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  • With the launch of our 4000 Series and 5000 Series cases, many of you may have noticed the addition of new case fans with something we call CORSAIR AirGuide Technology. Fans with CORSAIR AirGuide Technology, such as the newly released SP RGB ELITE series, feature anti-vortex vanes which help to channel concentrated airflow for improved cooling performance for your components. Case Fans… How Do They Work? Before jumping further into what makes AirGuide compelling for cooling, let’s review the purpose of a standard case fan. A typical case fan is designed to pull cold air from the intakes of your computer or push hot air out as exhaust. When installed properly, case fans will promote the exchange of heat from your components/heatsinks/radiators and the air to allow your components to cool off. When installed in a typical mid-tower case, the airflow of a standard case fan will look something like this: Airflow from a standard case fan.The air pulled through a standard case fan immediately spreads out into the case and while the air does have a general velocity away from the fan, it’ll quickly dissipate the further away from the fan blade it travels. When installed in a typical mid-tower case, the airflow of a fan equipped with CORSAIR AirGuide Technology will look something like this: Airflow from a case fan equipped with CORSAIR AirGuide Technology.Comparing these two example, you’ll notice that the airflow from an AirGuide fan is much more concentrated, reaching further into the case before eventually dissipating. What about Performance? If we had to put it simply, more fresh air = generally better temperatures. You can brute force this by installing as many fans as your chassis will take and cranking them up to their highest setting, but picking the right fan for the job will result in much better performance and a quieter system. We tested two identical systems using only SP RGB ELITE fans in one and SP RGB PRO fans in the other: As you can see from the graph, upgrading to higher airflow SP RGB ELITE fans on our test system resulted in improved CPU temperatures on our air cooled system! Another notable benefit of AirGuide fans is higher static pressure when compared to similar case fans without anti-vortex vanes. For example, here’s some data from a test bench where we compared the performance of the AirGuide Technology-equipped SP RGB ELITE fans to our SP RGB PRO fans. We measured coolant temperatures on a H150i ELITE CAPELLIX cooler, controlling for ambient temperature, CPU clock speed, voltage, pump profile, and fan RPM. At the same speed of 1000 RPM, SP RGB ELITE fans demonstrate a noticeable improvement in temperature control over the older SP PRO fans when used on the radiator of an all-in-one liquid CPU cooler. Conclusion Many may think that a fan is a fan as long as it spins and pushes air, but fan performance can’t be just pinned to how fast you can spin the blades. Seemingly small improvements like adding anti-vortex vanes to the rear of a fan like we did on our SP RGB ELITE can help give your system more thermal headroom, allowing you to keep your temperatures low and your framerates high. To join the discussion around CORSAIR case fans, check out our communities at the CORSAIR User Forums, Discord, or Reddit!

