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  1. One of the most common inquiries regarding our Corsair Gaming Software is how to setup macro or a keystroke for either our mouse or keyboard. Let’s take a look at how to specifically do this so you can start using your product right away. In my previous blog (http://www.corsair.com/blog/veng_software_kbm/), I reviewed the features, like the playback options, of the software. I recommend if you have not read it to peruse it to get an idea of what the features are. In this article, I'd like to go over how to use it. There are two ways to assign a command to a G-key on a Corsair Keyboard or Mouse. The first is to record a macro which is a sequence of key presses you wish the button to output. The second is to assign a specific command or keystroke to the G-key rather than a sequence. Let’s review both to get started. Recording a Macro All Macros are done through the first screen of the software. To record a macro, first click on the MR Button. Then click the number associated with the button you would like the macro to be assigned. Then proceed to use the keyboard to record your sequence of key presses. Example: In this sequence, I created a macro on button 11 of my mouse to type out “Hello World” with sequential key presses. 1.) Click MR. 2.) Click Button 11 (or for a keyboard G11). 3.) Type “Hello World” (no quotations). 4.) Click MR to stop recording. Now when you press button 11 of the mouse, it will literally spell out “Hello World” as if you were typing it with a delay between each key. Delays In the previous example, you will notice by default there are delays in the sequence of key presses. This mimics the typing action as if “Hello World” was actually being typed out when the macro is used. However, it is possible to actually have the word instantly be displayed without the delay between key strokes. To do this, all you would need to do is go to Delay Options and check the box Ignore Delays prior to recording the macro. This will remove the delay between key strokes so when you press the macro, Hello World will instantly appear as if all the buttons were pressed simultaneously. Delays can have a big impact on how a macro plays out. As my colleague Mike Clements had previously shown in a blog (http://www.corsair.com/en/blog/bf3-macros-and-the-vengeance-m60-fps-laser-gaming-mouse/) , it could make all the difference to whether something works in a game or not at all. I highly recommend users fine tune any type of sequence macro by playing with the delay intervals. Binding a Keystroke A preference for gamers, who do not require a macro, is assigning a custom keystroke assignment to the G-key’s. For example, the user may want button 12 to be the “C” key. Example: In this sequence, I assigned “C” to button 12 on the mouse. 1.) Click Button Options. 2.) Click the text box under Basic Buttons. 3.) Select Keystroke. 4.) Click +. 5.) Enter the keystroke (“C” for this example). 6.) Press Ok. This allows for the binding of hotkeys in-game so you can map functionality to any of the buttons for easy access. Hardware Playback Some games may prevent the software from being utilized since it may present an unfair advantage. However, there is a way to bypass this by utilizing the profile directly from the hardware itself. To save the profile to the peripheral, all you have to do is click on the button that says "Save to K90/K95/M40/60/M65" for those devices. Then you would check the box "Hardware Playback" so the software will no longer be needed. Keep in mind that if any changes need to be made, uncheck this box first, apply the changes, then re-save the profile back to the hardware. If you do not do so, the device will not be updated properly with the desired changes. The exception to this rule is the M90/M95 mouse. Since it is able to do multiple on-the-fly profiles, you would need to click on the LED dots to bring up this screen: There will be some limitations to Hardware Playback due to how it interfaces with the OS. Anything you have binded that launches applications or does an OS command will not work, for example, due to the OS not allowing an external component to execute it. However, macros and key stroke bindings will continue to work so you can use them for the games you enjoy. In a future blog, we'll use the steps above to show how you can take advantage of them in newr games as macros can make it easy and convenient to do certain things. Even if you don't game, macros can also make it easy to create custom shortcuts for the applications you use.
  2. 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 iCUEAura Sync Plug-inDownload from ASUS: Latest version of Aura SyncInstallationInstall/update iCUEIf updating requires restarting your system, do this nowInstall the Aura Sync pluginOpen 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 whiteWhen 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! FAQWhich 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 modulesWhile 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.
