CORSAIR Vengeance Gaming PCs with advanced graphics technologies like real-time ray tracing and DLSS AI up-scaling powered by NVIDIA RTX 30-Series graphics give you all the performance you need to play the latest AAA titles in full fidelity.

CORSAIR Lab video explaining benefits of ray tracing and DLSS on systems powered by NVIDIA RTX.

First, let’s briefly define and talk about what RTX Ray Tracing and DLSS are before we jump into why the CORSAIR Vengeance a7200 Gaming PC is a solid choice for modern titles.

Ray tracing on supported titles can result in more realistic shadows, reflections, and lighting.
A game with ray tracing can have more realistic shadows, reflections, and lighting.

RTX is NVIDIA’s implementation of real-time raytracing using dedicated RT cores baked into the GPU to do highly complex calculations for lighting and reflections. Allowing in-game environments to be even more immersive.

DLSS helps to lighten the load on your graphics card, resulting in a sharp increase in FPS when enabled.
DLSS can result in sharper, high resolution images without putting a huge load on your graphics card.

While ray-traced lighting and shadows provide an easy to spot visual upgrade to games, DLSS (deep learning super sampling) is where the real magic is, boosting FPS by rendering a supported game at a lower resolution that is then upscaled using AI to produce frames at awesome quality. 

Also note that turning raytracing on by itself is not recommended as current hardware are still struggling to handle such workloads without the help of DLSS. Without making this blog too long about how DLSS and raytracing work together, here’s a quick rundown.

  1. DLSS works on a game-by-game basis, using a model put together with machine learning on an NVIDIA supercomputer comparing aliased, low resolution frames from a game to “perfect” frame renders at a higher resolution.
  2. With all this information baked into the DLSS model, a game with DLSS will replicate these perfect high-res frames to produce cleaner, high resolution frames even though the game itself renders at a lower resolution on your machine.
  3. This helps to free up system resources for your game which results in higher framerates. Thus, allowing you a more enjoyable experience.
Inside of a CORSAIR Vengeance Gaming PC

These technologies are game changing and when paired with CORSAIR components in a system like the Vengeance i7200 or a7200, the RTX 30-series graphics cards run at peak performance with all the power and cooling they need to drive the latest AAA titles on all the “pretty settings”.

Special edition Cyberpunk 2077 RTX 2080 Ti graphics card.

Cyberpunk 2077 with RTX on features ray-traced shadows, reflections, global illumination, diffuse illumination, and ambient occlusion for a more vibrant, life-like Night City, making this a game that benefits greatly from NVIDIA DLSS. To demonstrate, we’ve set up a quick test on our Vengeance A7200, setting everything including Ray Tracing to ULTRA at 1440p, but keeping DLSS off. With those settings we managed 39.52 FPS on average. Testing again with DLSS set to quality mode, we hit an average FPS of 60.10, resulting in a much smoother experience while maintaining excellent quality.

Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War supports ray traced lighting and DLSS.

And to further drive the benefits of DLSS, we did a similar test with Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, this time cranking the resolution up to 4K with all settings including ray tracing set to maximum. Without DLSS, our average FPS was a respectable 55.86 frames per second. However, switching on DLSS Performance mode gave us a drastic improvement, increasing our average FPS to 77.55 with a barely noticeable difference in quality.

And there you have it, CORSAIR Vengeance Gaming PCs and NVIDIA RTX graphics are the perfect pairing for your next upgrade, delivering gorgeous visuals and silky smooth gameplay!

For information regarding CORSAIR systems powered by Nvidia RTX, be sure to check out and our Discord server, subreddit and the official CORSAIR forums to learn more.


One of the coolest features of our ELITE CAPELLIX RGB CPU liquid coolers is the removable cap for the pump head which you can swap out for an alternate an alternate pump cap included in the box along with the hardware you need to remove the pre-installed pump cap. But what if you want to do more to customize the look of your ELITE CAPELLIX cooler?

Screenshot image of the CORSAIR ELITE CAPELLIX liquid CPU cooler product page with an arrow marking the download file for 2D and 3D pump cap files
2D / 3D pump cap files can be found in the “DOWNLOADS” section of the product page.

For those with the desire for DIY, we’ve provided files that can be used to 3D print your own custom pump caps!

Side by side comparison of a custom ELITE CAPELLIX pump cap with the two stock pump cap options included with the cooler
DIY ELITE CAPELLIX pump cap by Blacksad (left), stock ELITE CAPELLIX pump caps (right)

And over on /r/CORSAIR as well as our own CORSAIR User Forums, community member Blacksad has put together a guide for users wanting to mod their existing ELITE CAPELLIX pump cap or a 3D printed blank. We’ve put together a condensed version of their guide, and you can click this link to read the full guide over on our User Forums. Thank you again Blacksad for sharing this with the CORSAIR community!