  • Starting with the original CORSAIR UTILITY ENGINE nearly six years ago, CUE has evolved into an all-encompassing software engine that powers the intelligent lighting and control behind not just our high-performance gaming peripherals, but our internal hardware components as with iCUE. CORSAIR iCUE has been powering this unified software experience and is getting a major face lift with iCUE version 4.9.338. Welcome to the New iCUE! The new version of iCUE features the same incredibly robust control over the full suite of CORSAIR components and peripherals, now with a more streamlined user interface that makes it easier to take advantage of iCUE’s capabilities with simple step-by-step tutorials and real-time visual representations of your programming. New Features Scenes have replaced instant lighting, allowing you to not just set a static color, but also quickly apply a custom dynamic animation that’s synced across all compatible devices. Sensors can be added directly to the iCUE home screen to provide at-a-glance information for things like your cooler or other components! Integrated tutorials help you set up your hardware for the first time. And if you need additional help, we’ve included a dedicated help section in iCUE that’ll take you to a growing list of tutorial videos (speaking of tutorial videos, if you want to check them out for yourself).If you like to personalize your profiles, video backgrounds can now be used to add some variety to your iCUE home screen. Compatibility CORSAIR iCUE 4.9.338 is compatible with the following CORSAIR gaming peripherals and hardware: Keyboards: K100 RGB K95 RGB Platinum, K95 RGB Platinum SE, K95 RGB Platinum XT K70 RGB MK.2, K70 RGB MK.2 LP, K70 RGB MK.2 SE, K70 RGB MK.2 IG, Strafe RGB MK.2 K65 RGB Mini K95 RGB K83 Wireless K70 RGB, K70 Lux RGB, K70 RGB Rapidfire, K70 RGB SE Rapidfire, K70 Lux, K70 Rapidfire Strafe RGB, Strafe, Strafe MX K68, K68 RGB, K68 SE K65 RGB, K65 Lux RGB, K65 RGB Rapidfire K63, K63 Wireless K60 PRO, K60 RGB PRO, K60 RGB PRO SE, K60 RGB PRO LP K57 RGB Wireless K55 RGB Mice: Scimitar PRO RGB, Scimitar RGB Elite Glaive RGB, Glaive RGB PRO Dark Core RGB, Dark Core SE, Dark Core PRO, Dark Core PRO SE M65 RGB Elite, M65 RGB Elite IG Ironclaw RGB, Ironclaw RGB Wireless Nightsword RGB M65 RGB, M65 RGB PRO Harpoon RGB, Harpoon RGB Wireless, Harpoon RGB PRO M55 RGB PRO Katar PRO, Katar PRO Wireless, Katar PRO XT Headsets: Virtuoso SE, Virtuoso Void PRO USB, Void PRO Wireless, Void PRO Surround, Void Elite USB, Void Elite Wireless, Void Elite Surround, HS70 Wireless, HS60 Surround, HS70 PRO Wireless, HS60 PRO Surround, HS45 Surround, HS75 XB Wireless, HS60 Haptic, HS70 Bluetooth Gaming Accessories: MM800 RGB Polaris, MM700 RGB ST100 RGB iCUE NEXUS Ambient Lighting: LS100 Starter Kit LT100 Starter Kit Power Supplies: AXi Series PSUs: AX760i, AX860i, AX1200i, AX1500i, AX1600i HXi Series PSUs: HX750i, HX850i, HX1000i, HX1200i RMi Series PSUs: RM650i, RM750i, RM850i, RM1000i Cases: Obsidian 1000D Spec-Omega RGB Fan/Lighting Controllers: Commander PRO Commander CORE Lighting Node PRO Lighting Node CORE CPU Liquid Coolers: ELITE CAPELLIX Series Cooler: H100i ELITE CAPELLIX, H115i ELITE CAPELLIX, H150i ELITE CAPELLIX PLATINUM Series Coolers: H100i PLATINUM, H115i PLATINUM, H100i PLATINUM SE PRO XT Series Coolers: H100i RGB PRO XT, H115i RGB PRO XT, H150i RGB PRO XT, H60i RGB PRO XT PRO Series Coolers: H115i PRO, H150i PRO, H100i PRO DRAM: Dominator Platinum RGB Vengeance LED, Vengeance RGB, Vengeance RGB PRO, Vengeance RGB PRO SL Systems: CORSAIR ONE (i100-series or newer), CORSAIR ONE PRO (i100-series or newer) Note that iCUE 4.9.338 will no longer support the following devices: Keyboards: K66 Mice: Sabre, Sabre RGB, Sabre RGB Optical, Sabre RGB Laser, Katar, Scimitar Headsets: Void USB, Void Wireless, Void Surround AIO Coolers: H80iGT, H100iGTX, H110iGTX, H80i v2, H100i v2 and H115i, H110iGT, H110i Conclusion CORSAIR iCUE is better than ever, making it easy to not just control nearly every aspect of your system’s lighting and performance, but also learn how to do it! Click here to learn more about the CORSAIR iCUE Software. To join the conversation about iCUE, check out our communities over at the CORSAIR User Forums, Discord, and Reddit!

