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  1. Hi all, Our latest SSD, the Neutron Series NX500 has launched! It's a half-height, half-length PCI-Express Add-In-Card available in 400GB or 800GB capacities. It features MLC flash, significant overprovisioning for best performance/endurance, a passive heatsink for cooling, and is backed by a 5-year warranty. Quick specs: Interface Type: PCIe Gen 3.0 x4 Max Sequential Read (ATTO): Up to 3000MB/s Max Sequential Write (ATTO): Up to 2400MB/s Max Sequential Read (CDM): Up to 2800MB/s Max Sequential Write (CDM): Up to 1600MB/s Max Random Read QD32 (IOMeter): 300K IOPS Max Random Write QD32 (IOMeter): 270K IOPS Links! NX500 landing page: http://www.corsair.com/en-us/neutron-nx500-aic-ssd NX500 product video: NX500 product overview video: NX500 product overview blog: http://www.corsair.com/en-us/blog/2017/august/nx500-overview
  2. NVMe storage is ridiculously fast, but runs pretty hot. While the more common M.2 form factor makes it incredibly easy to install fast storage in cramped spaces, this also leads to higher temperatures which may lead to throttling. Our new NEUTRON NX500 puts super-fast NVMe storage in an add-in-card (AIC) form-factor that stays cool under pressure thanks to its custom-designed heatsink. Looking at the NX500, you’ll quickly notice the massive black aluminum heatsink and backplate as well as its stealthy black shroud. This cooling solution keeps the NX500’s controller nice and cool, peaking at close to 50C when compared to an M.2 drive which can reach temperatures of up to 90C or higher under load. Under the hood, the NX500 is built with multi-level cell (MLC) flash memory which is more reliable and faster than more common triple-level cell (TLC) flash. Installing the NX500 is incredibly easy, simply find an open PCIe slot on your system’s motherboard with at least 4x PCIe Gen 3.0 lanes available, slot the card in, and secure it in place with your cases thumbscrews. On the OS side, you can optimize the NX500’s performance by ensuring that its write-caching policy is set to “enable write caching” on the device as well as having it set to turn off Windows write-cache buffer flushing. Additionally, when you first setup the NX500 as a secondary drive, you can setup a MBR partition table with a 1024B alignment and a 4KB allocation unit size. Now, just how fast is the NX500? It’s ludicrously fast. Topping out at around 2800MB/s and 1300MB/s on sequential reads and writes respectively, the NX500 is an awesome solution for reading and writing large files as fast as possible, though it's important to note that this performance can vary depending on your system configuration. Here’s a quick screenshot from my test bench after running a few quick synthetic benchmarks.. How does this translate to real-world performance? First of all, the NX500 rarely throttles thanks to how cool it stays when under load. Here’s a quick snapshot of NX500 in a test system alongside an identical system that’s using an M.2 SSD (NX500 on the left and M.2 SSD on the right). In gaming, larger game assets can be loaded into memory much faster, however that varies from game to game and the files are generally small enough to not be as effected by the bump in speed, that being said, large file transfers such as video files and other massive workloads can take full advantage of NVMe storage. And that’s pretty much it! The NX500 is a fantastic solution for fast, reliable storage that stays cool and is backed by our 5-year warranty.
