Subject: Storage | July 25, 2011 - 05:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: ssd, corsair, corsair force gt 120GB, sata 6Gps
The new Corsair Force GT 120GB SSD goes a different way from the crowd with their use of synchronous MLC flash memory, the SF-2000 controller is very familiar though. Synchronous flash is more expensive than asynchronous and in theory should provide better speeds with large uncompressed files, though not a huge boost. That theory bore out Neoseeker's testing with better results across the board when compared to the Patriot Wildfire SSD. If you are willing to invest the money to get that little bit more out of your machine, the Corsair Force is worth considering.
"In an SSD market where 500MB/s data read/write speeds are becoming the norm across manufacturers, Corsair's Force GT differentiates itself from the pack by using 25nm ONFI synchronous NAND flash memory, versus standard 25nm asynchronous NAND. This allows the drive to excel at reading and writing compressed data, which is supposed to translate into faster real-world performance with files like video, music and graphics. Hit our latest SSD review to see just how real this real-world performance ends up looking."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Corsair Force GT 120GB @ Tweaktown
- OCZ Agility 3 120GB Solid State Drive @ Pro-Clockers
- Renice X3 120GB 50mm mSATA 3Gbps 120GB SSD @ SSDReview
- 240 GB SATA-600 Solid State Drive Round-Up @ Hardware Secrets
- Patriot Torqx2 128GB SSD @ Bjorn3D
- ADATA S511 120 GB @ techPowerUp
- Hard Disk Drive Myths Debunked! @ TechARP
- Kingston Data Traveler Ultimate 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review @Hi Tech Legion
- WD Scorpio Black 750GB Notebook Hard Drive Review @ Legit Reviews
- Apacer Share Steno AC430 USB 3.0 500GB HDD Review @ Real World Labs
- Seagate’s GoFlex Satellite: the answer to all our mobile storage problems? @ t-break
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 21, 2011 - 08:05 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: water cooling, hsf, h80, corsair, cooling
We talked about the Corsair H80 (and H100) all in one water coolers in a previous post as they were announced a few months ago; however, it seems that they are finally out in the wild and ready for review. Neoseeker has the review ball today and has posted a concise five page review of the device. Forunately, from their testing it seems to stack up well compared to its predecessors, though the review does note that the fan noise can become rather loud.
"...the H80 also includes the same easy to use mounting system as the H60. This was one of the aspects we liked the most about the H60, so we are more than pleased to see it return with this new unit. The low-profile block and 120mm radiator will allow the Corsair H80 to fit into nearly any chassis, with the only exceptions being some of the smaller HTPC cases."
You can read more about the sealed loop water cooler here.
And in other case and cooling news:
- Thermaltake Frio OCK Review @ Motherboards.org
- Thermaltake A30 Armor Case Review @ Motherboards.org
- Evercool Transformer 4 HSF Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Corsair Hydro H80 Review @ eTeknix
- SilverStone Raven RV03 @ Anandtech
Subject: General Tech | July 21, 2011 - 01:02 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: PSU, modular, corsair
Corsiar has recently introduced a new line of modular power supplies based on the popular TX V2 Enthusiast Series. The new modular PSUs have an attached ATX 12V cable and a full compliment of flat, detachable cables. Being 80+ Bronze certified, the new PSUs are able to deliver at least 85% efficiency at 50% load. Available from authorized retailers in July, the models range in wattage from 550 watts to 850 watts.
The Corsair TX550M is based on the TX550 V2 and is able to support the following connectors in addition to the non-modular ATX 12V cable.
|Wattage||550W @ 50°C|
On the voltage front, the PSU is capable of delivering 45A on the +12V rail and 25A on the +5V rail.
Read more about the new power supplies.
Subject: Memory | July 8, 2011 - 12:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: corsair, patriot, kingston, crucial, G.Skill, ddr3, roundup
At Hardware Heaven you can catch a dual channel DDR3 roundup featuring Corsair Vengeance, Crucial Ballistix, Kingston HyperX, Patriot Division 2 Viper Xtreme and G.Skill RipjawsX kits. The kits range from DDR3-1600 @ 7-8-7-24-2T to DDR3-2133 @ 9-11-9-27-1T and even features a low power 8GB kit which uses 1.5V. They didn't have much luck overclocking the high speed DIMMs, it seems they are running stock speeds close to the maximum possible and had much better luck with the 1600MHz kits. The charts do reveal a truth that not many like to admit, spending all that extra money on the high speed kits will not give you a noticeable jump in real world performance.
