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."
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 9, 2012 - 04:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: corsair, Obsidian 550D
Corsair's new mid-sized Obsidian 550D is a good home for any mATX or ATX build and is deep enough to use enthusiast heatsinks and long enough to fit almost any graphics card. A pair of 200mm fans and a single 120mm provide good airflow without creating an excessive amount of noise. [H]ard|OCP really liked this case even though they encountered difficulties installing either of Corsair's self-contained watercoolers. For those looking for a decent aircooled case this is a good deal; watercooler users and modders might want to look elsewhere.
"Corsair was once synonymous with only quality RAM. Today we find Corsair’s diversification of its product line tremendously successful. Its focus and execution with the desktop PC enthusiast has lead to a great PSUs, SSDs, and cases to house all your high end equipment. Its Obsidian 550D case is another great product."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Thermaltake Armor Revo Snow Edition Case Review @ Ninjalane
- Aerocool Xpredator Evil Black Edition Full-Tower Gaming Chassis Review @ eTeknix
- Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced Mini-ITX Case @ Legit Reviews
- Xigmatek Gigas mATX Case Review @ OCC
- Xilence Interceptor Pro Case @ Kitguru
- NZXT Fan Roundup @ Rbmods
- Xclio Touch 767 Full-Tower PC Chassis Review @ eTeknix
- Corsair Obsidian 550D Case Review @ Neoseeker
- BitFenix Prodigy Arctic White Mini-ITX Chassis @ Tweaktown
- MSI Barricade Mid Tower PC Case Review @ Legit Reviews
- Cooler Master Storm Stryker Gaming Case @ Pro-Clockers
- Cooler Master 690 II Advanced Black & White Edition USB 3.0 Case Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- BitFenix Recon Internet-Connected Fan Controller @ Pro-Clockers
- Corsair AF and SP Series Fan Review @ Neoseeker
- Prolimatech PK-2 & PK-3 TIM Review @ OCC
- Tuniq TX-2 Extreme Thermal Compound @ Pro-Clockers
- ENERMAX ETS-T40 Heatsink Review @ OCC
- Arctic Alpine 11 PLUS CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
Subject: General Tech | August 8, 2012 - 05:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: audio, corsair, corsair sp2200, DIY, hack
Some people you know might refer to your favourite music as noise, but you know better; what is worse than that is when you can hear noise in your music. The annoying intermittent buzz/crackle coming out of your speakers is something a lot of us have experienced and it has a wide variety of sources, from bad cables to electronic noise effecting the signal sent from your onboard audio to defects in your speakers ... and many more reasons. At Hack a Day is a good solution to rid yourself of noise that is caused by the speakers, this guide is specifically aimed at the Corsair SP2200s but could be applied to a wide range of speakers. Follow along with this step by step process to use the headset amp as a pre-amp and clean up your music.
"[Michael Chen] liked the sound he was getting out of these Corsair SP2200 computer speakers, with one big exception. They were giving off some unpleasant crackling sounds. He figured this might be as easy as replacing a faulty potentiometer, but soon found out the fix was going to be more complicated than that. All said and done he ended up reworking the design of the speakers’ amplifier board."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- ASUS Xonar U3 USB Audio Card Review @ Neoseeker
- ASUS RoG Xonar Phoebus 7.1 PCI-E Sound Card Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Corsair Vengeance 1500 Dolby 7.1 USB Gaming Headset @ TechwareLabs
- Cooler Master Storm Sonuz Headset @ Benchmark Reviews
- CM Storm Sonuz Stereo Gaming Headset Review @ Techgage
- TDK ST-700 review: high-end on-ear headphones @ Hardware.info
- Sharkfin Self-Molding Earbuds @ XSReviews
- CM Storm Sonuz Gaming Headset Review @ OCC
- Rosewill RHTS-8206 5.1 Surround Gaming Headset Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Tt eSPORTS Chao Dracco Signature Headphones Review @ eTeknix
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 7, 2012 - 07:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: corsair, Professional Series AX1200i, PSU, modular psu, kilowatt
The reason that Corsair's new Professional Series AX1200i is called a digital power supply is due to the presence of a digital signal processor inside the PSU. The advantages are likely to due with the reduced complexity of the internal design than due to the DSP being a miracle, however there is more to it than just smooth voltages. With the USB Corsair Link interface you can use the bundled software to monitor the three main voltage rails, the 24-pin connector's 12V line, the AC voltage at the wall socket and there are current trackers for all of the PCIe power connectors as well. If you obsess over power management and happen to need more than a kilowatt of power, check out Corsair's latest offering at The Tech Report.