  • CORSAIR Vengeance Gaming PCs with advanced graphics technologies like real-time ray tracing and DLSS AI up-scaling powered by NVIDIA RTX 30-Series graphics give you all the performance you need to play the latest AAA titles in full fidelity. CORSAIR Lab video explaining benefits of ray tracing and DLSS on systems powered by NVIDIA RTX.First, let’s briefly define and talk about what RTX Ray Tracing and DLSS are before we jump into why the CORSAIR Vengeance a7200 Gaming PC is a solid choice for modern titles. A game with ray tracing can have more realistic shadows, reflections, and lighting.RTX is NVIDIA’s implementation of real-time raytracing using dedicated RT cores baked into the GPU to do highly complex calculations for lighting and reflections. Allowing in-game environments to be even more immersive. DLSS can result in sharper, high resolution images without putting a huge load on your graphics card.While ray-traced lighting and shadows provide an easy to spot visual upgrade to games, DLSS (deep learning super sampling) is where the real magic is, boosting FPS by rendering a supported game at a lower resolution that is then upscaled using AI to produce frames at awesome quality.  Also note that turning raytracing on by itself is not recommended as current hardware are still struggling to handle such workloads without the help of DLSS. Without making this blog too long about how DLSS and raytracing work together, here’s a quick rundown. DLSS works on a game-by-game basis, using a model put together with machine learning on an NVIDIA supercomputer comparing aliased, low resolution frames from a game to “perfect” frame renders at a higher resolution. With all this information baked into the DLSS model, a game with DLSS will replicate these perfect high-res frames to produce cleaner, high resolution frames even though the game itself renders at a lower resolution on your machine. This helps to free up system resources for your game which results in higher framerates. Thus, allowing you a more enjoyable experience. These technologies are game changing and when paired with CORSAIR components in a system like the Vengeance i7200 or a7200, the RTX 30-series graphics cards run at peak performance with all the power and cooling they need to drive the latest AAA titles on all the “pretty settings”. Cyberpunk 2077 with RTX on features ray-traced shadows, reflections, global illumination, diffuse illumination, and ambient occlusion for a more vibrant, life-like Night City, making this a game that benefits greatly from NVIDIA DLSS. To demonstrate, we’ve set up a quick test on our Vengeance A7200, setting everything including Ray Tracing to ULTRA at 1440p, but keeping DLSS off. With those settings we managed 39.52 FPS on average. Testing again with DLSS set to quality mode, we hit an average FPS of 60.10, resulting in a much smoother experience while maintaining excellent quality. And to further drive the benefits of DLSS, we did a similar test with Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, this time cranking the resolution up to 4K with all settings including ray tracing set to maximum. Without DLSS, our average FPS was a respectable 55.86 frames per second. However, switching on DLSS Performance mode gave us a drastic improvement, increasing our average FPS to 77.55 with a barely noticeable difference in quality. And there you have it, CORSAIR Vengeance Gaming PCs and NVIDIA RTX graphics are the perfect pairing for your next upgrade, delivering gorgeous visuals and silky smooth gameplay! For information regarding CORSAIR systems powered by Nvidia RTX, be sure to check out Corsair.com and our Discord server, subreddit and the official CORSAIR forums to learn more.

  • One of the coolest features of our ELITE CAPELLIX RGB CPU liquid coolers is the removable cap for the pump head which you can swap out for an alternate an alternate pump cap included in the box along with the hardware you need to remove the pre-installed pump cap. But what if you want to do more to customize the look of your ELITE CAPELLIX cooler? 2D / 3D pump cap files can be found in the “DOWNLOADS” section of the product page.For those with the desire for DIY, we’ve provided files that can be used to 3D print your own custom pump caps! DIY ELITE CAPELLIX pump cap by Blacksad (left), stock ELITE CAPELLIX pump caps (right)And over on /r/CORSAIR as well as our own CORSAIR User Forums, community member Blacksad has put together a guide for users wanting to mod their existing ELITE CAPELLIX pump cap or a 3D printed blank. We’ve put together a condensed version of their guide, and you can click this link to read the full guide over on our User Forums. Thank you again Blacksad for sharing this with the CORSAIR community! Photo Credit: Blacksad, CORSAIR User ForumsHow to 3D Print Blank Pump Caps To get caps to 3D print, download the 3D files for the CORSAIR ELITE CAPELLIX CPU liquid cooler pump cap and take them to a 3D printing site or print on your own 3D/resin printer if you happen to have one. If you want a completely transparent blank pump cap, use a clear resin as the printing material and if you’re not concerned about transparency, you can print with a standard 3D printer using PLA or ABS filaments in very light colors which would allow the RGB lighting to shine through. Making Your Own Pump Cap Decals Use this template to get the dimensions of the area you have to work with for a custom design.