Manufacturer: Corsair

Introduction and Features

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Corsair offers a full line of high quality power supplies, memory components, cases, cooling components, SSDs and accessories to the PC market.  Corsair's new RM Series includes six models; the RM450, RM550, RM650, RM750, RM850 and RM1000.  All of the power supplies in the RM Series feature all-modular cables, an energy-efficient design (80 Plus Gold certified) and quiet operation thanks to their ability to run without a cooling fun up to 40% load. The RM Series offers many of the same features as the Corsair HX Series (fanless operation, Gold level efficiency, fully-modular cables) but are a little less expensive. And all RM Series power supplies are Corsair Link ready, which means you can monitor the PSU fan speed and +12V output right from your desktop if you have a Corsair Link system set up on your PC. Previously the Corsair Link option was only available on Corsair’s premium AX Series Digital power supplies.

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Here is what Corsair has to say about their RM550 PSU we will be looking at in this review: “The Corsair RM550 is fully modular and optimized for silence and high efficiency. It’s built with low-noise capacitors and transformers, and Zero RPM Fan Mode ensures that the fan doesn’t even spin until the power supply is under heavy load. And with a fan that’s custom-designed for low noise operation, it’s whisper-quiet even when it’s pushed hard.

80Plus Gold rated efficiency saves you money on your power bill, and the low-profile black cables are fully modular, so you can enjoy fast, neat builds. And, like all Corsair power supplies, the RM550 is built with high-quality components and is guaranteed to deliver clean, stable, continuous power. Want even more? Connect it to your Corsair Link system (available separately) and you can even monitor fan speed and +12V current directly from your desktop.

Corsair RM550 PSU Key Features:

• Silent, fan-less operation up to 40% load
• 80Plus Gold certified, delivering over 92% efficiency under real world loads
• Fully modular, low-profile flat cables help maximize case airflow
• Corsair Link ready!
• High-quality capacitors provide uncompromised performance and reliability
• Active PFC and Universal AC input (100-240 VAC)
• Safety: FCC, ICES, CE, C TUV US, RCM, TUV, CB, CCC, BSMI, GOST, ROHS, WEEE, KC, TUV-S
• 5-Year warranty and lifetime access to tech support and customer service

Please continue reading our Corsair RM550 power supply review!!!

Manufacturer: Corsair

Introduction and Features

Corsair’s Carbide Series currently includes eight models in different sizes, shapes, and colors (mostly black but the 500R is available in white) which includes the 200R, 300R, 330R, 400R, 500R, and the Air-540 High Airflow Cube case.

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In this review we are going to take a detailed look at Corsair’s Carbide Series 330R quiet mid-tower case. The 330R incorporates superior sound absorption material for quiet operation, numerous cooling options, and support for multiple, extended length VGA cards.  The 330R enclosure features a full length, hinged front door and comes with one 140mm intake fan in the front and one 120mm exhaust fan on the back with five optional fan mounting locations along with support for liquid cooling radiators.

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(Courtesy of Corsair)

Here is what Corsair has to say about their Carbide Series enclosures: “Corsair Carbide Series® mid-tower PC cases have the high-end features you need, and nothing you don’t. Designed to be the foundation of awesome yet approachable gaming PCs, they combine the latest technology and ergonomic innovations with lots of room to build and expand, and amazing cooling potential!

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(Courtesy of Corsair)

Carbide 330R Quiet Mid-Tower Case Key Features:
• Supports E-ATX, ATX, Micro ATX and Mini ATX motherboards
• Extensive noise dampening material on the front door, side panels, and top panel to quiet noisy internal components
• Hinged front door is reversible, with angled air intakes to reflect internal noise away from the user
• Direct airflow to components – the front 140mm fan is unrestricted by hard drive cages and protected by a low-restriction dust filter
• Removable top panel, with top fan mounts pre-drilled for 240mm or 280mm fans and/or liquid cooling radiators
• Excellent cooling and low noise levels with up to five separate fan mounting locations
  o   Front: 140mm fan included (upgradable to dual 120mm or 140mm)
  o   Top: Dual 120mm or 140mm
  o   Rear: 120mm fan included
• USB 3.0 on front panel with internal motherboard connectors
• Four 3.5” / 2.5” hard drive bays with full SSD compatibility
• Three 5.25” front exposed drive bays
• Tool-free installation of 5.25” and 3.5” drives
• Up to 450mm (17.6”) of space for long graphics cards
• Up to 160mm (6.3”) of space for CPU coolers
• Cable routing cutouts to keep cables out of the airflow path

Please continue reading the Corsair 330R Quiet case review!!!

