Just Delivered: Corsair K60 & K90 Vengeance Mech Keyboards Type Hard, Type Harder, Type Hard: With a Vengeance
Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling, Systems | April 21, 2012 - 01:24 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: mechanical keyboard, corsair
Just Delivered is a class of articles at PC Perspective where we share what crosses into our offices, labs, houses, or pseudo-classified locations with crummy internet. Today we look at the Corsair Vengeance line of mechanical keyboards. We have received both the K60 FPS keyboard as well as the K90 MMO keyboard.
Some people say that when you try a mechanical keyboard, something just clicks.
That is not really the case for the Corsair Vengeance line of keyboards which use the linear Cherry MX Red switches. The key gives a light constant resistence until it hits bottom. Check out our explanation of the various type of switches from a few months ago to see the differences between Cherry MX switches.
Seems quite odd, grammatically, to enter a market of new competitors with a Vengeance...
First impressions are that Corsair really put some thought and effort into these keyboards. Wrist rests snap into place and, in the K90's case, get screwed in for total stability. The brushed metal top is a great touch and gives the feeling of quality.
Each keyboard has a few non-mechanical keys which slightly take away from that feeling -- but that will be discussed in a more formal review setting.
Just for irony... I might play Wing Commander: Privateer as part of the Corsair review.
While Corsair to some extent markets these keyboards at different audiences -- it really does seem at first glance like the K90 is a direct upgrade to the K60, rather than a sidegrade. Apart from the custom shaped WSAD keys and the wrist rest, I cannot see much reason to go for the K60 over the K90 except for price.
That said, we shall find out for sure in the full review to be started shortly.
Subject: General Tech | April 12, 2012 - 01:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: corsair, Vengeance K60, Vengeance K90, mechanical keyboard, cherry mx red, input
If you haven't mastered the ability to identify the difference between mechanical keyboard switches then you should check out Scott's primer on the four main flavours of Cherry. Then you can cheek out a review of Corsair's Vengeance K60 and K90 keyboards at The Tech Report which both utilize the Cherry MX Red variety and are considered a great choice for gamers. The big difference between the two models is the array of programmable macro keys which exist on the left hand side of the K90 as well as the rubber dampers which are added. The Tech Report were not impressed with the dampers, they felt it muddied the keystroke and made it feel more like a membrane type keyboard. Check them both out in the full review.
"Join us as we rattle away on the lovely mechanical keyswitches of Corsair's aluminum-clad Vengeance K60 and K90 keyboards."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Corsair Vengeance K90 Keyboard @ Bjorn3D
- Enermax KW001 Briskie Keyboard mouse combo @ Guru of 3D
- Corsair Vengeance K90 & M90 MMO/RTS Keyboard and Mouse Review @ Legit Reviews
- Corsair Vengeance K60 Performance FPS Mechanical Gaming Keyboard @ Tweaktown
- CM Storm Trigger Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review @ HardwareHeaven
- Cooler Master QuickFire Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard @ Pro-Clockers
- ROCCAT Isku Illuminated Gaming Keyboard @ Tweaktown
- SteelSeries Kinzu V2 Pro Edition Gaming Mouse @ Kitguru
- Corsair Vengeance K60 Gaming Keyboard Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Corsair Vengeance M90 and K90 Review @ OCC
- Corsair Vengeance M60 Mouse Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Corsair Vengeance M60 Performance FPS Laser Gaming Mouse @ Tweaktown
- Corsair Vengeance M90 Gaming Mouse Review @ TechwareLabs
- ROCCAT Kone Plus Max Customization Laser Gaming Mouse @ Tweaktown
- Corsair Vengeance M60 Laser Gaming Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews
Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling | April 5, 2012 - 03:47 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: vengeance, headset, gaming, corsair, case
Corsair announced today that a new wireless headset and gaming PC case would be joining the ranks of the existing Vengeance lineup of headsets and keyboards. Making their initial debut at PAX East this weekend, the new Vengeance 2000 wireless headset and Vengeance C70 Case will be available for purchase later this year.
The Vengeance 2000 is Corsair’s latest headset that takes the brushed aluminum, 50mm drivers, and microfiber ear cups of the Vengeance 1500, adds some blue and white accents and then cuts the cord. In pace of the USB cord, Corsair utilizes 2.4 GHz wireless to deliver 5.1 and 7.1 virtual surround sound up to 40 feet away and with a battery life of 10 hours. The headset further features a noise canceling microphone and battery that can be recharged via micro USB cable.
From the wording of the press release, it sounds like the charging cable will only act as a power cable -- meaning it will not make the headset wired. The wireless 2.4GHz radio may be problematic for gamers living in areas with lots of 2.4GHz interference (like an apartment building with lots of WiFi devices and microwaves), and in that case the wired Vengeance 1500 would be a better choice. (We are attempting to verify the wireless only aspects and will update the article if we receive a response). Update: Corsair has clarified to us that the headset is always wireless -- the USB cable is only used for charging and firmware flashing.
