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  • Last Wednesday we showed our new Vengeance Gaming lineup to the North American press in San Francisco. The next day we did the same thing in the UK with the European press. The feedback and coverage we got on our new Vengeance gaming mice and keyboards, as well as our new Vengeance gaming headsets was so incredible we decided to share the highlights with you in this special coverage round-up: AnandTech — Corsair Enters the Gaming Keyboard & Mouse Market with Vengeance, "I had some brief hands on time with all of the newly announced Vengeance peripherals, they all felt good but it'll take much longer than a short play session to really evaluate these things. I'm mostly curious to see how well these things do in the hands of hardcore gamers. Does Corsair have what it takes to pull customers away from the likes of Logitech, Microsoft and Razer?"   /corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/blog_corsair-special-coverage-round-up-vengeance-gaming-Content-2.pngTweakTown — Corsair Pulls Off a One Shot, Double Kill , "There are a couple of meanings for the tag line of this news editorial. You might think since Corsair is launching both a gaming headphone and gaming keyboard / mouse line I'm talking about that. I'm not. Corsair has taken aim at both Logitech and Razor and in one quick shot taken both their heads off. The ultimate one shot double kill."   /corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/blog_corsair-special-coverage-round-up-vengeance-gaming-Content-3.pngHexus — Corsair branches out, again, "Corsair has today announced its arrival in the world of PC input devices by unveiling a range of Vengeance-branded keyboards and mice. It is the latest in a long line of new product introductions for an American manufacturer who, while best known for its memory products and power supplies, has in recent years rapidly expanded its produce range to include a variety of high-performance products such as solid-state drives, computer chassis, CPU coolers and speakers."   blog_corsair-special-coverage-round-up-vengeance-gaming-Content-4.png.ashxBright Side of News — Corsair Announces Full Line of Vengeance Gaming Peripherals, "Corsair has always been rooted in performance and their approach towards gaming has come purely as a result of the fact that most gamers demand the best performance. In the last year or two, Corsair has brought on people like Ruben Mookerjee to guide Corsair’s consumer component business in the right direction. Ruben was responsible for the worldwide product development of Logitech’s gaming peripherals division which was responsible for the well received G-series of keyboards, mice and headsets. These products were considered to be some of the best gaming products that the world had ever seen and up until now."   /corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/blog_corsair-special-coverage-round-up-vengeance-gaming-Content-5.gifPC Gamer — Corsair gets into keyboards and mice, "The K90 MMO keyboard and K90 MMO mouse, along with the FPS friendly K60 and M60 keyboard and mouse have been developed under the auspices of Ruben Mookerjee, who in a previous incarnatiuon oversaw the launch of Logitech’s G-series of gear. Mookerjee takes his new role at Corsair seriously. For some people, he says, getting the right peripherals “is a matter of life or death. At Corsair, we say it’s more important than that."   bit-tech — Corsair announces Vengeance gaming peripherals, "The most eye-catching products in the range are the pair of mechanical K90 and K60 keyboards. Both use Cherry red switches, which Corsair claims offer advantages over the more traditional Cherry black switches thanks to their reduced actuation force, which makes double tapping easier."   Tom's Hardware — Corsair Launches New Line of PC Gaming Peripherals, "Breaking away from its typical hardware lineup, Corsair is dipping into the peripheral business with the upcoming release of two Vengeance gaming keyboard ("K") and laser mouse ("M") groups. These address two types of gamers: the FPS player (Vengeance K60 and M60) and the RTS player (Vengeance K90 and M90). All four are expected to hit store shelves sometime in October 2011, ranging from $69 to $129."   /corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/blog_corsair-special-coverage-round-up-vengeance-gaming-Content-8.pngGizmodo — Corsair’s Vengeance K60 FPS Keyboard Is a Headshot-Making Monster, "Let's rush past the part where we acknowledge that grabbing a keyboard with easily-replaceable WASD and 1-6 keys and an ergonomic wrist rest is probably overkill and get right to the part where Corsair's K60 keyboard looks to be a pretty wonderful brand of nerdy."   /corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/blog_corsair-special-coverage-round-up-vengeance-gaming-Content-9.jpgEverything USB — Corsair Vengeance K60 "Cherry MX Red" Keyboard for FPS Fans, "While it seems that a new gaming keyboard is released every day, very few actually peak our interest like the all new Corsair Vengeance K60 has. This is the for the simple fact that unlike many so called gaming keyboards which rely on mushroom dome keys (we are looking right at you Logitech), the Vengeance K60 takes a different approach and uses high quality Cherry MX mechanical switches. What this means is not only is your keyboard going to be able to take real pounding it will be able to take that level of abuse for years and years."   /corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/blog_corsair-special-coverage-round-up-vengeance-gaming-Content-10.pngEngadet — Corsair Vengeance gaming keyboards, mice, and headsets hands-on (video), "Hold on to your seats gaming enthusiasts, Corsair just unleashed an onslaught of Vengeance series peripherals aimed at helping you dominate that Call of Duty marathon... and we got our hands on all of 'em. There's a lot to cover, so we'll get right to it."  

