This video further illustrates how more system RAM can change what you can do with your system. You can also read the full test results in our previous post.
On Tuesday we announced the new Corsair TX950W power supply. We've begun shipping, and if it's not already at your favorite retailer or etailer, it will be soon.
As our press release and the web page show, the TX950W has 80 PLUS Bronze certification. This is significant — our other TX models are all 80 PLUS certified, but the TX950W is the first to wear the 80 PLUS Bronze badge. A power supply with baseline 80 PLUS certification has been tested to operate at 80% efficiency; the Bronze level of 80 PLUS certification indicates that the power supply operates at a minimum of 82% efficiency at 20% and 100% load, and 85% efficiency at 50% load.
That extra 5% efficiency can make a difference. Bronze certification was one of the design goals of the TX950W -- if you need that much power, you'll certainly appreciate the reduced heat output and the corresponding effect on your energy bill. A more efficient power supply also doesn't need to spin the fan as much to dissipate heat, so it's quieter, too. In short, energy efficiency is one of the hallmarks of a well-built, well-designed power supply.
So, we were very pleased when we got the results back from the 80 PLUS organization last week: the sample we sent them blew past the thresholds for Bronze certification and earned Silver certification, meaning that it tested at 88% efficiency at 50% load and 85% efficiency at 20% and 100% load. As of this writing, 80 PLUS.org's Corsair power supply page hasn't yet been updated, but when it is, it will be given a Silver rating by the 80 PLUS organization.
Now, we have every right to promote the TX950W as a Silver-certified PSU, but we're classifying it as Bronze. The reason is simple: our reputation is important to us, and we can't guarantee that the TX950W that ends up in your PC will meet the Silver standard. Exceeding our target in the official 80 PLUS test certainly validated the effort we've put into designing the TX950W, but we're sticking with the plan of offering you a really great Bronze-certified power supply.
At CES 2010 Intel launched their new Clarkdale Core i3 and Core™ i5 32nm CPU lineup with an IGP (Integrated Graphics Processor) on the CPU as well as the H55/H57 chipset to support the new CPUs with IGP. The new lineup consists of dual core processors with Hyper Threading for a total of four threads. With the exception for the Core i5 661, the new 32nm Core i3 and Core i5 processors are rated at a mere 73 Watts max TDP.
Normally a die shrink such as the one Intel did to achieve 32nm processors allows processors to run cooler, overclock further, and use less power. Intel also cut power usage by efficiently cutting power to the core while in an idle state and retaining the data in SRAM.
The Core i3 530 has a price tag of just over $100 and a frequency of 2930 MHz. Let’s see just how far this budget-minded CPU can be overclocked.
Our friend Vince Lucido (AKA K|ngp|n) of Kingpin Cooling has just launched a new liquid nitrogen/dry ice memory cooler made specifically for our Dominator™ and Dominator™ GT memory modules. Talk about extreme! To celebrate this product launch, Vince is hosting a contest. The winner will receive three Corsair Dominator™ GT GTX2 DDR3 memory modules, and his brand new memory cooler. The pictures of this cooler are pretty impressive. Click here for more information about the contest and its rules.
"Although the Thermaltake Level 10 (reviewed Holiday 2009) turned the heads of nearly everyone who saw it, including non-enthusiasts, every enthusiast who came into our Lab was more excited by the Corsair 800D. It’s enormous, well built, and crammed with power-user features."
Click here for a PDF version of the review.
I'm very happy to relay that Fry's Electronics has begun carrying the Corsair Obsidian Series 800D full-tower case at many of their locations. This is an impressive feat, as Fry's generally doesn't carry PC chassis that retail for more than about $200. It's simply a floor space issue; mass-market PC cases below $200 tend to sell in higher volumes, and Fry's, like most retailers, tries to carry a mix of products that will move a lot of volume.
The 800D has enjoyed a reception from both the press and customers that's been nothing short of phenomenal. It seems that many prospective customers have been asking for it at their local Fry's Electronics location. This interest has made its way to Fry's management, and they've agreed to carry the 800D on a trial basis at 14 of their locations. Some of these locations were chosen by Fry's because those are the stores where they've gotten the most requests from customers. Most of the trial stores are in Texas. The 800D is a pretty large case, so I'll let you go ahead and make the "everything's bigger in Texas" joke.
I often get asked why we go through the effort to certify our ultra-high-speed memory with Intel's XMP (Extreme Memory Profile) program. After all, the conventional wisdom states, most high end overclockers don't use XMP profiles to overclock, but head straight for every BIOS setting they can get their hands on.
True enough, I guess. However, the goals of the overclocker and the goals of Corsair are similar, but not exactly the same. The goal of the overclocker is to tweak his system up to the very level where fear of instability outweighs the thrill of competition. Indeed, I suspect that most overclockers tweak their system beyond that level, and then back off slightly.
This is an issue that I've come across a few times since I got into this business—I want to improve my desktop's performance, but I don't want to be bothered with re-installing my operating system which is the recommended procedure when you change your motherboard. So, what else can I do?
In this video, we outline upgrades that you can make to your machine without having to bother with a fresh operating system install. The result? A cooler, faster machine moved over to the Corsair Obsidian Series 800D, which has plenty of room for future upgrades. Check it out!