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  • I was really excited when we released our Carbide 460X case as it has awesome potential for modding and making themed builds, I wanted to do a Overwatch build as that is the game I play the most right now, so I started to think about a design. Gigabyte was really nice and helped out with a GA-Z170X-Designare and a Gigabyte Xtreme Gaming GTX 1060. All the hardware I ended up with was this: Corsair Crystal 460X<br> Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Designare<br> Intel Core i5 6600K<br> Gigabyte Xtreme Gaming GTX 1060<br> Corsair Vengeance RGB<br> Corsair MP500<br> Corsair RM650X<br> Corsair H100i v2<br> Corsair HD120 RGB<br> Corsair Lighting Node PRO Our Vengeance RGB is a really good choice when doing theme builds as it is easy to fit it together with the color scheme you have. As the theme of the build is Overwatch I went for a white-orange color theme. Modguru was nice  again to help out with sleeved cables for our RM650X. We have two other products  that recently was released as well that I am using, our first M.2 SSD, MP500 and our Lighting Node Pro which makes it possible to control our RGB-fans through Corsair Link, it also comes with RGB LED-strips. It is really nice with M.2 SSDs as there is less cables to route in the case. This is how the cable management behind the motherboard ended up like. I mounted one of the RGB LED-strips around the IO-plate on the case, just to make it easier to see in the dark when you need to plug something in. The other RGB LED-strips was installed inside the case to sync up with rest of the theme. Next thing I wanted to do was to cover up the fans on the inside of the case, together with a friend I designed a fan-grill with Corsair and Overwatch logos. It was milled out in clear acrylic. This plate was painted, the small bit in the Overwatch logo was painted orange and the rest white. The PSU cover was also painted white and orange. This was how it ended up looking, I know the fan-grill probably stops some air from the fans, however, this case is extremely open so it did not do any big change in the temperatures. I wanted the front glass to have a Overwatch logo as well, I thought about vinyl at first, but then I decided on engraving it to the glass with a rotary tool. I used something called carbon paper to transfer the logo to the glass. Then I used my rotary tool with a engraving bit to do the engraving, I made a complete guide on how to do engraving that you can find here. When engraving glass though you need to be extra careful and not use any sharp engraving bits, I recommend using the “ball” ones. Remember to engrave on the backside and not the outside too! The top part of the Overwatch logo is orange, which I wanted it to be on the glass as well so I bought an acrylic pen and filled it out. With the three front fans set to white LED the fan-grill really shines up! The RGB LED-strips on the IO-plate looks like this, really useful when its dark. This is how the build ended up looking, for more and better photos, check out the Builders Gallery! If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment.

  • The next evolution of our popular VOID headset lineup is here with the VOID PRO, featuring a slew of upgrades and tweaks under the hood.   The VOID PRO, like the original VOID headset, is available in surround, USB, and wireless versions.These headsets all share the same great basic features: breathable microfiber mesh fabric contoured earcups packed with memory foam for comfort, metal structural components and glass fiber infused plastics for durability, tuned 50mm neodymium drivers for audio quality, a redesigned unidirectional microphone with flexible boom (and included pop filter) for added clarity in-game, and integrated headset volume and microphone controls.   The wired and wireless USB versions of the VOID PRO also feature RGB illumination on the CORSAIR logo present on each earcup which can be adjusted in the CORSAIR UTILITY ENGINE (CUE). Additionally, these two versions of the VOID PRO automatically mute the microphone when you lift the mic boom (the base of the microphone will light up in red when it is muted). So, what’s different? The memory foam cushions on the VOID PRO have been adjusted for more comfort while blocking out more outside noise. The drivers of the VOID PRO have also been tweaked for a better audio experience overall. However, the most obvious difference is that the microphone has been redesigned. This new microphone has increased audio capture quality, allowing you to be heard clearly in-game (the included pop filter is also a nice touch) while also being flexible for easy adjustment. With the latest version of CUE (version 2.16 at the time this blog post was written), you’re able to control all the audio and lighting settings of the VOID PRO USB and wireless easily.   In CUE, we’ve built-in a selection of common audio EQ presets, but you can also create a custom EQ if you wish. We've also got headset/microphone volume sliders along with the Dolby Surround/Stereo toggle.These settings can also be switched through on the fly with the controls on the VOID PRO itself. Simply short press the volume dial in to switch between different EQ profiles or long press the volume dial to toggle between stereo and Dolby Surround modes.   You can also adjust the lighting on the headset to match the rest of your peripherals with the built-in lighting effects. As an added bonus, there are two basic lighting modes that you can apply to any of our CUE-enabled keyboards, VOID PLAYBACK VISUALIZER and VOID MICROPHONE VISUALIZER, which display a customizable audio visualizer effect based on the VOID PRO’s microphone input or audio playback.   The VOID PRO is a product refined by the feedback we’ve gathered from users of the original VOID headset line and its improved comfort and audio quality is sure to keep your head in the game. For more information on where to buy, check it out over on our webstore.

