Subject: General Tech | April 21, 2016 - 05:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: RapidFire, K70 RGB, K70, K65 RGB, corsair, Cherry MX Speed, cherry
Corsair announced three new keyboards, the K70 RGB RAPIDFIRE, K65 RGB RAPIDFIRE and K70 RAPIDFIRE all of which use Cherry's new MX Speed switches which have an actuation distance of 1.2 millimeters and and activation force of 45 cN(centinewtons, or 45.887229584 gram force).
All three keyboards have a brushed aluminium shell, the two RGB models are capable of producing almost any colour on the spectrum with the remaining model featuring red backlighting. All three are compatible with CUE LINK, you can synchronize the LEDs of your Corsair keyboard, mouse and headset to compliment each other and perhaps as a distraction tactic during LAN parties. 100% Anti-ghosting and full key rollover over USB mean even in the heat of battle your death will not be caused by a keypress not registering. Touch typists should also enjoy benefits when using the new keyboards, a light touch is all that is required for the keyboard to register a character, though the tiny amount of travel required may take some getting used to. Many will be please to note that these keyboards do ship with a wrist rest.
They are available as of today, MSRPs are $169.99 for the K70 RGB RAPIDFIRE, $139.99 for the K65 RGB RAPIDFIRE and $129.99 for the K70 RAPIDFIRE.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 8, 2016 - 03:09 PM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: mid-tower, enclosure, corsair, case, Carbide SPEC-ALPHA, atx case
Corsair has officially released the Carbide SPEC-ALPHA case they were showing off at CES 2016, and this mid-tower is a striking design that offers an alternative to more traditional look of the company's recent Carbide offerings.
The White/Red SPEC-ALPHA at CES
"With its modern, angular appearance, the SPEC-ALPHA really stands out in a crowd. But its looks aren’t all that are modern – the SPEC-ALPHA features native USB 3.0 support, room for up to four SSDs, and a three-speed fan controller for the three included 120mm fans. A large window shows off internal components and the Direct Airflow Path layout, which provides superior cooling by getting rid of unnecessary drive bays."
The inclusion of a 3-speed fan control is definately welcome at this price, which is an attractive $79.99 MSRP. We'll have to wait until we get one in to test to see how it performs, but at first glance it looks promising. Doubtless the look won't be for everyone, but if you look at a lot of enclosures (like someone I know) unusual designs are always welcome!
Inside the Black/Red version
Technical specifications from Corsair:
- Expansion Slots: 7
- 5.25” Drive bays: N/A
- 3.5” Hard Drive Bays: 3
- 2.5” Drive Bays: 4
- Cooling Layout:
- Front: 2 x 120mm (2 x 120mm LED included)
- Top: 2 x 120mm
- Rear: 1 x 120mm (included)
- Radiator Compatibility:
- 240mm: Front only
- 120mm: Front, or Rear
- Integrated dust filters for front and bottom intakes
- Front I/O Panel includes:
- USB 3.0 port (x2)
- Three-Speed Fan Controller
- Headphone and Microphone jacks
- Power on and Reset buttons
- Dimensions (LxWxH) 518 x 220 x 474 mm (20.39 x 8.66 x 18.66 inches)
- Maximum GPU Length: 380 mm
- Maximum CPU Cooler Height: 156 mm
- Maximum PSU Length: 190 mm
- 2 Year Warranty
(Image credit: Corsair)
As stated above the Carbide SPEC-ALPHA retails for $79.99 and is available now.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 8, 2016 - 02:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Warranty, PSU, corsair
If you are using a Corsair AXi, HXi, RMi Series or RMx Series PSU they have some great news for you today. The 7 year warranty that you used to have has now been increased to a full decade of protection against product defects the in materials or workmanship. It still won't help you if a snake decides to make a home in your PSU but for any failures caused because of design problems will be covered. You can see the full details of the warranty over at Corsair's site.
