Prepare Your PSU for NVIDIA 30-Series

NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 30-Series cards are their latest, high-performance GPUs and feature all sorts of new technologies and a completely new architecture (codenamed “Ampere”) that promises impressive improvements in gaming and rendering performance, specifically in ray-tracing capable apps.

How does this affect my PSU?

New graphics cards mean new, better things for gaming. But this time around there’s another interesting change. In addition to being exceptionally cool looking and supporting all new RTX-focused features and performance, the new RTX 30-Series cards up the power requirements over 20-Series significantly with the RTX 3070, 3080, and 3090 rated for 220W, 320W, and 350W for GPU power respectively. Recommended PSU ratings have also been increased this generation, with the RTX 3090 we recommend at least a PSU rated for 850 watts. To accommodate the new power load without just adding more 8-pin PCIe connectors, a new, smaller 12-pin power connector has been introduced on all three of NVIDIA’s brand new RTX 30-Series Founders Edition graphics cards, the GeForce RTX 3070, 3080, and 3090.

Standard PCIe power connectors (screenshot from NVIDIA)
New 12-pin power connector (screenshot from NVIDIA)


While a small adapter is included with each GPU for your existing power supply cables, that adapter converts two dedicated PCIe power cables to the new 12-pin connector per NVIDIA’s recommended configuration. But adapters can be clunky, ugly, and increase resistance, so we’ve taken the extra step and made a much more elegant cable for all our modular PSUs. Our thoroughly tested solution is designed for those that have an eye for cable management and don’t want adapters cluttering up their clean builds. It connects two PCIe / CPU PSU ports directly to the new 12-pin connector.

Fully compatible with all Type 3 and Type 4 CORSAIR modular power supplies, our new cable provides a clean direct connection without adding the resistance of a messy-looking adapter.

What are the benefits?

The new 12-pin connector is roughly the same size as a single industry standard 8-pin PCIe but can provide significantly more power in that same space. This allowed NVIDIA to allocate the space previously used for power connectors to other things, like improved cooling. And with our solution being a complete cable rather than a pigtail-style adapter, it makes it easier for you to get the ball rolling without having to compromise on your pristine cable management.

When/Where can I get it?

Soon! We’re hard at work making these cables right now, and our goal is to have them available as soon as you can buy your new RTX 30-series card. If you have a modular CORSAIR PSU and want a notification of when the cable is available, click HERE to sign up and we’ll send you an email as soon as they’re ready.

Is Your PC Ready for Take Off? Flight Simulator 2020

Is your system ready for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020? If it isn’t or you’re not quite sure, it can be with these helpful tips we’ve put together in addition to a brief overview of our component lineup ranging from SSDs to store large game titles, coolers to keep your CPU at peak performance, and memory kits at different speeds and capacities to help you keep up with increasingly demanding virtual experiences.

Let’s take a quick look at the game’s minimum and recommended system requirements:

MINIMUM:

Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system

OS: Windows 10

Processor: Intel i5-4460 | AMD Ryzen 3 1200

Memory: 8 GB RAM

Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 770 | AMD Radeon RX 570

DirectX: Version 11

Storage: 150 GB available space

RECOMMENDED:

Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system

OS: Windows 10

Processor: Intel i5-8400 | AMD Ryzen 5 1500X

Memory: 16 GB RAM

Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 970 | AMD Radeon RX 590

DirectX: Version 11

Storage: 150 GB available space

To sum up the system requirements, Flight Simulator 2020 doesn’t exactly require the latest and greatest graphics card which would make sense for a simulator title that’s heavy on CPU-based calculations (though it would be a good idea to have a card with a good amount of VRAM onboard, especially if you want to game at a higher resolution). That said, Microsoft does require a quad-core processor at minimum and the required storage space for all the game assets is considerable.

Performance

Flight Simulator 2020 is an experience clearly built with next generation hardware (and current generation PCs) in mind.

Sim titles tend to rely heavily on raw CPU resources where core count and core clock are king. Flight Simulator 2020 will make use of all the threads it can get and in this instance we see considerable thread usage across all available threads on our test system’s 1920X, however a few threads seemed to be doing more of the work, indicating that a higher all-core clockspeed would potentially see higher performance in-game.

