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  1. If you’re a gamer or just like to follow gaming news, there’s no doubtyou’ve heard of the new battle royale sensation, Apex Legends, and its rapidrise to success. Here at CORSAIR HQ, which resides somewhere between Artilleryand Bunker, there are a bunch of us who regularly take up arms and battle itout to be champions. With the game’s large variety of weapons, upgrades, andlegends to choose from, your mouse should match your playstyle. I asked some ofour own staff which mouse/mice they preferred and why. Read on to see what ourown legends have to say! First Name: Donia Position at CORSAIR: Customer Service Representative Preferred Legend: Lifeline Preferred Mouse: White M65 RGB Elite Why? I really like this mouse a lot because not only is it SOOOO pretty – But it’s the perfect size for me. I have small/medium sized hands, and a lot of other mice don’t fit my hands well. I like when my mouse is simple and just gets the job done. The sniper button is GENIUS; I also play League of Legends, so I can play with super high sensitivity at times. Using the sniper button to slow down to aim has literally saved my life in game. Overall, it’s a good, simple mouse that really gets the job done. Name: James Position: Technical Support Preferred Legend(s): Bloodhound and Octane Preferred Mouse/Mice: White M65 RGB Elite Why? I love the feel and looks of this mouse. It sits comfortably in my hand and I’m able to easily reach the side buttons. I typically rebind the sniper and side buttons, which allows me to sprint, heal, or drop kick someone with the greatest of ease. Name: Kevin Position: Technical Marketing Preferred Legend(s): Lifeline or Bangalore Preferred Mouse/Mice: Glaive RGB or White M65 RGB Elite Why? I love the Glaive’s shape, large thumb buttons, easy to read DPI indicator, and interchangeable thumb rests. All of these give me a comfortable, firm grip, and makes it easier to frag out. The white M65 RGB Elite feels super snappy, it’s easy to clean, and with the updated thumb buttons, it feels better than ever. Oh, and aesthetically speaking? OOF. It’s a beauty. Name: Phil Position: Technical Marketing – Elgato Preferred Legend: Bangalore Preferred Mouse/Mice: Black M65 RGB Elite Why? The shape and size of the mouse are really nice, and it fits well in my hand, which is the most important aspect of a gaming mouse to me. Name: Scott Position: Video Producer Preferred Legend: Pathfinder Preferred Mouse/Mice: Harpoon Wireless Why? I’ve always liked smaller/ lighter mice, especially for FPS games. I mainly play wired at my desk, but I also have my PC running to my 4K TV in the living room. The Harpoon wireless lets me quickly unplug and move to my K63 Lapboard combo. Name: Steggy Position: Marketing Manager – Elgato Preferred Legend(s): Mirage Preferred Mouse/Mice: Glaive RGB Why? The Glaive seems to be that sort of classic mouse shape, and the customizable side panel allows the mouse to be enjoyed by people who prefer different styles of mice. Some people like thumb rests, whereas I just want a simple side with grip, and the Glaive gives that to me. In addition to these responses, we also collected some data of other Apex Legends fans around the office. Below, in our ultra-scientific bar graph, you can get a visual representation of which mice our own legends prefer. From the collected responses, it appears that the M65 RGB Elite is the champion for Apex Legends fans at CORSAIR HQ! This was data collected from a small sample of us who have been bitten by the Apex Legends bug at the office. Just like the game gives you a wealth of weapons to choose from, CORSAIR offers plenty of options for mice, except you’re not at the mercy of RNG. On that note… has anyone found a Precision Choke? What’s your favorite CORSAIR mouse to use for Apex? Let us know below!
  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. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. A little while back we announced our new K57 RGB Wireless keyboard. The K57 RGB Wireless is a unique entry into the gaming peripheral market due to it being membrane keyboard, using SLIPSTREAM Wireless and CAPELLIX LEDs, two of CORSAIR’s newest technologies. As the first wireless keyboard to utilize SLIPSTREAM Wireless and the first peripheral to use CAPELLIX LEDs, the K57 is a great entry point for anyone seeking a high-performance wireless keyboard with advanced LED technology. The combination of SLIPSTREAM’s incredible speed and CAPELLIX ’s energy savings lends itself to great battery life while increasing performance. With full RGB lighting, users can expect up to 35 hours of battery life, and with no LEDs on, a whopping 175 hours of battery life; that’s over a full week of use! The K57 RGB Wireless began as a wireless version of our popular K55 RGB, but during development, we saw the perfect opportunity to integrate these amazing new technologies. The K57 with CAPELLIX LEDs offers incredible brightness, as well as per-key RGB lighting effects, giving nearly unlimited customizability with our amazing iCUE software. CORSAIR’s SLIPSTREAM technology offers the best performance for wireless devices with sub-1ms response times. Additionally, with intelligent frequency switching, SLIPSTREAM will always keep your devices in the least congested sub-frequencies for reliable and fast performance. Speaking of reliability, there’s no question that LEDs are the best source of illumination. CAPELLIX LEDs take the renowned reliability and offer the added benefit of flexibility and miniaturization. At a fraction of the size of a standard RGB LED, CAPELLIX LEDs shine brighter and can be installed in numerous places, thanks to the awesome manufacturing process of being printed directly on the circuit board. CORSAIR decided to use the K57 RGB Wireless to debut SLIPSTREAM Wireless and CAPELLIX LEDs in our keyboard product line primarily due to accessibility. By featuring these technologies in an affordable product, more people can enjoy the experience of having some of the newest tech in their hands. We wanted to make sure everyone got a chance to enjoy two technologies we’re very proud of here at CORSAIR. We worked hard to make SLIPSTREAM wireless the best, most responsive wireless protocol we could, and CAPELLIX LEDs are similarly groundbreaking. Instead of limiting them only to premiere products, we felt it better to use them where they could do the most good – by improving performance and battery life in our mainstream wireless gaming keyboard. Discussing the K57 RGB Wireless on our AMA Livestream in August 2019While the K57 RGB Wireless keyboard is a membrane keyboard, even keyboard elitists who have seen and used the keyboard in person at PAX West 2019 were astounded to find out it wasn’t mechanical, noting that keystrokes were comfortable, both in actuation feel and force. Another benefit of the membrane actuation is very quiet operation, which is something a lot of streamers look for in keyboards so their viewers don’t hear the constant clacking of the keys, especially in areas where a wireless keyboard excels, like the living room. Many younger gamers and their parents were excited to hear that it was wireless with per-key RGB lighting for $99.99 MSRP, a price facilitated by the fact that it’s a membrane keyboard. The features and technologies the K57 offers at this price point are unique in the industry, and this makes it a perfect keyboard for both new users and veterans, gamers and content creators, or for those who just want a reliable wireless keyboard for any situation. If the K57 RGB Wireless sounds like just the keyboard you’ve been searching for, head over to corsair.com to check it out!
  7. 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!
  8. 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!
