Going PRO with PBT DOUBLE-SHOT Keycap Mod Kits

CORSAIR PBT DOUBLE-SHOT PRO Keycap Mod Kits give compatible keyboards added durability and personalization thanks to thick double-shot PBT plastic with textured surfaces and multiple striking color options.

CORSAIR PBT DOUBLE-SHOT PRO Keycap Mod Kit in Elgato Blue
CORSAIR PBT DOUBLE-SHOT PRO Keycap Mod Kit in Elgato Blue

The CORSAIR PBT DOUBLE-SHOT PRO Keycap Kits are compatible with standard MX-stem keyswitches and stabilizers on keyboards with a standard bottom row. They’re also available in multiple color options like: Onyx Black, Arctic White, Elgato Blue, ORIGIN Red, Rogue Pink, and Mint Green!

K60 RGB PRO keyboard with an Elgato Blue mod kit installed.
Keyboards with a standard bottom row layout and MX-stem switches and stabilizers are compatible.

If you’ve got a recent CORSAIR mechanical gaming keyboard like the K100, K65 RGB MINI, K60 RGB PRO SE, or K60 RGB PRO, you’re all set!

K65 RGB MINI mechanical gaming keyboard with different color PBT DOUBLE-SHOT PRO Keycap Mod kits installed to make a heart-shaped design.
You can combine multiple PBT DOUBLE-SHOT PRO Keycap Mod Kits to make unique designs!

If you’ve got an older model like the K95 RGB PLATINUM XT, K70 RGB MK.2, etc. you can still grab one of these CORSAIR GAMING PBT DOUBLE-SHOT keycap sets from our website!

Installation is simple! Just remove your old keycaps and install the PBT DOUBLE-SHOT PRO kit! We also include a keycap puller and silicone o-rings in the box if you wish to dampen the sound and change the feel of your key presses.

To make your PBT DOUBLE-SHOT PRO Keycap mod kit or your stock keycaps in great shape, make sure to clean them (and your keyboard) once in a while.

To join the keycap discussion or chat about CORSAIR gaming products in general, be sure to join our community over at the CORSAIR User Forums, Reddit, or Discord!

CORSAIR AirGuide Technology Explained

With the launch of our 4000 Series and 5000 Series cases, many of you may have noticed the addition of new case fans with something we call CORSAIR AirGuide Technology. Fans with CORSAIR AirGuide Technology, such as the newly released SP RGB ELITE series, feature anti-vortex vanes which help to channel concentrated airflow for improved cooling performance for your components.

Case Fans… How Do They Work?

Before jumping further into what makes AirGuide compelling for cooling, let’s review the purpose of a standard case fan. A typical case fan is designed to pull cold air from the intakes of your computer or push hot air out as exhaust. When installed properly, case fans will promote the exchange of heat from your components/heatsinks/radiators and the air to allow your components to cool off.

When installed in a typical mid-tower case, the airflow of a standard case fan will look something like this:

Airflow from a standard case fan.

The air pulled through a standard case fan immediately spreads out into the case and while the air does have a general velocity away from the fan, it’ll quickly dissipate the further away from the fan blade it travels.

When installed in a typical mid-tower case, the airflow of a fan equipped with CORSAIR AirGuide Technology will look something like this:

Airflow from a case fan equipped with CORSAIR AirGuide Technology.

Comparing these two example, you’ll notice that the airflow from an AirGuide fan is much more concentrated, reaching further into the case before eventually dissipating.

What about Performance?

If we had to put it simply, more fresh air = generally better temperatures. You can brute force this by installing as many fans as your chassis will take and cranking them up to their highest setting, but picking the right fan for the job will result in much better performance and a quieter system.

We tested two identical systems using only SP RGB ELITE fans in one and SP RGB PRO fans in the other:

As you can see from the graph, upgrading to higher airflow SP RGB ELITE fans on our test system resulted in improved CPU temperatures on our air cooled system!

Another notable benefit of AirGuide fans is higher static pressure when compared to similar case fans without anti-vortex vanes.

For example, here’s some data from a test bench where we compared the performance of the AirGuide Technology-equipped SP RGB ELITE fans to our SP RGB PRO fans. We measured coolant temperatures on a H150i ELITE CAPELLIX cooler, controlling for ambient temperature, CPU clock speed, voltage, pump profile, and fan RPM.

At the same speed of 1000 RPM, SP RGB ELITE fans demonstrate a noticeable improvement in temperature control over the older SP PRO fans when used on the radiator of an all-in-one liquid CPU cooler.

Conclusion

Many may think that a fan is a fan as long as it spins and pushes air, but fan performance can’t be just pinned to how fast you can spin the blades. Seemingly small improvements like adding anti-vortex vanes to the rear of a fan like we did on our SP RGB ELITE can help give your system more thermal headroom, allowing you to keep your temperatures low and your framerates high.

To join the discussion around CORSAIR case fans, check out our communities at the CORSAIR User Forums, Discord, or Reddit!

Unite Your Setup with the New CORSAIR iCUE

Starting with the original CORSAIR UTILITY ENGINE nearly six years ago, CUE has evolved into an all-encompassing software engine that powers the intelligent lighting and control behind not just our high-performance gaming peripherals, but our internal hardware components as with iCUE. CORSAIR iCUE has been powering this unified software experience and is getting a major face lift with iCUE version 4.9.338.

Welcome to the New iCUE!

The newly redesigned home screen for iCUE 4.

The new version of iCUE features the same incredibly robust control over the full suite of CORSAIR components and peripherals, now with a more streamlined user interface that makes it easier to take advantage of iCUE’s capabilities with simple step-by-step tutorials and real-time visual representations of your programming.