Storage

Adding an SSD to your system is a relatively simple upgrade and with the latest Flight Simulator title requiring 150 GB of space for installation, you might want to consider picking up any of our SSDs in the 480GB – 2TB range to help with load times (especially if you’re still relying on a mechanical hard drive).

Cooling

To keep your processor from thermal throttling and maintain all-core boost clocks or manual overclocks, consider using one of our all-in-one liquid coolers like the H150i or jump into a fully custom liquid cooling system with our Hydro X Series of custom cooling components (which can also help you pin your GPU at its boost clocks as well for more GPU-focused titles).

Memory

Microsoft recommends 16GB of RAM for Flight Simulator which our friends over at Guru3D have confirmed through their own testing.

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Performance w/16GB/32GB/64GB DRAM courtesy of Guru3D.com (https://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/microsoft_flight_simulator_(2020)_pc_graphics_performance_benchmark_review,5.html)


Of course, if you intend on streaming your flights, you might want to consider upgrading to a 32GB kit depending on your streaming/recording setup (or build a dedicated streaming machine with a capture card). That said, total available RAM isn’t the whole picture, RAM speed for CPU-bound titles such as Flight Simulator can see a noticeable bump in performance at higher speeds, especially if you’re using a Ryzen processor (pro-tip: aim for 3200MHz- 3600MHz if you’re on Ryzen 2000 or newer).

Final Thoughts

Games are more demanding than ever and Flight Simulator 2020 is no exception, raising the bar for performance in nearly every metric. No matter if you’re a novice builder just needing a quick upgrade or you’re building a completely new system to power your sim rig, our products are ready to help you get the most performance out of your system and our awesome community on Reddit, Discord, and our own User Forums can help you get the info you need!

The Power of iCUE at Your Fingertips

Put the power of CORSAIR iCUE software at your fingertips with the CORSAIR iCUE NEXUS Companion Touch Screen, enabling control of your setup with a fully customizable interface.

What’s in the Box?

iCUE NEXUS box contents.

Included in the box is everything you need to get going. You’ve got three different keyboard mounting brackets that attach using double-sided tape and allow you to mount the iCUE NEXUS to the K70 RGB MK.2 (including both the Low Profile and SE models) as well as the K95 RGB PLATINUM and K95 RGB PLATINUM XT.

iCUE NEXUS mounted to K95 Platinum XT keyboard.

In addition, there is a helpful removal tool included should you decide to upgrade keyboards and need to remove the mounting bracket for whatever reason.

iCUE NEXUS standalone base station.

And last, but not least, we’ve also included a cradle you can house the iCUE NEXUS in to use it as a standalone device on your desk!

Ready to Rock and Roll

Once you’ve got the iCUE NEXUS set up, download the latest version of iCUE and you’re off to the races with some preset screens that’ll provide easy access to controls for your connected CORSAIR hardware!

iCUE NEXUS preset and custom screens in CORSAIR iCUE.

Customize. Personalize.

Of course, creating custom screens is where the fun really is. You can add blank screens and populate them with animated custom wallpapers, buttons with custom icons or animations, and a variety of different widgets.

iCUE NEXUS screen customization allows you to use custom icons and wallpapers.

Share Your Creations!

A lot of effort can be put into customizing your iCUE NEXUS, so make sure to back up your screens using the export feature! Should you move your iCUE NEXUS to a different PC or want to share your custom screens with a friend, use the import option and select the appropriate save file to load up your custom screens with your personal wallpapers and icons!

iCUE NEXUS screens can be exported to share with friends or for backing up your settings!

Conclusion

And that’s it! The CORSAIR iCUE NEXUS companion touchscreen adds a whole new dimension of customization and control to your iCUE-enabled setup. For more information about the iCUE NEXUS, check out our FAQ or check out this playlist of helpful tutorial videos we’ve put together.

Surround Yourself with a Symphony of Color – iCUE LT100 Smart Lighting Towers

The CORSAIR iCUE LT100 Smart Lighting Tower Starter Kit provides everything you need to illuminate your desk with diffused ambient lighting that synchronizes with your system, games and media.

