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  • Hello everyone! We’ve heard your requests and are excited to announce that we now have a plug-in which allows ASUS’s Aura Sync to control the lighting effects of your CORSAIR VENGEANCE RGB PRO or DOMINATOR PLATINUM RGB modules! Follow these steps to enable this feature. Download from https://www.corsair.com/downloads: Latest version of iCUE Aura Sync Plug-in Download from ASUS: Latest version of Aura Sync Installation Install/update iCUEIf updating requires restarting your system, do this now Install the Aura Sync plugin Open iCUE, click the “Settings” tab at the top of the window,then click the icon for your system memory (1) Click “Enable full software control” (2) In Aura Sync, click the link/unlink button under the DRAM icon;when linked, the icon will change to white When asked if you want to save changes, click “Yes” Your CORSAIR VENGEANCERGB PRO or DOMINATOR PLATINUM RGB memory modules should now be controlled by ASUSAura Sync! Have fun! FAQ Which CORSAIR memory modules does this plug-in work with?This plug-in is made specifically for use with CORSAIR VENGEANCERGB PRO or DOMINATOR PLATINUM RGB modules While Asus Aura Sync is running with the iCUE plug-in, can Istill use iCUE to control my other CORSAIR RGB products?Yes, the plug-in only grants control of your RAM modules to AsusAura Sync. All your other CORSAIR RGB products, like keyboard, mouse, etc, willstill be controlled through iCUE. After installing the iCUE plug-in and “linking” CORSAIR DRAM inAsus Aura Sync, can I still use iCUE to control my CORSAIR RGB memory modules?No, iCUE will not control the lighting on your CORSAIR RGBmemory modules while DRAM is “linked” in Asus Aura Sync. How do I revert back to using iCUE to control my CORSAIR RGBmemory modules?If you want to revert to iCUE for controlling your CORSAIR RGBmemory modules, simply click the link/unlink button under DRAM in Asus AuraSync; the button will turn red indicating the DRAM is unlinked. In iCUE, clickthe “Settings” tab and at the bottom of the window click the “Restart” buttonto restart the iCUE service. Your memory modules should now be controlled byiCUE again.  

  • As technology advances, the demand for more efficient devices also increases. We at CORSAIR have always prided ourselves with our highly efficient and reliable power supply units, from the most budget friendly CX models to our top of the line AX series. However, there will always be new specifications that emerge to further drive the industry toward a greener tomorrow.   We continually strive to be on the leading edge, working closely with Intel to ensure we meet and exceed the power efficiency requirements in their Power Supply Design Guides. The newest iteration of this design guide introduces a host of changes that CORSAIR is planning on supporting.   We understand that a lot of the detailed technical information might make some of your eyes glass over, so let’s talk about what’s most likely to affect you. But, for the sake of brevity, here’s a shortlist of what CORSAIR is focusing on.  Support for Microsoft’s “Modern Standby Mode”  Update for Low Load Efficiency requirements  Some regions have added restrictions on efficiency both minimum and low load efficiency  In CA, the CA Energy Commission (CEC) has introduced new restrictions on built systemsIn 2019 – at 10% load, efficiency of at least 60% In 2020 – at 10% load, efficiency of at least 70% Finished PCs from system integrators (e.g. CyberpowerPC) cannot be shipped to CA unless the PSU is at least 80 PLUS Gold certified with the aforementioned low load efficiency  Modern Standby Mode  Microsoft and Intel have introduced a new low power state, aptly named “Modern Standby.” Modern Standby is being introduced as a replacement for the current S3 sleep state, aiming to offer people a better user experience for their desktop or laptop PCs while maintaining power savings that benefit the environment.   Systems using S3 sleep state are either asleep or in the working state. With Modern Standby, your PC is never always 100% asleep and is designed to mimic smartphone operation with your PC residing in a low power idle state that periodically, every 20 seconds or so, checks for emails or notifications until awakened. After waking it would nearly immediately shift to a full-power, working state with all your relevant data (e.g. emails, notifications, or Windows updates) at your fingertips.   Ultimately, the goals are to maintain energy efficiency of computer systems, allow your computer to be connected during sleep, and decrease the amount of time a user waits before they may use their system to its fullest. Currently, it takes between 7 to 15 seconds to awaken a computer from the S3 sleep state, where Modern Standby aims to reduce that to <5 seconds, even faster in most cases.  What is CORSAIR doing to meet these requirements?  CORSAIR is always looking to improve the PC experience for our users, and that includes creating more efficient, reliable, and more responsive components. To achieve this, we updated component choices to enable faster timing communication from the PSU to the motherboard and CPU which will significantly decrease the amount of time a system boots from power button press to its active state. We extensively reviewed reliability and PSU designs to ensure that adding tens of thousands more power cycles would not any cause problems. We also worked closely with Intel and system integrator partners to hone the specification, further ensuring our compliance.   When and where will Modern Standby be available?  Modern Standby will be available with next generation Intel CPUs and chipsets for PCs running the newest version of Windows 10. Check back regularly for news on the newest up and coming tech from CORSAIR! Thanks for reading! 

