The HS80 RGB WIRELESS is a mix of iconic CORSAIR design, superb audio quality, industry-leading wireless technology, all wrapped up in a durable, light-weight build. When connected via USB, you can experience true high-fidelity 24bit/96kHz audio or take advantage of the hyper-fast SLIPSTREAM wireless connection with a range of up to 60ft and 20 hours of battery life. The HS80 RGB WIRELESS also comes with immersive Dolby Atmos when used on PC to give you detailed sound while utilizing the 50mm high-density neodymium audio drivers. The headband strap design is made with a flexible leather and fabric combo that’s easily adjustable so that it fits a wide range of head shapes. To adjust the fit of the headband, release the inner straps on both sides of the headset and change the length to your desired fit and reattach the straps to secure the adjustment. It’s that easy! The earcups have on-ear volume and mute controls with a smooth scrolling volume wheel on the left side. Additionally, you also get a broadcast-grade omni-directional microphone that captures voice with terrific clarity and has a flip-up mute function with a built-in LED indicator. The earcup cushions are soft and comfortable with the ability to detach for easy replacement and cleaning. To detach the earcup cushions, lay the headset down with the cushions facing up. Then turn the earcups outwards to release and remove. To reattach, reverse the process and turn the earcups inwards to secure them back in place. That’s it! If you’d like to see a video tutorial on the above mentioned details about the CORSAIR HS80 RGB WIRELESS headset, please check out the YouTube link below.
When it comes to gaming mice, speed is of the utmost importance. High polling rates and lightning-fast switches work together to register your inputs as fast as possible. With the new M65 RGB ULTRA, we’re bringing optical switches to gaming mice. As you might recall, the K100 RGB introduced OPX optical-mechanical switches to our lineup of gaming keyboards, but now you may be asking, “what is an optical switch?” and “how would an optical switch benefit me?” Don’t worry! Hopefully by the end of this, you’ll not only understand what an optical switch is, but how they can also improve your game! A Review of Traditional Switches Typical mechanical switches and buttons rely on the physical contact of a metal plate to close a circuit that is then reported as a key or button press. Mechanical switches have been refined greatly over time and are great choices to this day for gaming, however they still rely on mechanical contacts that wear out over time and vibrate or “bounce” once released, causing unintentional secondary inputs which need to be accounted for in firmware in the form of a “debounce delay” adding to overall click latency. What’s an Optical Switch? An optical switch swaps out the physical contact for a beam of infrared light that registers a keypress or mouse button click once the beam is broken. Benefits of Optical Switches Since an optical switch works with a beam of light rather than the coming together of metal contacts, we’re able to eliminate switch bounce entirely. With switch bounce out of the equation, additional click latency in the form of a debounce delay isn’t needed so the mouse or keyboard is able to instantly register another input once the button has reset. Another benefit of optical switches is improved durability as the lack of metal contacts substantially simplifies the design of the switch, removing the metal contacts that will wear out over time. Closing Thoughts Whether you’re using a mouse or keyboard, optical switches provide a competitive edge, ensuring that your inputs are registered as fast as possible and with the added durability, you can game with confidence knowing that your hardware will stand up to the test of time. To learn more about our optical switch offerings, check out the K100 RGB Optical-Mechanical Gaming Keyboard or our M65 RGB Ultra lineup. To join the gaming hardware discussion, check out our communities over on the CORSAIR User Forum, Discord, and Reddit!