Arriving with two carrying handles and an ammo box aesthetic, the Vengeance C70 is ready for the war against heat with space for up to 240mm radiators (they suggest the H100) on the top and bottom or 10 total case fans. The case further features a steel front panel, eight PCI-E slots, and two removable hard drive cages with space for three 2.5” or 3.5” drives (for a total of six hard drives). The PCI-E slots and other internals use standard Philips head screws.
The Vengeance C70 will be available in three colors: Military Green, Arctic White, Gunmetal Black. The external of the the case features large mesh grills over the fan areas. The front of the case features a honeycomb mesh for up to two fans, three 5.25” drive bays, and -- along the top -- two large buttons for power and reset with the power being the large red button (which would be difficult to resist pressing all the time). It also houses microphone and headphone jacks, and two USB 3.0 ports. All three C70 cases have two carrying handles on the top that fold down into recessed parts of the case when not being used.
The two new Vengeance entrants will be available this summer. The C70 will be available for purchase soonest -- as early as May -- with an MSRP of $139 USD. Meanwhile, the Vengeance 2000 wireless headset has an MSRP of $149 USD and will be available in June. More information on Corsair’s entire Vengeance gaming lineup is available here.
Subject: General Tech | March 14, 2012 - 05:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: audio, corsair, vengeance 1300
While many USB headsets make the claim that they need no drivers to work, an analog headset is about as Plug and Play as you can get. Corsair's Vengeance 1300 is no different and will start working once you plug it in. You do of course lose some of the features of digital sound, no 5.1 emulation on this headset, just stereo sound is available. Hardware Secrets found them very comfortable to wear for prolonged periods of time as well as very portable so for those who find themselves on the road they make a very solid choice. Check out the review here.
"Corsair first entered the gaming-grade headset market with the HS1, a digital model we already tested. Now they put on the market the Vengeance line, comprised of an analog model (the 1300) and its digital equivalent (the 1500). We will test the Vengeance 1300, beginning with a look at its physical characteristics and then proceeding to its performance."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- ROCCAT Kave 5.1 Gaming Headset @ techPowerUp
- CM Storm Sirus 5.1 Headset Review @ HardwareLOOK
- Microlab FC360 2.1 Speakers @ kitguru
- Mastered for iTunes: how audio engineers tweak music for the iPod age @ Ars Technica
- AntLion ModMic Review @ OCC
- GEAR4 PocketLoops Portable Music Creation Studio Review @ Tech-Reviews
- Grooveshark Bluetooth Kit by Livio Radio @ TechwareLabs
Subject: Editorial, General Tech | February 29, 2012 - 06:51 PM | Ken Addison
Tagged: vengeance, tegra, podcast, nvidia, MWC, Intel, corsair, asus, amd
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Subject: General Tech | February 24, 2012 - 06:46 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: vengeance, mouse, m90, m60, keyboard, k90, k60, just delivered, hid, corsair
Just Delivered is a section of PC Perspective where we share some of the goodies that pass through our labs that may or may not see a review, but are pretty cool none the less.
Corsair does just about everything now - memory modules, power supplies, cases, SSDs, headphones, speakers, water coolers, functional LED umbrellas and now keyboards and mice. And just like we have seen when Corsair entered new markets previously, they took their time to do it right. The Vengeance line of keyboards and mice offer two dedicated series for gamers of different persuasions: the K90 and M90 for MMO players and the K60 and M60 for predominantly FPS users.
The new keyboards consist MOSTLY of Cherry MX Red switches (which you can read more about here in our recent Rosewill keyboard roundup) and are generally very well built. The mice have adjustable DPIs, lights and lots of button. What follows is a pictorial preview of these gorgeous devices before our review sometime in the near future! Enjoy!!
The K60 comes with a removable left hand rest for your frequent gaming as well as replaceable WASD keys that have a rubber texture to them and are slightly angled to keep your fingers from slipping out during those INTENSE gaming moments.
Corsair tends to think of the customer first so they were sure to include a tool to remove the keys rather than telling you to use a flat head screwdriver from your garage.
One of my favorite features is the Windows button disable key up there to prevent you from accidently hitting that during gameplay.
Subject: Systems | February 24, 2012 - 01:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: sweet spot, schooner, econobox, double stuff, corsair
The PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard is not the only source for system build recommendations, The Tech Report has also just updated their system recommendations as well. As there has not been much movement in the industry apart from graphics card updates many of the components remain the same, with a few exceptions. There is a brand new page on the system guide which offers a unique philosophy on system building which leverages the broad spread of markets component companies offer now. Corsair offers far more than just RAM now, which is how the Schooner system came to exist. The majority of the components in this system are Corsair, which will give your system a very consistent look usually found only in boutique built machines. Check out the whole article here.
"Not much new hardware has come out since we published our last guide in December, but this edition is still choc-full of small, incremental changes and tweaks. We've also included a one-of-a-kind build specced out by our Editor-in-Chief."