"Last month, for the first time in a while, we took a look at various different memory products which were designed for Intel's X58 architecture and found that there are a number of great kits available from a number of manufacturers. Whether it is capacity, speed or low energy use there was something for everyone and the various approaches created an interesting comparison. Not everyone has access to an X58 system though so today we are going to look at Intel's mainstream chipset and put 5 different kits through their paces in a selection of real world and synthetic tests on Z68."
Here are some more Memory articles from around the web:
- Dual-Channel DDR3-1600 8GB Shootout @ Legion Hardware
- Corsair Dominator 4GB DDR3 1600Mhz C7 Memory Kit Review @ Legit Reviews
- Kingston HyperX H2O 4GB 2133MHz DDR3 Memory Kit Review @ Legit Reviews
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 1, 2011 - 12:12 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: white, graphite, corsair, chassis, 600t
Corsair released the Graphite Series 600T case to the world last September but for 2011 the company is revamping the design with a new coat of paint and an interchangeable side panel that includes both a window and a fan-capable mesh option in the box.
The Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T Case offers the exact same feature set as the previous 600T which are items like sturdy construction, intuitive cable routing for a clean installation for all users, front USB 3.0 port access and removable intake filters. The legacy of the Obsidian 800D and 700D cases is definitely alive in this much less expensive option.
See more photos and the award for the white Corsair 600T after the break!
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 28, 2011 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: PSU, hx1050, corsair, 80+ silver
The original Corsair Professional Series HX1000W was well received when it arrived, Lee handed it a Gold Award at the end of his review. They have updated their HX lineup with the new HX1050 which keeps the original design and components but adds a few more watts to the peak power rating. The single 12V rail can provide 87.5A and with six 6+2 pin PCIe power connectors, this PSU was designed with the extreme enthusiast in mind. TechPowerUp put the HX1050 through their test suite, seeing solid power provided throughout the testing and efficiency at or above the 80 Plus rating that Corsair advertises. At $230 this is a fairly expensive PSU but if you need this amount of power you could do worse than the Corsair Professional Series HX1050.
"At Computex 2011 Corsair revealed a new model for the Professional HX series, the HX1050 which will replace the successful HX1000. The OEM remained the same, Channel Well Technology, the capacity increased by 50 W and efficiency remained at 80 Plus Silver. It seems like this PSU has what it takes to be a cost-effective alternative to the Corsair AX1200."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Cougar RS 650 W Power Supply Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Cougar CMX 700 W Power Supply Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Enermax EMG700AWT Modu87+ 700W @ Rbmods
- NZXT HALE90 750W Power Supply Review @ OCC
- Arctic Fusion 550R Review @ HardwareLOOK
Subject: Memory | June 22, 2011 - 01:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: ddr3, triple channel, X58, corsair, crucial, G.Skill, kingston, patriot
Hardware Heaven have not given up on the X58 chipset and its support for triple channel memory and offer a round up for those of you who are sticking with those boards. Five vendors with RAM ranging from Crucial's Ballistix SmartTracer DDR3-1600 @ 8-8-8-24-1T to Patriot's Viper Xtreme DDR3-2000 @ 9-11-9-27-2T so not only do you get a look at the different speeds you also get to see what different timings do. They finish off by overclocking the modules, not only to see the maximum speed at default timings but also the limit when relaxing the timings.
"Every so often though we like to take a look at what the major manufacturers have to offer, something which will be particularly relevant for those building a new system or wondering how they can get some extra zip from an existing build and today is one of those days. We'll be using our high end X58 build to look at kits which each have their own unique selling points to find out what Corsair, Crucial, G.Skill, Kingston and Patriot have to offer in the triple channel DDR3 market."