Corsair Announces High-Capacity, High-Peformance USB 3.0 Flash Drives

Subject: Storage, Mobile | September 3, 2013 - 05:18 PM |
Tagged: usb 3.0, flash drive, corsair

FREMONT, California — September 3, 2013 — Corsair®, worldwide designer of high-perform­­­­­­ance components to the PC hardware market, today announced the immediate availability of three new USB 3.0 flash drive models—Flash Voyager GS, Flash Voyager Mini, and Flash Voyager LS.

Flash Voyager GS

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The Flash Voyager GS are large-capacity, high performance USB 3.0 flash drives housed in sleek, scratch-resistant brushed metal enclosures. Available in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB capacities, the drives take full advantage of high-speed USB 3.0 interfaces reaching speeds of up to 285MB per second read and 180MB per second write, while providing full USB 2.0 backward compatibility for older systems. Their brushed metal housings resist scratches and fingerprints and can be attached to a key ring. Like all Corsair flash drives, they are compatible with Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, with no driver installation necessary.

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Flash Voyager Mini USB 3.0

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The Flash Voyager Mini USB 3.0 are tiny USB flash drives with full-size USB 3.0 performance. Their USB 3.0 interfaces allow for file transfer speeds that are dramatically faster than USB 2.0. For maximum compatibility, the drives fully support USB 2.0. At just 1.25” (32mm) long and equipped with a detachable key ring loop, the Flash Voyager Mini USB 3.0 drives are convenient and easy to take everywhere. The drives are housed in a slim, stylish, and durable brushed metal housing that protects data and resists wear and tear.

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Flash Voyager LS

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The Flash Voyager LS are high-performance USB 3.0 flash drives with a premium retracting design that protects their USB connectors and eliminates the need for a protective cap. They are small enough to attach to a key ring, and are fully backward compatible with USB 2.0. Their attractive brushed metal design resists scratching and fingerprints. They drives are available in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB capacities.

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Source: Corsair

Corsair Launches New PC Gaming Peripherals

Subject: General Tech | September 1, 2013 - 09:12 PM |
Tagged: corsair, raptor gaming, gaming keyboard, mm200, mm400, pax prime

In addition to new headsets, Corsair launched a new Raptor K30 gaming keyboard and two new mouse pads: the MM200 and MM400. The new peripherals will be available in September.

The Raptor K30 is a RED LED backlit gaming keyboard with rubber dome keys and anti-ghosting circuitry. The keyboard has six programmable macro keys, multimedia playback controls, and a full QWERTY with separate number pad layout. The K30 further has a Windows lock key to prevent accidental key presses which would take you out of a full screen game.

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Corsair's Raptor K30 will be available in September for $59.99.

The Corsair MM200 and MM400 are two new mouse mats for enthusiasts running either optical or laser gaming mice. The MM200 is the larger of the two, at 930mm x 300mm (approximately 37” x 12”). It reportedly has a microtexture surface optimized to allow mice to easily glide across the mat. It has a non-slip rubber base to keep the mat in place.

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The MM200 mouse mat has an MSRP of $34.99 and will be available in September.

The Corsair MM400 is a 310mm x 235mm (~12" x 9") mouse mat with a low friction polymer surface and rubber base. Corsair stated in a press release that the reflective surface has been tweaked to work well with gaming mice.

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User will be able to purchase the MM400 in September for around $19.99 (MSRP).

PAX Prime attendees can check out the new gaming gear at the Corsair booth #1246 at the show in Seattle, WA.

