Unlock the Power of Zen 3

If you’re planning to build a new PC with a new Zen 3-powered processor, or upgrade your existing PC, CORSAIR has everything you need ranging from high performance coolers, high-speed memory kits,  and power supplies that’ll keep your system running at peak performance. 

AMD’s Zen 3 desktop processors will continue the AM4 legacy, meaning that our entire lineup of CPU liquid coolers will be compatible out of the box! And with new additions, like the ELITE CAPELLIX series liquid coolers, you’ll get a high-performance pump, an all-new dedicated fan/pump and lighting controller called the Commander CORE, as well as powerful magnetic levitation fans for optimal cooling to keep your next Ryzen processor’s turbo clocks at maximum. 

If you want to keep your Zen under water, our Hydro X Series XC7 CPU block is a fantastic choice that’s compatible with the AM4 socket. And of course, the rest of our HYDRO X Series lineup includes everything you need to make a beautiful, high performance liquid cooling loop. 

Ryzen processors thrive with high speed memory thanks to AMD’s Infinity Fabric and we’ve got plenty to offer with a wide range of styles, speeds, and capacities to choose from. For the most bang for your buck, we recommend kits rated for 3200MHz – 3600MHz

Of course, if your next PC has an AMD B550 or X570 motherboard, you’ll want to take full advantage of PCI-Express 4.0’s raw bandwidth with a blazing fast M.2 NVMe SSD like the MP600 which can hit sequential read speeds of up to 4,950MB/s and sequential write speeds of up to 4,250MB/s!

Our lineup of power supplies are widely recognized for their performance and reliability amongst enthusiast PC builders. Our new CX-F Series of RGB power supplies offer a great combination of affordability and performance topped with a splash of color. 

If you want something with a few more features and higher efficiency, look at our award-winning RMHX, and AX series power supplies which feature Zero RPM fan mode for quiet operation and fully modular cables to make cable management a breeze 

To keep up to date with the Zen 3 discussion or to get tips and tricks for your next build, join our community over on RedditDiscord, or our User Forums

Picking a Case for RTX 30 Series

With the new Nvidia RTX 3080 and 3090 graphics cards finally on the market, it’s important that your system is kept as cool as possible with sufficient airflow. If you’re building a completely new system from scratch or upgrading your current system, you might want to double check your PC case to make sure it can facilitate enough airflow. Here are a few of our top recommendations for PC cases.

The new 4000D is a great choice if you prefer a clean, minimalist aesthetic (take a look at the airflow version if you want even better cooling). If you have a slightly bigger budget and want to “bling out your rig”, then the 4000X will give you everything the 4000D has to offer, along with a tempered glass front panel and extra accessories like three RGB fans with AirGuide anti-vortex technology and a Lighting Node Core to control the lighting. The 4000D, 4000D AIRFLOW, and 4000X are available in black and white.

The 275R Airflow is a budget-friendly mid-tower case that has proper airflow, as the name suggests, with its ventilated cutout design on the front panel. Since it has 370mm of clearance for the graphics card, it can fit even the monster RTX 3090 with room for up to six 120mm cooling fans.

Another great mid-tower case is the 465X RGB, especially since it comes with three of our highly popular LL120 RGB fans. Instead of a mesh grill or cutout design for the front panel, it features solid tempered glass that’s positioned with enough space to allow good airflow and not smother the front intake fans.

If budget is not a problem and you are willing to go all out on aesthetics without compromising on performance, then the Obsidian 500D SE mid-tower and Obsidian 1000D super tower are fantastic choices for ideal air and water-cooling. The 1000D is just an absolute beast and can hold up to 18 cooling fans, dual PC systems, up to 480mm sized radiators, and an advanced custom cooling loop like our Hydro X Series if that is what you’re going for.

In conclusion, we’ve prioritized cases that offer a good amount of ventilation on the front panel since that’s the driving force for pulling in lots of cool air. That said, if you’re planning on mounting a front panel radiator with a push, pull, or push-pull configuration, it’s always best to double check the clearance to make sure you still have enough room to accommodate your new graphics card. If you need help with your next build or upgrade, check out our community on Reddit, Discord, or our User Forums!

All Your Devices, Just a Cable Away

Connect a single cable to your laptop and crank your productivity to the max with the ability to power dual 4K HDR displays and provide plenty of bandwidth to other devices to help you get the job done quickly with multiple high-speed ports. That’s right, today we’re going to talk about Thunderbolt™ 3.

Thunderbolt™ is a port with massive bandwidth behind it. With the current iteration, Thunderbolt™ 3 pushes 40 Gbps, roughly 8x faster than USB 3.0 ports and 4x faster than USB Type-C 10Gbps ports that users are familiar with. To take advantage of Thunderbolt™ 3 you MUST have a system equipped with a Thunderbolt™ 3 port – luckily, many high-end laptops and desktops have incorporated Thunderbolt™ 3 already.

Thunderbolt™ unlocks a new level of external accessories and can be found in professional displays, external storage arrays, and external PCIe enclosures.

That said, Thunderbolt™’s substantial bandwidth is most often seen at work in Thunderbolt™ dock accessories, expanding the number of physical ports available to your system, enabling dual 4K display-out as well as full-speed USB 5 Gbps and USB 10 Gbps ports for transferring files and driving peripherals all with a single cable connecting the dock and the host computer.

The new CORSAIR TBT100 Thunderbolt™ 3 Dock provides dual HDMI 2.0 ports to drive dual 4K HDR displays at 60Hz, dual USB-A 5Gbps ports, dual USB-C 10Gbps ports, Gigabit Ethernet, a 3.5mm combo port for audio, a Kensington Security Slot, a full-size SD Card slot, and can charge host laptops with up to 85W of power. CLICK HERE to explore our whole lineup of Thunderbolt™ 3 docks.


Here’s a table to break down the key differences between our Thunderbolt™ 3 docks:

ProductElgato Thunderbolt 3 Mini DockElgato Thunderbolt 3 DockCORSAIR TBT100 Thunderbolt 3 DockElgato Thunderbolt 3 Pro Dock
ThunderboltThunderbolt 3 (1-input)Thunderbolt 3 (2)Thunderbolt 3 (1-input)Thunderbolt 3 (2)
Video OutputDisplayPort (1), HDMI 2.0 (1)DisplayPort (1), Thunderbolt 3 (1)HDMI 2.0 (2)DisplayPort (1), Thunderbolt 3 (1)
Max Resolution4096 x 2160 pixels each4096 x 2160 pixels eachUp to 4096 x 2160 pixels (HDR)4096 x 2160 pixels each
USB PortsUSB-A SuperSpeed 5Gbps (1)USB-A SuperSpeed 5Gbps (3)USB-A SuperSpeed 5Gbps (2), USB-C SuperSpeed 10Gbps (2)USB-A SuperSpeed 5Gbps (2), USB-C SuperSpeed 10Gbps (2)
EthernetGigabit Ethernet (1)Gigabit Ethernet (1)Gigabit Ethernet (1)Gigabit Ethernet (1)
Media ReaderSD Card Reader (UHS-II)SD Card Reader (UHS-II), MicroSD Card Reader (UHS-II)
MSRP (USD)$99.99$249.99$259.99$349.99

And that’s it! A system equipped with Thunderbolt™ 3 provides massive bandwidth for your devices, which are now just a cable away! Join our community on Discord, Reddit, or our User Forum where we’ll be glad to help answer any questions you may have about our Thunderbolt™ products!

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!

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