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  1. One thing I would suggest is making sure the keyboard is plugged into the USBs connected directly to the motherboard on the back of the computer. Corsair's keyboards requires full power over USB and often times cases with front USB headers lose their ability to carry the full power to the USB ports. Other options would be using a powered USB hub. All that being said, if you call Corsair's support team and they walk you through a few things that don't work, defects happen. Corsair generally has a great RMA system and every K95 I have ever returned they have given me a brand new keyboard still in the shrink wrap.
  2. Hey there, Is or will there be a better buying option for those people who already have lighting nodes or Commander Pros aside from buying individual fans? I'd much rather buy a pack of 3 than to have to buy three singles or a single and a dual pack with a node I don't need.
  3. I saw today the new K95 Platinum XT is coming out. Like the previous K95 Platinum, the XT is full of nifty features. I love my K95 Platinum. For me Corsair simply is unmatched when it comes to quality keyboards, with one exception...their wrist rests. For more iterations than I can count, Corsair has used those easily breakable plastic clips. The K90 at least had a screw that helped out but it still screwed into a plastic clip. Simply put the clips break so easily. It is something that I have come to accept and would often buy 1 or 2 extra wrist rests from Corsair because I knew they would break. Unfortunately with the K95 Platinum, Corsair never made the wrist rest a separate purchase. This meant when it broke, and it did three times in 2 years, Corsair couldn't send me a replacement wrist rest. Instead they sent me a brand new keyboard each time!! I'm not going to complain as I got literally a new keyboard but seriously, it seems such a waste. There are other keyboard manufacturers that have switched to magnets to hold on their wrist rests and while not all are perfect, there are a couple that are amazing. Strong magnets that can hold the wrist rest even if you lift the keyboard off the desk. It really seems like a no brainer to me. Either way, my guess is with the new K95 Platinum XT, the wrist rest won't be available separately for purchase. Due to that, there really isn't need for me to upgrade, even though I have no wrist rest for my current K95. Yes it broke again and it is out of warranty. It is a true shame because it is simply the best keyboard out there. A perfect keyboard marred by two incredibly frustrating plastic clips. :(
  4. So as before i have the CMT32GX4M4K3600C16 kit of 4x8GB 3200Mhz series of Dominator Platinum RGB. My previous version of Special Edition ram I was reading people were reviewing and overclocking safely at 24/7 using 1.45v on the 1.35v kits. With that amount I was able to get it up to 3800Mhz but never felt safe to keep it at that high voltage for the returns I was getting. With this new RAM i was able to get a solid 4000 MHz running at 1.4v at the settings of 19, 23, 23, 45, 2. RAM Passed 200% of the MemTest, bumped my benchmarks by 14% and never went past 45C in temps. So the question... 1.4v. Safe to run 24/7? I haven't seen any white papers that suggest a maximum voltage for the Dominator Platinum Kits, tho at the premium price point, I have to imagine that they expect some overclocking done and a .05v doesn't seem excessive to me. Thoughts? and thanks! EDIT NOTE... I do plan to try and tighten up those timings if I can. I chose those timings as a starting point as they are standard for Corsair RAM at the 4000MHz level. Sadly they don't have the Samsung B-die chips they are Hynix H5AN8G8NCJR-TFC 8 Gb C-die (Alius / 18 nm) / 1 die
  5. So I took some of your suggestions and started with 1.39v and was actually able to get a stable 3600 from 3200 by changing the timing from 16-18-18-36 to 18-21-21-43 Not sure about the right calculation there but memtest did all the modules full 105% with no errors. A thought occurred to me are there other settings like in the VCCIO or such I need to be giving a boost to help. FYI I did have the initial boot boot with 1.42v and the landing voltage was 1.39. I haven't checked to see if moving this all to 3600 with the relaxed timings is doing better or worse than the 3200 at XMP timings yet. There are trade offs! Suggestions?
  6. I have another kit of Dominator Platinum that was 3200 and got it to run at 3600 quite easily with only 1.38v. I have tried just the CAS and tried to relax that to 18 and 19 just to see if I could get up to 3466. Sadly on my old x99 R5E board, there was a setting in the DRAM that helped. In Mode 1 it would help OC and in mode 2 it would help compatibility but this newer board doesn't have that setting. :(
  7. So I went ahead and bought the CMT32GX4M4C3200C16 version of 4x8gb sticks that run at Timings of 16-18-16-36. I really do like the look of this RAM and the RGB lighting is second to none. I have owned Corsiar Dominator Platinum RAM for the last 10 or so years and have ALWAYS been able to overclock a kit. The amount of Overclock has always varied a bit, sometimes I could go from 3000MHz to 3200 or even 3600MHz. Other times I couldn't up the frequency but could tighten the timings a bit. One of the things I love about the Dominator Platinum series is you can put some extra voltage through them and they remain pretty damn stable. Unfortunately with this kit, I have quite literally have not been able to move any numbers past the default XMP settings, even when I go on manual. Nothing will POST or boot. I get that Corsair has been more diligent when it comes to binning the RAM kits, ensuring that you get at least what you paid for but I find it disappointing that this is the first set of this absolute PREMIUM RAM and I can't overclock it at all. So I'm wondering if anyone has had the opportunity to try? I saw that some of the higher frequency kits of 4000 or the 3200 version with CL14 were able to be OC'd so I'm just wondering if I got really unlucky or has Corsair truly locked down the cheaper end of these RGB kits? Thanks,
  8. Hi there, I do appreciate this. I've owned Corsair Keyboards from all the way from the original K70 RGB to the K90 and K95 to the K95 PLatinum. Sadly each one has had issues with the wrist rest, with the exception of the K90 which the wrist rest was secured by two thumb screws. Plastic clips just simply break. I hope one day Corsair will move to magnetic mounting. In the meantime I have stocked up on wrist rests for all those keyboards, as I still own and use them all in various forms and when they break I simply replace it. I hope to be able to do the same with the K95 platinum as it has been the best keyboard of them all and is now no longer under warranty.