Subject: General Tech | March 10, 2016 - 05:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: audio, corsair, VOID Surround, 7.1
The new VOID Surround from Corsair sits between the Void Stereo and Void USB in price, but has some features which might make it more appealing to a wider crowd. It ships with both a four-pole 3.5-mm jack for mobile devices, consoles and PCs as well as a Dolby Headphone USB adapter for which supports Dolby 7.1 virtual surround. The mute button and volume wheel are on the left side of the headset as opposed to being on the cord which is a handy design, although it does make confirming you are muted a bit difficult. The Tech Report tried it out and found it usable, albeit they were not overly fond of the microphone or the virtual Dolby 7.1 implementation. Check out the full review before you decide if you like this headset or not.
"Corsair's Void Surround headset promises universal device compatibility and surround-sound immersion, thanks to an included Dolby 7.1 USB dongle that works with Corsair's CUE software to do its thing. We put the Surround to the test with games and music to see whether it offers a more immersive experience than the average stereo headset."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Corsair Void Surround Gaming Headset Review @ Neoseeker
- Corsair Void Surround Gaming Headset @ Benchmark Reviews
- MP4Nation Brainwavz HM5 Headphones @ techPowerUp
- G.Skill Ripjaws SV710 7.1 @ Kitguru
- Edifier H850 Hi-Fi Headphone Review @ NikKTech
- IOGear Kaliber Gaming Saga Surround Sound Gaming Headphones Review @ OCC
- GAMDIAS EROS ELITE EQ Headset @ Benchmark Reviews
- Monster Adistar Adidas Bluetooth Headphones @ TechwareLabs
- Monster 24K Bluetooth Superstar Backfloat Review @ TechwareLabs
Podcast #390 - ASUS Z170 Sabertooth Mk1, Corsair Carbide 400C, more about Windows Store Games, and more!
Subject: General Tech | March 10, 2016 - 02:10 PM | Ken Addison
Tagged: podcast, video, asus, z170 sabertooth, corsair, carbide 400c, Windows Store, uwp, dx12, amd, nvidia, directflip, 16.3, 364.47, 364.51, SFX, Seagate, OCP, NVMe
PC Perspective Podcast #390 - 03/10/2016
Join us this week as we discuss the ASUS Z170 Sabertooth Mk1, Corsair Carbide 400C, more about Windows Store Games, and more!
The URL for the podcast is: http://pcper.com/podcast - Share with your friends!
- iTunes - Subscribe to the podcast directly through the Store (audio only)
- RSS - Subscribe through your regular RSS reader (audio only)
- MP3 - Direct download link to the MP3 file
Hosts: Ryan Shrout, Jeremy Hellstrom, Josh Walrath, and Allyn Malventano
Program length: 1:12:32
Week in Review:
News items of interest:
Hardware/Software Picks of the Week
Ryan: Windows 10 Domain Networking and Shares
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 8, 2016 - 11:06 AM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: small form-factor, SFX, SFF, SF600, SF450, PSU, power supply, corsair
Corsair has released their first SFX form-factor power supplies today, with the SF450 and SF600. Both are fully modular designs, and offer high-quality components as well as an 80 Plus Gold certification.
The Corsair SF600 SFX power supply
The power output for these PSUs are indicated by the naming, with the SF450 outputting up to 450W, and the SF600 up to 600W. These power supplies both feature "Zero RPM Fan Mode", which allows them to run without the fan during less strenuous loads, and all capacitors are Japanese made, and rated for up to 105 °C operation.
Here are the specifications and features from Corsair:
- SFX Form Factor: Designed for high performance small form factor systems.
- 80 PLUS Gold certified: High-efficiency operation for less excess heat and lower operating costs.
- Fully modular cable set: Detachable DC cables make builds and upgrades easy, with clean, great-looking results.
- 100% All Japanese 105°C capacitors: Premium internal components ensure solid power delivery and long term reliability.
- Zero RPM Fan Mode: Virtually silent operation at low and medium loads.
