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  1. You’ve heard of shark week… but have you heard of FAN WEEK? CORSAIR has a wide variety of internal components for PC builds with cooling and fans being among our most popular. What’s not to love when you can get the cooling you need for your processor or graphics card AND glorious RGB all at once? To celebrate one of our “coolest” product categories, our social media channels and our Memeology department will be focusing entirely on Fans from August 23rd to August 30th. It’ll be all fans for as far as the eye can see. (That’s “fans” as in the product, not “fans” as in the loving community that supports us) If you haven’t already, follow us over on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, and even TikTok for only the best PC fan-related posts! And if you have questions about fans or other CORSAIR hardware, join the discussion over on our new User Forum or our community on Discord while you’re at it!
  2. We’ve partnered up with our friends at HWBOT to put together an overclocking competition that everyone can participate in before we celebrate the launch of DDR5 later this year! Who’s eligible?Do you have a PC that can overclock and uses CORSAIR DDR4 memory? Then you’re able to participate once the first stage of the competition opens up on August 15th! What do I need to enter?– You must use retail CORSAIR DDR4 memory– No engineering/qualification samples of other components are allowed– The rig you use must be yours and you must use the same platform (CPU/motherboard) for all 3 stages of the contest.A kit of CORSAIR memory and a system capable of overclocking are required.What about cooling? (Do I need LN2 or a chiller to compete?)To make this competition as accessible as possible, only ambient cooling solutions are permitted. So any standard gaming rig with an air or liquid cooler is fine (as long as you’re using a kit of CORSAIR DDR4). Air cooling, AIO liquid cooling, and custom liquid cooled systems are permitted.How will this work?There are three stages to the competition and each stage lasts about 2 weeks to give you time to tweak your OC and submit your scores to HWBOT. You’ll be given points based on how well you do for each stage and those points will be added up to calculate your overall ranking. More information about eligibility and competition rules can be found over at HWBOT’s article. What’s in it for me?We’ve put together a list of prizes for 1st through 5th place rankings as well as a raffle for all participants, including awesome products like our RM1000X PSU, MP600 PRO PCIe 4.0 M.2 NVMe SSD, K60 RGB PRO SE gaming keyboard, and Sabre RGB PRO Gaming mouse! But there’s more… it is a DRAM OC competition after all, so we’re throwing in some DDR5 memory kits as prizes, these will be delivered after DDR5 launches, but they are certainly something to look forward to if you’ve been planning to upgrade later this year! Let’s Do This!If you’re interested and think you have what it takes to take on this overclocking challenge, you can enter at the submission page. To join the discussion on CORSAIR memory products and overclocking, check out our newly updated User Forums and be sure to check out our communities over on Discord and Reddit!
  3. System builders are well aware of the components produced by our friends over at ASUS. If you’ve got ASUS RGB components like a graphics card or motherboard, you can sync their RGB lighting together with the rest of your CORSAIR gear using the CORSAIR iCUE software! First you’ll need to have your ASUS motherboard and graphics card properly set up while having the latest versions of ASUS Armoury Crate and CORSAIR iCUE installed on your PC. ASUS Armoury Crate (Left). CORSAIR iCUE 4 (Right)The process is the same for both components so follow these steps to customize your RGB lighting effects. We’ll use the motherboard setup process as the example. Open up iCUE and click on the ASUS motherboard icon that should be listed on your profile home interface and select the Lighting Effects tab on the left hand side.Click the “+” button in the Lighting Layers panel to create a new lighting layer and you’ll see a couple additional panels pop up for additional configuration options.Every motherboard and graphics card will have different RGB lighting zones, some more or less than others. You can select and deselect the lighting zones you want to customize by clicking on them to see if they are highlighted or not.The Lighting Type panel will show you a list of lighting effects you can choose from. You can pick one of our preset effects, customize your own, or use the Lighting Link effects to sync all your iCUE-compatible devices on your PC.The third panel will allow further customization by changing the speed or direction of your lighting effects. Not all effects will have this so it will depend on which effects you choose in the Lighting Type panel.Additionally, you may add multiple lighting layers in the first menu and apply them to any of your lighting zones for more complex effects.CORSAIR iCUE can control the 12V RGB header on a supported motherboard, however, 5V ARGB header control can only be done through ASUS Armoury Crate.Video tutorial on customizing ASUS motherboard RGB through CORSAIR iCUE 4.For supported ASUS graphics cards, you can follow the same steps that we covered for configuring motherboard lighting. Here is a video tutorial on our CORSAIR LAB channel. Video tutorial on customizing ASUS graphics cards RGB through CORSAIR iCUE 4.Most supported ASUS graphics cards will only have one lighting zone to customize. You can however add multiple layers in the Lighting Effects menus to that single zone in order to create more complex lighting effects. If you need additional help with setting up your ASUS graphics card or motherboard in CORSAIR iCUE or if you want to join the discussion about CORSAIR iCUE integrations or hardware in general, check out our communities over on Reddit, Discord, or the CORSAIR User Forums!
  4. Last year, we launched CORSAIR ONE to much critical acclaim, earning several industry awards for its compact, quiet, powerful design, and innovative convection-assisted liquid cooling solution for both its CPU and GPU. Today, we’re launching the CORSAIR ONE ELITE and PRO+ which are powered by the latest Intel 8th-generation Core Series processors with a few additional tweaks under the hood. SIX CORES: STREAM+GAME+CREATE The biggest difference between the CORSAIR ONE ELITE and PRO+ models and the previous CORSAIR ONE PRO is a platform upgrade from the Intel Z270 chipset and an 4-core, 8-thread i7-7700K processor to Intel’s new Z370 chipset and the 6-core, 12-thread gaming and multitasking beast, the Core i7-8700K. With a clock speed of up to 4.7GHz (up from the i7-7700K’s 4.5GHz), the i7-8700K in the new CORSAIR ONE ELITE and CORSAIR ONE PRO+ allow you to push out as many frames as their NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti video cards can create for ridiculously high fps gaming or smooth ultra-high definition 4K experiences. It doesn’t stop at gaming though, the CORSAIR ONE ELITE and PRO+ are multi-tasking champions, allowing for smoother experiences for tasks such as rendering massive 3D/video projects, streaming, and even day-to-day tasks such as launching office software and web browsing with an excessive number of tabs open. The CORSAIR ONE ELITE and the CORSAIR ONE PRO+ are housed in the same compact and sleek aluminum chassis and make use of our patented convection-assisted cooling solution for both the processor and video card. The CORSAIR ONE ELITE and PRO+ feature up to 32GB of VENGEANCE LPX DDR4 2666MHz memory (the PRO+ model comes with 16GB of memory) and a 480GB M.2 NVMe SSD that’s supplemented by a 2TB 2.5” SATA HDD for mass storage. Both models of the new CORSAIR ONE are upgradeable with easy access to the memory and an unpopulated 2.5” drive slot for expanding storage as the system grows with you. Here’s a quick breakdown of the specifications of both the CORSAIR ONE ELITE and CORSAIR ONE PRO+: CORSAIR ONE PRO+ (CS-9000013) CORSAIR ONE ELITE (CS-9000014) CPU Intel Core i7-8700K, Liquid-cooled (6 Cores, 12 Threads, Up to 4.7GHz) Chipset Intel Z370 Memory 16GB (2x8GB) CORSAIR VENGEANCE LPX DDR4-2666 32GB (2x16GB) CORSAIR VENGEANCE LPX DDR4-2666 Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB GDDR5X Liquid-cooled Storage 480GB M.2 NVMe SSD 2TB 2.5” 7mm SATA HDD Power CORSAIR SF500 500W SFX 80 PLUS GOLD @ 50C Network 802.11ac 2x2 Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, Gigabit Ethernet Ports Front: USB 3.1 Gen 1, HDMI 2.0a Rear: PS/2, 2x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1, USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A, USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C, Ethernet, Audio, 2x DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0 Software Windows 10 Home 64-bit CORSAIR LINK PC Doctor Size 200 x 176 x 380 mm (7.9” x 7” x 15”) 7.4 kg (16.3 lbs.) Warranty 2 Years MSRP $2,799 $2,999 The CORSAIR ONE ELITE and CORSAIR ONE PRO+ are both available from our webstore. For more information about CORSAIR ONE, join our community at the CORSAIR USER FORUMS.
  5. RPGs are all about player choice and customization, but some games take that concept a step further. In some games, the addition of moral choices turned the common decision of “Do I want this sword” into the more complex dilemma of “Do I want this sword enough to sacrifice my in-game sister and be condemned by everyone.” It IS a cool sword, though. [Warning, this article contains minor spoilers for the following games: Fable, Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, Mass Effect, Mass Effect 3 and Telltale’s Walking Dead.] Fable The Fable series (specifically looking at the first) laid out the player’s choices in a very black and white fashion. Boiled down to the basics, most choices ended up in mercy or death, righteous or greedy. Based on your decisions your appearance changed to reflect the choice, which resulted in the varying degrees of public worship or fear. Fable’s binary “choice” system was overly simplified, but created a lot of replay value and was one of the first instances of moral dilemmas for gamers. (Art by Brussman) FalloutThe wasteland in the Fallout series has always been a place where the player was presented with many crossroads where they could make a quick buck, but often at the expense of the more naive NPCs. Megaton’s fate was like a rite of passage for Fallout 3 but New Vegas explored the ability to join a cause the player thought was right, or at least the one that annoyed you the least. Many choices in these games were fueled by cold, hard caps, but those attempting to role play their very own “White Knight” character had quite a few positive outcomes to fight for. (Video credit: James Osborn) Mass EffectCarrying the weight of past decisions into sequels was one of Mass Effect’s crowning achievements. Gamers either celebrated their wise decision to rescue Ashley back on Virmire or instantly regretted choosing Kaiden. The addition of “Interrupt” moments in conversations added an extra dimension of player choice and more often than not the more radical Renegade options were much more fun than the pacifying Paragon moments. RIP Mordin Solus. (Video credit: Buttwind) Telltale’s Walking DeadTelltale took the binary choices from games like Fable and maniacally laughed. Rather than leave hints that indicate one decision is “good” or “evil,” Telltale litters their games with choices that leave the players wondering if they made the right choice, no matter which path they took. Even one of the writers went on the record saying that ultimately “all choices are equally wrong.” (Photo credit: Gameinformer) Presenting the player with choice is a great way that games like Fable and Mass Effect pushed their players to emotionally invest in the world. Others like some of the Far Cry series, Life is Strange and Witcher 3 contain certain quests that push the player to genuinely think about what's right and wrong, or at least an outlet for wanton destruction. What games presented you with an impossible choice that left you lying awake at night wondering what could have been? Which side did you choose?
