Corsair RGB Elite CPU coolers get cool new fans and all-around RGB
Corsair makes a ton of different PC hardware and accessories and is also known for its CPU coolers. The company just announced that it is expanding its range of CPU coolers again, adding the liquid-cooled AIO series RGB Elite to the existing Corsair lineup. There are a few things that make these new coolers interesting and possibly enticing enough for anyone in the market to pick up for an upgrade.
The RGB Elite series features a new fan blade design from Corsair called the AF Elite, which should look familiar if you’ve seen other examples of modern PC fans. The blades appear thin and curved to support a total of nine blades. According to Corsair, this design allows for more airflow and high static pressure, offering the best of both worlds. Additionally, these fans feature PWM for variable speeds and a silent zero RPM mode that can be set when temperatures are low enough that active cooling is not required. The fluid dynamic bearings also mean you can expect years of silent operation and an extended overall lifespan.
In years past there was more of a difference between flow oriented and static pressure oriented designs, but now more manufacturers are able to offer fans that do both reasonably well. Airflow fans are great for pushing air in and out of cases. Static pressure fans are best suited for mounting on radiators and other heat sinks where greater resistance is obstructed by objects. As far as we can tell from the specs, the AF Elite fans are more lean towards airflow, which is also what Corsair’s marketing emphasizes.
However, fans are only one piece of the puzzle when it comes to liquid CPU coolers. The pump and cooler are equally important in moving heat away from the processor. Corsair hasn’t disclosed the exact pump it uses in these coolers, but we use and have tested other models from Corsair, including the standard H100 and LCD Elite models, which run cool and are relatively quiet at a competitive price.
That rainbow glow
The most visually striking part of this cooler is the pump head cover, which has a circumferential RGB lighting zone. As you can see from the press release photos, it gives the 16 RGB LEDs in the pump head a cool 3D look that you can sync in iCUE via your peripherals.
We also noticed a few other upgrades that simplify the installation process and aesthetic over previous models. You’ll now find that Corsair powers the pump head and transfers data over a single USB Type-C port, instead of using two separate cables in previous versions. Pipe length has also been increased slightly to allow for more build layouts.
The Corsair RGB Elite CPU AIO coolers start at $139.99 and come with a five-year warranty. CPU compatibility includes the LGA 1700 bracket for 12th Gen Intel CPUs in addition to AMD AM4, Intel LGA 1200, 1151 and more. Additionally, Corsair confirmed that this cooler will work with AMD’s AM5 mounts for the upcoming Zen 4 Ryzen CPUs that will be released later this year. This makes the cooler versatile and ready to work with any build. If you wish, you can also buy the fans individually. Corsair AF Elite fans are available in 120 and 140mm sizes and in black or white. For more information, see the product page on the Corsair website.