  • If you’re a gamer or just like to follow gaming news, there’s no doubtyou’ve heard of the new battle royale sensation, Apex Legends, and its rapidrise to success. Here at CORSAIR HQ, which resides somewhere between Artilleryand Bunker, there are a bunch of us who regularly take up arms and battle itout to be champions. With the game’s large variety of weapons, upgrades, andlegends to choose from, your mouse should match your playstyle. I asked some ofour own staff which mouse/mice they preferred and why. Read on to see what ourown legends have to say! First Name: Donia<br>Position at CORSAIR: Customer Service Representative<br>Preferred Legend: Lifeline<br>Preferred Mouse: White M65 RGB Elite <br>Why? I really like this mouse a lot because not only is it SOOOO pretty – But it’s the perfect size for me. I have small/medium sized hands, and a lot of other mice don’t fit my hands well. I like when my mouse is simple and just gets the job done. The sniper button is GENIUS; I also play League of Legends, so I can play with super high sensitivity at times. Using the sniper button to slow down to aim has literally saved my life in game. Overall, it’s a good, simple mouse that really gets the job done. <br> Name: James<br>Position: Technical Support <br>Preferred Legend(s): Bloodhound and Octane <br>Preferred Mouse/Mice: White M65 RGB Elite <br>Why? I love the feel and looks of this mouse. It sits comfortably in my hand and I’m able to easily reach the side buttons. I typically rebind the sniper and side buttons, which allows me to sprint, heal, or drop kick someone with the greatest of ease. <br> Name: Kevin<br>Position: Technical Marketing <br>Preferred Legend(s): Lifeline or Bangalore <br>Preferred Mouse/Mice: Glaive RGB or White M65 RGB Elite<br>Why? I love the Glaive’s shape, large thumb buttons, easy to read DPI indicator, and interchangeable thumb rests. All of these give me a comfortable, firm grip, and makes it easier to frag out. The white M65 RGB Elite feels super snappy, it’s easy to clean, and with the updated thumb buttons, it feels better than ever. Oh, and aesthetically speaking? OOF. It’s a beauty. <br> Name: Phil <br>Position: Technical Marketing – Elgato <br>Preferred Legend: Bangalore <br>Preferred Mouse/Mice: Black M65 RGB Elite <br>Why? The shape and size of the mouse are really nice, and it fits well in my hand, which is the most important aspect of a gaming mouse to me. <br> Name: Scott <br>Position: Video Producer <br>Preferred Legend: Pathfinder <br>Preferred Mouse/Mice: Harpoon Wireless <br>Why? I’ve always liked smaller/ lighter mice, especially for FPS games. I mainly play wired at my desk, but I also have my PC running to my 4K TV in the living room. The Harpoon wireless lets me quickly unplug and move to my K63 Lapboard combo. Name: Steggy<br>Position: Marketing Manager – Elgato <br>Preferred Legend(s): Mirage <br>Preferred Mouse/Mice: Glaive RGB <br>Why? The Glaive seems to be that sort of classic mouse shape, and the customizable side panel allows the mouse to be enjoyed by people who prefer different styles of mice. Some people like thumb rests, whereas I just want a simple side with grip, and the Glaive gives that to me. In addition to these responses, we also collected some data of other Apex Legends fans around the office. Below, in our ultra-scientific bar graph, you can get a visual representation of which mice our own legends prefer. From the collected responses, it appears that the M65 RGB Elite is the champion for Apex Legends fans at CORSAIR HQ! This was data collected from a small sample of us who have been bitten by the Apex Legends bug at the office. Just like the game gives you a wealth of weapons to choose from, CORSAIR offers plenty of options for mice, except you’re not at the mercy of RNG. On that note… has anyone found a Precision Choke? What’s your favorite CORSAIR mouse to use for Apex? Let us know below!