  9. Cooling and lighting control for a modern system can be convoluted and messy. One program controls your lighting, another controls your fans, and maybe even a third monitors your temperatures. Our CORSAIR LINK software and the new Commander PRO combine these features into a single device and software combo. The Commander PRO is the key to controlling almost every aspect of your build’s cooling and lighting. You can monitor temperatures with the included thermistors, control PWM and DC fans, RGB LED strips, and even connect other CORSAIR LINK USB devices such as our intelligent power supplies and Hydro Series coolers with the integrated USB 2.0 HUB. Connectivity After unboxing the Commander PRO, you’ll notice that it’s surprisingly compact. Measuring in at 133mm x 69mm x 15.5mm with a single internal USB 2.0 cable and SATA power cable. Taking a quick look at the Commander PRO’s onboard connections, you’ll notice the following: 2x RGB LED channel ports 4x Thermal sensor headers 6x 4-pin fan headers 2x USB 2.0 headers Inside the Box The Commander PRO includes the following: 2x RGB LED hub cables 4x Thermal sensors 5x Fan extension cables 2x pieces of mounting tape Physical Installation Installing the Commander PRO is simple, find a flat surface inside your case and stick it in place with the included pieces of double-sided mounting tape. Make sure to plan ahead and pick a location that is reachable by all the fan and LED cables (the included fan extension cables provide added flexibility). Once you have everything connected, you’ll see something like this screenshot when you launch CORSAIR LINK. Lighting Just like the Lighting Node PRO, the Commander PRO unlocks a plethora of lighting effects that you can sync across your compatible LINK RGB devices, or you can control each device individually for wild effects. All the classic modes are there, and as of Corsair LINK 4.7 (which you can download here) you’ll have access to: - Sequential - Marquee - Strobing - Visor After you’ve given your build some personality, you’ll want to dive right into temperature sensors and fan control. This is where the Commander PRO really shines. Fans and Temps Several preset fan curves can be chosen from to auto adjust fan speeds. However, you can also choose fixed RPM, fixed percentage, and a custom curve mode so you can have your fans set exactly where you want them. For example, if you want a quiet system and your system temperature runs within acceptable limits, you can have the Commander PRO turn off all your system fans with a custom fan curve. You can assign this curve to multiple fans with the “Copy to” buttons so if you want all your intake fans to dynamically spin up based on your GPU temperature, you can group this configuration to a thermal sensor and using the drop-down menu to the right, copy this configuration to the appropriate fans. There’s no limit to the customization you can do. It’s your build, cool it how you want to. Extended Connectivity In addition to all the onboard devices you can plug directly into the Commander PRO, there’s also an integrated USB 2.0 HUB so you can plug in other USB devices that would otherwise take up a USB header on your motherboard. This is especially handy if you want to have one of our intelligent power supplies or Hydro Series liquid cooler plugged into a single USB header. Mapping out Your System Once you have all your devices connected and configured, you can create a map of your system by going to the “Configure” tab in CORSAIR LINK. You’ll be able to pick an empty view of your chassis (with a selection of CORSAIR cases available to choose from) or you can upload your own image of your case. You can then drag and drop items from the sidebar to the left to their appropriate position on your case image. You can see I went ahead and put my fans, temperature sensors, and lights all where they should be in my Vengeance C70. The Commander PRO combines powerful fan controls and advanced lighting modes into a single device powered by CORSAIR LINK. The Commander PRO is available now and if you have any questions, feel free to ask us in the CORSAIR Forums.
  10. Corsair LINK introduces support for Vengeance RGB and Vengeance LED DDR4 memory to the AMD Ryzen platform, bringing wirefree lighting control of DRAM to all the current mainstream desktop platforms. If you haven't installed Corsair LINK, you can find it in the "Downloads" section of our website. Alternatively, you can update Corsair LINK on your AMD Ryzen system by clicking "Options" then "About", and clicking the "Check for updates" button. Once you have Corsair LINK installed, you should see a screen similar to what I have on my test bench in this screenshot: You'll see that your Ryzen processor is identified as well as either Vengeance RGB or Vengeance LED DRAM information and lighting. To configure lighting, simply click on any of the DIMMs in the DRAM panel and adjust lighting to your heart's content. For more information about the different lighting options available, you can check out this blog post where we covered exactly that. If you're planning on building an AMD Ryzen-based system, here's a handy list of Vengeance LED/RGB DRAM kits that are currently compatible with the platform. This list is subject to change, so for best results, it's strongly encouraged that you check your motherboard manufacturer's QVL for your particular motherboard model as well as have the latest BIOS update for your motherboard installed, especially for kits rated for speeds higher than 3000MHz. SKU Series Modules Capacity Frequency CAS CMR32GX4M4A2666C16 VENGEANCE RGB 4 32GB 2666 16 CMR16GX4M2A2666C16 VENGEANCE RGB 2 16GB 2666 16 CMU64GX4M4A2666C16 VENGEANCE LED 4 64GB 2666 16 CMU64GX4M4A2666C16B VENGEANCE LED 4 64GB 2666 16 CMU64GX4M4A2666C16R VENGEANCE LED 4 64GB 2666 16 CMU32GX4M2A2666C16 VENGEANCE LED 2 32GB 2666 16 CMU32GX4M2A2666C16R VENGEANCE LED 2 32GB 2666 16 CMU32GX4M4A2666C16 VENGEANCE LED 4 32GB 2666 16 CMU32GX4M4A2666C16B VENGEANCE LED 4 32GB 2666 16 CMU32GX4M4A2666C16R VENGEANCE LED 4 32GB 2666 16 CMU16GX4M2A2666C16 VENGEANCE LED 2 16GB 2666 16 CMU16GX4M2A2666C16R VENGEANCE LED 2 16GB 2666 16 CMR16GX4M2C3000C15 VENGEANCE RGB 2 16GB 3000 15 CMU16GX4M2C3000C15 VENGEANCE LED 2 16GB 3000 15 CMU16GX4M2C3000C15B VENGEANCE LED 2 16GB 3000 15 CMU16GX4M2C3000C15R VENGEANCE LED 2 16GB 3000 15 CMR16GX4M2C3200C16 VENGEANCE RGB 2 16GB 3200 16 CMU16GX4M2C3200C16 VENGEANCE LED 2 16GB 3200 16 CMU16GX4M2C3200C16B VENGEANCE LED 2 16GB 3200 16 CMU16GX4M2C3200C16R VENGEANCE LED 2 16GB 3200 16
  11. The Corsair AM4 AMD Retention Bracket kit is now available worldwide for those who have made the move to AMD’s latest platform along with our Hydro Series liquid CPU coolers. /corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/blog_AM4BracketInstallation-Content-1.png The Hydro Series coolers listed below are already compatible right out of the box: H60, H110i (H110i GT), and H100i But if you have one of these coolers listed below, you'll need to order the AMD Retention Bracket kit to install your Hydro Series cooler: H50, H55, H75, H80i v2 (H80i GT), H90, H100i v2 (H100i GTX), H105, H110i GTX, H115 Before we get started, let’s look at what comes in the package. /corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/blog_AM4BracketInstallation-Content-2.jpg/corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/blog_AM4BracketInstallation-Content-3.jpg/corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/blog_AM4BracketInstallation-Content-4.jpg (1) AM4 bracket for circular pumps (4x) Collard standoffs (4x) Thumbscrews AMD AM4 Mounting Kit installation instructions: (1) Remove the stock AMD mounting clips from the front of your motherboard. /corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/blog_AM4BracketInstallation-Content-5.gif (2) Insert the AM4 standoffs into the original AMD back plate, collared side down. /corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/blog_AM4BracketInstallation-Content-6.gif (3) Replace the stock Intel bracket on your Hydro Series cooler with the AMD bracket provided in the kit. /corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/blog_AM4BracketInstallation-Content-7.gif And from there, proceed with your typical Hydro Series cooler installation (don't forget to plug in your power and USB cables)! /corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/blog_AM4BracketInstallation-Content-8.gif For more information, consult your user's guide or check out our forums!
