rengaruu  2 days back

                                              I've tested it today and it's really a mixed bag.
                                              It is super easy to install and looks good, however it forces you to use low profile ram as it blocks all ramslots.
                                              the cooling performance is good, however it is also super noisy.
                                              I just hope that bequiet and noctua will copy the slide mechanism for their fans as it is very good.
                                              perhaps corasir shouldnt have overengineered their first big cpu cooler to the moon. :pp

                                              • Ioan Koka
                                                Ioan Koka  2 days back

                                                Can't tell a gazilion times and nobody gives a crap. DO NOT USE the thermal paste they provide. wipe it of and put your trusted paste in a thin-thin-thin layer. thermal paste should fill the imperfections between the two surfaces and be used as a layer of conducting material. idiots.

                                                • Miner Huck
                                                  Miner Huck  2 days back

                                                  Who cares I wouldn't use a Corsair product anymore. Corsair doesn't honor their warranty, and when they do RMA a product they send it back still screwed up no matter a solid state drive, case, aio cooler, ram. I will never trust Corsair for personal products or for my business customers again. I have tinnitus due to their first generation h100i which the noise level was mis represented on paper especially in their sound dampening 300R case.. that lasted 2 years out of a 5 year warranty. Their support is absolute trash.

                                                  • pegadirty
                                                    pegadirty  2 days back

                                                    Did Corsair talk to Nintendo about that fan mounting system? Reminds me a lot of the Switch Joycons lol

                                                    • EggChen6DemonBag
                                                      EggChen6DemonBag  2 days back

                                                      Yeah that fan removal mechanism is awesome. So simple. Good Job Corsair!

                                                      • ULTRASMURF
                                                        ULTRASMURF  2 days back

                                                        For the same price as the D15 no contest, I'd much rather have the Noctua fans over the corsair ones

                                                        • Tim R
                                                          Tim R  2 days back

                                                          And DAMN that a sexy cooler!!!

                                                          • Tim R
                                                            Tim R  2 days back

                                                            I love the vids Jay but damn, flex that board just a little more!

                                                            • Doom Slayer
                                                              Doom Slayer  2 days back

                                                              Ill take it! Ill take 12! :P

                                                              • C-Fed Tech
                                                                C-Fed Tech  2 days back

                                                                Been away from the channel for some time now. I am back and loving the videos. Phil is a great addition, keep up the great work!

                                                                • Alexander Amis
                                                                  Alexander Amis  2 days back

                                                                  My solution to the fan color problem? Include a set of attachable rails for standard fan mounts, or possibly even sell a separate edition for a bit less without included fans and instead just the rails

                                                                  • ronny r
                                                                    ronny r  2 days back

                                                                    gara gara mas andi nih pasti ke saya lagi deh

                                                                    • Jarrod Gertig
                                                                      Jarrod Gertig  2 days back

                                                                      If an air cooler is $100 it better have some nice tech built into it, this doesn't. This is a literal brick that just so happens to cool your CPU... :I
                                                                      1x OOF for Corsair

                                                                      • Alan Wagner
                                                                        Alan Wagner  2 days back

                                                                        All problems with this video:

                                                                        • Island Computers
                                                                          Island Computers  2 days back

                                                                          That is one brilliant, if immense, cooler. I love the fan removal system. Well done @Corsair. Top marks. If you want to send a review unit my way I'd love to have a look at it. ;-)

                                                                          • Tarquin Farquhar
                                                                            Tarquin Farquhar  2 days back

                                                                            5:32 - "that's no moon, that's a CPU cooler." Obi-wan Kenobi.

                                                                            • Typo's Gaming Channel
                                                                              Typo's Gaming Channel  2 days back

                                                                              Those are ML fans

                                                                              • Chris SoulLess
                                                                                Chris SoulLess  3 days back

                                                                                12:59 "i think it's gone rank up there" "we need more people to buy it" "it's the motherboard's fault" what the hell man???? are you kidding or something? you think? what do you mean you think?...... i didn't expect a sponsor asslicking from you jay

                                                                                • Fuchi Grafika
                                                                                  Fuchi Grafika  3 days back

                                                                                  This review seems slightly awkward. Is the cooler better than its rivals? Is it compatible with most motherboards (would be a shame to pay first and then find out later that it may have clearance issues)?

                                                                                  • GiSWiG
                                                                                    GiSWiG  16 hours back

                                                                                    Cryorig has "origami" like print outs that you cut and fold into the shape of the bottom of the heat sink.

                                                                                • Dave Fawcett
                                                                                  Dave Fawcett  3 days back

                                                                                  i have a 9700k air coolers just dont work for 5ghz clock !!!

                                                                                  • Backlash0o
                                                                                    Backlash0o  3 days back

                                                                                    Ok , enough advertising . Now go compare it against Dark rock pro and NH-D15 :)

                                                                                    • TheGreatMunky
                                                                                      TheGreatMunky  3 days back

                                                                                      CorsAIR Cooler

                                                                                      • JoeH
                                                                                        JoeH  3 days back

                                                                                        Thanks for this. Thinking of buying this cooler for my ryzen 5 3600, how is the noise?

                                                                                        • customcomputer hobbyist
                                                                                          customcomputer hobbyist  2 days back

                                                                                          @JoeH AV Techy and LinusTechTips both mention the noise and don't recommend the cooler. AV Techy also talks about the compatibility issue. Corsair would do well to recall this cooler and fix the baseplate design to raise it higher to adhere to socket keep out area standards, or remove the compatibility claim with certain sockets in their advertisement for the product. After that, they need to think about pricing for a product which is outperformed by less expensive coolers and is a lot noisier.

                                                                                        • JoeH
                                                                                          JoeH  2 days back

                                                                                          @customcomputer hobbyist I watched all this but might of missed the bit about noise, was st work at time of watching so was skimming I'll look at other reviews thanks.

                                                                                        • customcomputer hobbyist
                                                                                          customcomputer hobbyist  2 days back

                                                                                          Jet engine-like when maxed if you watch actual reviews. Also has compatibility issues with capacitors on motherboards it claims to be compatible with.

                                                                                      • WhalesGoMoo
                                                                                        WhalesGoMoo  3 days back

                                                                                        I hate the Be Quite design but they work so well lol

                                                                                        • Jeremy Willis
                                                                                          Jeremy Willis  3 days back

                                                                                          Phil confused by Jay blowing the paper- if you fit it between your thumbs right you can make a loud annoying squealing noise. Right up Jay's alley!

                                                                                          • Audrius Kliukas
                                                                                            Audrius Kliukas  3 days back

                                                                                            So it performs about as well as AIO, costs about as much and you get this unsightly huge thing in your case. It's a no from me.

                                                                                            • aeppikx
                                                                                              aeppikx  3 days back

                                                                                              what a fugly huge brick