The Corsair Link Lighting Node is a component that comes with our Corsair Link Cooling and Lighting Kit, but many people do not know that can be used independently, without other Corsair Link components. The Lighting Node offers quick and easy lighting control for your system, and comes with everything you need to light up the inside of your case in a color of your choice. If you want to have more advanced functionality and control over the Lighting Node, there are some ways of linking it up with other hardware components, but first let's talk about the stand alone functionality of the Corsair Link Lighting Node.
Recently a colleague of mine here at Corsair told me about some work that he was doing on his Obsidian 350D, and I thought it was pretty amazing and had to share. Dennis Lee is a Component Product Engineer here at Corsair who works on maintaining the quality of Corsair products and also happens to also be a PC enthusiast. Dennis picked up an Obsidian Series 350D soon after they became available and managed to fit THREE Hydro Series coolers inside of it! When he first told me about it, I had a hard time believing that it was possible so he brought it in and we took some pictures. As you can see in the pictures below, everything fits without a problem!
The newly released H80i and H100i are the latest and most advanced all-in-one liquid coolers that Corsair has ever built. Building on the success of the previous H80 and H100, the new coolers benefit from improvements in performance, ease of use and increased functionality with built-in Corsair Link V2 integration. In addition to these improvements, enthusiasts will appreciate that the units are quieter than ever before.
Corsair Link has recently been updated to version 2, and what this means for users is that usability, compatibility and general functionality have all been greatly improved. The update coincides with two new product lines that have recently been updated to include Corsair Link support, right out of the box. These two product lines are the new AXi series PSUs, and the Hydro Series H100i and H80i CPU coolers. These "i" (intelligent) devices do not require any extra hardware to be purchased in order to utilize the Corsair Link V2 software — support for Corsair Link is built in. These both simplify the setup of Corsair Link, and lower the barrier of entry for people wanting to take advantage of the system monitoring and control that Corsair Link can provide.
Intel's Haswell-E architecture is capable of being extremely efficient, even when it's loading eight cores. As it turns out, though, overclocking is another matter entirely.
We’re concluding our run of Obsidian Series 250D coverage with a step by step guide on how you can build your own high performance system. Our how to video covers assembling a system in the 250D from start to finish, complete with replacing the fan, installing a 240mm Hydro Series H100i, and even adding a bit of flash with our Corsair Link Lighting Node.