Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2011 - 07:50 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: usb, PC, mic, headsets, gaming, corsair, analog, 7.1, 5.1
Following in the success of the company’s HS1 gaming headset, Corsair recently unveiled three new gaming headsets in its new Vengeance lineup of gaming peripherals. The new arrivals include the Vengeance 1100, 1300, and 1500 audio peripherals, of which two support USB connections.
The Vengeance 1100 is the smallest of the three gaming headsets, and features a behind-the-head headphone design and boom microphone extending from the left speaker. Using 40mm drivers, the headphones are capable of a claimed 94 decibel dynamic range, and is one of Corsairs lightest headsets. The microphone is of the unidirectional variety and features noise cancellation technology. Connectivity options include two 3.5mm audio jacks at the end of the 1.8 meter cable for headphone and microphone or a single USB connection with the included adapter cable.
The Vengeance 1300 headset with dual 3.5mm analog connections.
While lightweight and open ear headphones have their place, they are not for everyone. Thankfully, Corsair have also introduced two larger designs dubbed the Vengeance 1300 and 1500 to suit the needs of gamers who prefer (whether out of desire for isolated sound or to appease the significant other) the around-the-ears circumaural design. The 1300 supports connecting to high end sound cards with 3.5mm audio connections for both sound and the noise canceling cardioid microphone while the Vengeance 1500 connects to the computer using USB for both sound and microphone. Both models feature 50mm drivers, 95 decibel dynamic range, 3 meter cables, noise canceling microphones, and support for positional audio. Further, the Vengeance 1300 uses X-Fi CMSS-3D while the 1500 headset supports 5.1 and 7.1 Dolby Headphone positional audio. The larger designs are bound to be relatively heavy compared to the smaller Vengeance 1100; however, the closed ear design should provide cleaner audio while blocking out background noise.
As far as pricing and availability are concerned, the new gaming headsets and other Vengeance gaming peripherals are slated for an October 2011 launch worldwide. The Vengeance 1100 weights in at an attractive $39 US MSRP while the larger 1300 and 1500 have a suggested retail price of $79 US and $99 USD respectively.
Do you game with headsets, or are you more of the crank-the-home-theater-speakers-to-11 (and immerse the whole neighborhood in your Battlefield match) kind of person? I have somewhat recently moved to a pair of headphones for gaming and it definitely has its benefits (including the aforementioned spouse acceptance factor...). How do you think the new Corsair headsets will stack up to the competition? Let us know in the comments!
Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2011 - 04:30 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: mice, mechanical keyboard, corsair
For such an old technology it certainly seems like gaming mechanical keyboards are making a surge into the market lately. More and more hands are in the pot full of Cherries; each hand with their personal set of distinguishing features to set their offering apart from all the others. Some prefer to opt for backlighting; some prefer to opt for ludicrous amounts of keys to be pressed at once; and some prefer to duke it out in switch type, extra buttons, and price. Razer recently jumped in to the fray with their premiere and recently expanded BlackWidow product line. Corsair seems to have their sights directly on Razer, however, with their own mechanical keyboard lineup: The Vengence K60 FPS keyboard and the K90 MMO keyboard the latter with blue backlighting. Also announced are two gaming mice, one to complement each keyboard with similar model numbers: M60 and M90.
Are your ears burning Razer? This could get bloody.
I must say that upon overviewing Corsair’s claims of a 20KRO keyboard I am quite interested in this product. According to their product page, they have essentially created the basis of an NKRO keyboard by isolating every key from each other (rather than having certain combinations of as low as 3 keys confuse the controller) but instead of using a native PS/2 controller for real NKRO they opted for messing with USB in such a way to allow up to 20 keys pressed at once. While the question still remains of how up-to “up-to” really is, if they really isolated every key it is possible that you simply will not have enough fingers to jam the keyboard without physically trying to make it happen. Such a feat is possible, however: Microsoft has done a similar accomplishment with their SideWinder X4 keyboard, claiming 26KRO over USB.
I mean honestly, who needs two hands on your FPS keyboard?
