Corsair Announces a New Case, CPU Coolers, and SSDs
A while back, Corsair announced the Carbide Series 400R and 500R cases. Well, the 400R has been available for some time, but today Corsair has announced the 500R is now available. Corsair also announced several new products, including some new liquid CPU coolers and solid state drives. First up is the Carbide Series 500R case, which brings a wealth of features to an affordable mid-tower design. The 500R builds on the styling of the 400R as well as the Obsidian and Graphite Series cases. The Carbide Series 500R is available in white or grey colors, includes a meshed side panel capable of holding a 200mm fan, a multi-channel fan controller, and moveable hard drive cages to adapt to any installed system. The case also features tool-less drive bays, USB 3.0 support on the front panel, and cable routing holes on the inside.
Next up we have some new liquid CPU coolers, namely the Hydro H40 and H70 CORE. The Hydro H40 is the new entry-level CPU cooler from Corsair, as it provides affordable and reliable cooling to mainstream users. It supports the majority of AMD and Intel sockets, features an illustrated quick start guide for easy installation, and will never need to be refilled, making it ideal for users wanting to take their first steps into liquid cooling. The Hydro H70 CORE is based on the H70 cooler, but comes without the fans so users can customize the cooling potential on their own. This way users who buy the H70 CORE can use up some extra 120mm fans or just purchase ones with a higher airflow than what Corsair provides. The H70 CORE features a 38mm thick radiator for maximum cooling potential.
Lastly, we come to the new solid state drives. Corsair has worked on these new SSDs to deliver faster speeds with a higher capacity, all while maintaining a relatively affordable price. There are two new models of the Force Series 3 and one new Force Series GT, with both utilizing a SandForce SF-2280 SSD Processor and the SATA 6Gbps interface. The Force Series GT is combined with ONFI synchronous flash memory, while the Force Series 3 makes use of asynchronous flash memory. The Force Series 3 SSDs are capable of read speeds of 550MB/s and write speeds of 520MB/s, while the Force Series GT improves the read speeds to 555MB/s and write speeds to 525MB/s. The available capacities are 180 and 480GB for the Force Series 3 SSDS, with the Force Series GT getting a 480GB model.
The Corsair Carbide Series 500R case is available now for $139. The Hydro H40 and H70 CORE CPU coolers will be available later this month. The H40 will cost $59 while the H70 CORE is at $89. The Force Series 3 180GB SSD has a price of $249, the Force Series 3 480GB SSD a price of $799, and the Force Series GT 480GB SSD starts at $999.