Source: Corsair

Corsair Launches New Vengeance and Raptor Series Gaming Headsets at Pax Prime

Subject: General Tech | September 1, 2013 - 02:00 AM |
Tagged: vengeance 1500 v2, vengeance 1400 vengeance 2100, vengeance, gaming headset, dolby 7.1, corsair

Corsair launched five new gaming headsets at PAX Prime this week in Seattle. The new headset lineup includes three Vengeance and two Raptor series headsets. Specifically, Corsair is launching the Vengeance 2100, Vengeance 1500 v2 (updated model), Vengeance 1400, Raptor HS40, and Raptor HS30. All of the new Corsair gaming cans will be available in September.

The new Vengeance series headsets are updates to the existing 2000, 1500, and 1300. The new Vengeance 2100 is the top-end model with wireless connectivity on the 2.4GHz band, Dolby 7.1 surround sound over new 50mm drivers, a noise cancelling microphone, microfiber covered memory foam over-the-ear padded ear cups and a padded headband. It has a rated battery life of 10 hours and wireless range of 40 feet.

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The Corsair Vengeance 2100 Headset, the new series flagship.

The Vengeance 2100 will be available in September for $149.99.

Similarly, the Corsair Vengeance 1500 v2 is an updated model of the existing Vengeance 1500 that I reviewed extensively back in July of last year. This new headset is essentially the wired version of the Vengeance 2100. It includes padded headband and circumaural ear cups, 50mm drives, Dolby 7.1 virtual surround sound support, and connects over USB using a braided cloth-wrapped cable with inline remote.

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The update to the Vengeance 1500: The Vengeance 1500 v2.

The wired USB Vengeance 1500 v2 has an MSRP of $99.99 and will be available in September.

The final addition to the Vengeance lineup is the Vengeance 1400. The successor to the Vengeance 1300, the 1400 gaming headset is an analog model with 50mm drivers, padded headband and microfiber covered around-the-ear ear cups, a noise cancelling microphone, and a long cloth-covered braided cable with inline remote. The Vengeance 1400 is stated to be an improvement over the 1300, and if so that should mean that the Vengeance 1400 delivers good stereo sound for the price when paired with a dedicated sound card.

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The new, and only, analog Vengeance series headset from the new lineup.

Like the other upcoming headsets, it will be available in September with an MSRP of $89.99. (The price difference between the 1500 v2 and 1400 is interesting as it is much tighter than the previous generation had.)

In addition to the Vengeance series, Corsair also has its Raptor gaming series and it is launching two new headsets under that brand. The Raptor HS40 delivers 7.1 virtual surround sound via two 40mm Neodynmium drivers inside padded closed circumaural ear cups. It features a wired USB connection and noise cancelling microphone.

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The new Raptor HS40 gaming headset.

You miss out on some of the extra features and materials of the Vengeance series, but it is cheaper as a result at $59.99 MSRP in September.

The Raptor HS30 is the analog, well, analog to the digital HS40 and similar in spec differences to the Vengeance 1400/1500. The gaming headset has two 40mm Neodymium drivers for stereo sound. Padded circumaural ear cups block out outside noise and deliver strong sound. The headset comes with a microphone, and the headset and mic connect via two standard 3.5mm analog audio connectors.

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The Raptor HS30, the new entry-level, analog, gaming headset option from Corsair.

The Raptor HS30 is a mere $49.99 and will be available for purchase in September.

You can find more information on all of these new headsets on the Corsair website by navigating to Products > Gaming > Gaming Headsets from the top nav bar (or the link above) and selecting the respective series (Vengeance or Raptor) and specific model you are interested in.

(My personal thoughts and opinions below:)

Granted, I have not tested these headsets personally, but in all it looks like Corsair has a nice lineup of updated audio products to show off at PAX Prime this year. If you are in the area, you should try to check them out at the Corsair booth (booth #1246). If the Vengeance 1500 and 1300 of last year are any indication, the new headsets should be solidly built and offer decent sound quality for the money--I look forward to seeing reviews and discovering what tweaks the company has made to improve upon last year’s models.

Also, from the photos, I find it aesthetically interesting that Corsair eschewed the brushed aluminum look of the old 1500 in favor of making the 1500 v2 look more like the all black plastic 1400 and 1300 headsets. On the other hand, the blue colored ear cups are a welcome tweak!

Source: Corsair

Podcast #266 - Corsair Air 540 Case, MSI GTX 780 Lightning, hUMA in the PS4, and more!

