CES 2014: Corsair Launches the Obsidian 250D Mini ITX Case

Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling | January 7, 2014 - 12:00 PM |
Tagged: obsidian 250d, corsair, CES 2014, CES

Do you like the design of Corsair's Obsidian Series PC cases, but don't have room for a mid-tower or full tower form factor? Well, Corsair may have a solution for you with the release of its new Obsidian 250D, which is the company's first Mini ITX chassis. The Obsidian 250D brings the aesthetics and many of the builder-friendly features of its larger brethren in a small sub-$100 brushed aluminum and steel case.

Specifically, the Obsidian 250D measures 11.4" x 10.9" x 13.81". The cube-like case is all black with a basic brushed aluminum texture. Corsair branding, a single 5.25" drive bay, two USB 3.0 ports, and two audio jacks adorn the front while vents sit on the left, right, and rear sides of the case. Further, the top panel of the case is removable and is how you get to the internal hardware. The case is propped up on integrated feet as well.

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Corsair's new Mini ITX case supports both air and water cooling. The case comes pre-installed with one AF140L and one AF120L fan, and users can install a total of 5 fans (including the bundled fans). On the water cooling front, users can install a 120mm or 140mm radiator in the front of the case as well as a 120mm or 240mm radiator on the side of the case. One nice feature on the cooling front is that Corsair has included removable dust filters on the front, side, and PSU vents.

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Despite the Mini ITX form factor, the case actually allows users to cram a fair amount of hardware into it. In all, the Obsidian Series 250D supports two PCI slots, four hard drives, a single optical drive, a full size power supply, and Mini ITX motherboards. Users can install a graphics card up to 290mm in length, which is most cards on the market at a bit over 11-inches. The case supports ATX power supplies up to 200mm. When it comes to storage options, users can install up to two 2.5" drives and two 3.5" drives (or four total 2.5" drives) which is not bad. Additionally, this Obsidian case features cable management tie down points and tool-less drive bays.

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The Obsidian 250D has an MSRP of $89.99 and will be available for purchase later this month in the US. The mini ITX chassis comes with a 2 year manufacturer warranty. It looks like a decent case, and I'm interested to see what reviewers have to say about it when it comes to ease of working with and installing hardware into.

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Source: Corsair

Corsair's Raptor headset might still need to evolve a bit

Subject: General Tech | January 2, 2014 - 03:30 PM |
Tagged: audio, corsair, raptor hs30, raptor hs40, gaming headset

Corsair's Raptor HS30 and Raptor HS40 are twins, apart from their tails, the HS30 uses 3.5mm plugs while the HS40 is connected via USB.  Neither set will cost you more than about $60 and they sport decent sized 40mm neodymium drivers with a frequency response range of 20 – 20,000Hz.  Both headsets offer inline volume and mute controls though only the HS40 comes with the Headset Control Panel to allow virtual 7.1 sound.  Unfortunately Legit Reviews encountered several issues when reviewing these headsets, not enough to stop them from functioning but certainly enough to give them pause when considering recommending them for purchase.

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"It was late-summer in 2012 when Corsair announced it had acquired Raptor Gaming, a German based maker of gaming peripherals. Corsair gained both a European based headquarter to distribute its wide range of computer hardware and Raptor Gaming’s entire portfolio of keyboards, mice, headsets, and accessories, which formed a new series of gaming products alongside Corsair’s Vengeance gaming products. Corsair has respected the Raptor name and not only continues to maintain many of the acquired products, but has integrated the name into new products. New Corsair Raptor products represent gaming products aimed at a more mainstream audience alongside the premium Corsair Vengeance peripherals. We look at the first ever Corsair Raptor headsets to be released, a pair called the HS30 and HS40 which join the rest of the 2013 Vengeance headsets for a refreshed lineup of Corsair gaming headsets."

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CES 14: Corsair & Cherry Partner on RGB-backlit Keyboard(s)

Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling | December 4, 2013 - 03:52 AM |
Tagged: mechanical keyboard, corsair, Cherry MX, cherry, CES 2014

The three little letters that instill fear in tech journalists (and vendors) right around the holiday season: CES. This will be the first of many news posts coming out of that event -- it is still a month away! Companies are already preparing for what will come after the holidays. Brace yourselves!

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Corsair and Cherry have just released a preview of their upcoming CES announcement. Mechanical keyboards (at least those based on Cherry MX switches) were only rarely backlit. Pretty much every model of Cherry MX-based keyboard with per-key LED lighting was, at one point, developed by iOne (they produced the XArmor line of backlit keyboards and collaborated with Razer on the BlackWidow). I am not particularly sure what the difficulty was from an engineering standpoint but I do know it was rare.