  3. For some of us, PC is the only platform to game on but there are some who choose to game on PC and on console. This article is to show which VOID Gaming Headsets work on which console and how to configure them on your PS4 or Xbox One. The PS4 supports most, if not every, USB headsets and Stereo headsets, allowing gamers to use them as a standard stereo headset and microphone. In our testing, we were able to get all four of our different versions of the VOID (Wireless, USB, Surround, and Stereo) working on the PS4. And there’s quite a bit to be customized with our headset such as adjusting mic volume levels, headphone volume levels, and what audio should go through the headset. To access these options, you’ll need to go into the settings. Once in “Settings” find “Devices”. In “Devices”, you will be able to see all additional devices supported, such as Bluetooth devices, audio devise, external mice and keyboards, etc. To configure VOID you will need to go into “Audio Devices”. Once in “Audio Devices” you can change your Input (headphones) and Output (mic) devices, as well as different volume levels. Under the “Adjust Microphone Level” setting, you will be able to see your Input Volume as your speak and if it falls below the “Good” threshold you can adjust the sensitivity by moving the slider until your input volume in the “Good”. It should look something like this: You can also change “Output to Headphone” settings so that it can have all audio go through the headset or just chat audio. These steps should work for the VOID Wireless, VOID USB, VOID Surround, and VOID Stereo. For those with an Xbox One, the console only supports stereo headsets or headsets that have 3.5mm audio jacks. This means only VOID Stereo and VOID Surround will work on the Xbox One. In terms of functionality, the VOID Stereo and VOID Surround will allow gamers to hear stereo audio and use the mic to communicate with other players. Here is a chart to break down what the VOID can do on each platform: Platform PC PS4 Xbox One Stereo Audio All All VOID Surround, VOID Stereo Microphone All All VOID Surround, VOID Stereo Surround Sound VOID Wireless, VOID USB, VOID Surround - -
  4. Picking the right chassis for your build is essential for thermal performance especially with modern components that are now drawing more power and producing more heat as the industry continues to push higher speeds and overclocking limits. Let’s discuss the importance of what we at CORSAIR call, Direct Airflow Path in PC case designs. When setting up your case fans, having the right balance between intake and exhaust airflow is something to keep in mind. A very common setup would have case fans set to intake from the front panel of your chassis whereas exhaust fans would typically be configured on the top and rear panels. Pulling fresh cold air through the front panel allows the airflow path to pass directly over your graphics card, CPU, and RAM to keep them cool. Heat naturally rises, so having the exhaust fans on the top and rear panels would help guide the hot air out of the case. Some PC cases like the Crystal Series 680X RGB even have room on the bottom panel where fans can be setup for intake to increase cold airflow. CORSAIR 400R (Left). CORSAIR 750D (Right)Looking at an older chassis like the CORSAIR 400R isn’t too different from many modern budget cases and will have permanently fixed drive cages sitting right up against the inside of the front panel. CORSAIR 750D drive cages reducing airflow from front panel intake fans.The CORSAIR 750D took advantage of the emerging trend towards 2.5″ SSDs by allowing you to mount them against the back of the case while featuring removable 3.5″ hard drive cages that could be taken out to allow air to flow in more directly from the front panel fans, it did still support a 5.25″ ODD bay which limited the front panel to just two 120mm fans in the front. CORSAIR 4000D Airflow Side ViewAs case design has evolved, massive dedicated drive cages, and ODD bays have largely fallen out of favor due to the increasing popularity of fast M.2 storage solutions and the digital delivery of games/other software. A modern CORSAIR chassis like the CORSAIR 4000D Airflow was designed for airflow (as you could probably tell by the name) with generously perforated cutouts on the front panel and takes advantage of these trends by keeping its single removable drive cage within the PSU shroud and omitting an ODD bay altogether, allowing for direct airflow from the front panel intake fans. As we mentioned before an older chassis like the 400R and 750D can also be adjusted for better direct airflow by simply removing the drive cages. If you are using multiple drives for your storage, consider switching to 2.5″ SSDs and mount them against the back panel instead. Not only does this solution free up obstructions to the front panel intake fans, but you’ll also be benefitting from faster solid state drives compared to traditional 3.5″ drives. Another thing to keep in mind is how airflow can affect the pressure inside your case. If you have more intake airflow than exhaust, then you’ll most likely have a positive pressure. Conversely, more exhaust than intake airflow will cause a negative pressure. Generally speaking, positive pressure is better because air will naturally be forced or find its way out of the case through perforations or other openings. That said, it’s best not to have things like unmanaged cable clutter shoved in a corner or stacks of drive cages in front of your intake fans that hinder direct airflow. CORSAIR Crystal Series 680X RGB with 3 intake fans on front and 5 exhaust fans resulting in negative pressure.In the 680X RGB case build above, if the two bottom fans were flipped around to become intake fans, then the resulting pressure inside this case would most likely be positive instead. In summary, pick a case without obstructions to your intake fans no matter where they are placed. If you happen to pick a case that does have obstructions to those intake fans, it would be best to adjust and remove those for better airflow. Then finally, have decent cable management so they aren’t cluttered in areas that would restrict airflow path. If you’d like to learn more about the DC vs PWM fans and how they work, check out the following video from our CORSAIR Lab YouTube channel.