  • NVMe storage is ridiculously fast, but runs pretty hot. While the more common M.2 form factor makes it incredibly easy to install fast storage in cramped spaces, this also leads to higher temperatures which may lead to throttling. Our new NEUTRON NX500 puts super-fast NVMe storage in an add-in-card (AIC) form-factor that stays cool under pressure thanks to its custom-designed heatsink. Looking at the NX500, you’ll quickly notice the massive black aluminum heatsink and backplate as well as its stealthy black shroud. This cooling solution keeps the NX500’s controller nice and cool, peaking at close to 50C when compared to an M.2 drive which can reach temperatures of up to 90C or higher under load. Under the hood, the NX500 is built with multi-level cell (MLC) flash memory which is more reliable and faster than more common triple-level cell (TLC) flash. Installing the NX500 is incredibly easy, simply find an open PCIe slot on your system’s motherboard with at least 4x PCIe Gen 3.0 lanes available, slot the card in, and secure it in place with your cases thumbscrews.     On the OS side, you can optimize the NX500’s performance by ensuring that its write-caching policy is set to “enable write caching” on the device as well as having it set to turn off Windows write-cache buffer flushing.     Additionally, when you first setup the NX500 as a secondary drive, you can setup a MBR partition table with a 1024B alignment and a 4KB allocation unit size.   Now, just how fast is the NX500? It’s ludicrously fast. Topping out at around 2800MB/s and 1300MB/s on sequential reads and writes respectively, the NX500 is an awesome solution for reading and writing large files as fast as possible, though it's important to note that this performance can vary depending on your system configuration. Here’s a quick screenshot from my test bench after running a few quick synthetic benchmarks.. How does this translate to real-world performance? First of all, the NX500 rarely throttles thanks to how cool it stays when under load. Here’s a quick snapshot of NX500 in a test system alongside an identical system that’s using an M.2 SSD (NX500 on the left and M.2 SSD on the right). In gaming, larger game assets can be loaded into memory much faster, however that varies from game to game and the files are generally small enough to not be as effected by the bump in speed, that being said, large file transfers such as video files and other massive workloads can take full advantage of NVMe storage. And that’s pretty much it! The NX500 is a fantastic solution for fast, reliable storage that stays cool and is backed by our 5-year warranty.

  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper features the massive SocketTR4 which ensures that your Threadripper processor is installed in the correct orientation with the appropriate amount of force. Let's take a look at the install process for a Threadripper processor as well as one of our HYDRO SERIES coolers with the new SocketTR4 bracket. Installing Your AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPU:  Taking a look at the socket on our X399 motherboard, you’ll notice 2 blue tabs, the CPU socket cap, the Pin One Triangle, and the CPU load plate screws.   To prep the socket, first unscrew the CPU load plate screws using a T20 bit in 3-2-1 order. The main retention frame will popup since it’s spring-loaded. Gently pull up on the blue tabs so that the CPU rail frame springs up (this is also spring-loaded). You’ll now see a clear CPU carrier frame occupying the rail frame, pull this out by the tab and set it aside.   Now, grab your AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPU and align it with the CPU rail frame.   Gently slide it into place until it clicks into place.   Remove the CPU socket cap to expose the socket’s pins.   Lower the CPU rail frame over the socket until it locks into place with the blue tabs on the socket.   Lower the retention frame into place and hold it down gently. Screw the CPU load plate screws with the T20 bit in 1-2-3 order, be careful to hand tighten these screws evenly so that your CPU is installed with appropriate force.   <br> Installing Your Hydro Series Cooler:<br> AMD Ryzen Threadripper comes with a CPU cooler bracket that’s compatible with our H80i V2, H100i V2, and H115i coolers.   To install this bracket, rotate the cooler’s pre-installed bracket and remove it. Grab the Threadripper cooling bracket and gently insert and rotate it onto your liquid cooler. Take note of the orientation of the bracket in relation to the pump as well as the mounting holes on the SocketTR4.   While our liquid coolers come with pre-applied thermal interface material (TIM) that does the job for Threadripper, we recommend cleaning off the stock TIM and applying TIM directly to the CPU’s IHS (Integrated Heat Spreader) as shown below.   Once the TIM has been applied, gently place the CPU block of your cooler over the socket. Line up with the mounting holes around the socket and secure the pump in place with a standard Philips screw driver.   Don’t forget to plug in the 3-pin lead coming off of the cooler into your motherboard’s CPU_FAN or AIO_PUMP header, as well as connect SATA power if your cooler requires a separate power connection. Then go ahead and install the cooler's USB 2.0 cable. And that's it! Once the rest of your system is built, make sure to set the CPU_FAN header (if you chose to connect the 3-pin connector to it) to 100% or PWM mode if your cooler draws power directly from your motherboard (this is required if your cooler doesn't feature a SATA power connector).   CORSAIR HYDRO SERIES liquid coolers are ready for AMD Ryzen Threadripper, providing excellent cooling performance for AMD's new high end desktop platform. For any questions about AMD Ryzen Threadripper, our HYDRO SERIES coolers or any of our other DIY components, feel free to ask in our User Forums!

