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  1. Right, this is my first thread, so apologies straight away. I have the Corsair Carbide Air 240, and currently run an MSI GTX980Ti, I'm looking up upgrade to a 1080, and wanted to know whether the ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 STRIX Graphics Card will fit into the Air 240, I've looked online and keep seeing different measurements and opinions about whether it fits or not. Any help is much appreciated. Also, if you run a Strix 10 series card in the Air 240, please comment or leave an image!
  2. Hi all,I'm ADmodz. This is my latest project,sponsored by Corsair,Scan Computers,EKWB,Intel I've taken 2 corsair Carbide Air 240 cases and made them into 1. System specs:- X99 platform Motherboard:- Asus ROG Strix x99 Gaming CPU :- I7-6800k GPU:- GTX 1080ti sli Memory :- corsair Dominator Platinum M.2 :- corsair Force MP500 480 gig SSD:- 2 x 480 gig corsair Nuetron XTI FANS :- 6 x corsair HD120 PSU:- corsair HXI 1200 watt Watercooling:- CPU BLOCK:- EK Supremacy x99 Gpu blocks :- TBC RADS:- 2 x EK Coolstream XE 240 PUMPS :- 2 x EK-XTOP Revo D5 PWM - Plexi RES:- 2 x EK-RES X3 250 Hardline tubing:- Alphacool 13/10 acrylic FITTINGS:- Alphacool Eiszapfen 13 mm chrome Well I've got the cases stripped down and time to start chopping them up. I'll start with the front and side windows,and the bottom side vents. That's it now for a couple of days,got to get a clients build done.catch you all soon.
  3. Will Corsair give us an updated Air 240 with new front IO? Maybe it can be called as Air 240 V2? I really need new IO for 10Gbs USB type-c and HDMI passthrough.
  4. This build log is going to be a bit on the personal side. The fact is, at its core, Corsair is a cadre of geeks with shared interests trying to make cool stuff. A lot of companies want to project being “cool” or “rock stars,” but the reality here is that our products are conceived and designed by a bunch of people who are just trying to produce something they’d use. Why am I laboring over the notion that Corsair is ultimately a fairly human organization? Because, well, human things happen to us. At the end of August, I had a very good friend die in a motorcycle accident. He was in his early thirties, driving home from work as a district supervisor for DHS out of Oakland, California. Hit a bad patch of asphalt, lost control of his motorcycle, went under a semi, and that’s all she wrote. Odds are you don’t know him, but given the number of people I saw at his memorial service, I wouldn’t be surprised if one or two of you did. His name was Benjamin Moreno. Ben was a fairly serious gamer. We got into Mass Effect 3 multiplayer together, then graduated to MechWarrior Online with some of our friends. He and his wife were into Star Wars: The Old Republic and Elder Scrolls Online, and near the end had spent considerable time playing Dota 2 and Heroes of the Storm. He got me to give Dragon Age II another chance (and was right on the money). He was also a big part of my choice to join Corsair. Outside of that, he was – regardless of your politics – an exceptional cop. Tough-minded, fair, and directly responsible for saving many lives. Before that, he was in the Air Force. Through his life, he had friends who he’d set on the right path when they’d strayed, and was generous with his time and attention. There are an awful lot of people who would be far worse off today if it hadn’t been for him. Unfortunately, Ben left behind a widow, Risa, and a very young daughter, too young to really comprehend that her father’s not coming home. His family lives on the outskirts of the bay area, which unfortunately played a role in his passing due to the long commute. Gaming was and is a very large part of how they stayed in contact with friends. He and I often talked about someday building him a ritzy custom loop system when circumstances and finances permitted. Since Risa is an avid gamer and plays a healthy amount of Dota 2, it seemed like building her a proper, custom loop gaming machine was the right thing to do. It didn’t have to be as fancy as his would have been, but should have plenty of horsepower for gaming, photo editing, and coding. You’re going to find the custom loop is excessive for this build, but I haven’t built a custom loop for performance reasons for a long time. The fact is that it looks cool – not just to fellow geeks, but to just about everyone. With that said, here’s the component breakdown for the “Blight” Memorial