  3. Prior to coming to Corsair, I was extremely blessed to write for AnandTech, and toward the end of my tenure there as one of the main editors I threw a Hail Mary and did a piece on building a custom liquid cooling loop. I’d never built a watercooled system before, but having cut my teeth on so many air-cooled builds before and having replaced my share of graphics card coolers, I felt like it was the right time. There was also the fact that I could. I had access to the hardware, I had the connections, so why not go for it?That’s not the whole story, though. I had options but they had to still be fairly reasonable, and even a build where the sky is theoretically the limit still involves understanding both personal taste and what the system will be used for. I’m not just a gamer; I have my degree in Film, and I’ve made my share of mediocre short horror films. Point being: a system that could just game wasn’t going to cut it. Since building the system, it’s also been continually modified and refined. When I started work here, I made it a point to “eat our own dog food.” That meant swapping in Corsair hardware wherever possible and getting a full end user experience that I could both feed into blog content here and communicate internally to aid in product development. The timeframe of the build was such that I was choosing between Haswell and Ivy Bridge-E. Neither one is a major victory over the previous generation, but it was doubly difficult because the CPU I was coming from was an i7-3770K that managed to hit a very robust 4.6GHz for a 24/7 overclock. In the end I went with a Haswell i7-4770K; Intel’s QuickSync is a feature that doesn’t get enough love, but it’s incredibly useful for converting video content to be streamed online, and I got plenty of mileage out of it on the i7-3770K. Zoë probably would've gone with Ivy Bridge-E. Given that I use the machine for editing video, it makes sense that I would employ 32GB of extremely fast Dominator Platinum RAM. The four 8GB sticks run at DDR3-2400, CAS 10, and they’ve been immeasurably useful. A fast storage subsystem is also helpful; I’m using a 240GB Neutron GTX as my system and project drive, and a 512GB Neutron for mass storage (read: gaming). Source video for editing is stored on a home server, but I’ll probably add another SSD for individual editing projects at some point. The motherboard is one place I had my pick of the litter, and in the end I went for the Gigabyte G1.Sniper 5. Built in barbs for liquid cooling made it ideal for the build, and it’s absolutely overflowing with features: PLX multiplexing for multi-GPU, Sound Blaster Core3D audio, and even a swappable op-amp. Graphics duty is handled by two OEM NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780s in SLI that have been modified with Swiftech Komodo waterblocks, basically making them EVGA Hydro Coppers. It’s nice to watercool one video card, but a bit excessive; two is where it’s at. The power supply is an AX1200i, connected to a Corsair Link Commander unit, and the fan basically never has to spin up. I’ve actually had this PSU since before it launched, and it’s still kicking strong. Actual liquid cooling duties are handled by two Swiftech radiators (240mm and 360mm), a Swiftech Apogee HD waterblock on the CPU, and a Swiftech MCP35X pump and reservoir combo that hides in the cable nightmare that is the rear chamber of the Carbide Air 540 I’m using to house the entire build. There are eight SP120 Quiet Edition PWM fans keeping the radiators cool; six in push-pull on the 360mm and two on the 240mm, and both radiators are configured as intakes. My inability to cable is the stuff of legend. Finally I added a Corsair Link lighting kit. I love the way the Air 540 looks, it’s one of the only cases I think demands a window, and I needed to thoroughly pimp my ride. Display duties are handled by a trio of ASUS VS24AH-P monitors. These are 24”, 1920x1200 IPS displays and they are an absolutely unbeatable bargain for the money. I was using Corsair SP2500s for my speakers, but have actually switched over to the Simple Audio Listens. They’re expensive but they really do sound fantastic. For keyboard and mouse, I’m rocking the Vengeance K90 and a Vengeance M65. I seldom use a headset when I game, preferring to use the mic built in to my Microsoft LifeCam so everyone can listen to my cat meow her idiot head off on voice chat, but I have a Vengeance 2100 wireless headset handy. Desk clutter is emblematic of a busy mind, or laziness. You decide! And that’s what I game on, edit video on, and try to work and create art on. I’m of the opinion that people who work in the tech industry, be they journalists or enthusiasts working at major companies, should be rolling top shelf or near top shelf kit. It’s not just a matter of having a machine you enjoy using, but being knowledgeable about the hardware you’re reviewing and recommending to others. It’s important to stay informed and keep up with the Joneses, which is part of why I’m continually trying to put together builds here at Corsair that include kit I don’t have immediate experience with. There are other machines in my apartment (two media centers, one Alienware M17x R3 that I keep Frankensteining and cut my laptop repair teeth on), but I’m most proud of my liquid cooled beast. Now if I could figure out how to drain it.