- Seven year warranty: Your guarantee of reliable operation that will last across multiple system builds.
- MSRP: SF600 $119.99, SF450 $89.99
The SF600 pictured with its flat, ribbon style cables
Pricing is listed at $89.99 for the 450W version, and $119.99 for the 600W version. As to availability, the companty states that the SF450 and SF600 are "available immediately worldwide from Corsair’s worldwide network of authorized retailers and distributors".
Subject: General Tech | February 23, 2016 - 12:00 PM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: wireless headset, VOID Wireless, VOID Surround, RGB, gaming headset, gaming headphones, Corsair VOID, corsair, 7.1 headset, 7.1 channel
Corsair has released a pair of gaming headsets in their VOID lineup, with the new VOID Surround Hybrid and a white version of the VOID Wireless RGB.
The VOID Surround Hybrid Gaming Headset
"The VOID Surround Hybrid Stereo Gaming Headset brings Corsair’s most advanced gaming headset to the widest range of devices yet. VOID Surround’s mobile-compatible 3.5mm connector offers instant connectivity to virtually any audio source, as well as full headset capability with Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One (requires Xbox One Wireless Controller with a 3.5mm port or Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter)."
With the addition of a 3.5 mm analog input the Hybrid version of the VOID Surround can be used with virtually any device, though to experience surround effects the headset still needs to be connected via USB.
"For connection to a PC, VOID Surround includes a USB 7.1 Dolby headphone adapter, unlocking genuine Dolby Surround for deadly accurate positional audio, as well as a fully customizable EQ in the Corsair CUE (Corsair Utility Engine) software."
The new white version of the VOID Wireless RGB headset
The new VOID Wireless RGB headset released is simply a new white color, so specs and features remain constant from the previous options. As to pricing, MSRPs for these headsets are $79.99 for the VOID Surround Hybrid, and $129.99 for the VOID Wireless RGB, making them more affordable than some of the competition at the high end of the market.
Here are the features and specs for both headsets from Corsair:
VOID Surround Gaming Headset Specifications
- Genuine Dolby Headphone: Treat yourself to 7.1 channels of accurate and immersive surround
- Universal Compatibility: The mobile-compatible connector works with PlayStation 4, Xbox One and mobile devices. The included USB Dolby 7.1 sound card unlocks genuine Dolby Surround for PC.
- Embark on Marathon Gaming Sessions: Microfiber-wrapped memory foam ear pads enable extended play.
- Unlock Legendary Audio: Oversized 50mm neodymium drivers bring the action to life with brilliant range and precision.
- Crystal Clear Voice Communication: The noise-canceling microphone on the VOID headset puts your voice in the spotlight—and nothing else
- Microfiber/Memory Foam Earpads: Play in comfort for hours… and hours
VOID Wireless Dolby 7.1 RGB Gaming Headset – (White) Specifications
- Legendary Audio, Zero Hassle: 2.4GHz wireless freedom up to 40 ft. + 16 hours of uninterrupted gaming
- Epic Immersion and True Multi-Channel Audio: Genuine Dolby Headphone surround delivers lethally accurate 7.1 positional audio
- RGB Lighting: Sync with other Corsair RGB devices—or light your own path
- CUE Control: Instantly re-spec your gaming audio—EQ, Dolby and volume—with a single digital control.
- InfoMic: Everything you need to know about your audio status—instantly.
- Unlock Legendary Audio: Oversized 50mm neodymium drivers bring the action to life with brilliant range and precision
- Microfiber/Memory Foam Earpads: Play in comfort for hours… and hours
- Take Command: The advanced unidirectional noise-cancelling microphone makes you loud and clear
Corsair is also announcing a new feature for their Corsair Utility Engine software, called "VOID Visualizer":
"Combining a digital Corsair VOID headset (VOID Wireless, USB or Surround) with any RGB-enabled keyboard (such as the K70 RGB or Strafe RGB) enables gamers to unleash a stunning multi-color graphic equalizer on their keyboard, turning it into a real-time display of the active audio or microphone signal. Compatible with VOID Surround, VOID RGB Wireless and VOID RGB USB headsets, VOID Visualizer can be enabled with just a few clicks in the Corsair Utility Engine."