  6. 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.
  7. From open world to first person shooter to real-time strategy, we all started gaming somewhere, and our first choice of games often influenced our taste in games to this day. Quite a few of us at CORSAIR regularly play games (some at more appropriate times of the day than others) on our own or together, and sharing fond memories of games is one of the easiest things that all of us can relate to. Here's a few of our best memories! Robert W. TES III: Morrowind I spent so many hours running around, using the physical map to explore new towns or regions, but funnily enough never actually beat the game. As a kid the quest system was a little difficult to understand, so I would use console commands to gear up in toddtest and then teleport to new places I’d never been until I’d explored every inch of the island. I’m playing through it right now to try and fulfill a mini bucket list goal of completing the main quests! (Art by StormAndy) Blake A. Ultima Online I started my journey back in 2001 when I was given an Ultima Online CD and started playing on a private server. This is what started my addiction to online gaming and MMOs in general. I put hundreds and hundreds of hours into Ultima Online talking to friends and building communities, it’s a wonder how I even managed to graduate high school. This then passed on to World of Warcraft where I spent even more time due to not having any school and having only a part time job. I got heavily into PC gaming and always wanted to play the newest games, so I needed the right hardware. This lead into a mild obsession of building one of the best rigs one could buy at the time. It opened up a whole world of PC customization for me, like sleeving cables or painting my case. Thanks to PC gaming, it’s one of the main reasons I ended up here at CORSAIR. Justice D. Mario Party My favorite nostalgic gaming memory comes from the ‘Ghost vs Bicycle’ minigame in Mario Party 1. No, not the entire game. What a waste of time. I’m talking about that one mini-game where your character had to power a light bulb by peddling a bicycle… so that, uh, the ghost wouldn’t get you, or whatever. The one that came out when we were like 12 years old. The one where you had to rotate the N64 thumbstick faster than the other three players. The one where, if you were at all competent, you palmed the stick and used your entire arm to motor a clockwise rotation. The faster you spun, the greater chance of victory. But also: open wounds, blood, destroyed controllers, and tears. Literal tears. Oh man, it was great. This was the first ever time I’d seen physical torture being a part of a game. I wish more of today’s video games implemented this sort of immersion. No simulated world, character story, or VR experience will ever be as stimulating as an open blister on your dominant hand for a week. Thanks, Mario Party. (Art by ChrisMMiller) Scott E. Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance XWA was the first time I really got deep into a multiplayer game. It was also the first PC game that inspired me to start upgrading my components for better performance. I have such fond memories of flying 2 vs 2 X-Wing or Z-95 Headhunter matches. The tournament matches were timed with an infinite respawn. It was so harrowing to be the lone survivor of a ‘furball’ (dogfight) and desperately trying to juke your damaged ship back to your wingman’s jump point. This all happened at a time when leaderboards weren’t automatically updated. You had to fill out an online form and submit screenshots to make progress. I haven’t checked in years, but I believe I’m still one of the top 20 pilots for X-Wing Alliance. Justin G. Super Mario Bros. For me, it has to be Super Mario Bros. on the NES. I must admit (however embarrassing) that I had never gotten past the first dungeon level (World 1-2) in my younger years. But what made this extremely fun were the countless hours spent with my family, especially my little brother watching me play it - actually jumping when Mario jumped or moving left and right when Mario moved in game. Yeah, they laughed when I did that but look at where we are now - motion-sensitive controls, VR experience. I’d like to think that I helped pioneer these gaming experiences. Up to this day, I have yet to get past World 1-2. I’m just horrible with platform games. (Art by SilentKV) Chris L. Final Fantasy VIII FFVIII was the first game that I got to experience without my two older brothers being involved. We were always a Nintendo/PC household, and I was usually left waiting for the second controller as my two brothers raced through Star Fox, Super Punch Out, Super Mario World and others. One holiday season we got the original PlayStation, and I was given Final Fantasy VIII. Being able to game by myself in my own fantasy world was a dream come true. I got lost in the world of chocobos and magic, and realized for the first time that video games could have complex plots with deep character motivations. It changed my perspective on video games and I've been hooked on JRPGs ever since. Adam J. Age of Empires This was my first ever true gaming experience on a PC. I fell in love with the city building aspect of it and for being able to create a massive army to take out my enemies. I played hour after hour of this game. Of course every once in a while I'd have some fun with cheats. If you've played the game then you're familiar with the phrase "big daddy". Nothing like driving a missile launcher loaded black car into the medieval era! ;) (Art by Trebuxet) Tracie H. StarCraft: Brood War My favorite ‘old’ game is StarCraft: Brood War. Not only is it the most iconic RTS game of all time, but it is a game that helped drive my passion for video games and eSports to a point where I still follow the StarCraft scene to this day. One of my favorite aspects about Brood War was the unique units for each race, and their incredibly memorable voice lines. I still find myself quoting “Battlecruiser Operational!” and feeling a sense of nostalgia for the great memories that Brood War brought me. The game made such an impact on me that I am still playing StarCraft to this day – I consistently play the current SC2 expansion, Legacy of the Void, on a regular basis and am constantly reminded of the “good old Brood War days.” I am so excited that Blizzard is releasing a remastered version of StarCraft – I know that myself and many other gamers will be happy to re-live those classic StarCraft moments in this newly remastered version. What game brings back fond memories? Let us know in the comments!
  8. From open world to first person shooter to real-time strategy, we all started gaming somewhere, and our first choice of games often influenced our taste in games to this day. Quite a few of us at CORSAIR regularly play games (some at more appropriate times of the day than others) on our own or together, and sharing fond memories of games is one of the easiest things that all of us can relate to. Here's a few of our best memories! Robert W. TES III: Morrowind I spent so many hours running around, using the physical map to explore new towns or regions, but funnily enough never actually beat the game. As a kid the quest system was a little difficult to understand, so I would use console commands to gear up in toddtest and then teleport to new places I’d never been until I’d explored every inch of the island. I’m playing through it right now to try and fulfill a mini bucket list goal of completing the main quests! (Art by StormAndy) Blake A. Ultima Online I started my journey back in 2001 when I was given an Ultima Online CD and started playing on a private server. This is what started my addiction to online gaming and MMOs in general. I put hundreds and hundreds of hours into Ultima Online talking to friends and building communities, it’s a wonder how I even managed to graduate high school. This then passed on to World of Warcraft where I spent even more time due to not having any school and having only a part time job. I got heavily into PC gaming and always wanted to play the newest games, so I needed the right hardware. This lead into a mild obsession of building one of the best rigs one could buy at the time. It opened up a whole world of PC customization for me, like sleeving cables or painting my case. Thanks to PC gaming, it’s one of the main reasons I ended up here at CORSAIR. Justice D. Mario Party My favorite nostalgic gaming memory comes from the ‘Ghost vs Bicycle’ minigame in Mario Party 1. No, not the entire game. What a waste of time. I’m talking about that one mini-game where your character had to power a light bulb by peddling a bicycle… so that, uh, the ghost wouldn’t get you, or whatever. The one that came out when we were like 12 years old. The one where you had to rotate the N64 thumbstick faster than the other three players. The one where, if you were at all competent, you palmed the stick and used your entire arm to motor a clockwise rotation. The faster you spun, the greater chance of victory. But also: open wounds, blood, destroyed controllers, and tears. Literal tears. Oh man, it was great. This was the first ever time I’d seen physical torture being a part of a game. I wish more of today’s video games implemented this sort of immersion. No simulated world, character story, or VR experience will ever be as stimulating as an open blister on your dominant hand for a week. Thanks, Mario Party. (Art by ChrisMMiller) Scott E. Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance XWA was the first time I really got deep into a multiplayer game. It was also the first PC game that inspired me to start upgrading my components for better performance. I have such fond memories of flying 2 vs 2 X-Wing or Z-95 Headhunter matches. The tournament matches were timed with an infinite respawn. It was so harrowing to be the lone survivor of a ‘furball’ (dogfight) and desperately trying to juke your damaged ship back to your wingman’s jump point. This all happened at a time when leaderboards weren’t automatically updated. You had to fill out an online form and submit screenshots to make progress. I haven’t checked in years, but I believe I’m still one of the top 20 pilots for X-Wing Alliance. Justin G. Super Mario Bros. For me, it has to be Super Mario Bros. on the NES. I must admit (however embarrassing) that I had never gotten past the first dungeon level (World 1-2) in my younger years. But what made this extremely fun were the countless hours spent with my family, especially my little brother watching me play it - actually jumping when Mario jumped or moving left and right when Mario moved in game. Yeah, they laughed when I did that but look at where we are now - motion-sensitive controls, VR experience. I’d like to think that I helped pioneer these gaming experiences. Up to this day, I have yet to get past World 1-2. I’m just horrible with platform games. (Art by SilentKV) Chris L. Final Fantasy VIII FFVIII was the first game that I got to experience without my two older brothers being involved. We were always a Nintendo/PC household, and I was usually left waiting for the second controller as my two brothers raced through Star Fox, Super Punch Out, Super Mario World and others. One holiday season we got the original PlayStation, and I was given Final Fantasy VIII. Being able to game by myself in my own fantasy world was a dream come true. I got lost in the world of chocobos and magic, and realized for the first time that video games could have complex plots with deep character motivations. It changed my perspective on video games and I've been hooked on JRPGs ever since. Adam J. Age of Empires This was my first ever true gaming experience on a PC. I fell in love with the city building aspect of it and for being able to create a massive army to take out my enemies. I played hour after hour of this game. Of course every once in a while I'd have some fun with cheats. If you've played the game then you're familiar with the phrase "big daddy". Nothing like driving a missile launcher loaded black car into the medieval era! ;) (Art by Trebuxet) Tracie H. StarCraft: Brood War My favorite ‘old’ game is StarCraft: Brood War. Not only is it the most iconic RTS game of all time, but it is a game that helped drive my passion for video games and eSports to a point where I still follow the StarCraft scene to this day. One of my favorite aspects about Brood War was the unique units for each race, and their incredibly memorable voice lines. I still find myself quoting “Battlecruiser Operational!” and feeling a sense of nostalgia for the great memories that Brood War brought me. The game made such an impact on me that I am still playing StarCraft to this day – I consistently play the current SC2 expansion, Legacy of the Void, on a regular basis and am constantly reminded of the “good old Brood War days.” I am so excited that Blizzard is releasing a remastered version of StarCraft – I know that myself and many other gamers will be happy to re-live those classic StarCraft moments in this newly remastered version. What game brings back fond memories? Let us know in the comments!