<br> While a vinyl decal would produce the best results, you can try out a design by making a paper decal and sandwiching it between a blank, clear pump cap and the light diffusor of the pump head. Print out the design you’d like on one side of your paper, then mirror it and print it again on the other side to reduce the amount of light bleeding through the print.<br> If you have access to a vinyl cutter or intend on hand cutting a design, make sure that you reverse the image before cutting so that it’ll be oriented the correct way when applied to the bottom of the pump cap, especially if using vinyl with an adhesive side.<br> Once you’ve made your design, make sure to trim it down to size for the pump cap and install! Photo Credit: Blacksad, CORSAIR User ForumsBlanking a Stock Pump Cap If you don’t have access to a 3D printer or are unable to get a 3D printed pump cap made, you can mod one of the stock ELITE CAPELLIX pump caps! Put the stock pump cap down on a soft material such as a towel or paper towel to avoid scratching up the front of the pump cap. Use 180 to 220 grit sandpaper, and sand with moderate force repeatedly in a single direction, going in a cross pattern will scuff up the side of the pump cap you’re sanding and will likely make the pump cap cloudy (we would recommend wet sanding if possible). Repeat the sanding until the decals wear away. Rinse all dust from the pump cap and wipe dry with a paper towel.<br> Badsad has additional tips and tricks and links to 3D printing resources, options for decal paper, and more in their forum post. Closing Thoughts CORSAIR and DIY go hand in hand, whether it’s one’s first build or an extravagant custom modded PC. If you’ve just built your first PC or want to share a cool mod you did with our community, join us over on the CORSAIR User Forums, Reddit, or Discord!

  • Back with a Vengeance VENGEANCE RGB PRO SL refines the style of the highly popular VENGEANCE RGB PRO lineup, sporting a tweaked industrial design and measuring at just 44mm tall which greatly increases the compatibility of VENGEANCE RGB PRO SL with many cases in terms of clearance with top-mounted radiators. VENGEANCE RGB PRO SL matches high performance with refined style and wide compatibility.However, with many memory launches, we get loads of questions about picking the right kit for a wide variety of motherboards, CPUs, and systems in general. How Do I Find Compatible Memory? With our new memory, we’ve also launched a new memory finder on our website, integrated directly into the memory page, with loads of options to dial in your system config and get you paired up with compatible memory kits. Not all memory kits are created equal and picking compatible memory with the right mix of speed, latency, and capacity is important for a stable system.Our new memory finder can be accessed by clicking the “FIND BY COMPATIBILITY” button when on our memory page. The new CORSAIR Memory Finder is integrated directly into the memory category page on our website, you can start by clicking “FIND BY COMPATIBILITY”.From here, you can dial down compatibility by system like a CORSAIR ONE, CORSAIR VENGEANCE GAMING PC, or ORIGIN Gaming Notebook for example, or if you’re wanting to spec out memory for your own build, you can sort by motherboard and make the appropriate selections using the dropdown menus. The memory finder lets you filter compatibility by system or motherboard model.Once you’ve selected your system or motherboard, you can refine the results with filters for things like total kit capacity, number of modules, color, speed, or CAS latency. When shopping for memory, it’s good to keep in mind that speed is only part of the equation, if you want the fastest memory possible for your system, go for the fastest supported kit with as low latency as you can find, and depending on the application, it may actually be better to go with a lower speed kit with better (lower) latency. You can filter the results even more based on your preferences such as number of modules, total capacity, etc.Once you’ve found a module you like, click the “LEARN MORE” button to be taken to the product page for that memory and add it to cart! Picking the right CORSAIR memory for your system is easier than ever with tools like our memory finder.Of course, if you already know what memory you’re looking for you can just browse the normal way, but we hope that this new memory finder tool makes it easier for you if you’re still trying to make sense of it all! If you have any questions about CORSAIR memory products, join our community over on the CORSAIR User Forum, Reddit, and Discord!