"Corsair's new Professional Series AX1200i uses digital circuitry to convert AC to DC power. We take a quick look at the PSU and the software enabled by its DSP."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Enermax MaxRevo 1500W @ [H]ard|OCP
- be quiet Dark Power Pro 10 550W Power Supply Review @ Ninjalane
- Corsair AX1200i 1200 W @ techPowerUp
- Corsair Professional Series AX1200i @ Kitguru
- Corsair AX1200i 1200W review: a new benchmark in high-end PSUs @ hardware.info
- Corsair AX1200i @ VR-Zone
- Corsair AX1200i Digital ATX 1200-watt @ Tweaktown
- Thortech Thunderbolt 1200 Watt PSU Preview @ Madshrimps
- BeQuiet Dark Power Pro 10 1200W @ Kitguru
- AZZA Platinum 750 W Power Supply Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Lepa G-Series 1600W @ Hardware.info
- Midrange Power Supply Units Roundup: 520-650 W @ X-bit Labs
- Corsair HX850 Gold Power Supply Review @ Hardware Secrets
- OCZ Fatal1ty 1000W review: efficient PSU by gamer for gamers? @ Hardware.info
- Seasonic Platinum 1000W Power Supply Review @ Legit Reviews
- Corsair HX850 V2 850 W @ techPowerUp
- Corsair HX850 Gold Professional Series @ Kitguru
- XFX PRO 650 W XXX Edition Power Supply Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Cooler Master Silent Pro M2 1500W Power Supply Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- FSP Aurum Xilenser 500W Fanless PSU @ Kitguru
Subject: Storage | August 7, 2012 - 03:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Force GT 240 GB, ssd, corsair, sandforce, SF-2282
The Corsair Force lineup uses different controllers on different models so it can be very important to do a bit of research before you purchase one. The Force GT 240GB that [H]ard|OCP reviewed uses the SandForce SF-2282 controller and clocks in at under $1/GB and with the current deal it is only $0.73/GB. Part of [H]'s testing of these drives now includes the AS SSD test, which is particularly hard on SandForce base SSDs as it utilizes non-compressible data, however this SSD still kept up with the competition and sometimes surpassed them. Check out the full review for the whole story.
"We are reviewing the Corsair Force GT 240GB SSD. Corsair provides enthusiasts with both sides of the SSD controller coin by offering Marvell and SandForce controlled SSDs in its product lines. Today we will take a look at the SandForce option with its SandForce SF-2282 controller paired with high-performance IMFT synchronous NAND."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- AHCI vs. IDE Modes With A SATA 3.0 SSD On Linux @ Phoronix
- OCZ Vertex 4 256GB SSD Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- OCZ Agility 4 256 SSD @ Kitguru
- Plextor M5 Pro 256GB PX-256M5P @ Tweaktown
- Ten 60/64 GB SSD round-up: small affordable SSDs @ Hardwareinfo
- ADATA XPG SX910 256GB @ Kitguru
- OCZ Vertex 4 128/256 GB and New Firmware 1.5 @ X-bit Labs
- Kingston SSD Roundup: HyperX 240 GB, HyperX 3K 240 GB and SSDNow V+200 240 GB @ X-bit Labs
- Crucial m4 mSATA 256GB @ Tweaktown
- The Intel SSD 330 Review (60GB, 120GB, 180GB) @ AnandTech
- Corsair Force GS 240GB SSD Review - Toggle Mode Memory Results in Dynamite Performance @ SSD News
- LSI SandForce 5 Series SSD Firmware - TRIM Lost and Found, Performance Investigated @ Tweaktown
- Western Digital VelociRaptors Vs. Solid State Drives @ TechARP
- Kingston MobileLite G3 USB 3.0 Card Reader @ TechARP
- Icy Dock MB559U3S SuperSpeed External 3.5" SATA Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ eTeknix
- StarTech UNIDOCK3U Hard Drive Dock Review @ Legit Reviews
- Ineo I-NA321+ 2.5"/3.5" SSD and HDD Dock Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Thecus N5550 review: fast NAS with HDMI and USB 3.0 @ Hardware.info
- Synology DiskStation DS112+ High-Performance 1-bay All-in-1 NAS Server Review @ Madshrimps
- QNAP TS-419P II Turbo NAS @ Legion Hardware
- NETGEAR ReadyNAS NV+ v2 Network Storage @ Benchmark Reviews
Subject: General Tech | July 30, 2012 - 04:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: input, corsair, gaming mouse, keyboard, vengeance, cherry mx red, k60, k90, m60, m90
LAN OC have been busily working their way through Corsair's Vengeance series of gaming peripherals, both the line of keyboards and mice. They start off with the K60 and K90, both mechanical keyboards using Cherry MX Red switches and sporting customizable red rubber WASD buttons with a slant on them to make your fingers more comfortable for long nights of FPS action. Only the K90 sports a three rows of six programmable buttons on the left hand side for use in MMOs, the K60 is more regularly sized.
