Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2012 - 12:22 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: gaming, extra life 2012, donations, corsair, childrens miracle network hospital, charity
What is better than a 24 hour gaming marathon? A gaming marathon that raises money for a charity that helps kids that need medical help, of course!
Popular memory and PC chassis manufacturer Corsair has assembled a 12 man team of gamers that will be participating in the Extra Life 2012 gaming marathon. Lasting 24 hours, teams will play a game of their choice all day. Much like a traditional run/walk marathon, the teams and members are sponsored by donators. In this case, the “runners” are gamers, and 100% of the donations pledged to Team Corsair go to the member’s local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.
Founded in 1912, the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in Oakland provides medical care to approximately 200,000 patients a year that otherwise could not afford treatment.
Senior PR Specialist for Corsair Robert Pearce blogged about the upcoming marathon and is the team captain for the Corsair team. He stated that he found out about the Extra Life marathon through a Reddit post and hopes to beat last year’s numbers. Specifically, Extra Life 2011 raised a total of $1.2 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospital and the Reddit team in particular managed to raise $2,740 in donations from its 10 man team gaming for 24 hours. At the time of writing, Team Corsair has 12 members, and has $2,582 in pledged donations – or 52% of their $5,000 goal.
Interestingly, Corsair will be live streaming their 24 hour long gaming session. You will be able to see your marathon gamers in action and know that your donation is going to a good cause (it’s actually for the kids heh). The Corsair live stream will begin at 8 am (PST) on October 20th, so be sure to check that out and give the Corsair team a virtual pat on the back. If you want to sponsor the Corsair team with a donation, you can find their Extra Life 2012 team page here.
Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2012 - 04:49 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: memory, giveaway, dominator, corsair, contest
UPDATE: We have selected a winner using Random.org and that is.... Sandy Bruce!! Congrats to the winner and keep checking back on pcper.com as we will have more contests for your shortly!!!
Looking for a killer upgrade to your PC? How does 16GB of DDR3 memory running at 2133 MHz sound? What if it were FREE? Corsair and PC Perspective and teamed up to give away a 16GB kit (4 x 4GB) of Dominator Platinum memory!!
These are the latest modules from Corsair that include a completely cooler design as well as user swappable LED strip! Check out the video below!
These modules are pretty sexy in the dark...
What do you have to do to win this gorgeous memory? It's quite simple:
- Head over to Corsair's Facebook page and give them a 'like'.
- If you are feeling generous (and want to learn about future giveaways) like the PC Perspective Facebook page as well.
- Leave a comment below telling us how you plan on using the Corsair Dominator Platinum memory if you win it!
Pretty simple, right? We'll run the sweepstakes from now until October the 10th, so jump in and get in your shot to walk away from 16GB of memory from PC Perspective and our friends at Corsair!!
Subject: Storage | September 7, 2012 - 08:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: LAMD, Amber, corsair, neutron
The new kid in the SSD controller wars is LAMD, or Link_A_Media which is paired with 256GB of IMFT 25nm NAND in the new Corsair Neutron SSD. [H]ard|OCP loved what they saw, the lowest recorded latency in their max read tests and their max write tests. This great result may not shock those of you who have encountered LAMD in the past, they have provided enterprise class products for a long time now, they are only new to the consumer/enthusiast market. Check out the next great SSD controller on the market, which will hopefully drive Indilinx, Intel and Sandforce to better their upcoming controllers.
