Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 31, 2011 - 01:44 AM | Tim Verry
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?
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 31, 2011 - 01:02 AM | Tim Verry
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.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 30, 2011 - 03:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
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?"
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- NZXT Sentry Mesh 30W Fan Controller @ Tweaktown
- Titan Hati CPU Cooler @ XtremeComputing
- Cooler Master V8 CPU Cooler Review @ eTeknix
- Titan Hati CPU Cooler @ XtremeComputing
- Antec Kuhler H20 920 CPU Cooler Review @ Real World Labs
- In-Win BUC PC Gaming Case Review @ Legit Reviews
- Lian Li PC-P80N Full Tower/HPTX Case Review @ HardwareHeaven
- In Win Dragon Rider Full Tower Chassis Review @ eTeknix
- Moneual MonCaso Sonamu G100 Case Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Thermaltake Level 10 GT Chassis Review @ OCIA
- Thermaltake Chaser MK-1 Case Review @ Legit Reviews
- NZXT H2 Classic Mid Tower Case @ Overclockers Online
- Sentey SS1-2421 Slim Series Case Review @Hi Tech Legion
- NZXT H2: Not Quite Quiet @ AnandTech
- Sentey Optimus GS-6000 Case Review @ ThinkComputers
- Silverstone Raven 3 @ TechSpot
- Cooler Master Elite 371 Midtower Case Review @ OCIA
Corsair, a popular PC component manufacturer founded in 1994, today announced the production of a new DDR3 memory kit for their Dominator lineup. The new 2x4GB memory kit is capable of running at 2400 Mhz at a voltage of 1.65V.
Corsair states that the 2400 Mhz kits are the result of a four stage testing process that fewer than one in every 20 memory chips pass. The Director of Memory Products at Corsair, Giovannie Sena stated that “The purpose of these kits is to help overclockers explore the limits of memory performance.” As the product of Corsair’s testing, they are eager to see what enthusiasts are able to get out of them.
Further, the new 8GB memory kit is capable of CAS latency of 9-11-10-30-1T. Each DIMM is fitted with Corsair’s DHX+ heat sink with removable fins, and the kit includes their AirFlow 2 GTL Cooling Fan to keep the DIMMS cool. Dubbed the Dominator GTX 8 GB 2400 MHz Kit, can be purchased today from Corsair for $499 USD.
Corsair's Hydro H70 has been their top of the line sealed-loop water cooler for some time now. While it can be great for overclockers on a budget and enthusiasts who do not feel comfortable mounting a heavy air cooler on their motherboards, it has not been able to match the cooling performance of self assembled water loops. Corsair may be looking to change this, as Sweclockers found two new sealed-loop H80 and H100 Hydro series coolers posted on a Swedish online store. Tech Power Up reports that the H80 is listed for $154 USD, while the H100 is listed for $172.50 USD (converted from Swedish Krona).
The H80 looks very similar to the H70, with a few small tweaks on the CPU water block. The block appears to be thicker than that of the H70, which may indicate a higher flow pump. A control knob is also present on top of the water block, which may control the amount of water the pump pushes. The H100, on the other hand starts to look less like the current Hyrdo series coolers and more like a traditional water loop with its double 120mm radiator. The H100 further has a the same control knob as the H80. While the H80 has a lot to prove as a single radiator cooler versus its H70 predecessor, depending on the street price the new additions to the Hydro series should help fill in the performance gap between the H70 and a full DIY water loop.
PC Perspective Podcast #155 - MSI GT680R Notebook, Corsair 650D chassis, VIA Nano Quad Core and more!
Subject: Editorial, General Tech | May 19, 2011 - 03:24 PM | Ken Addison
Tagged: pcper, podcast, msi, VIA, Nano, quad core, corsair, 650d, Intel
PC Perspective Podcast #155 - 5/19/2011
This week we talk about the MSI GT680R Notebook, Corsair 650D chassis, VIA Nano Quad Core and more!
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Hosts: Jeremy Hellstrom, Josh Walrath and Allyn Malventano
This Podcast is brought to you by MSI
- 00:38 Introduction
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- http://twitter.com/ryanshrout and http://twitter.com/pcper
- 02:14 MSI GT680R Notebook Review: Sandybridge for Gamers
- 05:13 Video Perspective: Corsair Obsidian Series 650D Chassis Review
- 06:20 VIA Nano Quad Core Preview
- 16:45 This Podcast is brought to you by MSI
, and their all new Sandy Bridge Motherboards!
