Using CORSAIR Peripherals with iCUE on macOS

If you’re a fan of CORSAIR peripherals, use macOS, and have always wanted that next level of customization, we’re happy to announce CORSAIR iCUE software for macOS. iCUE gives you near unlimited customization options for your peripherals’ glorious RGB lighting.

To download iCUE for macOS, click the link below:

www.corsair.com/downloads

Depending on your device, and when it was last updated, there may be a few steps needed before you can take advantage of all the features that iCUE for Mac has to offer.  You can verify which firmware version is currently installed in the iCUE software under the settings tab.  If your firmware version starts with 3.XX, you are ready to go, and don’t require any further steps to use your device on macOS.

We’ve taken the guesswork out of it for you and put together a list of legacy devices that require a firmware update:

KeyboardsMice
K95 Platinum RGB K66 Dark Core RGB SE
K95 RGB K65 Rapidfire RGB Dark Core RGB
K70 Rapidfire RGB K65 RGB LUX Scimitar Pro RGB
K70 Rapidfire K65 LUX Scimitar RGB
K70 LUX RGB K65 RGB M65 Pro RGB
K70 LUX K63 Wireless SE M65 RGB
K70 RGB K63 Wireless Sabre RGB Optical
K68 RGB STRAFE RGB Sabre RGB Laser
K68 STRAFE Katar

You can identify your device using either the product name or part number indicated on the product label.  Depending on the type of device you have, the product label will be in one of the following locations:

  • Keyboards and Wireless Mice labels will be on the underside of the device
  • Part Numbers will start with a “CH-“
  • Wired Mice will be on the tag near the USB.

If you find yourself owning one of these legacy devices and isn’t detected in the iCUE software for macOS, you will need access to a PC running Windows with iCUE installed to perform the required firmware update.  Simply connect your legacy device to the Windows PC and follow the steps in the How-To video below to perform the update within the iCUE software:

Your CORSAIR Legacy Device should now be detected in the iCUE software for your Mac.  If you are having trouble with these instructions, or continue to experience issues with your CORSAIR device after manually updating it, contact us at https://help.corsair.com and would be happy to help.


Ryzen 3000 Memory Overclocking Guide

Overclocking memory can seem like a daunting task for the inexperienced, but fret not, we at CORSAIR can help! Follow the link below for our .PDF guide to overclocking your system memory for your Ryzen 3000 series build. The guide uses a GIGABYTE X570 AORUS MASTER motherboard for the examples, but there’s a helpful table at the end with specific configuration BIOS locations for motherboards from other major manufacturers such as ASUS and MSI!

Ryzen 3000 Memory Overclocking Guide

Introducing the K57 RGB Wireless

A little while back we announced our new K57 RGB Wireless keyboard. The K57 RGB Wireless is a unique entry into the gaming peripheral market due to it being membrane keyboard, using SLIPSTREAM Wireless and CAPELLIX LEDs, two of CORSAIR’s newest technologies. As the first wireless keyboard to utilize SLIPSTREAM Wireless and the first peripheral to use CAPELLIX LEDs, the K57 is a great entry point for anyone seeking a high-performance wireless keyboard with advanced LED technology. The combination of SLIPSTREAM’s incredible speed and CAPELLIX ’s energy savings lends itself to great battery life while increasing performance. With full RGB lighting, users can expect up to 35 hours of battery life, and with no LEDs on, a whopping 175 hours of battery life; that’s over a full week of use! The K57 RGB Wireless began as a wireless version of our popular K55 RGB, but during development, we saw the perfect opportunity to integrate these amazing new technologies. The K57 with CAPELLIX LEDs offers incredible brightness, as well as per-key RGB lighting effects, giving nearly unlimited customizability with our amazing iCUE software.

CORSAIR’s SLIPSTREAM technology offers the best performance for wireless devices with sub-1ms response times. Additionally, with intelligent frequency switching, SLIPSTREAM will always keep your devices in the least congested sub-frequencies for reliable and fast performance. Speaking of reliability, there’s no question that LEDs are the best source of illumination. CAPELLIX LEDs take the renowned reliability and offer the added benefit of flexibility and miniaturization. At a fraction of the size of a standard RGB LED, CAPELLIX LEDs shine brighter and can be installed in numerous places, thanks to the awesome manufacturing process of being printed directly on the circuit board.