Build, after his handle: Corsair Carbide Air 240 His old gaming PC was built in an Air 540, so it seemed appropriate to go with its more compact cousin for the new one. This would also be an opportunity to show a custom loop operating inside this substantially smaller chassis. Intel Core i7-5775C We had a couple of spare Broadwell chips from internal testing. These are both remarkably powerful and remarkably efficient, and while it’s not the latest and greatest available, the i7-5775C is mighty close. Four cores, eight threads, that massive L4 cache, second in IPC only to Skylake, and a 65W TDP. The odds of being CPU limited with this chip are very low. ASRock Z97E-ITX/ac Mini-ITX We did our internal testing on Broadwell using this platform and found it rock solid with good overclocking potential. Given the cramped quarters of the Air 240, it seemed necessary to go with a smaller motherboard. Corsair Dominator Platinum 2x8GB DDR3-2400 C10 with Lightbars In my testing, I’ve found 2400MHz to be the perfect speed for DDR3 on Haswell and to a lesser extent Broadwell. 16GB of DRAM provides plenty of memory to work with for almost any task. EVGA GeForce GTX 970 It didn’t make sense to put some monster graphics card in the build, but we definitely needed one that would be plenty powerful for gaming for the foreseeable future. NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 970 was that card, and we went with an EVGA model because of EVGA’s tendency to adhere to NVIDIA’s reference design (improving waterblock compatibility). Corsair Force LS 960GB SSD The Force LS was our budget line up until our TLC-based Force LE drives, but make no mistake – these drives, and the 960GB one in particular – are plenty fast. We’re at the point now where nearly a terabyte of solid state storage is no longer outrageous, and the 960GB Force LS is a highly capable drive. Corsair HX750i 80 Plus Platinum Power Supply The HXi series isn’t quite as popular these days with the more affordable RMi and RMx series floating around at 80 Plus Gold efficiency, but the HX750i was chosen for its compatibility with our Type 3 sleeved cables, its higher efficiency, and its ability to run fanless at the loads this system was likely to produce. Corsair Link Commander Mini A powerful system need not be loud. The Commander Mini lets me spin the violet SP120 LEDs in the system at minimum speed as well as control the RGB lighting strips placed on the inside of the side panel, surrounding the window. XSPC 240mm Radiator For this build we’re looking at a rated maximum combined TDP for the CPU and graphics card of just 210 watts. Since even an H100i GTX can cool a 350W overclocked i7-5960X without too much difficulty, I felt a single 240mm radiator in the front would be fine for these highly power-efficient components. EKWB FC970 GTX Waterblock The PCB of the GTX 970 is so small, and the EKWB block really shows that off. The clear acrylic surface lets the end user see the coolant running through the graphics card, which is very cool. Because the block is so much shorter than the stock cooler, it affords us room in the case to optimally place the pump/reservoir combo. XSPC Raystorm CPU Block w/ Violet LEDs Since this build was intended to be more showy as opposed to a crushing performer, I opted for XSPC’s Raystorm water block and violet LEDs to give the CPU the right glow. EKWB D5 Vario XRES 100 Pump and Reservoir I’ve had great experiences with the D5 Vario pump in my own liquid cooled build, and this combo seemed to be the perfect choice for an attractive, efficient system. In addition to the parts used in this build, we also included a Corsair Vengeance K70 RGB keyboard, Sabre RGB Optical mouse, and our new Void RGB headset in black. With all of the components installed, the “Blight” build looks like a fun size version of a more beastly Air 540 liquid cooled build, and that achieves exactly the intended purpose. Because of the highly efficient components, the fans never have to spin up, and everything still stays running cool and fast. The violet (which I confess can look pink in some light) coloring was chosen for its significance to both Risa and Ben, as it’s their favorite color. It undoubtedly seems at least a little unusual to build a computer as a memorial for the passing of a dear friend, but gaming is fast becoming an integral part of our culture. I can think of no better tribute to a community gamer than to keep his wife connected with their friends and loved ones.