A collection of custom DIY pump caps made by Blacksad from the CORSAIR User Forums
Photo Credit: Blacksad, CORSAIR User Forums

How to 3D Print Blank Pump Caps

To get caps to 3D print, download the 3D files for the CORSAIR ELITE CAPELLIX CPU liquid cooler pump cap and take them to a 3D printing site or print on your own 3D/resin printer if you happen to have one. If you want a completely transparent blank pump cap, use a clear resin as the printing material and if you’re not concerned about transparency, you can print with a standard 3D printer using PLA or ABS filaments in very light colors which would allow the RGB lighting to shine through.

Making Your Own Pump Cap Decals

Use this template to get the dimensions of the area you have to work with for a custom design.
While a vinyl decal would produce the best results, you can try out a design by making a paper decal and sandwiching it between a blank, clear pump cap and the light diffusor of the pump head. Print out the design you’d like on one side of your paper, then mirror it and print it again on the other side to reduce the amount of light bleeding through the print.
If you have access to a vinyl cutter or intend on hand cutting a design, make sure that you reverse the image before cutting so that it’ll be oriented the correct way when applied to the bottom of the pump cap, especially if using vinyl with an adhesive side.
Once you’ve made your design, make sure to trim it down to size for the pump cap and install!

Cropped image of a custom DIY ELITE CAPELLIX pump cap lit up in Blacksad's system
Photo Credit: Blacksad, CORSAIR User Forums

Blanking a Stock Pump Cap

If you don’t have access to a 3D printer or are unable to get a 3D printed pump cap made, you can mod one of the stock ELITE CAPELLIX pump caps! Put the stock pump cap down on a soft material such as a towel or paper towel to avoid scratching up the front of the pump cap. Use 180 to 220 grit sandpaper, and sand with moderate force repeatedly in a single direction, going in a cross pattern will scuff up the side of the pump cap you’re sanding and will likely make the pump cap cloudy (we would recommend wet sanding if possible). Repeat the sanding until the decals wear away. Rinse all dust from the pump cap and wipe dry with a paper towel.
Badsad has additional tips and tricks and links to 3D printing resources, options for decal paper, and more in their forum post.

Closing Thoughts

CORSAIR and DIY go hand in hand, whether it’s one’s first build or an extravagant custom modded PC. If you’ve just built your first PC or want to share a cool mod you did with our community, join us over on the CORSAIR User Forums, Reddit, or Discord!

Choosing New Memory for Your System

Back with a Vengeance

VENGEANCE RGB PRO SL refines the style of the highly popular VENGEANCE RGB PRO lineup, sporting a tweaked industrial design and measuring at just 44mm tall which greatly increases the compatibility of VENGEANCE RGB PRO SL with many cases in terms of clearance with top-mounted radiators.

VENGEANCE RGB PRO SL matches high performance with refined style and wide compatibility.
VENGEANCE RGB PRO SL matches high performance with refined style and wide compatibility.

However, with many memory launches, we get loads of questions about picking the right kit for a wide variety of motherboards, CPUs, and systems in general.

How Do I Find Compatible Memory?

With our new memory, we’ve also launched a new memory finder on our website, integrated directly into the memory page, with loads of options to dial in your system config and get you paired up with compatible memory kits.

Not all memory kits are created equal and picking compatible memory with the right mix of speed, latency, and capacity is important for a stable system.
Not all memory kits are created equal and picking compatible memory with the right mix of speed, latency, and capacity is important for a stable system.

Our new memory finder can be accessed by clicking the “FIND BY COMPATIBILITY” button when on our memory page.

The new CORSAIR Memory Finder is integrated directly into the memory category page on our website, you can start by clicking "FIND BY COMPATIBILITY".
The new CORSAIR Memory Finder is integrated directly into the memory category page on our website, you can start by clicking “FIND BY COMPATIBILITY”.

From here, you can dial down compatibility by system like a CORSAIR ONE, CORSAIR VENGEANCE GAMING PC, or ORIGIN Gaming Notebook for example, or if you’re wanting to spec out memory for your own build, you can sort by motherboard and make the appropriate selections using the dropdown menus.

The memory finder lets you filter compatibility by system or motherboard model.
The memory finder lets you filter compatibility by system or motherboard model.

Once you’ve selected your system or motherboard, you can refine the results with filters for things like total kit capacity, number of modules, color, speed, or CAS latency. When shopping for memory, it’s good to keep in mind that speed is only part of the equation, if you want the fastest memory possible for your system, go for the fastest supported kit with as low latency as you can find, and depending on the application, it may actually be better to go with a lower speed kit with better (lower) latency.