  • The Crystal Series 570X RGB tempered glass chassis launched last year to much critical acclaim for its open design that puts everything in your build within view. We’re introducing a new PSU shroud cover plate that allows you to hide away the cables coming from your power supply!   Unboxing the shroud cover, you'll find the shroud cover plate, and some screws.   Installation of the shroud cover is simple. 1. Remove the tempered glass side panel so you can access the internals of the chassis, we also recommend that you remove your graphics card 2. Ensure that there aren’t any large cables or other items blocking the opening of the 570X RGB’s PSU shroud 3. Hold the shroud cover in place inside of the PSU shroud, lining the top screw holes on the shroud and shroud cover 4. Secure the shroud cover with the included screws 5. Adjust angle of the shroud cover as necessary for a clean look And that’s it! You can also take off both side glass panels to make it a bit easier to install to line things up just right. The shroud cover is available now and allows you to cap off the PSU shroud if that’s the look you’re going for in your build.

  • The CORSAIR K95 RGB PLATINUM has been on the market for quite some time now, the feedback from our customers has been stellar, especially from the gaming communities. Besides the fact that the K95 RGB PLATINUM uses 100% Cherry MX RGB switches, the aircraft-grade anodized brushed aluminum frame is one key feature that sets it apart from the competition. The per key RGB backlighting is next to none, allowing you to create virtually any possible lighting effect that you can think of. The K95 RGB PLATINUM feels phenomenal during intense gaming sessions and you can tell that it’s a PREMIUM piece of gaming hardware. Now, I can go all day and talk about the other great features of the K95 RGB PLATINUM, but thankfully if they’re not obvious, they also happen to be printed on the box it comes in. Since the K95 RGB PLATINUM’s debut, I’ve seen all kinds of discussions on the forums and in user reviews, however not many of them cover one cool feature that the K95 RGB PLATINUM has, its integrated cable routing on the underside of the keyboard itself. Let’s go ahead and check it out. Here is a pic of the cable routing channels on the underside of my K95 RGB PLATINUM, each channel crosses the other so that you can route one cable over the other from either side of the keyboard. Pretty cool, right? We’ve got plenty of examples of typical gaming setups at our office which include a wired gaming mouse such as the GLAIVE RGB and a wired gaming headset like the VOID USB. Here’s an example of the kind of cable mess you could potentially run into. For guys like me, who tend to consider themselves as neatfreaks, this wouldn’t pass.Now, let’s take a few minutes and tidy up the cables a bit using the K95 RGB PLATINUM’s integrated cable routing. The following example looks much cleaner and only took two minutes to route the cables for the mouse and headset.  But what does this setup look like underneath the keyboard? Well, here’s what it looks like on the underside.   As you can see the mouse’s cable crosses on one side and the headset’s cable crosses on the other. And there you have it, integrated cable management is a simple, but incredibly useful feature to help create a clean gaming set-up on your desk. If you’re an owner of a K95 RGB PLATINUM who takes pride in your gaming rig (after potentially hours of cable management), why not take the time to make sure the peripherals on your desk are also managed accordingly?