Picking the right chassis for your build is essential for thermal performance especially with modern components that are now drawing more power and producing more heat as the industry continues to push higher speeds and overclocking limits. Let’s discuss the importance of what we at CORSAIR call, Direct Airflow Path in PC case designs. When setting up your case fans, having the right balance between intake and exhaust airflow is something to keep in mind. A very common setup would have case fans set to intake from the front panel of your chassis whereas exhaust fans would typically be configured on the top and rear panels. Pulling fresh cold air through the front panel allows the airflow path to pass directly over your graphics card, CPU, and RAM to keep them cool. Heat naturally rises, so having the exhaust fans on the top and rear panels would help guide the hot air out of the case. Some PC cases like the Crystal Series 680X RGB even have room on the bottom panel where fans can be setup for intake to increase cold airflow. CORSAIR 400R (Left). CORSAIR 750D (Right)Looking at an older chassis like the CORSAIR 400R isn’t too different from many modern budget cases and will have permanently fixed drive cages sitting right up against the inside of the front panel. CORSAIR 750D drive cages reducing airflow from front panel intake fans.The CORSAIR 750D took advantage of the emerging trend towards 2.5″ SSDs by allowing you to mount them against the back of the case while featuring removable 3.5″ hard drive cages that could be taken out to allow air to flow in more directly from the front panel fans, it did still support a 5.25″ ODD bay which limited the front panel to just two 120mm fans in the front. CORSAIR 4000D Airflow Side ViewAs case design has evolved, massive dedicated drive cages, and ODD bays have largely fallen out of favor due to the increasing popularity of fast M.2 storage solutions and the digital delivery of games/other software. A modern CORSAIR chassis like the CORSAIR 4000D Airflow was designed for airflow (as you could probably tell by the name) with generously perforated cutouts on the front panel and takes advantage of these trends by keeping its single removable drive cage within the PSU shroud and omitting an ODD bay altogether, allowing for direct airflow from the front panel intake fans. As we mentioned before an older chassis like the 400R and 750D can also be adjusted for better direct airflow by simply removing the drive cages. If you are using multiple drives for your storage, consider switching to 2.5″ SSDs and mount them against the back panel instead. Not only does this solution free up obstructions to the front panel intake fans, but you’ll also be benefitting from faster solid state drives compared to traditional 3.5″ drives. Another thing to keep in mind is how airflow can affect the pressure inside your case. If you have more intake airflow than exhaust, then you’ll most likely have a positive pressure. Conversely, more exhaust than intake airflow will cause a negative pressure. Generally speaking, positive pressure is better because air will naturally be forced or find its way out of the case through perforations or other openings. That said, it’s best not to have things like unmanaged cable clutter shoved in a corner or stacks of drive cages in front of your intake fans that hinder direct airflow. CORSAIR Crystal Series 680X RGB with 3 intake fans on front and 5 exhaust fans resulting in negative pressure.In the 680X RGB case build above, if the two bottom fans were flipped around to become intake fans, then the resulting pressure inside this case would most likely be positive instead. In summary, pick a case without obstructions to your intake fans no matter where they are placed. If you happen to pick a case that does have obstructions to those intake fans, it would be best to adjust and remove those for better airflow. Then finally, have decent cable management so they aren’t cluttered in areas that would restrict airflow path. If you’d like to learn more about the DC vs PWM fans and how they work, check out the following video from our CORSAIR Lab YouTube channel.
You’ve heard of shark week… but have you heard of FAN WEEK? CORSAIR has a wide variety of internal components for PC builds with cooling and fans being among our most popular. What’s not to love when you can get the cooling you need for your processor or graphics card AND glorious RGB all at once? To celebrate one of our “coolest” product categories, our social media channels and our Memeology department will be focusing entirely on Fans from August 23rd to August 30th. It’ll be all fans for as far as the eye can see. (That’s “fans” as in the product, not “fans” as in the loving community that supports us) If you haven’t already, follow us over on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, and even TikTok for only the best PC fan-related posts! And if you have questions about fans or other CORSAIR hardware, join the discussion over on our new User Forum or our community on Discord while you’re at it!