Here are some more Systems articles from around the web:
- Alienware Aurora R4 Performance Desktop Review @ HardwareHeaven
- Cincinnati Bengal System @ OC3D
- Chillblast Fusion Photo Workstation PC Review @ ITShootOut
- eTeknix Builds New Rendering Machine - System X
- Sapphire EDGE HD3 Mini PC @ Kitguru
- Intel Core i7 3930K & Asus P9X79 WS LGA2011 WorkStation @ Kitguru
- ASRock CoreHT Server Edition @ AnandTech
- Alienware X51 Desktop Review @ HardwareHeaven
- HP Compaq 8200 Elite All-in-One PC Review @ TechReviewSource
- Asus ET2410ITUS-B018C Review @ TechReviewSource
Introduction, Specifications, and Packaging
A couple of days ago we looked at a pair of SSD's from Patriot. Next up is a pair of SSD's from Corsair. These are another two SandForce controlled units, but this time it's Async IMFT flash vs. Sync IMFT flash:
We'll carry the Patriot Pyro (IMFT Async) into the results for comparison, and keeping the other benchmark OCZ and Intel models in with the mix of results. The OCZ Vertex 3 and Agility 3 will again share the same SandForce controller, but OCZ has been known to add many performance tweaks to their firmware. Let's see if Corsair was able to use 'tweaked' firmware or instead went with the stock one provided by SandForce.
The Corsair Force 3 and Force GT are both available in the following capacities:
The added capacity points are a bonus of how IMFT can stack their dies in 'odd' multiples (i.e. 3 per package, making a 24GB TSOP). Varying slightly from low to high capacities (and across the two models), specs range from 490 to 525 MB/sec writes and 550 to 555 MB/sec reads. 60GB models get 80,000 4K IOPS and the rest get a rating of 85,000 4K IOPS. Corsairs specs indicate IOMeter 2008 was used for this test, and it's important to note that 2008's writes were a repeating pattern that is easily and fully compressible by the SandForce controller, meaning those specs were derived using fully compressible data.
Subject: Memory | January 19, 2012 - 12:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: ddr3, quad channel, patriot, corsair, G.Skill, Mushkin
With the arrival of the X79 chipset we received two gifts, quad channel memory and 2133MHz DIMMs which are much easier to get to full speed. Overclockers Club took kits from four vendors, Patriot, Corsair, G.Skill and Mushkin. There is quite a variety of DIMMs, ranging from 1600MHz to 2400MHz at default as well as sporting a variety of timings, though all but one kit are 4x4GB. There were some challenges when overclocking the kits and OC describes the methods they need to employ to get the most out of these DIMMs. When the testing was done it became apparent that each of these kits was a winner, except perhaps in cost.
"The last G.Skill memory I looked at did quite well in the overclocking department and thankfully, this kit does not deviate from that path – the base speed of 2133 MHz was just the starting point for the kit. Making the jump to 2400 MHz, though, required some tweaking of the primary latencies and voltages. CAS latency was bumped to 10 with the tRCD bumped to 12 and the voltage to 1.67 V. The memory controller voltage was fine at 1.05 V with this configuration as seen by the long term (well, 7 hours at least) stability testing of the overclock. The higher speed, coupled with a decent CPU overclock, showed measurable performance gains in testing. The overclocking margin or headroom came in at 13+% or 281 MHz for the time spent tweaking the modules for maximum clocks without killing every day performance. This kit from G.Skill reached the highest overclocked speed in comparison to the other modules in this testing session."
Here are some more Memory articles from around the web:
- G.SKILL Ripjaws-Z 16GB DDR3-1600 Memory @ Benchmark Reviews
- G.Skill RipjawsZ PC3-12800 16GB @ Tweaktown
- G.Skill Ripjaws Z 2133 MHz DDR3 CL9 16 GB Kit @ techPowerUp
- DDR3 SDRAM for LGA 2011: Which Memory Is Best @ X-bit Labs
Introduction, Features, Technical Specifications
Courtesy of Corsair
Corsair expanded their product line exponentially in 2011 by adding a variety of PC components like mechanical keyboards, gaming mice, performance CPU coolers, desktop and headset sound systems, solid state drives, and their trademark system memory modules. One of the truest innovations we saw from Corsair this year was their self-contained watercooling units. Corsair developed the H100 to be their flagship CPU cooler that uses a dual-radiator configuration to bring enthusiasts an efficient and responsive cooling solution.
Courtesy of Corsair
The Corsair H100 debuted in June 2011 and is the only self-contained watercooling unit on the market that sports a massive 240mm radiator and digital fan control buttons to adjust the CPU cooler for quiet, performance, and balanced modes. This CPU cooler retails for around $119 before shipping at most vendors, but many enthusiasts wonder how it stacks up against other comparable options from Corsair, Antec, and Thermaltake. Personally, I would also like to see what performance differences I will see using the H100 against a few of the top air-cooled heatsinks I have in our office.