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 19, 2016 - 02:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: inverted motherboard, enclosure, corsair, Carbide 600C
A few weeks ago Sebastian published a review of Corsair's Carbide Series 600Q and today you can take a peek at its brother, the Carbide 600C. The 600C differs in that it lacks the full noise shielding foam and has a hinged, latching side-panel, with a large window to show off your components. It is 454x260x535mm (17.9x10.2x21") and so can handle even an eATX motherboard. The inclusion of two 5.25" bays will please some but the sparse number of 3.5" bays is not likely to impress anyone who uses multiple drives. There are many pluses for those who like a clean interior and the three fans and fan controller which come with the case is a nice touch. Read more over at techPowerUp.
"The Corsair Carbide 600C comes with an inverted motherboard layout and aims to offer a perfect mix for those looking to take advantage of such an interior with a wide body, plenty of liquid-cooling compatibility, a 3-stage fan controller, and great cable management."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Corsair Carbide 400C Case Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Thermalright Le Grand Macho Passive CPU Cooler @ NikKTech
- Deepcool Dukase Midi Tower Review @ NikKTech
- EKWB EK-XLC Predator 360 All-In-One CPU Liquid Cooling Unit @ Modders-Inc
- CRYORIG A80 Hybrid Liquid Cooling System Review @ NikKTech
- Cryorig H5 Universal CPU cooler @ HardwareOverclock.com
- Thermalright Le Grand Macho Passive CPU Cooler Review @ NikKTech
Subject: Memory | February 1, 2016 - 05:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: ddr4-4000, corsair, Corsair Vengeance LPX
That is no typo, the 8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX kit which Hardware Canucks just reviewed is indeed 4000MHz effective at timings of 19-23-23-45. The small size of the dual channel kit helps keep the MSRP to $225, affordable for what it is and not removing the purchase of a second kit from the realms of possibility. However the question of performance remains, does a DDR4-4000 kit provide noticeable performance improvements or is it simply good for bragging rights for those few with a motherboard that can support it? The results vary, especially when looking at memory timings and CPU overclocks compatible with the memory frequency however it was also clear that this memory could probably go faster ... if you had components that were capable of reaching those frequencies.
"The Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-4000 is one of the fastest, highest performance memory kits around but with a capacity of just 8GB, will it be enough for today's applications? "
Here are some more Memory articles from around the web:
Subject: Memory | January 31, 2016 - 10:00 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: Vengeance LPX, ddr4, corsair
Earlier this month Corsair released new DDR4 memory kits under its Vengeance LPX brand. The kits come in 32 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB capacities and come bundled with a 40mm "Vengeance Airflow" RAM cooler.
At the top end, the 128 GB kit comes with eight 16 GB modules clocked at 3,000 MHz and with CAS latencies of 16-18-18-36. At stock speeds it is running at 1.35 volts. Stepping down to the lower capacities gets you faster DIMMs. Corsair has the 64 GB (4 x 16 GB) kit clocked at 3,333 MHz and runs at the same voltage and CAS latencies. The 64 GB kit does come with either black or red heat spreaders as well. Lastly, the 4 x 8 GB (32 GB) Vengeance LPX kit runs off of the same 1.35 volts but is clocked at 3,600 MHz (16-19-19-39 rated latencies). It also comes in black and red SKUs.
The memory kits are available now and are currently priced a bit below their MSRPs at Newegg. The 32 GB kit is $340 and the 64 GB kit is $526. Finally, the 3,000 MHz 128 GB kit will set you back $982. These prices seem more competitive than the last time I looked at DDR4, and there certainly does seem tot be some room for overclocking (especially on that 128 GB kit) so long as the motherboard can handle it!