MSI and Corsair Launch Liquid Cooled GTX 980 Ti SEA HAWK

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 17, 2015 - 09:14 AM |
Tagged: nvidia, msi, liquid cooled, GTX980Ti SEA HAWK, GTX 980 Ti, graphics card, corsair

We reported last night on Corsair's new Hydro GFX, a liquid-cooled GTX 980 Ti powered by an MSI GPU, and MSI has their own new product based on this concept as well.

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"The MSI GTX 980Ti SEA HAWK utilizes the popular Corsair H55 closed loop liquid-cooling solution. The micro-fin copper base takes care of an efficient heat transfer to the high-speed circulation pump. The low-profile aluminum radiator is easy to install and equipped with a super silent 120 mm fan with variable speeds based on the GPU temperature. However, to get the best performance, the memory and VRM need top-notch cooling as well. Therefore, the GTX 980Ti SEA HAWK is armed with a ball-bearing radial fan and a custom shroud design to ensure the best cooling performance for all components."

The MSI GTX 980 Ti Sea Hawk actually appears identical to the Corsair Hydro GFX, and a looking through the specs confirms the similarities:

  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti GPU
  • 2816 Processor Units
  • 1291 MHz/1190 MHz Boost/Base Core Clock
  • 6 GB 384-bit GDDR5 Memory
  • 7096 MHz Memory Clock
  • Dimensions: Card - 270x111x40 mm; Cooler - 151x118x52 mm
  • Weight: 1286 g
  • With a 1190 MHz Base and 1291 MHz Boost clock the SEA HAWK has the same factory overclock speeds as the Corsair-branded unit, and MSI is also advertising the card's potential to go further:

    "Even though the GTX 980Ti SEA HAWK boasts some serious clock speeds out-of-the-box, the MSI Afterburner overclocking utility allows users to go even further. Explore the limits with Triple Overvoltage, custom profiles and real-time hardware monitoring."

    I imagine the availability of this MSI branded product will be greater than the Corsair branded equivalent, but in either case you get a GTX 980 Ti with the potential to run as fast and cool as a custom cooled solution, without any of the extra work. Pricing wasn't immediately available this morning but expect something close to the $739 MSRP we saw with Corsair.

    Source: MSI

    Corsair and MSI Introduce Hydro GFX Liquid Cooled GeForce GTX 980 Ti

    Subject: Graphics Cards | September 16, 2015 - 09:00 PM |
    Tagged: nvidia, msi, liquid cooler, GTX 980 Ti, geforce, corsair, AIO

    A GPU with attached closed-loop liquid cooler is a little more mainstream these days with AMD's Fury X a high-profile example, and now a partnership between Corsair and MSI is bringing a very powerful NVIDIA option to the market.

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    The new product is called the Hydro GFX, with NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 980 Ti supplying the GPU horsepower. Of course the advantage of a closed-loop cooler would be higher (sustained) clocks and lower temps/noise, which in turns means much better performance. Corsair explains:

    "Hydro GFX consists of a MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti card with an integrated aluminum bracket cooled by a Corsair Hydro Series H55 liquid cooler.

    Liquid cooling keeps the card’s hottest, most critical components - the GPU, memory, and power circuitry - 30% cooler than standard cards while running at higher clock speeds with no throttling, boosting the GPU clock 20% and graphics performance up to 15%.

    The Hydro Series H55 micro-fin copper cooling block and 120mm radiator expels the heat from the PC reducing overall system temperature and noise. The result is faster, smoother frame rates at resolutions of 4K and beyond at whisper quiet levels."

    The factory overclock this 980 Ti is pretty substantial out of the box with a 1190 MHz Base (stock 1000 MHz) and 1291 MHz Boost clock (stock 1075 MHz). Memory is not overclocked (running at the default 7096 MHz), so there should still be some headroom for overclocking thanks to the air cooling for the RAM/VRM.