What’s in the Box?

Included with the LT100 Starter Kit are two lighting towers (one main tower with a multi-function control button and a secondary tower), an external power supply, a 1.5m RGB cable, a micro USB cable and a headset holder.

  • Main Tower (with button)
  • Tower (without button)
  • Wall AC Power Adapter
  • 1.5m RGB Cable
  • Micro-USB Cable
  • Headset Holder

Expansion kits include a single expansion tower and a single y-cable that allows you to daisy chain expansion towers to the main tower.

The Setup

The starter kit and the expansion kits all the necessary cables to connect up to four LT100 towers together that can be arranged on your desk! You can also install the light bars into the base of each tower in either forward-facing or rear-facing orientation if you want the light to shine directly at you or at your wall.

The starter kit uses a single, straight RGB cable to connect the main tower to the other tower in the kit. Expansion kits include a single Y-adapter cable that allows you to daisy chain towers to the main tower, ending with the straight RGB cable to add the last tower.

If you connect additional towers from an expansion kit, press and hold the multi-function button on the main tower for 5 seconds to run LED detection.

No Software Necessary!

The LT100 Starter Kit can operate without software using the multi-function button on the main lighting tower. A total of 11 preset lighting profiles are included and you can cycle through them (while iCUE isn’t running or the USB cable is not connected) by pressing the multi-function button on the main LT100  tower for 2 seconds. The LEDs on the base of the main lighting tower will blink blue to confirm.

The main lighting tower included in the starter kit features a multi-function button that can be used to control lighting presets, LED detection and toggle lighting on or off.

Here’s a quick list of lighting effects you can access in hardware mode:

  1. Super X (Demo mode that cycles through a preset list of lighting effects)
  2. Color Shift
  3. Color Pulse
  4. Color Wave
  5. Static
  6. Temperature
  7. Sequential
  8. Marquee
  9. Rainbow
  10. Strobing
  11. Visor

If you need to shut the lights off, just press the multi-function on the main tower briefly and it’ll toggle lighting on or off.

But If You Want to Use iCUE…

Using the latest version of iCUE, you can control your LT100 by connecting the provided USB cable to your PC, enabling a wide variety of preset, custom and ambient lighting modes!

When setting up your LT100 in iCUE, swing by the “Lighting Setup” tab, run LED detection to ensure your LT100 towers are detected properly and arrange your LT100 towers by dragging and dropping them on screen to the appropriate position based on your actual desk setup.

The “Lighting Setup” tab allows you to arrange the order of your LT100 towers in software as well as run LED detection if you’ve added expansion towers.

A quick pro-tip for channel-wide effects like sequential or visor, got to “Lighting Effects” and apply a a quick sequential effect then go back to “Lighting Setup”, click and drag the lighting towers in the preview until the towers light up in the desired sequence on your desk!

Ambient Lighting Enabled!

Like our LS100 Smart Lighting Strip Starter Kit, ambient video lighting mode is available to the LT100. New with the LT100, you can assign a specific display to capture and customize the screen area captured by each lighting tower by using the controls to precisely match specific areas on your screen.

Toggle “custom screen capture” and use the preview on the right hand side to customize your LT100 tower capture area for video lighting mode.

When setting up video lighting mode, try using a vibrant background image with a spectrum of colors across the screen like the CORSAIR wallpaper below or use some kind of static test pattern to make video mode configuration easier.

Wallpapers with a lot of variety across different parts of the image help to make video lighting setup quick and easy!

You can also set your LT100’s hardware lighting behavior. Go to the “Hardware Lighting” section and set a static color effect with RGB values all set to 0 (black). This will make your LT100 towers turn off automatically when you lock or power off your PC rather than having to press the multi-function button to disable lighting after your PC has been locked or powered off.

Conclusion

And that’s it! The CORSAIR iCUE LT100 Smart Lighting Tower Starter Kit is a fantastic lighting accessory for your gaming or media setup. Click here for product availability and more information about the LT100 Starter Kit and feel free to also check out our tutorial video below if you need additional help with setting yours up!

