Corsair news mini-roundup. New PSUs and RAM toys! Page: 1

Corsair news mini-roundup. New PSUs and RAM toys!

Well, like the ASUS article a few days ago this one’s going to have multiple pages. There’s not a huge seminar to go over this time though so you’ll only have to click ‘next’ once.

First off, Corsair have announced their new Professional Series™Gold AX1200, AX850 and AX750 fully-modular power supply units, coming in at a staggering 1200, 850 and 750 watts respectively.

The Professional Series Gold range of power supplies have been designed from the ground-up by Corsair’s engineers to be the highest-performing and most technologically advanced PSUs on the market.

Corsair Professional Series Gold power supplies exceed the requirements for 80 Plus Gold certification, delivering over 90% efficiency at 50% load when using a 115V AC input. This increases to over 92% efficiency when used with the 230V AC voltage input specification in Europe. Combined with an advanced cooling design, Corsair's Professional Series Gold PSUs are exceptionally quiet and efficient.

The Corsair Professional Series Gold AX1200, AX850 and AX750 PSUs feature fully modular low-profile cables. Corsair state that all Professional Series Gold power supplies are able to continuously sustain their full rated output at an ambient temperature of up to 50°C, impressive stuff. Corsair are backing up the new PSU’s with a seven year limited warranty.

It’s no secret that here at OC3D we like Corsair’s power supplies. Just ask on the forums and I’m sure you’ll find many reasons why. With the GTX400 series now out and pulling enough power to heat a small room, it looks like high wattage power supplies are back in. Corsair couldn’t have picked a better time to release a 1.2KW beast, and with their proven track record, it could be something very special indeed.

That’s not all though, Corsair are a memory manufacturer after all. Take a look at the next page for more exciting news and a look at their new ‘AirFlow’ RAM display....

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Corsair news mini-roundup. New PSUs and RAM toys!

Corsair have also announced that their full range of DDR3 kits are compatible with Intel’s new multiplier-unlocked Core i5 665K, core i7 875K and core i7 980X Extreme Edition processors.
They recommend their XMS3 Classic, Dominator® and Dominator GT DDR3 memory at frequencies from 1600MHz CAS 7 to 2000MHz CAS 9, and in densities of 4GB, 6GB, 8GB and 12GB. All kits include Intel XMP profiles.

Corsairs Dominator and Dominator GT kits also support the new ‘AirFlow Pro parametric display.' Working out what this thing actually does had me perplexed until I found this handy YouTube video.

Basically it’s an accessory for Corsairs DHX Pro enabled modules, with a cool array of multi-coloured LEDs which mount above the memory and fans. While flashing LEDs can be trendy anyway, it’s great if they serve a purpose. The LEDs on the AirFlow Pro are multipurpose, which is even better.

In a tip of the hat to their Pro and XPERT series from years gone by, the LEDs provide a visual indication of memory utilization. There are 6 rows of LEDs, allowing for up to 6 modules to be independently monitored. Along with memory usage, the AirFlow Pro also has LEDs in the centre, which change colour, relative to the ram temperature.

In developing AirFlow Pro, the engineers at Corsair created DHX Pro, an extension to the patented, thermally optimized DHX design, incorporating measurement expertise gained in developing the technology behind the Corsair XPERT line. These enhancements include circuitry to measure multiple memory parameters, and a 5-pin connector, shown in a detailed photograph here, to allow access to the information. The parametric data is collected by a microcontroller-based receiver circuit and processed for logging or display.

Select models of Dominator memory have been shipping with DHX Pro since early this year. A list of Dominator memory with Corsair DHX Pro can be found on Corsair’s Blog.

The receiver circuit that processes the parametric data from the DHX Pro memory is an open design that can be accessed by other companies, or by end users with a no-cost, royalty-free license. The bill of materials, schematic, and signal definitions will be made available to allow other hardware to monitor and display the parametric data from the memory subsystem. A full developer’s kit is expected to be available June 30, 2010.

The AirFlow Pro will be available later this summer with a two year warranty.

All in all the AirFlow Pro looks like a great toy, especially if you’re the sort to show off your rig to your mates. In the words Corsair’s John Beekley, VP of Technical marketing; This device is “a must-have for any system with a windowed case.”

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