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CORSAIR CAFA50 120mm CPU Cooler

  • 1,600 - 2,000 RPM
  • 50 - 61 CFM
  • Aluminum & Copper
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Excessive heat is the deadly enemy of high-performance silicon, and the Air Series A50 CPU cooler can extend the lifetime of your CPU by quietly and efficiently drawing that heat away.

The superior engineering of the Air Series A50 makes it dramatically outperform your CPU’s stock heatsink: three 8mm copper heatpipes directly contact your CPU and instantly pull heat up into the aluminum cooling fins. A 120mm fan, mounted on rubber studs to reduce noise and vibration, quietly draws cool air through the fins.

  • newegg Superior Air-cooling Performance Three 8mm U-shaped copper direct-contact heatpipes go through the aluminum fins and meet at the base of the heatsink where they are in direct contact to the CPU, delivering optimal heat collection and dissipation ratio.
  • newegg 120mm Fan with Selectable Speeds The easy-to-install, low-noise, low-vibration 120mm fan offers two speed options, allowing you to select the cooling performance you want.
  • newegg Universal Socket Compatibility The Corsair A50 includes mounting brackets for Intel LGA775/1366/1156 and AMD socket AM2/AM3 motherboards.

Learn more about the Corsair CAFA50

Model

Brand
CORSAIR
Model
CAFA50

Spec

Type
Fan & Heatsinks
Fan Size
120mm
Compatibility
Intel: LGA 775 / 1366 / 1156 / 1155
RPM
1,600 - 2,000 RPM
Air Flow
50 - 61 CFM
Noise Level
26 - 31.5 dBA
Heatsink Material
Aluminum & Copper

Physical Spec

Fan Dimensions
120 x 120 x 25mm
Heatsink Dimensions
159.5 x 124.6 x 81.2mm

Features

Features
Compatible with Intel and AMD systems
Three 8mm copper direct-contact heatpipes
Aluminum fins
Low-noise, low-vibration 120mm fan mounted on rubber studs
Selectable 1,600 or 2,000RPM fan allows you to select the cooling performance you want

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
2 years limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 0 day


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  • Chandler H.
  • 3/2/2014 6:12:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggsJUNK

Pros: 1 - Got it for free
2 - tower style
3 - decent fan
4 - looks cool

Cons: 1 - IMPOSSIBLE to install on most AMD motherboards blowing air to the back of the case, must blow air out the top or bottom, completley useless for most AMD systems

2 - gaps between heatpipes, gaps are aluminum

Other Thoughts: if you ever run across these like i did (was in a box of stuff from craigslist) if you plan to use it on an AMD system, unless your fine having air blow up or down then get rid of it

also the CM 212 is better.

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  • Brad O.
  • 12/16/2013 3:46:25 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat cooling for the price

Pros: Dirt cheap after rebate back in 2010. Big 120mm fan pushes more than enough air to keep things cool. Very easy mounting on AM2/AM2+/AM3 sockets.

Cons: Only faces up and down on AM2/AM3 - not a problem in the Antec Nine Hundred it is in, but could be an issue in some cases.

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  • Chris S.
  • 8/24/2013 10:03:18 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSlick cooler

Pros: This Corsair A50 does a great job keeping my OC'd six core AMD 1055T cool and does so nearly silently. With the MIR it was a steal at $15-20. no problems with mounting or collisions with RAM on a MSI 890GXM-65 mATX motherboard.

Cons: The mount only lets you have the heatsink and fan in 2 orientations which may cause a bother for certain case designs, but this is largely an AM2-3 socket design problem.

Other Thoughts: Highly recommended if you are currently running a stock heatsink and fan, this product will run cooler and quieter for a long time in almost any case motherboard combination. Keep any eye on the height though as this is not a short cooler.

