What do you carry on your USB stick? Plans for world domination? Love letters from your mistress? Detroit Lions fan club information and links? Whether you're prone to any of these or simply aspiring to be a secret agent man, Corsair's Flash Padlock 2 USB flash drive might be just the tool you've been looking for.
This 8GB USB key sits in the sweet spot of 'put-it-in-your-pocket' storage, but unlike most other flash drives, this one comes "very cleverly and comprehensively designed to protect your critical business or personal data from unwanted exposure." This "clever" design entails a numeric PIN pad, which you can configure with anywhere from 4-10 digits. Adding a second layer of protection, the Padlock 2 boasts 256-bit AES encryption.
But what happens if you forget your PIN? Corsair says you can reset the drive to its factory default state, securely erasing all your data in the process.
Corsair today put to rest persistent rumors regarding its Obsidian series 700D computer case by officially announcing the enclosure, which is based on the familiar Obsidian 800D.
“From the moment we announced the Obsidian Series 800D chassis, enthusiasts were captivated by its unique combination of features, looks and performance, and the fact that it is a true builders’ chassis,” said Jim Carlton, VP of Marketing at Corsair. “Our goal with the Obsidian Series 700D is to offer a chassis that retains the essence of what made the 800D so popular, but at a lower price point, allowing a wider range of consumers to build their own Corsair Dream PC.”
To help cut costs, the four hot-swap SATA bay of the 800D has been replaced by four fixed SATA bays. Corsair also tossed the side window out the, er, window and replaced it with a solid side panel on the 700D.
Other than those two changes, the case looks to be largely the same as its bigger-numbered brother, including the same CPU backplate, tool-free drive installation, and cable management scheme.
Look for the 700D to start shipping in April. No word yet on price.
In addition to the SATA-II interface, the drives will use the Indilinx Barefoot controller and MLC NAND. The Nova series will have a 64MB cache and capacities of 64GB and 128GB. The Reactor series will have a 128MB cache and capacities of 60GB and 120GB.
Read/write speeds are pretty snappy for each. The Nova series will max out at 215MB/s for reading, and writing speeds of 130MB/s for the V64 drive, and 195MB/s for the V128 drive. The Reactor’s read/write speeds are higher still, with read speeds topping out at 250MB/s, and write speeds of 110MB/s for the R60 drive and 170MB/s for the R120 drive.
An added bonus on the Reactor series is a mini-USB port, in addition to the SATA II 3.0Gbps interface.
All four drives are expected to be available in the next few weeks. But, so far, they only seem available in Europe. And, even with exchange rates in mind, they don’t look to be priced for the cost-conscious. Fudzilla reports the lowest prices for the Nova series as €160.11 ($224) and €303.35 ($425), and for the Reactor series €151.67 ($212) and €294.93 ($413).
You better be packing some serious server duties, CAD use, or other RAM-hungry task to even consider a 24GB memory kit, such as the 24GB Dominator tri-channel DDR3 memory kt Corsair released this week.
"Corsair's 24GB Dominator memory kit is perfect for high-performance computing applications, including computation research, HD digital content creation, working with multiple virtual machines, and other data-intensive applications," said John Beekley, VP of Technical Marketing at Corsair.
Corsair claims its new 24GB kit has gone through rigorous testing in high performing systems built around Intel's X58 platform. The kit consists of six 4GB DDR3 modules clocked at 1333MHz with 9-9-9-27 timings and a 1.65 vDIMM.
As you might expect, a 24GB kit doesn't come cheap, and this one's no exception. It's available now direct from Corsair for $1,350.
Corsair this week unveiled what it says is the "world's fastest DDR3 memory for extreme overclockers and performance enthusiasts," the Dominator GTX 2250.
Designed for Intel's X58 and P55 platforms, the new kit supports up to a 2250MHz frequency in a 1 DIMM (X58 and P55) or 2 DIMM (P55) configuration. In each case, timings come rated at 8-8-8-24 at 1.65V. In a three DIMM triple channel configuration, the kit runs slightly slower at 2133MHz, also with the same timings and voltage.
"Corsair has a long history of delivering the fastest overclocking memory on the planet, and our engineering expertise and unique understanding of the enthusiast market allows us to continue to push boundaries," said Kevein Conley, VP of Engineering at Corsair. "Corsair Dominator GTX modules are the most tightly-screened, highest-quality and feasted DDR3 memory modules in the world, and we look forward to seeing what the enthusiast and overclocking community can do with these exciting new products."
Corsair said its new kits will also work on AMD platforms, though at up to 1800MHz with timings rated at 6-6-6-18 at 1.65V.
The memory maker says "availability will be extremely limited" and launch exclusively on the Corsair Online Store on December 8, 2009 at 9AM Pacific Time.
Corsair on Thursday announced its new 64GB Flash Survivor USB drive, which the company claims is the "most rugged high-capacity flash drive on the market." And by the looks of things, they're probably right.