  12. The new LIGHTING NODE PRO is our latest RGB lighting controller which lets you easily setup and sync advanced lighting across your CORSAIR RGB components. To make installation as simple as possible, we made the LIGHTING NODE PRO as small as possible, allowing you to tuck the controller away nearly anywhere in your chassis. The LIGHTING NODE PRO features a single mini-USB port to communicate with CORSAIR LINK on your PC, two separate channels for RGB LED strips or RGB fan hubs, and a single SATA power plug. The LIGHTING NODE PRO also features onboard memory so that lighting effects can be stored directly on the device and run without CORSAIR LINK (such as while you're in BIOS). Setting up the LIGHTING NODE PRO is quick and easy. Plug the USB cable into an available header on your motherboard and start up CORSAIR LINK on your system. You’ll see a tile for the LIGHTING NODE PRO. Click on the Configure button to get started. LIGHTING NODE PRO features two channels that can be individually controlled, allowing you to have your LED strips on one channel and your RGB fans on the other channel. You can define what device is on each channel with the dropdown menu just to the right of the channel number (you can choose from RGB LED strips, HD RGB fans, or SP RGB fans). Note for Users with SP RGB Fans: The LIGHTING NODE PRO requires a firmware update to enable SP RGB fan compatibility. You can check for a new firmware version by going to Options -> Devices and click "Check for Updates". If there's a firmware update available for the LIGHTING NODE PRO, it will be installed at this time. To add devices to a channel, simply click the ‘+’ button on the channel until you have the desired number of devices on that channel. On the right hand side you’ll notice brightness controls, and at the bottom of the window, you’ll notice the lighting mode configuration panel. The LIGHTING NODE PRO has a total of 6 different lighting modes: Rainbow, Color Shift, Color Pulse, Color Wave, Static, and Temperature. With the different lighting modes available, you can do some pretty cool stuff, such as have the HD RGB fans on your radiator change color depending on the temperature of your processor and the other fans in your system change color depending on the temperature of your drives or graphics card all while your LED strips display a constant rainbow effect. Once you're done tweaking a particular lighting mode, you can copy that mode to other devices connected to the LIGHTING NODE PRO by checking the box next to the individual devices you want in the group or by checking the box next to "Devices" to apply the lighting mode to everything connected to the LIGHTING NODE PRO. You can also set the lighting mode to be active only for specific performance profiles or for all performance profiles in this window. The LIGHTING NODE PRO and CORSAIR LINK allow you to sync all of your CORSAIR RGB components not just for aesthetics (while that is a pretty big plus), but to also enhance your system with powerful features such as temperature monitoring as well!
  13. Intel recently released their latest 7th generation Core processors, originally codenamed “Kaby Lake.” Leading the pack is the Core i7-7700k, the fastest of the current mainstream socket (LGA 1151) processors with the ability to overclock on supported motherboards with the Z270 (or previous Z170) chipset. If you’ve made the jump to the i7-7700k CPU for your new build, you’re probably wondering how to keep your CPU running cool without breaking the bank (especially since K-series processors don’t include a standard Intel heatsink cooler). We explore this question by putting our popular H100i v2 to the test to see how well it will fare when paired up with an Intel i7-7700K processor. Our Testbench • Intel i7-7700k • Asus Maximus IX Hero Z270 Motherboard • NVIDIA GTX 1080 • CORSAIR Crystal Series 460X Chassis • CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i v2 • CORSAIR Vengeance LED DDR4 32GB 2133Mhz • CORSAIR RM1000x 1000w PSU For consistent results, I ran the H100i v2 on the Performance profile across the board using our CORSAIR Link 4 Software. We tested three different clock speeds and observed the idle and load temperature of the CPU at each setting. To put the CPU under load, we used Prime95 as our main tool to determine how well our H100i v2 could handle the heat. We compared max temps after 10 minutes of run time, giving us a good idea of temperatures we could expect in a worst case scenario. As a point of reference, our ambient temperature at the time of testing was 22°C. Stock setting: idle max temp average 31°C i7-7700k @ 4.20GHz (Turbo Mode Off) Stock setting: load max temp average 58°C i7-7700k @ 4.20GHz (Turbo Mode Off) Turbo setting: load max temp average 69°C i7-7700k @ 4.50GHz (Turbo Mode On) OC Setting: load max temp average 83°C i7-7700k @ 4.80GHz (Overclocked) Comparing the max temperatures across all three runs, we noticed that not only does Kaby Lake run hotter than the previous generation Skylake processors (albeit, those older chips ran at a slower clockspeed), but that there was also a clear upward trend of +10°C for every +300 MHz increase to the CPU core clockspeed. With these observations in mind, it’s clear that the H100i v2 was able to manage the CPU temps within a reasonable range, making it a great pick for an overclocked Kaby Lake CPU. If you’re new to PC building or are well-established as a veteran system builder, the H100i v2 hits a performance sweet spot thanks to its easy installation and rock solid performance.
  14. 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.