- 17:15 Intel Investor Conference
- 33:30 No emails - sorry! busy driving race cars in Dubai
- Email us! firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-888-38-PCPER
- 33:45 Hardware / Software Pick of the Week
- http://twitter.com/ryanshrout and http://twitter.com/pcper
- 42:40 Closing
The Obsidian Series gets a little brother
Corsair has had a good run as of late with a host of new products that fall WELL outside the original memory vendor stereotype. I mean, seriously? We have had cases like the Obsidian 800D, power supplies like the HX1000W, headphones and speakers like the HS1A and the SP2500 and of course the water coolers in the vein of the H50. The list goes on but Corsair has obviously done a tremendous job of expanding a roadmap to stay relevant and among the most cutting edge enthusiast companies on the map.
Images from Newegg.com
Today we are going to take a look at the Corsair Obsidian Series 650D chassis, a case that follows in the footsteps of the popular (but expensive) 800D and 700D options but lowers the price, and the height, quite a bit.
Read on for the full video review...
Subject: General Tech | May 10, 2011 - 04:59 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: PSU, corsair
Corsiar recently announced three new power supply models to update its popular CX Builder series. A favorite among many enthusiasts, the new CX V2 models off the same 80 plus certification as well as European Commission “European Commission Energy-Related Product (ErP) directive compliance for guaranteed efficiency and low standby power consumption.” Further, the new V2 models will carry have an extra warranty year on its predecessors, for a total of three years.
Ruben Mookerjee, VP and General Manager for Components at Corsair states that Corsair’s Builder PSU series offers enthusiasts quality and reliability at attractive prices. “Low cost of operation and trouble-free performance are highly desired features at every price point and today we are proud to offer even better efficiency and a longer warranty with the new Builder Series CX V2 PSUs.”
The new CX V2 models will be available worldwide for purchase in May, including the CX600 V2, CX500 V2, and the CX430 V2. Offering 600, 500, and 430 watts respectively, the models offer the following specifications:
CX600 V2 - 600 Watts
|CX600 V2||CX500 V2||CX430 V2|
1xATX, 1xEPS, 2xPCI-E, 4xMolex, 6xSATA, 1xFloppy
1xATX, 1xEPS, 2xPCI-E, 4xMolex, 5xSATA, 1xFloppy
|1xATX, 1xEPS, 1xPCI-E, 3xMolex, 4xSATA, 1xFloppy|
|Max Current||25A @ +3.3V and +5V, 40A @ +12V, 0.8A @ -12V, 3A @ +5Vsb||25A @ +3.3V, 20A @ +5V, 34A @ +12V, 0.8A @ -12V, 3A @ +5Vsb||20A @ +3.3V and +5V, 28A @ +12V, 0.8A @ -12V, 3A @ +5Vsb|
|Max Wattage||600 Watts @ 30°C Ambient||500 Watts @ 30°C Ambient||430 Watts @ 30°C Ambient|
|MSRP||$74 USD||$64 USD||$49 USD|
Will a Corsiar PSU be part of your next build?
Subject: General Tech | May 9, 2011 - 06:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: tweeter, subwoofer, speakers, sp2500, satellite, corsair, bass, audio, 2.1
Not too long ago Josh reviewed Corsair's 2.1 speaker set which goes by the name of SP2500 and then later Ryan gave it away to a reader. He was very happy with the way that they performed, but seeing as how judging audio quality can be quite subjective and as most of our readers did not get a set of speakers perhaps a second opinion is a good idea. To that end you can read about the same set of speakers as they were reviewed over at The Tech Report.
"Corsair has supplemented its line of audio products with a premium 2.1 speaker set. Is it worth the $250 asking price?"
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Antec Soundscience Rockus 3D 2.1 Review @ Neoseeker
- Corsair SP2200 2.1 Gaming Speakers Review @ Techgage
- Corsair SP2500 High-power PC Speaker System @ Metku.net
- Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS Shock Spin Gaming Headset Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Plantronics Gamecom X40 Xbox headset @ XSReviews
- Logitech Ultimate Ears 100 Noise Isolating Earphones @ Tweaktown
- Plantronics Gamecom X95 Xbox @ XSReviews
- Plantronics M100 Bluetooth Headset Review @ eTeknix
- BlueAnt T1 Bluetooth Headset @ Maximum CPU
Subject: Editorial, General Tech | May 2, 2011 - 01:47 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: speakers, giveaway, corsair, contest
As you can no doubt tell, PC Perspective got a HUGE and much needed facelift recently to what we are internally calling "PC Perspective v4.0". I know there are still some kinks to work out and we are actively addressing any feedback from our readers in this comment thread.
But we want to celebrate the launch of the new site in style!! Some of our site sponsors have very generously offered up some prizes for us to give out throughout the coming days...
The ninth (!!) prize is a set of Corsair Gaming Audio Series SP2500 2.1 Speakers!!
What do you have to do to win this wonderful piece of hardware?
Couldn't be easier: post a comment in this post thanking Corsair for its sponsorship of PC Perspective as well as an interesting feature or addition you would like to see in future speaker sets. Be creative! You should probably have a registered account or at least be sure you include your email address in the appropriate field so we can contact you!