"Corsair innovates as the first company to market a consumer LAMD controlled SSD. While the Corsair line currently utilizes both of the highest performing controllers on the market, the new LAMD controller has generated more than its fair share of interest, so we take a look and see how the newest entrant to the SSD realm fares."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Crucial V4 256GB SSD Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Corsair Force GT 240GB @ Tweaktown
- Corsair Neutron 240GB and Neutron GTX 240GB @ Kitguru
- Silicon Power Velox V70 240GB @ SSD Review
- ADATA SX300 128GB mSATA SSD Review - LSI SandForce Performance In Top Capacities @ SSD Review
- OCZ Agility 4 @ AnandTech
- Samsung 830 256GB SSD Review @ HCW
- Crucial V4 256GB SSD Review - All Is Not SATA 3 Just Yet @ SSD Review
- OCZ Agility 4 256 GB SSD @ Hardware.Info
- Plextor M5 Pro SSD @ XSReviews
- Plextor M5 Pro (256GB) @ AnandTech
- SuperSSpeed S302 Hyper Gold MLC 240GB SSD @ Tweaktown
- VisionTek Racer Series 120GB @ Tweaktown
- Mushkin Catalyst Cache 50GB SSD @ Bjorn 3D
- Corsair Force GS 240GB SSD Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB @ Tweaktown
- Crucial v4 256GB vs. OCZ Agility 4 256GB SSD Shootout @ Techspot
- OCZ Agility 4 256GB Review @ OCC
- ZXT Aperture M 5.25" USB 3.0 Card Reader @ TechwareLabs
- Adaptec Series 7 Enterprise RAID Controllers with PCIe 3.0 @ Tweaktown
- Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ G2 USB Drive Review @ OCC
- Patriot 32GB Class 10 EP Pro SDHC @ Neoseeker
- Vantec NexStar MX Enclosure Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Thermaltake BlacX 5G HDD Docking Station Review @ eTeknix
- Buffalo TeraStation Pro Duo WSS review - NAS with Windows Storage Server @ Hardware.info
- Kingston 64GB Wi-Drive @ SSD News
- D-Link ShareCenter Quattro DNS-345 @ Hardware.info
- Convar BytePac Eco-Friendly Paper Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ Legit Reviews
- Icy Dock Convenient SSD/HDD Conversion Kits @ Pro-Clockers
- Patriot Supersonic 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review - Updated @ PCSTATS
- RAIDON Runner R2420-B3 Easy Ejection 2.5" SSD/HDD RAID Enclosure Review @ NikKTech
- Fractal Design Array R2 mini-ITX NAS Chassis Review @ Techgage
- Patriot EP Pro SDHC UHS-1 32GB @ Guru of 3D
- ADATA Nobility NH13 750GB External Hard Drive Review @ TechwareLabs
- Thermaltake BlacX 5G SATA/USB Docking Station @ Benchmark Reviews
- LaCie 4big Rack Office review: deluxe storage rack for the office? @ Hardware.info
- Synology DiskStation DS413j NAS Review @ HardwareHeaven
- Promise Pegasus J2 Review: The Smallest High Performance Thunderbolt Drive @ AnandTech
- Icy Dock MB994IPO-3SB Slim ODD + 2x 2.5" HDD Multi Bay Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Synology DS213 and DS213+ NAS review: the same but different @ Hardware.info
Subject: General Tech | September 6, 2012 - 01:26 PM | Ken Addison
Tagged: wireless charging, VIVO, thunderbolt, podcast, k90, k60, corsair, black mesa, ax1200i, asus
PC Perspective Podcast #217 - 09/06/2012
Join us this week as we talk about the Corsair AX1200i Power Supply, Video Games as Art, Wireless Charging and more!
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- 0:53:30 Ultrabook with 2560x1440 display from Samsung
- 0:56:10 Lower Power IVB coming soon
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- 1:02:30 ASUS launches "Powered by ASUS" systems
- 1:08:00 Hardware / Software Pick of the Week
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Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 5, 2012 - 07:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: NoFan, CR-100A, CR-95C, corsair, Hydro 100, roundup
FrostyTech has updated their "Top 5" list of 20 or so of the best heatsinks on the market for Intel and AMD processors not just in time for the school year but also as the average temperature during the day begins to decline. They've also changed their definition of a heatsink to include self contained watercoolers such as the Corsair Hydro 100 which now takes the top spot for cooling Intel heatsinks though it does not get as high a rating for AMD. On the quiet side there is also another newcomer, the NoFan CR-100A and CR-95C which take the top two spots for low noise cooler for both chip makers. There are quite a few other new coolers to check out in their latest heatsink roundup.
