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  • The Hydro GFX 1080 Ti continues our series of liquid-cooled graphics cards that allow you to easily take your gaming experience to the next level. By keeping the GPU cool with its pre-installed Hydro Series cooler, the Hydro GFX 1080 Ti maintains a consistent, high core clock speed thanks to NVIDIA’s GPU Boost 3.0 technology. We put this liquid-cooled beast to the test and compared it to a Founders Edition card in our lab. Before we look at the benchmarks, here are the system specs of our test bench:<br> CPU - Intel Core i7-7700K @ 4.20GHz with H100i for cooling<br> DRAM - 32GB of Corsair Vengeance LED 3000MHz RAM<br> MB - ASUS Republic of Gamers Maximus IX Hero Z270 motherboard<br> SSD - Corsair Neutron XTi 240GB SSD<br> PSU - Corsair RM 650i power supply Using a Corsair Commander Mini, we assigned the “Silent” cooling profile to the ML Series fan on the Hydro GFX 1080 Ti’s 120mm radiator and set it to ramp up as the graphics card warms up.   To monitor core clock speed and temperatures, we used MSI Afterburner to capture performance numbers for the entire session for each card tested.<br><br> Now with that out of the way, let’s look at the benchmarks!<br><br>Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation (Crazy Preset) <br><br>Unigine Heaven (Extreme Preset) <br><br>3DMark Time Spy <br><br>3DMark Fire Strike (Normal, Extreme, and Ultra) <br><br> But how fast is it? Let’s take a quick look at the core clock speeds over our run of Ashes of the Singularity. <br><br> The Hydro GFX 1080 Ti maintains a solid lead over the Founders Edition card, boosting to 1911MHz core clock while the Founders Edition falls behind at 1847.5MHz.<br> But that’s not the entire story, using that same run of Ashes of the Singularity as a reference, let’s check out our GPU temps. <br><br> At idle, the Hydro GFX 1080 Ti kept a cool 27 °C while the Founders Edition held at 52 °C. Once we added the monstrous load that is Ashes of the Singularity, our Hydro GFX 1080 Ti climbed up to 42 °C while the Founders Edition baked at a toasty 81 °C, about a 48% difference in temperature. The Hydro GFX 1080 Ti raises the performance bar of our Hydro GFX series of graphics cards, offering high performance that keeps its cool through intense gaming sessions. The Hydro GFX 1080 Ti is available now at our web store.

  • The new LIGHTING NODE PRO is our latest RGB lighting controller which lets you easily setup and sync advanced lighting across your CORSAIR RGB components.   To make installation as simple as possible, we made the LIGHTING NODE PRO as small as possible, allowing you to tuck the controller away nearly anywhere in your chassis. The LIGHTING NODE PRO features a single mini-USB port to communicate with CORSAIR LINK on your PC, two separate channels for RGB LED strips or RGB fan hubs, and a single SATA power plug. The LIGHTING NODE PRO also features onboard memory so that lighting effects can be stored directly on the device and run without CORSAIR LINK (such as while you're in BIOS). Setting up the LIGHTING NODE PRO is quick and easy. Plug the USB cable into an available header on your motherboard and start up CORSAIR LINK on your system. You’ll see a tile for the LIGHTING NODE PRO. Click on the Configure button to get started. LIGHTING NODE PRO features two channels that can be individually controlled, allowing you to have your LED strips on one channel and your RGB fans on the other channel. You can define what device is on each channel with the dropdown menu just to the right of the channel number (you can choose from RGB LED strips, HD RGB fans, or SP RGB fans).   Note for Users with SP RGB Fans: The LIGHTING NODE PRO requires a firmware update to enable SP RGB fan compatibility. You can check for a new firmware version by going to Options -> Devices and click "Check for Updates". If there's a firmware update available for the LIGHTING NODE PRO, it will be installed at this time.   To add devices to a channel, simply click the ‘+’ button on the channel until you have the desired number of devices on that channel. On the right hand side you’ll notice brightness controls, and at the bottom of the window, you’ll notice the lighting mode configuration panel. The LIGHTING NODE PRO has a total of 6 different lighting modes: Rainbow, Color Shift, Color Pulse, Color Wave, Static, and Temperature. With the different lighting modes available, you can do some pretty cool stuff, such as have the HD RGB fans on your radiator change color depending on the temperature of your processor and the other fans in your system change color depending on the temperature of your drives or graphics card all while your LED strips display a constant rainbow effect. Once you're done tweaking a particular lighting mode, you can copy that mode to other devices connected to the LIGHTING NODE PRO by checking the box next to the individual devices you want in the group or by checking the box next to "Devices" to apply the lighting mode to everything connected to the LIGHTING NODE PRO. You can also set the lighting mode to be active only for specific performance profiles or for all performance profiles in this window. The LIGHTING NODE PRO and CORSAIR LINK allow you to sync all of your CORSAIR RGB components not just for aesthetics (while that is a pretty big plus), but to also enhance your system with powerful features such as temperature monitoring as well!