  15. This is the fifth and final part of our build log for the Obsidian Series 750D “Yamamura.” The previous four chapters: Part Selection Assembly Overclocking Optimization There are essentially four reasons to build a custom liquid cooled system: The pleasure of constructing something with your hands. The unique aesthetic of a liquid cooled system. The potential for improved performance as a result of the larger heat capacity. The ability to quiet or silence an extremely high performance system.On this front, how did the Obsidian Series 750D “Yamamura” build do? The pleasure of constructing something with your hands. Yamamura proved to be a more difficult build than I expected. While the 750D is uniquely well suited to high performance liquid cooled builds, cramming a third radiator into the bottom of the case resulted in clearance problems for deeper power supplies as well as forcing the pump/reservoir to be mounted to the motherboard tray instead of the bottom. The 750D has very healthy dimensions, but we're still trying to cram a lot into it. Thankfully, the AX860i power supply turned out to be an all-star. The reduced depth coupled with high capacity and best-in-class performance allows a power supply with only 160mm of depth to handle the demanding job of powering multiple high performance overclocked components. That, and we get to keep the third radiator. As a result of having to cut two fans and the Dominator Airflow Platinum, though, I wound up ultimately being able to go down to just one Corsair Link Commander Mini unit. This is fortunate, as the NZXT USB 2.0 header splitter simply didn’t play well with the USB controller on the ASUS Z97-WS (note that the USB controller itself on my board seems to have issues with resolving hubs in general). The unique aesthetic of a liquid cooled system. This is hands down the most beautiful liquid cooled rig I have ever built. The 750D’s large side window allows you to really see and appreciate the glowing XSPC waterblocks, Dominator Platinum memory kit with lightbars, blue sleeved cabling, SP120 LED fans, and the XSPC Photon 170 reservoir. My girlfriend had worked with me on my last build and was skeptical that this one would look better, but Yamamura is a gorgeous beast and excellent showpiece. The Corsair Link lighting kit set to white allows all of the blue components to really pop. I have found over and over again that even people who aren’t die-hard DIY enthusiasts can still be impressed by a beautiful, well-built system with a custom loop. The potential for improved performance as a result of the larger heat capacity. While I wasn’t able to reach the mythical 4.8GHz on my Intel Core i7-4790K, nor was I able to get higher overclocks on my GeForce GTX 980s even with modded BIOSes, the waterblocks on the 980s do their job with aplomb. They may hit the same overclocks that they did on air, but those overclocks are much more stable now. XSPC's Razor GTX 980 waterblock does a stellar job of keeping every heat generating component incredibly cool. I feel better being limited by the silicon more than by the heat, and I now have two GeForce GTX 980s that spend their lives pushing 8GHz on the memory and 1.5GHz on the GPU. I’m looking forward to putting them through their paces at 4K. The ability to quiet or silence an extremely high performance system. Until we produce the greatest silent case the world has ever seen, one that effectively marries best-in-class airflow with smart acoustic design, the best way to make a quiet system is by controlling airflow. Having twelve fans and a pump decoupled from the chassis allows me to run the Yamamura extremely quietly. No high end build is complete without the Corsair Link Commander Mini. By employing a Corsair Link Commander Mini, I can run all of the fans at minimum speed until absolutely necessary, and this much heat capacity takes a very long time to reach a “steady state.” The result is that Yamamura is barely audible when running and certainly in no way obtrusive. Conclusion I actually have one regret as far as the Yamamura goes, and it’s a semi-silly one: I wish I had gone with Haswell-E instead of Devil’s Canyon. It arguably would’ve pushed the AX860i to its limits, but even a 4.7GHz i7-4790K feels oddly underpowered and modest in a build like this. An i7-5960X or even an i7-5930K, when overclocked, can start to really tap into the extra cooling potential of more elaborate cooling systems, while the i7-4790K can reasonably be handled by something as modest as a Hydro Series H75. Somehow I'll get by. With all that said, though, the system is still bracingly fast and handles just about anything I throw at it. I can’t complain too much. Except about my power bill.
  16. This is the fourth in a series of blogs about the Yamamura Obsidian Series 750D build. The first details component selection and can be found here; the second details the assembly and can be found here; and the third details overclocking and system performance and can be found here. While one big reason to assemble a custom liquid cooling loop is the ability to massively increase your system’s capacity for dissipating component heat, and thus improve overclocking headroom (or at least clock stability with NVIDIA GPUs), another less talked about key benefit is the potential to run your system far more quietly. This is perhaps one of the biggest reasons to “overdo it” on cooling capacity. Yamamura would have more than adequate cooling capacity with just the single 360mm radiator and three fans. Instead, the massive cooling capacity of the Yamamura’s loop and use of push-pull fans on two of the three radiators lets us substantially reduce the amount of noise the system produces. The D5 Vario pump, potentially one of the loudest components in the system, is largely decoupled from the chassis and produces virtually no noise at its midrange setting. To keep noise levels under control, the twelve SP120 LED radiator fans are connected to a single Commander Mini (note that this does exceed spec on the fan headers and comes dangerously close to exceeding the overall unit spec) using fan header splitters. The loop is also arranged with heat generating components essentially isolated between radiators. The heat generated by the Intel Core i7-4790K immediately feeds into the 360mm radiator in the top of the enclosure where it’s dissipated and the coolant flows into the two GeForce GTX 980s. After that, the coolant flows into both 240mm radiators in sequence before heading back into the reservoir. The radiator-component arrangement lets me isolate fan groups to compensate for the heat generated. Fans are controlled in pairs, and I used Corsair Link to program very permissive fan curves: these fans all run at their minimum speed (~750RPM) until the CPU exceeds 75C or the GPUs exceed 70C. Meanwhile, the almost ornamental SP140 in the rear exhaust of the Yamamura has had its voltage reduced to just 5V: enough to spin and move some air, but not enough to generate any real noise. How does it work out in practice? Incredibly well, actually. Yamamura’s massive cooling capacity and push-pull on two of the three radiators means the fans frankly never have to spin up. It’s only when doing extreme stress testing on the CPU that any of the fans spin up; otherwise, everything runs at its lowest speed and component temperatures remain very reasonable. I have to be seriously stressing the GPUs to get them to break 55C; the CPU jumps around a little more due to the high overclock, but spends most of its time under 60C. This is why I maintain that the Commander Mini’s true mission in life is to handle fan control for a custom loop. A PWM-controlled pump like Swiftech’s MCP35X could be operated by the Commander Mini and kept at its lowest speed until heat in the loop reaches a certain point, at which time it can kick into a higher gear. In the next and final chapter of the Yamamura build log, we’ll do a postmortem and look at what worked – and what didn’t.