It seems very much like Corsair is attempting to ram into the market chest-first like some Cherry-flavored Kool-Aid man. A special one-handed wristguard for the FPS model and replaceable keycaps for the WSAD and number keys knowing that without backlighting they are the first to go show that they thought this through before they made their leap. The backlight K90 also priced nearly identically to Razer’s BlackWidow Ultimate at $129 with the FPS-centric K60 priced at $109 though that price includes the wrist guard. The two mice are priced at $79 for the M90 and $69 for the M60. Update 9/17/2011: I forgot to mention, Corsair said it should be available in October.
Subject: Memory | September 15, 2011 - 12:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: corsair, vengeance lp 8gb, low power
Regular viewers of our podcast know that Josh's favourite component right now is RAM, specifically high performance RAM for dirt cheap. This RAM would certainly count, not only do you get two 4GB sticks for $53, it is low profile and at 1.35V is very low powered as well. Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB runs 1600MHz stock @ 9-9-9-24 timings and even features a white heatspreader to give you cool running and unique looking RAM. It doesn't have to stay low power either, when Overclock3D started earning their name and pumped the voltage up to 1.65 they could reduce the timings to 7-8-7-24 or pump the speed to 1866MHz @10-11-10-27.
"If you're on the lookout for a low voltage memory kit, perhaps Corsair have just the ticket."
Here are some more Memory articles from around the web:
- Corsair Vengeance LP White PC3-12800 8GB Kit @ Tweaktown
- VisionTek High Performance PC3-12800 8GB Kit @ Tweaktown
- Visiontek Ultimate Performance 12GB / 24GB PC3-14900 CL10 1866mhz @ kitguru
- Corsair Dominator GT 1.5v PC3-17066 8GB Kit @ Tweaktown
- Patriot Viper Xtreme PC3-17066 4GB Kit @ Tweaktown
Subject: Storage | September 13, 2011 - 05:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: sandforce, Sandforce SF2281, ssd, roundup, corsair, kingston, ozc, patriot, sata 6Gps
Four companies with seven SSDs that all share the same controller were tested at X-bit Labs to see if there is any noticeable difference in their performance. The price per gigabyte varies on the different models as they all use slightly different flash memory as well as different interfaces. X-bit tries to come out with a general statement about performance and captures the heart when they state "SSDs with synchronous MLC NAND flash are generally faster but also more expensive whereas SSDs with asynchronous flash are cheaper and slower". That generalization doesn't quite capture the results fully however as even within those two categories there are some choices better than others. Check out the full review to see which drives came out on top.
"We tested seven high-speed solid state drives built on second generation SandForce controller that support SATA 6 Gbps. Please welcome our heroes: Corsair Force 3, Corsair Force GT, Kingston HyperX, OCZ Agility 3, OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS, Patriot Pyro and Patriot Wildfire."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Super Talent TeraDrive CT3 64GB SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
- Corsair Force Series GT 120GB SATA 6Gb/s Solid-State Drive Review @ ThinkComputers
- Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 240GB SATA 3 SSD Review @ The SSD Review
- Corsair Force GT SSD 120 GB @ Metku
- Crucial M4 256GB Update: The Power of Firmware @ Hardware Canucks
- Corsair Force GT SATA 3 240GB SSD Review @ The SSD Review
- Kingston HyperX 120GB SandForce SF-2281 @ Tweaktown
- Patriot Wildfire 120 GB SSD Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Areca ARC-1882i and Corsair Force GT 7 Drive SATA III RAID 0 Setup @ Tweaktown
- Synology DiskStation DS411 Review @ HardwareHeaven
- ICYBOX USB3.0 HDD Enclosure Review @ HardwareLOOK
- Synology Rackstation RS2211+ @ kitguru
- StarTech.com Portable SATA Duplicator & USB / eSATA Dock @ AnandTech
- Western Digital My Book Studio Edition II 6TB @ AnandTech
- Seagate Goflex Satellite 500GB hard drive @ The Inquirer
- Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 4TB Desk External Drive Review @ Legit Reviews
- QNAP vs DROBO @ CoD
Subject: Storage | August 31, 2011 - 12:27 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: ssd, storage, corsair, sandforce, SATA3
Today Corsair announced two new high capacity SSDs that have joined the company’s Force GT solid state drive lineup. The new drives come in 180 GB and 240GB flavors, a nice increase from the current 60 GB and 120 GB drives.