  5. The CORSAIR HS75 XB WIRELESS gaming headset features full wireless integration with Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S game consoles. Occasionally new firmware updates are released to improve this user experience, so we’ve put together a quick guide to help you update your headset and get back to gaming! Prerequisites: • HS75 XB gaming headset • USB-A to USB-C cable • PC with the latest version of the CORSAIR iCUE Software Step 1: Connect the HS75 XB gaming headset to your PC using the headset’s included USB-A to USB-C cable, the USB-C side connects to the headset while the USB-A side will connect directly to an open port on your system (avoid connecting through a USB hub or dock). Step 2: Open the CORSAIR iCUE Software and mouse over the tile for the HS75 XB headset, click on “DEVICE SETTINGS”. Step 3: Click on the “UPDATE” button to begin the update process. Do not unplug or power down the HS75 XB while it is updating! Step 4: Once the update is finished, disconnect the USB cable. You’ll now need to re-pair your headset to your Xbox. Step 5: Start your Xbox console back up and begin the pairing procedure by pressing the connect button on the console (this button will be in a different location depending on your Xbox One / Series X|S model) Step 6: With the HS75 XB turned off, press and hold the power/pairing button on the headset for 10 seconds. A “Headset Assigned” confirmation will appear on your screen once the HS75 XB has been paired with your Xbox console. Closing ThoughtsAnd that’s it for updating your HS75 XB WIRELESS gaming headset, for more information on how to set up your headset on an Xbox console, check out this video: To join the conversation about the HS75 XB WIRELESS or our other gaming headsets, join our communities over on the CORSAIR User Forums, Reddit, or Discord!
  6. One of the coolest features of our ELITE CAPELLIX RGB CPU liquid coolers is the removable cap for the pump head which you can swap out for an alternate an alternate pump cap included in the box along with the hardware you need to remove the pre-installed pump cap. But what if you want to do more to customize the look of your ELITE CAPELLIX cooler? 2D / 3D pump cap files can be found in the “DOWNLOADS” section of the product page.For those with the desire for DIY, we’ve provided files that can be used to 3D print your own custom pump caps! DIY ELITE CAPELLIX pump cap by Blacksad (left), stock ELITE CAPELLIX pump caps (right)And over on /r/CORSAIR as well as our own CORSAIR User Forums, community member Blacksad has put together a guide for users wanting to mod their existing ELITE CAPELLIX pump cap or a 3D printed blank. We’ve put together a condensed version of their guide, and you can click this link to read the full guide over on our User Forums. Thank you again Blacksad for sharing this with the CORSAIR community! Photo Credit: Blacksad, CORSAIR User ForumsHow to 3D Print Blank Pump CapsTo get caps to 3D print, download the 3D files for the CORSAIR ELITE CAPELLIX CPU liquid cooler pump cap and take them to a 3D printing site or print on your own 3D/resin printer if you happen to have one. If you want a completely transparent blank pump cap, use a clear resin as the printing material and if you’re not concerned about transparency, you can print with a standard 3D printer using PLA or ABS filaments in very light colors which would allow the RGB lighting to shine through. Making Your Own Pump Cap DecalsUse this template to get the dimensions of the area you have to work with for a custom design. While a vinyl decal would produce the best results, you can try out a design by making a paper decal and sandwiching it between a blank, clear pump cap and the light diffusor of the pump head. Print out the design you’d like on one side of your paper, then mirror it and print it again on the other side to reduce the amount of light bleeding through the print. If you have access to a vinyl cutter or intend on hand cutting a design, make sure that you reverse the image before cutting so that it’ll be oriented the correct way when applied to the bottom of the pump cap, especially if using vinyl with an adhesive side. Once you’ve made your design, make sure to trim it down to size for the pump cap and install! Photo Credit: Blacksad, CORSAIR User ForumsBlanking a Stock Pump CapIf you don’t have access to a 3D printer or are unable to get a 3D printed pump cap made, you can mod one of the stock ELITE CAPELLIX pump caps! Put the stock pump cap down on a soft material such as a towel or paper towel to avoid scratching up the front of the pump cap. Use 180 to 220 grit sandpaper, and sand with moderate force repeatedly in a single direction, going in a cross pattern will scuff up the side of the pump cap you’re sanding and will likely make the pump cap cloudy (we would recommend wet sanding if possible). Repeat the sanding until the decals wear away. Rinse all dust from the pump cap and wipe dry with a paper towel. Badsad has additional tips and tricks and links to 3D printing resources, options for decal paper, and more in their forum post. Closing ThoughtsCORSAIR and DIY go hand in hand, whether it’s one’s first build or an extravagant custom modded PC. If you’ve just built your first PC or want to share a cool mod you did with our community, join us over on the CORSAIR User Forums, Reddit, or Discord!