  9. From open world to first person shooter to real-time strategy, we all started gaming somewhere, and our first choice of games often influenced our taste in games to this day. Quite a few of us at CORSAIR regularly play games (some at more appropriate times of the day than others) on our own or together, and sharing fond memories of games is one of the easiest things that all of us can relate to. Here's a few of our best memories! Robert W. TES III: Morrowind I spent so many hours running around, using the physical map to explore new towns or regions, but funnily enough never actually beat the game. As a kid the quest system was a little difficult to understand, so I would use console commands to gear up in toddtest and then teleport to new places I’d never been until I’d explored every inch of the island. I’m playing through it right now to try and fulfill a mini bucket list goal of completing the main quests! (Art by StormAndy) Blake A. Ultima Online I started my journey back in 2001 when I was given an Ultima Online CD and started playing on a private server. This is what started my addiction to online gaming and MMOs in general. I put hundreds and hundreds of hours into Ultima Online talking to friends and building communities, it’s a wonder how I even managed to graduate high school. This then passed on to World of Warcraft where I spent even more time due to not having any school and having only a part time job. I got heavily into PC gaming and always wanted to play the newest games, so I needed the right hardware. This lead into a mild obsession of building one of the best rigs one could buy at the time. It opened up a whole world of PC customization for me, like sleeving cables or painting my case. Thanks to PC gaming, it’s one of the main reasons I ended up here at CORSAIR. Justice D. Mario Party My favorite nostalgic gaming memory comes from the ‘Ghost vs Bicycle’ minigame in Mario Party 1. No, not the entire game. What a waste of time. I’m talking about that one mini-game where your character had to power a light bulb by peddling a bicycle… so that, uh, the ghost wouldn’t get you, or whatever. The one that came out when we were like 12 years old. The one where you had to rotate the N64 thumbstick faster than the other three players. The one where, if you were at all competent, you palmed the stick and used your entire arm to motor a clockwise rotation. The faster you spun, the greater chance of victory. But also: open wounds, blood, destroyed controllers, and tears. Literal tears. Oh man, it was great. This was the first ever time I’d seen physical torture being a part of a game. I wish more of today’s video games implemented this sort of immersion. No simulated world, character story, or VR experience will ever be as stimulating as an open blister on your dominant hand for a week. Thanks, Mario Party. (Art by ChrisMMiller) Scott E. Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance XWA was the first time I really got deep into a multiplayer game. It was also the first PC game that inspired me to start upgrading my components for better performance. I have such fond memories of flying 2 vs 2 X-Wing or Z-95 Headhunter matches. The tournament matches were timed with an infinite respawn. It was so harrowing to be the lone survivor of a ‘furball’ (dogfight) and desperately trying to juke your damaged ship back to your wingman’s jump point. This all happened at a time when leaderboards weren’t automatically updated. You had to fill out an online form and submit screenshots to make progress. I haven’t checked in years, but I believe I’m still one of the top 20 pilots for X-Wing Alliance. Justin G. Super Mario Bros. For me, it has to be Super Mario Bros. on the NES. I must admit (however embarrassing) that I had never gotten past the first dungeon level (World 1-2) in my younger years. But what made this extremely fun were the countless hours spent with my family, especially my little brother watching me play it - actually jumping when Mario jumped or moving left and right when Mario moved in game. Yeah, they laughed when I did that but look at where we are now - motion-sensitive controls, VR experience. I’d like to think that I helped pioneer these gaming experiences. Up to this day, I have yet to get past World 1-2. I’m just horrible with platform games. (Art by SilentKV) Chris L. Final Fantasy VIII FFVIII was the first game that I got to experience without my two older brothers being involved. We were always a Nintendo/PC household, and I was usually left waiting for the second controller as my two brothers raced through Star Fox, Super Punch Out, Super Mario World and others. One holiday season we got the original PlayStation, and I was given Final Fantasy VIII. Being able to game by myself in my own fantasy world was a dream come true. I got lost in the world of chocobos and magic, and realized for the first time that video games could have complex plots with deep character motivations. It changed my perspective on video games and I've been hooked on JRPGs ever since. Adam J. Age of Empires This was my first ever true gaming experience on a PC. I fell in love with the city building aspect of it and for being able to create a massive army to take out my enemies. I played hour after hour of this game. Of course every once in a while I'd have some fun with cheats. If you've played the game then you're familiar with the phrase "big daddy". Nothing like driving a missile launcher loaded black car into the medieval era! ;) (Art by Trebuxet) Tracie H. StarCraft: Brood War My favorite ‘old’ game is StarCraft: Brood War. Not only is it the most iconic RTS game of all time, but it is a game that helped drive my passion for video games and eSports to a point where I still follow the StarCraft scene to this day. One of my favorite aspects about Brood War was the unique units for each race, and their incredibly memorable voice lines. I still find myself quoting “Battlecruiser Operational!” and feeling a sense of nostalgia for the great memories that Brood War brought me. The game made such an impact on me that I am still playing StarCraft to this day – I consistently play the current SC2 expansion, Legacy of the Void, on a regular basis and am constantly reminded of the “good old Brood War days.” I am so excited that Blizzard is releasing a remastered version of StarCraft – I know that myself and many other gamers will be happy to re-live those classic StarCraft moments in this newly remastered version. What game brings back fond memories? Let us know in the comments!
  10. The Windows 10 Creators Update is here and with it are a few awesome new features that make it even easier to create and share. Let’s take a look at a few of the new features that stand out. GAME MODE Game Mode is a new feature in the Creators Update that allows users to prioritize games over other processes when it comes to CPU & GPU resources, allowing for a smoother experience in most cases. Here’s how to enable it: 1.Go to Settings and click on the new Gaming category 2.To the right you’ll see an option for Game Mode 3.Click on Game Mode and make sure it is toggled on 4.Launch a game and press Win + G to bring up the Game Bar 5.Click Settings on the Game Bar and check the box next to Game Mode Games must have Game Mode explicitly enabled in the Game Bar settings to take advantage of the feature. Game Mode functions much like other game boosting software, so your mileage may vary depending on the title and how lean you run your system. BROADCASTING The Windows 10 Creators Update now includes integrated streaming via Beam so that you can easily broadcast your gameplay for your friends and family to see. Here’s how to broadcast: 1.Launch a game and press Win + G to bring up the Game Bar 2.Click on the Broadcast button on the Game Bar 3.Adjust your settings as desired, then click Start Broadcast when you’re ready 4.You can monitor and control the broadcast via the icons on top of the preview window, allowing you to quickly see if you’re live, how many viewers are watching, how long you’ve been broadcasting for, pause the stream, stop the broadcast, mute the mic, disable the camera, toggle between the stream preview and chat view, and move the preview window 5.Broadcasting also has a dedicated section in the settings panel where you can change the bitrate and default behaviors of the broadcast feature PAINT 3D The Paint application gets an update that includes 3D capabilities. Your 3D creations can be uploaded to the Remix 3D community as a 3D model when you're done or saved as a traditional 2D image. MIXED REALITY The Creators Update also paves the way for future support of upcoming virtual reality headsets from a variety of vendors, allowing for new mixed reality experiences once they launch near the end of the year. The Windows 10 Creators Update enables new ways to create and share your digital life with your friends and family while also providing a peak into the future of Windows. Are you ready?