  17. (This is the second part in a series of blogs. The first part details part selection, and is here.) Building a custom liquid cooling loop, even in a case as well-designed as the Obsidian Series 750D, seems to be inevitably more involved than you originally plan. At least if you’re a hobbyist like I am; this is only my fourth loop, and each time I’ve learned new and exciting lessons. For example, plans are adorable. Every time I’ve sat down to do one of these, I haven’t been exactly certain what order to go in. So for the Yamamura, I started out by just installing the waterblocks to the graphics cards. I’m using the XSPC Razor GTX 980, almost entirely for its lighting, but also because I’ve been continually bothered by the general lack of user-friendliness of EKWB products. Installing an EKWB block on a Radeon R9 290X was a fussy, frustrating experience. The XSPC Razor was better, but not by much. Carefully removing plastic from both sides of little pieces of thermal padding is a chore unto itself. The Razor GTX 980 can also be ordered with XSPC’s backplate, or you can re-use the one that comes with the stock 980. I opted to just re-use NVIDIA’s. XSPC’s block sure is a looker, though, and definitely more appealing than the Swiftech Komodo blocks I used on my GTX 780s. The EKWB transparent block I used on the R9 290X for my 250D build was well-suited to the task, but for the Yamamura, the Razor 980’s glowing trim is going to be killer and a real eye-catcher. The Obsidian 750D needs to almost be gutted to fit the amount of cooling capacity we’re cramming into it. The 3.5” drive cages have to go along with the stock intake and exhaust fans. I also had to temporarily remove the 2.5” drive sleds, but thankfully the smart layout of the 750D allows me to use up to four SSDs even with three radiators installed. Despite my reservations about how fiddly EKWB’s blocks can be, the Supremacy EVO is regarded on several forums as being simply the best CPU block you can buy. Interestingly, EKWB doesn’t necessarily employ a one-size-fits-all approach with their blocks; components within the block can be swapped out to optimize for individual platforms. The default configuration is for an LGA2011(-3) CPU, but replacing the jet plate makes it better suited for our Intel Core i7-4790K. You also want to make sure the copper microfins inside the block run parallel with the CPU die beneath the heatspreader to maximize heat transfer. And here’s where plans begin to crumble into dust. Two design choices already have to be cut and altered. Due to limited clearance and overachieving ambition, the bottom radiator can’t be configured as push-pull, so I went with push. The radiator’s fixtures also encroach on the HX1000i. While the HX1000i and radiator fit together, the HX1000i’s cables make it impossible. At this point I had to decide whether I wanted the HX1000i or the bottom radiator; the bottom radiator won out, and the HX1000i was replaced by the higher-performing but lower-capacity AX860i, which has an impressive 160mm depth. With radiator and component fitment sorted out, it’s time for some fresh problems. Everything installs okay enough, but the 360mm radiator in the top needs to be rotated 180 degrees; the inlet and outlet overlap the primary AUX12V socket on the motherboard. The secondary one gets covered by fans, and the third is next to the first PCIe x16 slot. Thankfully we only really need the first. The GTX 980s also wind up being a touch too long to use the stock mounting holes in the motherboard tray for the XSPC Photon 170 D5 Vario reservoir/pump combo. Note, too, that the speed control on the bottom of the pump is basically buried; I tested it before installation to find the right balance of performance and noise and went with the Level 3 (of 5) setting. In order to mount the pump and reservoir, I needed to drill holes into the motherboard tray. Per my girlfriend’s directions (she’s much handier than I am), I covered the tray with painter’s tape to keep metal shrapnel from flying into the electronics (a smarter decision would’ve been to take them out ahead of time). I also photocopied the mounting side of the Photon 170 and used it essentially as a guide for drilling the mounting holes, and this worked fairly well. Once I was clear that the pump and reservoir assembly was going to install safely, it was time to actually cut the tubing and connect the loop. Per a suggestion from a more experienced modder, we switched from using Swiftech compression fittings to Bitspower, and it was a very positive switch. Swiftech’s fittings certainly work, but the Bitspowers are much, much easier to install. Incidentally, the loop layout wound up being essentially identical to the plan: CPU Block 360mm Radiator GTX 980 #1 GTX 980 #2 Bottom 240mm Radiator Front 240mm Radiator Pump Back to CPU BlockOwing to the relative spaciousness of the 750D, actually attaching the fittings wound up being fairly trivial provided we warmed up the ends of the tubing before slipping it over the barbs. Of course, it’s easy for me to say it was trivial; there was still a decent amount of elbow grease involved, and my much stronger girlfriend was responsible for securing all of the compression fittings. With paper towels down, we primed the loop and left it leak testing overnight. The next morning, the paper towels were dry. Since the loop itself was in place, I finished the build by installing the SSDs, Commander Minis, rear 140mm exhaust, and finishing up the cabling. I did wind up having to use a helpful little accessory from a competitor of ours: NZXT has an accessory that lets you split a single internal USB 2.0 header into three (plus two USB 2.0 ports). Since there are two Corsair Link Commander Minis installed plus the two USB 2.0 ports from the case and only two USB 2.0 headers on the ASUS Z97-WS motherboard, the accessory came in handy. And the Yamamura is complete. I had trouble deciding whether or not to include the BD-RE drive, but we felt like the break in the drive bays was worth the utility, and the silver line on the drive is a nice accent that helps keep the front of the case from being too monochrome. The system as a whole is amazingly silent while having tremendous cooling capacity. In the next part of this build log, I’m going to talk about optimization: with all of this cooling performance, it’s time to try unlocking the GTX 980s.
  18. It’s been a half a year since we took an Obsidian Series 250D enclosure and installed a custom liquid cooling loop into it just to prove we could. Today we’re going to do something a little more straightforward with one of the most flexible cases in our lineup: the mainstream juggernaut Obsidian Series 750D. The 750D has been an extremely popular and solid seller for us, and it’s not hard to see why. This chassis design (and to an extent its flashier derivative, the Graphite Series 760T) is a history of Corsair cases placed in a crucible, the excess burned away and only the essentials remaining. It’s large, but feature rich, maximizing its space and giving the end user tremendous flexibility. This will be a series of articles on a build I’ve dubbed “Yamamura” after the villainess of the Japanese “Ring” films, whose father is inferred to be a water demon. Today we’re going to start with the parts list. Note that this is tentative; at some point parts may be swapped in or out depending on circumstances. Chassis: Obsidian Series 750D This build’s reason for being, the 750D boasts tremendous capacity for water cooling, rivaled only by the larger Graphite 780T and Obsidian 900D cases. Combining a clean design with solid airflow, room for multiple radiators, mounting points for a pump/reservoir combo, and general ease of assembly, the 750D is really the ideal mainstream case for liquid cooling enthusiasts who don’t want to go all out with a juggernaut like the 900D. Processor: Intel Core i7-4790K It’s reasonable to suggest an Intel Core i7-5960X might be a more exciting option, but the i7-4790K is a vastly more efficient processor, even when substantially overclocked. Part of the reason we’re going with so much radiator capacity (listed later) is to be able to run the fans at low speeds; a chip like the i7-5960X that dumps an extra ~150W of heat into the loop when overclocked takes a substantial bite out of that thermal efficiency. Intel’s i7-4790K is a stellar processor in its own right, and our samples hit 4.7GHz on Intel’s highest performing CPU architecture. Motherboard: ASUS Z97-WS I’ve been using this board in my Haswell and Devil’s Canyon testbed and it’s been an absolute pleasure. The Z97-WS is feature complete for this generation, sporting SATA Express, M.2, a PLX switch for dual PCIe x16 SLI and CrossFire, multiple USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 headers, and even FireWire capability. There are also extra power leads for the CPU socket and the PCI Express slots. Short of an ROG board, the Z97-WS is basically as good as Z97 gets. Memory: 32GB (4x8GB) Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR3 2400MHz CAS 10 It’s tempting to go for higher speed memory, but we’ve found internally that 32GB