  4. It's time for another build log! This time we will be building a new Z87 based system in the green Vengeance Series C70 case. Pascual Carlos from the Corsair Labs picked out the components for this build and we went with a military theme. If you are interested in building your own system using the same Corsair components we used for this build, then you are in luck! We are offering all of the Corsair components used in this build together as a bundle at a discounted price. To take advantage of this offer,please click HERE. The full list of components can be found below, but keep in mind that the bundle does not include CPU, graphics card or motherboad. We are calling this the "SeaBee" build in in honor of Pascual's father who served in the Navy's N.M.C.B. Ground Unit 10 (Navy Mobile Construction Battalion). "Seabee's" are known for getting the job done at all costs, and never giving up. Pascual describes the build: Here is a list of the components that we will be using in this build: CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth Z87 CPU Cooler: Hydro Series H60 - SKU# CW-9060007-WW PSU: AX760 - SKU# CP-9020045-NA PSU Cables: (Custom Sleeved Gunmetal Cables) - SKU# CP-8920052, SKU# CP-8920076 Case: Vengeance C70 (Military Green) - SKU# CC-9011018-WW GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST SSD: Neutron 256GB - SKU# CSSD-N256GB3-BK Memory: Vengeance 2x 8GB, 1600MHz CAS 9 - SKU# CMY16GX3M2A1600C9 Keyboard: Vengeance K70 (Cherry Red version) - SKU# CH-9000011-NA Mouse: Vengeance M65 (Military Green) - SKU# CH-9000024-NALets get started!I always like to start by installing the CPU into the motherboard, even before installing the motherbaord into the case. Modern Intel socket motherboards have pins in the CPU socket that can bend fairly easily, so it is best to install the CPU as soon as you remove the plastic protective socket cover. Installing the CPU outside of the case will give you more room and light to work with. You will see that there is a golden arrow (or triangle) on one corner of the CPU which tells you the correct orientation in which to install the CPU, just look for the matching arrow that is stamped onto the CPU socket bracket. One more thing before we install the motherboard into the case. You should be able to find a rear I/O shield in your motherboard box. This I/O shield goes in the hole in the rear of the case, take a look at your motherboard to be sure which way to orient it. This shield should just snap into place. Now it's time to install the motherboard. The C70 has a box of case accessories which are in one of the HDD bays, this is where you will find the motherboard mounting screws. Center the motherboards middle mounting screw hole over the center mounting post within the case, and the board should line up just right with the rear I/O shield and the rest of the motherboard standoffs. Now you are ready to screw in the motherboard. With the motherboard installed, it's a good idea to connect all the front I/O panel cables before you install anything else, since you will have more room to work with. If you are unsure how to connect these front panel cables, refer to your motherboard manual, there should be a page dedicated to showing you what goes where. You can also see that I plugged in the two front intake case fans. With the front I/O panel hooked up, we can install the PSU. The four PSU mounting screws can be found in an accessory bag that comes with the PSU. Once the PSU is installed, we can hook up a few of the PSU cables. In this build we will be using our gunmetal colored, individually sleeved PSU cables, which are available as accessories through the Corsair webstore. We will start by installing the 24-pin motherboard cable and the 8-pin CPU cable. Installing these cables later will be much more difficult since there will be more hardware inside the case to work around. Next we will remove the rear exhaust fan, since we will be replacing it with the Hydro Series H60 Cooler. The next step is to attach the CPU backplate to the motherboard. Make sure you have the notched side of the backplate corresponding with the side of the CPU socket which has the screws protruding, the backplate should fit right around these screws as shown below. Once the backplate is lined up you can use the double sided standoffs to secure it to the motherboard. Below, I have 2 out of the total 4 installed. Now we can mount the radiator and fan. The correct hardware mounting order should be screw > washer > case > fan > radiator. With the radiator and fan mounted, we can install the CPU cooling unit. Place the magnetic CPU cooler bracket over the CPU cooling unit and then line the bracket up with the double sided standoffs. Once it's in place you can secure it with four thumbscrews. A trick I like to do to make fan cables a little neater, without the need for zip ties, is to wrap the cable around a screwdriver to coil it up, and then pull out the screwdriver and plug the cable in. The cable should stay coiled and look fancy! Now you just need to plug in the coiled power cables for the cooling unit (3-pin) and the fan (4-pin). You will want to plug the cooling unit power cable into the CPU fan header on the motherboard (it should be labeled as CPU fan). If the BIOS does not detect something plugged into the CPU fan header, then you will get a "CPU fan error" when you first boot up. Good news, the most difficult installs are over! Let's get the SSD installed. Even though our SSDs come with 2.5in to 3.5in adapters, the C70 HDD trays are already compatible with 2.5in drives, so the adapter will not be necessary. Just screw the SSD into the HDD tray from the bottom, using the small(er) screws included with the SSD. Now plug in the data and power cables to your SSD (the motherboard accessories should include the SATA data cable, and the PSU will include the SATA power connector). Now we are left with the graphics card and the memory. Let's get the graphics card installed first. Remove two of the PCIe covers to open up a slot for your card, then line the card up with the slot on the motherboard and press it down into place. Secure the card in place by screwing in the two screws, and then don't forget to plug in your PCIe power cable to the power connector on the graphics card. The card I am using only requires a single 6-pin cable. Lastly, we will plug in the memory modules. Just find the notch in the DIMM socket and make sure it lines up with the notch in the memory module, and then press it down into the slot one end at a time, and it will click right into place. After a few minutes working on my cable management, we are all done! There was minimal usage of zip ties since this case has built in cable routing clamps on the rear side of the motherboard tray. Here is a bonus picture of me and Pascual getting ready for the build, very serious business!
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