"This has been a long time coming: the Hardware Canucks custom case is finally ready for its unveiling! By using a stock Corsair Obsidian [Series] 800D as a starting point, MNPCTECH.com has put together a unique mod that not only shows their skill but also gives us something to lust over."
You can read about all the details, from start to finish, on the Corsair Forum.
So, you think you put your PC components through some extreme conditions? Maybe you overclock your RAM or CPU a bit. Maybe you've accidentally put your Flash Voyager® or Flash Survivor™ USB flash drives through the wash. Maybe you even dabble a bit in liquid nitrogen. All of this is pretty "extreme" until you see the environments where famous explorer Graham Hoyland is using his Corsair hardware. Here's a hint — Mount Everest. Watch the video below for details:
The Corsair Obsidian Series 800D full-tower case features a four drive hot-swap bay. This bay is a fast and convenient way to install and change drives in your 800D.
This hot-swap system has four trays which each have release levers. The trays slide easily in and out of the individual drive bays.
PC enthusiasts are always trying to find ways to improve the performance of their enthusiast systems by upgrading their current system with newer and faster parts. One good way to get a performance boost is by running two solid-state drives in RAID 0. Knowing this, we have decided to illustrate a simple way for our customers to improve their RAID 0 performance, with any of Corsair's full line of Force Series, Reactor Series, Nova Series, Performance Series or Extreme Series solid-state drives. All without spending a huge amount of time or money to do it.
Romanian overclocker Matei Mihatoiu, aka “matose” of the Lab501 overclocking and review website has reached some incredible memory frequencies using the Corsair Dominator GTX1 DDR3 memory. In his initial testing using only air cooling on the CPU and memory controller, matose was able to achieve benchmark stability at an impressive 2666MHz, which he validated at the CPU-Z website. This is far above the normal rated speed for these modules of 2400MHz.
Apparently, 2666MHz was not fast enough for matose. Not satisfied with mere air cooling, matose then escalated his efforts for speed and used dry ice, or DICE, in his cooling effort to take his CPU and memory controller temperatures far below the freezing point. The result was an astounding benchmark stable and CPU-Z validated 2906MHz.
Combining fast products like the Corsair Force Series Solid-State Drives and the Dominator® GTX2 DDR3 memory modules makes building a fast PC relatively easy. To demonstrate just how fast our products are, we decided to go after the PCMark Vantage world record. This benchmark heavily stresses the entire system, not just the CPU and GPU like the 3DMark Series. With PCMark Vantage the memory and SSDs are stressed just as much if not more than the CPU and GPU, with almost all of the individual benchmark tests taking advantage of the fast solid-state drives. Let’s take a look into how we accomplished our goal:
Using eleven Force Series F200 solid-state drives and the Corsair Dominator GTX2 DDR3 memory modules the record was set to 32,947 PCMarks. The system contained the brand new Intel® Core™ i7-980X six-core processor cooled with liquid nitrogen on the EVGA® X58 Classified. This combination would allow the CPU frequency upwards of 5.5GHz and memory clocks of 2000MHz+. The drives were combined into a Raid 0 on the Areca® ARC-1680D-IX-12 PCI-E RAID controller. The entire system was powered by the Corsair Professional Series HX1000 power supply.
Earlier this month, Corsair announced the Force Series solid-state drive family, based upon the SandForce SF-1200 SSD Processor. Corsair has been shipping high-performance MLC-based SSDs for some time now, including the very recently announced Nova Series and Reactor Series SSDs, based upon Indilinx and JMicron controllers, respectively. With all these products being released, what is special about the Force Series, and what is all this buzz around the SandForce SSD Processor technology? In order to answer this question I have to get a bit technical for a bit as we go inside the operation of flash memory architecture and flash based storage systems.
So, what did you all think of our announcements? Personally, I'm pretty stoked about the Graphite Series 600T case. I've been waiting for a mid-tower with the features that we're offering there. And the AirFlow Pro is a must have for me — I'm all about the light show!
Next week should be back to something resembling normal and we'll certainly have reviews for everyone. Have a great weekend!