Corsair this week outed its new Gaming Series power supplies, leaving little doubt as to who these PSUs are targeted towards. So what exactly makes a power supply fit for gamers?
From Corsair's perspective, it's glitz and power. Available in 600W, 700W, and 800W models, each units boasts a single almighty +12V rail with up to 65A pumping through. Each one is also 80 Plus Certified. On the aesthetic front, the PSUs come with a tri-color fan to illuminate the blades blue, red, or white, or nothing at all with the press of a button.
"The matte black finish and illuminated fans make the Gaming Series PSUs the ideal complement for your gaming rig," stated Ruben Mookerjee, VP and General Manager of Components at Corsair. "Whether you choose the 600, 700, or 800 watt model, you'll have the clean, efficient power to create the best gaming PC -- yours."
The GS600, GS700, and GS800 will be available soon for around $100, $110, and $120, respectively.
Those of you into the whole competitive overclocking scene may already be familiar with "Mat," or Matthias Zronek, whose most recent accomplishments include breaking not one, but two DDR3 frequency records.
He bested the previous records using Corsair Dominator GT GTX6 sticks, which he goosed to 3078.2MHz with latencies set to CL8-11-8-31, 1T and 3059.4MHz with slightly tighter timings of CL7-11-8-31, 1T.
"I've worked with the Corsair Dominator GT memory for quite some time now, and can easily say that these are great memory modules, dedicated to world-record overclocking," stated Matthias Zronek. What surprised me most is the potential of the Dominator GT GTX6. Even at 3000MHz and higher frequencies, at CL7, there is still headroom for lots of optimization."
Nice plug, but fair enough. As for the other core components, Mat used a Gigabyte P55A-UD7 motherboard and Intel Core i7 870 processor.
Corsair today announced the general retail availability of its Professional Series Gold line of power supplies, including the AX1200, AX850, and AX750.
"The response of early users and reviewers to the Professional Series Gold PSUs has been phenomenal," sated Ruben Mookerjee, VP and General Manager of Components at Corsair. "We have been working overtime to meet the demand for this ultra-efficient, fully modular PSU, and are thrilled to announce that these highly anticipated products are now widely available from Corsair's retailers."
In addition to being modular, all three units feature 80 PLUS Gold certification, which means they should deliver over 90 percent efficiency at 50 percent load. Corsair claims this was made possible by "utilizing server-grade power train architectures designed for mission-critical levels of voltage stability and reliability."
Other features include a single +12V rail rated at up to 100.4A (AX1200), individual DC-DC regulation for 3.3V, 5V, and 12V rails, and a whole bunch of other technologies that makes us wish we took an electrical engineering class. Get all the geeky details here.
A quick glance at Newegg shows street pricing hovering at $300 (AX1200), $190 (AX850), and $170 (AX750).
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.