  • So you got your hands on the awesome new CORSAIR K83 Wireless. Sure, it looks and feels amazing, but you bought it because you want the best in media control for home entertainment. We’re going to help you set it up so you can kick back and relax knowing you’ve got all your media at your fingertips. Initial Setup: Out of the Box Out of the box, your K83 Wireless and the included USB dongle are already paired together, so you can use it as soon as you plug the dongle in to your PC and turn the keyboard on, but there are a few things you should know. First, you’ll want to make sure to fully charge the keyboard. Next, in order to the install the proper drivers and ensure you have the latest firmware, you need to plug both the dongle and keyboard into open USB ports on a PC. For the keyboard, connect using the included USB cable. Once the drivers are installed and firmware is up to date, you can disconnect the USB cable from the keyboard and PC. Now, you should see a “Touchpad” section in Windows Settings > Devices, which will offer some customization. However, for finer adjustment, our powerful iCUE software is the perfect tool to tailor the K83 Wireless exactly how you want it.<br><br> Lastly, since the K83 Wireless is such a versatile device, it’s likely that you’ll want to use it to control media devices like an Amazon Fire TV or Apple TV. If you just want to connect to your favorite media device, move to the next section – Basic Setup. If you want to do some advanced configurations, see the Advanced Setup section further down. Basic Setup: Connecting K83 Wireless to Various Devices Bluetooth Pairing Mode:<br>The K83 Wireless can store two different Bluetooth connections which makes it incredibly easy to use it with multiple devices. To use Bluetooth mode, you must first pair the K83 Wireless to your media device. To do this, hold Fn+F6 or Fn+F7 depending on which connection you want to pair. If you used F6, the LED near the Esc key will flash blue, and if you used F7, it will flash cyan. <br><br>Switching Between Devices:<br> To switch between bluetooth or 2.4GHz, simply press F5, F6, or F7 without the Fn key. The color of the LED near the Esc key will change to white, blue, or cyan, respectively, depending on the connection.<br> Amazon Fire TV Open “Settings” then navigate to “Controllersand Bluetooth Devices” and select “Other Bluetooth Devices” Click “Add Bluetooth Devices” Put your K83 Wireless into pairing mode Select the K83 Wireless from the list of nearbydevices Your Amazon Fire TV and K83 Wireless should nowbe connected Android Mobile Devices Put your K83 Wireless into pairing mode Open Android Bluetooth settingsSome devices may require clicking “Pair new device” or something along those lines Select the K83 Wireless from the list of nearby devices Type the PIN code on the K83 Wireless, then press enter Your Android Device and K83 Wireless should now be connected Android has a built-in cursor, so you can navigate with the joystick or touchpad immediately<br><br>Note: The built-in Android physical keyboard settings show keyboard shortcuts for the operating system and app operations.<br> Apple TV Put your K83 Wireless into pairing mode Open Apple TV settings, then navigate to “Remotesand Devices” Select “Bluetooth” Select the K83 Wireless from the list of nearbydevices If Apple TV might requests that you enter a fourdigit code/PIN, do so Your Apple TV and K83 Wireless should now beconnected Nvidia Shield TV Open Shield TV settings, then navigate to the “Remotes& Accessories” section Select “Add Accessory” Put your K83 Wireless into pairing mode Select the K83 Wireless from the list of nearbydevices Your Shield TV and K83 Wireless should now beconnected Samsung Smart TV Open “Settings” then navigate to “System” andselect “Input Device Manager” Select “Add Bluetooth Keyboard & Gamepad” Put your K83 Wireless into pairing mode Select the K83 Wireless from the list of nearbydevices Select “Pair and connect” Click “OK” once the connection has been made Your Samsung Smart TV and K83 Wireless are nowconnected Note: Due to the number of different models of Samsung TVs, these instructions may differ for your specific model Advanced Setup: Configuring your K83 Wireless with iCUE Once iCUE and the device drivers are installed, open the software. With iCUE, you can configure many different aspects of the K83 Wireless, everything from remapping keys to adjusting touchpad sensitivity. You can also update the firmware to keep the device current and working as smoothly as possible. Device SettingsAt the top of the iCUE window, the Settings tab will open global settings for all iCUE enabled devices on your system Clicking the K83 Wireless icon will display information about your K83 Wireless, such as battery level and brightness, but