  11. Hey everyone, we at CORSAIR are proud to introduce to you our brand new premium gaming PC, CORSAIR ONE! CORSAIR ONE is the culmination of 22 years of CORSAIR innovation into one compact package. Set to fulfill three aspects: Performance, Acoustics, and Form. CORSAIR ONE is aimed to be your ultimate desktop and living room PC. Whether you want fire up your VR games in your living room or you just simply want a small and quiet machine for your office. CORSAIR ONE can be your weapon of choice to Battle, Create, and Explore. IS IT SMALL? CORSAIR ONE’s chassis is a tiny 12L in volume. Here are the size dimensions: Height – 380mm or 14.9 inches Width – 176mm or 6.9 inches Depth – 200mm or 7.8 inches To help put it to scale: HOW DOES IT COOL? CORSAIR ONE uses a single 140mm ML to assist the heat convection in the ONE. Cool air is intake from the side of the chassis through the perforation on the side panels. The air is then fed through the radiators for both CPU and GPU sides. From there the 140mm fan pulls the hot air out through the top as heat naturally rises. Pretty cool huh? By cooling the system through this method, we were able to achieve the near silent 20dBa at idle temperatures. THE POWER OF ONE CORSAIR ONE at its Pro trim will come equipped with a liquid cooled NVidia GTX 1080. We were able to achieve the following in our tests: AIR COOLED PC CORSAIR ONE PRO FIRESTRIKE FPS 97.69 103.82 GPU MHz 1607 1842 GPU Temp 83 53 CPU Temp 61 53 Time Spy FPS 42.41 46.89 GPU MHz 1607 1850 GPU Temp 84 54 CPU Temp 47 38 VR Blue Room FPS 47.66 49.69 GPU MHz 1708 1885 GPU Temp 86 38 CPU Temp 58 58 Average FPS 62.59 66.80 GPU MHz 1640.67 1859 GPU Temp 84.33 48.33 CPU Temp 55.33 49.67 Benchmark aside, CORSAIR ONE is capable of tackling the latest games on the market with high frame rates and details. FOR THE CREATIVE AND THE GAMER CORSAIR ONE is not only for gaming, by utilizing Intel’s latest 7th generation Core series desktop processors, CORSAIR ONE is a powerful desktop for editing as well. Video rendering is heavily reliant on the CPU rather than the GPU in comparison to gaming. Larger cache and hyper threading from Intel’s Core i7-7700K will certainly help in video editing as well. The OS Experience CORSAIR ONE was designed around the user in mind, with a minimalist approach to pre-installed desktop applications. CORSAIR ONE aims to have little to no bloatware for your desktop experience. Being a gaming desktop, CORSAIR ONE includes some of the most popular game clients conveniently all in one folder for you to decide which to install. Marked with this icon on your desktop: The shortcut will open a preset folder with game client installers: CORSAIR ONE DIAGNOSTICS In the case of any issues our CORSAIR ONE DIAGNOSTICS program can help aid our customers with any troubles that may occur with their system. By checking if your system has any updates needed for it to be in tip top shape. CORSAIR LINK + CUE CORSAIR ONE comes ready with CORSAIR LINK and CUE to help monitor the important vitals and temps of your system. From LINK, users can monitor their fan speeds and temperatures of their system. If the static LED lighting on the front of the ONE is too bland, you can either turn off the lighting or change the brightness and pattern. CUE is there to support any of our latest CORSAIR gaming peripherals. MSI Live Update MSI Live Update comes installed to help notify you of the latest updates for your motherboard. CORSAIR ONE comes in four different models for North America, with two configurations exclusive to our webstore. CORSAIR ONE PRO (WEBSTORE EXCLUSIVE) The difference between this webstore exclusive Pro model and the standard Pro model is the storage options. Instead of a 480GB SSD and 2TB HDD, the webstore exclusive model comes equipped with a single 960GB SSD. Leaving users the option for an additional 2.5” drive slot. CORSAIR ONE Ti (WEBSTORE EXCLUSIVE) This model is our crème of the crop, featuring Nvidia’s most powerful gaming card to date, the GTX 1080Ti. The card will be liquid cooled and will receive the same performance benefits as the GTX 1080 from our Pro models. CORSAIR ONE CORSAIR ONE PRO CORSAIR ONE PRO (webstore exclusive) CORSAIR ONE Ti (webstore exclusive) CHASSIS BLACK, VR READY CHASSIS BLACK, VR READY CHASSIS BLACK, VR READY CHASSIS BLACK, VR READY CPU INTEL I7-7700, LIQUID COOLED CPU INTEL I7-7700K, LIQUID COOLED CPU INTEL I7-7700K, LIQUID COOLED CPU INTEL I7-7700K, LIQUID COOLED GPU NVIDIA GTX 1070 GPU NVIDIA GTX 1080, LIQUID COOLED GPU NVIDIA GTX 1080, LIQUID COOLED GPU NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti, LIQUID COOLED DRAM 16GB 2400MHZ DDR4 DRAM 16GB 2400MHZ DDR4 DRAM 16GB 2400MHZ DDR4 DRAM 16GB 2400MHZ DDR4 STORAGE 240GB SSD, 1TB HDD STORAGE 480GB SSD, 2TB HDD STORAGE 960GB SSD STORAGE 960GB SSD MOTHERBOARD CUSTOM MSI Z270 ITX MOTHERBOARD CUSTOM MSI Z270 ITX MOTHERBOARD CUSTOM MSI Z270 ITX MOTHERBOARD CUSTOM MSI Z270 ITX PSU CUSTOM SF400 SFX, 80PLUS GOLD PSU CUSTOM SF400 SFX, 80PLUS GOLD PSU CUSTOM SF400 SFX, 80PLUS GOLD PSU CUSTOM SF400 SFX, 80PLUS GOLD OS WINDOWS 10 HOME OS WINDOWS 10 HOME OS WINDOWS 10 HOME OS WINDOWS 10 HOME MSRP $1,799.99 MSRP $2,199.99 MSRP $2,299.99 MSRP $2,599.99 CORSAIR ONE is a fantastic small form factor PC that accomplishes performance without sacrifice being quiet and form factor. CORSAIR ONE is available for pre-order right now on our webstore.
  12. Recently, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), we announced an update to our BULLDOG Barebones PC Kit for 2017! Curious to know what's different in BULLDOG 2.0? Here’s a quick overview! What’s different on the outside? Not much, the external chassis has been left largely the same compared to last year’s model. The one exception being the bottom of the chassis, in which we added a magnetic dust cover and filter. It’s what’s inside that counts! BULLDOG 2.0 has 3 major changes over the 2016 model. We've updated BULLDOG with a new custom MSI Z270I BULLDOG mini-ITX motherboard with full support for Intel 7th Gen Core Series processors. The CPU cooler in the BULLDOG has been changed to a more traditional design and mounting method. The new H6SF is a low noise 92mm miniature version of one of our Hydro Series coolers built just for BULLDOG. With this new design, users are no longer restricted to using low profile memory modules and can opt for higher performance DRAM such as our Dominator Platinum series if desired. The cooler is mounted right next to the motherboard and acts as an exhaust in its default configuration. We also updated the chassis fans from 3-pin DC voltage-controlled to 4-pin PWM fans. These fans use the same magnetic levitation bearings as our ML Pro series and are intended to be directly connected to the BULLDOG's motherboard. BULLDOG 2.0 utilizes the same SF600 SFX power supply and features custom length cables to make cable routing easier! Graphics card support remains the same as the previous BULLDOG, with support for our liquid cooled HYDRO GFX 1080 as well as most air-cooled cards (we recommend using a card with a blower-style cooler if you plan to use an air-cooled solution). Model BULLDOG (2016) BULLDOG 2.0 (2017) Motherboard GA-Z170N WIFI MSI Z170I BULLDOG WIFI CPU Cooler H5SF H6SF Power Supply SF600 SFX SF600 SFX Fans 92mm DC (3-pin) 92mm Mag Lev PWM (4-pin) Fan Control 3-Pin DC Fan Hub 4-Pin direct to motherboard MSRP $399 $399 BULLDOG 2.0 is available now and can be order through our webstore.