  9. I fully understand this but consider this. When a wrist rest is broken and the keyboard is fully functional, what do they do with the returned keyboard? Part it out for replacement parts? Probably. At least the keys are transferable to other keyboards, but that is about it. The frame, circuit board, ect is also unique in size, shape and functions. On top of all that, the k95 platinum is considered their top tier keyboard which is also the most expensive. I suppose that in the end they have priced it out to determine the cheapest way to go. The plastic moulding and rubber grip are the two components to the wrist rest. The cost of mass producing those isn't that much. For a $15 wrist rest they probably spend less than 2-4 dollars on the parts. Packaging is a cardboard box, so that leaves the labour of putting it in the box, logging it/out into inventory and slapping a label on it. Two of those three they have to do to send out a whole new keyboard. In the end with the premium price on the keyboard, I do appreciate that if I break a wrist rest, they replace the whole keyboard with a new one. Still i find it odd to replace a $200 keyboard just cause you don't want to make a $15 part. Then at the end of 2 years, what do you do if it breaks? There is no recourse other than to not use the wrist rest or have to buy a new one. That being said, my keyboard was 2 months out of warranty and Corsair graciously honoured it and is sending me a new one.
  10. Greetings, I own a K95 Platinum RGB keyboard. This is the third time I have had the wrist rest break on me in a 2+ year time. First off I want to thank Corsair for extending the warranty to cover this replacement when technically out of warranty. You didn't have to do it but you did and I'm enormously grateful for it. That being said. I simply cannot understand why the wrist rest for the k95 Platinum RGB has never been made available for purchase separately. Each of the three times it has broken, I have had to do a full RMA and basically get a brand new keyboard when all I need is the wrist rest. That cannot be very cost-effective for you all, when you are giving me a $200 new keyboard for a $25 dollar part. You have just about every other wrist rest up for sale in your parts store, EXCEPT this one and it is puzzling why the wrist rest for your top-of-the-line keyboard doesn't have this option? I love your keyboards. I have been a fan long before the original k95 and K70. I still have an M95 mouse! Sadly the one thing that Corsair has never been able to conquer is the plastic clips on their keyboards. May I make a suggestion and say instead of two plastic clips on each side but magnets!! They work! And since they are magnets they flex and you can have a wrist rest at a few different angles, all without any concern of it breaking. Even if you drop the keyboard, the wrist rest would simply diconnect. No breakage! Anyway I'm outta warranty waiting on my ARMA. If this wrist rest goes I don't know what I'll turn to as I have had no fewer than 7 wristrests over 4 separate keyboards break on me and my wife. I have 4 K70 wrist rests in storage and pull one out every 9-12 months and I'm okay with that. Please let us buy the k95 platinum RGB wrist rests.. Please! Thanks, Ron
  11. Honestly haven't been giving it a lot of thought. My father used to work with leather and the strip you used easily would have been one of his 'scraps', so much of it would depend on are we getting scraps from another project or some fresh leather made specifically for this purpose? Also depends on the type of leather used as well, you said premium but it has been a very long time since i looked at or priced kangaroo or cow leather. Finally it depends on the amount of work you put into it. If you are just cutting it to size and giving some double sided tape, then really we are paying for leather, a cut or two, shipping and convenience. So honestly for something that is going to last a bit, 20-40 bux depending on the quality of leather?
  12. I haven't tried this but some looking around on the internet about cleaning laptop trackpads are using a little bakingsoda and making a paste or using a Mr. Clean magic eraser. I might try these.