"Are you looking for the best heatsink for your PC? Perhaps you need a low profile cooler under 45mm tall... in both cases Frostytech's Top 5 Heatsink charts list the Best Intel & AMD heatsinks we've tested in one handy place. Frostytech has compiled a catalog of over 500 CPU cooler reviews and picked to cream of the crop on both Intel/AMD platforms, performance and low profile heatsinks. Frostytech's Top 5 Heatsink chart ranks each cooler by low temperature and low noise output."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- SilverStone HE01 CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Antec Eleven Hundred Gaming Mid-Tower Chassis @ Tweaktown
- be quiet Dark Rock 2 Heatsink Review @ Ninjalane
- Cooler Master Gemin II M4 Low Profile Heatsink Review @ Ninjalane
- The Battle for Liquid Cooling: Asetek Sues CoolIT, is Corsair in Danger? @ VR-Zone
- Be Quiet! Shadow Wings Series Fan Review @ eTeknix
- Silverstone AP Series Air Penetrator Case Fan Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme @ Funky Kit
- Thermaltake Armor Revo Snow Edition Chassis Review @ OCIA
- Azza Genesis 9000 Reversible Full Tower @ Tweaktown
- CM Storm Stryker Computer Case Review @ Benchmark Reviews
- Aerocool BX-500 Evil Black Edition Full-Tower PC Chassis Review @ eTeknix
- Aerocool Strike-X Advance Black Chassis @ Kitguru
- Cooler Master Silencio 650 Case @ Techspot
- Cooler Master Silencio 650 Mid Tower PC Chassis Review @ eTeknix
- NZXT Phantom 410 Tower Review @ XtremeComputing
- Raidmax Orion Mid Tower Case Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Antec ISK 110 VESA Case Review: Just About As Small As It Gets @ AnandTech
- Antec Eleven Hundred Mid Tower Chassis Review @ eTeknix
- Sentey GS-6070 II Abaddom Mid-Tower Chassis @ Tweaktown
- Rosewill R5 Gaming Mid-Tower Case Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Bitfenix Raider Mid-Tower PC Chassis Review @ eTeknix
- GameTiger Xniper PR-3 Mid-Tower @ Tweaktown
- Fractal Design Define R4 Mid Tower Review @ XtremeComputing
- RAIDMAX Raptor Mid-Tower Gaming Case Review @ circuitREMIX
Introduction and Externals
Corsair manufactures a wide variety of components and peripherals for PC enthusiasts. They essentially target the most enthusiastic customers in whatever market they enter – breaking the ice with the coldest and harshest critics who are never above nitpicking faults and flaws. Despite tossing their first generation products to the sharks they perform uncharacteristically well for a new contender almost every time. They look before they leap.
The Corsair K60 and K90 were launched simultaneously and represent Corsair’s first attempt at producing a mechanical keyboard. Corsair has included media keys, a metal volume wheel, and a Windows-key lock on both keyboards if you find yourself yelling, “I HATE THIS KEY!” at your desktop because your game is now minimized and cannot receive your hatred.
Rubberized when down, not when up -- but stable either way.
I never said I wasn't one of the nitpickers.
Both keyboards are built around an aluminum chassis with a nonslip coating to each key. Each keycap has a sharply defined edges compared to the more round edges found on a Razer Blackwidow and other similar keyboards. Neither keyboard has rubberized tips on their ergonomic flaps although slipping has not been an issue in my testing.
Subject: Storage | August 27, 2012 - 06:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Link A Media, LAMD, corsair, neutron, neutron gtx, ssd, LM87800
We have certainly seen a lot of new versions of SSD controllers from companies well established in the market but there haven't been any new companies join the market until earlier this month. Corsair unveiled their new Neutron series of SSDs, featuring the new LM87800 controller from Link A Media. Both models contain a pair of Samsung DDR2-800 128MB DRAM cache for a total of 256MB of cache, the difference is in the flash, with the GXT sporting eight 32GB modules of Toshiba Toggle Mode 24nm NAND while the non-GTX model has sixteen 16GB modules of synchronous Micron 25nm NAND. Check out SSD Reviews article to see how that effects the performance.