  13. CUE2: Software Overview The Corsair Utility Engine (CUE) is the software that drives the complex lighting and other features behind our gaming peripherals. While previous iterations of CUE have served this purpose well, CUE2 refines the user experience to make it easier than ever to jump right in and quickly customize your peripherals. With that in mind, here's an in-depth look at the new and improved CUE2. New User Interface CUE2 features a revamped user interface with hi-resolution images and UI adjustments that allow for the window to be resized to make the most of whatever display you're using. When you first start CUE2, you'll be greeted by the default profile in the top left corner, your devices with global settings, help, and advanced toggles in the center, a shortcut to the latest CUE patch notes at the bottom, and a shortcut back to the homescreen in the form of the Corsair Gaming logo in the top right corner. If you don't have a CUE-enabled peripheral connected, you'll see a series of demo peripherals so you can explore the different configuration and customization options available (this can be disabled in global settings). Profiles in CUE2 Profiles in CUE2 can be customized with a unique profile icon and background. Now you can quickly identify what profile you’re working in as well as show off your favorite characters or games to match with your lighting effects. Profiles contain performance, actions, and lighting information, allowing for a great degree of flexibility between games (especially if you link multiple profiles to a particular game to switch between characters or classes, all with their own unique lighting profiles and actions). Creating Profiles To create a new profile, click on the hamburger icon on the left hand side of CUE and then the plus icon. You can then name the profile and set a custom profile icon and background image (with an option to blur the background image and adjust the transparency of tabs as needed). If you need to tweak these settings again in the future, just click the pencil icon in the hamburger menu while that profile is active. Importing and Exporting Profiles Profiles can be imported and exported by clicking on the icon with left and right facing arrows. You can then choose between import and export via the drop down menu. Please note that CUE2 can only import CUE2 profiles, legacy profiles created in CUE 1.X will not import correctly. Exporting a profile will save the name, lighting effects, and actions in the profile. However, actions may need to be remapped. RGB Share Want to try out a few advanced lighting profiles or want to share one of your own? Corsair RGB Share is a resource we've put together for the community to easily share their custom profiles with the world. Lighting in CUE2 Lighting effects in CUE2 are split between basic and advanced. Basic mode includes a selection of preset lighting effects that you can modify color, speed, and direction (depending on the effect) while advanced mode allows you to create complex effects from scratch with a greater degree of control. Basic Lighting We include a variety of preset lighting effects for basic mode such as the popular spiral rainbow and type lighting. These effects are applied to the entire keyboard, but can be layered on top of each other to make a rather impressive light show. Visualizer modes and the Lighting Link feature to sync up all connected CUE-enabled peripherals are included in the basic mode. Here’s an example of setting up basic lighting: Create a new profile by clicking the hamburger icon to the right of the profile icons, then click “+” to add a new profile to the list. The "Create Profile" options will appear below the onscreen keyboard preview. You can name the profile, link it to a specific program, and add a custom icon and background for the profile here. Make sure to save. Click on “Lighting Effects” to the left of the preview area, then click “+” to create a new effect. At the bottom of the screen you’ll see the current effect preset (default is the spiral rainbow). Make sure to name the effect in case you plan on adding additional effects later. You can change the effect used via the drop down menu and tweak things such as color, speed, and direction depending on the particular effect you’re working with. Again, don’t forget to hit save once you’re done tweaking the effect to your liking. You can add additional layers of lighting effects by repeating the process we just went through. Layers are prioritized from top to bottom, meaning that layers at the top of the “Lighting Effects” bar will be on top of layers that are lower in the chain. Advanced Lighting By toggling the “advanced” switch at the top of CUE2, you enable advanced lighting features that allow you to make your own lighting effects and apply them how you want across your peripherals for a higher degree of customization. Here’s an example of setting up advanced lighting: Toggle the “advanced” switch at the top of CUE to enable advanced mode. Create a new profile by clicking the hamburger icon to the right of the profile icons, then click “+” to add a new profile to the list. Name the profile, link it to a specific program, or add a custom icon and background. Ensure that you save these settings. Click on “Lighting Effects” to the left of the preview area, then click “+” to create a new effect. At the bottom of the screen you’ll see the current effect, use the drop down menu to change the effect type as you wish and customize colors, speed, velocity, triggers, etc. as you wish. Name the effect and highlight the keys this effect will apply to (click and drag a box around the keys, or control+click to select individual keys). Make sure to save. Continue adding layers of effects by hitting the “+” icon, or you can duplicate an existing layer or import effects from the library. Effect priority is the same as in basic mode, so layers at the top of the stack will visually be on top of all other effects on your device.Actions in CUE2 Actions in CUE2 are listed on the left hand side with easy to reach controls for creating actions, duplicating actions, saving to library, importing from the library. When you create an action, you can choose between a macro, text, key remapping, media controls, timers, disabling keys, and profile switching. With actions you can do things such as remap a key so that it imitates holding a key, set a key or group of keys to be disabled when the lock is on, or automatically group profiles linked to the same program for easy switching between profiles for different characters or roles. Audio If you've got a VOID RGB headset, you'll be able to quickly toggle EQ settings, switch between stereo and Dolby 7.1, adjust sidetone/mic volume, and manage the InfoMic with ease thanks to the new, streamlined layout. Performance Settings Performance settings in CUE2 allow you to adjust angle snapping and pointer precision for mice and lock button behavior for keyboards. Global Settings CUE2’s global settings can be found by clicking on the gear icon next to the advanced mode toggle. While in global settings, you can update device firmware, adjust the polling rate for mice, check for CUE updates, startup behavior, and enable CUE SDK functionality. You can also turn off demo mode by checking the box to show only connected devices while CUE is running. Need Help? If you find yourself stuck at anytime, try clicking on the help icon just below the settings icon at the top of CUE2, this will trigger a tooltip to guide you through the different options that are available to you. Otherwise, the Corsair User Forums is a valuable resource for tips and tricks from us and the community. Imagination Visualized With CUE2, our goal is to unleash creativity expressed through powerful software and advanced RGB lighting. CUE2 will be supported with regular updates to introduce new features and we're constantly looking for feedback from the community (if you have feedback or feature requests, let us know in the Corsair User Forums). Thank you for all your input and we look forward to seeing how CUE evolves in the future.
  14. (This post is for the open beta of CUE2, check out our latest blog post for up-to-date information). The CUE2 open beta is here and brings with it a gigantic overhaul of the Corsair Utility Engine. We’ve listened to your feedback and set out to make CUE2 easier to use so anybody can quickly tweak performance settings, create custom actions, and configure amazing lighting effects. So What’s New? CUE2 has a revamped home screen that puts your devices and profiles front and center. Click on any of the new ultra hi-resolution images for your respective device to quickly configure lighting, actions, and performance. The profile bar on the top left lets you quickly glance to see what profile is currently enabled as well as manage your profile library. Speaking of profiles, you can now assign a custom icon and background image for each individual profile, adding a touch of personality to your CUE experience as well as providing a big visual aid for you to easily identify which of your profiles is active. If we stopped at a new home screen and custom icons/backgrounds, this wouldn’t be much of an update… thankfully, we dug even deeper and overhauled the UI for lighting effects, actions, and audio EQ while we were at it. Lighting effects are now layered with priority placed on the top most effect. You can execute simultaneous standard effects by assigning them to multiple layers and put them in the priority you want with a simple click and drag. Effect timing, triggers, and colors can be readily customized at the bottom of the screen. Actions work similarly to lighting, with all active actions listed on the sidebar and relevant settings on the bottom of the screen. Actions are now easily assigned to a key by selecting the appropriate key on the preview. Some bonus tweaks have been made to actions, such as the ability to imitate holding a key with the remap action, a new option to disable a key if the lock button is on, and new mouse angles to make it easier for you to see where your actions are being mapped onscreen. On the audio side, EQ presets are displayed on the sidebar and can be easily adjusted with the sliders at the bottom of the screen. Sidetone and microphone volumes are also readily available in addition to the virtual surround sound toggle. Take it for a Test Drive! Don’t have a Corsair device, but want to try out CUE2 for yourself? Awesome! CUE2 has a demo mode so that you can take it for a test drive with a selection of devices available for you to virtually customize. If you’ve already got one of our CUE enabled peripherals, you can disable demo mode in the settings menu by checking the option to “show only connected devices.” Try out the future of CUE by joining the open beta and letting us know what you think in the Corsair Forums. Note: Lighting profiles and actions from previous versions of CUE are currently incompatible with CUE2 and will require modification in "advanced" mode to work within CUE2. It is recommended that users remain on the latest version of CUE 1.X if they wish to keep their current lighting profiles and actions.
  15. Many of us know already know that Cherry makes quality mechanical switches for keyboards. Over the years, mechanical keyboards have blown up and has now become the norm for gaming communities. Whether it’s Red, Blue or brown switches, there is a switch for everyone out there. The Red switches is by far the most popular amongst gamers, so we wanted to improve on it. We sat down with Cherry and brainstormed on what people liked most about the red switches and what can we do to improve the already bestselling switch. Well, Cherry did a phenomenal job in creating something that is completely unexpected and made it exclusive to Corsair (Thank you Cherry) Let me introduce to you our newest gaming peripheral, STRAFE RGB MX Silent keyboard! Believe it or not, the composition of the switch is very similar to the red switch. What makes the MX Silent switch, Silent, is a small piece of material that absorbs the top out impact and the bottom out impact making it 30% quieter than a red switch. The good news? Now you can type away and mash keys without your significant other looking at you like you are crazy. Needless to say, this is a win-win situation. So why wait? Go out and pick up a STRAFE RGB MX Silent and game away… Here is an exploded view of the Cherry MX Silent Switch:
  16. MM300 – Superior control for lethal in-game accuracy Made with durability and precision tracking in mind, we have come up with this beauty. The Corsair Gaming MM300 series is a high endurance, pro-grade cloth mouse mat made for high-DPI gaming mice. What you will also notice is the reinforced stitched edges that guard against surface peeling and fraying (YAY!) The Surface is textile-weaved, which gives superior control and precision tracking for absolute in-game accuracy. The underside is just as important as the tracking side, so it is equipped with a zero slip rubber base that helps it stay securely in place during intense moments. The MM300 is optimized for both laser and optical gaming mice. It comes in three (3) sizes: Small: 256mm x 210mm x 3mm surface area Medium: 360mm x 300mm x 3mm surface area Extended: 930mm x 300mm x 3mm surface area MM400 – Low-friction mouse mat optimized for gaming sensors Tuned to deliver outstanding glide characteristics without sacrificing control, this is made for snap targeting and pixel-precise shots in game. The surface is made of high-quality and long-lifespan polymer for effortless gliding. The tuned micro texture surface is optimized for gaming sensors. It also comes with a 1.5mm no-slip base (made of natural rubber), so your mouse surface won’t move during that last winning kill shot. MM600 – Stability in Motion The MM600 is what we call “the best of both worlds”. Binding the high-quality polymer that offers low resistance and the heavy textured for maximum handling is an aircraft-grade aluminum that can handle whatever your game throws at you. These twin high-quality polymer surfaces are engineered to support two different play experiences. Simply put, MM600 is two mouse mats in one between unparalleled control and seamless glide with just a flip.