  • Our 4000 Series and the most recently launched 5000 Series cases have arrived! Both lineups signal a return to classic CORSAIR styling with a focus on improving the build experience, flexibility, and performance over our previous lineup of cases. CORSAIR iCUE 4000X RGBThis new case lineup began with the 4000 Series launching back in September of 2020, introducing features like the RapidRoute cable management system, more space behind the motherboard tray, and all new case fans developed with CORSAIR AirGuide technology for delivering focused airflow to your components, all of which come together to make it simple and easy to make a clean looking and high performing build. CORSAIR AirGuide technology utilizes stator vanes built into the frame of the fan to concentrate airflow out the rear of the fan.The 4000 Series is a great starting point, but if you need even more room for massive cooling such as a custom water cooling loop built with Hydro X components, our most recently launched 5000 Series of cases take those great features introduced by the 4000 Series and expands on them with more cable management features using the CORSAIR RapidRoute cable management system and more options for mounting cooling hardware, all packed in a mid-tower chassis that’s grown in every dimension. Since it might be a little difficult to tell the size difference between the two case series, we’ve put together some line art with examples of both cases side by side to illustrate: Figure 1 – CORSAIR 4000 Series (left) and 5000 Series (right)Figure 2 – CORSAIR 4000 Series (left) and 5000 Series (right)If you’re looking for a comprehensive comparison between the two series, we’ve put together this table: Case SeriesCORSAIR 4000 SeriesCORSAIR 5000 SeriesVariants4000D, 4000D AIRFLOW, 4000X RGB5000D, 5000D AIRFLOW, 5000X RGBColorsBlack, WhiteBlack, WhiteChassis TypeATX Mid TowerATX Mid TowerMotherboard SupportMini ITX, Micro ATX, ATX, E-ATX*Mini ITX, Micro ATX, ATX, E-ATX*Expansion Slots7 + 2 Vertical     7 + 2 VerticalMaximum Video Card Length360mm420mmMaximum CPU Cooler Height170mm170mmInternal Drive Bays2x 3.5in, 2x 2.5in2x 3.5in, 4x 2.5inChassis Dimensions453mm x 230mm x 466mm520mm x 245mm x 520mmChassis Volume 48.55L 66.25L120mm Fan MountingFront: 3x 120mm<br>Top: 2x 120mm<br>Rear: 1x 120mmFront: 3x 120mm<br>Top: 3x 120mm<br>MB Tray: 3x 120mm<br>Rear: 1x 120mm140mm Fan MountingFront: 2x 140mm<br>Top: 2x 140mmFront: 2x 140mm<br>Top: 2x 140mmRadiator SupportFront:  360mm / 280mm<br>Top:  280mm w/ Low-Profile RAM, 240mm<br>Rear: 120mmFront: 360mm / 280mm<br>Top: 360mm / 280mm<br>MB Tray: 360mm / 240mm / 120mm<br>Rear: 120mmIncluded Fans4000D/AIRFLOW: 2x AirGuide Fans (1 front, 1 rear)<br>4000X RGB: 3x AirGuide RGB fans (front panel)5000D/AIRFLOW: 2x AirGuide Fans (1 front, 1 rear)<br>5000X RGB: 3x AirGuide RGB fans (front panel), white model includes white AirGuide RGB fansIncluded Fan / Lighting Controllers4000D/AIRFLOW: None<br>4000X RGB: Lighting Node CORE5000D/AIRFLOW: 6-port PWM Repeater<br>5000X RGB: 6-port PWM Repeater + Lighting Node COREMSRP (USD)$94.99+$164.99+It’s clear that the 5000 series case lineup expands on many of the same features present in the 4000 series, the most noticeable difference being in size and the addition of fan/radiator mounting on the motherboard tray as an option. CORSAIR 5000 Series Product VideoThe 5000 series’ expanded mounting options allow for increased flexibility and headroom should you decide to water cool your system with CORSAIR HYDRO X Series components or if you decide to do a build with a large graphics card like the RTX 3090 or RX 6900 XT which seems to be the current trend in gaming builds. CORSAIR 4000D & 4000D AIRFLOW Product VideoThe 4000 series, being the sort of little brother in our case lineup, you can still build a high end water-cooled system in a 4000 series case as shown by expert builder Hans Peder Sahl so if you’re up for the challenge or maybe just want a smaller footprint, the 4000 series cases are a great option for your next build! Custom 4000 Series PC Build by Hans Peder SahlAnd to not leave the 5000 series hanging, here’s another high-end water-cooled build by Hans Peder Sahl to get your imagination going: Custom 5000 Series PC Build by Hans Peder SahlIt’s an exciting time to be a builder and both our 4000 series and 5000 series cases are ready for anything, be it a simple office workstation, a new gaming rig, or a top-of-the-line water-cooled monster. For more information about CORSAIR cases, check out our entire case portfolio. If you’d like to join our community and discuss cases for your next build, join us on our User Forums, Reddit, or Discord!

