Corsair

If you've been following along you've noticed Corsair has been branching out more and more over the past couple of years, mostly with a measure of success. In 2011 they intend to expand the new product lines introduced in 2009 and 2010.

One of the biggest announcements was the new Performance 3 series SSD. If you read the RealSSD C400 preview some of this should sound familiar: SATA 6Gbps interface, Marvell controller, and very high transfer rates. With the Performance 3, Corsair quotes a peak 480MB/sec read speed and a peak 320MB/sec write speed, both substantial improvements upon incumbent SandForce-based drives (although SandForce has some surprises still in store). The drives use a Marvell 9174 controller blended with some of Corsair's secret firmware sauce and feature TRIM support and aggressive background garbage collection.

Corsair also briefly went over their Vengeance series memory modules for enthusiasts; while RAM may not be as exciting as SSDs and some of the other things we've seen, these kits are nonetheless impressive. Sandy Bridge-optimized DIMMs sport XMP profiles along with a reasonably low 1.5V operating voltage.

On the audio front, Corsair's expanding their lineup ever so slightly. If you remember the Corsair HS1 gaming audio headset, the HS1A is going to seem awfully familiar: same kit, but with analog connectivity instead of USB. They're also introducing two new 2.1 desktop speaker sets: the SP2500 and SP2200.

The SP2500 is the big daddy of the two, and at an MSRP of $259 it's not going to come cheap. Corsair listed a rated 232 watts total RMS: the satellites are rated for 56 watts apiece, and then the subwoofer has dual 60 watt amplifiers. Each satellite comes with a three-inch driver and ferro-cooled silk dome tweeter, while the driver in the subwoofer is eight inches with a rubber surround. Control is handled through a 1.8" TFT display-equipped controller that features 3.5mm input and headphone jacks along with a USB port that can actually be used to flash the system's firmware. The controller also has a built-in equalizer and can be used to switch between environmental programs as well as enable or disable modes like "Late Night Mode" (levels out sudden volume changes) and "Dynamic Pop" (combines equalization to boost highs and lows.)

For those of us not willing to drop that kind of bread on a 2.1 system, there's the more affordable (albeit less exciting) SP2200. At $99 it's still a little pricey, and features a combined rated 46 watts total RMS. The satellites have two-inch full range drivers while the subwoofer is ported with a six-inch driver. No dedicated controller either; all the controls are on the right satellite.

It was disappointing to see only two cases announced by Corsair, though: the Obsidian and Graphite series enclosures are expensive but excellent and well-received, and we were hoping for more than just a special edition Graphite 600T featuring a white finish with black accents and optional mesh or windowed side panels. The Obsidian 650D is more compelling: essentially a mid-tower version of the 800D, it features the same brushed aluminum and steel construction but adds an external SATA 6Gbps hot swap dock to go along with the eight PCI expansion slots and toolless drive bays. MSRP is expected to be $199.

Last but not least, Corsair also introduced their "Corsair Link" technology. This is essentially software that interfaces through USB and can be used to control fan speeds, lighting, and cooling.

Kingston, Zalman, Zotac, and A-Data
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  • adonn78 - Friday, January 07, 2011 - link

    I cannot wait for the price drop in SSD's. I also love newegg and they are far more reliable than Amazon. Amazon is a great place for buying text books, toiletries, and clothes and prepaid phone. newegg is wher eI go for computers and other hardware. I bought a microwave off newegg that less expensive than the same product on amazon. It depends ont he item largely. I am also looking forward to Sandy bridge copmputer on newegg. I plan on buying soon. Reply
  • MeanBruce - Friday, January 07, 2011 - link

    News Flash! Corsair finally understands airflow! Only takes them three years! Finally an obsidian that's not a hotbox. The new 650D is sporting fully removable drive cages, 200mm in and out even vented card slots. Looks like they took many features right off the HAF 912 Advanced, but that's fine add some Corsair style and elegance and I am in baby! Wonder if it will feature the new "Corsair Link". Man I love those huge rubber grommets! How many days till April? Reply
  • Mr Perfect - Friday, January 07, 2011 - link

    Has Corsair released any specs on the mechanical keyboard? Does it use some flavor of Cherry MX switch? Alps maybe? Also, does it support NKey rollover with PS/2 or 6Key rollover withUSB? Reply
  • GNva - Friday, January 07, 2011 - link

    What´s the point to go to a show and not disclose your products?

    My computer was recently stolen and they took away my Stacker 832 case. I was looking for a replacement but I was not convinced with the current models. If I see the Cosmos S, their front interior looks similar to the stacker. I am hoping that the next high end case will be like the HAF X internally, but full aluminium. It´s said that a new case design is very expensive to put on production, so I expect a lot of reuse.

    Now I lost the opportunity to know if I must wait or not.
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  • MeanBruce - Friday, January 07, 2011 - link

    I have a Stacker 830 Special Edition Black Full Aluminum, in perfect condition that I am going to sell. The 830 SE has the mesh panel on the floor and the SSD module with blue LEDs in the top mesh panel, very cool. Let me know if you want it. Yeah I think a new case design is very costly to implement. Bruce Reply
  • DanNeely - Friday, January 07, 2011 - link

    You can get more people to see a demo behind closed doors at a big show than if you wait several months and then do something where they have to spend extra money just to fly out and get a hotel room. Some vendors do this every year. There're even vendors who don't join the show, but instead rent space in neighboring hotels and invite journalists in to see what they can't afford to demo at the big show. Reply
  • GNva - Friday, January 07, 2011 - link

    Interesting. Now, why invite journalists if they won't allow them to say anything?

    For all we know, they are talking about sliced bread.
    Reply
  • DanNeely - Saturday, January 08, 2011 - link

    Because they will say something *when the nda expires*, and doing it this way is cheaper, provided that there aren't any major changes between now and release. Reply
  • ClagMaster - Friday, January 07, 2011 - link

    SATA 6G does not have enough bandwidth?

    How much is really enough for non-industrial, consumer applications ?

    Loading Vista or Windows 7 at SATA 6G speeds is lightening fast.
    Reply
  • Nentor - Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - link

    Thanks for that (I had to look it up). Reply

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