From there they move to the gaming mice, specifically the Vengeance M60 and M90 which bear many similarities. The software suite which accompanies both mice gives you impressive control over the button programming and sensitivity of the mice and goes further with tools such as one that lets you rate the performance of the surface you are mousing on. Read on to see the physical differences between these two mice.
"Every once in a while you find a company that is able to take a normal product that everyone has and change it in a way that makes everyone wonder why it was never done before. As much as it pains me to say this, Apple was one of those companies. In the pc components business there are a few as well, but the company that stands out the most to me would be Corsair. Every time corsair enters a new market, I find myself impressed with what they have to offer. Even though it seems like they are always jumping into random markets, they take their time and research what everyone has to offer and what people would really want to see. This week we are going to take a look at their new Vengeance lineup of mice and keyboards to see if they have done the same in these new markets. Today we are going to start with their new keyboards, let’s dig in and see what they are all about."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Corsair Vengeance K90 Gaming Keyboard Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Corsair Vengeance M90 MMO Gaming Mouse Review @ Techgage
- Gigabyte Aivia Krypton Gaming Mouse @ techPowerUp
- Gigabyte Osmium mechanical keyboard @ Guru of 3D
- Manhattan Stealth Touch Mouse review: too much touch, too little action? @ Hardware.info
- Xebec Tech HTPC Mini Bluetooth Keyboard @ Kitguru
- Razer Taipan Gaming Mouse Review @ HardwareHeaven
- TT eSports White Ra Special Tactics Mousepad @ XSReviews
- Thrustmaster T500 RS Racing Wheel & Pedals + Ferrari F1 Wheel Attachment PS3/PC Review @ eTeknix
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AMD is without a doubt going through some very tough times with massive personnel issues as well as some problems with products and profitability. But that doesn’t mean the current product line from AMD is without merit and that you can’t build a great system for various environments, including those users looking for a mainstream and small form factor gaming and home theater PC.
While preparing for Quakecon 2012 we needed to build a system to take on the road for some minor editing and presentation control purposes. We wanted the PC to be small and compact, yet still powerful enough to take on some basic computing and gaming tasks. I happen to have some AMD Llano APUs in the office and thought they would fit perfectly.
If you are on the hunt for a small PC that can do some modest gaming and serve as an HTPC, then you might find our build here interesting. And while it isn't nearly as exciting as building a Llano PC while blindfolded - it's pretty close.
Case: Lian-Li PC-Q08B
Following the successful launch of its HS1 headset, Corsair has come back with a Vengeance line of gaming peripherals including three new headsets. Included in the new lineup are the 1100, 1300, and 1500 gaming headsets.
The Vengeance 1100 is the smallest of the three gaming headsets, and features a behind-the-head headphone design using 40mm drivers and an unidirectional boom microphone extending from the left speaker. The 1100 can be connected via two analog 3.5mm audio jacks or by USB with the included adapter.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 12, 2012 - 03:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: window, corsair, Carbide 300R
Corsair's new $100 Carbide Series 300R with a window is a great choice for anyone who wants a case with some nice features but doesn't want to spend too much money. Able to fit long video cards and large heatsinks and a serious amount of 5.25" and 3.5" drive bays which are not only tool-less but are also convertible to 2.5" bays for SSDs. You can fit a half dozen 120mm or 140mm fans for air cooling and as there are 7 expansion slots this makes a great home for multi-GPU systems. Read the PR below and head to Corsair for the tech specs and purchasing information.