  • Looking to make your system run faster and have your games load quicker? System storage is often overlooked but can provide a significant upgrade to your system’s overall responsiveness, especially if you’re still using a traditional mechanical hard drive! What Makes SSDs So Great? Speed It’s all in the name, a solid-state drive uses cells of flash memory (which are by nature, solid-state) to store data and can be accessed much quicker than a mechanical hard drives’ spinning platter. This translates to speeds that can be over 50 times greater than you’re used to with your old hard drive depending on the type of transfer. Noise Since solid-state drives have no moving parts, they run silently (unless being actively cooled by a fan of course). This removes the sounds of your disks spinning up and the low hum of them running entirely! Durability Another benefit of having no moving parts is that there are fewer things that are likely to break should your system encounter some unexpected shock such as when you move your system. Longevity Finally, the tech behind SSDs has matured greatly over the past decade, rivaling and surpassing the expected lifespan of traditional hard drives, ensuring that an SSD will hold your data well beyond the lifespan of a typical system. How Games Use Your Storage In-engine screenshot of CD PROJEKT RED’s Cyberpunk 2077How does that extra speed translate to games? Sequential read and write speeds help out when reading and writing large files like pre-rendered cutscenes and massive textures which you’ll often come across during a loading screen in a game. Load time comparison between a traditional hard drive and a M.2 NVMe SSD (lower is better).To help illustrate the speed difference, I’ve timed how long it takes to load into Cyberpunk 2077 on a hard drive compared to one of our M.2 SSDs. While load times can vary between systems for a variety of reasons, on my system at home I was able to see a significant reduction in load times by using a M.2 NVMe SSD, which cut the wait time roughly in half from 20 seconds on the hard drive down to just 10 seconds on the NVMe SSD. Example of a Cyberpunk 2077 loading screen.While shaving 10 seconds off of game load times doesn’t sound like much at first, this kind of speed boost can really add up, resulting in more time overall being spent enjoying the game rather than staring at a pretty load screen. Another perk of running your games off of an SSD is that it can also help to reduce what many call “pop-in” where textures and models will seemingly pop into existence due to a lag from loading the asset from slower storage! What Do I Need To Upgrade? SSDs come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, if you want to swap out a SATA hard drive you can grab a SATA SSD and use the same cables to connect it to your motherboard and power supply as a direct replacement. CORSAIR MP400 M.2 NVMe SSD installed in a notebook.However, the more popular option is to go for an SSD that connects directly to your motherboard through either a PCIe or M.2 slot! If you decide to pick up a M.2 SSD, we’ve put together this quick video to show you the installation process: The CORSAIR SSD Lineup CORSAIR offers a wide range of M.2 NVMe SSDs that put some pep into the step of your current system (or that new build you’re planning). CORSAIR MP400The MP400 is our latest M.2 NVMe drive, focusing on high capacity and endurance. You can get up to 8TB of storage on a single drive the size of a stick of gum! CORSAIR MP510The MP510 is an all around high performer, with speeds of up to 3,480MB/sec sequential read and 3,000MB/sec sequential writes powered by high-density 3D TLC NAND for an ideal mix of performance, endurance, and value. CORSAIR MP600The MP600 is our current king of the mountain, supporting PCIE 4.0 (but backwards compatible with PCIE 3.0 motherboards) allowing blazing fast speeds of up to 4,950MB/sec sequential read and 4,250MB/sec write, again powered by 3D TLC NAND for its balance of performance, endurance, and value. If you have or are planning to upgrade to PCIE 4.0, this is the M.2 drive to get. Conclusion CORSAIR MP400 installed on a desktop motherboard.SSDs are a great upgrade for pre-built systems and a must for new builds. For more information about our M.2 SSD lineup, check out our page here or join our community over on Reddit, Discord, and our User Forum!