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    A look at the box - and the Corsair branding

    Specs from Corsair:

    • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti GPU with Maxwell 2.0 microarchitecture
    • 1190/1291 MHz base/boost clock
    • Clocked 20% faster than standard GeForce GTX 980 Ti cards for up to a 15% performance boost.
    • Integrated liquid cooling technology keeps GPU, video RAM, and voltage regulator 30% cooler than standard cards
    • Corsair Hydro Series H55 liquid cooler with micro-fin copper block, 120mm radiator/fan
    • Memory: 6GB GDDR5, 7096 MHz, 384-bit interface
    • Outputs: 3x DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0, and Dual Link DVI
    • Power: 250 watts (600 watt PSU required)
    • Requirements: PCI Express 3.0 16x dual-width slot, 8+6-pin power connector, 600 watt PSU
    • Dimensions: 10.5 x 4.376 inches
    • Warranty: 3 years
    • MSRP: $739.99

    As far as pricing/availability goes Corsair says the new card will debut in October in the U.S. with an MSRP of $739.99.

    Source: Corsair

    Podcast #366 - MSI 990FXA-Gaming, Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3400, R9 Nano Controversy and more!

    Subject: General Tech | September 10, 2015 - 03:22 PM |
    Tagged: podcast, msi, 990FXA-Gaming, usb 3.1, corsair, ddr4-3440, amd, r9 nano, Fiji, Fury, western digital, 6tb, Red Pro, Black, asus, ROG Swift, Grado, SR225e, video

    PC Perspective Podcast #366 - 09/10/2015

    Join us this week as we discuss the MSI 990FXA-Gaming, Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3400, R9 Nano Controversy and more!

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    Subject: Memory
    Manufacturer: Corsair

    Introduction and Technical Specifications

    Introduction

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    Courtesy of Corsair

    Corsair's newest enthusiast targeted DDR4 memory kit features 4 x 4GB DDR4 modules rated for operating speeds of up to 3200MHz, catering to both the Intel X99 and Intel Z170 motherboards The modules are passively cooled with Corsair's Vengeance LPX aluminum heat spreads. The kit also comes with two Corsair Vengeance Airflow memory fans for additional active cooling.

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    Courtesy of Corsair

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    Courtesy of Corsair

    The modules included with the the Vengeance DDR4-3200 16GB kit feature the latest design innovations in Corsair's Vengeance DDR4 memory line, including redesigned LPX heat spreaders for cool running at their rated 1.35V voltage. The modules have been optimized for quad channel operation with an Intel X99 motherboard as well as dual channel operation in an Intel Z170 motherboard, pairing well with both the Intel Haswell-E and Skylake processors. The modules also support the latest version of Intel XMP (Extreme Memory Profile), XMP 2.0.

    Continue reading our review of the Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 memory kit!

    Corsair Launches New RGB Peripherals

    Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling | August 5, 2015 - 11:42 PM |
    Tagged: corsair, gaming mouse, mechanical keyboard, gaming headset

    At Gamescom in Germany, Corsair announced the Strafe RGB mechanical keyboard, the Void RGB headset, and the Scimitar RGB mouse. As you can guess, each of these have colored lighting with a full range of 16.8 million choices. The devices will be trickling out over the coming months, but we should have everything by October and their prices are all competitive.

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    First is the Strafe RGB mechanical keyboard. This device comes in three versions: Cherry MX RGB Red and Cherry MX RGB Brown for $149.99, or the “Cherry MX RGB Silent” switch for $159.99. What is a “Cherry MX RGB Silent” switch? No idea. I cannot find anywhere that says whether it is tactile or linear, so who knows. It allows 104 key rollover on USB, which means that you could press any combination of keys and each will be recognized. USB has a limit of about six, but Corsair probably registers the keyboard as several input devices to communicate the extra events. They are scheduled to launch in October.

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    Next up are the Void RGB headsets. The analog stereo one is available at $79.99, 7.1 USB raises the price to $99.99, and wireless 7.1 bumps the price up further to $129.99 (or $149.99 for a special Best Buy edition). The analog one doesn't do RGB backlighting, though. They are scheduled for later this month (August).