also gives options such as a configurable auto shutoff, auto LED shutoff, enabling custom gestures, etc. If you need to re-pair your K83 Wireless to the USB donglePut it into 2.4GHz pairing mode by holding Fn + F5 until the LED near the Esc key begins to blink white Once the LED is blinking, click the “Initiate Pairing” button in iCUE and wait until the keyboard connects Once you’ve familiarized yourself with the Settings section, click anywhere outside the Device Settings window to go back to the main iCUE window, then find and click on the device tile for the K83 Wireless. On the left side of the window, there are six (6) sections: Actions, Gestures, Lighting Effects, Calibration, Navigation Control, and Performance. Each of these gives you the ability to configure different aspects of the K83 Wireless. Read on to learn about them! ActionsSet custom actions for any of the standard keyboard keys, such as macros, remaps, and moreClick the “+” button to add a new action to the list Use the drop-down menu to select what action you want a key to perform, then configure the settings for that action Select one of the keys on the image of the K83 Wireless to to use for selected action GesturesTo enable custom gestures in iCUE, click Settings at the top of the iCUE window, then click the “K83 Wireless” icon Next, click the checkbox for “Enable Gestures Customization” Now, navigate back to the main iCUE screen. On the left, you’ll see many options for gestures. By default, all the gestures shown are activated, but use the Windows default actions for these gesturesTo change the action a gesture will perform, select the desired gesture on the left. Then, using the dropdown menu, select one of the actions to perform Lighting EffectsWith Lighting Effects, you can set the brightness of your K83’s backlight, as well as select between no effect, static color, or pulse CalibrationThe calibration option is specifically for the joystick and can help ensure you have a consistent experience when using it. To calibrate, make sure you’re not touching the joystick, then click “Begin Recalibration.” Navigation ControlNavigation control allows you to adjust settings for the navigation inputs, like touchpad pointer speed and joystick sensitivity. Performance Under the performance tab, you can select what behavior you want from the F-Lock button, whether that’s disabling the Windows key, touchpad, etc. Now that you’re all connected, what are you waiting for? Watch your favorite show, browse the web, play a game! Whatever it is you plan to do, the K83 Wireless will be the perfect companion for your home entertainment setup. If you have any other questions, suggestions, or comments, join us on our community forums, Discord Server, or Reddit. Thanks!

  • Most modern cases include a power supply cover or shroud that cleans up the internal look of your PC by hiding things such as your PSU cables and drive cages. However, some cases don’t include this or you may want to upgrade your existing case with one, so I will show you how to make one on your own! For this guide, we’re going to use a build in the Carbide Series SPEC-04 Tempered Glass case. As you can see in the image above, it’s a great budget case with an open internal layout with the PSU and cables visible. A PSU shroud would be an easy mod to do to for this case and would help clean things up. First, I put together a quick mockup using cardboard. Cardboard is a great way to quickly prototype parts like a PSU cover which can be hard to visualize. Next, I measured how wide the cover needed to be. Then I measured the length, which can change based on your fan configuration in the front or any other parts that may get in the way. Finally, I measured the height, which we’ll add to the width to figure out how big a piece we’ll need to cut out, adding a few extra millimeters for the bend. I marked out the measurements on a sheet of 2mm thick aluminum. This was later cut out with a jigsaw and the edges filed down with regular hand files and sandpaper. Take the height from the measurements again and mark out on the sheet of aluminium, this will help when doing the bend. I used a sheet bender for this. This is how the part ended up looking after the bend, however I did not want it to be raw aluminum… …so I spray-painted it white. If you’re interested in the process I used, I covered spray-painting parts in a previous blog post. Mounting the cover is very straightforward, I did not want any screws to be seen so I used 3M double-sided tape and mounted the cover to the PSU itself. This is how it ended up looking mounted, much cleaner don’t you think? When the entire project was finished I ended up with a pretty great result, what do you think? Leave a comment and stay tuned for more how-to mod blogs.