  7. The 2016 reboot of DOOM was awesome and the next entry, DOOM Eternal looks to be even better! To celebrate the launch of another hardcore FPS, we’ve got an updated custom DOOM lighting profile courtesy of RGB wizard, Lewis Gerschwitz. You can download the profile here. But what next? iCUE can import and export custom profiles, they can serve as a backup of your home setup’s lighting and performance, but they can also be shared with the community! A few repositories exist for this very reason, but let’s go ahead and dive into how to import and setup a custom profile you’ve downloaded, using the newly updated DOOM profile as an example! To import a profile into iCUE, start by expanding the profile options tray and clicking on the import/export button (arrows going left/right). iCUE will now display profile import/export options in the main window. Click the browse button (the button marked “…”) to open a new window and browse to the profile you wish to import. In this case, we’ll select the DOOM profile. Click open then select what parts of the profile you’d like to import, if this were a backup of a profile you used for your home setup, you’d want to import everything, but since we’re only interested in the lighting effects, uncheck all the boxes except for the “Lighting Effects” box. Click import and iCUE will proceed with the import process. Okay cool, we’ve successfully imported the profile… but did you know that you could have iCUE automatically switch to a custom profile when you start up a game? Click the browse button marked “…” next to the box for “Link profile to program”. A new window will open and you can browse to the executable for your game. We’ll use DOOM 2016 as an example, but this also applies to DOOM Eternal or any other game/program you’re linking the profile to (file names and location will be different of course). If you’re confused as to which executable is the right one to link the profile to (some games use multiple .exe files), launch the game and ALT+TAB out so you see your desktop. Start up task manager and find your game in the list of processes, expand and you should be able to see which executable is used to run the game. Now that you’ve linked the profile to the game, you’ll want to go in and tweak settings for your hardware, if you’ve got a Commander PRO or any of our other iCUE-enabled products, you should take this opportunity to set up fan curves, DPI, and remaps that’ll apply when iCUE switches over to this profile when you launch the game! Alright, the important bits are covered, but don’t forget you can also set a custom background and icon for this profile too. Download whatever images (or be creative and make your own) that you’d like to use and apply them in the profile settings window. And that’s it! You’ve successfully imported and personalized a custom profile! Now go on and get fragging!
  8. Last month at CES, we announced a partnership with ASUS to bring support for their huge lineup of Aura Ready motherboards to our CORSAIR iCUE software. Along with that announcement, we released a beta version of the plugin for users to give the feature a test drive while we prepared for release. The time has come!The necessary plugin to enable motherboard control is now included with the default installation of iCUE, removing the manual installation process we had in place for the beta period. That said, we still require that ASUS Aura version 1.07.79 or newer be installed on your system for the plugin to work its magic. You can find a download link at ASUS’ support page here: https://www.asus.com/campaign/aura/us/download.html Why are we using a plugin?Well, to put it simply, we use the ASUS Aura SDK to talk to the onboard lighting controller on ASUS Aura Ready motherboards. A plugin is used for maintenance reasons as we aim to keep compatibility with newer versions of Aura (to include future motherboard releases or other products) as they come out. How do I make it work?Excellent question! To enable motherboard lighting control in iCUE, simply install Aura 1.07.79 and update to the latest version of iCUE. Your ASUS motherboard should now show up with the rest of your iCUE-compatible hardware! You’ll be able to apply multiple complex layers of lighting effects and even control devices connected to your motherboard’s 4 wire, 12v analog RGB header (the newer 3 wire, 5v addressable RGB header present on more recent motherboards is not supported currently). Note: Aura needs to be installed since the plugin relies on Aura’s services, but its control panel shouldn’t be actively running when you do this. In the event that you decide that you’d rather not use the plugin, you can disable it by unchecking a box in the iCUE settings panel. The process is really simple, but in case you’d rather see this in video form, we’ve produced this quick setup video to get you up to speed.
  9. If you’re a fan of CORSAIR peripherals, use macOS, and have always wanted that next level of customization, we’re happy to announce CORSAIR iCUE software for macOS. iCUE gives you near unlimited customization options for your peripherals’ glorious RGB lighting. To download iCUE for macOS, click the link below: www.corsair.com/downloads Depending on your device, and when it was last updated, there may be a few steps needed before you can take advantage of all the features that iCUE for Mac has to offer. You can verify which firmware version is currently installed in the iCUE software under the settings tab. If your firmware version starts with 3.XX, you are ready to go, and don’t require any further steps to use your device on macOS. We’ve taken the guesswork out of it for you and put together a list of legacy devices that require a firmware update: KeyboardsMice K95 Platinum RGB K66 Dark Core RGB SE K95 RGB K65 Rapidfire RGB Dark Core RGB K70 Rapidfire RGB K65 RGB LUX Scimitar Pro RGB K70 Rapidfire K65 LUX Scimitar RGB K70 LUX RGB K65 RGB M65 Pro RGB K70 LUX K63 Wireless SE M65 RGB K70 RGB K63 Wireless Sabre RGB Optical K68 RGB STRAFE RGB Sabre RGB Laser K68 STRAFE Katar Your device can be identified using either the product name or part number indicated on the product label. Depending on the type of device you have, the product label will be in one of the following locations: Keyboards and Wireless Mice labels will be on the underside of the devicePart Numbers will start with a “CH-“Wired Mice will be on the tag near the USB.If you find yourself owning one of these legacy devices and isn’t detected in the iCUE software for macOS, you will need access to a PC running Windows with iCUE installed to perform the required firmware update. Simply connect your legacy device to the Windows PC and follow the steps in the How-To video below to perform the update within the iCUE software: Your CORSAIR Legacy Device should nowbe detected in the iCUE software for your Mac. If you are having trouble with these instructions, or continue toexperience issues with your CORSAIR device after manually updating it, contactus at https://help.corsair.com and would be happy to help.