  • The Windows 10 Creators Update is here and with it are a few awesome new features that make it even easier to create and share. Let’s take a look at a few of the new features that stand out. GAME MODE Game Mode is a new feature in the Creators Update that allows users to prioritize games over other processes when it comes to CPU & GPU resources, allowing for a smoother experience in most cases. Here’s how to enable it: 1.Go to Settings and click on the new Gaming category 2.To the right you’ll see an option for Game Mode 3.Click on Game Mode and make sure it is toggled on 4.Launch a game and press Win + G to bring up the Game Bar 5.Click Settings on the Game Bar and check the box next to Game Mode Games must have Game Mode explicitly enabled in the Game Bar settings to take advantage of the feature. Game Mode functions much like other game boosting software, so your mileage may vary depending on the title and how lean you run your system.   BROADCASTING The Windows 10 Creators Update now includes integrated streaming via Beam so that you can easily broadcast your gameplay for your friends and family to see. Here’s how to broadcast: 1.Launch a game and press Win + G to bring up the Game Bar 2.Click on the Broadcast button on the Game Bar 3.Adjust your settings as desired, then click Start Broadcast when you’re ready 4.You can monitor and control the broadcast via the icons on top of the preview window, allowing you to quickly see if you’re live, how many viewers are watching, how long you’ve been broadcasting for, pause the stream, stop the broadcast, mute the mic, disable the camera, toggle between the stream preview and chat view, and move the preview window 5.Broadcasting also has a dedicated section in the settings panel where you can change the bitrate and default behaviors of the broadcast feature   PAINT 3D The Paint application gets an update that includes 3D capabilities. Your 3D creations can be uploaded to the Remix 3D community as a 3D model when you're done or saved as a traditional 2D image.   MIXED REALITY The Creators Update also paves the way for future support of upcoming virtual reality headsets from a variety of vendors, allowing for new mixed reality experiences once they launch near the end of the year.   The Windows 10 Creators Update enables new ways to create and share your digital life with your friends and family while also providing a peak into the future of Windows. Are you ready?

  • Hey everyone, we at CORSAIR are proud to introduce to you our brand new premium gaming PC, CORSAIR ONE! CORSAIR ONE is the culmination of 22 years of CORSAIR innovation into one compact package. Set to fulfill three aspects: Performance, Acoustics, and Form. CORSAIR ONE is aimed to be your ultimate desktop and living room PC. Whether you want fire up your VR games in your living room or you just simply want a small and quiet machine for your office. CORSAIR ONE can be your weapon of choice to Battle, Create, and Explore.  IS IT SMALL? CORSAIR ONE’s chassis is a tiny 12L in volume. Here are the size dimensions: Height – 380mm or 14.9 inches Width – 176mm or 6.9 inches Depth – 200mm or 7.8 inches     To help put it to scale:     HOW DOES IT COOL? CORSAIR ONE uses a single 140mm ML to assist the heat convection in the ONE. Cool air is intake from the side of the chassis through the perforation on the side panels. The air is then fed through the radiators for both CPU and GPU sides. From there the 140mm fan pulls the hot air out through the top as heat naturally rises. Pretty cool huh? By cooling the system through this method, we were able to achieve the near silent 20dBa at idle temperatures.     THE POWER OF ONE CORSAIR ONE at its Pro trim will come equipped with a liquid cooled NVidia GTX 1080. We were able to achieve the following in our tests:     AIR COOLED PC CORSAIR ONE PRO   FIRESTRIKE FPS 97.69 103.82 GPU MHz 1607 1842 GPU Temp 83 53 CPU Temp 61 53 Time Spy FPS 42.41 46.89 GPU MHz 1607 1850 GPU Temp 84 54 CPU Temp 47 38 VR Blue Room FPS 47.66 49.69 GPU MHz 1708 1885 GPU Temp 86 38 CPU Temp 58 58 Average FPS 62.59 66.80 GPU MHz 1640.67 1859 GPU Temp 84.33 48.33 CPU Temp 55.33 49.67   Benchmark aside, CORSAIR ONE is capable of tackling the latest games on the market with high frame rates and details.   