We’ve partnered up with our friends at HWBOT to put together an overclocking competition that everyone can participate in before we celebrate the launch of DDR5 later this year! Who’s eligible? Do you have a PC that can overclock and uses CORSAIR DDR4 memory? Then you’re able to participate once the first stage of the competition opens up on August 15th! What do I need to enter? – You must use retail CORSAIR DDR4 memory – No engineering/qualification samples of other components are allowed – The rig you use must be yours and you must use the same platform (CPU/motherboard) for all 3 stages of the contest. A kit of CORSAIR memory and a system capable of overclocking are required.What about cooling? (Do I need LN2 or a chiller to compete?) To make this competition as accessible as possible, only ambient cooling solutions are permitted. So any standard gaming rig with an air or liquid cooler is fine (as long as you’re using a kit of CORSAIR DDR4). Air cooling, AIO liquid cooling, and custom liquid cooled systems are permitted.How will this work? There are three stages to the competition and each stage lasts about 2 weeks to give you time to tweak your OC and submit your scores to HWBOT. You’ll be given points based on how well you do for each stage and those points will be added up to calculate your overall ranking.<br> More information about eligibility and competition rules can be found over at HWBOT’s article. What’s in it for me? We’ve put together a list of prizes for 1st through 5th place rankings as well as a raffle for all participants, including awesome products like our RM1000X PSU, MP600 PRO PCIe 4.0 M.2 NVMe SSD, K60 RGB PRO SE gaming keyboard, and Sabre RGB PRO Gaming mouse! But there’s more… it is a DRAM OC competition after all, so we’re throwing in some DDR5 memory kits as prizes, these will be delivered after DDR5 launches, but they are certainly something to look forward to if you’ve been planning to upgrade later this year! Let’s Do This! If you’re interested and think you have what it takes to take on this overclocking challenge, you can enter at the submission page.<br>
To join the discussion on CORSAIR memory products and overclocking, check out our newly updated User Forums and be sure to check out our communities over on Discord and Reddit!
As some of you may recall, before branching out into power supplies, coolers, fans, cases, and gaming peripherals, CORSAIR was primarily known for high performance memory products! We’ve got a long history with DRAM and today we’d like to take a brief look back at the original DDR, a time when Athlon and Pentium processors were king. What is DDR? No, it’s not a rhythm game. DDR or Double Data Rate SDRAM brought about a significant change in how memory works in a computer. Those with keen eyes might notice it in the name, double data rate, but what does that mean exactly? CORSAIR XMS Platinum Series DDR MemoryPrevious generations of SDRAM could only perform one read or write command per clock cycle, DDR SDRAM on the other hand, could perform two commands per clock cycle, it’s as simple as that! Additional Improvements Additional improvements with the first generation of DDR were increased densities of up to 1 GB and speeds hitting over 200MHz, providing an effective speed of over 400MHz when you account for double data rate! Dual Channel Comes to Market One other evolution of DRAM that came with DDR memory was the concept of running memory in dual channel. This meant that your processor could send commands to two modules at once, further increasing bandwidth! Dual channel memory would be a continuing trend on mainstream platforms to this day. CORSAIR XMS Pro Series Twin XTo make it easy to ensure that systems at the time could take advantage of dual channel memory configurations, CORSAIR introduced its first twin pack of matched memory modules with the XMS Twin X so that you’d be guaranteed to have two modules with the same ICs and rated for the same frequencies (we still do this today for all memory kits that include 2, 4, and even 8 modules for quad channel)! A Glimpse at the Future This was also a time when windowed side panels were just starting to come into fashion, so we released our first LED memory modules with the XMS PRO series that featured activity LEDs along the top bar so you could check your memory utilization at a glance. CORSAIR XMS Pro Series featured activity LEDsWe followed up XMS Pro Series with XMS XPERT, which took the activity LEDs a step further with a fully programmable digital read out that let you check info like frequency, temperature, and voltage in real time! CORSAIR XMS XPERT featured a digital readout along with activity LEDsClosing Thoughts DDR SDRAM was a big deal for computing and paved the way for what was to come in further generations of DDR memory as faster processors with a growing number of cores were on the horizon. For more information about which CORSAIR memory products work best for your system, check out our Memory Finder. To join the conversation about memory or other CORSAIR products, check out our communities over on the CORSAIR User Forums, Reddit, or Discord!
