Back in September 2009, we reviewed Corsair’s H50 all-in-one liquid cooler and awarded it a 9 verdict and a Kick Ass award for its cooling prowess, which put it roughly on par with our then-champion air cooler, the Thermalright U-120 Extreme. But times change and the competition eventually caught up. Corsair apparently hasn’t been asleep, though. The company’s new H70 ups the ante in all-in-one liquid coolers.
The Corsair H70, like the H50 before it, was designed in conjunction with Asetek, the all-in-one liquid-cooling OEM. For the H70, the team nearly doubled the thickness of the 12cm radiator, added a second 12cm fan for the coveted push/pull airflow, and slimmed down the pump/heat-exchange unit that rests on the CPU. The H70 also shipped with a pair of voltage-regulator cables, one for each fan, in an effort to reduce noise. Like others of its ilk, the H70’s fans and radiator mount in place of your case’s 12cm rear exhaust fan, although Corsair recommends you mount the H70’s fans as exhaust rather than intake (as with the H50).
Corsair's Hydro Series H50 closed-loop CPU cooler impressed us enough to score a 9/Kick Ass verdict last year and made it onto our Best of the Best list, and according to Corsair, its new H70 model blows it out of the water, so to speak.
"Thanks to the H70, you no longer need a fin array the size of a small shoebox to cool aggressively overclocked CPUs," stated John Beekley, VP of Technical marketing at Corsair. "The H70 stands toe-to-toe with any CPU cooler on the market, and does it with less noise, easier installation, and support for nearly every ATX-compatible case."
Corsair said the new H70 includes several upgrades over the H50, such as a double-thickness (50mm) radiator with higher heat-exchanging capacity, a more capable pump/cold plate unit, and a pair of 120mm speed-switchable fans.
The H70 is available now, though not a ton of online retailers have the item listed yet. Street price looks to be around $110.
We're starting to see a shift in how high performance SSDs are marketed. We all know that these NAND flash-based drives are ridiculously fast, but they're also ultra-pricey, which relegates them to the enthusiast market. So how do you go about plucking dollars from the wallets of mainstream users? Drop the capacity and bill these speed demons as boot drives, that's how.
Corsair got the memo on how to market SSDs to mainstream consumers, and so the company went and added a trio of new capacities to its existing Force Series SSD line. Already available in 60GB, 100GB, 120GB, 200GB, and 240GB flavors, potential buyers now have access to 40GB, 80GB, and 160GB models, with Corsair billing the 40GB unit as being "perfect for a Windows 7 boot drive."
"In our testing in the Corsair Lab, we found that the new Force Series 40GB SSD outperform competitive SSDs from Intel and Kingston by a wide margin," said John Beekley, Vice President of Technical Marketing at Corsair. "With SandForce's unique DuraWrite architecture, there is almost no performance penalty when reducing the capacity of the drive."
According to Corsair's in-house ATTO Bench32 testing, the F40 pulls in 282.6MB/s maximum reads and 270.1MB/s maximum sequential writes. Both the F80 and F160 benched 285.6MB/s maximum reads, while turning in 276.7MB/s (F80) and 275.9MB/s (F160) maximum write speeds.
These new capacities will start shipping in August for $130 (F40), $230 (F80), and $450 (F160).
Man, we are all about SandForce these days. The controller company burst out of stealth mode early this year, and proceeded to rock our socks with every drive that uses its SF-1200 firmware. The Corsair Force F100, like all drives of its ilk, relies on commodity NAND and the rock-solid SandForce SF-1200 controller, which eschews DRAM cache entirely in favor of not sucking. And though it doesn’t reach the unprecedented reads and writes offered by the OCZ Vertex 2 and its custom firmware, the Force F100 performs on par with the next best drives out there, which all happen to be SandForce-powered.
Well what do you know, memory makers haven't forgotten about the RAM market after all. In the midst of all the hoopla surrounding SSDs, Corsair has tapped into its roots and released a high-end memory kit -- Dominator GTX6 DDR3 -- with significant overclocking potential.
The new Dominator GTX6 DDR3 sticks come rated at 2625MHz individually, the fastest memory yet from Corsair's camp. Impressive as that is, there's still room for hardcore overclockers to coax even more out of these sticks. During a round of in-house testing, Corsair says it managed to push the memory to 2976MHz using a CPU cooled with liquid nitrogen on a Gigabyte P55A-UD5 motherboard.
"What can I say, except these modules are fast. Really fast," stated John Beekley, Vice President of Technical Marketing at Corsair. "While not really designed for day to day use, these modules make superb weapons for your overclocking arsenal."
Corsair on Monday announced it had discovered a security issue affecting its Flash Padlock 2 USB thumb drive that could expose your data. If you own one of these drives, Corsair says you can correct the issue by following these steps (be sure to back up your data first):
Drive must be in a LOCKED state. If the drive is plugged into a system, remove it.
