Round two of the ASUS® ROG Experience Overclocking contest was held during Blizzcon 2010 at Anaheim Convention Center. Two teams battled it out on October 22nd and 23rd during Blizzcon at the ASUS booth. Along with the overclocking contest, all of the attendees were able to attend an overclocking workshop on the other side of the booth.
In our effort to properly assist our customers in selecting a Corsair power supply unit, or PSU, the most frequently asked questions by far deal with how and why to make certain selections. Let’s face it, computer enthusiasts are definitely an educated and inquisitive crowd so the old “because I said so” type answer we got from Dad as a kid just doesn’t cut it. Of course, we’d love to sell everyone on the planet an AX1200i Digital ATX Power Supply, but that’s also not the correct approach.
As keen PC modders and builders ourselves, my team and I at Corsair noticed a few years ago that most affordable power supplies on the market suffer from severe technical short comings. They were usually rated for “peak-power” instead of for continuous power output, and they were designed around crude, inefficient multiple power-rail architectures. This meant that they usually ran too hot, didn’t meet their promised specifications, and if each rail was not correctly loaded you would risk hitting overload conditions at well below the rated power. The result of our frustration was the development of the original Corsair ATX Power Supply range first launched in 2008, which set the Corsair PSU performance benchmark that survives to this day. Now, with the Builder Series™ range of power supplies, Corsair brings our award winning level of build quality, reliability, and performance down to easily affordable price points.
Today’s high end video cards demand more power than ever and with multiple card configurations, like the 4-Way SLI configuration detailed here, power demand is increased even more. In order to test how much power was being drawn from the wall, four NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 480 video cards were installed onto a Gigabyte™ GA-X58A-UD9 motherboard. The entire setup would be powered by a single Corsair Professional Series™ Gold AX1200 power supply. To measure power draw a Kill A Watt™ meter was used with an accuracy rating of 2%.
The Corsair Gaming Audio Series™ HS1 USB gaming headset is now shipping. Some retailers have already sold out of their initial supply, but we’re replenishing them as fast as we can. If you want one but can’t find it, be patient — it’s worth the wait.
The Corsair Professional Series™ Gold AX750 and AX850 power supplies offer a unique fan control system, called Hybrid Silent Fan Control, which is part of the reason that they are so quiet. The 120mm cooling fan is enabled with three modes of operation. These modes are automated by the internal fan control circuitry and optimize both the thermal performance and fan lifespan, while minimizing audible noise.