"It is always an exciting time when a new controller makes it’s way on to the SSD scene. It is like seeing a new contender in any sporting event and predicting their success based on the balance of strength and inexperience. Our analysis today examines the new Link A Media (LAMD) 6Gbps controller found within the Corsair Neutron and Neutron GTX SSDs. Watch as the Neutron delivers a first round knockout."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Mushkin Catalyst Cache SSD @ Guru of 3D
- ADATA XPG SX900 128GB SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
- OCZ Vertex 4 256GB @ HCW
- rucial V4 256GB SATA II SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
- Transcend SSD720 128GB @ Hardware.info
- Corsair Force GS 240 GB @ Hardware.info
- SanDisk Extreme 240GB Fixed TRIM Solid State Drive @ Tweaktown
- KingFast F3 Series mSATA 3.0 KF1310MCF MLC SSD Review @ ModSynergy
- Western Digital Red Drive 2TB Hard Drive @ TechwareLabs
- Western Digital Red NAS Hard Drive Review @ Techgage
- QNAP TurboNAS TS-269 Pro NAS Server Review @ NikKTech
- Kingston DataTraveler Locker G2 USB Flash Drive @ Pro-Clockers
- Vantec NexStar HX NST-330SU3 Hard Drive to USB 3.0 / eSATA II External Case @ PCSTATS
- Icy Dock MB080U3S-1SB Blizzard 3.5" SATA External Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ eTeknix
- StarTech USB 3.0 to 2.5" SATA Enclosure with Encryption @ Computing on Demand
- Icy Dock MB559U3S External 3.5″ SATA Hard Drive Enclosure @ Kitguru
- Buffalo MiniStation Extreme USB 3.0 Hard Drive Review with Drop Test @ HardwareHeaven
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 24, 2012 - 07:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: corsair, modular psu, HX850
We have seen a wireless streaming graphics card which reminded the crew at PC Perspective of Cthulu, but we have not yet released the Kraken. That was up to Corsair and their HX850 PSU which [H]ard|OCP recently reviewed. A single 12V rail is capable of delivering up to 70 amps which is a good thing on a PSU with six 6+2 PCIe power connectors but it still wasn't enough to really impress [H]. This PSU has essentially been released to refresh their current model and while it does match the performance of the previous model it does not really improve upon it. This is what lead to [H]'s disappointment, the PSU passes the tests but has not really improved from the model Corsair was selling years ago. Still it is a decent choice for a system builder who plans on using multiple GPUs.
"Corsair, a brand we have come to trust when powering our enthusiast desktop PC systems, brings to us an 850 watt power supply unit that touts quiet operation, a modular configuration, and "gold" rated power efficiency. How does the new Corsair HX850 fit into Corsair's current power supply lineup?"
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Antec Earthwatts Platinum 650w @ Funky Kit
- Be Quiet Dark Power Pro 10 1000 W @ techPowerUp
- Thermaltake Toughpower 650W / 750W @ hardCOREware
- PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk.III 1200W Power Supply Review @ HardwareHeaven
- Seasonic X-Series 1250W @ Kitguru
- PC Power & Cooling Mk III Silencer 1200 Watt @ Guru of 3D
- Cooler Master Silent Pro M2 850 W @ techPowerUp
- Cooler Master USNA 120 AC/DC Power Adapter @ Pro-Clockers
Subject: Storage | August 22, 2012 - 06:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: ssd, Nvelo Dataplex, Intel SRT, corsair, cache, accelerator series
Forget Intel SRT, the Corsair Accelerator Series cache SSDs and the Nvelo Dataplex software which come with them will give you the best of both your HDD and SSD and increase both read and write speeds of commonly accessed data. Part of the effectiveness of these drive comes thanks to the fact that they move frequently access data blocks and not entire files, ensuring only the bits you need to read quickly end up on the SSD and it is not filled with tag along data that is accessed infrequently. [H]ard|OCP found themselves more impressed with these drives than they expected to, seeing boot times that matched an OS installed on an SSD after only two reboots as well as improved launch speeds on their most used programs. As you can pick up the 60GB model for $70 after MIR and the 30GB model for $45 the price per gigabyte might not match larger SSDs but the actual cost is so low it makes it a very worthy upgrade.