  10. Overclocking memory can seem like a daunting task for the inexperienced, but fret not, we at CORSAIR can help! Follow the link below for our .PDF guide to overclocking your system memory for your Ryzen 3000 series build. The guide uses a GIGABYTE X570 AORUS MASTER motherboard for the examples, but there’s a helpful table at the end with specific configuration BIOS locations for motherboards from other major manufacturers such as ASUS and MSI! Ryzen 3000 Memory Overclocking Guide
  11. 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. 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: 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. Switching Between Devices: 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. 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 modeSelect the K83 Wireless from the list of nearbydevicesYour Amazon Fire TV and K83 Wireless should nowbe connectedAndroid Mobile Devices Put your K83 Wireless into pairing modeOpen Android Bluetooth settingsSome devices may require clicking “Pair new device” or something along those linesSelect the K83 Wireless from the list of nearby devicesType the PIN code on the K83 Wireless, then press enterYour 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 Note: The built-in Android physical keyboard settings show keyboard shortcuts for the operating system and app operations. Apple TV Put your K83 Wireless into pairing modeOpen Apple TV settings, then navigate to “Remotesand Devices”Select “Bluetooth”Select the K83 Wireless from the list of nearbydevicesIf Apple TV might requests that you enter a fourdigit code/PIN, do soYour Apple TV and K83 Wireless should now beconnectedNvidia Shield TV Open Shield TV settings, then navigate to the “Remotes& Accessories” sectionSelect “Add Accessory”Put your K83 Wireless into pairing modeSelect the K83 Wireless from the list of nearbydevicesYour Shield TV and K83 Wireless should now beconnectedSamsung Smart TV Open “Settings” then navigate to “System” andselect “Input Device Manager”Select “Add Bluetooth Keyboard & Gamepad”Put your K83 Wireless into pairing modeSelect the K83 Wireless from the list of nearbydevicesSelect “Pair and connect”Click “OK” once the connection has been madeYour Samsung Smart TV and K83 Wireless are nowconnectedNote: 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 systemClicking 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 whiteOnce the LED is blinking, click the “Initiate Pairing” button in iCUE and wait until the keyboard connectsOnce 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 listUse the drop-down menu to select what action you want a key to perform, then configure the settings for that actionSelect one of the keys on the image of the K83 Wireless to to use for selected actionGesturesTo enable custom gestures in iCUE, click Settings at the top of the iCUE window, then click the “K83 Wireless” iconNext, 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 performLighting EffectsWith Lighting Effects, you can set the brightness of your K83’s backlight, as well as select between no effect, static color, or pulseCalibrationThe 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!
  12. 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.
  13. 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 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!
  14. 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!
  15. 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.
  16. So you've got yourself the Dark Core RGB or Dark Core RGB SE, CORSAIR's first wireless gaming mouse! While you could use this mouse right out of the box, we recommend downloading the latest version of CUE and upgrading the mouse's firmware for the best experience. Here's a quick tutorial on how to grab the latest version of CUE and update the firmware of your Dark Core! 1. Open your favorite web browser and go to www.corsair.com/downloads webpage. 2. Select "Gaming Mice" from Product Category drop down menu. 3. Find "DARK CORE RGB/SE" on the list of products and click download button on the right to download the latest version of Corsair Utility Software (CUE). The version that supports DARK CORE RGB and DARK CORE RGB SE is 2.22.83 or later. 4. Install CUE by following on-screen instructions. A Windows restart may be required upon the completion of the install. 5. Start CUE 6. Plug-in the wireless USB transceiver (dongle) into the available USB port. NOTE: When using desktop PC, for best wireless performance it is highly recommended to plug the dongle into the available USB port on the front panel of the computer case. 7. The icon representing DARK CORE RGB will appear on the top of the CUE window. Click on the icon, if a firmware update is available, the "Update" button will appear at the bottom of the CUE window. 8. Connect mouse to your PC with USB charging/data cable included. 9. Ensure the power toggle switch on the bottom of the mouse is in ON position, and the wireless connectivity toggle switch on the bottom of the mouse is in 2.4GHz position. 10. Click " Update" button in the lower left hand side of the CUE window and the following dialog will appear "New firmware version is available. There is a new firmware version available for DARK CORE RGB. Do you want to update Firmware now?" 11. Click the "Update" button at the top of the FIRMARE UPDATE box to continue, a “Settings” screen will appear, and the firmware update process will start automatically. 12. After a few minutes, a firmware download will be completed, followed by the appearance of a "Warning" button at the bottom of the CUE window. 13. Click the "Warning" button and follow the instructions to complete the firmware upgrade: a. Unplug the wireless USB dongle from the PC. b. Disconnect the USB cable from the PC and the mouse. c. Move the power toggle switch to OFF position on your mouse. d. Plug the wireless USB dongle back into the PC. e. Move the power toggle switch on the mouse back to the ON position. And that's it! You're ready to experience all that the Dark Core RGB and Dark Core RGB SE have to offer!