The new Force GT SSDs utilize the SATA 3 (6Gbps) interface, and are powered by the SandForce SF-2280 controller. In addition, the drives are powered by ONFI synchronous flash memory. The hardware results in random IOPS of 85K, read speeds of 555 MB/s, and write speeds of 525 MB/s. Thi La, the VP of Memory Products for Corsair stated the new 180 GB and 240 GB SSDs are best suited for enthusiasts systems that require large amounts of high performance storage.
The Force GT drives will come with a 3.5” adapter for cases that do not have 2.5” drive bays. The SSDs are available for purchase now, and carry an MSRP of $379 USD for the 180 GB model and $489 USD for the 240 GB SSD.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 23, 2011 - 12:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: corsair, Carbide 400R, h100, h80
The Corsair Carbide 400R enclosure is constructed of steel, apart from rubber for grommets, feet and drive mounts and is surprisingly light for such a sturdy enclosure. The grommets for watercooling are plentiful with Corsair even describing the best way to set up the case using either their H100 or H80 self contained water coolers. At the top of the front you will find audio ports, two USB 3.0 headers and a Firewire port in addition to activity LEDs and a power button. What impressed Legit Reviews even more than the light weight was the MSRP of $100, making the case affordable for those who can't bring themselves to spend $150+ on an enclosure.
"Corsair simply nailed it with the Carbide Series 400R mid-tower case. The first thing I noticed taking this steel case out of the box was it is fairly light at under 16 pounds! It was very sturdy and I didn't feel like I was going to be breaking plastic parts while reviewing the case. The elegant sleek design may escape you are first look but it is certainly there. It may take the first time for you to see the PC turned on to see how well it works with the white LED lights provided on the front panels and front case fans. Sure it only comes with three fan to start but if you are feeling creative you can have up to ten to create a wind tunnel in your Corsair Carbide Series 400R."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Corsair Carbide 400R Case Review @ Madshrimps
- Cooler Master Storm Enforcer Gaming Case Review @ Tweaknews
- Cooler Master Silencio 550 Mid-Tower Chassis Review @ Techgage
- Thermaltake Level 10 GT System Enclosure @ Metku.net
- Caselabs M8 @ OC3D
- In Win BUC @ Hardware Bistro
- Thermaltake Chaser MK-1 Full Tower Case Review @ OCIA
- NZXT Source 210 Elite Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews
- Bitfenix Shinobi Gaming Chassis Review @ OverclockersHQ
- Arctic Cooling F12 Case Fans @ Rbmods
- Thermaltake Frio OCK CPU Cooler Review @ ThinkComputers
- Xigmatek Aegir CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 21, 2011 - 02:31 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: visit, fan, corsair
I have been wandering around the Bay area for the last several days and stopped in to see some of our favorite hardware and technology companies. We saw a lot of really interesting things that we can't quite discuss yet, but this machine we found in the Corsair testing labs was kind of interesting. Have you ever wondered how fans get all those ratings like CFMs, dBAs and speed curves?
Meet the LongWin LW-9266 Fan Performance Measurement Apparatus. Not something from Aperture Science as you might guess, this device lets Corsair test new fan options for their heatsinks, cases and H-series liquid coolers to find those that are the quietest, the most efficient and the provide the best pressure results for cooling particular heatsinks, etc.
The idea is simple enough - connect a fan (or a fan behind a heatsink) to the end of the LW-9266 and turn on the machine, set some variables and let it go. Air is pushed by the fan into the blue chamber up to and another fan blower moves air in the same direction to equalize pressure, thus it can tell how much air is actually being moved.
The whole process is quite a bit more complicated that I am making it out to be of course - I just got the crash course. Interestingly, this Delta fan they were showing off for me was so loud, it droned out the rest of the testing contraption completely. Air speed = high, noise = high. I didn't need a machine for that.
Here is a sample result from a previous fan test that shows some performance results. Other than the cool factor here, there isn't much to report, but it is good to see Corsair making investments in actually TESTING stuff they are selling to consumers rather than taking OEMs word on specifications, etc.
