Simple and effective. This is the best description for the Corsair A50. Its design is very usual and conservative for current standards, and our first thought was "what a common cooler". As its price is close to most mainstream coolers, we thought it would perform like a mainstream product. However, its performance was more like a top-shelf cooler: it kept our CPU just six degrees Celsius hotter than the best CPU cooler we reviewed to date.
The installation is smart, simple and reliable. The only issue we found was the lack of a PWM-controlled fan, so the fan will always spin at its maximum speed and, if you need silence sometimes, you will need to connect it to a fan controller.
The Corsair A50 CPU cooler has great performance, simple installation, good looks and an attractive price tag, bringing an excellent cost/benefit ratio to the average user, and thus deserving the Hardware Secrets Silver Award.