  • Games Done Quick is a charity video game marathon organization that features high-level gameplay by speedrunners to raise money for charities such as Doctors Without Borders and the Prevent Cancer Foundation. To commemorate our partnership for their 2017 Summer Games Done Quick event this year, we've put together a custom gaming PC in a Crystal Series 460X chassis. The custom paint job and laser etching featuring the Games Done Quick logo was done by our friends at Controller Chaos. We've partnered with them before on several custom peripheral projects over the past year and their expertise definitely shows in the custom work done to the 460X chassis.   Once you dig inside the case, you'll notice that we've put together a system that provides everything you need for gaming. We've partnered with Gigabyte who generously provided their AORUS GA-Z270X-GAMING K7 motherboard and AORUS GTX 1060 graphics card for the system. At the heart of the system, we installed an Intel Core i7-7700K cooled by a Hydro Series H100i V2 alongside 32GB of high speed VENGEANCE RGB DDR4 RAM. For our OS drive we used a 120GB Force Series MP500 NVMe M.2 SSD supplemented by a 480GB Neutron XTi SATA SSD for storage of games and programs with a 1TB HDD for mass storage for larger game libraries and other files/programs. Hiding under the custom painted power supply shroud is one of our popular RMx series power supplies, specifically the RM650x, which provides more than enough power for the components currently in the system with enough headroom for overclocking and additional components/upgrades in the future. We also outfitted the power supply with one of our premium cable kits featuring all white cables to go with the theme of the build. Not leaving it at high performance hardware and custom paint/glass, we also paid attention to the lighting in the system. We grabbed one of our new LIGHTING NODE PRO RGB lighting controllers so that we could put together an awesome blue and white light show using the brilliant lighting provided by our HD120 RGB fans and the individually addressable RGB LED strips we've installed in the chassis. The 2017 Summer Games Done Quick run from July 2nd - July 9th and will be raising funds for Doctors Without Borders. To learn more about GDQ check them out at gamesdonequick.com.  

  • RPGs are all about player choice and customization, but some games take that concept a step further. In some games, the addition of moral choices turned the common decision of “Do I want this sword” into the more complex dilemma of “Do I want this sword enough to sacrifice my in-game sister and be condemned by everyone.” It IS a cool sword, though. [Warning, this article contains minor spoilers for the following games: Fable, Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, Mass Effect, Mass Effect 3 and Telltale’s Walking Dead.] Fable The Fable series (specifically looking at the first) laid out the player’s choices in a very black and white fashion. Boiled down to the basics, most choices ended up in mercy or death, righteous or greedy. Based on your decisions your appearance changed to reflect the choice, which resulted in the varying degrees of public worship or fear. Fable’s binary “choice” system was overly simplified, but created a lot of replay value and was one of the first instances of moral dilemmas for gamers. <br>(Art by Brussman) Fallout The wasteland in the Fallout series has always been a place where the player was presented with many crossroads where they could make a quick buck, but often at the expense of the more naive NPCs. Megaton’s fate was like a rite of passage for Fallout 3 but New Vegas explored the ability to join a cause the player thought was right, or at least the one that annoyed you the least. Many choices in these games were fueled by cold, hard caps, but those attempting to role play their very own “White Knight” character had quite a few positive outcomes to fight for. <br>(Video credit: James Osborn) Mass Effect Carrying the weight of past decisions into sequels was one of Mass Effect’s crowning achievements. Gamers either celebrated their wise decision to rescue Ashley back on Virmire or instantly regretted choosing Kaiden. The addition of “Interrupt” moments in conversations added an extra dimension of player choice and more often than not the more radical Renegade options were much more fun than the pacifying Paragon moments. RIP Mordin Solus. <br>(Video credit: Buttwind) Telltale’s Walking Dead Telltale took the binary choices from games like Fable and maniacally laughed. Rather than leave hints that indicate one decision is “good” or “evil,” Telltale litters their games with choices that leave the players wondering if they made the right choice, no matter which path they took. Even one of the writers went on the record saying that ultimately “all choices are equally wrong.” (Photo credit: Gameinformer) Presenting the player with choice is a great way that games like Fable and Mass Effect pushed their players to emotionally invest in the world. Others like some of the Far Cry series, Life is Strange and Witcher 3 contain certain quests that push the player to genuinely think about what's right and wrong, or at least an outlet for wanton destruction. What games presented you with an impossible choice that left you lying awake at night wondering what could have been? Which side did you choose?