  • Here are some answers to some frequently asked questions about Corsair's Vengeance Gaming Keyboards and Vengeance Gaming Mice. Q: Are mechanical keyboards “better” than typical gaming keyboards?A: In our opinion, yes. The issue is mechanical switch vs rubber dome key technology. Both can have similar performance characteristics, even similar durability. But it is very difficult, but not impossible, to make a rubber dome key switch with the feel and actuation of a mechanical key switch. Q: Does the Corsair Gaming keyboards have anti-ghosting capability?A: Yes, 100% ghost free. Q: Does it support N-key rollover?A: Yes. In fact, the Vengeance Gaming keyboards support 20-key rollover, far greater than the industry-standard 6-key rollover supported by most USB keyboards. Q: What is on-the-fly macro recording, and how does it work?A: On-the-fly macro recording allows you to record a set of keystrokes and assign them to a macro key. Just as it sounds, this can be done on-the-fly, while you are playing a game. To record an on-the-fly macro, hit the “record” button on the keyboard. Next, hit the G- key that you want to assign the macro recording to. And you immediately record everything you type next on the keyboard, until you hit the “record” button again to stop recording. Two key presses is all it takes to record a key sequence straight from the keyboard. No complicated software settings, no countdowns. Q: Why does the Corsair not have a PS/2 port option?A: In modern multi-core systems optimized for multi-threading tasks, the PS/2 system carries a larger processing overhead compared to USB handing. In addition, Corsair gaming USB devices use Full Speed USB, which exceeds PS/2 in data transfer . Q: What can I use to clean the keyboard (and/or mouse)?A: Use a soft clean cloth or tissue. Q: How can I adjust the polling rate and response rates of the keyboard and mouse?A: Use Corsair’s Vengeance Gaming keyboard and mouse software under “Manage Performance” to see polling rate from 1000Hz ( 1ms) to 125Hz ( 8ms). Q: What are profiles? How many profiles can I save?A: A Profile is a set of data that stores your keyboard /mouse configuration and key/button assignments. A maximum of 50 profiles can be saved. Q: How are Cherry MX Red mechanical keys different than other mechanical keyboards?A: Cherry MX Red is the fastest action switch of the Cherry mechanical switch series. It has a non-tactile key feel while depressing, short 2mm makepoint travel distance, and does not have a loud “click” at the bottom. Cherry MX “red” keys are generally acknowledged to be among the best mechanical key switches for computer gaming. Q: How do I change out the keycaps on my K60 keyboard?A: Use key cap tool stored in K60 palmrest to pull off key caps Q: How does the aluminum body on the keyboards (and mice) help with durability?A: It provides a very rigid construction. Due the rigid construction the aluminum top plate provides, the keyboard can’t be warped or flexed. This prevents stresses on the electronics PCB and switch assembly. Q: Are the buttons on the M90 and M60 fully reprogrammable?A: Yes, using the software supplied with the product. Q: Can I adjust the sensitivity of the “Sniper” button on the M60? A: Yes, using the software supplied with the product. Q: How can I import/export a profile in the Vengeance Keyboard/Mouse SW?A: Use software export/import function of the right-click popup menu for G-Keys, mouse buttons (from “Button Assign” or “Key Assign”tab) or configured keyboard or mouse profiles (under “Manage Profile” tab). Q: Do the Corsair M60 and M90 have the “lift detection” feature?A: Yes, they detect up to 5 levels.