  17. Firmware can be thought of as the operating system of a device and in the world of components and peripherals, firmware is everywhere! Sometimes firmware updates are introduced to improve the performance or squash bugs that may pop up, so today we're going to take a look at how to check to see if your peripherals are updated completely in the CORSAIR UTILITY ENGINE. If a firmware update is available for one of your peripherals in CUE, you'll notice a yellow notice in the bottom left corner of the window. In this case, we're wanting to manually check/update our firmware so we're going to go to the global settings menu by clicking the gear icon at the top. Once in the global settings menu, you'll see a download icon next to each peripheral you have plugged in, this is the firmware update menu. Go ahead and click it to proceed with the update process. Once you've clicked on the download icon, you'll see the firmware version your device currently has installed, click update to continue. Once you click update, you'll be given an option to force update to the current latest version available on our servers. Alternatively, if you're trying to roll back to an older version of the firmware in order to troubleshoot an issue, you can select firmware image to update from a file that's saved locally on your computer. Once you've made your selection, click on update to proceed. Once you've started the update process, you'll see a progress bar, once this is complete, the device will disconnect from CUE and reconnect automatically. Do not disconnect the device during this process! And it's as easy as that! Hopefully this helps to clarify the update process in CUE.
  18. 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. Installing Your Hydro Series Cooler: 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!
  19. 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.
  20. 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?
  21. This blog series is about how it can look when you build your own case from scratch. Part 1: The Beginning - https://www.corsair.com/us/en/blog/Project-CURV3D-The-Beginning Part 2: Hardware and case - https://www.corsair.com/us/en/blog/Project-curv3d-hardware-and-case Part 3: Finishing the structure - https://www.corsair.com/us/en/blog/Project-CURV3D-Finishing-the-structure Part 4: Custom parts and sleeving - https://www.corsair.com/us/en/blog/Project-CURV3D-Custom-parts-and-sleeving In this part I will go through how to polish acrylic that has some scratches, how I installed different custom parts and how I assembled the case. So let’s start with the acrylic, this pieces of acrylic have been through a lot, so they have some scratches. So what to do? Well I use something called Novus Plastic Polish, this is the best polish I found for acrylic. So there is three different parts, one for heavy scratches, one for fine scratches and one to make it clean and shine. First of all, if you have heavy scratches use the number 3 together with a microfiber cloth and buff in the same direction as the scratches. After that I use the number 2 bottle with a clean cloth and buff in circle movements, I did this 2-3 times. To finish it off I used the last bottle, sprayed over the surface and with a new clean cloth buffed it out so it’s clean and shiny. Next thing I did was to shorten the pump-cable for the Corsair H75 as it does not have to be that long in this build. So I measured out how long it needed to be and cut it. Heated up my soldering station and soldered the cables together with some heatshrink. To make it look cleaner it also got some black sleeve. Installed and mounted, looks much better than before. What do you think? Let’s start mounting the different parts together! First of all, the 4x20 LCD, I glued it to the frontplate with some heavy-duty epoxy. The power-switch was also installed to the frontpanel. The fangrill with dustfilter was installed by pushing it under the front casefeet and then screwed into the fan-frame in the back. These casefeet is hand-milled in aluminium, they give builds a cleaner look and is very easy to install, just drill a hole and mount the casefeet with a bolt and nut, then just add the rubber-piece to stop some vibrations. The last thing to be mounted is the front and backpanels. As I don’t want to have any screws visible these are also glued with epoxy. They are glued in one at a time with the help of straps and clamps. This is how it looks when it is mounted together. In the next and last blog in this series I will show of how I install the hardware and how the case ends up looking. Leave a comment of what you think about the build and stay tuned for part six!