FOR THE CREATIVE AND THE GAMER CORSAIR ONE is not only for gaming, by utilizing Intel’s latest 7th generation Core series desktop processors, CORSAIR ONE is a powerful desktop for editing as well. Video rendering is heavily reliant on the CPU rather than the GPU in comparison to gaming. Larger cache and hyper threading from Intel’s Core i7-7700K will certainly help in video editing as well.      The OS Experience<br> CORSAIR ONE was designed around the user in mind, with a minimalist approach to pre-installed desktop applications. CORSAIR ONE aims to have little to no bloatware for your desktop experience. Being a gaming desktop, CORSAIR ONE includes some of the most popular game clients conveniently all in one folder for you to decide which to install. Marked with this icon on your desktop:     The shortcut will open a preset folder with game client installers:     CORSAIR ONE DIAGNOSTICS<br>In the case of any issues our CORSAIR ONE DIAGNOSTICS program can help aid our customers with any troubles that may occur with their system. By checking if your system has any updates needed for it to be in tip top shape.     CORSAIR LINK + CUE CORSAIR ONE comes ready with CORSAIR LINK and CUE to help monitor the important vitals and temps of your system. From LINK, users can monitor their fan speeds and temperatures of their system. If the static LED lighting on the front of the ONE is too bland, you can either turn off the lighting or change the brightness and pattern. CUE is there to support any of our latest CORSAIR gaming peripherals.       MSI Live Update<br>MSI Live Update comes installed to help notify you of the latest updates for your motherboard.     CORSAIR ONE comes in four different models for North America, with two configurations exclusive to our webstore. CORSAIR ONE PRO (WEBSTORE EXCLUSIVE) The difference between this webstore exclusive Pro model and the standard Pro model is the storage options. Instead of a 480GB SSD and 2TB HDD, the webstore exclusive model comes equipped with a single 960GB SSD. Leaving users the option for an additional 2.5” drive slot. CORSAIR ONE Ti (WEBSTORE EXCLUSIVE) This model is our crème of the crop, featuring Nvidia’s most powerful gaming card to date, the GTX 1080Ti. The card will be liquid cooled and will receive the same performance benefits as the GTX 1080 from our Pro models.   CORSAIR ONE CORSAIR ONE PRO CORSAIR ONE PRO (webstore exclusive) CORSAIR ONE Ti (webstore exclusive) CHASSIS<br> BLACK, VR READY CHASSIS<br> BLACK, VR READY CHASSIS<br> BLACK, VR READY CHASSIS<br> BLACK, VR READY CPU<br> INTEL I7-7700, LIQUID COOLED CPU<br> INTEL I7-7700K, LIQUID COOLED CPU<br> INTEL I7-7700K, LIQUID COOLED CPU<br> INTEL I7-7700K, LIQUID COOLED GPU<br> NVIDIA GTX 1070 GPU<br>NVIDIA GTX 1080, LIQUID COOLED GPU<br> NVIDIA GTX 1080, LIQUID COOLED GPU<br> NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti, LIQUID COOLED DRAM<br> 16GB 2400MHZ DDR4 DRAM<br> 16GB 2400MHZ DDR4 DRAM<br> 16GB 2400MHZ DDR4 DRAM<br> 16GB 2400MHZ DDR4 STORAGE<br> 240GB SSD, 1TB HDD STORAGE<br> 480GB SSD, 2TB HDD STORAGE<br> 960GB SSD STORAGE<br> 960GB SSD MOTHERBOARD<br> CUSTOM MSI Z270 ITX MOTHERBOARD<br> CUSTOM MSI Z270 ITX MOTHERBOARD<br> CUSTOM MSI Z270 ITX MOTHERBOARD<br> CUSTOM MSI Z270 ITX PSU<br> CUSTOM SF400 SFX, 80PLUS GOLD PSU<br> CUSTOM SF400 SFX, 80PLUS GOLD PSU<br> CUSTOM SF400 SFX, 80PLUS GOLD PSU<br> CUSTOM SF400 SFX, 80PLUS GOLD OS<br> WINDOWS 10 HOME OS<br> WINDOWS 10 HOME OS<br> WINDOWS 10 HOME OS<br> WINDOWS 10 HOME MSRP<br> $1,799.99 MSRP<br> $2,199.99 MSRP<br> $2,299.99 MSRP<br> $2,599.99 <br> CORSAIR ONE is a fantastic small form factor PC that accomplishes performance without sacrifice being quiet and form factor. CORSAIR ONE is available for pre-order right now on our webstore. 