  • It goes without saying that some system builds are more fun than others. This is especially true when I know that I am going to get to do some extensive “testing” with it when I’m done as opposed to shipping it off to a tradeshow or LAN party. This build log is certainly no exception and may well be the most fun rig I have built since I’ve been employed here at Corsair. I built it to be a strong workstation, but I expect my testing to show that it will be excellent for gaming and multimedia also. My plan is to evaluate this PC over several blog posts to show a variety of usage scenarios. So, while it won't all be gaming and pure fun, we should get to see some excellent performance numbers posted with some commonly used applications and tools. I've started here with the component selection and finished this post with a couple of benchmarks and screenshots to get the ball rolling. We have released some exciting new products over the past 12 months and I selected the best of the best for this build. Due to the amount of storage I wanted to use and CPU cooler I selected, the Obsidian Series® 800D PC computer case was my best case option.       I have been very interested in testing the new Intel Sandy Bridge CPUs so I chose the ASUS® Maximus Extreme IV Extreme-Z motherboard, and coupled it  with an Intel® Core™ i7 2600K CPU.     Since I called this system a workstation I decided on 16GB of the newest Dominator® GT DDR3 memory upgrade kit, the CMGTX7. The black spreaders topped with red fins look awesome on the red and black MOBO.     The Hydro Series™ H100 CPU cooler is our first CPU cooler with a 2x120mm fan form factor radiator. That made it the most logical choice for this system. I also decided to add two additional fans, for a total of four, which easily fit into the top of the 800D. I set the fans up in a push-pull configuration, exhausting out the top of the case. If you would like to see how to install the H100, we made a short video that will show you exactly that.     ASUS was kind enough to send over a killer GPU, the GTX580 Direct CU II. This should definitely be up to the task of any application or games testing I decide to incorporate.       I am also interested in seeing how a secondary GPU will perform utilizing it as a PhysX and CUDA processor. The GTX280 from EVGA should do nicely.        A system like this would not be complete without an SSD or 2. The OS is installed on a RAID 0 array utilizing two Force Series™ GT 120GB SSDs.       The optical drive is an ASUS BW-12B1LT Blu-ray drive. It’s a Blu-ray burner loaded with features.     For the large data storage tasks, I could not resist going RAID 0 again and I chose two Hitachi Deskstar 5300 HDDs. 4TB of local storage should do nicely until it's time to move data to the server.     Obviously, a system like this will need a big rock solid PSU to handle the power demands under full load. The Professional Series™ Gold AX1200 PSU certainly fills this bill.     For the initial testing and fun, I’ll be using a Gaming Audio Series™ HS1A gaming headset utilizing the built-in sound on the MOBO. These things sound great! Eventually, for some room filling sound, I’ll add a set of SP2500 2.1 pc speakers.     I couldn't resist doing some initial testing for fun. My first task was to perform a Steam restoration from my last backup. The backup size was just under 28GB and the entire task took under 30 minutes. This is far faster than downloading everything again after a clean install of the OS and Steam. We recently published a How-To article on how-to do this exact task in our blog. You also may have missed another post I did on a gaming based build back in February of 2011. It was a great build and I wanted to see how this new Z68 + Core i7 2600K combo would fare against the OCed results of the X58 + OCed Core i7 950 combo. Here is a look at the stock CPU-Z screenshot for the current build:     For my initial multimedia test, I decided to rely on a benchmark I've used many times over on various builds; Auto Gordian Knot version 2.55. I like repeatable tests like this, as it's easy to do “apples vs apples” comparisons between different builds and it’s a very realistic benchmark. Once again I ripped my favorite pirate movie, Yellowbeard, and encoded it with AGK. The results were impressive for this machine at stock speeds. In fact it was a better time then the OC'ed Core i7 950 result I achieved back in February by a full 26 seconds!     Another fun aspect of this build, is that in addition to the OC benchmarking, I’ll be doing some testing that I have not previously done in the past. Please check back with us for follow up results over the coming weeks!