CORSAIR decided to use the K57 RGB Wireless to debut SLIPSTREAM Wireless and CAPELLIX LEDs in our keyboard product line primarily due to accessibility. By featuring these technologies in an affordable product, more people can enjoy the experience of having some of the newest tech in their hands. We wanted to make sure everyone got a chance to enjoy two technologies we’re very proud of here at CORSAIR. We worked hard to make SLIPSTREAM wireless the best, most responsive wireless protocol we could, and CAPELLIX LEDs are similarly groundbreaking. Instead of limiting them only to premiere products, we felt it better to use them where they could do the most good – by improving performance and battery life in our mainstream wireless gaming keyboard.

Discussing the K57 RGB Wireless on our AMA Livestream in August 2019

While the K57 RGB Wireless keyboard is a membrane keyboard, even keyboard elitists who have seen and used the keyboard in person at PAX West 2019 were astounded to find out it wasn’t mechanical, noting that keystrokes were comfortable, both in actuation feel and force. Another benefit of the membrane actuation is very quiet operation, which is something a lot of streamers look for in keyboards so their viewers don’t hear the constant clacking of the keys, especially in areas where a wireless keyboard excels, like the living room.

Many younger gamers and their parents were excited to hear that it was wireless with per-key RGB lighting for $99.99 MSRP, a price facilitated by the fact that it’s a membrane keyboard. The features and technologies the K57 offers at this price point are unique in the industry, and this makes it a perfect keyboard for both new users and veterans, gamers and content creators, or for those who just want a reliable wireless keyboard for any situation.

If the K57 RGB Wireless sounds like just the keyboard you’ve been searching for, head over to corsair.com to check it out!

Enabling Aura Sync Control for Your CORSAIR RGB Memory

Hello everyone! We’ve heard your requests and are excited to announce that we now have a plug-in which allows ASUS’s Aura Sync to control the lighting effects of your CORSAIR VENGEANCE RGB PRO or DOMINATOR PLATINUM RGB modules! Follow these steps to enable this feature.

Download from https://www.corsair.com/downloads:

  • Latest version of iCUE
  • Aura Sync Plug-in

Download from ASUS:

  • Latest version of Aura Sync

Installation

  1. Install/update iCUE
    1. If updating requires restarting your system, do this now
  2. Install the Aura Sync plugin
  3. Open iCUE, click the “Settings” tab at the top of the window, then click the icon for your system memory (1)
  4. Click “Enable full software control” (2)
  • In Aura Sync, click the link/unlink button under the DRAM icon; when linked, the icon will change to white
  • When asked if you want to save changes, click “Yes”

Your CORSAIR VENGEANCE RGB PRO or DOMINATOR PLATINUM RGB memory modules should now be controlled by ASUS Aura Sync! Have fun!


FAQ

  • Which CORSAIR memory modules does this plug-in work with?
    • This plug-in is made specifically for use with CORSAIR VENGEANCE RGB PRO or DOMINATOR PLATINUM RGB modules
  • While Asus Aura Sync is running with the iCUE plug-in, can I still use iCUE to control my other CORSAIR RGB products?
    • Yes, the plug-in only grants control of your RAM modules to Asus Aura Sync. All your other CORSAIR RGB products, like keyboard, mouse, etc, will still be controlled through iCUE.
  • After installing the iCUE plug-in and “linking” CORSAIR DRAM in Asus Aura Sync, can I still use iCUE to control my CORSAIR RGB memory modules?
    • No, iCUE will not control the lighting on your CORSAIR RGB memory modules while DRAM is “linked” in Asus Aura Sync.
  • How do I revert back to using iCUE to control my CORSAIR RGB memory modules?
    • If you want to revert to iCUE for controlling your CORSAIR RGB memory modules, simply click the link/unlink button under DRAM in Asus Aura Sync; the button will turn red indicating the DRAM is unlinked. In iCUE, click the “Settings” tab and at the bottom of the window click the “Restart” button to restart the iCUE service. Your memory modules should now be controlled by iCUE again.

Making Waves in Electrical Efficiency

As technology advances, the demand for more efficient devices also increases. We at CORSAIR have always prided ourselves with our highly efficient and reliable power supply units, from the most budget friendly CX models to our top of the line AX series. However, there will always be new specifications that emerge to further drive the industry toward a greener tomorrow.  

We continually strive to be on the leading edge, working closely with Intel to ensure we meet and exceed the power efficiency requirements in their Power Supply Design Guides. The newest iteration of this design guide introduces a host of changes that CORSAIR is planning on supporting.  