  13. This is actually a good idea. I'm not sure I would have used any glue, but some sort of adhesive was probably necessary as you couldn't necessarily control the thickness easily. Being leather it will change colours with the oils from your skin and should get softer. If you use leather cleaner you can keep it looking pristine but I still think the oils in your hands you will still find discolouring or shiny issues. Anything that can absorb an oil will do so. You can slow this down by treating the leather tho.:) I bet it feels better than rubber tho. I do wish Corsair would allow us to buy replacement wrist rests. Still you could make a few bux by cutting 10-20 of these things, adding some double sided tape and sell them to K95 platinum owners. I know I would take one if the price was right + shipping to Canada. :)
  14. I'm really surprised not many keyboard manufacturers haven't gone to magnets to attach wrist rest or a hardened rubber that is at least flexible. Those plastic clips break so easily. :( Still Corsair really needs to offer the K95 RGB Platinum wrist rest separately. I've already broke one and I'm sure i'll break another and I don't want to have to send my whole keyboard back... :(
  15. The K95 platinum handrest is unique and worse, it is NOT for sale on its own. Ever since I owned my first k90, I have always tried to buy one or two replacements because the plastic parts that attached the keyboard to the wrist rest crack VERY easily. Unfortunately, Corsair doesn't sell them separately. Sure enough, I had one crack and had to send the whole keyboard back as an RMA JUST to replace the wrist rest. Talk about a waste of money for Corsair. I'm not sure how hard it would be to offer not only the wrist rest but the rubber portion as well. As for cleaning when you run your hands over the rubber, it generates electric static which is a magnet for dust. One way you can help this is wipe it down with a microfiber cloth in alcohol to help with the oil stains and use a dryer sheet over it when you are done. Lightly rub it across the area to destatic it. :)
  16. Yeah and it isn't getting ID'd. As I said the fans are still at the low RPM, so it isn't like it isn't recognizing no fans..
  17. It was being seen by link and then after a day with my pro, the link stopped showing up. The fans were still running at what I had set them at, but I couldn't change nor see the fans. Simply the link disappeared. I tried it without the Pro installed, reboots, reinstalls, nothing. The fans on the link never changed their RPMs from what I originally set them at but I couldn't see them in link.
  18. So does anyone know the latest firmware of the Commander Mini? Also if Link won't recognize the Mini at all, is there another way to update the firmware?
  19. Removing the lighting bars isn't a big thing and in fact you can change the light bars without voiding the warranty, however the bars themselves is just a filter for the LED to pass through. The filters you can buy are blue and red, so removing them is just going to get you a White LED shining REALLY bright through two holes in the top. You can use a little electrical tape to cover the interior of the slots but you'll still get some bleed through on the sides.
  20. Yeah they were working together and then the mini just stopped. I think I need a firmware upgrade or something as it has been 2 years since I last used it, but Link doesn't show that it needs one, in fact, it doesn't show it at all so I'm not sure how I would update it if it needs it. Ah well, I got another Pro and they both work fine. I'll look at the mini in another computer sometime, maybe I can get it to work there.
  21. Well I was able to get the kit to 4000Mhz on 1.46v with 16-18-18-39-t1 I did 400% passes on memtest with no issues. I had 4 errors at 1.45v.
  22. I guess moot point now as I got my other Commander Pro. It is showing up nicely and my computer is almost dead silent except for the 4 or so DC fans I still have in there. Have to wait another week for the new ML RGB fans to come in.
  23. A bit of a story here but serious, I need to ask, what is up with Corsair's shipping dept?? Back in early August, the hand rest of my K95 Platinum Keyboard cracked. I called Corsair to get a replacement. Normally they'd just send me a new one but apparently the hand rest for these keyboards are NOT sold separately so I needed to do a FULL RMA of the entire keyboard to get a new hand rest. Fine, so I ask for an advanced RMA, give my credit card and tell the CS rep, "Make sure to tell your shipping dept to check the box that says this is a 'replacement' keyboard, otherwise being in Canada I will be charged brokerage fees as the custom agents will think it is a brand new keyboard. Long story short, the shipping dept didn't check the box, I paid brokerage and I spent over 3 months trying to get a refund. Corsair was nice enough to give me a 15% coupon for their webstore, so great I ordered 6 new ML RGB Fans. Like my previous half dozen purchases, I logged into my account and on the check out, it showed that these fans would be delivered to Ontario, Canada. GREAT...except I saw something new...I was being charged tax. In the past, I've never paid for tax. The reason being is I live in Canada and that is what the brokerage is, Canadian tax on an item purchased outside of Canada. Now some companies like Amazon, charges me tax/brokerage so I don't have to pay for it when it comes into Canada. Basically I prepay the brokerage to Amazon, who pays it to Canada. Being that I just went through this whole brokerage issue with the keyboard, I thought that Corsair was now doing like Amazon does, pre-charge brokerage. Awesome! I'll be getting my fans on Monday! Today I just got notice that my delivery date has changed by a week plus. It seems that Corsair's shipping department sent my package to Ontario, California and it is now being rerouted. This would explain why I was charged tax because someone thought I needed to pay California sales tax. I checked my invoice with Corsair again and sure enough, it says Ontario, Canada. When I checked out, I got the quote for Ontario, Canada. The shipping cost was $13 more than shipping to California and the taxes was $9 more, so I'm not sure what exactly has happened. My guess is that there will be brokerage fees when I get my fans delivered. This means I will have been double taxed on top of the fact my fans were delayed due to the fact they sent them to the wrong Ontario. I'm not even sure how that happened either because Ontario, California is a city, Ontario, Canada is a province and you still need a city. In the end if Corsair doesn't pre-charge the brokerage, my 15% discount will have been eaten up by the taxes I was not supposed to pay and I don't even want to think how long it will take me to get a refund this time. :( Seriously shipping dept...what is going on?
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