  5. It’s been a little while since we’ve hit you with a review roundup. We’re in the calm before the storm: in just a couple short weeks, CES 2015 will be upon us, and the industry will spin up to full tilt again. But for now, we still have a doozy of a review roundup for you. The Corsair Gaming umbrella continues to gain traction with the series of high quality peripherals being released under it, while reviews still trickle in for our HXi power supplies. Corsair Gaming H1500 and H2100 We’ll start with reviews of our USB-based gaming headset, the Corsair Gaming H1500. Guru3D, eTeknix, and Benchmark Reviews all gave it a listen, and every last one came away impressed. Guru3D’s Hilbert Hagedoorn said “The Corsair Gaming H1500 shines in a nice deep and dynamic sounding bass, clear voices, and the treble that we increased a notch totally fits my personal sound flavor. These factors combined satisfy my personal audio flavor real fast.” He gave it a Recommended award. While we’re at Guru3D, Hilbert also tried out our higher end wireless Corsair Gaming H2100 headset and gave it a Top Pick award, saying “For straight up gaming, the H2100 is tough to beat, the overall clarity and nice bass make it a killer headset.” The reviewer at eTeknix shared a similar sentiment before giving it the Editor’s Choice award: “The Corsair Gaming H1500 is one of the best mid-budget gaming headsets available. It’s lightweight and comfortable to use for long gaming sessions, it has powerful and clear audio and it also has one of the best microphones I’ve tested. A solid all-round performance from Corsair.” Finally, our friends at Benchmark Reviews called it “a lot of headset for the price” and “just what the doctor ordered for the budget gamer.” The H1500 walked away with their Golden Tachometer. Corsair Gaming Mice and Keyboards While I can’t technically say our keyboards are the best in the business, they have a habit of getting some pretty high accolades, and they’re being joined by our new RGB mice. We’ll start with Slashgear, which took a pretty comprehensive look at our RGB keyboards along with our M65 RGB mouse and came away smiling, saying: “We came for the colorful madness of the RGB hook, we stayed for the highest-end precision delivered in-game. Both the keyboard collection and the mouse usher in Corsair Gaming with a bang.” Next, Erik Fredriksen at TechnoBuffalo had this to say about our K70 RGB: “The customization options presented by the software put the K70 and its bigger and smaller siblings in a class of their own. If you want to do anything beyond simply typing, not much else can compare. The possibilities Corsair’s software presents are virtually endless in the hands of a creative user.” Over at Vortez, Tony Le Bourne got his game on with the M65 RGB and found it worthy of a Gold award: “After spending some time with the Corsair Gaming M65 RGB, the performance has proved to be strong and satisfying, making a trusted weapon for all FPS enthusiasts.” Finally, the optical version of our brand new Sabre RGB gaming mouse (a hit in its own right in the office) was reviewed at both Tweak.dk and Hardware Heaven and in both cases left with an award, with Tweak.dk giving it their “Great Product” award and Hardware Heaven giving it their Recommended award. With the rash of quality Corsair Gaming hardware out of the way, we turn our attention to reviews of our HX1000i power supplies. Corsair HX1000i Power Supply The 1,000-watt, 80 Plus Platinum, Corsair Link-enabled beast that is the HX1000i was reviewed by both eTeknix and Hardwareluxx, and in both reviews, walked away an award-winner. eTeknix’s Ryan Martin specifically concluded, “With silent operation, impressive performance and a selection of digital controls and monitoring the HX1000i offers a great cheaper alternative to Corsair’s premium AXi series.” Corsair Cases We also had three of our cases – including the recently launched Carbide Series 330R Titanium Edition – go out for review. The new 330R Titanium adds an attractive new gunmetal-colored brushed aluminum finish to the door of the 330R along with built-in fan control, and Technic3D was happy enough with it to give it their Silver award. The Tech Report revisited the Air 240 and discovered something you and I already knew: “With all of its stock fan mounts populated, the Carbide Series Air 240 delivers superb cooling performance.” That superb cooling performance, coupled with the killer feature set, earned our Air 240 a “Recommended” award. Rounding out our case reviews, TechPowerUp goes hands on with our Obsidian Series 250D. They called it a “small chassis with a huge punch” and gave it a 9.5 score and an Editor’s Choice award. Finally, the best of the rest: ConseilConfig.com reviewed our popular Hydro Series H75 liquid cooler (a perfect match for the HG10 bracket if ever there were one) and gave it a score of 4.1 out of five stars. …and last but not least, the crew over at Madshrimps put the screws to our Vengeance LPX DDR4 and made it sing. They said “Tweaking potential is more than present and this kit can compete with other high end kits, which might be higher priced.” For that potential, it earned a Performance award.
