Corsair Air Series Fans Review

Cooling/HSFDB by leeghoofd @ 2012-11-04

When hearing the brand name Corsair, most people will know them from their extensive memory lineup throughout the years. Yet Corsair have diversified their product line, now ranging from peripherals like keyboards, gaming mice and headsets to nicely crafted cases for every budget or need, even attacking the storage market with a decent and rapidly expanding Solid State Drive lineup. Cooling solutions going from basic air CPU coolers to all-in-one high performance liquid cooling solutions alike their Hydro H100 model.

Today we introduce the Corsair Air Series fans. Yes again a totally new product line to further enhancing performance of existing case and/or cooler designs , yet all at a more acceptable noise level. Time to discover what the fuzz is all about...

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Test Setup and Methodology

Our testbed comprises the following parts:

  • ASUS Sabretooth X79 motherboard
  • Intel i7-3960X OC'ed at 4500MHz 1.35Vcore
  • G.Skill 16GB 2133MHz C9 rams
  • Western Digital 1TB Green Caviar HDD
  • 2 x ASUS Geforce GTX480 videocards
  • Corsair HX1000W Power supply
  • Corsair C70 Vengeance case




Prime95 is still our favourite CPU torture test. By selecting the Custom test and setting 12-12K we force the CPU to go straight flatout. After 30 minutes we verify in RealTemp the maximum load temperature results accross the 6 cores. For the idle temperatures we just let the sytem during 15 minutes warm up, practically doing nothing then just monitoring the temperatures. 

For the motherboard readouts we trust the ASUS Sabretooth Thermal Radar application, included in the AI suite. Reading out chipset, PWM, mobo temperatures, all these being monitored during the CPU torture test.


The GPU test comprises the PNY GTX 580 Xlr8 card, cooled by an Asetek all in one liquid cooling solution. The min and maximum temperature are logged via the GPU-Z sensor tab. Three loops of GPU tests in 3DMark Vantage are conducted. The output in the chart is the mean score of the three results.

Noise measurement done via Corsairs Reviewers' Guide, measuring the generated noise at 1 meter from the fan front. Fans were hooked up straight to a PSU via a molex adapter. Noise tests were only conducted at 12V.



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