  • Want a pro-level build? This pro-level builder bundle includes everything you need to future proof your build. Providing more space to install larger, higher performance components and the dual-chamber design of the 680X RGB allows you to move your PSU out of the way for easier cable management and a clear view of your hardware. Relocate the pre-installed LL120 fans to the top and rear of the case as exhaust fans. This opens the front locations for the H150i PRO XT to be mounted. Relocate LL120 RGB fansTo determine the direction of airflow, you can look at the fan from the front side. Air would be drawn through and exhausted out the back. Air intake goes through the front of a fan and exhausts out the back.To configure your LL120 RGB fans, check out this video where we show you how to use the case’s included Lighting Node PRO. And if you need help with re-orienting your fans in iCUE for animated lighting effect, check out this video. With the front fan locations now open, you can install the H150i PRO XT in that spot. Depending on the how you want the airflow for your case, you can position the fans in front or behind the radiator. In either location, be sure to orient the fans so that they push or draw air throw the radiator to help cool it. The ML fans can be plugged into the 4-pin fan connectors that come off the pump head, you won’t have to worry about finding extra PWM fan headers on your motherboard. We have an installation video for Pro XT coolers to help guide you. When installing the AX1000, make note of where the power connections are on your motherboard.  The PSU is going to be located directly behind the motherboard, oriented vertically, and the cables will pass through the grommets from the rear chamber to the front. The fully modular design lets you use only the cables that you need. Rear chamber of a built systemThe 8-pin EPS12V is typically in the top corner and you can route this cable so it can connect directly to your motherboard. It helps to route this cable first while you have more room to work in before installing top mounted fans or coolers. The 24-pin cable can be routed through one of the middle grommets that is closest to your motherboards 24-pin connector. If your graphics card requires extra power, route the cable through the bottom grommet closest to the PCIe connector on your GPU. We recommend running a dedicated cable per power connector on your graphics card for best performance! Connect the SATA power connector for your H150i PRO XT as well as the SATA power for your RGB Fan Hub included in the rear chamber. Do your best to keep all your cables clustered closer to a single column, this makes for cleaner cable organization even with a lot of cables. You can check out this video on installing a fully modular power supply, just like the AX1000. And check out this video for some tips on cable management. And if you are planning to vertical mount your GPU, don’t forget to install your PCIe riser cable as well as removing the two cover plates for the vertical mounting location. Optional Vertically Mounted GPUOf course, you don’t want to forget to connect your front IO for the case. The power button, reset button and LED indicators pins are generally located in the bottom right corner of your motherboard. Check your motherboard’s manual for the exact pinout of the header. You can route these cables through the bottom grommet. Built System with general IO locations markedFor the audio cable, this is generally in the bottom left corner of your motherboard. As always, check your motherboard’s manual to be sure. You can route this cable up through the bottom cutouts. Your USB 3.0 header is usually at the bottom edge or along the right edge of your motherboard. Route the cable through one of the grommets that aligns with your cable management in the rear chamber. The USB Type-C connector is generally on the right edge of your motherboard. You may want to consider using a USB 3.0 header adapter for this cable if your motherboard does not have a USB Type-C header. Make sure your Lighting Node Pro is plugged into a USB 2.0 header on your motherboard, most boards should have at least 1 header. Always check your manual for exact location! Remember that the RGB Fan hub connected to the Lighting Node PRO will only control the lighting of your fans. You’ll want to make sure that you connect your fan PWM cables to appropriate headers on your motherboard (check your manual for header locations) or a fan controller if you have one that you plan to use. For a general guide to building a PC from start to finish, check out this video! If you have any questions, please contact our support team or join our community on Reddit, Discord, or the CORSAIR User Forums!