  • Hardware Secrets, Hydro Series™ H80 CPU Cooler Review — "The Corsair H80 is a great liquid cooling solution. It reached one of the best performances we saw on all air coolers and sealed watercoolers that we tested so far. It is also not too loud, maintaining the noise at an acceptable level even at full speed."   Mad Shrimps, Hydro Series H80 CPU Cooler Review — "With the Hydro 80 Corsair has raised the bar again on their all in one cooling solution product line. Too bad I couldn't put it up against the Antec 920 solution. The latter being in fact just a beefed up/revised version of the previous Corsair/Asetek lineup. The improvements in the radiator design allow for better cooling and less generated noise than the Hydro 70. Performance wise, depending on the used profile you get similar or slightly better performance than any of the single rad Hydros. The little single fan Hydro 50/60 are no match for it's beefier and bigger brothers."   Techgage, Hydro Series H80 CPU Cooler Review — "At ~$90 from various online retailers, you'll pay for the performance that you gain. Is it worth the extra money on top of the H70 or other high-end air coolers? You bet! Not only does it provide what amounts to a ton of extra performance when talking about CPU coolers, but it's incredibly quiet and expandable thanks to the Link system - there is no doubt in my mind that the price premium is warranted.<br><br> Performance, build quality, functionality and low noise levels all create a remarkable piece of kit that any enthusiast should be tripping over themselves to buy."   Hexus, Hydro Series H80 CPU Cooler and Hydro Series H100 CPU Cooler Review — "In terms of overall performance, both the KÜHLER 920 and Hydro H80 are difficult to separate. The thick-radiator, dual-fan configurations deliver similar results at a similar price, but Corsair's solution - with a thinner rad, three built-in fan profiles and Corsair Link expandability, is arguably more evolved.<br><br> However, at these prices, performance is what matters most, and - provided you have the room - the Hydro H100 is undoubtedly the best-performing cooler we've ever tested. Making use of a large 240mm radiator, the Hydro H100 is capable of shifting plenty of heat in either of its three cooling modes, and support for up to four fans and Corsair Link provides a useful upgrade path, too."   /corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/blog_corsair-weekly-review-round-up-maximum-hydro-series-edition-Content-3.pngKitGuru, Hydro Series H100 CPU Cooler Review — "The Noctua NH D14 has been the highest performing 'mainstream' enthusiast level cooler now for around a year. None of the liquid coolers or flagship heatsinks have managed to oust it from the top spot and we were beginning to wonder if it was possible. Until today. <br><br> The Corsair H100 is without question the highest performing all in one cooler on the market, outperforming the D14 by around a single degree under full, overclocked load. Obviously some test results might vary a little, but the only way to test these coolers is to crank then to the limit with the hottest running CPU on the market today – Intel's Core i7 990X."   /corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/blog_corsair-weekly-review-round-up-maximum-hydro-series-edition-Content-4.png.pagespeed.ic.txnCWxBusL.pngTweak Town, Hydro Series H100 CPU Cooler Review — "In the end I have to go with my gut! Corsair offers one serious option to those who can't afford, or may not want the hassle of planning and mechanical ability needed to build said loop. Looking at it in the broad spectrum, the H100 offers custom water cooling results for less than half the price. Even for those looking for aftermarket cooling to everything in their build, this $100 cooler and just about any aftermarket GPU cooler on the market at $80 or less is still leaving you with over $50 in your pocket, and a lot less hassle if you do have to remove something later than what a typical custom loop restrains you to. If you are in the market for an all-in-one, water cooling solution, there is no reason why you should look at any other solution. For what you get in the Hydro Series H100, even with the loud fans, it isn't any worse than any of the others really. My advice here is dive in with both feet, and if the case is willing, get a H100 installed on your CPU and enjoy similar results to mine!"   /corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/blog_corsair-weekly-review-round-up-maximum-hydro-series-edition-Content-5.pngHardwareHeaven, Force Series™ 3 240GB SATA 3 6Gb/s SSD Review — 10 of 10 Stars — "The Corsair H80 is a great liquid cooling solution. It reached one of the best performances we saw on all air coolers and sealed watercoolers that we tested so far. It is also not too loud, maintaining the noise at an acceptable level even at full speed."   /corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/blog_corsair-weekly-review-round-up-maximum-hydro-series-edition-Content-6.png.pagespeed.ic.5Nzs9yp9GL.pngTweak Town, Dominator® GT 1.5V 8GB DDR3 Memory Kit with DHX Pro Connector and AirFlow II Fan Review — "The CMT8GX3M2A2133C9 is a really good all round kit that brings something new to the party for Corsair. The slightly relaxed timings are a small trade-off for the higher speed and low voltage on offer, but another real highlight to the kit is the fact it's an 8GB one. And to be honest, moving to 4GB isn't a trade-off you probably want to make, so it's great it's not one that has to be made here."     /corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/blog_corsair-weekly-review-round-up-maximum-hydro-series-edition-Content-7.jpgHardOCP, Enthusiast Series™ TX850 V2 80 PLUS® Bronze Certified 850W PSU Review — "The DC Output Quality of the TX850 V2 today was excellent and posted significant improvements over what we saw from the TX850W just as was the case with the 750W example in the new TX V2 line we previously reviewed. Also like with the TX750 V2, the trace amplitudes of all rails were started off testing at ~10mV. During testing, the minor rails stayed close to this value as they ended up peaking at ~15mV. The 12v rail on the other hand, moved up to ~25mV which really isn't that much more and represents a significant improvement over the TX850W. Incidentally, this also represents an improvement over the Core Edition 850W which is just another feather in this unit's cap. All in all, the DC Output Quality of the TX850 V2 is excellent in all of our testing today."   Neoseeker, Carbide Series™ 400R Mid-Tower Case Review — "All of Corsair's cases are acclaimed for their included features, support, expansion and functionally, so it should come as little surprise that the 400R is yet another excellent case from Corsair that succeeds on all fronts."   Tech Power Up, Carbide Series 400R Mid-Tower Case Review — "Corsair already has gained an excellent reputation for their cases in a considerably short time frame. With all of their cases occupying the higher end segments, the Carbide 400R is coming down below the magical (yes I said it) 100 USD barrier. While you may expect that such a case could have lost most of its appeal and functionality on the way to this milestone when compared to the previous Corsair enclosures, I am happy to report that this is not the case. Corsair has managed to impress in the past and continues to do so with the Carbide 400R. It features an excellent and really cool looking paint job, the same build quality we have seen on the 600T and all the core functionality of their modern case line up."   MNPCTECH video review of the Carbide Series 400R Mid-Tower Case:

  • The most recent information I saw indicateded that there are over 30 million Steam users now. When I last logged in, there was over 3.2 million users online. Those are astounding numbers. And of course I hope they are all Corsair customers! One thing I personally like about Steam is the backup and restore functions. If you do many OS installs or new system builds, I'm sure you know what I mean. But, I'm also sure that there are some people that do not utilize this feature or may not even know it's there. It's super easy to use so let's take a look at it. I'll start this out with an admission. Yes, I am a Steam user. And, the more I use it, the more I like it. If you check the Wikipedia information you’ll find this: Steam is a digital distribution, digital rights management, multiplayer and communications platform developed by Valve Corporation. It is used to distribute games and related media online, from small independent developers to larger software houses. Steam also has community features, automated game updates, and in-game voice and chat functionality. As of July 2011, there are over 1,300 games available through Steam, and over 30 million active user accounts.  One specific feature of Steam that I like is the backup and restore function. If you have ever done a clean OS install followed by a new Steam install, you probably realize that there are 2 ways restore your games. The slow time consuming way is to download each and every game all over again. Even with a fast internet connection, this is a long slow process. If you own a lot of games via Steam, it can be incredibly time consuming. This is why I use the Steam backup and restore feature. Running this feature allows you to store a local backup of all of your Steam games. This means you can backup at the speed of your storage subsystem which is exponentially faster than downloading multiple gigs of games again. Situations like this are where storage augmented with Corsair SSDs really shine. The backup and storage feature is easy to use and can be found under the Steam tab, Backup and Restore Games option. Let’s take a look at the Backup feature first. Since we’re beginning with a backup, select the that option then select NEXT.   The utility will allow you to select the games you want to backup. Once you have made your selections, select NEXT.   The next step is to select the directory where you wish to store your backup. Use the BROWSE feature and select your backup volume. If you are storing your backup on a separate drive, you may need to create a new folder so you can keep up with the backups. Once you have selected your backup location, you will need to decide how you wish to break up your files. They can be broken up into 640MB sections for storage on CDs, 4.7GB for DVD, or set to a custom file size. If you want 1 large file, simply set your file size to the overall backup size indicated by Steam. Once you select next, your backup has started. The time will vary depending on the speed of your machine and mostly upon the speed of your storage subsystem. Restoring Steam is just as easy as backing up. The restoration will depend on the speed of your drive where you choose to restore. Once again, this is where fast SSDs really show their worth. This time, we’ll select Restore a previous backup. Navigate to the directory where the backup is stored using the BROWSE option. Select your backup that you'd like to restore. Once you find your backup file, select NEXT and Steam will restore the games you have selected and do it much faster than if you downloaded all the games again. We hope this has been helpful. I do a lot of system builds and OS installs so this is an extremely helpful feature for me. And trust me, it is so much and faster when you are using SSDs. This means more fragging and less lagging waiting on your games to download.