  22. I am working on a new custom build right now with a Mirrors Edge theme, I will be using a red and white Carbide Spec-Alpha case and to cool the CPU a Hydro H100i v2. To make the radiator fit better to the theme I wanted to paint the radiator white and then used our red parts from the H100i v2 color kit. So what do you need for painting your cooler? Cardboard. Masking-tape. Sandpaper. Primer, paint and clearcoat. A place to paint, preferable outside. First of all, I started by masking of the things I don’t want to paint. I cut out a piece of cardboard that fitted inside of the radiator to mask of the fins. When you get a new Hydro H100i v2 cooler it comes with a plastic bag over the cooler, I used that bag to mask of the tubes and CPU-block. Then I used masking tape to mask of the last pieces of the tube. To prepare the surface for the paint I used 80-grit sandpaper and went over everything to make the paint stick better. Now it is time for the paint, I started out with a grey primer. My recommendation is to spray very thin layers with 10 minutes of time between them. When you covered the surface with a few layers of the primer let it cure for 24 hours. After that it is time for the paint, same thing here, thin layers with 10 minutes of wait time between them and 24h cure time. Next step in the painting stage is the clearcoat, but before that I went over the surface with a very fine sandpaper to remove small bumps in the paint. Now it is time for the clearcoat to make the paint glossier and stronger. Paint a few thin layers and let it cure for 24h. After that it is finished and you can remove all the masking tape and the cardboard pieces. This is the final result of the painting, I am very satisfied with the result and it fits very good with the overall theme. Here it is together with the motherboard and a GTX 980 which also got a paintjob to fit the theme. Let me know what you think about this guide in the comments! See you next time!
  23. In the last blog we went through what case I would use for this guide as well as what we will do to it. Painting the grills in the front and top. Using sleeved cables, thoughts about cable-management and lighting. How to use simple custom parts. Engraving.So lets start out with painting the grills in the front and top-panels. We have to start by removing the front-panel which is held to the front by two plastic-clips on both sides. On the backside of the front-panel we see the grill as well as the dustfilter, remove the screws that holds the grill and snap it out of the plastic-clips. To remove the dustfilter, bend these small clips and just take it out. There is the exact same procedure for the toppanel, remove the panel, remove the screws that holds the grill, snap it off and remove the dustfilter. Now it is time to start prepping the grills for the paint. These grills are made of steel so it does not need as much prepping as for example aluminium does. I used something called Scotchbrite pads from 3M, the red one, to scruff up the surface so the paint will stick better. The paint I am using is a grey primer as well as a silver color, these exact spraypaints are available in Sweden where I live but you can use the regular spraypaints that you can find in hardware stores and such. When using regular spraycans I highly recommend to use a mask for it as it protects from the dangerous gases. Start with the primer, spray thin layers from a 20cm / 8” distance and let it dry, do this for 6-7 layers and then let it dry for 24 hours before you start with the color. Follow the same procedure for the final paint, if you want a result that will hold up even better, you could paint some clearcoat over it. This is how the grills and fan-rings look when they are finished. Next thing to do is just to put back the grills in the front and top-panels. This is what it looks like now, instead of being all black, there is now some contrasts which makes the case stand out more. Installing custom case-feet. The theme of this build is black/silver/grey, the grills are now silver-colored, so whats next? I have always enjoyed changing and adding small details to my mods, one of those are case-feets. There is a lot of different custom case-feets that can be bought in different shops online, they don’t have to be super expensive either, the ones I am using are custom-milled by a friend. Let us start by turning the case upside down and measure out where you would like the case-feets to be placed out. Next step is to drill the holes through the case so we could bolt the feets to the case. Then it is not much more to do then to put the bolt through and fasten the nut on the other side to hold it together. To stop some vibration from the case going down to your PC-table or floor, you could install some rubber pieces to the feets. So this is what it looks like after the case-feets are installed, it raises the case up a bit so more air can get through the bottom as well as adding more details that fit with the theme of the build. Installing a custom window-frame. The windowed side-panel of this case looks very clean, but what I have done in earlier mods and what I will do here as well will bring more eyes to the sidepanel. I will show how to install a window-frame that will fit good with the overall theme. I measured out the size of the window, added a few millimeters and had a friend of mine mill this out with his CNC-mill. This might sound expensive, but as CNC-mills/Laser machines and 3D-printers are getting more and more popular and also cheaper, there is a lot of people and companies that can do small parts like this pretty cheap. This part is also very simple to measure out and design. To fasten the window-frame to the sidepanel I am using a heavy-duty double-sided tape from 3M, this tape is extremely strong and works perfect for installing smaller parts, ssd and items like that. I cut out small pieces and put them all around the frame. Remove the protection tape and line up the window-frame to the window and press down all around the frame. This is how the result came out, it fits good together with the case-feet. How to engrave? I did not think engraving fit into this build, but I have made a complete guide on how to engrave your side or frontpanel before which can be found here. http://www.corsair.com/en-us/blog/2015/april/how-to-do-engraving This is how the before and after looks, it is not the most extreme mods, but it is some basic mods that still make a difference and is easy to do. It can make your own PC more personal and is a good stepping ground for starting doing more extreme modding. In the next blog I will show the assembling of the PC and how the final result will look.