We understand that a lot of the detailed technical information might make some of your eyes glass over, so let’s talk about what’s most likely to affect you. But, for the sake of brevity, here’s a shortlist of what CORSAIR is focusing on. 

  • Support for Microsoft’s “Modern Standby Mode” 
  • Update for Low Load Efficiency requirements 
    • Some regions have added restrictions on efficiency both minimum and low load efficiency 
    • In CA, the CA Energy Commission (CEC) has introduced new restrictions on built systems
      • In 2019 – at 10% load, efficiency of at least 60%
      • In 2020 – at 10% load, efficiency of at least 70%
      • Finished PCs from system integrators (e.g. CyberpowerPC) cannot be shipped to CA unless the PSU is at least 80 PLUS Gold certified with the aforementioned low load efficiency 

Modern Standby Mode 

Microsoft and Intel have introduced a new low power state, aptly named “Modern Standby.” Modern Standby is being introduced as a replacement for the current S3 sleep state, aiming to offer people a better user experience for their desktop or laptop PCs while maintaining power savings that benefit the environment.  

Systems using S3 sleep state are either asleep or in the working state. With Modern Standby, your PC is never always 100% asleep and is designed to mimic smartphone operation with your PC residing in a low power idle state that periodically, every 20 seconds or so, checks for emails or notifications until awakened. After waking it would nearly immediately shift to a full-power, working state with all your relevant data (e.g. emails, notifications, or Windows updates) at your fingertips.  

Ultimately, the goals are to maintain energy efficiency of computer systems, allow your computer to be connected during sleep, and decrease the amount of time a user waits before they may use their system to its fullest. Currently, it takes between 7 to 15 seconds to awaken a computer from the S3 sleep state, where Modern Standby aims to reduce that to <5 seconds, even faster in most cases. 

What is CORSAIR doing to meet these requirements? 

CORSAIR is always looking to improve the PC experience for our users, and that includes creating more efficient, reliable, and more responsive components. To achieve this, we updated component choices to enable faster timing communication from the PSU to the motherboard and CPU which will significantly decrease the amount of time a system boots from power button press to its active state. We extensively reviewed reliability and PSU designs to ensure that adding tens of thousands more power cycles would not any cause problems. We also worked closely with Intel and system integrator partners to hone the specification, further ensuring our compliance.  

When and where will Modern Standby be available? 

Modern Standby will be available with next generation Intel CPUs and chipsets for PCs running the newest version of Windows 10.


Check back regularly for news on the newest up and coming tech from CORSAIR! Thanks for reading! 

INSIDE CORSAIR HQ: Favorite Mouse for Apex Legends?

If you’re a gamer or just like to follow gaming news, there’s no doubt you’ve heard of the new battle royale sensation, Apex Legends, and its rapid rise to success. Here at CORSAIR HQ, which resides somewhere between Artillery and Bunker, there are a bunch of us who regularly take up arms and battle it out to be champions. With the game’s large variety of weapons, upgrades, and legends to choose from, your mouse should match your playstyle. I asked some of our own staff which mouse/mice they preferred and why. Read on to see what our own legends have to say!


First Name: Donia
Position at CORSAIR: Customer Service Representative
Preferred Legend: Lifeline
Preferred Mouse: White M65 RGB Elite
Why? I really like this mouse a lot because not only is it SOOOO pretty – But it’s the perfect size for me. I have small/medium sized hands, and a lot of other mice don’t fit my hands well. I like when my mouse is simple and just gets the job done. The sniper button is GENIUS; I also play League of Legends, so I can play with super high sensitivity at times. Using the sniper button to slow down to aim has literally saved my life in game. Overall, it’s a good, simple mouse that really gets the job done.


Name: James
Position: Technical Support
Preferred Legend(s): Bloodhound and Octane
Preferred Mouse/Mice: White M65 RGB Elite
Why? I love the feel and looks of this mouse. It sits comfortably in my hand and I’m able to easily reach the side buttons. I typically rebind the sniper and side buttons, which allows me to sprint, heal, or drop kick someone with the greatest of ease.


Name: Kevin
Position: Technical Marketing
Preferred Legend(s): Lifeline or Bangalore
Preferred Mouse/Mice: Glaive RGB or White M65 RGB Elite
Why? I love the Glaive’s shape, large thumb buttons, easy to read DPI indicator, and interchangeable thumb rests. All of these give me a comfortable, firm grip, and makes it easier to frag out. The white M65 RGB Elite feels super snappy, it’s easy to clean, and with the updated thumb buttons, it feels better than ever. Oh, and aesthetically speaking? OOF. It’s a beauty.


