With another year comes another Consumer Electronics Show, held in Las Vegas every January.  CES represents one of the three major showcasing events in the calendar, the other two being Computex held during June in Taiwan, and CeBIT held in Germany in March.  Typically the North American and Asian shows hit hardest in terms of new releases and previews of upcoming equipment, and this year’s CES is no different.  Corsair got in touch with us before the event regarding their new releases and previews, including new power supplies, cases, liquid cooling and keyboards.  Here’s a sneak peak before we head on over to their booth.

New Cases: Graphite Series 760T and 730T

Corsair’s Graphite range currently includes the 230T and the 600T in a series of colors, but as of February the higher end full tower sized 760T and 730T will join the ranks.  The 760T is shown below, using swing out windowed side panels to look in to the PC – the 730T will be almost identical in design except the side panels which will be steel for a simpler and sleeker appearance. 

These cases will feature nine expansion slots for a full on multi-GPU arrangement, six 3.5”/2.5” hard disk mounts can be relocated to any of four mounting locations.  This is in addition to four side mounted 2.5” bays to allow the cages to be removed entirely.  The front features two LED lit 140mm fans with another at the rear, all with an integrated fan speed toggle (760T only).  The front can be adjusted into a 280mm radiator mount, and the top can also be changed into a 360mm radiator mount, alongside the three 5.25” bays.

  • Expansion Room
    - 9 expansion slots
    Six 3.5”/2.5” combo bays in two modular hard drive cages, with room for two more cages
    Four tool-free 2.5” side-mounted drive cages
    Three tool-free 5.25” bays for expansion
    - Four front mounted USB ports (two USB 3.0)
  • Cooling Flexibility
    Fan Hi/Low controller (760T only)
    Three included high-airflow 140mm fans (2 front LED, 1 rear)
    - Room for up to 8 fans:
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    Top – 3 x 120mm or 3 x 140mm
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    Front – 2 x 140mm/120mm
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    Rear – 1 x 140mm/120mm
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    Bottom – 120mm
    Radiator compatibility:
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    Top – 360mm or 280mm
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    Front – 280mm or 240mm
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    Bottom – 120mm
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    Rear – 140mm or 120mm
  • Easy to build
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    Full swing out side panels release with a single latch,
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    Tool-free drive bays.
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    Center-post standoff holds motherboard in place while you secure the other screws.
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    Thumbscrews included for all expansion slots.
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    able routing room and plentiful tie-downs behind the motherboard tray
  • Dimensions
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    22.4” x 9.7” x 22.2”

The 760T should retail at $180 (black) and $190 (Arctic White), while the 730T edition has an MSRP of $140, while both come with a two year warranty.

New Closed-loop Liquid Cooler: Hydro Series H105

Love them or hate them, CLCs are here to stay.  I have owned several over the years, including the H50, H80i and H100 – they offer a very reasonable cooling performance without seeming overly bulky and are not restricted by motherboard or large CPU cooler + large GPU designs.  The new one in the Corsair family for Q1 2014 is the H105, a 240mm design like the H100 and H110, though this time the radiator is 38mm thick.

Being a fan manufacturer as well, Corsair are keen to promote their use of high static pressure fans (the exact value of the static pressure has been requested) that combine performance and a suitable noise profile, with up to 73CFM (800-2700 RPM) @ 37.7 dBA.  All modern sockets (AM2 and up, 1156 and up) are supported.

The H105 will retail for $120, come with a 5-year limited warranty and be available from January.

New Mini-ITX Case: Obsidian 250D

Corsair is finally jumping on the mini-ITX bandwagon with the 250D – a model designed to follow cues from the popular Obsidian series.  The 250D is marketed with a ‘no-compromise’ banner, supporting large liquid coolers, full-length graphics cards and full size modular power supplies.  Dimensions for all this come in at 11.4 x 10.9 x 13.81 inches (290 x 277 x 351.2 mm) at 9.7 lbs with a brushed aluminum outlook over a steel construction.

The case allows 290mm of internal clearance for GPUs, and 200mm for PSUs.  Alongside two 3.5”/2.5” bays and two 2.5” only bays is a full size 5.25” bay on the front, next to two USB 3.0 ports on the polished case frontage.  Two fans are included (140mm and 120mm), with room up to five fans.