Here are some more Memory articles from around the web:
- G.Skill Sniper Series PC312800 Cas 7 Review @ OCC
- Kingston HyperX Lovo 1866MHz Low Voltage Memory Kit Review @ eTeknix
- Gskill Sniper 12GB X58 ram kit Review @ Madshrimps
- Corsair Vengeance 1866 MHz DDR3 Memory @ Benchmark Reviews
Subject: Storage | June 7, 2011 - 05:47 PM | Allyn Malventano
Tagged: ssd, sandforce, corsair
Today Corsair announced a full recall of the CSSD-F120GB3-BK line.
For further details, I yield to the statement from Corsair:
Over the past several days, we have analyzed issues associated with the stability of our recently released 120GB Force Series 3 SSD (Corsair part number CSSD-F120GB3-BK). Our review has identified that a significant percentage of these drive do not operate to specification. The solution will require changes to both the SSD firmware and the hardware components of the SSD itself.
We’ve worked closely with our partners to determine a root cause but there is no single issue at fault. I’m sure you’ll have questions about how this could happen but we can only say that our production test did not catch this combination of issues and we have implemented multiple corrective actions, involving both firmware and hardware, and are confident we have resolved all currently known issues.
This is our fault, our production tests didn’t catch the issue before the drives were shipped to the consumer and we take full responsibility for our products, which is why we’re asking for them to be returned and will be picking up return shipping.
Consumers should be directed to the following link in our forums for instructions on returning their drives.
For those curious, since the cause is hardware stemming from the reference design of the PCB, it affects only those SandForce drives relying on it. OCZ uses their own design for the Vertex 3 and Agility 3 series SSD's, so those are safe from known hardware issues and remain subject to only the typical firmware bugs addressed by routine updates.
Back to the issue at hand. If you own a model CSSD-F120GB3-BK SSD, back up immediately and hit the link above to have Corsair sort you out.
Subject: General Tech | June 7, 2011 - 02:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: audio, corsair sp2200, corsair
To match the higher end SP2500 2.1 speaker kit Corsair has released the SP2200 2.1 kit, with a much lower price and hopefully a similar quality of audio reproduction. The size of the speakers have been significantly reduced, but the general usage remains the same as they are obviously intended for use by someone directly in front of the PC. [H]ard|OCP found problems pairing these speakers with the Realtek ALC889 audio chip and could not get them to sound anything other than underpowered when using it. They did sound better from a full soundcard but still fell short the expectiations [H] had after reviewing the SP2500s.
"Corsair's new line of audio products have quickly made the company a worthy brand choice for consumers and a strong competitor for its rivals in the PC audio market. Can the company's first budget entry continue the trend?"
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Roccat Kulo 7.1 USB Virtual Surround @ XSReviews
- Steelseries Spectrum 5XB - Xbox 360 Headset @ Funky Kit
- Logitech Z506 5.1 Speakers Review @ Techgage
- Antec Soundscience Rockus 3D 2.1 Speaker System @ Madshrimps
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 3, 2011 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: corsair, tx850 V2
For the most part the guts of the new Corsair TX850 V2 is identical to the XFX PRO 850W PSU, with a slightly larger fan. Externally Corsair provides more PCIe connectors, a very different look and unfortunately a price tag slightly higher than the XFX product. On the flip side Corsair's 750W version is almost identical to the 850 W model and it is cheaper than the equivalent XFX product. If you are shopping for a PSU, read the Hardware Secrets review since it is essentially four PSU reviews in one.
"Let's take a look at the revamped Corsair TX850 power supply, dubbed TX850 V2, now featuring a DC-DC design and 80 Plus Bronze certification. It is important to understand that while the old TX850 was manufactured by CWT, being a relabeled 850VH unit from this manufacturer, the new Corsair TX850 V2 is manufactured by Seasonic, being internally identical to the XFX PRO 850 W unit."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- LEPA G500-MA 500 Watt Power Supply @ Tweaktown
- Corsair AX1200 1200W 80Plus Gold PSU @ VR-Zone
- Nesteq ASM Xzero 600W Semi-Fanless Power Supply Unit Review @ eTeknix
- Antec HCG 520W: A Good PSU for Bargain Hunters @ AnandTech