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Corsair A115 Twin Tower CPU Air Cooler: Powerful & silent

Corsair A115 Twin Tower CPU Air Cooler

Since making its debut in 1994 as an OEM supplier of L2 cache modules, Corsair has gone a long way. The Corsair 5000X case and CX750M Power Supply are just two examples of the many peripherals and components that the company currently offers. The company’s flagship iCUE H170i Elite LCD XT has been a mainstay of its lineup for a long time.

Although Corsair has recently introduced a number of new AIOs, a new air cooler hasn’t been introduced in a long. With the release of the Corsair A115 Twin Tower CPU Air Cooler today, that is intended to challenge the current air cooling kings, such as the Frost Commander 140 from Thermal right and the Assassin IV from Deep Cool. Does the Corsair Air A115 cooler meet the requirements to be included in list of the best coolers? The only way to find out will be to test it. Here are the Corsair specifications, though, first.

Corsair Air A115 cooler specifications 

Dimensions (mm):153mm x 155mm x 164.8mm
Weight (kg):1.59kg
Heatpipe Configuration:6x 6mm Sintered Copper
Baseplate Configuration:Soldered, Convex Copper
Coldplate Material:Nickel-Plated Copper
Rated Current – Fan:0.39A
Speed:400 – 1600 RPM ±10%
Airflow:15.3 – 84.5 CFM
Static Pressure:0.1 – 1.73 mm-H2O
Sound Level:5 – 33.9 dBA
Connection cable:4-pin PWM
PWM Control:Yes
Bearing Type:Fluid Dynamic Bearing
Cable Length – Fan:600mm
Socket Compatibility:AMD AM5, AM4
Intel 1700, 1200, 115x (1150, 1151, 1155, 1156)
Warranty:5 Years

Contents and packaging

The cooler comes in a sizable box with plastic, molded foam, and cardboard inside to protect its contents.

The cooler comes with the following items:

Two Corsair AF140 Elite 140mm fans and a dual-tower heatsink

Mounting for contemporary Intel and AMD platforms

Installation of Thermal Paste Pre-applied PWM splitter cable LGA 1700

For an air cooler, the Corsair A115 Twin Tower CPU Air Cooler is relatively easy to install

1. Using the included standoffs, firmly press the back plate against the motherboard’s back.

2. Align the mounting bars with the standoffs and fasten them firmly using the supplied thumbscrews.

3. Since this cooler already has thermal paste applied, you can skip this step.

4. Using a screwdriver, attach the heatsink to the mounting bars by placing it on top of them.

5. After sliding on each fan, attach the PWM splitter cord to them. Once the PWM splitter is connected to your motherboard, the installation process is finished.

The Corsair A115 Dual-Tower Air Cooler’s features

Six copper heatpipes with thermal paste applied beforehand

Six copper heatpipes are used in Corsair A115 Twin Tower CPU Air Cooler to transfer heat, and pre-applied thermal paste makes installation simpler.

Heatsink with two towers

Corsair’s A116 features dual-tower heatsinks with jagged fins to increase surface area and divert heat away from your CPU in addition to six copper heatpipes.

System of sliding fans

The majority of air coolers on the market use traditional fan clips, which have a few disadvantages but usually function well. The fan slider mechanism on Corsair A115 Twin Tower CPU Air Cooler makes installation simpler. If you would prefer to use a different model of fan instead of the included AF140 fans, you can simply install the slider brackets on other fans.

Compatible with all RAM, but there’s a catch

The Corsair A115 Twin Tower CPU Air Cooler can theoretically support any size of RAM because it uses a sliding fan system. You won’t be able to push the fan all the way down if one of the fans is overhanging the RAM, unless the RAM is shorter than 40mm. A little reduction in cooling capacity could arise from this. You can always mount one of the fans to the back of the device rather than the front if you’re worried about this.

Excellent 140mm AF140 Elite fans

There’s more to a cooler than just the heatsink or radiator. The cooler’s appearance in your case, noise level, and cooling performance are all greatly influenced by the included fans.

Regarding the AF140 fan, my only worry is that Corsair omits an MFFT from the technical specs, which may or may not be a sign of a subpar fan. Nonetheless, Corsair warranties the entire air cooler, including the fans, for five years. The fans’ construction is robust, bending very little under pressure. 

LGA1700 Motherboard

Your cooling performance can be affected by a variety of factors besides the CPU cooler, such as the case you use and the fans that are installed in it. The motherboard of a system may also have an impact on this, particularly if it is bent, which causes inadequate cooler contact with the CPU.

Furthermore, after installing Thermalright’s LGA1700 contact frame, one of them displayed noticeable thermal improvements, but the other motherboard displayed absolutely no temperature change at all!

Methodology for Testing

Whether they are AMD or Intel, today’s top-tier CPUs are challenging to cool during demanding workloads. Previously. It could have been concerning when a desktop CPU reached 95 degrees Celsius or higher. But this is standard operation with the high-end CPUs of today. Laptops have exhibited similar behavior for years because of restricted cooling in small spaces.

A room temperature of 23°C is used for all testing. Every CPU undergoes several thermal tests under various conditions to evaluate the cooler, and acoustic measurements are recorded alongside each outcome. Among these tests are:

1. Testing with noise normalization at low decibel levels

2. Thermal and acoustic testing of “out of the box” or default configuration

      * No restrictions on power

       *Since CPUs in this case reach Tjmax, measuring the total power consumption of the CPU package is the most accurate method of comparing cooling strength.

3. Testing for heat and acoustics in scenarios with limited power

       *Limiting power to 175W in order to simulate a medium-intense workload

        * A 125W power limit to simulate a low-intensity task

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