  24. Case mods are something we love to see here at Corsair. One case modder we have seen progress a lot the last few years is Justin “MetallicAcid” Ohlsen. We recently got the privilege to talk to him about one of the mods he finished last year: Redefined. Tell me a little bit about yourself? Sure! My name is Justin, known as MetallicAcid on forums and social media. I am father to two great kids and a husband to the most supportive (and patient) woman in the world. I am from Australia, but I live in Sweden with my wife's side of the family. When did you start modding and what got you into it? I started PC modding around 3 years ago when I started checking out all of the awesome rigs people created. I was a lurker at overclock.net cable management forum, and some people posted their sleeved cables and cable management in their beautiful custom rigs. I started to look a little closer at some of the details and noticed that modifications had been done. I started subscribing to mod build logs, and was soon thereafter to make my own custom masterpiece! What tools do you use when modding? My go to tools are the rotary tool, jigsaw and metal files. I recently invested in a circular saw with guide rail in an attempt to save time on getting straight cuts when compared to the jigsaw. So far so good! Most instrumental is the ruler, and a pen + paper for creating “To-Do” lists and sketching design ideas. Where did you find your inspiration for Redefined and where did you get the idea to use leather? A friend of mine was showing me his dream car, which was a McLaren Spider. We was browsing the image search when I spotted a white McLaren with tan leather trim inside, and I had the idea of dressing the inside of the chassis with custom faux leather panels. I personally had not seen it in any projects I had come across, and thought that I would like to give the idea a try. What has been the biggest challenge with this project? The biggest challenge was correcting a mistake that I had made... I had went ahead and ordered a discrete GPU for this project, but only upon installing the GPU inside the chassis on the motherboard, I noticed that I would no longer put on the side panel as the heat pipes from the GPU stuck up too much. I thought of taking the easy way out and just cut a hole into the acrylic side panel, but I thought I would go with the flow and take this as an opportunity to get innovative, and create a series of panels so that I could mount the GPU vertically, and have it shown off in all of it's glory. What is your favorite Corsair product? My current favorite Corsair product is the Carbide 600C chassis. This chassis reminds me of my very first chassis that I had ever purchased (The SilverStone Temjin TJ08-E) as it has almost the exact same layout but in ATX format. The front and top panels are really nice with the sleek design and monolithic vibe they give off. This is the chassis that I have chosen for my current work in progress modding project. Besides modding PC’s, what do you do on your free time? Modding, designing and planning and posting my projects takes up almost all of my free time. This is because I love to do what I do so much. Sometimes though, and can just think “meh” and literally do nothing, disconnect and indulge in a good book. Game of Thrones is currently my favorite series. We want to give Justin a big thank you for taking the time to talk to us and for sharing these amazing photos!
  25. I have always been very passionate about PC-modding as you might understand from the different blogs I post here. When we post a really cool custom build on our Facebook, I have seen many comments that people would like to do something similar but does not have the tools or experience for it, that they don’t know where to start. But it is actually not always that hard nor do you need very expensive hardware either. Many times very small details can make a big difference. In this blog-series I will go through different simple steps and techniques that will help you make your PC more personal and help you start modding, it will be very basic guide but it will be a good base for beginners, in this first article I will show you what case that will be the victim for this mod, what hardware that will be used and the different steps to mod it. Case: Corsair Carbide Air 240 Motherboard: Asus Maximus VIII Gene Z170 mATX Processor: Intel Core i7 6700K Graphics card: EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB SC+ ACX 2.0 Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 4x8GB DDR4 3000MHz Storage: Corsair Force LE 480GB PSU: Corsair RM650i Cooler: Corsair H100i GTX Fans: Corsair AF & SP Misc: Corsair Commander Mini I chose the Carbide Air 240 as I like a bit smaller cases and it has a lot of potential for modding. My first advice for modding is to decide on a color theme for your build because then you can get the hardware that fits best together. For this build I decided to go with a black/silver/grey theme. I installed the hardware into the case quickly too see how everything fits and while this looks okay there is much we can do to make it look better. In the upcoming blogs in this series I will go show how to make it look better with four simple steps. Painting the grills in the front and top. Using sleeved cables, good cable management and lighting. How to use simple custom parts. Engraving. See you next time!
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