Name: Phil
Position: Technical Marketing – Elgato
Preferred Legend: Bangalore
Preferred Mouse/Mice: Black M65 RGB Elite
Why? The shape and size of the mouse are really nice, and it fits well in my hand, which is the most important aspect of a gaming mouse to me.



Name: Scott
Position: Video Producer
Preferred Legend: Pathfinder
Preferred Mouse/Mice: Harpoon Wireless
Why? I’ve always liked smaller/ lighter mice, especially for FPS games. I mainly play wired at my desk, but I also have my PC running to my 4K TV in the living room. The Harpoon wireless lets me quickly unplug and move to my K63 Lapboard combo.

Name: Steggy
Position: Marketing Manager – Elgato
Preferred Legend(s): Mirage
Preferred Mouse/Mice: Glaive RGB
Why? The Glaive seems to be that sort of classic mouse shape, and the customizable side panel allows the mouse to be enjoyed by people who prefer different styles of mice. Some people like thumb rests, whereas I just want a simple side with grip, and the Glaive gives that to me.


In addition to these responses, we also collected some data of other Apex Legends fans around the office. Below, in our ultra-scientific bar graph, you can get a visual representation of which mice our own legends prefer.

From the collected responses, it appears that the M65 RGB Elite is the champion for Apex Legends fans at CORSAIR HQ!

This was data collected from a small sample of us who have been bitten by the Apex Legends bug at the office. Just like the game gives you a wealth of weapons to choose from, CORSAIR offers plenty of options for mice, except you’re not at the mercy of RNG. On that note… has anyone found a Precision Choke? What’s your favorite CORSAIR mouse to use for Apex? Let us know below!

How to: Connect and Configure Your K83 Wireless

So you got your hands on the awesome new CORSAIR K83 Wireless. Sure, it looks and feels amazing, but you bought it because you want the best in media control for home entertainment. We’re going to help you set it up so you can kick back and relax knowing you’ve got all your media at your fingertips.


Initial Setup: Out of the Box

Out of the box, your K83 Wireless and the included USB dongle are already paired together, so you can use it as soon as you plug the dongle in to your PC and turn the keyboard on, but there are a few things you should know. First, you’ll want to make sure to fully charge the keyboard. Next, in order to the install the proper drivers and ensure you have the latest firmware, you need to plug both the dongle and keyboard into open USB ports on a PC. For the keyboard, connect using the included USB cable.

Once the drivers are installed and firmware is up to date, you can disconnect the USB cable from the keyboard and PC. Now, you should see a “Touchpad” section in Windows Settings > Devices, which will offer some customization. However, for finer adjustment, our powerful iCUE software is the perfect tool to tailor the K83 Wireless exactly how you want it.

Lastly, since the K83 Wireless is such a versatile device, it’s likely that you’ll want to use it to control media devices like an Amazon Fire TV or Apple TV. If you just want to connect to your favorite media device, move to the next section – Basic Setup. If you want to do some advanced configurations, see the Advanced Setup section further down.


Basic Setup: Connecting K83 Wireless to Various Devices

Bluetooth Pairing Mode:
The K83 Wireless can store two different Bluetooth connections which makes it incredibly easy to use it with multiple devices. To use Bluetooth mode, you must first pair the K83 Wireless to your media device. To do this, hold Fn+F6 or Fn+F7 depending on which connection you want to pair. If you used F6, the LED near the Esc key will flash blue, and if you used F7, it will flash cyan.

Switching Between Devices:
To switch between bluetooth or 2.4GHz, simply press F5, F6, or F7 without the Fn key. The color of the LED near the Esc key will change to white, blue, or cyan, respectively, depending on the connection.


Amazon Fire TV

  • Open “Settings” then navigate to “Controllers and Bluetooth Devices” and select “Other Bluetooth Devices”
  • Click “Add Bluetooth Devices”
  • Put your K83 Wireless into pairing mode
  • Select the K83 Wireless from the list of nearby devices
  • Your Amazon Fire TV and K83 Wireless should now be connected

Android Mobile Devices

  • Put your K83 Wireless into pairing mode
  • Open Android Bluetooth settings
    • Some devices may require clicking “Pair new device” or something along those lines
  • Select the K83 Wireless from the list of nearby devices
  • Type the PIN code on the K83 Wireless, then press enter
  • Your Android Device and K83 Wireless should now be connected

Android has a built-in cursor, so you can navigate with the joystick or touchpad immediately

Note: The built-in Android physical keyboard settings show keyboard shortcuts for the operating system and app operations.