Press and hold the KEY button and the 0/1 button down, simultaneously, for five or more seconds.
Release the KEY and 0/1 buttons. Note that at this stage your password MAY have been erased, but data will still exist on the drive.
Wait until any LEDs are no longer illuminated or blinking.
Press and hold the KEY button for three seconds. Both red and green LEDs will illuminate.
Enter a new PIN using the PIN keys. A user PIN may be 4 to 10 digits long; for security, Corsair recommends 6 digits or more.
Press and release the KEY button. Both red and green LEDs will blink in unison.
Re-enter your PIN to confirm.
Press and release the KEY button. Green LED will flash, indicating your PIN has been accepted.
Your drive is now secure.
Corsair didn't say exactly why all this is necessary or whether the issue affects only certain batches of Flash Padlock 2 drives, or all of them.
If you’ve been paying attention at all to case reviews lately, Corsair’s 700D should look familiar. That’s because it’s a slightly stripped-down version of the 800D, Corsair’s debut chassis (reviewed March 2010). We awarded the 800D 9 out of 10 points and a Kick Ass award, lauding its roominess, features, and design. The 700D only differs from the 800D in two respects: Its side panel has no window, and the 800D’s hot-swap SATA bays have been replaced with four HDD trays.
Like its predecessor, the 700D is huge—24 inches high, 24 inches deep, and 9 inches wide—and painted in a matte powder-black inside and out, except for the brushed-aluminum faceplate. It has five toolless 5.25-inch bays and six hard drive bays with slide-out trays, which can accommodate 3.5-inch hard drives without the use of screws, or 2.5-inch drives with screws. Two of the hard drive bays are in the case’s lowest compartment. The 800D had two 3.5-inch bays there too, but they were less accessible and did not feature slide-out trays. The remaining four hard drive bays take the place of the 800D’s hot-swap bays.
Good news for secret agents and anyone else who has a need to keep their data both portable and secure - Corsair has gone and doubled up the capacity of its Flash Padlock 2 USB thumb drive to 16GB.
Previously only available in 8GB, the Flash Padlock 2 sports a couple of security safeguards, including a user-defined PIN. A user's PIN can range from four to ten digits, while the data inside remains scrambled with 256-bit AES encryption. It should also be noted that the PIN is hardwired to the drive, so there's no special software to install, allowing you to unlock the drive on any USB-equipped PC, be it Windows, OS X, Linux, and even game consoles.
Corsair didn't say when the 16GB version would be available or for how much, though we'd guess it to command around $100. For reference, the 8GB version sells for around $55 street.
Corsair, a company best known for its range of memory products, has also built a reputation for high quality power supplies, namely the TX and HX series released a couple of years ago. On paper, Corsair's newly introduced Professional Series Gold units are even better.
The new line features a fully modular low-profile cable set and come rated at 750W (AX750), 850W (AX850), and 1200W (AX1200W). As the naming scheme suggests, these are all 80 Plus Gold certified, meaning they deliver over 90 percent efficiency at 50 percent load.
No easy task, Corsair said it incorporated a number of "sophisticated server-level technologies" to reach 80 Plus Gold status, including Zero Voltage Switching and Zero Current Switching tecnology to eliminate switching losses and reduce EMI, as well as individual DC-to-DC voltage regulation for the 3.3V, 5V, and 12V rails. In addition, Corsair claims its secondary-side synchronous rectification and 4-layer PCB design results in low levels of ripple and noise.
All three power supplies come with a single 20/24-pin ATX connector, two 8-pin CPU connectors, and a single floppy connector. The AX750 adds two 6+2-pin PCI-E, 12 SATA, and eight 4-pin connectors, while the AX850 ups the ante to four 6+2 pin connectors. The flagship AX1200 features six 6+2-pin, 16 SATA, and 12 4-pin connectors.
Each PSU also boasts a single +12V rail with 62A (744W), 70A (840W), and 100.4A (1204.8W) available on the AX750, AX850, and AX1200, respectively.
Corsair won the race to release the first SSD built around the Sandforce SF-1200 controller, and with that victory under their belt, they can now concentrate on releasing additional models. That's what they've done -- three of them, to be exact -- adding the F60 (60GB), F120 (120GB), and F240 (240GB) to the Force Series.
"We have had excellent feedback on our Force Series F100 and F200 from both reviewers and customers, and we are excited about expanding our Sandforce-based offerings," stated Jim Carlton, VP of Marketing at Corsair. "These solid-state drives are an excellent option for any enthusiast looking to build their system using the best storage system performance that is currently available."
Use of the Sandforce SF-1200 controller has paid big dividends in performance, with the new drives serving up to 258MB/s read and 275MB/s write speeds, while 4K random writes clock in at 180MB/s. All Force Series drives also support the TRIM command, and according to Corsair, even ECC data protection is improved.