Corsair Unveils New Products in Time for Computex
You have to love the days leading up to big trade shows like CES in January and Computex in Junes because that's when the manufacturers schedule releases of new products. One thing I do not like is loosing the little end caps off of USB drives. Corsair is releasing its line of Flash Voyager Slider USB 3.0 drives that eliminate that problem. As you can tell from the name, these new drives feature a capless design with a sliding retractable USB plug. The new drives all offer the faster USB 3.0 interface and are compatible with the older USB 2.0 standard. The Flash Voyager Slider drives come in 8GB ($12.99USD), 16GB ($17.99USD), 32GB ($29.99USD) and 64GB ($64.99USD) and are available immediately.
The AX1200i Digital ATX power supply is the next new offering and Corsair is billing it as the "world’s most advanced modular power supply". You probably picked up on the fact that it is a modular power supply, but what makes this unit special is that it features digitally controlled power circuitry that enables it to deliver power with exceptionally low ripple and noise characteristics. It is also 80 PLUS® Platinum certified with energy-efficiency of up to 92% which translates into less heat and lower fan noise. The unit also comes with Corsair Link technology which includes real-time monitoring of temperature, current draw, and power efficiency, as well as the ability to adjust the speed of the internal 140mm fan. You can also tailor the unit to your specific need by switching from the default single +12V rail configuration to a multi-rail setup. Pricing is expected to be $349.99 USD and will be available beginning in August 2012.
Corsair is also updating its HX line of power supplies to include 80 PLUS Gold certification, providing up to 90% energy-efficiency. That allows the units to operate in a fanless mode at low loads which will result in reduced noise levels. The new Professional Series HX range is available in 650W, 750W, 850W and 1050W wattage ratings at the same prices of the older models and will also be available in August.
Corsair's next offering is a lineup of Dominator Platinum DDR3 memory modules consisting of binned ICs with high overclocking potential. The new modules will be available in dual- and quad-channel kits in 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities and speeds up to 2800MHz, and all of the modules support Intel's latest XMP 1.3 profiles. The Dominator Platinum modules also feature a user-swappable light pipe which lets enthusiasts tailor the downwash lighting color, DHX heat spreaders for enhanced cooling and Corsair Link support. Corsair has an even dozen different part numbers listed for the Dominator Platinum series and reports immediate availability through its worldwide reseller network.
The last set of products to be introduced are the Neutron Series GTX solid state drives. These new drives are the first consumer SSDs to use the LM87800 6Gb/s SSD controller from Link_A_Media Devices (LAMD) and will be offered in 120GB, 240GB and 480GB capacities. The Neutron Series GTX SSDs use toggle NAND flash memory with 90,000 random read and write IOPs. They are also capable of producing sequential speeds of up to 555 MB/s read and 500 MB/s write. The standard Neutron Series drives (notice the missing 'GTX' in the moniker) come in 120GB and 240GB capacities, and can provide up to 90,000 random read IOPs and 85,000 random write IOPs with sequential speeds of up to 555 MB/s read and 370 MB/s write. Corsair says the new drives will be available in July with pricing to be announced at that time.