  • We recently announced compatibility for a wide selection of our peripherals with the Xbox One as an Xbox licensed hardware partner. Bringing the same high-performance gaming experience that you enjoy on your PC to the Xbox One. Getting Started While you can simply plug and play your mouse and keyboard into your Xbox One, we recommend configuring your peripherals on a PC with our iCUE software. In games that recently added mouse and keyboard support, you may experience some input latency as the developers fine-tune peripheral support, so the below steps will help ensure the best gaming experience. 1. Install iCUE from corsair.com and launch Note: If you already have iCUE installed, update to the latest version if prompted 2. Go to the settings panel and click the device you wish to modify for Xbox One 3. Click “Update” firmware to ensure your device is up-to-date 4. Click the “Polling rate” drop down box and select “125 Hz / 8 msec” Note: This is recommended especially for mice to reduce visible lag in certain games While in iCUE you may wish to configure your mouse sensitivity through the DPI tab on the left. If your mouse or keyboard have onboard storage for hardware profiles, you can also save lighting and other settings directly to your peripherals so that they’re available to you when you’re connected to your Xbox One console. Going Wired<br> Connecting a set of wired peripherals to the Xbox One is simple. If your keyboard has a USB pass-through, plug both USB cables into the back of your Xbox One console and plug your mouse into the pass-through port. If you have a stereo CORSAIR headset such as the VOID Stereo and HS50, or a headset with a removable USB adapter such as the VOID PRO Surround and HS60, you can plug the three-pole 3.5mm jack directly into your Xbox One controller’s headset port or the headset port on the back of the console to enable game audio and voice chat. Going Wireless Wireless peripherals such as the K63 Wireless keyboard and DARK CORE RGB Wired / Wireless mouse may also be used with the Xbox One. Ensure that both peripherals are in 2.4GHz wireless mode (not Bluetooth) and plug their respective wireless receivers into available USB ports on the Xbox One console. For best performance, use the provided USB cable adapter and the charging/data cable so that you can position the USB receivers in clear view of their respective peripherals. (For more information, check out our blog on getting the best wireless performance). NOTE: DARK CORE currently supports Minecraft and an update will be released soon to enable better compatibility with other Xbox One games. Going wireless allows for more flexibility, letting you clear your desk of unnecessary cable clutter, or allowing you to take advantage of our K63 Wireless gaming lapboard accessory. The K63 Wireless gaming lapboard securely houses your K63 Wireless keyboard and provides a cloth gaming surface for the DARK CORE RGB mouse, providing the ultimate setup to enjoy gaming with a keyboard and mouse from the comfort of your couch. Game On! And that’s it! We’re excited to help bring the ultimate keyboard and mouse experience to the Xbox One. For more information, please make sure to check out our detailed compatibility list. Happy gaming!

  • When using your PC, whether it’s fragging in your favorite FPS title, casting spells in the latest expansion of a popular MMORPG, or engaging in a heated debate on Reddit, there is one constant ⎼ your keyboard is the primary input method and link between you and your rig. Your keyboard and its keycaps have to feel good, look good, and not crack under the pressure. Fortunately, CORSAIR offers high quality ABS keycaps with our keyboards, as well as a PBT Doubleshot keycap upgrade for power users and those looking to refresh their favorite keyboard. So, just what does this all mean? Keep reading to find out, as we take a look at the differences between ABS and PBT, and discuss how keycaps are produced! ABS – What is it? ABS or polyacrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene is a very versatile polymer used in a wide range of applications. It’s also the most commonly used plastic for keycaps. ABS is relatively strong, lightweight, and easy to work with, making it an ideal candidate for mass production. ABS is the industry standard for keycaps, and a great choice for most people. However, ABS can wear down over time and become “shiny”, and it is slightly more prone to discoloration from UV light or solvents like acetone. From a manufacturing standpoint, ABS keycaps are single injection molded and either dyed or screen-printed the desire color. Then, the legends are either screen-printed or laser-etched to the surface of the keycap. PBT Doubleshot – What is it? PBT or polybutylene terephthalate is a polymer that’s often used as an electrical