The HS80 RGB WIRELESS is a mix of iconic CORSAIR design, superb audio quality, industry-leading wireless technology, all wrapped up in a durable, light-weight build. When connected via USB, you can experience true high-fidelity 24bit/96kHz audio or take advantage of the hyper-fast SLIPSTREAM wireless connection with a range of up to 60ft and 20 hours of battery life. The HS80 RGB WIRELESS also comes with immersive Dolby Atmos when used on PC to give you detailed sound while utilizing the 50mm high-density neodymium audio drivers.
The headband strap design is made with a flexible leather and fabric combo that’s easily adjustable so that it fits a wide range of head shapes. To adjust the fit of the headband, release the inner straps on both sides of the headset and change the length to your desired fit and reattach the straps to secure the adjustment. It’s that easy!
The earcups have on-ear volume and mute controls with a smooth scrolling volume wheel on the left side. Additionally, you also get a broadcast-grade omni-directional microphone that captures voice with terrific clarity and has a flip-up mute function with a built-in LED indicator. The earcup cushions are soft and comfortable with the ability to detach for easy replacement and cleaning.
To detach the earcup cushions, lay the headset down with the cushions facing up. Then turn the earcups outwards to release and remove. To reattach, reverse the process and turn the earcups inwards to secure them back in place. That’s it!
If you’d like to see a video tutorial on the above mentioned details about the CORSAIR HS80 RGB WIRELESS headset, please check out the YouTube link below.
When it comes to gaming mice, speed is of the utmost importance. High polling rates and lightning-fast switches work together to register your inputs as fast as possible.
With the new M65 RGB ULTRA, we’re bringing optical switches to gaming mice. As you might recall, the K100 RGB introduced OPX optical-mechanical switches to our lineup of gaming keyboards, but now you may be asking, “what is an optical switch?” and “how would an optical switch benefit me?” Don’t worry! Hopefully by the end of this, you’ll not only understand what an optical switch is, but how they can also improve your game!
A Review of Traditional Switches
Typical mechanical switches and buttons rely on the physical contact of a metal plate to close a circuit that is then reported as a key or button press.
Mechanical switches have been refined greatly over time and are great choices to this day for gaming, however they still rely on mechanical contacts that wear out over time and vibrate or “bounce” once released, causing unintentional secondary inputs which need to be accounted for in firmware in the form of a “debounce delay” adding to overall click latency.
What’s an Optical Switch?
An optical switch swaps out the physical contact for a beam of infrared light that registers a keypress or mouse button click once the beam is broken.
Benefits of Optical Switches
Since an optical switch works with a beam of light rather than the coming together of metal contacts, we’re able to eliminate switch bounce entirely.
With switch bounce out of the equation, additional click latency in the form of a debounce delay isn’t needed so the mouse or keyboard is able to instantly register another input once the button has reset.
Another benefit of optical switches is improved durability as the lack of metal contacts substantially simplifies the design of the switch, removing the metal contacts that will wear out over time.
Whether you’re using a mouse or keyboard, optical switches provide a competitive edge, ensuring that your inputs are registered as fast as possible and with the added durability, you can game with confidence knowing that your hardware will stand up to the test of time.
Picking the right chassis for your build is essential for thermal performance especially with modern components that are now drawing more power and producing more heat as the industry continues to push higher speeds and overclocking limits. Let’s discuss the importance of what we at CORSAIR call, Direct Airflow Path in PC case designs.
When setting up your case fans, having the right balance between intake and exhaust airflow is something to keep in mind. A very common setup would have case fans set to intake from the front panel of your chassis whereas exhaust fans would typically be configured on the top and rear panels.
Pulling fresh cold air through the front panel allows the airflow path to pass directly over your graphics card, CPU, and RAM to keep them cool. Heat naturally rises, so having the exhaust fans on the top and rear panels would help guide the hot air out of the case. Some PC cases like the Crystal Series 680X RGB even have room on the bottom panel where fans can be setup for intake to increase cold airflow.
Looking at an older chassis like the CORSAIR 400R isn’t too different from many modern budget cases and will have permanently fixed drive cages sitting right up against the inside of the front panel.
The CORSAIR 750D took advantage of the emerging trend towards 2.5″ SSDs by allowing you to mount them against the back of the case while featuring removable 3.5″ hard drive cages that could be taken out to allow air to flow in more directly from the front panel fans, it did still support a 5.25″ ODD bay which limited the front panel to just two 120mm fans in the front.
As case design has evolved, massive dedicated drive cages, and ODD bays have largely fallen out of favor due to the increasing popularity of fast M.2 storage solutions and the digital delivery of games/other software. A modern CORSAIR chassis like the CORSAIR 4000D Airflow was designed for airflow (as you could probably tell by the name) with generously perforated cutouts on the front panel and takes advantage of these trends by keeping its single removable drive cage within the PSU shroud and omitting an ODD bay altogether, allowing for direct airflow from the front panel intake fans.
As we mentioned before an older chassis like the 400R and 750D can also be adjusted for better direct airflow by simply removing the drive cages. If you are using multiple drives for your storage, consider switching to 2.5″ SSDs and mount them against the back panel instead. Not only does this solution free up obstructions to the front panel intake fans, but you’ll also be benefitting from faster solid state drives compared to traditional 3.5″ drives.
Another thing to keep in mind is how airflow can affect the pressure inside your case. If you have more intake airflow than exhaust, then you’ll most likely have a positive pressure. Conversely, more exhaust than intake airflow will cause a negative pressure. Generally speaking, positive pressure is better because air will naturally be forced or find its way out of the case through perforations or other openings. That said, it’s best not to have things like unmanaged cable clutter shoved in a corner or stacks of drive cages in front of your intake fans that hinder direct airflow.
In the 680X RGB case build above, if the two bottom fans were flipped around to become intake fans, then the resulting pressure inside this case would most likely be positive instead.
In summary, pick a case without obstructions to your intake fans no matter where they are placed. If you happen to pick a case that does have obstructions to those intake fans, it would be best to adjust and remove those for better airflow. Then finally, have decent cable management so they aren’t cluttered in areas that would restrict airflow path.
If you’d like to learn more about the DC vs PWM fans and how they work, check out the following video from our CORSAIR Lab YouTube channel.
You’ve heard of shark week… but have you heard of FAN WEEK?
CORSAIR has a wide variety of internal components for PC builds with cooling and fans being among our most popular. What’s not to love when you can get the cooling you need for your processor or graphics card AND glorious RGB all at once?
To celebrate one of our “coolest” product categories, our social media channels and our Memeology department will be focusing entirely on Fans from August 23rd to August 30th. It’ll be all fans for as far as the eye can see.
(That’s “fans” as in the product, not “fans” as in the loving community that supports us)
– No engineering/qualification samples of other components are allowed
– The rig you use must be yours and you must use the same platform (CPU/motherboard) for all 3 stages of the contest.
What about cooling? (Do I need LN2 or a chiller to compete?)
To make this competition as accessible as possible, only ambient cooling solutions are permitted. So any standard gaming rig with an air or liquid cooler is fine (as long as you’re using a kit of CORSAIR DDR4).
How will this work?
There are three stages to the competition and each stage lasts about 2 weeks to give you time to tweak your OC and submit your scores to HWBOT. You’ll be given points based on how well you do for each stage and those points will be added up to calculate your overall ranking.
More information about eligibility and competition rules can be found over at HWBOT’s article.
But there’s more… it is a DRAM OC competition after all, so we’re throwing in some DDR5 memory kits as prizes, these will be delivered after DDR5 launches, but they are certainly something to look forward to if you’ve been planning to upgrade later this year!