  6. It’s not at all uncommon (in fact, exceedingly normal) for Corsair employees to want to tinker with our latest and greatest products just to see what we can actually do. While I was doing a single HG10-A1 build in the Carbide Series Air 240 that I was pretty proud of, one of our product engineers, Dennis Lee, was pushing things…well, a lot further. His Air 240 build borders on insane, and I’m happy to share it with you. COMPONENTS CPU Intel Core i7-3820 @ 3.9GHz Memory Corsair Dominator Platinum 32GB (4x8GB) DDR3-1866 9-10-9-27 1.5V Motherboard ASUS Rampage IV Gene (X79) Graphics 2x AMD Radeon R9 290X CPU Cooling Corsair Hydro Series H75 GPU Cooling 2x Corsair Hydro Series H75 and HG10-A1 PSU Corsair AX860i Storage Corsair Neutron GTX 240GB Enclosure Corsair Carbide Air 240 Dennis’s build is…pretty wild. He used white SP120 LED fans and a red sleeved cable kit, then doubled down and swapped in LED lit pump caps from H105s onto all of the H75 coolers. The result is easily one of the craziest systems we’ve ever seen and a testament to just how much power can be crammed into a Carbide Series Air 240. In all of its glory: two liquid-cooled AMD Radeon R9 290X cards on an X79 Micro-ATX board with just about everything under water. Bird's eye view. In order to fit two H75s in the main chamber, one had to be arranged in a push-pull configuration. The H75s operate as intakes, keeping the blowers on the HG10s fed while the two top fans work as exhausts. The pair of HG10s look cramped, but were designed to allow for exactly this kind of close proximity when used with the right Hydro Series cooler. The third H75 (cooling one of the R9 290X cards) had to be mounted to the 120mm fan mount in the back chamber. Screw the H75 radiator to the side panel, close it up, and game on.
  7. Having a boss overclocked, dual-GPU, custom-liquid-cooled system is pretty fantastic. It’s quiet, fast, runs any games I throw at it…it’s hard to complain too much. From the outside (or at least outside California), there’s very little wrong with having something that beastly to play with. And indeed, it’s hard to complain. Except in the summer. Except when I need to work on it. Except… There are drawbacks. Power consumption is high, and that means the system has to dissipate a tremendous amount of heat. California is experiencing one of the hottest summers in history (to say nothing of our drought), and we’ve never had very low power bills. A system like mine is great right up until I run headlong into the drawbacks. In a bid to see if I could make my life easier, I decided to take advantage of some of our new products (one of which isn’t out just yet but will be very soon) and produce a leaner, more purpose-driven build. It still has to be quiet, it still has to deliver superior gaming performance at my home resolutions of 1920x1200 and 5760x1200, and it can’t feel like a substantial step down. At the same time, it has to draw a lot less power. Let me introduce you to Blues. In the interest of producing something smaller, easier to use, and still incredibly powerful, I opted to employ our new Carbide Series Air 240 enclosure. The Air 240 is particularly special because unlike many of our other cases, it wasn’t entirely planned. While we take tremendous care in all the products we develop, the Air 240 was something that we really wanted. Remember that the people designing Corsair products are die hard enthusiasts, honestly just a bunch of nerds that come to work every day and ask themselves what they want to see on the shelves. This case was a pet project, and it’s everything we hoped for. Call it cliché, but my favorite color combination continues to be the time tested black and blue. For me, that meant taking the black version of the Air 240 and then fitting it with a series of our new SP120 blue LED fans. But just because I opted to use efficient fans doesn’t mean I was guaranteed silence. For that, I needed to choose my components very carefully. The CPU is Intel’s Core i7-4790K based on the Devil’s Canyon version of their Haswell architecture. These chips are Intel’s top of the line, but rather than overclocking, I opted instead to lock the peak clock speed to a still speedy 4GHz, allowing me to drop the Vcore to just 0.975V. This keeps temperatures low, ensuring the SP120 LED fan on the Hydro Series H75 cooler never has to spin up. Attached to the CPU is 16GB of Dominator Platinum DDR3 running at 2400MHz CAS10 with blue Lightbar kits installed. 