insulator, for example, in automotive electrical connectors, but it also has many other uses. PBT has very high wear resistance and it’s also resistant to UV discoloration, which are both highly desirable qualities for parts under constant use, such as keycaps for a keyboard. PBT also has a slightly grainy texture (shown below), and since it’s very wear resistant, the keys won’t become shiny and smooth under normal use. Enlarged to show texture of PBT material Now that you know a little bit about the material, let’s discuss the molding process used for our premium keycaps. Typically, keycaps are injection molded from one plastic, translucent for backlit keyboards or opaque for non-backlit keyboards. After molding is complete, the keycaps are dyed. In contrast, our PBT Doubleshot keycaps use a “doubleshot” molding process where the base plastic is injection molded, then another plastic, usually in another color and opacity, is molded over the base. Don’t let the term “doubleshot” fool you; more than two colors may be used. Shown below is the underside of our premium keycaps. Notice the translucent plastic making up the connector stem and underside of the top plate, while the rest of the keycap is opaque white. Underside of PBT Doubleshot keycaps Benefits of Upgrading to PBT As mentioned earlier, there are some major benefits when upgrading to our PBT Doubleshot keycaps. First, PBT’s wear resistance is much higher than ABS plastic, and this ensures the texture of the keycaps remains intact for a long time. Another benefit is the “doubleshot” molding process which means the lettering and texture stand up better to heavy usage. The biggest benefit is refreshing a keyboard you love with a simple and inexpensive upgrade, rather than springing for a whole new keyboard. Replacing the keycaps is a quick process, especially since the keycap set includes a keycap puller, and many people end up preferring the feel of the PBT keycaps after they’ve upgraded. What’s Best for You? Are you a casual gamer or light PC user? ABS is probably going to suit you just fine. Are you a heavy/power PC user or a hardcore gamer? PBT might be a better choice, since your keycaps are under heavy, constant use. Where to Buy We offer our PBT Doubleshot keycaps in black and white in our online store. Both colors have a translucent base layer and are compatible with most of our RGB keyboards. Additionally, the beautiful K70 RGB Mk. 2 SE includes the white PBT Doubleshot keycaps (shown below), which can also be found in our online store. K70 RGB MK.2 SE What’s Included? Our PBT Doubleshot keycap sets come in full 104/105 configurations to cater to users who want either US ANSI or International ISO layouts, and includes a keycap puller to make the upgrade quick and easy. Full 104/105 Configuration Keycaps Included As always, thanks for reading and happy gaming!

  • It’s not often we see an insane concept such as the three-headed gaming beast, King Ghidorah.  Cameron Watkins, the mastermind behind this stunning creation, was kind enough to share some of his thoughts regarding planning out and building such a complex system. Who are  you? My name is Cameron Watkins, I’m a case modder from Dallas, Texas.  My full time job is that of a software developer, but I really enjoy just about everything computer related.  Getting my own computer at a young age led me to wanting to make my own games, which lead me to building my own computer which lead me to more programming, and the cycle just repeated itself and here I am.  I started off getting into modding when my brother started a business and got a laser cutter.  I realized with a laser cutter I could easily design cases and make pieces for computer builds.  I started off with several simple acrylic designs, then made a computer with a functioning fish tank, and now tried my hand at a mobile LAN party system with this build. Why are you building this? I built a smaller version of this for QuakeCon last year, meant for two players, while I had trouble with the actual virtualization at the time with Ryzen being so new, I was given the opportunity to go bigger with Threadripper.  Around the same time many of the bugs that hindered the last build on the software side were fixed, so I knew what I had to do, go big or go home!  With the concept of scaling up three gamers I looked around for a visual theme and somehow came back to King Ghidorah from the Godzilla movies.  Growing up my best friend had a lot of Godzilla toys and I remember King Ghidorah being one of my favorites.  I think Gigan was actually my favorite, but he didn’t fit the bill for this build.  With sixteen cores and being able to reasonably sit three people next to each other, the mobile LAN party idea solidified as three games each with four cores and the last four cores for a dedicated server (and host). How does CORSAIR hardware make this build possible? CORSAIR is most of the build honest. RAM, SSDs, Power supply, Case, Fans.  