You can filter the results even more based on your preferences such as number of modules, total capacity, etc.
You can filter the results even more based on your preferences such as number of modules, total capacity, etc.

Once you’ve found a module you like, click the “LEARN MORE” button to be taken to the product page for that memory and add it to cart!

Picking the right CORSAIR memory for your system is easier than ever with tools like our memory finder.
Picking the right CORSAIR memory for your system is easier than ever with tools like our memory finder.

Of course, if you already know what memory you’re looking for you can just browse the normal way, but we hope that this new memory finder tool makes it easier for you if you’re still trying to make sense of it all! If you have any questions about CORSAIR memory products, join our community over on the CORSAIR User Forum, Reddit, and Discord!

4000 & 5000 Series Case Comparison

Our 4000 Series and the most recently launched 5000 Series cases have arrived! Both lineups signal a return to classic CORSAIR styling with a focus on improving the build experience, flexibility, and performance over our previous lineup of cases.


This new case lineup began with the 4000 Series launching back in September of 2020, introducing features like the RapidRoute cable management system, more space behind the motherboard tray, and all new case fans developed with CORSAIR AirGuide technology for delivering focused airflow to your components, all of which come together to make it simple and easy to make a clean looking and high performing build.

CORSAIR AirGuide technology utilizes stator vanes built into the frame of the fan to concentrate airflow out the rear of the fan.

The 4000 Series is a great starting point, but if you need even more room for massive cooling such as a custom water cooling loop built with Hydro X components, our most recently launched 5000 Series of cases take those great features introduced by the 4000 Series and expands on them with more cable management features using the CORSAIR RapidRoute cable management system and more options for mounting cooling hardware, all packed in a mid-tower chassis that’s grown in every dimension.

Since it might be a little difficult to tell the size difference between the two case series, we’ve put together some line art with examples of both cases side by side to illustrate:

Figure 1 – CORSAIR 4000 Series (left) and 5000 Series (right)
Figure 2 – CORSAIR 4000 Series (left) and 5000 Series (right)

If you’re looking for a comprehensive comparison between the two series, we’ve put together this table:

Case SeriesCORSAIR 4000 SeriesCORSAIR 5000 Series
Variants4000D, 4000D AIRFLOW, 4000X RGB5000D, 5000D AIRFLOW, 5000X RGB
ColorsBlack, WhiteBlack, White
Chassis TypeATX Mid TowerATX Mid Tower
Motherboard SupportMini ITX, Micro ATX, ATX, E-ATX*Mini ITX, Micro ATX, ATX, E-ATX*
Expansion Slots7 + 2 Vertical     7 + 2 Vertical
Maximum Video Card Length360mm420mm
Maximum CPU Cooler Height170mm170mm
Internal Drive Bays2x 3.5in, 2x 2.5in2x 3.5in, 4x 2.5in
Chassis Dimensions453mm x 230mm x 466mm520mm x 245mm x 520mm
Chassis Volume 48.55L 66.25L
120mm Fan MountingFront: 3x 120mm
Top: 2x 120mm
Rear: 1x 120mm
Front: 3x 120mm
Top: 3x 120mm
MB Tray: 3x 120mm
Rear: 1x 120mm
140mm Fan MountingFront: 2x 140mm
Top: 2x 140mm
Front: 2x 140mm
Top: 2x 140mm
Radiator SupportFront:  360mm / 280mm
Top:  280mm w/ Low-Profile RAM, 240mm
Rear: 120mm
Front: 360mm / 280mm
Top: 360mm / 280mm
MB Tray: 360mm / 240mm / 120mm
Rear: 120mm
Included Fans4000D/AIRFLOW: 2x AirGuide Fans (1 front, 1 rear)
4000X RGB: 3x AirGuide RGB fans (front panel)
5000D/AIRFLOW: 2x AirGuide Fans (1 front, 1 rear)
5000X RGB: 3x AirGuide RGB fans (front panel), white model includes white AirGuide RGB fans
Included Fan / Lighting Controllers4000D/AIRFLOW: None
4000X RGB: Lighting Node CORE
5000D/AIRFLOW: 6-port PWM Repeater
5000X RGB: 6-port PWM Repeater + Lighting Node CORE
MSRP (USD)$94.99+$164.99+

It’s clear that the 5000 series case lineup expands on many of the same features present in the 4000 series, the most noticeable difference being in size and the addition of fan/radiator mounting on the motherboard tray as an option.

CORSAIR 5000 Series Product Video

The 5000 series’ expanded mounting options allow for increased flexibility and headroom should you decide to water cool your system with CORSAIR HYDRO X Series components or if you decide to do a build with a large graphics card like the RTX 3090 or RX 6900 XT which seems to be the current trend in gaming builds.