  • Some of us don't really ever use the number pad on the right side of our keyboards, and that's completely fine! Thankfully, we've released another solid option for users that prefer going TKL (Ten Keyless). Taking design cues from our popular full-size STRAFE keyboard, the K63 is here with a compact design, but it's just as capable when it comes to the features it packs, making it a win-win for those of us that want more desk space. Just as you would expect, it comes with the ever popular Cherry Red switches and brilliant red LED backlighting. This is perfect for someone who has limited space on their desk or someone who never uses the traditional number pad on the right. It may be small, but it's still packed with “must have” features. To start, it has dedicated media keys for easy control over your music and other media. There is also a LED brightness button that can toggle between OFF, 33%, 66% or 100% brightness. We can’t forget about the Windows lock key, which is also located at the top for easy access. Finally, it's also compatible with the Corsair Utility Engine (CUE), so you can easily assign macros, remap keys, and create lighting patterns exactly to your liking. For anyone looking for a compact, mechanical keyboard for both work and play, the K63 easily fits the bill!  

  • Controlling VENGEANCE RGB with CORSAIR LINK   VENGEANCE RGB is here! And with the latest version of CORSAIR LINK (4.6.0.86), you can not only monitor the current performance of your DRAM, but directly control the lighting to best suit your rig!     So what will you need for VENGEANCE RGB? Here’s a quick list of requirements:   ·         Intel Z170, Z270, or X99 motherboard ·         Version 11.6.0.1036 (or newer) of the Intel Management Engine driver (recommended if you have a 100 series or 200 series Intel motherboard) ·         CORSAIR LINK 4.6.0.86 ·         SPD Write set to “Enabled” in BIOS (if using an ASUS motherboard)     Controlling Lighting in CORSAIR LINK<br>  From the Home view of CORSAIR LINK, you can double click on any LED number within the DRAM tile to start customizing your VENGEANCE RGB.     In the “Configure LED” window, you can modify settings such as the LED name, the lighting mode, the speed of the lighting mode, and grouping settings.     When you click on the drop down next to “mode” you’ll notice four different lighting modes are available to choose from:   Static – the module or group of modules is assigned a single color       Color Pulse – the module or group of modules is assigned up to 7 colors to pulse through   Color Shift – the module or group of modules is assigned up to 7 colors to gradually shift through   Rainbow – the module or group of modules cycles through the entire color spectrum Note: Once a lighting mode is applied in CORSAIR LINK it will be saved directly to the module, that way you don’t have to have CORSAIR LINK running for the lighting mode to be active!   LED Grouping Each module of VENGEANCE RGB can be assigned its own unique lighting mode, but the fun doesn’t stop there, if you want a uniform look across a group of modules, you can create a group for synchronized lighting. A lighting group can be created by selecting the “Grouped” option in the configuration window and checking the box next to the desired modules. A group delay can be assigned as well as the direction of the effect, allowing you to create some unique effects that flow from module to module.     Note: CORSAIR LINK should be running in the background to synchronize more complex lighting modes.     And that’s it! VENGEANCE RGB unlocks a new way to further customize your build with advanced lighting effects, all without having to worry about managing extra wires. VENGEANCE RGB is available now in our web store.      

