Using CORSAIR Peripherals with iCUE for 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

Your device can be identified 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! 

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