Video Perspective: Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T Case

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 1, 2011 - 12:12 PM |
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. 

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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!

Source: Corsair

A new and improved high powered Professional Series PSU from Corsair

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 28, 2011 - 11:56 AM |
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.

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"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."

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Five way triple channel DDR3 roundup

Subject: Memory | June 22, 2011 - 01:46 PM |
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.

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"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."

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Corsair recalls entire Force Series 3 SSD line, cites hardware defects.

Subject: Storage | June 7, 2011 - 05:47 PM |
Tagged: ssd, sandforce, corsair

 

Today Corsair announced a full recall of the CSSD-F120GB3-BK line.

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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 qu
estions 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.
 
http://forum.corsair.com/v3/showthread.php?t=95825

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.

Sub $100 sound from Corsair

Subject: General Tech | June 7, 2011 - 02:19 PM |
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.

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"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?"

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Corsair redesigns the TX850

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 3, 2011 - 11:56 AM |
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.

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"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."

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Corsair Announces Expansion of Professional Series PSU Lineup

Subject: General Tech | May 31, 2011 - 02:05 AM |
Tagged: PSU, modular, corsair, computex

Today, Corsair announces new additions to its Professional and Professional Gold series, with the HX1050 and AX650 respectively.

The HX1050 is 80 PLUS Silver certified, and is rated to deliver 88% efficiency or more at 50% load. Further, it is capable of outputting up to 1,050 continuous watts of power. The Professional Series model includes a fixed ATX 12V connector as well as modular cables for the remaining connectors.

The Professional Series Gold addition; however, is capable of 650 watts of continuous power. The AX650 is 80 PLUS Gold certified, and can deliver more than 90% energy efficiency at 50% load. Utilizing a fully modular, flat cable design, the AX650 eases cable management issues, and delivers “unflinching voltage stability,” according to Corsair.

The HX1050 is available for purchase now from authorized retailers worldwide for a MSRP of $239 USD. On the other hand, the AX650 will become available for purchase in June worldwide, and will carry an MSRP of $169 USD. You can read more about the power supply lines here.

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Corsair Launches Budget Gaming Carbide Series Cases

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 31, 2011 - 01:44 AM |
Tagged: computex, mid-tower, corsair, carbide

Corsair today launched a new series of mid-tower ATX computer cases aimed at budget gaming rigs. The 400R and 500R respectively, are the first of the Carbide series and will be available from Corsair and various online retailers starting in July.

The 400R is a dark gray steel structured, molded ABS plastic mid-tower enclosure that carries an MSRP of $99 USD. The case supports a 240mm radiator on the top of the case- which conveniently supports Corsair’s new Hydro coolers (LINKY)- as well as 4 120mm fan mounts and 6 120 or 140mm mounting points.

The 500R features the same construction materials; however, it differs in it’s configurations. The case features removable hard drive cages, multi-channel fan controller, 200mm side-mounted fan in addition to the aforementioned 400R’s fan options. The 500R has an MSRP of $129 USD.

The Carbide 400R's internals

Both cases include eight PCI-E slots for multi-graphics card setups. The 400R can fit GPUs up to 316mm long, whereas the 500R can accommodate graphics cards up to 452mm in length when one of the two hard drive cages are removed. Further, both cases feature a native SSD 2.5” drive bay, as well as two USB 3, one Firewire, one headphone and one microphone ports.

What do you think of the new Carbide cases? Will these become popular in budget DIY rigs?

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Source: Corsair

Corsair’s H80 and H100 Water Coolers Officially Announced

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 31, 2011 - 01:02 AM |
Tagged: computex, water cooling, hydro, h80, h100, corsair

The new Hydro series sealed-loop water coolers from Corsair that we got a sneak peek of earlier this month have now been officially announced by Corsair. The H80 is a double-thick 120mm radiator, and will be compatible with the majority of standard ATX cases on the market. In contrast, the H100 uses a dual 120mm radiator and will require modding or a case that supports mounting holes for standard 240mm radiators.

Both sealed loop water coolers feature a low profile water block and digital fan control, which will allow enthusiasts the choice between maximum performance and quiet operation. Further, the coolers include Corsair’s Link technology, which provides a “system for monitoring and control.” Systems that have Corsair Link Commander hardware, which is a hardware monitoring kit that mounts in a 3.5” drive bay and connects to software on the PC via USB, will be afforded even more control over sound levels and performance.  The H80 includes headers for two fans while the H100 includes headers for four fans.

The H80's fan connectors

Ruben Mookerjee, the VP and GM for Components at Corsair stated that with the H80 and H100 coolers, the company focused on what made the earlier Hydro series so successful; “closed-loop reliability, straightforward installation, and, of course, the best CPU cooling technology available.” The Hydro H80 and H100 will be available from authorized retailers beginning in June, and carry a MSRP of $109 USD and $119 USD respectively.

 

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Source: Corsair

Corsair's H60, an easy to install self contained liquid cooling apparatus

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 30, 2011 - 03:19 PM |
Tagged: corsair, liquid cooler, willitblend, h60

The model numbers that Corsair is using for their self contained liquid cooling devices is a little confusing.  With the H50 and H70 already on the market, one would be forgiven for thinking that the new H60 should perform in between the two existing models.   That is not necessarily true as the H60 is more of a redesign of the lineup.  The installation process has been simplified with a square waterblock to fit your square CPU and they've changed the mounting bracket as well.  The cooling performance is exactly like the H50; it is the acoustic performance that has been improved as this cooler is much quieter than either of the other models.   Head on over to [H]ard|OCP to see their final verdict on this cooler.

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No word on if it will blend yet.

"Corsair's H60 liquid CPU cooler comes to us with different technology than we saw with its H50 and H70 as Corsair has switched up supply sources. Corsair is touting a micro-channel cold plates and a split-flow designed manifolds. But, will it blend?"

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