  • Recently, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), we announced an update to our BULLDOG Barebones PC Kit for 2017! Curious to know what's different in BULLDOG 2.0? Here’s a quick overview!    What’s different on the outside?<br> Not much, the external chassis has been left largely the same compared to last year’s model. The one exception being the bottom of the chassis, in which we added a magnetic dust cover and filter.      It’s what’s inside that counts!<br> BULLDOG 2.0 has 3 major changes over the 2016 model. We've updated BULLDOG with a new custom MSI Z270I BULLDOG mini-ITX motherboard with full support for Intel 7th Gen Core Series processors.    The CPU cooler in the BULLDOG has been changed to a more traditional design and mounting method. The new H6SF is a low noise 92mm miniature version of one of our Hydro Series coolers built just for BULLDOG. With this new design, users are no longer restricted to using low profile memory modules and can opt for higher performance DRAM such as our Dominator Platinum series if desired. The cooler is mounted right next to the motherboard and acts as an exhaust in its default configuration. We also updated the chassis fans from 3-pin DC voltage-controlled to 4-pin PWM fans. These fans use the same magnetic levitation bearings as our ML Pro series and are intended to be directly connected to the BULLDOG's motherboard. BULLDOG 2.0 utilizes the same SF600 SFX power supply and features custom length cables to make cable routing easier! Graphics card support remains the same as the previous BULLDOG, with support for our liquid cooled HYDRO GFX 1080 as well as most air-cooled cards (we recommend using a card with a blower-style cooler if you plan to use an air-cooled solution). Model BULLDOG (2016) BULLDOG 2.0 (2017) Motherboard GA-Z170N WIFI MSI Z170I BULLDOG WIFI CPU Cooler H5SF H6SF Power Supply SF600 SFX SF600 SFX Fans 92mm DC (3-pin) 92mm Mag Lev PWM (4-pin) Fan Control 3-Pin DC Fan Hub 4-Pin direct to motherboard MSRP $399 $399 BULLDOG 2.0 is available now and can be order through our webstore.  

  • Intel  recently released their latest 7th generation  Core processors, originally codenamed “Kaby Lake.” Leading the pack is the Core i7-7700k, the fastest of the current mainstream socket (LGA 1151) processors with the ability to overclock on supported motherboards with the Z270 (or previous Z170) chipset. If you’ve made the jump to the i7-7700k CPU for your new build, you’re probably wondering how to keep your CPU running cool without breaking the bank (especially since K-series processors don’t include a standard Intel heatsink cooler). We explore this question by putting our popular H100i v2 to the test to see how well it will fare when paired up with an Intel i7-7700K processor. Our Testbench<br> • Intel i7-7700k<br> • Asus Maximus IX Hero Z270 Motherboard<br> • NVIDIA GTX 1080<br> • CORSAIR Crystal Series 460X Chassis<br> • CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i v2<br> • CORSAIR Vengeance LED DDR4 32GB 2133Mhz<br> • CORSAIR RM1000x 1000w PSU<br><br> For consistent results, I ran the H100i v2 on the Performance profile across the board using our CORSAIR Link 4 Software. We tested three different clock speeds and observed the idle and load temperature of the CPU at each setting. To put the CPU under load, we used Prime95 as our main tool to determine how well our H100i v2 could handle the heat. We compared max temps after 10 minutes of run time, giving us a good idea of temperatures we could expect in a worst case scenario. <br><br> As a point of reference, our ambient temperature at the time of testing was 22°C.           Stock setting: idle max temp average 31°C  <br> i7-7700k @ 4.20GHz (Turbo Mode Off)   Stock setting: load max temp average 58°C<br> i7-7700k @ 4.20GHz (Turbo Mode Off)   Turbo setting: load max temp average 69°C<br> i7-7700k @ 4.50GHz (Turbo Mode On)    OC Setting: load max temp average 83°C<br> i7-7700k @ 4.80GHz (Overclocked)    Comparing the max temperatures across all three runs, we noticed that not only does Kaby Lake run hotter than the previous generation Skylake processors (albeit, those older chips ran at a slower clockspeed), but that there was also a clear upward trend of +10°C for every +300 MHz increase to the CPU core clockspeed. With these observations in mind, it’s clear that the H100i v2 was able to manage the CPU temps within a reasonable range, making it a great pick for an overclocked Kaby Lake CPU.<br><br> If you’re new to PC building or are well-established as a veteran system builder, the H100i v2 hits a performance sweet spot thanks to its easy installation and rock solid performance.

