We first spied Corsair's Link software at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas...in 2011. An official announcement would follow later in the year at the Computex convention in Taiwan and we were told Corsair's Link Cooling and Link Cooling and Lighting kits would ship in July. Well, better late than never, right? As CES 2012 wraps up, Corsair is putting the word out that its Link system is now available to purchase.
You know a technology’s starting to make it big when kinder, gentler, easier to install versions of it begin hitting the streets. Looks like we’re getting there with SSDs; just last week, Crucial said it planned on releasing a stand-alone SSD cache solution to give PCs a speed boost, and today, Corsair followed suit, announcing an SSD/software tandem that can perk up your PC with a minimum of muss and fuss.
Joe the smug console gamer can take his PlayStation 3 and stick it in a very unpleasant place, we'll stick with PC gaming, thank you very much. We've spent years honing our keyboard and mouse skills, two of the most deadliest weapons in the hands of a PC gamer, which is why peripheral makers put so much focus on them. Even Corsair, a company best known for its memory and power supply products, is getting in on the fun.
Before there was Sandy Bridge, you could argue there wasn't any point in equipping your notebook with enthusiast grade RAM. But now that even mainstream laptops have a bit of high-octane spunk in their DNA, Corsair's hoping there will be an audience for its new Vengeance SO-DIMM memory upgrade kits. These are high-performance memory kits comparable to desktop parts, but built for mobile form factors.
Corsair can add another memory overclocking record to its belt, this latest one set using the company's Dominator GT CMGTX6 extreme-performance DDR3 RAM. Using a liberal amount of liquid nitrogen, Corsair employee and avid overclocker Jake "Planet" Crimmins cranked the frequency all the up to a mind numbing 1733.8MHz, which is equivalent to DDR3-3467.
The power supply is an oft-underappreciated component. Everyone knows it’s necessary, and most people who build their own PCs have some understanding of the basics of what a power supply does. But almost everyone tends to buy more power than they really need, or they’ll buy the cheapest PSU that delivers the wattage they think they need.
We’re not going to get too deep into the inner workings of the PC power supply, but it’s worth talking a bit about the basics of how they work before we dive into what to buy.
Do you think Corsair might be just a little bit excited about Intel's Sandy Bridge-E launch? The memory maker blitzed the market with a full line of quad-channel DDR3 memory kits this morning, including eight kits under its Vengeance line and an additional four as part of its Dominator family. These memory kits range in capacity from 8GB all the way to 32GB.
Corsair today announced the new Performance Pro Series SSD line built around a Marvell SATA 6Gbps controller. These drives are available in 128GB and 256GB capacities, and according to Corsair's own internal testing, they're capable of delivering ATTO sequential read and write speeds of up to 515MB/s and 440MB/s, respectively. Corsair says you can expect similar performance when reading and writing compressed and non-compressed data.
Coming just a day after AMD bummed everyone out with its lackluster Bulldozer launch, Corsair announced what it claims is the world's first high performance quad channel 32GB kit. You know, just in case you want to err on the side of excessive when planning out your Sandy Bridge-E upgrade. The kit consists of four "rigorously-screened" 8GB memory modules sitting pretty with Corsair's trademark DHX+ heatsinks.
A number of people have been complaining about a fan control issue affecting their Corsair Hydro Series H100 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler. After tearing into some units, Corsair was able to root out the problem and confirm an issue exists with a "small number of H100 units with lot code 11359403." The lot code is printed on the box, and if yours matches up, Corsair recommends running a simple test.