It’s everything but the GPU, motherboard, and watercooling!  Functionality, I knew some of the hardware that I needed to use, a Threadripper 1950x and three RX480s.  Next was to find monitors that pair well, after looking around for something large enough to be enjoyable but small enough to not be silly, I settled on some 21.5 inch screens. King Ghidorah is gold, and when I mean gold I mean solid gold.  I needed RGB and lots of it. The HD120s have an excellent sparkle look, with strong LEDs that aren’t hidden behind frosting and with the CORSAIR Commander PRO, I was actually able to run eight fans, temperature probes in the watercooling loop The next issue was deciding on the RAM, the Zen architecture is a little finicky with RAM, but that was no problem for this CORSAIR VENGEANCE LPX 2933MHz.  And as much as RGB can help with this build, I also wanted it to be grounded in gold, physical gold, something that looked like King Ghidorah’s scales.  CORSAIR VENGEANCE LPX fit the bill perfectly.  With a simple mod aided by a gold sharpie, a solid black stick was transformed. The last component to pick was the power supply, running three dedicated gaming stations means powering three dedicated gaming stations. Simple napkin math quickly showed that this was going to be drawing close to 1000 watts, even with relatively power efficient components.  The RM1000x saved the day, providing good, clean power at a 80+ gold rating (ha ha gold) with modular cables, exactly what this build needed. What sort of obstacles did you overcome during the planning and building process? Fitting this many components into a relatively small case was a challenge, most of the build problems were a matter of getting everything to fit within the case itself.  The case is spacious but with that the custom watercooling I had an interesting problem, the water block I was using for the CPU had the inlet on the right side and could not be re-orientated.  My options for routing looked something like this: I decided on the left layout meaning I needed four pass-throughs to the back of the case.  After a lot of drilling and dremeling, I had a path to the back of the case through a clean pass-through plate that I made.  Even with the triple hard drive cage directly behind my top two holes I was able to go through it and still leave it functioning with room for two disks! And the pass-through plate turned out amazingly after getting V1tech’s aid in printing on it. The last issue I was afraid of turned out to not even be an issue, with this many components in a case, there is a lot of cabling.  But this case is a double wide, where the back side has a lot of empty space.  That coupled with the Commander PRO made cable management a lot less of an issue, sure there were a lot of cables, but I didn’t have to be too neat with them, at least not on the back side.  Everything had room and it was easy to close it all back up. So how does it run? Mission accomplished? The build runs really well. Sixteen cores is more than I knew what to do with at first so with the help of 64GB of CORSAIR VENGEANCE LPX RAM, I knew it would be an excellent platform for virtualization.  As defined by Wikipedia, “virtualization refers to the act of creating a virtual (rather than actual) version of something, including virtual computer hardware platforms, storage devices, and computer network resources.”  With that many CPU cores, RAM, and GPUs, I wanted to scale up my idea of a mobile LAN party.  This really is a no compromise, all-in-one solution.  It offers an excellent 1080p, up to 75hz, FreeSync, gaming experience without having to sacrifice on the muscles to get real tasks done.  Each user gets four cores and eight threads with 16GB of RAM, along with their very own AMD Radeon RX 480. What would you like to try building next? My last two builds have been rather large with monitors directly attached to the case to allow for a one step mobile LAN party, but I’ve realized while it’s one step, it’s really difficult to move such a massive, heavy construction.  I think my next project will be to go back to my roots.  I’ve always loved small builds, but I’m not one to like compromising on performance.  I loved the possibilities offered by PCI Express bifurcation, which is literally splitting PCI Express lanes.  In this context I mean using a riser cable to turn a mini-itx motherboard’s one 16x slot into two 8x slots.  I did that in my previous project “HailFire” but this time instead of just running a multiple GPU set up, I think a utility PCIe device and a GPU would be a more practical solution.  That said, I really enjoy watercooling, so I’m sure it will involve a good amount of that.