of DDR3-2400 is really the sweetest spot for Haswell and Devil’s Canyon. This is fast memory and a lot of it, and it ensures that you’ll never be bottlenecked by your memory subsystem. This kit is hands down my favorite for Haswell and Devil’s Canyon: high speed, high capacity, low latency, peak performance. Memory Cooling: Corsair Dominator Airflow Platinum While the benefits of having active cooling over high speed memory can certainly be debated, the Dominator Airflow Platinum cooler serves double duty both as cooling and as a classy bit of bling that can be added to the build. Rather than be limited to the two light bar kit colors, the Dominator Airflow Platinum has two RGB LED fans in it that can be controlled and configured via Corsair Link. Graphics Cards: Dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4GB GDDR5 Essentially the fastest single-GPU card on the planet, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 also holds the distinction of being one of the most overclockable as well. We’ve seen the GTX 980 exceed a boost clock of 1.5GHz on stock air cooling with only a minor poke to voltage; with two of these under water and modified vBIOSes to remove the TDP cap, we may be able to push these cards to new heights of performance. Storage: 4x Corsair Neutron Series GTX 480GB SSD in RAID 0 Previous testing has indicated that four Neutron GTX SSDs are enough to saturate Z97’s SATA bus, offering peak throughput of a staggering 1.6GB/sec. While striped RAID has its own drawbacks (if one drive fails all of the data is lost), judicious backups and good computing habits can leave you free to enjoy a tremendous amount of solid state capacity and performance. Power Supply: Corsair HXi Series HX1000i 1000W 80 Plus Platinum This selection could’ve gone either way, between the HX1000i and the AX1200i, but in the end I opted for the slightly shorter, slightly less featured, but still exceptional new HX1000i. The HX1000i gives us an extra 20mm to avoid clearance difficulties with the bottom-mounted radiator while still offering Corsair Link monitoring and control. Better yet, the blue logo ID matches the blue theme of the rest of the build (as you’ll see later.) Corsair Link: Commander Mini Unit The Corsair Link Commander Mini is borderline purpose built for liquid cooling. The multitude of fans we’re planning on using for this build may necessitate a second unit, but the Commander Mini itself is useful for controlling a substantial number of fans on its own through the use of Y-cables, and we can use it to control the LED fans on the Dominator Airflow Platinum. Finally, the HX1000i can be connected directly to the Commander Mini instead of burning a USB port on the motherboard on its own. Fans: One Air Series SP140 LED Blue Static Pressure Fan, 14x Air Series SP120 LED Blue Static Pressure Fans The goal is to achieve push-pull with all three radiators; research suggests it should be possible, but overall radiator clearances may prevent it. Nonetheless, our blue SP LED fans are among our most efficient fans available, and incorporating push-pull on the radiators substantially reduces the speed we have to run them at. CPU Waterblock: EK Supremacy EVO Blue Edition Sticking with our blue theme, we’ve selected arguably the most efficient CPU waterblock currently available. Internal testing has proven heat transfer isn’t the same issue on Devil’s Canyon that it was on conventional Haswell, opening up the possibility of using a high performance waterblock to extract the maximum amount of performance the silicon offers. GPU Waterblock: XSPC Razor GTX 980 Chosen for its illumination support, XSPC’s full cover waterblock for the GeForce GTX 980 has a clean aesthetic that meshes beautifully with the Obsidian 750D. It’s thin, attractive, and cools all of the surface components of the GTX 980, ensuring long life and quiet operation. Note that we opted not to purchase the backplate that XSPC offers; the GTX 980 stock cooler already includes an excellent backplate of its own, mitigating the need for an aftermarket one. Pump and Reservoir: XSPC D5 Photon 170 Like so many of XSPC’s kits, the Photon 170 reservoir includes lighting, keeping it in theme with the rest of the build. However, the integration of a mounting backplate and D5 Vario pump makes it easy to get exactly the placement and performance we want and need to drive our loop. Radiators: Swiftech Quiet Power 360mm and 2x Quiet Power 240mm Radiator selection is a matter of preference; I’ve traditionally been pretty happy with Swiftech’s radiators. Note that these are standard-thickness (25-30mm) radiators. Given the choice between an extra-thick 280mm front radiator or two standard 240mm radiators, I opted for the increased airflow that spreading out the surface area provides. This is a matter of preference, though, but a cumulative 840mm x 25mm of radiator capacity should be more than adequate for getting the job done. Stay tuned for part two, when we begin assembly of the Yamamura…
  19. Vengeance LPX and Dominator Platinum DDR4 We have a strong batch of reviews of our high speed DDR4 for Intel’s new X99 platform and Haswell-E processors. TweakTown reviewed our new Vengeance LPX 16GB (4x4GB) 2800MHz kit and had this to say: “…the Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-2800 kit is a great option for Intel X99 users wanting something that offers great performance, but won’t break the bank.” It earned 90% and a “Must Have Best Features” award. Not long after, we were able to get our Dominator Platinum 16GB (4x4GB) 3200MHz kit into their hands and said: “The Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR4-3200 16GB Quad-Channel memory kit is no doubt part of what will make the ultimate system. If you have the need for speed, this is what you should be looking at buying.” This monster kit earned a 97% and a “Must Have Best Performance” award. Overclockers.com took the Vengeance LPX 2800MHz kit for a spin and came to a similar conclusion that TweakTown did: “Corsair will most definitely meet the demands of the enthusiast user with the Vengeance LPX DDR4-2800 kit. It looks great, overclocks nicely, and performs terrific.” It earned the Overclockers Approved! award. HX1000i 1000W 80 Plus Platinum Power Supply JonnyGURU.com had a look at the HX1000i this week. After running it on their load tester in both room and high temperature tests, they concluded that it has excellent ripple suppression, excellent voltage regulation, easily met Platinum efficiency and excellent build quality. It earned 9.6 out of 10 and a "Recommended" award. TechPowerUp also reviewed the HX1000i. "The HX1000i performed pretty well overall, achieving very high efficiency levels with, especially, normal loads. Ripple suppression was also very good and output noise was minimal, not only for a PSU of this capacity, but also in comparison to smaller units." It earned 9.3 out of 10 and a "Highly Recommended" award. AX1500i 1500W 80 Plus Titanium Power Supply Anandtech reviewed the AX1500i power supply. “[Corsair] succeed on breaking almost every performance record we can come up with for a consumer-grade PSU.” Flash Voyager GTX Over in Germany, Tom's Hardware gave Corsair's Voyager GTX a look over. The GTX employs SSD technology in a USB sized device. Against three other USB drives, including a Corsair drive and another drive that also uses SSD technology, the Voyager GTX came out on top. Graphite Series 380T Mini-ITX Enclosure Benchmark Reviews had a look at the Graphite 380T chassis. "The Graphite series from Corsair continues on with its performance legacy by introducing the 380T, a mini-ITX case that can certainly handle a great amount of hardware while still maintaining portability as an option."... "If you want to build a super portable, high end system that resembles nothing you have ever seen before look no further than the Corsair Graphite 380T." It scored a 9 out of 10. [H]ard|OCP also checked out the 380T. "The clever design, generous amount of room and removable side panels of the Corsair Graphite Series 380T make working in and around this chassis a pleasure. The support for AIO liquid cooled systems, full size graphics cards and 150mm air coolers gives gamers and mini-ITX enthusiast a foundation to build an awesome LAN rig or Steam Machine." The Graphite 380T walked away with a "Silver Award." Carbide Series SPEC-02 Enclosure Overclocking Made in France reviewed the Corsair Carbide SPEC-02 where it scored 4 out of 5. Force LX Series Solid State Drives PC Persepctive reviewed the Force LX 256GB and 512GB SSD drives. "The Corsair Force LX is a solid performer thanks to its Micron 20nm synchronous flash and Silicon Motion controller. We were happy to see this performance available in costs/GB lower than competing units. While more limited on write speeds, the smaller 256GB capacity showed some advantages over the larger models in pure random read workloads at specific queue depths. The Corsair Force LX is a worthy addition to the list of SSDs folks look for, especially those shopping based on good performers at a relatively low cost per gigabyte." The drive earned PC Perspective's "Silver Award.”