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Cherry, themselves, are assisting the next evolution of this technology. The company has developed a special version of their MX Red-class switch with built-in RGB illumination. The mixture of these three colors allows for a key to be lit by any color in the visible spectrum (up to the precision allowed by hardware and software). Their press release suggests 8-bit per channel control (~16.7 million colors). Their exclusive launch partner for this 2014 debut will be Corsair.

Clearly their K-series keyboards sold well.

If you want to learn more about the Cherry MX switches, be sure to check out our overview from 2012. Also, check out the Cherry website for a ridiculously informative breakdown of the switch all each of its components. Seriously, this puts my animation to shame; it is kind of depressing.

Also, check out the press blast after the break.

Source: Cherry

PC Perspective Halloween Hardware Giveaway - Brought to you by Corsair and Gigabyte

Subject: Editorial, General Tech | November 25, 2013 - 01:02 PM |
Tagged: halloween, giveaway, gigabyte, corsair, contest

UPDATE: We have our winner!!  I would like to introduce you to...The Glorious PC Gaming Master Race!

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There quite a few excellent entries in both photo and video form, but this was far and away the favorite of the PC Perspective voting staff.  If you would like to see some of our other favorite entries, just click here and scroll to the bottom.  Thanks to everyone who participated and made our holiday at PC Perspective a humorous one.  :)

END UPDATE

If there is one holiday that I find myself getting more and more attached to as I get older, it is definitely Halloween.  The opportunity to dress up like a fool and (legally) scare children and adults in your neighborhood is an occasion that should not be missed!  :)

To celebrate this wonderful time of year, PC Perspective has teamed up with our friends at Corsair and Gigabyte to giveaway a collection of hardware that just about anyone would be envious of.  Here is what is up for grabs:

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That's more than enough hardware to get anyone started on a killer gaming rig.  Just add in your Intel Core i7/i5 Haswell processor, an AMD Radeon or NVIDIA GeForce graphics card and your off and running!  Maybe a Zotac GeForce card would fit the bill to maintain the orange/black theme?  Total estimated value of this hardware is over $830!!

So how do you enter?  We have a few ways, but you are going to have to get creative for this one.  We are looking for PC Perspective readers that are able to express their nerdom and hardware fanaticism in costume form.  What kind of crazy costumes do you have planned and how are they associated with gaming, or hardware or technology?  Pics or it didn't happen!  Here are the rules:

  1. We want YOUR costume and not some image you stole off Google image search.  That means you are going to need to hold up a piece of paper that says "PCPer" or "PC Perspective" on when you have your snapshot taken.  This prove to us that you actually read this before the photo was taken!
  2. You can submit your entry in a few ways, all of which are equally judged.
    1. Leave a photo and description on the wall of our PC Perspective Facebook page.  This is probably the easiest option.
    2. Leave a photo and description on the wall of our PC Perspective Google+ page
    3. Leave a photo link and description in the comments below.
    4. If you want to get really creative, you can leave a video response on our PC Perspective YouTube channel!

That's it!  We will accept entries starting today and going through November 3rd (to allow for the weekend parties) so get to planning and get creative!  We'll pick a few of our favorites to showcase in a news post announcing the winner then ship the hardware to our favorite.  Good luck!

A huge thanks goes to Corsair for the massive amount of hardware they provided for this contest and also to Gigabyte for the Z87X-OC motherboard.  If you want, you might even get bonus points if you include Corsair and Gigabyte in your entry somehow...

The Corsair case you could have won

Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2013 - 07:21 PM |
Tagged: corsair, Graphite Series 230T, atx

You may recognize the Corsair Graphite Series 230T ATX from the Halloween contest which has yet to be won, Ryan promises to do it soon.  While you wait you can read [H]ard|OCP's review of this case and their thoughts on its construction.  As you can see from the picture below the case can hold GTX 280 cards, it is 505x210x440mm (19.9x8.3x17.3") which gives you quite a bit of space to work with.  It is not often you see a case that costs less than $90 picking up a Silver Award.

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"Corsair has been known for RAM for well over a decade now, but it has become a big player in the computer case market in the last few years. The Corsair Graphite Series 230T ATX case is designed for "fast and straightforward system building, by design." Its list of features is impressive, so let's see how it hold up under pressure."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

Corsair Announces CS Series Modular PC Power Supplies

Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2013 - 01:48 PM |
Tagged: PSU, modular psu, CS-M Series, corsair

Fremont, California — November 7, 2013 — Corsair, the most awarded PC power supply brand in the world1, today announced the new line of CS Series Modular power supplies (PSUs) in 450, 550, 650 and 750 watt models. Designed to be exceptionally energy efficient and simple to install, the new CS Series are the most affordable 80 PLUS Gold certified PSUs in Corsair’s line of high-performance PC components.