We have the Obsidian 250D and H105 in for review, so keep an eye out for those.  The 250D should be on sale in late January with a two year warranty and an MSRP of $90.

Corsair at CES 2014: PSUs and Peripherals
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  • Kevin G - Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - link

    I'm a fan of hot swap bays and this case has the entire left side that could be put towards this. Instead there are only two 5.25" bays. Sure, I can get adapter kits and put eight 2.5" drive in there but there is just so much wasted space. I found myself purchasing a rack mount box to get the hot swap capabilities I wanted with 3.5" drives. This would be a great starting point for a DIY NAS.

    I'm not fond of the two 3.5" hard drive bays in the main chamber. It isn't a bad use of space, just odd with removable trays and there only being two of them, it just seems odd. By default there isn't a better place to mount a 3.5" driver.

    It'd also be nice to put in two PSU's into the left chamber. This basic design could be pretty much ideal for multiple GPU cooling as the front in take fans are very close to where the GPU's actually are. Bonus if Corsair actually sold a kit where two standard, high power ATX PSU's could be setup in a redundant fashion. They wouldn't be hot swap but it'd be nice to have for the DIY NAS idea or for those who have a 4 way GPU rig inside.

    A bit more vertical space to mount a tall server motherboard. I've seen a few dual socket motherboard that'll go several cm above the standard port area. he top radiator space might be enough space to suffice but I wouldn't mind a bit more room up there. Though I figure the extra space there would be more appreciated for those with thick radiators.

    I wouldn't say that this case is over priced, though I do wish it had less plastic and more metal. I'm personally not a fan of the mixed white/black trim cases but opinions will of course vary by person. I totally dig the flat black though.
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  • zero2dash - Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - link

    Corsair reps are saying TX is EOL which means the RM is replacing them - and that's a bloody shame. (source: http://hardforum.com/showpost.php?p=1040375135&...

    IMHO they should merge some of the lines.
    Take CS and GS and implement into CX
    Keep TX
    Trash RM since they review so poorly
    Keep HX
    Combine AX & AXi (though I'd call it AX to stay consistent with the other lines ending in X)

    Used to be so simple. 3 lines - VX, TX, HX. Cheap, enthusiast wired, enthusiast modular.

    I think they've overcomplicated it for really no reason whatsoever.

    Meanwhile I'm waiting for my TX V2 to get here from RMA out nearly 3 weeks now. Corsair support has fallen off quite a bit from what I experienced with the few VX and HX issues I've had in the past.
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  • Aikouka - Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - link

    I was rather surprised at your comment on the RM series. I've used Corsair PSUs from the HX, AX and RM series, and in my research prior to purchasing, I saw the most negative comments about the AX series and the proposed coil whine. I've owned two HX750s, one AX860 and one RM750, and I haven't had an issue with any of them. Reply
  • ZeDestructor - Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - link

    The AX has been completely replaced by the AXi. Down here in Australia where the stocks go fairly fast at least.

    As for the RM, where do you read bad reviews? Jonnyguru.com seems quite happy with it...
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  • Kevin G - Thursday, January 9, 2014 - link

    I read a bad review here:
    http://hardocp.com/article/2013/11/13/corsair_rm75...

    Essentially the algorithm to turn on the fan was flawed and the system could trip its break before the fan would kick in. If the load jumped quickly, got the fan running, it worked otherwise as expected according to the review.
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  • garadante - Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - link

    Is there any word on when Corsair will release an H110i? I'm surprise to see this H105 not be an H105i. I'd really like the ability the throttle the pump and fans attached to the pump easily! Waiting for Corsair to announce them so I can throw money at 'em. Reply
  • Jambe - Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - link

    Since that mITX case is 28 liters, why wouldn't one just get an mATX chassis instead and have more space and slots and such?

    That also confounded me with the Prodigy, which is 26 liters; if I'm building a SFF computer I kind of need the dimensions to be, y'know... small.
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  • Gadgety - Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - link

    I wish that AX1500i had been out last year when I got the Silverstone Strider 1500. Reply
  • HisDivineOrder - Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - link

    Corsair! No cube-shaped Obsidian? Instead, you go with yet ANOTHER oversized ITX case that makes ITX irrelevant?

    Fail, Corsair. Fail.
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