The CORSAIR 7000 Series of full-tower cases is our latest addition to our new case lineup that started with the CORSAIR 4000 Series last year and 5000 Series earlier this year. Today we’ll take a look at the core features that these cases share as well as what makes them unique to help you decide which chassis is the right one for your next build! The Details For convenience, we’ve put together the following comparison charts for reference: X-variant case comparisonsD-variant case comparisonsIt’s All in the Name The 4000, 5000, and 7000 Series cases support motherboard form-factors of mini-ITX up to E-ATX, and as you go up the stack, the more internal volume you’ll have available, with the 4000 Series being the most compact and 7000 Series being the largest. More internal volume allows for more fans, radiators, and other accessories to be installed. Beyond the series number, the letter at the end of the name helps to denote the feature set a case is equipped with. For example, an “X” case focuses more on showcasing your components and comes equipped with additional tempered glass panels (two on 4000X, four on 5000X, and three on 7000X cases) when compared to a “D” case which feature solid/perforated steel front panels with a focus more on minimalism or performance (as seen on AIRFLOW versions) while retaining a large tempered glass side panel. Keeping Your Build Cool CORSAIR SP RGB Elite AirGuide FansSince the 4000X, 5000X and 7000X lines offer tempered glass front panels, they also come with CORSAIR SP RGB Elite AirGuide fans in the box whereas the 4000D, 5000D, and 7000D lines will come with non-RGB AirGuide fans. The 7000 Series comes equipped with 140mm fans and the 4000/5000 Series come with 120mm fans. In the larger 5000 and 7000 Series cases, you’ll also find a PWM repeater to help manage cooling. CORSAIR COMMANDER CORE XT from 7000X RGBWhen it comes to RGB, the 4000X and 5000X cases include a CORSAIR Lighting Node CORE to manage fan lighting and the 7000X comes with a COMMANDER CORE XT that offers a complete package of lighting and PWM fan control. Both the Lighting Node CORE and COMMANDER CORE XT connect to your motherboard via an internal USB 2.0 header and are managed using CORSAIR iCUE. CORSAIR XR5 series radiators for custom water coolingWhen it comes to water cooling, 4000 and 5000 series cases can support up to 360mm radiators from either an AIO (all-in-one) liquid CPU cooler or custom water cooling components like our CORSAIR Hydro X Series . 7000 series cases on the other hand can support up to 420mm and 480mm radiators for some serious cooling! Keeping Your Build Tidy When it comes to PC building, it goes without saying that cable management is very important and we want to take this opportunity to highlight the benefits of the RapidRoute Cable Management System that is part of the core feature set in the 4000, 5000, and 7000 Series cases. CORSAIR 5000D AIRFLOW with channel raceway and straps for proper cable management.Cable management is probably the most overlooked process of PC building, especially for beginners. With our new case family, cable management couldn’t be easier for a new system builder, as we’ve designed the 4000, 5000, and 7000 Series cases to have more physical space available behind the rear side panel and include cable raceways and straps to make it quick and easy to organize your cable clutter! CORSAIR 5000D AIRFLOW full build with cable management.Imagine the Possibilities This new case lineup is our best yet and we can’t wait to see what builds you’ll make with them! For those still deciding which case to go with, here are some final notes that may help: 4000 Series – The 4000 Series is a great start to a new build, fitting the standard mid-tower look while providing a lot of features that make it easy to build in and provide excellent cooling to your components. 5000 Series – The 5000 Series takes the winning formula of the 4000 Series and packs it into a larger mid-tower with expanded cooling options and room for larger components and accessories. 7000 Series – The 7000 Series expands the cable management and performance concepts to a full-tower providing all the fan/cooler mounting and internal space you need to build your next masterpiece! And to see what a fully custom water-cooled build in a 7000 Series case could look like, check out this build video we’ve put together: CORSAIR 7000D Hydro X custom water cooling buildFor more information about our products, check out our forums and consider joining our Reddit and Discord community!