  • The Hydro Series™ H100 is the new top of the line all enclosed water cooling CPU coolers from Corsair. The H100 is similar to other Hydro Series CPU coolers from Corsair with a few exceptions, the main one being that the H100 uses a longer 240mm radiator. Luckily all of Corsairs PC cases will support the H100 and this blog will serve to illustrate the process. We will be installing it in our Carbide Series™ 400R mid-tower case. First, it’s a good idea to lay out your components and make sure you have everything you will need for your particular CPU socket. The H100 supports the following CPU sockets right out of the box: Intel: LGA, 775, 1155, 1156, 1366 2011 AMD: AM2, AM3     In this build we will be using an EVGA P55 motherboard which uses the 1156 socket. The H100 comes out of the box with the Intel bracket already attached, so we are ready to move on to the next step. If you are mounting the H100 on an AMD socket, you will want to unscrew the Intel bracket that is already mounted to the cooling unit, and then screw in the AMD bracket. There are 4 screws, 2 on each side which are outlined in the picture below.     The backplate on the H100 is adjustable and can be configured for any of the supported socket types. Just slide the pins on the bracket so that they align with the holes on the motherboard and then use the double-sided mounting bolts to secure it into place. With the 400R’s CPU backplate cutout, you can apply the bracket without having to remove the motherboard from the case.     The mounting bolts serve two purposes, one is to secure the backplate to the motherboard, the other is to give you a mounting point for your CPU cooling unit and bracket. In the picture below you will see two out of four of the mounting bolts are already installed and circled in yellow.     Now that the backplate is secure, we will mount the radiator. It will be easier to mount the radiator first, and then the CPU cooling unit, rather than the other way around. In the Carbide Series 400R there is a large mounting area for the H100 in the top of the case. With the 400R, it may be easier to install he fans on the radiator before installing the radiator inside the case, thats the way that I have done it. Once the fans are mounted, hold the radiator up to the top of the case and align the 8x mounting holes. You will then use the 8x 10mm screws to secure the radiator and fans to the roof of the case.   /corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/blog_installing-the-hydro-series-h100-in-the-carbide-400r-Content-4.jpg%20     The correct order for screwing in the radiator screws is Screw > Washer > Case > Radiator.     Every Corsair fan will show you both the direction of airflow and the direction which the fan blades will spin. Look closely on the sides of the fan for two arrows pointing in these directions.     The fan direction with the H100 is optional, and dependent on how many exhaust fans you already have, the key is to have a good balance of intake versus exhaust. In most configurations with the H100 we would recommend using the fans as exhaust, which we will be doing with the 400R.     Once the radiator, fans and backplate are mounted, it is time to mount the CPU cooling unit. Simply line up the pins with the holes on the CPU bracket and tighten it down with the supplied thumb screws. The H100 comes with thermal material already applied to the CPU cooling unit. When you are ready to mount the CPU cooling unit, remove the plastic shielding that covers the thermal material and use the 4x thumbscrews to secure it to the mounting bolts that we used to secure the backplate earlier.         Now that the unit is mounted, we will want to plug in power cables for both fans and the pump. The H100 has an integrated 4-fan hub which is where you will want to plug in your H100 fans. This is outlined in yellow in the picture below.     Plugging the fans directly into the integrated 4-fan hub allows you to select from 3 different fan speed profiles which control fan RPM based on the coolant temperature within the H100. The 3 profiles are Quiet, Balanced, and Performance, and are indicated by the LED display on the H100, you can see a chart showing the relationship between fan speed and coolant temperature for each profile in the picture below.     The final step is to plug in the power cable for the pump. The power cable for the pump has two connectors, one will plug directly into your PSUs 4-pin peripheral cable, and the other will plug directly into your motherboards CPU 4-pin fan header. The H100 is powered by the 4-pin peripheral cable, while the 3-pin fan header sends pump RPM information to your motherboards BIOS.     Now the Hydro Series H100 is completely installed and there is still plenty of room to fill up all the motherboards DIMM slots with some of our tallest Vengeance memory, which measures 52mm in height.  

