CORSAIR HS80 RGB WIRELESS HEADSET

The HS80 RGB WIRELESS is a mix of iconic CORSAIR design, superb audio quality, industry-leading wireless technology, all wrapped up in a durable, light-weight build. When connected via USB, you can experience true high-fidelity 24bit/96kHz audio or take advantage of the hyper-fast SLIPSTREAM wireless connection with a range of up to 60ft and 20 hours of battery life. The HS80 RGB WIRELESS also comes with immersive Dolby Atmos when used on PC to give you detailed sound while utilizing the 50mm high-density neodymium audio drivers.

The headband strap design is made with a flexible leather and fabric combo that’s easily adjustable so that it fits a wide range of head shapes. To adjust the fit of the headband, release the inner straps on both sides of the headset and change the length to your desired fit and reattach the straps to secure the adjustment. It’s that easy!

The earcups have on-ear volume and mute controls with a smooth scrolling volume wheel on the left side. Additionally, you also get a broadcast-grade omni-directional microphone that captures voice with terrific clarity and has a flip-up mute function with a built-in LED indicator. The earcup cushions are soft and comfortable with the ability to detach for easy replacement and cleaning.

To detach the earcup cushions, lay the headset down with the cushions facing up. Then turn the earcups outwards to release and remove. To reattach, reverse the process and turn the earcups inwards to secure them back in place. That’s it!

If you’d like to see a video tutorial on the above mentioned details about the CORSAIR HS80 RGB WIRELESS headset, please check out the YouTube link below.

Benefits of Optical Switches for Gaming Mice

When it comes to gaming mice, speed is of the utmost importance. High polling rates and lightning-fast switches work together to register your inputs as fast as possible.

The M65 RGB Ultra gaming mouse on a desk with mousepad, K70 TKL gaming keyboard and HS80 RGB Wireless gaming headset

With the new M65 RGB ULTRA, we’re bringing optical switches to gaming mice. As you might recall, the K100 RGB introduced OPX optical-mechanical switches to our lineup of gaming keyboards, but now you may be asking, “what is an optical switch?” and “how would an optical switch benefit me?” Don’t worry! Hopefully by the end of this, you’ll not only understand what an optical switch is, but how they can also improve your game!

A Review of Traditional Switches

Typical mechanical switches and buttons rely on the physical contact of a metal plate to close a circuit that is then reported as a key or button press.

A cutaway view of an older M65 mouse with a traditional mechanical Omron mouse button switch

Mechanical switches have been refined greatly over time and are great choices to this day for gaming, however they still rely on mechanical contacts that wear out over time and vibrate or “bounce” once released, causing unintentional secondary inputs which need to be accounted for in firmware in the form of a “debounce delay” adding to overall click latency.

What’s an Optical Switch?

An optical switch swaps out the physical contact for a beam of infrared light that registers a keypress or mouse button click once the beam is broken.

An animated clip showing an M65 RGB Ultra mouse coming apart to reveal an optical switch being pressed

Benefits of Optical Switches

Since an optical switch works with a beam of light rather than the coming together of metal contacts, we’re able to eliminate switch bounce entirely.

A graph depicting the lack of switch bounce on an optical switch, whereas a traditional switch will bounce and need an artificial debounce delay which adds to overall latency

With switch bounce out of the equation, additional click latency in the form of a debounce delay isn’t needed so the mouse or keyboard is able to instantly register another input once the button has reset.

Another benefit of optical switches is improved durability as the lack of metal contacts substantially simplifies the design of the switch, removing the metal contacts that will wear out over time.

Closing Thoughts

Whether you’re using a mouse or keyboard, optical switches provide a competitive edge, ensuring that your inputs are registered as fast as possible and with the added durability, you can game with confidence knowing that your hardware will stand up to the test of time.

M65 RGB Ultra wireless gaming mouse on mousepad next to K70 TKL gaming keyboard and ST100 RGB gaming headset stand

To learn more about our optical switch offerings, check out the K100 RGB Optical-Mechanical Gaming Keyboard or our M65 RGB Ultra lineup.

To join the gaming hardware discussion, check out our communities over on the CORSAIR User Forum, Discord, and Reddit!

Direct Airflow Path

Picking the right chassis for your build is essential for thermal performance especially with modern components that are now drawing more power and producing more heat as the industry continues to push higher speeds and overclocking limits. Let’s discuss the importance of what we at CORSAIR call, Direct Airflow Path in PC case designs.

When setting up your case fans, having the right balance between intake and exhaust airflow is something to keep in mind. A very common setup would have case fans set to intake from the front panel of your chassis whereas exhaust fans would typically be configured on the top and rear panels.

Pulling fresh cold air through the front panel allows the airflow path to pass directly over your graphics card, CPU, and RAM to keep them cool. Heat naturally rises, so having the exhaust fans on the top and rear panels would help guide the hot air out of the case. Some PC cases like the Crystal Series 680X RGB even have room on the bottom panel where fans can be setup for intake to increase cold airflow.

Looking at an older chassis like the CORSAIR 400R isn’t too different from many modern budget cases and will have permanently fixed drive cages sitting right up against the inside of the front panel.

CORSAIR 750D drive cages reducing airflow from front panel intake fans.