Check out our tutorial video for more information about setting up your LT100 Starter Kit!

CORSAIR HEADSETS FOR WORK AND PLAY

Headsets enable communication across multiple platforms and applications in an increasingly connected world. To make it easy to navigate the sea of audio products, we’ve put together a cheat sheet outlining some key features of each headset family with notes on connectivity and compatibility so you can choose the right headset for your home office or gaming setup!

HS and HS PRO

Our HS and HS PRO headsets may be our entry level, but the HS family packs a punch where it counts in terms of basic features. Our entire HS lineup is equipped with 50mm drivers that have been tuned for quality as well as a highly capable unidirectional microphone that helps to isolate your voice from unwanted background noise. Best of all, the entire lineup (with the exception of the wireless HS70 PRO) features a standard 3.5mm headphone jack that you can simply plug into your console’s controller or audio combo jack on your Mac/PC! 

ModelHS35 HS45 HS50 PRO HS60 PRO HS70 PRO 
Connectivity 3.5mm analog combo, Mic/Headphone Splitter (Carbon) 3.5mm analog combo / USB dongle 3.5mm analog combo 3.5mm analog combo / USB dongle Wireless USB Receiver 
Compatibility Mac/PC, Console Mac/PC, ConsoleMac/PC, Console Mac/PC, Console Mac/PC, Console (PS4) 

VOID ELITE

The VOID family is by far our most popular, with a unique look, high comfort and omnidirectional microphone for improved quality. To sweeten the deal, the VOID ELITE lineup has additional creature comforts like rotatable earcups and large onboard buttons for easy access! The USB and wireless models up the ante even further with an upgraded rear control toggle for volume (over a standard volume wheel) and quickly changing EQ settings as well as a smart mute feature which disables the mic when in the up position. All of these great features come together to make navigating your next online match or conference call a breeze.

Model VOID ELITE SURROUND VOID ELITE USBVOID ELITE WIRELESS 
Connectivity 3.5mm analog combo / USB dongle Wired USB Wireless USB Receiver 
Compatibility Mac/PC, ConsoleMac/PC, Console (PS4) Mac/PC, Console (PS4) 

VIRTUOSO

The VIRTUOSO RGB and VIRTUOSO RGB SE are our top of the line headsets with multiple connectivity options available no matter which version you pick. You can connect directly to your Mac/PC over USB, analog 3.5mm or wirelessly with the included SLIPSTREAM wireless USB dongle! If you’re concerned about how your voice sounds, the broadcast-grade omnidirectional microphone on both the standard and SE models as well as our exclusive SLIPSTREAM wireless technology make sure that you can hear and be heard with better audio quality than ever, all without wires! And if you do opt to use a wire, both the VIRTUOSO RGB and VIRTUOSO RGB SE offer crystal clear 24-bit 96kHz playback over USB on your PC! 

Model VIRTUOSO RGBVIRTUOSO RGB SE 
Connectivity 3.5mm analog combo cable / USB cable, SLIPSTREAM Wireless USB dongle 3.5mm analog combo cable / USB cable, SLIPSTREAM Wireless USB dongle 
Compatibility Mac/PC, Console (USB – PS4; 3.5mm Analog – PS4, XBOX ONE, Nintendo Switch)Mac/PC, Console (USB – PS4; 3.5mm Analog – PS4, XBOX ONE, Nintendo Switch)

Stand Up for Excellent Audio!

If you’ve got a headset and find yourself setting it on your desk or hanging it on your monitor when you’re done for the day, our ST100 RGB is a sturdy RGB headset stand that doesn’t just add a splash of color to your space and give your headset a proper place to stay, it also packs an integrated USB hub for wireless receivers as well as a built-in audio combo jack that enables features like sidetone monitoring and simple, customizable EQ settings through our iCUE Software!

The Choice is Yours

No matter which headset you choose for work or play, CORSAIR has the solution for you, ranging from universally compatible 3.5mm headsets all the way up to feature-rich wireless headsets! For more information about our headset lineup, you can check them out here, visit our User Forum or join us on Discord

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