  • Performance DRAM such as our Vengeance and Platinum series can be found at rated speeds of up to 4333MHz. However, you might notice that when you first install your RAM and boot to your system’s BIOS, the RAM is running at its standard speed (2133MHz/2400MHz in the case of DDR4 memory). Why does memory initially run at this slower speed? *DDR4 memory running at its stock 2133MHz speed (shown as 1066.7MHz in CPU-Z). To answer this question, we must consider the many different combinations of motherboards, processors, and memory that could be possible. A set of memory can be installed on numerous different processor/motherboard combinations, only some of which could actually handle the onboard changes needed for the memory modules to run at their rated speed. To avoid a bad combination resulting in an unbootable system, memory is set to run at a standard speed out of the box, which would put the modules within spec and work universally with all motherboards that support that type of memory. blog_DRAM_XMP_vs_SPD-Content-2.BMP Intel XMP (Extreme Memory Profile) is a predefined high performance profile that’s been tested to work with that particular module or set of modules. To enable XMP, you must install your high-performance memory on a motherboard that supports XMP in some form (usually an Intel Z or X-series chipset) and enable XMP within your motherboard's overclocking utility. *DDR4 memory running at 3000MHz with XMP (shown as 1498.5MHz in CPU-Z). If your motherboard supports overclocking, but doesn’t offer the ability to read the XMP of a module, as is the case with most AMD motherboards, the label on the modules will denote the rated speed, CAS timings, and voltage. These settings can be applied manually within the overclocking utility in your motherboard’s BIOS to enable the rated speed of the module, however, adjustments may need to be made for non-Intel platforms. High speed memory can provide significant gains in various workloads from gaming to content creation. With the help of XMP, unlocking more performance can be as simple as turning it on in your system BIOS.  

  • Rotations, rotations, rotations! MMOs are all about rotations, regardless of the class you play. Personally, I play a mage in WOW and having a good rotation is night and day in damage (DPS). For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term, a rotation is a set of skills that needs to be activated one after another in a special sequence to output the most damage. Our new SCIMITAR PRO RGB allows for quick execution of my character's rotation thanks to its 12 programmable keys and new hardware playback feature! Right out of the box, SCIMITAR PRO RGB allows you to jump into the game with the pre-mapped keys. There are color indications on the thumbpad that helps you identify which profile you are on. Profile 1 will be lit red, which is mapped 1-9,0, minus and equal. The 2nd profile will be lit yellow, which mapped to 1-6 and QWERDF. The 3rd Profile will be lit blue and will have copy, cut, paste and some window short cut keys. If you don’t like or use any of the 3 default profiles, you can use CUE, customize your own and save it to the hardware. For me, all of my skills are mapped 1 through 12, so that means I did not have to install CUE to have the side buttons work. That is the beauty of hardware playback. I can take the mouse from my laptop to my desktop and it works exactly the same way without any extra software configuration. <br><br> Keep in mind that hardware playback mode will only trigger if you exit out of CUE. If you have CUE running and select a hardware playback profile, it will default to the first software profile created through CUE.<br><br> As a mage, there are more than a couple keys you have to manage. Which means finding the “home” key on the number pad is really important. Imagine going through a full rotation with the SCIMITAR PRO RGB and being able to know where the starting point is each time with the home key. Who knew that such a small difference could be a game changer? Now with 4K gaming becoming more commonplace, more and more people are gaming in higher resolution. That higher resolution means that there are more pixels on the screen. The SCIMITAR PRO RGB has a powerful 16K DPI sensor that makes easy work of any high resolution monitor. In fact, the sensor is capable of upping the DPI by increments of 1, allowing any gamer to fine tune the mouse to their game play and style. Is it overkill? That’s purely up to preference, but being able to have such a high degree of control when it comes to a peripheral as essential as a gaming mouse is always a plus. It’s all about options. <br><br> Thanks to the placement of the keys on the SCIMITAR PRO RGB, I can quickly activate my next skill with minimal movement of my thumb. All gamers should know that being able to cast the right skill or ability in the shortest amount of time is a win. Quite frankly the SCIMITAR PRO RGB has proven that I was a noob without it.

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