Apple TV

  • Put your K83 Wireless into pairing mode
  • Open Apple TV settings, then navigate to “Remotes and Devices”
  • Select “Bluetooth”
  • Select the K83 Wireless from the list of nearby devices
  • If Apple TV might requests that you enter a four digit code/PIN, do so
  • Your Apple TV and K83 Wireless should now be connected

Nvidia Shield TV

  • Open Shield TV settings, then navigate to the “Remotes & Accessories” section
  • Select “Add Accessory”
  • Put your K83 Wireless into pairing mode
  • Select the K83 Wireless from the list of nearby devices
  • Your Shield TV and K83 Wireless should now be connected

Samsung Smart TV

  • Open “Settings” then navigate to “System” and select “Input Device Manager”
  • Select “Add Bluetooth Keyboard & Gamepad”
  • Put your K83 Wireless into pairing mode
  • Select the K83 Wireless from the list of nearby devices
  • Select “Pair and connect”
  • Click “OK” once the connection has been made
  • Your Samsung Smart TV and K83 Wireless are now connected

Note: Due to the number of different models of Samsung TVs, these instructions may differ for your specific model


Advanced Setup: Configuring your K83 Wireless with iCUE

Once iCUE and the device drivers are installed, open the software. With iCUE, you can configure many different aspects of the K83 Wireless, everything from remapping keys to adjusting touchpad sensitivity. You can also update the firmware to keep the device current and working as smoothly as possible.

  • Device Settings
    • At the top of the iCUE window, the Settings tab will open global settings for all iCUE enabled devices on your system
    • Clicking the K83 Wireless icon will display information about your K83 Wireless, such as battery level and brightness, but also gives options such as a configurable auto shutoff, auto LED shutoff, enabling custom gestures, etc.
    • If you need to re-pair your K83 Wireless to the USB dongle
      • Put it into 2.4GHz pairing mode by holding Fn + F5 until the LED near the Esc key begins to blink white
      • Once the LED is blinking, click the “Initiate Pairing” button in iCUE and wait until the keyboard connects

Once you’ve familiarized yourself with the Settings section, click anywhere outside the Device Settings window to go back to the main iCUE window, then find and click on the device tile for the K83 Wireless.

On the left side of the window, there are six (6) sections: Actions, Gestures, Lighting Effects, Calibration, Navigation Control, and Performance. Each of these gives you the ability to configure different aspects of the K83 Wireless. Read on to learn about them!


  • Actions
    • Set custom actions for any of the standard keyboard keys, such as macros, remaps, and more
      • Click the “+” button to add a new action to the list
      • Use the drop-down menu to select what action you want a key to perform, then configure the settings for that action
      • Select one of the keys on the image of the K83 Wireless to to use for selected action

  • Gestures
    • To enable custom gestures in iCUE, click Settings at the top of the iCUE window, then click the “K83 Wireless” icon
    • Next, click the checkbox for “Enable Gestures Customization”
    • Now, navigate back to the main iCUE screen. On the left, you’ll see many options for gestures.
    • By default, all the gestures shown are activated, but use the Windows default actions for these gestures
      • To change the action a gesture will perform, select the desired gesture on the left. Then, using the dropdown menu, select one of the actions to perform

  • Lighting Effects
    • With Lighting Effects, you can set the brightness of your K83’s backlight, as well as select between no effect, static color, or pulse

  • Calibration
    • The calibration option is specifically for the joystick and can help ensure you have a consistent experience when using it. To calibrate, make sure you’re not touching the joystick, then click “Begin Recalibration.”

  • Navigation Control
    • Navigation control allows you to adjust settings for the navigation inputs, like touchpad pointer speed and joystick sensitivity.

  • Performance
    • Under the performance tab, you can select what behavior you want from the F-Lock button, whether that’s disabling the Windows key, touchpad, etc.

Now that you’re all connected, what are you waiting for? Watch your favorite show, browse the web, play a game! Whatever it is you plan to do, the K83 Wireless will be the perfect companion for your home entertainment setup. If you have any other questions, suggestions, or comments, join us on our community forums, Discord Server, or Reddit. Thanks!

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