2400MHz is really the sweet spot for Haswell, and 16GB ensures I never run out of system memory. That hardware is all plugged into an ASUS Z97I-PLUS mini-ITX motherboard. The Z97I-PLUS has a fairly understated color scheme while being very feature rich. Of course the other part of the equation is gaming performance, and that’s where our new Hydro Series HG10 comes into play. I swapped out the noisy stock cooler of an AMD Radeon R9 290X for the HG10 and then attached our 240mm Hydro Series H105 CPU cooler to it. The result? R9 290X performance, always running at the full 1GHz on the GPU, without any of the noise. It’s quiet, and it’s fast. You can see that overall, the interior design of the Air 240 is pretty efficient. The hoses on the H75’s radiator do apply a little pressure against the memory slots, but everything does fit, and it looks surprisingly neat for a small form factor build. The remainder of the primary chamber is kept cool by three more blue SP120s, but with a total of six fans and only three fan headers on the motherboard, how on earth was I going to keep the noise down? Not pictured: cable management skills. I continued by employing an incredibly efficient HX750i power supply, a unit that has a fan that only needs to spin up under substantial stress. That HX750i, along with the six primary chamber fans, gets connected to our new Corsair Link Commander Mini. The Commander Mini’s improved hardware over the original Cooling Node allows for precise control of the six main fans, letting me run them all at their lowest speeds. Finally, you’ll see that I have a trio of 512GB Force LX SSDs handling storage duties, providing plenty of high speed storage for gaming and video editing. With this fairly robust system (in a fairly small footprint) on hand, the major test is whether or not it’s worth the reduced noise, heat, and power consumption. That’s something we’ll be looking at very soon, so stay tuned.
  8. Today we have a video that takes you through building a high performance, SLI gaming system inside the new Carbide Series Air 240. Despite being a smaller case, the Air 240 makes very efficient use of the space available, and is remarkably easy to use. The specifications for our build are as follows: CPU Intel Core i7-4790K Motherboard MSI Z97M Gaming DRAM 4x8GB Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR3 2133MHz CAS 9 Graphics Cards 2x EVGA GeForce GTX 780 SuperClocked Storage Corsair Force Series LX 512GB SSD CPU Cooler Corsair Hydro Series H100i Power Supply Corsair HX1000i Accessories Green modular cable kit, 6x Corsair SP120 LED Fan Green, Corsair Commander Mini, 2x Corsair Dominator Platinum Lightbar Kit The video is embedded here:
  9. Ever since we released the Carbide Series Air 540 dual-chamber cubical enclosure, we’ve been wanting to follow up on it. As it turns out, a little bit of mad science occurred in our labs not long ago, and that mad science has produced a case that almost everyone inside Corsair is in love with. We release it to you because we hope you’ll love it, too, but honestly we’re pretty happy just to have access to it on our own. The Carbide Series Air 240 is just like the Air 540, but fun size, and absolutely begging for customization. It features the same dual-chamber design, shrunken down for Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX support. There’s support for two 120mm fans on the front, top, and bottom of the primary chamber, allowing for six fans total, while the rear chamber can house up to three 3.5” drives and three 2.5” drives along with a standard ATX power supply. And of course, you get the same unobstructed airflow design that made the Air 540 so effective. The Air 240 will be shipping in August in black and white variants and should go for between $89 and $99.
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