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    Last is the Scimitar RGB Gaming Mouse. This one is more interesting. Basically, Corsair took the number pad layout of the Razer Naga and Logitech G600 and did their own version of it. Its sensor is higher-precision at 12,000 DPI, but that metric has maxed out long ago for basically everyone. The number pad on the thumb side will allow a little more than a quarter inch of adjustment. This means that you can align the buttons slightly to match your grip. Each button is also mechanical, like the Razer Naga 2014, which is good for me because I have a problem with side buttons wearing out. Its price comes in at $79.99 and it will be available in September 2015.

    Source: Corsair

    Corsair's Obsidian Series 750D Airflow for those who are honest about their love of big cases

    Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 4, 2015 - 02:30 PM |
    Tagged: obsidian 750d, corsair, airflow edition, AF140L

    The king sized Corsair Obsidian 750D Airflow Edition Enclosure that was spotted at Computex 2015 has just arrived on [H]ard|OCP's testbench.  At 560x235x546mm (22x9.3x21.5") it can hold everything from an XL-ATX motherboard down to a mini-ITX, or perhaps several if you are inventive enough.  The Airflow moniker is deserved, a pair of from mounted 120 or 140mm fans, three 120mm or two 140mm on top, another two 120mm on the bottom and a single 120 or 140mm fan on the back does indeed add up to a lot of airflow.  [H]ard|OCP also had no issues installing radiators for watercooling, there is a lot of space in this case!  They awarded the case a Silver but do point out the value conscious consumer could get almost the exact same performance with the original 750D and high airflow kit for a few dollars less.

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    "It's big. It's black. In fact it's "Obsidian!" Corsair's new 750D computer case is actually all steel and brushed aluminum, not volcanic rock. Corsair's take on the 750D Airflow Series is that it is easy to build in and has all the features you need rather than a plethora of bells and whistles that only look good on a spec sheet. "

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    CASES & COOLING

    Source: [H]ard|OCP

    Existing Corsair Water Coolers Support (At Least) Skylake

    Subject: Cases and Cooling, Memory | August 3, 2015 - 08:10 PM |
    Tagged: corsair, dd4, ddr3l, memory, PSU, hydro, h100, H100i GTX, H110, H110i GTX

    Skylake is coming up, with rumors pointing to a release at Gamescom in Germany, which is August 5th through August 9th. Beyond seeing the retail packaging, we are beginning to see to companies open up about how their products relate to the new architecture and chipset.

    Corsair put up a blog post a few days ago to explain how their memory, water coolers, and power supplies interact with Skylake and Z170. On the PSU side, nothing has changed since Haswell. In terms for memory, DDR3L is supported with Skylake under certain motherboards, but users should look to DDR4.

    None of the above should be new information.

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    What might be new information, though, is that Skylake supports existing LGA-1150 cooler mounts. This means that the Corsair Hydro series of sealed CPU liquid coolers will support Skylake without modification. This is where Corsair's blog stops but, knowing Intel's typical release structure, this likely means that the story will not change for Kaby Lake or Cannonlake, either. These three architectures are expected to use the same socket, which should mean the cooler is the same too.

    So your aftermarket cooler should have quite a bit of legs, even with the stock mounts.

    Source: Corsair

    Corsair Updates Link to Support Windows 10

    Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 1, 2015 - 07:01 AM |
    Tagged: windows 10, Corsair Link Digital, Corsair Link, corsair

    Quick Note: This update does not support “the original Corsair Commander”. If your system uses that internal peripheral, then you should wait for a later version.

    About two weeks ago, I decided to purchase and install a Corsair H100i GTX cooler in my system. While it runs quiet and keeps temperatures decently low by default, the device supports Corsair Link to re-balance the fans and pump, as well as change the color of the LEDs in the Corsair logo. For the record, my cooler will be staying on default white, although I can see people with existing color schemes wishing to match or contrast them, and it is great that Corsair provides that functionality.