  • This essential builder bundle takes your build to the next level of cooling and includes a CORSAIR 4000D Airflow case, RM850 power supply, and the H100i RGB PRO XT liquid cooler for ideal thermal performance with new, next gen components! Using a CORSAIR RM850 power supply will give sufficient headroom on system power draws especially when using the new CPUs such as the Ryzen 5000 series and new GPUs such as the RTX 3000 and Radeon 6000 cards. Before we jump into fans and radiator placement, make sure your motherboard is already installed into the case along with the CPU, RAM, and any M.2 drives you may have to make things easier. Please check your manufacturer’s instructions manual for guidance. We also have a general PC building guide video for reference.Additionally, you may want to have your power supply cables already connected to the PSU, route your 8-pin EPS 12V cable to your CPU’s power connector on the top left side of the motherboard and the 24-pin cable to your motherboard’s power connector. Install the RM850 power supply in the PSU compartment of the PC case and secure it with the right screws. Be sure to also connect all the front IO port cables of the PC case correctly at the bottom of your motherboard while you have more space in your case to work with. Use your motherboard’s instructions manual if you need clarifications on the header pinouts. Now let’s talk about the fans and radiator placement in the 4000D Airflow PC case. Our goal is to mount this 240mm radiator on the top panel of the case while exhausting the hot air out upwards. First, prepare your H100i RGB PRO XT liquid cooler by mounting the ML120 fans that come with it onto the radiator; same side where the tubes are in a push-configuration. Make sure the front side of the fans are visible when mounted. Ensure that you have the appropriate brackets clipped onto your CPU block; the H100i RGB PRO XT will come with an Intel mounting bracket pre-installed, but you can find brackets for AMD AM4 and sTRX4 in the box. When you’re ready, install the radiator with the proper screws under the topside of the case with the tubes at the rear side of the case. If you need help, have a partner hold the CPU block/pump during this process. Once the radiator is installed, secure the CPU block with the pre-applied thermal paste onto the CPU. Make sure the Corsair logo is facing in the proper upright orientation. DO NOT overtighten the screws on the bracket that hold down the CPU block, use your fingers to secure it just enough that it doesn’t wiggle. Then connect the USB cable from the CPU block into the internal USB 2.0 header on the motherboard (usually near the bottom side of the motherboard). Connect fan cable into the CPU_FAN header. Connect the ML120 fans on the radiator into the fan splitters from the CPU block; do this along the back side of the case. Lastly, if you have any additional case fans you’d like to install, go ahead and install those where you feel is needed. Typically, three intake fans on the front panel and an exhaust fan at the rear back panel of the case are ideal for thermal performance. And that’s it! Again, if you need additional references for building a PC from start to finish, watch our recent build guide video .Be sure to check out our Discord server, subreddit and the official CORSAIR forums to learn more.

  • With this core builder bundle, you’ll have the necessary components needed to power up and cool a new graphics card in a case with massive airflow! Our recommended configuration for the best balance between performance and aesthetics would be to install the SP120 RGB PRO fans in the front of the case and move the pre-installed AirGuide fan from the front panel to the top panel, positioned as close to the rear exhaust fan as possible. Relocate fans with SP120 RGB PRO in front and stock fans on rear and top exhaust.To ensure that you have your fans mounted the right way for airflow, make that the front of the fans are visible when looking at the front panel, the back of the fans should be visible when looking at the top panel and rear exhaust on the outside of your case! Air intake goes through the front of a fan and exhausts out the back.To configure your SP120 RGB PRO fans, check out this video where we show you how to use the kit’s Lighting Node CORE. And you may also want to check this out for how to re-orient your fans in iCUE for animated lighting effects. For your power supply, route the 8-pin EPS12V cable along the back of your case so it can connect directly to the power connector on your motherboard. It’s best to do this before you install anything like a fan/cooler in the top of your case so you have the most room to work with. Built 4000D with power locations markedYour 24-pin power cable should be routed from the PSU shroud up the cable management bar to meet your motherboard’s 24-pin connector. If your graphics card requires extra power, route the cable up the PSU shroud through the central cable cover on your case, we recommend running a dedicated cable per power connector on your graphics card for best performance! Built 4000D with general IO locations markedDon’t forget to plug in the front IO of your case onto your motherboard. Generally the pins for the power button, reset button and LED indicators can be found on the bottom right corner of your motherboard. Double check your motherboard manual for the exact location and pinout of the front IO header! The front IO cables can be routed through cutouts in your case to keep cables looking tidy. The audio cable will generally connect to a header on the far left corner of your motherboard, again, check you motherboard manual to be sure! This cable can be routed through cutouts in your case. The USB 3.0 cable should go directly to a header on your motherboard, these can often be found along the bottom edge or right edge of your motherboard. Pick a header that works best for your cable management. The USB Type-C cable should connect to a header on the right edge of your motherboard. If your motherboard doesn’t have a USB Type-C header, consider getting an adapter so you can plug this cable into a USB 3.0 header. You’ll also want to make sure that you connect your Lighting Node CORE into a USB 2.0 header on your motherboard, most motherboards will have at least 1-2 USB 2.0 headers, check your manual for exact locations. Remember that the Lighting Node CORE will only control the lighting of your fans, you’ll also want to make sure that you connect your fan DC/PWM cable to appropriate headers on your motherboard or a fan controller if you have one. Finally, we’ve put together this general build guide for building a PC from start to finish! If you have any questions, please contact our support team or join our community on Reddit, Discord, or the CORSAIR User Forums!

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