  • The Force MP500 provides the breakneck speed of NVMe SSDs in an ultra-compact M.2 form-factor that allows it to be installed in any current PC platform. Here's a quick how-to so you can hit the ground running while making sure your MP500 is performing at its best. To install the Force MP500, you first need to have a motherboard that sports M.2 sockets. These will usually be between the PCIExpress slots on the motherboard (also double check your motherboard manual to ensure that the M.2 sockets support PCIe devices at 4x Gen 3.0, some older motherboards have M.2 sockets that only support SATA-based drives). Remove the Force MP500 from its packaging, you'll notice that it's safely stored in a plastic clamshell. Remove the screw from the M.2 standoff if pre-installed on your motherboard (some motherboards don't have the M.2 standoff and screw pre-installed, so check the contents of your motherboard's packaging in case they come packed-in, rather than pre-installed out of the box) Gently insert the MP500 into the M.2 slot. The M.2 slot is keyed in such a way that the MP500 will only insert one way (if it doesn't go in, don't force it in or else you'll risk damaging the MP500 and/or your motherboard). Press down on the MP500 so that the notch on the left of the drive lines up with the screw hole. Secure the MP500 by reinstalling the screw. And that's it! Now to make sure we've got it going on the OS side. Boot up your PC and go to disk management. You should get a notification that a new unformatted drive has been installed. Follow the prompts and you're good to go! Alternatively, you can use cloning software or do an OS reinstallation to migrate your OS to the Force MP500 if you'd rather have your main OS boot up from your new drive.

  • Cooling and lighting control for a modern system can be convoluted and messy. One program controls your lighting, another controls your fans, and maybe even a third monitors your temperatures. Our CORSAIR LINK software and the new Commander PRO combine these features into a single device and software combo. The Commander PRO is the key to controlling almost every aspect of your build’s cooling and lighting. You can monitor temperatures with the included thermistors, control PWM and DC fans, RGB LED strips, and even connect other CORSAIR LINK USB devices such as our intelligent power supplies and Hydro Series coolers with the integrated USB 2.0 HUB. Connectivity<br> After unboxing the Commander PRO, you’ll notice that it’s surprisingly compact. Measuring in at 133mm x 69mm x 15.5mm with a single internal USB 2.0 cable and SATA power cable.<br> Taking a quick look at the Commander PRO’s onboard connections, you’ll notice the following:<br> 2x RGB LED channel ports<br> 4x Thermal sensor headers<br> 6x 4-pin fan headers<br> 2x USB 2.0 headers Inside the Box<br> The Commander PRO includes the following:<br> 2x RGB LED hub cables<br> 4x Thermal sensors<br> 5x Fan extension cables<br> 2x pieces of mounting tape Physical Installation<br> Installing the Commander PRO is simple, find a flat surface inside your case and stick it in place with the included pieces of double-sided mounting tape. Make sure to plan ahead and pick a location that is reachable by all the fan and LED cables (the included fan extension cables provide added flexibility). Once you have everything connected, you’ll see something like this screenshot when you launch CORSAIR LINK.   Lighting<br> Just like the Lighting Node PRO, the Commander PRO unlocks a plethora of lighting effects that you can sync across your compatible LINK RGB devices, or you can control each device individually for wild effects.  All the classic modes are there, and as of Corsair LINK 4.7 (which you can download here) you’ll have access to:<br> - Sequential<br> - Marquee<br> - Strobing<br> - Visor After you’ve given your build some personality, you’ll want to dive right into temperature sensors and fan control. This is where the Commander PRO really shines.<br><br> Fans and Temps<br> Several preset fan curves can be chosen from to auto adjust fan speeds. However, you can also choose fixed RPM, fixed percentage, and a custom curve mode so you can have your fans set exactly where you want them. For example, if you want a quiet system and your system temperature runs within acceptable limits, you can have the Commander PRO turn off all your system fans with a custom fan curve.   You can assign this curve to multiple fans with the “Copy to” buttons so if you want all your intake fans to dynamically spin up based on your GPU temperature, you can group this configuration to a thermal sensor and using the drop-down menu to the right, copy this configuration to the appropriate fans. There’s no limit to the customization you can do. It’s your build, cool it how you want to.<br><br> Extended Connectivity<br> In addition to all the onboard devices you can plug directly into the Commander PRO, there’s also an integrated USB 2.0 HUB so you can plug in other USB devices that would otherwise take up a USB header on your motherboard. This is especially handy if you want to have one of our intelligent power supplies or Hydro Series liquid cooler plugged into a single USB header.<br><br>Mapping out Your System<br> Once you have all your devices connected and configured, you can create a map of your system by going to the “Configure” tab in CORSAIR LINK. You’ll be able to pick an empty view of your chassis (with a selection of CORSAIR cases available to choose from) or you can upload your own image of your case.<br> You can then drag and drop items from the sidebar to the left to their appropriate position on your case image. You can see I went ahead and put my fans, temperature sensors, and lights all where they should be in my Vengeance C70.   The Commander PRO combines powerful fan controls and advanced lighting modes into a single device powered by CORSAIR LINK. The Commander PRO is available now and if you have any questions, feel free to ask us in the CORSAIR Forums.

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