The CS Series Modular PSUs are designed to deliver stable, continuous power with 80 PLUS Gold certified power efficiency to minimize energy waste and lower electrical bills. The new PSUs are cooled with a 120mm sleeve bearing fan that runs at low speeds during typical loads, keeping the PSU nearly silent during everyday tasks. The CS Series meet the latest ATX power specifications and are compatible with the latest AMD and Intel processors, with full support for the low-power modes of the latest 4th Generation Intel Core processors.

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The CS Series PSUs feature a semi-modular cable system with the core motherboard power cables (24 pin and 8 pin EPS12V) permanently attached and include modular flat cables that can be attached for powering other devices such as graphics cards, SSDs, hard drives, and fans. The modular design enables users to add just the cables required for their PC, which combined with the black flat cables, creates PCs with reduced cable clutter, a cleaner look, and better airflow.

“The CS Series Modular PSUs deliver 80 Plus Gold efficiency and Corsair quality at Bronze level prices,” said Aaron Neal, Corsair’s global product manager of PSUs. “They are perfect for users that want reliable, energy efficient power for their PCs at a price that won’t break their budget.”

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Pricing, Availability, and Warranty
The CS Series Modular PSUs are available immediately from Corsair's worldwide network of authorized distributors and resellers. They are backed with a limited 3-year warranty and Corsair’s excellent customer service and technical support.

Source: Corsair

Corsair Announces Hydro Series H75 Liquid CPU Cooler

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 24, 2013 - 01:34 PM |
Tagged: liquid cooling system, Hydro Series, H75, corsair

Fremont, California — October 24, 2013 — Corsair, a worldwide designer of high-performance components for the PC hardware market, today announced the Hydro Series H75 dual-fan 120mm liquid CPU cooler. The easy-to-install H75 provides PC users with quieter and more effective cooling than stock CPU coolers, all in a 120mm footprint that is widely compatible with most PC cases on the market. The Hydro Series H75 will be available in November at a suggested retail price of $84.99 (USD).

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The Hydro Series H75 is comprised of a low-profile CPU cooling block connected to a 120mm radiator and fan assembly via kink-resistant rubber tubing. The H75’s new cooling block is designed with a micro-fin copper cold plate and a high-quality, ceramic bearing pump that provides reliable, low-noise heat transfer away from the CPU. The slim 25mm thick radiator is surrounded by dual SP120L PWM 120mm fans resulting in design that is quieter and thinner than other dual fan coolers, and more effective at dispersing heat than single fan designs. The H75’s fans work with PWM motherboard fan headers, allowing users to control the fan speed and noise levels from their motherboard’s built-in software or BIOS.

“The H75 is a great choice for PC enthusiasts who want the streamlined features of our H60 120mm cooler but desire the additional cooling performance of a dual fan design,” said Xavier Lauwaert, Director of Product Marketing at Corsair.

The Hydro Series H75 features a simple, tool-free mounting system and wide Intel and AMD socket compatibility. Like all Hydro Series liquid CPU coolers, the H75 is completely self-contained and does not require filling or maintenance.

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Features and Specifications

  • 120mm aluminum radiator
    • 120mm x 152mm x 25mm
  • Two SP120L PWM 120mm high static pressure fans
    • 120mm x 25mm
    • 2000 RPM (+/- 10%)
    • 54 CFM
    • 31.4 dBA
  • PWM fan control for customizable cooling
  • Support for AMD and Intel CPUs
  • AM2, AM3, FM1, FM2, LGA 1156, 1155, 1150, 1366, 2011
  • Advanced copper cold plate and manifold design
  • Tool-free bracket for simple installation on most Intel and AMD motherboards
  • Sealed all-in-one design, pre-filled and maintenance free
  • 5-year limited warranty

Video Overview of the Hydro Series H75 A video overview the Hydro Series H75 and the installation process can be viewed here:

To learn more about Corsair PC cooling products, please visit: http://www.corsair.com/cpu-cooling-kits/hydro-series-water-cooling-cpu-c...

Source: Corsair

Corsair's RM750 struggles to match the competition

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 19, 2013 - 03:46 PM |
Tagged: rm750, PSU, modular psu, corsair, 80 Plus Gold, 750w

As the picture below makes clear, the Corsair RM750 is a fully modular PSU which lets you pick and choose exactly what cables you want present in your system.  The single 12v rail is rated at 62.5A which should handle two fairly powerful GPUs, there are four 6+2 PCIe power connectors to do so.  This unit is rated 80 Plus Gold and it did live up to that rating in [H]ard|OCP's testing.  Unfortunately the efficiency and silent operation were the only things [H] was impressed by as this unit really struggled in their testing and even those tests where it could manage a passing grade the PSU lagged behind the competition.