FREMONT, California — July 12, 2012 — Corsair®, a worldwide designer and supplier of high-performance components to the PC gaming hardware market, today announced that the Carbide Series™ 300R Compact PC Gaming Case is now available in a windowed version.
First released in January, the Carbide 300R PC case has won accolades for its compact, streamlined, builder-friendly design. The new Carbide Series 300R windowed version of the case features a side window that gives PC builders the ability to demonstrate their modding skills while also showcasing internal PC components, such as Corsair's PC performance-tuned Vengeance® DDR3 memory, GS Series™ power supplies, Hydro Series™ CPU coolers, and Air Series™ cooling fans.
The Corsair Carbide Series 300R: a compact expression of Corsair's gaming PC philosophy
Great gaming systems begin with a great case, and the Carbide Series 300R provides a remarkable number of in-demand features in an attractive, compact chassis. Builder-friendly features include three tool-free optical drive bays and four tool-free hard drive bays with integrated 2.5" SSD compatibility. There's room for high-end GPUs of up to 450mm in length, and the matte black interior incorporates Corsair's innovative cable routing system that helps keep wires and cables out of sight for a clean look and improved airflow. The 300R comes with intake and exhaust fans, with room for five additional fans including dual side-mounted fans for direct GPU cooling.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 5, 2012 - 04:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: corsair, Vengeance C70
OCC feels that the Corsair Vengeance C70 bears a resemblance to an ammunition case but at the same time it is a fully functional computer case. At 501mm x 232mm x 533mm it is large enough to fit an ATX motherboard and two 240mm radiators if you remove the lower drive cage. For air coolers, there are three 120mm fans included which provide quite reasonable cooling for your CPU and components. Check out the case review here.
"Overall I honestly can't complain about anything on this chassis. It is roomy, it is quiet, and it cools well. The military-inspired looks may not be for everyone but I definitely like the "no compromise" styling for function over form. The side panel clamps are a dream to work with (no more sore fingers from thumb screws!) and the handles on the top of the case make moving it a simple matter. The case itself is relatively lightweight despite its all-steel construction, which only adds to its portability."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Corsair Vengeance C70 Mid-Tower Gaming Chassis Review @ eTeknix
- Corsair Vengeance C70 @ techPowerUp
- BitFenix Shinobi XL Window Full-Tower @ Bjorn3D
- Cooler Master HAF XM Mid-Tower Case Review @ HardwareHeaven
- Lian Li The Hammer PC-90 Full-Tower Chassis Review @ eTeknix
- Sentey Halcon GS-6050 II Case Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Corsair Carbide 300R Case Review: Corsair For the Masses @ AnandTech
- SilverStone Temjin TJ04-E Evolution @ Phoronix
- Diablotek Abyss White ATX Mid Tower Case Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Xigmatek Gigas @ Kitguru
- BitFenix Shinobi XL Case Review: Something is Lost in the Process @ AnandTech
- 3R System L700 Eclipse Case Review @ Hardware Secrets
- BitFenix Prodigy @ techPowerUp
- Antec ISK110 VESA Case Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Thermaltake Armor Revo Snow Edition PC Tower @ Pro-Clockers
- Corsair Carbide 300R Mid-Tower Gaming Chassis Review @ Techgage
- CM Storm Stryker Chassis @ Kitguru
- Aerocool Strike-X One PC Tower @ Pro-Clockers
- Corsair Graphite Series 600T Mid-Tower Case Long-Term Review @ ModSynergy
- Antec Bias LED Lighting Kit @ Pro-Clockers
- Lepa Vortex PWM Fan @ TechwareLabs
- Deepcool UF120 Review @ OCC
- Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro - CPU Liquid Cooler @ Funky Kit
- Xigmatek Dark Knight Night Hawk Edition CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Deepcool Frostwin Review @ OCC
- Cooler Master GeminII M4 CPU Cooler @ Pro-Clockers
- BeQuiet Dark Rock Pro 2 CPU Cooler @ Pro-Clockers
- Zalman CNPS14X Ultra Quiet CPU Cooler @ Tweaktown
- Thermaltake Frio Extreme CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
- MSI IN-602 Stealth Mid-Tower @ Tweaktown
- Noctua NH-U9B SE2 CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Noctua NH-L12 L-Type Low-Profile Cooler Review @ OCIA
- Spire TherMax Eclipse III "TME III" CPU Cooler @ Tweaktown