  17. NVIDIA’s second generation Maxwell architecture has turned out to be beyond formidable. Their engineers have a habit of leaving gas in the tank for partners, enthusiasts, and overclockers; the card is fast out of the box, and if you’re willing to play with it a bit, it can be even faster. Speaking of partners, we partnered with MSI and licensed our HG10 technology to them to bring to you the Hydro GFX, one of the fastest and most overclockable GeForce GTX 980 Ti cards on the planet. The Hydro GFX comes out of the gate with boundary-pushing factory overclocks, and impressively, there’s still substantially more performance to be had for users willing to push the limits of their card. Reference GTX 980 Ti Hydro GFX Difference GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti - CUDA Cores 2816 2816 - Default Clock 1000 MHz 1190 MHz +19% Boost Clock 1075 MHz 1291 MHz +20% Memory 6GB GDDR5 6GB GDDR5 - Memory Clock 7000 MHz 7096 MHz +2% Memory Bus 384-bit 384-bit - Rated TDP 250W 260W +4% Maximum TDP 275W (10%) 280W (7%) +2% As you can see, the Hydro GFX carries a massive core clock speed increase above the stock GTX 980 Ti that catapults it well past even Titan X performance. The increased TDP headroom helps to cover the higher clocks, but liquid cooling does even more. While a reference 980 Ti will hit 83C and then thermally throttle, reducing boost clocks to keep thermals in check, a Hydro GFX never hits that throttle point. It’s solely power limited. Yet because the Hydro GFX uses a closed loop liquid cooler to cool the GPU, the blower fan and baseplate – licensed from us – only have to cool the power circuitry and video memory. Bottom line: Everything runs cooler. Everything runs more efficiently. Power limits are hit less frequently as a result. We ran the 980 Ti and the Hydro GFX through three benchmark runs in Unigine Valley at 4K resolution. You can see the reference 980 Ti plateaus at about 83C and then clocks drop a couple of bins and never hit the same peaks. Meanwhile, Hydro GFX’s core temp doesn’t really plateau until about 50C, but clocks stay within the same tight band for most of the run. The Hydro GFX still has some headroom beyond that, though. The sample we used for testing was able to do offsets +100 on the GPU and +500 on the GDDR5 with TDP set at 107%. Resulting peak clock was a very healthy 1467 MHz on the GPU and 8.1 GHz on the GDDR5. For our testing, we used the following system: • CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.6 GHz • CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro Series H110i GT • DRAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 4x4GB DDR4-3600MHz C18 • Motherboard: ASUS Z170-DELUXE • Storage: Corsair Force GT 480GB • Power Supply: Corsair AX1200i • Enclosure: Corsair Carbide Series Air 540 • Operating System: Windows 10 64-bit So how does the Hydro GFX work out in practice? A stock Hydro GFX can get you as much as 15% more performance over a reference 980 Ti depending on the title – well ahead of a Titan X – but our overclocked settings bumped that up to more than 20%. We ran our tests at three resolutions: 1920x1080 (1080p), 2560x1440 (1440p), and 3840x2160 (4K). Our least graphically intensive game, we tested GRiD: Autosport as kind of a baseline with 4xMSAA and all settings maxed out. Each card produced fluid framerates even at 4K, so the Hydro GFX’s victory is mostly academic here. At lower resolutions, overclocking doesn’t earn us a whole lot and we’re really fairly platform limited, but once you hit 4K and the workload hits the GPU, the cards start to spread out. We tested Grand Theft Auto V with almost all settings maxed, except for FXAA only (no MSAA) and grass was set as Very High instead of Ultra. Because of how variable GTA’s framerate is, every additional average frame can really matter. A stock 980 Ti sits at 41.7 fps at 4K – not terrible and certainly playable, but a little choppy. Meanwhile, the stock Hydro GFX can bring that up to 44.8 fps, and overclocking will get you an even bigger gain: 48.4 fps. Finally, Shadow of Mordor was tested with all of its settings maxed, and it showed some of the biggest gains from going to the Hydro GFX. This is a heavily GPU-limited game, and at 4K, the Hydro GFX can run it as much as 22% faster with our overclock. We’ll be clear: the Hydro GFX is among the fastest graphics cards you can buy, and overclocking makes it faster still. That, and even with a heavy overclock and TDP jump, the integrated Hydro Series cooler can keep the GPU running well below 60C. If you simply must have the highest performance you can get in a single-GPU package, Hydro GFX is certainly a way to go. To learn more or pick up one of your own, you can visit our product page here.
  18. The Corsair Gaming VOID gaming headsets is the newest addition to our gaming headset peripherals. When paired with CUE – you can craft your own dynamic lighting configurations as well as create and program EQ settings. VOID is designed for gamers with game-enhancing sound, a modern ultra-comfortable design, and on-headset-controls that provide instant one-hand adjustment to key audio settings. Features Dolby 7.1 Dolby Pro Logic llx will enable multi-channel surround for accurate positional audio. RGB Lighting Each ear cup is equipped with RGB LEDs for individual customization or synchronization with other Corsair RGB devices using CUE LINK. CUE Control There was a conscious effort to bring controls up to the left side of the headset, enabling quick changes without having to find a cord-based volume/mute control or button, so players could keep their finger on the trigger – or their mouse in most cases. InfoMic InfoMic is a new feature for our headsets, it provides a visual indicator providing mic status, Dolby status, battery levels, and connectivity status. Unidirectional noise-cancelling microphone makes gamers’ voices loud and clear. Microfiber-wrapped memory foam ear pads VOID was intended for long gaming sessions and the memory foam ear pads add extra comfort. 2.4 GHz wireless and battery We have improved our wireless chipset which uses less power (up to a battery life of 16 hours) and still provides cordless freedom up to 40 feet. Efficient 50mm neodymium drivers VOID is using new custom 50mm neodymium drivers to deliver immersive audio. USB extension dock for wireless receiver VOID Yellowjacket comes with a USB extension dock and could be used as a phone cradle as well. Corsair Utility Engine The VOID gaming headset can be programmed and controlled with CUE (Corsair Utility Engine), the same software used for Corsair’s RGB keyboards and mice. CUE allows users to configure the ear cup lighting, InfoMic LED notifications for mic status and battery status, and create up to 5 different EQ profiles. Gamers can also use our newest feature “CUE Link” which allows lighting effects to synchronize over all Corsair RGB devices. CUE customization will be available meaning you’ll be able to adjust the RGB back-lighting on the ear cups to Solid, Pulses, Flashing, and color shifts similar to our mice. When you first install CUE, you’ll be able to select pre-set lighting patterns such as Rainbow Pulse (ear cups will “breathe” different colors of the rainbow). Users will also be able to adjust the speeds and color of each lighting effects. In addition to lighting, Void uses CUE or Corsair Utility Engine to adjust mic levels, Dolby on/off, sidetone on/off, and EQ. CUE comes 5 EQ profiles (Pure Direct, Bass Boost, FPS Competition Mode, Clear Chat, Movie Theater). Advance Users can customize their own EQ profile and set up to 5 on the fly profiles that can be controlled through CUE control. CUE Control functions CUE Control allows users to make adjustments to CUE without having to leave the game and enter the software. Adjust Volume - Turn dial upwards to increase volume. Turn dial downward to decrease volume. Change EQ Profile - A quick press will cycle through 5 EQ profiles. EQ profiles can be changed in the CUE software. Toggle Dolby 7.1 - Pressing and holding the dial will toggle Dolby on and off.We’re very excited to add VOID to the RGB family. VOID represents our attempts to create the most advanced gaming headset with a focus on sound, comfort, and ease-of-use. We are constantly improving CUE, and there may be additional features that were not covered in this guide. We encourage all of our reviewers to spend some time using the various headset settings, especially the lighting and EQ profiles, to get a thorough sense of the near-limitless capabilities of this product. Also, try to get familiar with our CUE ecosystem since this version of the software will allow profiles and lighting options across all platforms (headset, mouse, and keyboard). Specifications: Model Void Wireless SE Void Wireless Void USB Type 2.4 GHz Wireless (USB 2.0 receiver) 2.4 GHz Wireless (USB 2.0 receiver) Wired USB 2.0 Available Colors Yellow Jacket Carbon Carbon Backlight Ear cups (RGB) Ear cups (RGB) Ear cups (RGB) Audio Dolby 7.1 Dolby 7.1 Dolby 7.1 Driver 50mm Neodymium 50mm Neodymium 50mm Neodymium Frequency Response 20Hz – 20kHz 20Hz – 20kHz 20Hz – 20kHz Impedance 32 Ohms @ 1kHz 32 Ohms @ 1kHz 32 Ohms @ 1kHz Mic Type Unidirectional noise cancelling Unidirectional noise cancelling Unidirectional noise cancelling Mic Impedance 2.2k Ohms 2.2k Ohms 2.2k Ohms Mic Frequency Response 100Hz – 10kHz 100Hz – 10kHz 100Hz – 10kHz Mic Sensitivity -37 dB (± 3 dB) -37 dB (± 3 dB) -37 dB (± 3 dB) Dimensions 228mm(L) x 242mm(W) x 108mm(H) 228mm(L) x 242mm(W) x 108mm(H) 228mm(L) x 242mm(W) x 108mm(H) Product Weight 388g / 0.85lb 388g / 0.85lb 388g / 0.85lb Warranty 2 years 2 years 2 years MSRP $149.99 $129.99 $99.99
  19. With Windows 10 rolling out to everyone, some users may be concerned that their peripherals or hardware won’t work with Microsoft’s latest and greatest. The overwhelming majority of your Corsair kit should be just fine, though. If it’s not, or if you’re curious about whether or not your hardware will work in Windows 10, please read on. Corsair Link The most recent version of Corsair Link, always available here, is fully compatible with Windows 10. Many of us here have it running just fine on our home systems, and there are many users on our forums who are enjoying it without issue. All Corsair Link-enabled hardware should work with Link in Windows 10, except the following: Corsair Link Commander (non-Mini) AirFlow Pro The old Commander unit is unfortunately limited to Link version 2.7 at present, but a fix is being validated and is impending. We’ve also seen mixed reports of the AirFlow Pro having problems with Link in Windows 10. If you’re affected, please contact customer service. Finally, there have been a few reports of .NET errors when trying to run Corsair Link in Windows 10. The only surefire solution to this that we’ve found is a reformat; this issue crops up on in-place upgrades from Windows 7 or 8.1 to Windows 10, and it’s honestly best practice to run a clean install instead of an in-place upgrade anyhow. Corsair Utility Engine Happily, CUE has been working fantastically on Windows 10 for a while now. Peripherals supported by CUE should continue to have no issues. As always, contact customer service if you have problems with your CUE-powered keyboards, mice, and headsets. Non-CUE Headsets The following headsets have been verified to work in Windows 10: H2100, H1500, Vengeance 2100, Vengeance 2000, and Vengeance 1500. That said, we have sporadically seen issues with these headsets resulting from an in-place upgrade from Windows 7 or 8.1 to Windows 10. As I mentioned before, best practice in general continues to be to do a clean install of Windows 10. Unfortunately, users with our Raptor HS40 headsets are likely to have issues with the HS40 in Windows 10. We continue to support this headset, and a fix is on the roadmap. Raptor HS40 is now validated and working in Windows 10. Non-CUE Keyboards and Mice The following keyboards and mice have been verified to work in Windows 10 with their existing legacy software: M40, MM45, M60, M65, M90, M95, K30, K40, K50, K90, K95. Conclusion Ultimately the majority of users should be in fine shape for Windows 10. As always, if you do have problems with your hardware or software, please contact our tech support and we’ll assist you as best we can.