CORSAIR 4000D & 4000D AIRFLOW Product Video

The 4000 series, being the sort of little brother in our case lineup, you can still build a high end water-cooled system in a 4000 series case as shown by expert builder Hans Peder Sahl so if you’re up for the challenge or maybe just want a smaller footprint, the 4000 series cases are a great option for your next build!

Custom 4000 Series PC Build by Hans Peder Sahl

And to not leave the 5000 series hanging, here’s another high-end water-cooled build by Hans Peder Sahl to get your imagination going:

Custom 5000 Series PC Build by Hans Peder Sahl

It’s an exciting time to be a builder and both our 4000 series and 5000 series cases are ready for anything, be it a simple office workstation, a new gaming rig, or a top-of-the-line water-cooled monster. For more information about CORSAIR cases, check out our entire case portfolio. If you’d like to join our community and discuss cases for your next build, join us on our User Forums, Reddit, or Discord!

SSDs vs HDDs For Gaming – Take the Fast Lane

Looking to make your system run faster and have your games load quicker? System storage is often overlooked but can provide a significant upgrade to your system’s overall responsiveness, especially if you’re still using a traditional mechanical hard drive!

What Makes SSDs So Great?


It’s all in the name, a solid-state drive uses cells of flash memory (which are by nature, solid-state) to store data and can be accessed much quicker than a mechanical hard drives’ spinning platter. This translates to speeds that can be over 50 times greater than you’re used to with your old hard drive depending on the type of transfer.


Since solid-state drives have no moving parts, they run silently (unless being actively cooled by a fan of course). This removes the sounds of your disks spinning up and the low hum of them running entirely!


Another benefit of having no moving parts is that there are fewer things that are likely to break should your system encounter some unexpected shock such as when you move your system.


Finally, the tech behind SSDs has matured greatly over the past decade, rivaling and surpassing the expected lifespan of traditional hard drives, ensuring that an SSD will hold your data well beyond the lifespan of a typical system.

How Games Use Your Storage

In-engine screenshot of CD PROJEKT RED’s Cyberpunk 2077

How does that extra speed translate to games? Sequential read and write speeds help out when reading and writing large files like pre-rendered cutscenes and massive textures which you’ll often come across during a loading screen in a game.

Load time comparison between a traditional hard drive and a M.2 NVMe SSD (lower is better).

To help illustrate the speed difference, I’ve timed how long it takes to load into Cyberpunk 2077 on a hard drive compared to one of our M.2 SSDs. While load times can vary between systems for a variety of reasons, on my system at home I was able to see a significant reduction in load times by using a M.2 NVMe SSD, which cut the wait time roughly in half from 20 seconds on the hard drive down to just 10 seconds on the NVMe SSD.

Example of a Cyberpunk 2077 loading screen.

While shaving 10 seconds off of game load times doesn’t sound like much at first, this kind of speed boost can really add up, resulting in more time overall being spent enjoying the game rather than staring at a pretty load screen.

Another perk of running your games off of an SSD is that it can also help to reduce what many call “pop-in” where textures and models will seemingly pop into existence due to a lag from loading the asset from slower storage!

What Do I Need To Upgrade?

SSDs come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, if you want to swap out a SATA hard drive you can grab a SATA SSD and use the same cables to connect it to your motherboard and power supply as a direct replacement.

CORSAIR MP400 M.2 NVMe SSD installed in a notebook.

However, the more popular option is to go for an SSD that connects directly to your motherboard through either a PCIe or M.2 slot!

If you decide to pick up a M.2 SSD, we’ve put together this quick video to show you the installation process:


CORSAIR offers a wide range of M.2 NVMe SSDs that put some pep into the step of your current system (or that new build you’re planning).


The MP400 is our latest M.2 NVMe drive, focusing on high capacity and endurance. You can get up to 8TB of storage on a single drive the size of a stick of gum!


The MP510 is an all around high performer, with speeds of up to 3,480MB/sec sequential read and 3,000MB/sec sequential writes powered by high-density 3D TLC NAND for an ideal mix of performance, endurance, and value.


The MP600 is our current king of the mountain, supporting PCIE 4.0 (but backwards compatible with PCIE 3.0 motherboards) allowing blazing fast speeds of up to 4,950MB/sec sequential read and 4,250MB/sec write, again powered by 3D TLC NAND for its balance of performance, endurance, and value. If you have or are planning to upgrade to PCIE 4.0, this is the M.2 drive to get.


CORSAIR MP400 installed on a desktop motherboard.

SSDs are a great upgrade for pre-built systems and a must for new builds. For more information about our M.2 SSD lineup, check out our page here or join our community over on Reddit, Discord, and our User Forum!

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