CES 2011 CoverageBosco - January 7, 2011
Category: Trade Shows/Conventions
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The first day of CES for OverclockersClub actually occurred before the first day of the convention. This year, the crew includes:
One of the first stops made by OCC was the Corsair Press Event where the team from Corsair showed off a few new products that will be seeing the light of day here shortly. The first thing we were shown was an expansion of the Obsidian case lineup that now will include the 650. Features include a SATA 6GB/s hot swap dock, room for a 2x120mm radiator, if you choose to go the water cooling route and a brushed aluminum finish. Externally, it looks like a mid tower, but internally it has the space to fit even the largest video cards. Not to let that case steal the show, a white special edition 600T case was on display loaded with the latest parts from Corsair. This is built on the popular 600T case and comes with a removable side window that can be replaced with a furnished mesh panel. I'm guessing after seeing so many white case mods in forums, Corsair went with this look, which most certainly will be dubbed the "Storm Trooper Edition" by some.
Everyone has seen or heard of the HS1 headset that Corsair released last year that used a USB connection. Now it has released the HS1A that uses analog connectivity and features an in-line volume and microphone mute control. This set is expected to retail at a slightly lower $79 and should be available sometime in January.
The Corsair Dominator memory lineup is well known in the enthusiast market as modules that not only look good, but perform well. The Vengeance series of modules that were being shown come in most of the popular configurations including a set designed for Intel's 6 Series platforms. The modules feature an all new heat spreader design that is functional and uses an interesting look. You can find kits from 4GB to 16GB to suit your needs.
On the cooling front, Corsair has partnered with renowned, self-contained water cooling experts CoolIT to design the new H60 self-contained water cooling thermal solution. This piece fits in-between the H70 and H50 in terms of performance and uses an all new pump and cold plate design. This design uses micro-channels cut into the solid copper cold plate. The fin density is up to 85 fins per inch. The flow path was re-engineered from a flow-through design into a design that drives the liquid through the center or hottest part of the CPU first. This design necessitated a new higher pressure, low profile pump to push the cooling medium through these fins. The radiator is the same unit used on the popular H50, but with a newer fan. This design is said to perform between the H50 and H70. When asked if we could see this design on a higher-end cooling solution above the H70, we were greeted with a smile and no direct confirmation, so that’s up in the air, but the H60 looks promising. This should be available around March of this year with a suggested retail of $79.
The last thing of note is the two gaming 2.1 speaker systems that Corsair has designed for the PC enthusiast. The first is the Gaming Audio Series SP2200. This system is for the $99 retail market and should be available this month. The SP2200 puts out 46 watts of RMS power and uses 2" drivers in the satellites with a 6" ported sub. The right-hand satellite features volume and sub controls with aux in and headphone output jacks. The SP2500 is the big system and will shake the floor with the 8" sub in a fourth-order bandpass enclosure. This system puts out 232 watts RMS total power. This design uses dual 60W Class D amplifiers, which means each of the drivers are amplified, so you can enjoy both the high-end crescendos and gunshots, as well as the deep bass while gaming without starving any of the drivers for power. This comes in handy when watching movies as well to eliminate the annoying rise in volume after a quiet scene. The engineers at Corsair use a digital signal processor to “shape and balance” the audio signal. A small wired controller is included with a 1.8" TFT screen that can control volume, EQ settings, has a 3.5mm input and headphone jack and has a USB input to allow for future firmware upgrades, if needed. When cranked up, this system sounded great. Pricing on the SP2500 is between $249 to $259.
That's it for Corsair, so let's move on to what Sapphire had to offer.