Subject: General Tech | August 29, 2013 - 02:45 PM |
Tagged: xbox one, video, ps4, podcast, msi, hUMA, hsa, gtx 780, corsair, case, amd, air 540, 780 lightning

PC Perspective Podcast #266 - 08/29/2013

Join us this week as we discuss the Corsair Air 540 Case, MSI GTX 780 Lightning, hUMA in the PS4, and more!

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Program length: 1:12:24

  1. Week in Review:
  2. News items of interest:
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    1. Allyn: Samsung 840 EVO pricing was definitely not kidding!
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Manufacturer: Corsair

A unique enthusiast chassis

The Corsair Carbide Air 540 is a very unique case.  It fits a full size ATX motherboard and up to four dual-slot graphics cards but it's shorter than you might expect thanks to a design choice that splits the active components from the mostly passive ones.  The result is a case that is more square than rectangular yet still combines the charm of Corsair designs with the performance enthusiasts want.

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For the best view of the case check out the video review below and then continue on for some additional photos and commentary.

Divided into two side by side compartments, the Air 540 has a unique front style merging a mesh look on the left with matte black paint on the right.

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The right hand side includes two 5.25-in optical drive bays turned 90 degrees to fit in the smaller right hand compartment.  Honestly, I am looking forward to the day that a case vendor is gutsy enough to leave off optical bays completely in an enthusiast design as I just think they take away from the overall appeal and looks.

Continue reading our review of the Corsair Carbide Air 540 Case!!

Corsair Launches Force LS Line Of Budget SSDs

Subject: Storage | August 22, 2013 - 01:11 AM |
Tagged: corsair, force ls, ssd, phison, toshiba mlc

Corsair has launched a new line of budget solid state drives (SSDs) under the Force LS branding. The new SSDs come in up to 240GB capacities, and despite being budget drives, still manage to max out the SATA III 6Gbps interface.

The new Force LS SSDs use 19nm Toshiba MLC NAND flash and a Phison SSD controller. Traditionally, Corsair has used LSI SandForce controllers in its Force and Force GT solid state drives. The Force LS line includes 60GB, 120GB, and 240GB SSDs. The drives are 7mm thick 2.5” form factor drives.

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As far as performance, the drives support sequential write speeds of 535 MB/s and sequential read speeds of 555 MB/s. Information on IOPS have not been released, but expect it to be lower than the existing Force drives due to their budget nature.

There is no word on specific availability date(s), but the new Force LS drives will be priced at $70 for the 60GB, $110 for the 120GB, and $200 for the 240GB. At the top end, the drives are approximately 83 cents per Gigabyte ($0.83/GB). All Force LS drives come with three year warranties.

Source: Maximum PC

Podcast #264 - Corsair Voyager Air, AMD Never Settle Forever, Ivy Bridge-E Rumors and more!

Subject: General Tech | August 15, 2013 - 02:04 PM |
Tagged: Voyager Air, video, podcast, never settle forever, Ivy Bridge-E, corsair, amd

PC Perspective Podcast #264 - 08/15/2013

Join us this week as we discuss the Corsair Voyager Air, AMD Never Settle Forever, Ivy Bridge-E Rumors and more!

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Program length: 1:20:45

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Subject: Storage, Mobile
Manufacturer: Corsair

500GB on the go

Corsair seems to have its fingers in just about everything these days so why not mobile storage, right?  The Voyager Air a multi-function device that Corsair calls as "portable wireless drive, home network drive, USB drive, and wireless hub."  This battery powered device is meant to act as a mobile hard drive for users that need more storage on the go including PCs and Macs as well as iOS and Android users. 

The Voyager Air can also act as a basic home NAS device with a Gigabit Ethernet connection on board for all the computers on your local network. And if you happen to have DLNA ready Blu-ray players or TVs nearby, they can access the video and audio stored on the Voyager Air as well.

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Available in either red or black, with 500GB and 1TB capacities, the Voyager Air is slim and sleek, meant to be seen not hidden in a closet. 

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The front holds the power switch and WiFi on/off switch as well as back-lit icons to check for power, battery life and connection status. 

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Continue reading our review of the Corsair Voyager Air 500GB Wireless USB 3.0 HDD!!