Subject: Storage | August 19, 2011 - 02:35 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: ssd, ONFI, Force Series 3, corsair, asynchronous NAND, 90GB
Corsair recently added two new solid state drives to its SSD lineup. The new drives weight in at 90 GB, and make an interesting choice for those that need a bit more space than Corsair’s 60 GB drives provide but not enough to justify a higher priced 120 GB drive. Of the two drives, one will be labeled a Force Series 3 drive, and the other will be a Force Series GT SSD. Tweaktown quoted Corsair in stating:
“We're happy to add the world's first 90GB SSD to our product lineup. With 50% more storage capacity than our 60GB models and at pricing significantly lower than our 120GB models, they help make the Force Series 3 and Force Series GT among the most robust and flexible SSD lines on the market.”
The new 2.5” drives are powered by Sandforce 2281 controllers, and the SATA 3 (6Gb/s) interface. Using the benchmarking utility IOMeter 08, Corsair measured the IOPS (input/output operations per second) of the two drives to be 85,000. The Force Series 3 90GB SSD uses asynchronous NAND, and is capable of sequential read and write speeds of 550MB/s and 500MB/s respectively. On the other hand, the Force Series GT 90GB SSD uses ONFI synchronous flash, and features a slight performance edge with sequential reads of 555MB/s and sequential writes of 505MB/s.
The 90GB SSDs supports SMART monitoring, the TRIM command, and have a MTBF (mean time before failure) of 2 million hours. Further, the drives carry a three year warranty. The drives are available now from authorized retailers with an MSRP of $159 for the Force Series 3 drive and $199 for the Force Series GT SSD.
Subject: Memory | August 11, 2011 - 06:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: corsair, airflow, RAM cooler
If you have a set of Corsair Dominator DIMMs, then the Corsair AirFlow 2 and Airflow Pro are for you. The Corsair AirFlow 2 adds a shroud and two fans to actively cool your DIMMs. Add in the Airflow Pro on top and in addition to the extra cooling, LEDs will add a bit of spice to your system and will even give you information on load and temperature. Legit Reviews can tell you all about them.
"We observed a 8C temperature decrease at idle and a 12C decrease at load with the DDR3 clock frequency set to 1600MHz. In the end the Corsair AirFlow 2 memory cooling solution proved to be worth it. If you have a tight case with a lot of hot components and limited airflow using the Corsair Airflow 2 is a really good idea..."
Here are some more Memory articles from around the web:
- Patriot Viper Xtreme Series DDR3 PC-12800 1600Mhz 4GB Memory Kit Review @ OverclockersHQ
- Kingston KVR1333D3E9S 4GB ECC Server RAM Review @ TechwareLabs
- G.Skill DDR3 RipjawsX 1866MHz Memory @ Pro-Clockers
- Kingston HyperX T1 12GB (3 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 CL9 Memory Kit Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Kingston ValueRAM KVR800D2 @ reviewstash
- Mushkin Redline Enhanced 2133MHz DDR3 Memory @ Benchmark Reviews
- Sandy Bridge Memory Scaling: Choosing the Best DDR3 @ AnandTech
- Patriot Gamer 2 Series DDR3-1600 8GB kit @ Funky Kit
Subject: Memory | August 3, 2011 - 03:10 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: vengeance lp, memory, ddr3, corsair, 8gb
Today Corsair unveiled a new low voltage DDR3, low profile memory kit. Specifically, the new kit is named the Special Edition Arctic White Vengeance LP and is a 8GB, 1600MHz affair that consists of two “rigorously-screened 4GB DDR3 DRAM modules” that the manufacturer guarantees will operate at 1600MHz at CAS latencies of 9-9-9-24.
The LP in the products name implies the predisposition for use in small form factor and low profile systems where every inch counts, especially in systems where the power supply mounts directly above the motherboard. The new Vengeance kit’s heat spreader has a reduced height of 1.03” (or 26.25mm) and is ideal for these kinds of small form factor systems.
Corsair have further used the new special edition memory in an ultra quiet PC build on the company’s blog. According to Giovanni Sena, the Director of Memory Products at Corsair, “our latest offering, the Special Edition Arctic White Vengeance LP, gives builders, system integrators, and gaming enthusiasts the ability to assemble low-voltage systems with an appealing, stylish new look.”
The new Arctic White Vengeance LP memory kit is available now from retailers and will run you approximately $90 USD at time of writing.
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