  • Unplug & Play is the tagline for our new family of wireless gaming peripherals, starting with our recently announced K63 Wireless gaming keyboard, the K63 Wireless Gaming Lapboard, and Dark Core RGB wireless gaming mouse. These awesome peripherals enable a truly wire-free living room gaming experience, so we’re going to upgrade our game room at CORSAIR HQ. Our couch setup in the game room is truly a sight to behold, allowing us to demo new hardware like our Unplug & Play lineup as well as hold the occasional Tekken or Street Fighter tournament. Our upgraded setup features an 80” 4K TV powered by our new CORSAIR ONE ELITE. The K63 Wireless SE gaming keyboard features Ice Blue LED lighting, making it a perfect match for our CORSAIR ONE ELITE system, we also made a custom profile in our CUE software to set our DARK CORE RGB gaming mouse to match that same shade of blue for a uniform look once it’s all set up with the K63 Wireless Gaming Lapboard. Since our CORSAIR ONE ELITE sits next to our 80” 4K TV, I took advantage of the extension cable and USB adapter included with our DARK CORE RGB mouse tucked it near the bottom center of the TV. This way we make sure that our DARK CORE RGB’s wireless receiver gets the best signal possible from the mouse which will be further back from the TV on the couch while gaming. For more info on wireless receiver placement, you can check out our blog on it here. Setting up the K63 Wireless Gaming Lapboard is super simple. Just slide the K63 Wireless keyboard in to the cutout tray on your lapboard. Line up the wrist rest tabs and carefully slide the keyboard in. And there you have it! We’re excited to finally be able to cut the cords in our living room setup and game from the comfort of our couch without compromise. For more information about our wireless peripherals, join our community at the CORSAIR User Forum.

  • Last year, we launched CORSAIR ONE to much critical acclaim, earning several industry awards for its compact, quiet, powerful design, and innovative convection-assisted liquid cooling solution for both its CPU and GPU. Today, we’re launching the CORSAIR ONE ELITE and PRO+ which are powered by the latest Intel 8th-generation Core Series processors with a few additional tweaks under the hood. SIX CORES: STREAM+GAME+CREATE The biggest difference between the CORSAIR ONE ELITE and PRO+ models and the previous CORSAIR ONE PRO is a platform upgrade from the Intel Z270 chipset and an 4-core, 8-thread i7-7700K processor to Intel’s new Z370 chipset and the 6-core, 12-thread gaming and multitasking beast, the Core i7-8700K. With a clock speed of up to 4.7GHz (up from the i7-7700K’s 4.5GHz), the i7-8700K in the new CORSAIR ONE ELITE and CORSAIR ONE PRO+ allow you to push out as many frames as their NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti video cards can create for ridiculously high fps gaming or smooth ultra-high definition 4K experiences. It doesn’t stop at gaming though, the CORSAIR ONE ELITE and PRO+ are multi-tasking champions, allowing for smoother experiences for tasks such as rendering massive 3D/video projects, streaming, and even day-to-day tasks such as launching office software and web browsing with an excessive number of tabs open. The CORSAIR ONE ELITE and the CORSAIR ONE PRO+ are housed in the same compact and sleek aluminum chassis and make use of our patented convection-assisted cooling solution for both the processor and video card. The CORSAIR ONE ELITE and PRO+ feature up to 32GB of VENGEANCE LPX DDR4 2666MHz memory (the PRO+ model comes with 16GB of memory) and a 480GB M.2 NVMe SSD that’s supplemented by a 2TB 2.5” SATA HDD for mass storage. Both models of the new CORSAIR ONE are upgradeable with easy access to the memory and an unpopulated 2.5” drive slot for expanding storage as the system grows with you. Here’s a quick breakdown of the specifications of both the CORSAIR ONE ELITE and CORSAIR ONE PRO+:   CORSAIR ONE PRO+  (CS-9000013) CORSAIR ONE ELITE (CS-9000014) CPU Intel Core i7-8700K, Liquid-cooled (6 Cores, 12 Threads, Up to 4.7GHz) Chipset Intel Z370 Memory 16GB (2x8GB) CORSAIR VENGEANCE LPX DDR4-2666 32GB (2x16GB) CORSAIR VENGEANCE LPX DDR4-2666 Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB GDDR5X Liquid-cooled Storage 480GB M.2 NVMe SSD<br> 2TB 2.5” 7mm SATA HDD Power CORSAIR SF500 500W SFX 80 PLUS GOLD @ 50C Network 802.11ac 2x2 Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, Gigabit Ethernet Ports Front: USB 3.1 Gen 1, HDMI 2.0a<br> Rear: PS/2, 2x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1, USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A, USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C, Ethernet, Audio, 2x DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0 Software Windows 10 Home 64-bit<br> CORSAIR LINK<br> PC Doctor Size 200 x 176 x 380 mm (7.9” x 7” x 15”) 7.4 kg (16.3 lbs.) Warranty 2 Years MSRP $2,799 $2,999    The CORSAIR ONE ELITE and CORSAIR ONE PRO+ are both available from our webstore. For more information about CORSAIR ONE, join our community at the CORSAIR USER FORUMS.

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