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!

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