  20. 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:
  21. If you were at PAX, then you already know we had a couple of incredibly beefy gaming systems with tri-monitor surround configurations set up there. Of course, if you weren’t, then the systems we had built up for head-to-head gaming might surprise you a little…especially since we couldn’t even announce what was running in them until August 29th. But that time has passed, and now we can show you our PAX Graphite 780T red and blue configurations. We knew in advance that Intel would be using PAX Prime as their opportunity to launch their new high end desktop platform, complete with Haswell-E processors, X99 chipset, and DDR4 support. It would have been frankly embarrassing if we showed up with anything less. That’s why we got these two bad boys ready to go. These two systems were almost identically configured with the components listed below: Processor Intel® Core i7 5960X Motherboard Asus® X99-DELUXE GPU 2x EVGA® GeForce GTX 780 ACX Superclocked Case Corsair Graphite Series 780T White PSU Corsair HX1000i Power Supply (Blue); Corsair AX1500i Power Supply (Red) Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX Black DDR4 2800MHz (4x4GB) Storage Corsair Neutron GTX 240GB Cooling Corsair Hydro Series H105 Additionally, we used red and blue sleeved cables along with red and blue SP120 and SP140 LED fans to contrast the systems against each other. You can see glamour shots of the two systems below. With eight fast cores, sixteen gigabytes of new DDR4 memory, and dual GeForce GTX 780s in SLI in each system, let’s just say we didn’t have much trouble running our games at the required 5760x1080 resolution that the trio of monitors plugged into each system called for. Here the blue/white system is in action at PAX Prime and barely breaking a sweat.
  22. This week's review round up features reviews of our recently launched HXi power supply, the new Obsidian 450D case and the new Carbide Air 240 case. Starting with the HX750i, we have one review from U.S. based Think Computers and another one from GinjFo over in France. Think Computers started with an unboxing video: After some testing, they concluded that "if you are looking for a 80PLUS Platinum certified power supply Corsair’s HXi Series is a great choice." and awarded us with a 10/10 score and a "Recommended" award. In France, GinjFo also had a look at the HX750i. They awarded it with just over four out of five stars. Moving up 250W, jonnyGURU.com reviewed the HX1000i. With a perfect 10 score in the performance, functionality and build quality categories, the HX1000i walked away with a 9.6/10 score and the jonnyGURU.com Recommended award. Moving away from power supplies and onto Corsair cases; Techgage had a look at the Obsidian 450D this past week: "It’s got a plethora of features to help keep your system cool as well. A pair of 140mm fans up front feeds the system with a healthy supply of air, and all air intakes are protected from dust with filters secured in position by magnets. Then there are those wonderful details that just delight the wannabe chassis designer in me. Foremost of these is the pair of SSD cradles mounted on the backside of the motherboard tray. The way the front grille just pops off is a simple concept executed brilliantly as well. Everything adds up to making the 450D the best value in the Obsidian family. And it’s not even a close-run thing." Techgage awarded the 450D their "Editor's Choice" award: Techgage also had a look at our Carbide Air 240 case this week: "As the basis for a mITX system, you just can’t beat the Air 240 with all of the room allotted for multiple 240mm radiators. If you’re looking at the Air 240 as a mATX chassis, users should be very happy with the ability to install a single 240mm radiator at the front and lots of room for long GPUs..." The Air 240 also received an "Editor's Choice" award. Our remaining three Air 240 case reviews come to us from France. CowcotLand awarded the Air 240 their "Gold" award: 59' Hardware awarded the Air 240 both a "Performance" and "Recommended" award: Finally, we come back to GinjFo. They also reviewed the Carbide Air 240 and awarded it just over 3 out of 5 stars: Today, the review embargo was liften on the Graphite 380T case. We've already seen a number of reviews and expect a lot more to pour in. So make sure to catch our special edition review roundup next week, which will focus solely on 380T reviews.
  23. This week, Corsair launched the long awaited HXi Series of power supplies. The HXi features 80 Plus Platinum efficiency, full modularity, a fluid dynamic bearing intake fan with a Zero RPM mode that keeps the fan from spinning until loads exceed 40% of the PSU's capability, and Corsair Link compatibility. The HXi is available in 750W, 850W and 1000W versions, with a 1200W due out later this year. Both 750W and 1000W units made it out for review. The HX750i was reviewed at both Guru3D and Sweclockers. In Guru3D's conclusion, they said, "If you like to be a power efficient, seek quality with that geeky modular design combined sheer silence, then the HX750i might just be what your tech-doctor has ordered. It is an impressive power supply from A to Z and we can't really find anything that concerns us (believe we tried to find something!)." They awarded us with a "Top Pick" award. Over in Sweden, Sweclockers found the HX750i to have stable voltage regulation, top class ripple suppresion, extremely high efficiency, found it to be very silent and awarded us with the rare "ToppKlass" award. If a higher wattage is what you're looking for, look no further than the HX1000i. This unit was reviewed by Overclock3D and Kitguru this week. Overclock3D produced a video showing the HX100i being run through its paces using a SunMoon SM-5500 load tester. The HX1000i was awarded Overclock3D's Gold Award. KitGuru also had a look at the HX1000i. They found it to be a competitively priced 80 Plus Platinum unit that is well built, looks great, with first class modular cables and excellent voltage regulation. They found the HX1000i to be very quiet and appreciate the fact that Corsair offers a 7 year warranty on the unit. In the end, KitGuru awarded Corsair with a "Worth Buying" award. Over in the Netherlands, Hardware.Info reviewed both the HX750i and HX1000i together. Both units received their "Gold Award". Of course, the HXi Series wasn't the only PSUs reviewed recently. France's Conseil Config had a look at Corsair's CS450M. They appreciated the voltage stability, the low noise and efficiency and awarded the CS450M with 4.5 out of 5 stars. Other Corsair components have been reviewed recently as well. Over in France, Les Numeriques reviewed the M45 Raptor mouse. They liked the feel of soft touch surface and found the optical sensor to be very responsive. They awarded Corsair's M45 with four out of five stars. Finally, the Voyager Air 2 gets gone over by Joanne Tech Lover on her YouTube channel. You can catch that video here: Today was also the day the embargo was lifted on our new Air 240 case. We anticipate a number of reviews over the next few days, so please keep your eyes peeled for a special edition of the Review Roundup next week that will feature nothing by Air 240 reviews.