  20. If you’re reading this, you’ve probably noticed our new logo! Corsair has been at the forefront of PC hardware for more than 20 years, and we’re proud to have the largest, most dedicated community of DIY PC enthusiasts and gamers. Last year, we started our Corsair Gaming division, and we were blown away by your love for our growing family of gaming products. Thanks to our customers, Corsair Gaming is now one of the top three gaming peripheral brands in the world. To complement our newfound leadership in the gaming space, we’re uniting Corsair Gaming into a new modernized Corsair brand. This new branding will represent all of our divisions going forward, starting with the products we announced today at Computex. Your enthusiasm for Corsair Gaming is only trumped by your love for our Sails logo. Having spanned three decades as the global face of our company, we are introducing a new Sails logo, one that’s sharper, faster, and more representative of the modern age, while still being grounded in our rich past. What does this mean for the current Corsair sail logo and crossed swords Corsair Gaming logo? All new DIY and Corsair Gaming products will be introduced with our new logo. Existing products may or may not get rolled to new logo depending on popularity. Which products will get the new logo first? Everything we’ve announced at Computex 2015 will ship with the new logo, including the Strafe keyboard, and our powerful Bulldog 4K living room PC. For more information on new products, please check our website. We’re looking forward to leading the charge in the DIY hardware and PC gaming spaces for years to come, and our new logo represents a renewed commitment to our hardware and gaming fans around the world.
  21. Now that Bulldog has been formally announced, we can talk to you about what exactly it is. Bulldog is essentially our answer to gaming in the living room. While consoles and most Steam Machines already announced can take you up to 1080p, the reality is that 4K televisions are getting awfully affordable, and the only way you can really game at 4K proper is with a high performance PC. That’s the problem that Bulldog solves.It’s important to note that Bulldog is still in active development, and everything in it is being refined and optimized. So what is Bulldog? Bulldog is a DIY kit that will include the following components: Bulldog Chassis The Bulldog chassis is designed to support essentially two liquid coolers working in parallel, based around a mini-ITX motherboard and an SFX12V form factor power supply. Though the copious ventilation in the design might suggest a case that would suffer from noise problems, the opposite is true: healthy airflow keeps the fans inside Bulldog from having to spin up, resulting in a system that’s actually quieter than a fully loaded console. Hydro Series H5SF Small Form Factor Liquid CPU Cooler We’ve developed a small form factor liquid CPU cooler designed specifically for Bulldog but that can also fit our Carbide Series Air 240 and Obsidian Series 250D cases. It utilizes a small radiator and a blower fan to pull ambient air from inside the chassis and cool the CPU. Under the Hydro Series H5SF, a mainstream K-series Intel CPU can be overclocked while still maintaining both low thermals and low noise. SF600 600-Watt SFX12V Form Factor Power Supply To ensure the high performance components that you install in Bulldog receive a steady stream of clean power while helping get case dimensions down, we’ve engineered a power supply in the industry standard SFX12V form factor. Our SF600 power supply is designed to achieve gold-level efficiency. It employs a 92mm fan that is larger than the 80mm fans used in completing SFX power supplies, letting the SF600 stay quiet and cool even under extreme loads. It’s also fully modular, making installation as easy as possible. Mini-ITX Motherboard with Next-Generation Intel Chipset While Bulldog is being demoed at Computex with a current-generation Z97 motherboard, we’ll be bundling a mini-ITX motherboard from a reputable brand that supports Intel’s next generation processors and chipsets by the time Bulldog goes to market. Note that Bulldog was designed specifically to take advantage of HG10-cooled graphics cards, but HG10 kits will be sold separately. For additional details on Bulldog, we’ve reproduced our forum FAQ below: What is Bulldog? Bulldog is a DIY kit that leverages Corsair's expertise in case, cooling, and power supply design to lay the foundation for a system that can handle 4K gaming quietly and efficiently in the living room or other spaces where a small form factor gaming machine would be desirable. What's in Bulldog? Bulldog kits will include the Bulldog chassis, the Hydro Series H5SF liquid CPU cooler, an SF600 600-watt SFX12V-form factor power supply, and a next-generation motherboard utilizing an Intel chipset. How much will Bulldog cost? We're targeting an MSRP of $399 for the whole bundle, but this will depend on a number of factors and is subject to change. Where will I be able to get one? Corsair.com's web store is your best bet, but we expect Bulldog to see etail and retail availability. When will it be available? We're targeting Q4 of 2015. Do any of the parts come separately? Yes! While you have to buy the Bulldog kit to get the Bulldog chassis, the Hydro Series H5SF cooler and SF600 power supply will both be available separately. What kind of connectivity and features will Bulldog have? Bulldog will sport two USB 3.0 ports on the front along with headphone and microphone jacks, all hidden behind a fold down door. Bulldog will not have a fan controller; I personally hate hearing a device's fans spin up under load, so Bulldog is engineered to be extremely quiet and cool, and our choice of high pressure, low noise 92mm fans on the chassis reflects that. What kind of material will Bulldog be made out of? Bulldog's internal structure will be built from steel, while we're going to use a stylized brushed plastic for the fascia and sides with a metal mesh. Our initial prototypes used a full aluminum outer body (the internal chassis was steel), but we found the aluminum impractical from both a cost and weight perspective. Isn't the HG10 a major part of Bulldog? Yes it is! An HG10-equipped graphics card completes the Bulldog experience. Bulldog was designed to incorporate a CPU cooled by a Hydro Series H5SF and a graphics card cooled by an HG10 bracket and Hydro Series H55 liquid cooler. While you can certainly use an air-cooled graphics card in Bulldog (and we've made allowances to ensure it will run well), an HG10-equipped graphics card is the ideal way to get the most performance with the least noise. How do I get an HG10-equipped graphics card for Bulldog? There are a few ways. One is to buy one of our HG10 brackets and attach it to your graphics card with an H55 or H75 (single fan only) liquid cooler. Another is to buy an HG10 bundled with an H55 and, again, install it on your graphics card. Additionally, MSI will be offering graphics cards shipping with HG10s and H55s pre-installed for a small premium. Why wasn't the HG10 included with Bulldog? Because of the nature of HG10, specifically that brackets have to be customized for different reference cards, there's no one-size-fits-all bracket that we can bundle. It made more sense to us to make HG10 bundles available separately and offer customers options. Users who aren't comfortable liquid cooling their graphics cards or have non-reference cards that are incompatible with HG10 will still get a good experience with Bulldog. What is the Hydro Series H5SF? The Hydro Series H5SF is a unique closed loop liquid cooler for your CPU that was engineered specifically to fit in Bulldog, but is also compatible with the Carbide Series Air 240 and the Obsidian Series 250D. It employs a small radiator - smaller than even the H55 - and powerful blower fan. The blower fan has had a fan curve programmed to ensure it stays quiet while being able to cool even a modestly overclocked Intel Core i7. If you want to overclock further, the H5SF has that capacity, but the blower fan may have to ramp up to compensate. As an ancillary benefit, the H5SF's design allows it to pull ambient hot air into the blower and expel it out of the case, ensuring Bulldog stays exceptionally cool. The H5SF's smaller radiator results in its rated 150-watt cooling capacity, which is plenty for an overclocked Intel CPU, but it may still underperform the standard 120mm H55. What is the SF600? The SF600 is a power supply designed to meet the SFX12V standard. It has a capacity of 600 watts - more than enough for even the fastest single-GPU cards and mainstream Intel CPUs - and is targeting 80 Plus Gold level efficiency. The combination of high efficiency and a 92mm fan in such an impressively small power supply ensures the SF600 is able to deliver the power a Bulldog system needs without the PSU itself being a major source of heat or noise. What kinds of graphics cards are supported by Bulldog? Bulldog will support standard dual-slot graphics cards connected internally through a PCIe extension cable. Estimated maximum card length is 300mm.