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    At the time, it was not compatible with Windows 10. The operating system blocked the application's attempt to run, and even pushed notifications to my desktop to let me know it can't do that, Dave... I mean Scott. I changed the file name and was able to get the system tray notification to work, but entering the windowed interface caused it to crash.

    As of July 28th, Corsair released a fixed version that runs on Windows 10. Corsair Link 3.2.5676 is available from their website, but it did not seem to get much publicity. Part of this might be because, by the time the general public got a hold of Windows 10, which started the next day, Corsair already had functional software out. Still, if you were a Windows Insider and you are still waiting for a compatible version? It came out last Tuesday.

    Source: Corsair

    Podcast #358 - AMD R9 Fury, Fury X Multi-GPU, Windows 10 and more!

    Subject: General Tech | July 16, 2015 - 02:04 PM |
    Tagged: podcast, video, amd, Fury, fury x, sli, crossfire, windows 10, 10240, corsair, RM850i, IBM, 7nm, kaby lake, Skylake, Intel, 14nm, 10nm

    PC Perspective Podcast #358 - 07/16/2015

    Join us this week as we discuss the AMD R9 Fury, Fury X Multi-GPU, Windows 10 and more!

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    Manufacturer: Corsair

    Introduction and Features

    Introduction

    Corsair offers a large selection of PC power supplies and today we will be taking a detailed look at their new RM850i PSU. The RMi Series includes four models: the RM650i, RM750i, RM850i, and RM1000i. As you can see in the diagram below, the RMi Series is located squarely in the middle of Corsair’s power supply lineup. Corsair currently offers thirty four different models ranging from the 350 watt VS350 all the way up to the king-of-the-hill 1,500 watt AX1500i.

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    Corsair PSU Comparison

    The new Corsair RMi Series power supplies are equipped with fully modular cables and optimized for very quiet operation and high efficiency. RMi Series power supplies incorporate Zero RPM Fan Mode, which means the fan does not spin until the power supply is under a moderate to heavy load. The cooling fan is custom-designed for use in PSUs to deliver low noise and high static pressure. All of the RMi Series power supplies are 80 Plus Gold certified for high efficiency.

    The Corsair RMi Series is built with high-quality components, including all Japanese made electrolytic capacitors, and Corsair guarantees these PSUs to deliver clean, stable, continuous power, even at ambient temperatures up to 50°C. Each RMi Series power supply also supports Corsair’s Link software to monitor various power supply parameters and enable/disable OCP on the +12V outputs.

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    RMi vs. RM Series Advantages

    Corsair has incorporated a number of enhancements, which differentiate the new RMi Series from the original RM Series. Here is an overview:

    •    RMi Series comes with a 7-year warranty, instead of the RM’s 5-years
    •    ALL Japanese made capacitors ensure long life and best in class performance
    •    RMi Series is rated for full output at 50°C, instead of 40°C
    •    Fluid Dynamic Bearing fan delivers longer life than RM’s rifle-bearing fan
    •    Additional Corsair Link control capabilities and features

    And for all these additional features, you only pay ~$10 USD price premium!

    Corsair RM850i PSU Features summary:

    •    850W continuous DC output (up to 50°C)
    •    7-Year Warranty and Comprehensive Customer Support
    •    80 PLUS Gold certified, at least 90% efficiency under 50% load
    •    Corsair Link ready for real-time monitoring and control
    •    Ability to switch between single and multiple +12V rails
    •    Fully modular cables for easy installation
    •    Zero RPM Fan Mode for silent operation up to 40% load
    •    Quiet fluid dynamic fan bearing for long life and quiet operation
    •    High quality components including all Japanese electrolytic capacitors
    •    Active Power Factor correction (0.99) with Universal AC input
    •    Safety Protections : OCP, OVP, UVP, SCP, OTP, and OPP
    •    MSRP for the RM850i : $159.99 USD

    Please continue reading our review of the Corsair RM850i PSU!!!