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  • Anh L.
  • 2/7/2013 3:32:31 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks well, minus stock fan

Pros: Finally had the chance to install with AMD A10-5700 Trinity APU. I replaced stock 120mm fan with Noctua PWN 120mm. At 80% min fan speed, the A50 with the Noctua fan is able to keep my APU at 35C at full load! The motherboard never needs to kick up the fan speed because it stays under 40C. This is an amazing heatsink with the Noctua because its dead silent.

Cons: The stock 120mm fan with low voltage cable installed was still a bit loud. The Noctua fan I installed made this thing perform very well and silent.

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  • Sayed M.
  • 12/10/2012 10:53:23 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice

Pros: Good for overclocking
large size
price - got it for 10 bucks on sale

Cons: Need a very large case to get it to fit.

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  • Simon D.
  • 11/18/2012 9:40:56 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsNever received mail in rebate$

Pros: Cooler works great.

Cons: stiffed on the mail in rebate. Submitted on time and correctly.....just never received anything.

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  • Nathan J.
  • 10/18/2012 3:58:21 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing

Pros: -I have yet to see my CPU temp get above 56 C, and that was while running Prime 95.
-With a rebate it was 10 dollars. Super cheap but high quality.
-Pretty easy install, even though Intel likes to make fan installs difficult
-Large fan size makes it really quiet. No need for the speed limiter, it's much quieter than my PSU and video card fans.

Cons: None so far!

Other Thoughts: This is an very large cooler so check if it will fit in your case before you buy it. I have a monster size case and it fit in mine with plenty of clearance, but if you have a small case or a MicroATX mobo, you may run into issues with it getting in the way of your opposite case side or RAM slots.

I have been using this cooler since July. I'm running a Core i5-3570k with BIOS on high performance settings. This is the best $10 I have ever invested in my computer. (which I am super protective of)

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  • Steven F.
  • 10/16/2012 8:08:43 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDoes not fit 1155 sockets

Pros: Big and keeps things cool

Cons: Is not designed for an 1155 socket as advertised. You can get it in, but I'm not comfortable sliding the pegs between slots the way you need to.

Even with the resistor cable the fan was still noisier than I would have liked.

Other Thoughts: Be careful if your memory has heat sinks. It was very difficult to get both the memory and this CPU cooler in at the same time on my GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB motherboard.

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  • Robert H.
  • 10/8/2012 6:22:14 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsGreat cooler, great value

Pros: Does what it's supposed to. Mounting instructions (if needed) are not that bad. If you can't read, the pictures show you what to do!! Keeps my 3570 idle at 21C and 45C at 4.00ghz prime 95 for 4 hours.

Cons: I knocked off one egg b/c the stock fan that came with the unit is garbage. It was noisy and only ran in 2 speeds. To run it at lower speed, you need to install included in line resistor. Get a decent PWM fan.

Other Thoughts: Besides the stock fan, the unit is great and keeps my cpu very cool. This is a large cooler, so make sure you do your homework and size it up before you purchase it.

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  • Ali Y.
  • 10/4/2012 9:31:10 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsInteresting

Pros: Noticable difference on CPU temperature. was 76 degrees C with stock cooler on full load with BF3 running on Maximum everything (or ultimate)
Now max temperature reached was 58-64. I was shocked intel sends such a sub-par fan and heatsink. Especially considering this only cost me 15 bucks! GO CORSAIR Rebates

Cons: Size. It fit in my case barely.
Fugly factor: Wow its terrible looking :P but considering it gets the job done and isnt a complete eye soar.
Instructions. My my what a useless set of instructions. Missing steps: 4 steps missing that are not even listed

Other Thoughts: Install the fan first on the fan and put in your case to get a good size and room capacity. Its not tiny but not nearly as big as others. Will work on i7-2600 and 2700K so great choice for 15 bucks. It also comes with thermal compound but i mean who is going to use that when you got choices like Arctic Silver 5, Noctua and MX come on guys do not be too cheap and get some of the good stuff its your cpu its worth it. yes that sounded like a make up tutorial on youtube but for important computer matters.

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