"One of the hottest applications for consumer SSDs is using data caching to accelerate the performance of traditional spinning hard disks in your PC. We look at Corsairs Accelerator Series of caching SSDs to test the performance of these value-centric approaches to providing you a better computing experience."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- SSD RAID TRIM now on Intel 7-Series Chipsets! We test the performance @ HCW
- Kngston SSDNow V200 128GB Review @ OCC
- SanDisk Extreme SSD 240 GB @ X-bit Labs
- CoreRise Comay Venus 3S 120GB SATA3 MLC Synchronous SSD Review @ ModSynergy
- Corsair Neutron GTX SSD Review (240GB): Link A Media Controller Tested @ AnandTech
- Samsung 830 Series SSD 512 GB @ techPowerUp
- Crucial v4 SSD @ Hardware.info
- Corsair Neutron Series Solid State Drives Review - LAMD or Wolf in a 7mm Package? @ Tweaktown
- Adata XPG SX910 256GB SSD review: SandForce SSD with 256GB @ Hardware.info
- Plextor M5 Pro 128GB @ Hardware.info
- Areca ARC-1882i PCIe 3.0 RAID Controller @ Tweaktown
- Hard Disk Drive Performance Comparison Guide @ TechARP
- Western Digital VelociRaptors Vs. Solid State Drives @ TechARP
- Akasa Integral S 3.5" External USB3.0 Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ eTeknix
- Western Digital Red Review: Are NAS-optimized HDDs Worth the Premium? @ AnandTech
- Synology DS1512+ and DS1812+ NAS review: good performance with lots of disks @ Hardware.info
- Icy Dock MB080U3S-1SB Blizzard & MB559U3S-1S Ultra Slim External Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ OCC
- Startech 4 Bay Standalone HDD Duplicator Dock @ XSReviews
Subject: General Tech | August 15, 2012 - 12:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: raptor gaming, mechanical keyboard, gaming mouse, corsair
We haven't heard much about Raptor Gaming on PC Perspective, mostly because their products are sold in Europe and only infrequently seen in North America. That hasn't stopped Corsair from acquiring the company and their intellectual property which will extend Corsair's peripheral business worldwide. Raptor also holds patents pertaining to gaming keyboards, mice and other peripherals which should allow new innovations to start to appear in Corsair's next refresh of their gaming mice and keyboards.
Cologne, Germany — August 15, 2012 — Corsair®, a worldwide designer and supplier of high-performance components to the PC gaming hardware market, today announced the acquisition of certain assets of Raptor Gaming, a maker of high-performance PC gaming peripherals headquartered in Heinsberg, Germany. Established in 2004, Raptor Gaming has a strong retail presence in Germany, the largest market for video gaming in Europe, with products widely available in major chains including Media Markt, Saturn, Real, Kaufland, and Conrad.
As part of this transaction, Corsair receives Raptor Gaming's full product portfolio of keyboards, mice, headsets, and accessories, which will form a new series of gaming products alongside Corsair's existing award-winning line of Vengeance® PC gaming products. Raptor Gaming executives CEO Dirk Schunk and COO Heinz-Dieter Ludwig will remain engaged with Corsair to facilitate a smooth transition.
"Corsair and Raptor share the same goal, bringing best-in-class PC hardware to gamers around the world," said Andy Paul, President and CEO of Corsair. "Raptor Gaming's strong retail presence will allow us to offer a wider range of PC hardware to gamers across Germany."
"As gamers ourselves, we formed the Raptor Gaming business to create high-performance PC gear to give gamers the absolute best gaming experience," said Dirk Schunk, CEO of Raptor Gaming. "Corsair's strong global brand and worldwide distribution will open up Raptor Gaming products to a wider audience of gamers around the world."
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