  24. This year at Computex we announced our second mini-ITX case, the Graphite Series 380T. I decided to use a lot of high end components for this build to show off the power you can have in a small form factor case. The finished product will be a highly portable gaming rig that can keep up with most full towers. /corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/blog_380T_Build_Log-Content-1.JPG Lets start with a list of the components: Case: Graphite Series 380T Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Impact CPU: Intel i7 4790K CPU Cooler: H100i Memory: Dominator Platinum 2400MHz, 2x 8GB w/ light bar kit SSD: Neutron GTX 480GB GPU: EVGA GTX 780 PSU: AX 860i Now before everyone tells me that I don’t need 860 watts to power this system, let me explain why I decided to go with the AX860i. It is true that this system will not require that much wattage, but using a PSU that has more headroom than you need, will mean that the PSU will run more efficiently, and in this case since the AX860i has a fanless mode when operating at lower loads, it is likely that the fan will rarely spin up, which means it will stay cooler and quieter than using a similar 500-600 watt unit. /corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/blog_380T_Build_Log-Content-2.JPG With a small form factor (SFF) system you need to plan your build a little bit more carefully than when doing a full size system, since there is less room to work with. In this case, we will start by installing the PSU, but before screwing it into the case, I figured out which cables I will be needing and plugged them in. The 380T has a PSU bracket which needs to be installed onto the PSU before installing it into the case. Once the bracket is screwed on, you can slide the PSU into place and then use the thumbscrews to secure the PSU to the chassis. /corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/blog_380T_Build_Log-Content-3.JPG The 380T has a good amount of extra space for cable routing for being such a small case, so for now, we will pull the cables out of the side of the case so we have more room to work with. With the PSU installed, I will get the rear I/O shield popped into place and prepare the motherboard for installation. With the SFF case it’s a good idea to do as much as you can outside of the case, since there is little room to work with inside the case, so that means we will get the CPU installed, and get the CPU cooler backplate (for the H100i) installed onto the motherboard. With those in place, we are ready to screw the motherboard down to the case. /corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/blog_380T_Build_Log-Content-4.JPG/corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/blog_380T_Build_Log-Content-5.JPG With the motherboard installed, let’s get the front I/O cables plugged into the motherboard while we still have some room to work with. The 380T will have a cable for USB 3.0, front audio, and your power, reset, HDD LED, and power LED. /corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/blog_380T_Build_Log-Content-6.JPG/corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/blog_380T_Build_Log-Content-7.JPG Also you will find that there is a 3 way fan controller built into the front of the case which we will use to power the front and rear case fans. The fan controller has it’s own molex power connector which we need to power as well. /corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/blog_380T_Build_Log-Content-8.JPG Now we are ready to install some of the bulkier components like the H100i. I am actually going to set up the fans to exhaust air through the radiator and out of the case, so I can pre-install the fans to the radiator before I mount it into place. /corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/blog_380T_Build_Log-Content-9.JPG With the fans mounted to the radiator it is a tight fit to get the H100i into place, but there is just enough clearance to make it happen. /corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/blog_380T_Build_Log-Content-10.JPG At this stage we will hook up our Corsair Link cables for both the H100i and the AX860i and work a little bit on our cable management before going further. /corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/blog_380T_Build_Log-Content-11.JPG The hardest part of this build is over, and now we just have get our SSD installed into the tool free 2.5 inch drive cage and get the SATA data and power cables plugged in. /corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/blog_380T_Build_Log-Content-12.jpg Next we will plug in our Dominator Platinum memory modules which have already had the light bar kits installed. /corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/blog_380T_Build_Log-Content-13.jpg And lastly, we just need to install the GPU and get it powered with our PCI-E power cables. /corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/blog_380T_Build_Log-Content-14.jpg Now the system is built and ready to be powered on for the first time. Success! /corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/blog_380T_Build_Log-Content-15.jpg
  25. The new Corsair Link Commander Mini is a tremendous evolution over the first generation Commander, giving you full voltage control over up to six fans, support for one RGB LED lighting chain, and connectors for up to four thermistors…and that’s before you even get into the Corsair Link ecosystem. A single small box connected to an internal USB 2.0 header and powered by a single SATA power lead. /corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/blog_cl_commander_mini-Content-1.jpg Corsair Link has had a slow but steady progression since its initial rollout. The software, the Corsair Link Dashboard, is your interface with Corsair Link-enabled hardware, and it allows for a level of precision in Windows that you just can’t get with conventional motherboard fan control. /corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/blog_cl_commander_mini-Content-2.jpg For starters, the new Commander Mini features fan voltage control in the hardware. While PWM fans are typically preferable, with the Commander Mini, you can now easily control any three-pin fans you plug into the unit. If you need additional fans, our Cooling Node can be connected to the Commander Mini to handle five more, but is PWM only. Hydro Series H80i and H100i coolers with fans connected to their headers are also fully controllable by Corsair Link. /corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/blog_cl_commander_mini-Content-3.jpg Any Corsair product that features RGB LEDs can also be controlled in the Corsair Link Dashboard, and that includes RGB LED strips plugged directly into the Commander Mini or expanded upon with the Corsair Link Lighting Node. You can set them to change color depending on individual system temperatures, or just have them pulse between two colors. The LEDs in the cap of your H100i can gradually change from blue to red as your CPU heats up, or you can have LED strips in the case brighten or darken as your graphics card heats up. /corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/blog_cl_commander_mini-Content-4.jpg HXi and AXi series power supplies can also have their loads monitored and Over Current Protection toggled from within Corsair Link, either by connecting to the Commander Mini or plugging directly into a USB 2.0 header on your motherboard. This is really the tip of the iceberg. Corsair Link has been admittedly rocky in the early going, but the Commander Mini is a substantial hardware revision designed to improve functionality and reliability. Meanwhile, the Corsair Link Dashboard itself continues to see great strides and a renewed focus on development, and there are big plans for the future of the Corsair Link ecosystem.
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