System builders are well aware of the components produced by our friends over at ASUS. If you’ve got ASUS RGB components like a graphics card or motherboard, you can sync their RGB lighting together with the rest of your CORSAIR gear using the CORSAIR iCUE software! First you’ll need to have your ASUS motherboard and graphics card properly set up while having the latest versions of ASUS Armoury Crate and CORSAIR iCUE installed on your PC. ASUS Armoury Crate (Left). CORSAIR iCUE 4 (Right)The process is the same for both components so follow these steps to customize your RGB lighting effects. We’ll use the motherboard setup process as the example. Open up iCUE and click on the ASUS motherboard icon that should be listed on your profile home interface and select the Lighting Effects tab on the left hand side. Click the “+” button in the Lighting Layers panel to create a new lighting layer and you’ll see a couple additional panels pop up for additional configuration options. Every motherboard and graphics card will have different RGB lighting zones, some more or less than others. You can select and deselect the lighting zones you want to customize by clicking on them to see if they are highlighted or not. The Lighting Type panel will show you a list of lighting effects you can choose from. You can pick one of our preset effects, customize your own, or use the Lighting Link effects to sync all your iCUE-compatible devices on your PC. The third panel will allow further customization by changing the speed or direction of your lighting effects. Not all effects will have this so it will depend on which effects you choose in the Lighting Type panel. Additionally, you may add multiple lighting layers in the first menu and apply them to any of your lighting zones for more complex effects. CORSAIR iCUE can control the 12V RGB header on a supported motherboard, however, 5V ARGB header control can only be done through ASUS Armoury Crate. Video tutorial on customizing ASUS motherboard RGB through CORSAIR iCUE 4.For supported ASUS graphics cards, you can follow the same steps that we covered for configuring motherboard lighting. Here is a video tutorial on our CORSAIR LAB channel. Video tutorial on customizing ASUS graphics cards RGB through CORSAIR iCUE 4.Most supported ASUS graphics cards will only have one lighting zone to customize. You can however add multiple layers in the Lighting Effects menus to that single zone in order to create more complex lighting effects. If you need additional help with setting up your ASUS graphics card or motherboard in CORSAIR iCUE or if you want to join the discussion about CORSAIR iCUE integrations or hardware in general, check out our communities over on Reddit, Discord, or the CORSAIR User Forums!
The CORSAIR HS75 XB WIRELESS gaming headset features full wireless integration with Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S game consoles. Occasionally new firmware updates are released to improve this user experience, so we’ve put together a quick guide to help you update your headset and get back to gaming! Prerequisites:<br>
• HS75 XB gaming headset<br>
• USB-A to USB-C cable<br>
• PC with the latest version of the CORSAIR iCUE Software Step 1:<br>
Connect the HS75 XB gaming headset to your PC using the headset’s included USB-A to USB-C cable, the USB-C side connects to the headset while the USB-A side will connect directly to an open port on your system (avoid connecting through a USB hub or dock). Step 2:<br>
Open the CORSAIR iCUE Software and mouse over the tile for the HS75 XB headset, click on “DEVICE SETTINGS”. Step 3:<br>
Click on the “UPDATE” button to begin the update process. Do not unplug or power down the HS75 XB while it is updating! Step 4:<br>
Once the update is finished, disconnect the USB cable. You’ll now need to re-pair your headset to your Xbox. Step 5:<br>
Start your Xbox console back up and begin the pairing procedure by pressing the connect button on the console (this button will be in a different location depending on your Xbox One / Series X|S model) Step 6:<br>
With the HS75 XB turned off, press and hold the power/pairing button on the headset for 10 seconds. A “Headset Assigned” confirmation will appear on your screen once the HS75 XB has been paired with your Xbox console. Closing Thoughts And that’s it for updating your HS75 XB WIRELESS gaming headset, for more information on how to set up your headset on an Xbox console, check out this video: To join the conversation about the HS75 XB WIRELESS or our other gaming headsets, join our communities over on the CORSAIR User Forums, Reddit, or Discord!
For a beginner, designing a custom loop can be a daunting task. The CORSAIR Hydro X Series Custom Cooling Configurator takes the guess work out of picking compatible hardware for your PC, making it easy to configure a full custom loop of your own! If you’d like to see the Hydro X Series Custom Cooling Configurator in action, we’ve put together a video guide to take you through the entire loop configuration process! And once you’ve gotten all the hardware for your loop, check out our Hydro X video series with detailed installation and setup videos for everything from installing a water block to cutting/bending tubing, and even filling your loop! To join the discussion about CORSAIR Hydro X Series custom cooling components, join our community over on the CORSAIR User Forums, Reddit, and Discord!