The CORSAIR 750D took advantage of the emerging trend towards 2.5″ SSDs by allowing you to mount them against the back of the case while featuring removable 3.5″ hard drive cages that could be taken out to allow air to flow in more directly from the front panel fans, it did still support a 5.25″ ODD bay which limited the front panel to just two 120mm fans in the front.

CORSAIR 4000D Airflow Side View

As case design has evolved, massive dedicated drive cages, and ODD bays have largely fallen out of favor due to the increasing popularity of fast M.2 storage solutions and the digital delivery of games/other software. A modern CORSAIR chassis like the CORSAIR 4000D Airflow was designed for airflow (as you could probably tell by the name) with generously perforated cutouts on the front panel and takes advantage of these trends by keeping its single removable drive cage within the PSU shroud and omitting an ODD bay altogether, allowing for direct airflow from the front panel intake fans.

As we mentioned before an older chassis like the 400R and 750D can also be adjusted for better direct airflow by simply removing the drive cages. If you are using multiple drives for your storage, consider switching to 2.5″ SSDs and mount them against the back panel instead. Not only does this solution free up obstructions to the front panel intake fans, but you’ll also be benefitting from faster solid state drives compared to traditional 3.5″ drives.

Another thing to keep in mind is how airflow can affect the pressure inside your case. If you have more intake airflow than exhaust, then you’ll most likely have a positive pressure. Conversely, more exhaust than intake airflow will cause a negative pressure. Generally speaking, positive pressure is better because air will naturally be forced or find its way out of the case through perforations or other openings. That said, it’s best not to have things like unmanaged cable clutter shoved in a corner or stacks of drive cages in front of your intake fans that hinder direct airflow.

CORSAIR Crystal Series 680X RGB with 3 intake fans on front and 5 exhaust fans resulting in negative pressure.

In the 680X RGB case build above, if the two bottom fans were flipped around to become intake fans, then the resulting pressure inside this case would most likely be positive instead.

In summary, pick a case without obstructions to your intake fans no matter where they are placed. If you happen to pick a case that does have obstructions to those intake fans, it would be best to adjust and remove those for better airflow. Then finally, have decent cable management so they aren’t cluttered in areas that would restrict airflow path.

If you’d like to learn more about the DC vs PWM fans and how they work, check out the following video from our CORSAIR Lab YouTube channel.

Fan Week is Coming!

You’ve heard of shark week… but have you heard of FAN WEEK?

CORSAIR has a wide variety of internal components for PC builds with cooling and fans being among our most popular. What’s not to love when you can get the cooling you need for your processor or graphics card AND glorious RGB all at once?

To celebrate one of our “coolest” product categories, our social media channels and our Memeology department will be focusing entirely on Fans from August 23rd to August 30th. It’ll be all fans for as far as the eye can see.

(That’s “fans” as in the product, not “fans” as in the loving community that supports us)

Animated array of fans in various colors

If you haven’t already, follow us over on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, and even TikTok for only the best PC fan-related posts!

Animation of two systems with different fan lighting effects playing.

And if you have questions about fans or other CORSAIR hardware, join the discussion over on our new User Forum or our community on Discord while you’re at it!

Test Your Overclocking Might w/HWBOT

We’ve partnered up with our friends at HWBOT to put together an overclocking competition that everyone can participate in before we celebrate the launch of DDR5 later this year!

Who’s eligible?

Do you have a PC that can overclock and uses CORSAIR DDR4 memory? Then you’re able to participate once the first stage of the competition opens up on August 15th!

What do I need to enter?

  • – You must use retail CORSAIR DDR4 memory
  • – No engineering/qualification samples of other components are allowed
  • – The rig you use must be yours and you must use the same platform (CPU/motherboard) for all 3 stages of the contest.
A kit of CORSAIR memory and a system capable of overclocking are required.

What about cooling? (Do I need LN2 or a chiller to compete?)

To make this competition as accessible as possible, only ambient cooling solutions are permitted. So any standard gaming rig with an air or liquid cooler is fine (as long as you’re using a kit of CORSAIR DDR4).

Air cooling, AIO liquid cooling, and custom liquid cooled systems are permitted.

How will this work?

There are three stages to the competition and each stage lasts about 2 weeks to give you time to tweak your OC and submit your scores to HWBOT. You’ll be given points based on how well you do for each stage and those points will be added up to calculate your overall ranking.

More information about eligibility and competition rules can be found over at HWBOT’s article.

What’s in it for me?

We’ve put together a list of prizes for 1st through 5th place rankings as well as a raffle for all participants, including awesome products like our RM1000X PSU, MP600 PRO PCIe 4.0 M.2 NVMe SSD, K60 RGB PRO SE gaming keyboard, and Sabre RGB PRO Gaming mouse!

But there’s more… it is a DRAM OC competition after all, so we’re throwing in some DDR5 memory kits as prizes, these will be delivered after DDR5 launches, but they are certainly something to look forward to if you’ve been planning to upgrade later this year!

Let’s Do This!

If you’re interested and think you have what it takes to take on this overclocking challenge, you can enter at the submission page.
To join the discussion on CORSAIR memory products and overclocking, check out our newly updated User Forums and be sure to check out our communities over on Discord and Reddit!

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