  22. We are sad to inform you that our very own Mike Clements, aka “Yellowbeard,” passed away in his sleep Wednesday, December 10th, 2014, during the late evening. Mike has been with Corsair’s Technical Marketing since 2006. As a long time PC enthusiast, he was the backbone of our forums and social media, providing support to our end users and enthusiastically sharing the efforts of the DIY community. When “Corsair” replied to your comments here on Facebook, there’s a very good chance it was him. Mike at the Corsair 20th Anniversary Party with his wife, Beverly. Mike was a great friend to so many of us and will be deeply missed. He had so many hobbies and interests, I cannot think of anyone sitting with Mike and not finding a common ground to talk about… in most cases over a cold beer. His stories were always entertaining, his advice always wise and his compassion always deep from his heart. Mike is survived by his wife Beverly and daughter Payton. Donations can be made to the Mike Clements Memorial Fund here.
  23. It’s been a little while since we’ve hit you with a review roundup. We’re in the calm before the storm: in just a couple short weeks, CES 2015 will be upon us, and the industry will spin up to full tilt again. But for now, we still have a doozy of a review roundup for you. The Corsair Gaming umbrella continues to gain traction with the series of high quality peripherals being released under it, while reviews still trickle in for our HXi power supplies. Corsair Gaming H1500 and H2100 We’ll start with reviews of our USB-based gaming headset, the Corsair Gaming H1500. Guru3D, eTeknix, and Benchmark Reviews all gave it a listen, and every last one came away impressed. Guru3D’s Hilbert Hagedoorn said “The Corsair Gaming H1500 shines in a nice deep and dynamic sounding bass, clear voices, and the treble that we increased a notch totally fits my personal sound flavor. These factors combined satisfy my personal audio flavor real fast.” He gave it a Recommended award. While we’re at Guru3D, Hilbert also tried out our higher end wireless Corsair Gaming H2100 headset and gave it a Top Pick award, saying “For straight up gaming, the H2100 is tough to beat, the overall clarity and nice bass make it a killer headset.” The reviewer at eTeknix shared a similar sentiment before giving it the Editor’s Choice award: “The Corsair Gaming H1500 is one of the best mid-budget gaming headsets available. It’s lightweight and comfortable to use for long gaming sessions, it has powerful and clear audio and it also has one of the best microphones I’ve tested. A solid all-round performance from Corsair.” Finally, our friends at Benchmark Reviews called it “a lot of headset for the price” and “just what the doctor ordered for the budget gamer.” The H1500 walked away with their Golden Tachometer. Corsair Gaming Mice and Keyboards While I can’t technically say our keyboards are the best in the business, they have a habit of getting some pretty high accolades, and they’re being joined by our new RGB mice. We’ll start with Slashgear, which took a pretty comprehensive look at our RGB keyboards along with our M65 RGB mouse and came away smiling, saying: “We came for the colorful madness of the RGB hook, we stayed for the highest-end precision delivered in-game. Both the keyboard collection and the mouse usher in Corsair Gaming with a bang.” Next, Erik Fredriksen at TechnoBuffalo had this to say about our K70 RGB: “The customization options presented by the software put the K70 and its bigger and smaller siblings in a class of their own. If you want to do anything beyond simply typing, not much else can compare. The possibilities Corsair’s software presents are virtually endless in the hands of a creative user.” Over at Vortez, Tony Le Bourne got his game on with the M65 RGB and found it worthy of a Gold award: “After spending some time with the Corsair Gaming M65 RGB, the performance has proved to be strong and satisfying, making a trusted weapon for all FPS enthusiasts.” Finally, the optical version of our brand new Sabre RGB gaming mouse (a hit in its own right in the office) was reviewed at both Tweak.dk and Hardware Heaven and in both cases left with an award, with Tweak.dk giving it their “Great Product” award and Hardware Heaven giving it their Recommended award. With the rash of quality Corsair Gaming hardware out of the way, we turn our attention to reviews of our HX1000i power supplies. Corsair HX1000i Power Supply The 1,000-watt, 80 Plus Platinum, Corsair Link-enabled beast that is the HX1000i was reviewed by both eTeknix and Hardwareluxx, and in both reviews, walked away an award-winner. eTeknix’s Ryan Martin specifically concluded, “With silent operation, impressive performance and a selection of digital controls and monitoring the HX1000i offers a great cheaper alternative to Corsair’s premium AXi series.” Corsair Cases We also had three of our cases – including the recently launched Carbide Series 330R Titanium Edition – go out for review. The new 330R Titanium adds an attractive new gunmetal-colored brushed aluminum finish to the door of the 330R along with built-in fan control, and Technic3D was happy enough with it to give it their Silver award. The Tech Report revisited the Air 240 and discovered something you and I already knew: “With all of its stock fan mounts populated, the Carbide Series Air 240 delivers superb cooling performance.” That superb cooling performance, coupled with the killer feature set, earned our Air 240 a “Recommended” award. Rounding out our case reviews, TechPowerUp goes hands on with our Obsidian Series 250D. They called it a “small chassis with a huge punch” and gave it a 9.5 score and an Editor’s Choice award. Finally, the best of the rest: ConseilConfig.com reviewed our popular Hydro Series H75 liquid cooler (a perfect match for the HG10 bracket if ever there were one) and gave it a score of 4.1 out of five stars. …and last but not least, the crew over at Madshrimps put the screws to our Vengeance LPX DDR4 and made it sing. They said “Tweaking potential is more than present and this kit can compete with other high end kits, which might be higher priced.” For that potential, it earned a Performance award.
  24. Today’s review roundup is focused on DDR4. Now that they’ve had a chance to exist in the wild, reviewers have had time to play with our Vengeance LPX and Dominator Platinum DDR4 kits…and they liked what they saw. First blood was drawn stateside with TweakTown and Overclockers.com, and those reviews are in this earlier roundup. Today we’re expanding our net and tackling international coverage. Before we visit the UK, a trip to Hardware Heaven sees our Vengeance LPX DDR4-2800 kit tested against competing kits and coming out the fastest. That earned it a Recommended award. Proclockers.com tested our more mainstream 2666MHz Vengeance LPX kit, but found that even that kit was able to hit 2900MHz with some coaxing. The ability to go from fast to faster scored a Recommended award. OCDrift.com tested our Dominator Platinum DDR4 at 2800MHz and just like Proclockers, they found there was still some gas in the tank as the kit took to 3000MHz C15 with ease. Keep reading and you’ll find this is a trend. Starting with high performance and being able to go higher still earned the kit a Gold award. Hexus.net used our Vengeance LPX DDR4-2800 kit exclusively in their review of Intel’s Haswell-E platform, then examined the kit on its own and handed off an “Approved” award in the process. Overclock3D has spent an extensive amount of time with our Vengeance LPX kit as well, using it in their i7-5960X review and then featuring it in not , not , but separate videos. Continuing the trend, Hilbert Hagedoorn over at Guru3D also employed our Vengeance LPX for his maiden review of the Haswell-E platform. Over at eurogamer.net, Richard Leadbetter saw fit to outfit his entire test platform for Haswell-E with Corsair kit. That includes an RM1000, an H105 to keep the i7-5960X frosty, and of course, Vengeance LPX DDR4. You can see that review here. New friends over at Gaming Till Disconnected also came away happy with the Vengeance LPX kit; watch their video here. As it turns out, even outside of English-speaking countries, Corsair DDR4 is the weapon of choice for maximizing performance and stability with Intel’s new platform. Those of you who don’t speak French may want to fire up Google Translate for this next set of reviews. Reviewers from Clubic.com, Hardware.fr, 59Hardware, Ginjfo, Cowcotland, and multiple print publications all chose Corsair DDR4 for their X99 testbeds and Haswell-E CPU reviews. The reviewer at OverClex who spent a little extra time with our Vengeance LPX 2800MHz DDR4 kit was pleasantly surprised to discover a little bit of Corsair’s secret sauce: our 2800MHz kit runs at 1.2V, but a secondary XMP profile will bump the voltage to 1.35V and the speed to a brisk 3000MHz C16. That turned out not even to be the limit: his kit went up to 3200MHz C15. He gave it 4 out of 5 stars. The reviewer at Overclocking Made in France also had a chance to play with our Vengeance LPX 2800MHz DDR4 kit, and just like his peer at OverClex, he was able to hit 3200MHz. Another 4 out of 5 stars. Finally, if you expand into the Nordic countries and elsewhere in Europe, you’ll see the same thing happening: reviewers sticking with reliable Corsair DDR4 for their X99 reviews and testing. Swedish juggernauts Sweclockers used Vengeance LPX exclusively, as did Hardware.no and Tweak.dk. Likewise, over in Benelux, you’ll see the same choice at the incredibly popular Tweakers.net and especially Hardware.info, which used both Vengeance LPX and Dominator Platinum DDR4.
  25. Corsair recently held its annual sales conference, bringing together Corsair representatives from all across the globe in sunny California. One of those representatives is Ronaldo Buassali, a virtual overclocking legend in Brazil. He took the time to sit down and interview our own Jon Gerow, aka JonnyGuru, about power supplies for a video to be published on his YouTube and across Brazilian publications, and we have that interview for you here.
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