Encased in CNC-milled, aircraft grade aluminum, Corsair says the new drive is pretty much indestructible. Each unit comes molded in a shock-dampening collar and EPDM seal, providing water-resistance up to a depth of 200 meters. Corsair notes that reviewers have dropped, baked, boiled, microwaved, and even run over the Survivor with an SUV in an attempt to show just how durable the drive really is.
"The new 64GB Flash Survivor takes the industry's most popular rugged USB drive and takes it to the next level, with a huge amount of storage space, plus best-in-class performance," said Jim Carlton, VP of Marketing for Corsair. "The 64GB Survivor is ideal for storing and transporting your music, videos, pictures, and other important files, safe in the knowledge that your data will be safeguarded inside the Survivor's protective shell."
The drive is available now with a street price around $170. To help justify the cost, Corsair says each drive comes bundled with a USB extension cable and dog tags, and comes backed by a 10-year warranty.
Corsair on Tuesday announced the launch of its new TX950W power supply, which takes its place as the flagship model in Corsair's TX series. The only higher wattage PSU the company offers is the modular HX1000.
The company's PSUs have earned a reputation as being reliable, and Corsair says this newest unit is "built using industrial-grade components to ensure clean and stable voltages." It comes with a dedicated +12V rail rated at a whopping 78A (936W), which the company says equates to 98.5 percent of the PSU's total power output.
Other specs include 80 PLUS Bronze certification (at least 85 percent energy efficient at typical load levels), six 6+2-pin PCI-E cables, active PFC, and a five year warranty.
No word on price or availability, though we'd guess it to be in the ballpark of $225.
Corsair is best known for its memory and power supplies, but recently the company has taken to rebadging excellent OEM products for retail. First came a rebadged edition of Samsung’s blazing-fast 256GB MLC solid state drive. Now Corsair is continuing the trend by scooping up Asetek’s all-in-one liquid CPU cooler and rebranding it as the Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H50. It’s not just a straight-up rebadge. According to Corsair, it worked with Asetek to modify the latter’s OEM-only version, adopting a universal design and reportedly improving performance. We can’t verify how Corsair’s H50 compares to the OEM version, as the OEM version isn’t available for consumer purchase.
We were more interested to see how the H50 did against CoolIt’s similarly priced Domino (reviewed June 2009). Like the Domino, the Corsair H50 consists of a CPU heat exchanger/pump unit that fits atop the CPU and is connected to a radiator, which mounts in place of your case’s rear 12cm fan. The H50 includes its own 12cm fan, which sits between the radiator and the case wall and pulls air through the radiator fins. The pump uses a three-pin power lead, which needs to plug into the CPU fan power port on the motherboard, and the 12cm fan, confusingly, has a four-pin connector, which plugs into any other fan control port. We originally tried running the pump off a direct-power Molex and the fan off the CPU PWM port, but saw miserable performance. Only after reversing the two did we achieve the expected performance.
Corsair today added to its Professional Series of power supplies with the release of its HX650W modular PSU. The 650W unit edges out the HX620 and settles behind the HX750W, HX850W, and HX1000W, all of which boast a low profile modular cable set, low noise levels, and high efficiency ratings.
"The Corsair HX650W is ideal for enthusiasts and gamers who are looking for a highly efficient, quiet, modular power supply, but don't need the higher wattage offered by the other PSUs in the Professional Series," said Jim Carlton, VP of Marketing at Corsair. "The HX650W offers the same unmatched quality standard and 7 year warranty, but at a power level more suitable for mid/high-spec PC builds, such as those based on Intel's Core i5 and Core i7 'Lynnfield' processors."
The new PSU serves up 52A through a single +12V rail, which Corsair claims has been tested and guaranteed to operate at 100 percent load at an ambient temperature of 50C. Other specs include an 82 percent efficiency rating (enough to earn the 80 PLUS BRONZE certification), 4 PCI-E connectors, and support for both SLI and CrossFire X setups.
We've seen a plethora of new SSDs come to market this past year, some of which have been geared towards upping the performance ante while others have attempted to make the price-per-GB ratio a bit more appealing. Corsair's new Extreme Series X256 focuses solely on the former and turns a blind eye towards the latter.
"The new 256GB Extreme Series X256 is a response to the growing popularity of high-capacity SSDs, and it joins our Performance Series P256 at the top of its range, for enthusiasts who want the fastest speeds and plenty of space available for their pictures, music, and videos."
The new drive combines the Indilinx Barefoot controller with Samsung MLC NAND flash memory and is aimed at "enthusiasts who don't want to compromise on speed or capacity." To that end, the 256GB drive boasts read speeds of up to 240MB/s and write speeds of up to 170MBs, 64MB of cache to help prevent stuttering, and user-upgradeable firmware.