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"We have all read about Corsair power supplies and it is quite likely that many [H]'ers have one in their computer case right now. Today we are looking at Corsair's newest RM series power supply rated at 750 watts. The RM is built, "fully modular and optimized for silence and high efficiency." Let's see how it handles our grueling power tests."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

Podcast #273 - Corsair 750D, a XSPC Watercooling Kit, the Steam Controller and more!

Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2013 - 06:35 PM |
Tagged: podcast, video, corsair, halloween, costume, contest, XSPC, watercooling, radiator, steam, SteamOS, Steam Controller

PC Perspective Podcast #273 - 10/17/2013

Join us this week as we discuss the Corsair 750D, a XSPC Watercooling Kit, the Steam Controller and more!

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Hosts: Ryan Shrout, Jeremy Hellstrom, Josh Walrath, and Allyn Malventano

 
Program length: 1:10:56
  1. PC Perspective Halloween Hardware Giveaway - Brought to you by Corsair and Gigabyte

  2. Week in Review:
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      1. Skylake (2015) reportedly not affected
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  6. Closing/outro

 

Corsair Blends Flash and Flexibility in New Graphite Series 230T PC Case

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 15, 2013 - 01:42 PM |
Tagged: corsair, graphite series, 230T

Fremont, California — October 15, 2013 — Corsair®, a worldwide designer of high-perform­­­­­­ance components for the PC hardware market, today announced the new Graphite Series 230T mid-tower PC case. Available in three colors, Battleship Grey, Rebel Orange, and Black, the new case combines dramatic, angular styling and the builder-friendly features, expandability, and flexibility that Corsair cases are known for.

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The Graphite Series 230T case features a sculpted, aggressively styled steel exterior with color coordinated LED intake fans and a tinted side panel window. Inside, the matte black interior has plenty of room for multi-GPU configurations and mass storage with seven expansion slots along with four 2.5”, four 3.5”, and three 5.25” drive bays. The case also includes dual 120mm LED front intake fans and a rear 120mm exhaust fan, and has mounts to add two 120mm or 140mm fans on the top and a 120mm or 140mm fan on the bottom.

The Graphite Series 230T is designed with smart features that make builds and upgrades quick and easy. An innovative cable management system with cable routing cutouts is provided for clean-looking builds and better airflow. A convenient CPU cutout allows for cooling upgrades without removing the motherboard, and tool-free side panels, PCI-E expansion slots, and drive bays eliminate the search for screwdrivers and screws.

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“Our Graphite Series cases are designed to be visually exciting, with a design aesthetic that reflects their superior performance and quality,” said Xavier Lauwaert, Director of Product Marketing at Corsair. “The Graphite Series 230T exemplifies this, making it a great platform for gaming PCs, graphics design workstations, or any application where high performance and high style both matter.”

Graphite Series 230T Specifications

  • Aggressively styled steel panels with a high-airflow polymer front fascia
  • Available in 3 colors with color matched power and HDD activity LEDs
    • Rebel Orange chassis with orange LED fans
    • Battleship Grey chassis with blue LED fans
    • Black chassis with red LED fans
  • Four 2.5”, four 3.5”, and three 5.25” tool-free drive bays
  • Seven tool-free expansion slots for multi-GPU compatibility
  • Front panel with two USB 3.0 ports, headphone and mic ports, and power and reset buttons
  • Three 120mm fans – two front LED intake fans, one standard rear exhaust fan Six fan mount locations
    • Front: two 120mm (included, with LEDs)
    • Rear: one 120mm (included, no LEDs)
    • Top: two 140/120mm
    • Bottom: one 140/120mm
  • Cable routing cutouts in motherboard tray
  • CPU cutout for easy CPU cooler upgrades
  • Thumbscrew side panel
  • Two removable air filters (front intake and under PSU)
  • Support for ATX, Micro ATX, and Mini ITX motherboards
  • Weight and dimensions (L x W x H)
    • Metric (mm): 550 x 210 x 440
    • Imperial (inches): 21.7 x 8.2 x 17.3
  • Weight
    • Metric (kg): 6.16 kg
    • Imperial (pounds): 13.6 lbs

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Pricing, Availability, and Warranty
The Graphite Series 230T has a suggested retail price of $79.99 USD and is available now from Corsair's worldwide network of authorized distributors and resellers. The case is backed by a two year warranty and Corsair’s excellent customer service and technical support.

Source: Corsair