When Corsair released its closed-loop H80 water cooler in 2011, we found it to be one of the best-performing dual-fan kits available. It was also very loud at full blast and cumbersome to install, and the updated H80i model sets out to address these issues while also improving performance.
Note: This review was taken from the March 2013 issue of the magazine.
The Voyager Air is Corsair's first all-in-one wireless mobile drive.
A few years ago, you could count on Corsair to make a splash at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) with cases, cooling products, and power supplies, to name a few products. Fast forward to today and it's a different landscape, though arguably no less interesting. Among the products Corsair is trotting out at CES this time around is the Voyager Air, an all-in-one wireless mobile drive that combines the functions of a home network attached storage (NAS) device, USB drive, and wireless hub.
If you're not yet ready to dive into the deep end of water cooling by building your own setup from scratch (apparently not as popular as it used to be, hence the demise of Danger Den) but still want to get your feet wet, then a self contained liquid cooler might be what you're after. There are plenty of options to choose from, including two new models from Corsair, the Hydro Series H100i and H80i.
Corsair this week announced its most aggressively priced computer case to date, the $59 Carbide Series 200R. The new case is a mid-tower chassis with built-in solid state drive (SSD) compatibility, front panel USB 3.0 ports, cable routing cutouts, tool-free installation, and an all-black interior. According to Corsair, the only time you'll need to raid your toolbox for a screwdriver is when installing the motherboard. Corsair's other claim is that you don't have to sacrifice features and quality for a low price tag.
Corsair's no newcomer in the SSD market, but its new Force Series GS SSDs bring something new to the company's table: toggle NAND flash memory. Corsair claims that one tweak has made the Force Series GS drives the fastest models in its SandForce 2000-series lineup.
Jimmy Neutron, boy genius, would approve of Corsair's model name for its newest and best performing solid state drive (SSD) series to date. Corsair's new Neutron GTX branded SSDs are supposedly the first consumer drives in the industry to sport the LM87800 6Gbps SSD controller for Link_A_Media devices (LAMD), a company that develops system-on-chip (SoC) solutions for enterprise and mobile storage markets.
Many PC users take their power supply for granted. As long as the system turns on and stays on, then what's the difference, right? Wrong. Lower quality PSUs can lead to stability issues, put a damper on your overclocking efforts, and in a worst case scenario, go up in smoke (literally -- we've seen it happen). Corsair is generally considered one of the 'good guys' in the PSU market, and the company's new AX1200i DSP-based unit is the world's most advanced modular power supply -- just ask them.
A straightforward, rock-solid keyboard for FPS gamers
CORSAIR IS aiming at the very top of the gaming keyboard market with its Vengeance line—two boards with exquisite build quality and luxury price tags. The FPS-oriented K60 may be the cheaper of the two, but it still comes in at more than $100 MSRP, and will never be accused of feeling cheap.
In fact, the primary draw of the K60 is its elegant, simple design. The keyboard’s thin, heavy foundation has a brushed-aluminum face, and houses the mechanical Cherry MX Red switches in a unique non-recessed configuration that leaves no place for dust and crumbs to collect. The nicely spaced keycaps are rugged-feeling with a very light texture. We prefer the clicky Cherry MX Blue switches for typing, but the smooth Reds only require a light touch and provide an excellent, highly responsive gaming experience. Interestingly, Corsair seems to have opted to save money by using membrane switches for the function and navigation keys, giving the keys a non-uniform feel.
Think you're having a productive Thursday? You've got nothing on the memory makers over at Corsair. It's barely past lunch time on the east coast and the company has already announced plans to drop its plans for a $78 million IPO thanks to "weak equity market conditions," and while the bigwigs were busy doing that, Corsair somehow squeezed in the time to launch its new Force Series 3 SSD notebook upgrade kits. Meanwhile, I'm barely through my second cup of coffee.
Pardon the wordplay, but peripheral maker Corsair is attacking its wireless headset and PC case lines with a Vengeance (with a capital 'V'). Vengeance, of course, is the moniker Corsair attaches to its gaming products, and especially its line of high performance RAM. Corsair said it's planning to expand its Vengeance line, starting with the Vengeance 2000 Wireless 7.1 gaming headset and Vengeance C70 computer case.