  • Hexus, Vengeance™ Low Profile White — 1.35V 8GB Dual Channel DDR3 Memory Upgrade Kit Review — "Our advice to most consumers would be to choose a reputable brand and pick up an 8GB, CL9 kit that'll do 1,600MHz at low voltage. It's a future-proof configuration that hits a sweet spot of price and performance, and it's perfectly realised by Corsair's Special Edition Arctic White Vengeance LP."   /corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/blog_corsair-weekly-review-round-up-twice-the-oc3d-videos-edition-Content-2.pngTechRadar, Force Series™ 3 120GB SSD Review — Four out of Five Stars — "One hundred and seventy English pounds for a 120GB SSD powered by the latest SandForce SF-2200 controller and 25nm NAND flash memory? Looks like a bit of a bargain, particularly compared to 120GB-ish drives with the Marvell 9174 controller, such as the Intel 510 and Plextor M2S."   Neoseeker, Hydro Series™ H100 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler Review — "Looking beyond the size and price, the H100 is simply amazing. It offers best-in-class performance and just looks epic when installed. On top of this, it has options to increase or decrease the fans' RPM levels in real-time, supports Corsair's upcoming Link platform, and can accommodate up to four 120mm fans."   Overclock3D, Hydro Series H100 Review — "The fact you can still turn the H100 down easily is in my eyes its trump card, because its roughly a 4-6c increase but with a massive reduction in noise. So you can set your system up with some hefty over-volts and overclocks for 24/7 and still be able to keep things cool and quiet but with a flick of a switch you can unleash the full cooling power for those silly bench runs and even higher over volts that you would not want to be running 24/7."   , Carbide Series™ 400R Mid-Tower Case Review:   

  • AMD recently launched their AMD Fusion™ APU's which integrate a GPU on the CPU. You might be asking yourself what is an APU? It is AMD's new Accelerated Processing Unit that combines a CPU and GPU on one chip. The GPU on the APU chip shares the system memory with the CPU. This makes memory frequency crucial to get the most out of your integrated GPU. Gigabyte™ posted some results they got when they tested an AMD A8350 APU on a GIGABYTE A75-UD4H using Corsair Dominator® GT memory. They tested four different DirectX 11 titles with five different memory frequencies ranging from 1333MHz to 2400MHz. In one case going from the default 1333MHz to 2400MHz they almost doubled their frame rates! PC Perspective ran some tests with Corsair Dominator DDR3 memory with their modules clocked all the way up to 1866MHz. All five gaming tests saw an increase in frames per second when overclocking the memory. Here is what Ryan Shrout of PC Perspective had to say: "Look at those AMD results, the differences are actually quite impressive. The boost from 1333 to 1600 MHz produced the most dramatic results though the jump to 1866 MHz (but at slightly slower timings) still brought performance up." From the results above you can see high speed memory makes a large impact on the graphics performance using AMD's new chips. Motherboard manufacturers like Gigabyte have options on their AMD boards supporting frequencies up to 1866MHz and even 2400MHz when overclocked! Add in some high frequency Corsair Dominator or Vengeance™ DDR3 memory modules and you can get the best performance when using the integrated GPU on AMD's APU.

  • In May, we created a video that demonstrates how to upgrade a power supply and a video card. Since it was aimed at beginning and intermediate PC users, we chose a system that's a popular choice for a first computer — a Dell Inspiron. We couldn't leave well enough alone, so we've tricked out the Inspiron again, this time with a 120GB Force Series™ 3 SSD and eight gigabytes of Vengeance™ Low Profile memory. The performance improvement is dramatic. Along the way, we discovered that the Inspiron desktop PC doesn't quite conform 100% to industry standards, but we were able to work around it pretty easily. If you're like many of our customers, you've already moved past the pre-built PC stage and you're comfortable assembling systems from the ground up. Creating this video was fun, because it allowed us to get back to the basics and show off the power of system upgrades to viewers who haven't yet worked up the courage to perform their own upgrades. And, it's always satisfying to see some amazing results with just a little work with a screwdriver.

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