New Features

Scenes can be activated to quickly sync your lighting across compatible RGB devices.

Scenes have replaced instant lighting, allowing you to not just set a static color, but also quickly apply a custom dynamic animation that’s synced across all compatible devices.

Sensors can be displayed on the home screen to provide at-a-glance info for your hardware.

Sensors can be added directly to the iCUE home screen to provide at-a-glance information for things like your cooler or other components!

iCUE 4 features guided experiences to help you set up your hardware for the first time.

Integrated tutorials help you set up your hardware for the first time.

iCUE 4 also features a dedicated video playlist to help you learn more about your gear!

And if you need additional help, we’ve included a dedicated help section in iCUE that’ll take you to a growing list of tutorial videos (speaking of tutorial videos, here’s a playlist if you want to check them out for yourself).

You can customize your iCUE 4 home screen with static or video backgrounds and custom icons!

If you like to personalize your profiles, video backgrounds can now be used to add some variety to your iCUE home screen.

Compatibility

CORSAIR iCUE 4.9.338 is compatible with the following CORSAIR gaming peripherals and hardware:

Keyboards:

  • K100 RGB
  • K95 RGB Platinum, K95 RGB Platinum SE, K95 RGB Platinum XT
  • K70 RGB MK.2, K70 RGB MK.2 LP, K70 RGB MK.2 SE, K70 RGB MK.2 IG,
  • Strafe RGB MK.2
  • K65 RGB Mini
  • K95 RGB
  • K83 Wireless
  • K70 RGB, K70 Lux RGB, K70 RGB Rapidfire, K70 RGB SE Rapidfire, K70 Lux, K70 Rapidfire
  • Strafe RGB, Strafe, Strafe MX
  • K68, K68 RGB, K68 SE
  • K65 RGB, K65 Lux RGB, K65 RGB Rapidfire
  • K63, K63 Wireless
  • K60 PRO, K60 RGB PRO, K60 RGB PRO SE, K60 RGB PRO LP
  • K57 RGB Wireless
  • K55 RGB

Mice:

  • Scimitar PRO RGB, Scimitar RGB Elite
  • Glaive RGB, Glaive RGB PRO
  • Dark Core RGB, Dark Core SE, Dark Core PRO, Dark Core PRO SE
  • M65 RGB Elite, M65 RGB Elite IG
  • Ironclaw RGB, Ironclaw RGB Wireless
  • Nightsword RGB
  • M65 RGB, M65 RGB PRO
  • Harpoon RGB, Harpoon RGB Wireless, Harpoon RGB PRO
  • M55 RGB PRO
  • Katar PRO, Katar PRO Wireless, Katar PRO XT

Headsets:

  • Virtuoso SE, Virtuoso
  • Void PRO USB, Void PRO Wireless, Void PRO Surround, Void Elite USB, Void Elite Wireless, Void Elite Surround,
  • HS70 Wireless, HS60 Surround, HS70 PRO Wireless, HS60 PRO Surround, HS45 Surround, HS75 XB Wireless, HS60 Haptic, HS70 Bluetooth

Gaming Accessories:

  • MM800 RGB Polaris, MM700 RGB
  • ST100 RGB
  • iCUE NEXUS

Ambient Lighting:

  • LS100 Starter Kit
  • LT100 Starter Kit

Power Supplies:

  • AXi Series PSUs: AX760i, AX860i, AX1200i, AX1500i, AX1600i
  • HXi Series PSUs: HX750i, HX850i, HX1000i, HX1200i
  • RMi Series PSUs: RM650i, RM750i, RM850i, RM1000i

Cases:

  • Obsidian 1000D
  • Spec-Omega RGB

Fan/Lighting Controllers:

  • Commander PRO
  • Commander CORE
  • Lighting Node PRO
  • Lighting Node CORE

CPU Liquid Coolers:

  • ELITE CAPELLIX Series Cooler: H100i ELITE CAPELLIX, H115i ELITE CAPELLIX, H150i ELITE CAPELLIX
  • PLATINUM Series Coolers: H100i PLATINUM, H115i PLATINUM, H100i PLATINUM SE
  • PRO XT Series Coolers: H100i RGB PRO XT, H115i RGB PRO XT, H150i RGB PRO XT, H60i RGB PRO XT
  • PRO Series Coolers: H115i PRO, H150i PRO, H100i PRO

DRAM:

  • Dominator Platinum RGB
  • Vengeance LED, Vengeance RGB, Vengeance RGB PRO, Vengeance RGB PRO SL

Systems:

CORSAIR ONE (i100-series or newer), CORSAIR ONE PRO (i100-series or newer)

Note that iCUE 4.9.338 will no longer support the following devices:

  • Keyboards: K66
  • Mice: Sabre, Sabre RGB, Sabre RGB Optical, Sabre RGB Laser, Katar, Scimitar
  • Headsets: Void USB, Void Wireless, Void Surround
  • AIO Coolers: H80iGT, H100iGTX, H110iGTX, H80i v2, H100i v2 and H115i, H110iGT, H110i

Conclusion

CORSAIR iCUE is better than ever, making it easy to not just control nearly every aspect of your system’s lighting and performance, but also learn how to do it! Click here to learn more about the CORSAIR iCUE Software. To join the conversation about iCUE, check out our communities over at the CORSAIR User Forums, Discord, and Reddit!

CORSAIR VENGEANCE Gaming PCs Powered by NVIDIA RTX

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 Corsair.com and our Discord server, subreddit and the official CORSAIR forums to learn more.

How-To DIY: Custom CORSAIR ELITE CAPELLIX RGB Pump Caps

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!

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