Corsair hits PAX with stunning new case options, and a lot of RGB precision
At PAX West this week Corsair was all about the RGB. The company introduced a number of RGB products and new technologies, including a terrific looking addition to the popular Carbide series, new customizable fans, and a brand-new Crystal series case.
All of this builds on Corsair’s already popular K70 RGB, which became an Editor’s Choice when we reviewed it earlier this year. At PAX, Corsair introduced the SP120 RGB and HD120 RGB LED fans, offering terrific cooling and adjustable lighting. The sets come in 4-LED or 12-LED configurations, so builders can outfit their latest rig with the exact color compliment that they prefer. The SP120 RGB fans offer ultra-thin frosted fan blades and four hub-mounted RGB LEDs to offer amazing illumination and customization options. The HD120 RGB triples the lighting with 12 independent LEDs fitted into the fan’s frame. Both new models offer a three-function controller that lets you choose the pattern, color or transition speed of lighting effects. The SP120 RGB LED fans run at 1,400RPM via a 3-pin fan connector, while HD120 RGB fans offer greater customization thanks to 4-pin PWM control, speeds of 800-1,725RPM and vibration dampening rubber corners.
One of the big hits with patrons at the event was the MM800 RGB Polaris, a mouse pad with CORSAIR RGB tech built into it. The device offers a 15-zone RGB lighting profile, and USB pass-through. All of these RGB components can be controlled through the CORSAIR Utility Engine (CUE) 2, which was redesigned and recently launched out of beta. The device uses the CORSAIR Utility Engine to take control of 15 individual edge-mounted RGB zones for near-limitless lighting effects, all powered by true PWM lighting to display the most accurate color reproduction.
Users can synchronize each of the lighting zones with other Corsair RGB products to complete their setup. The integrated USB pass-through port for your mouse frees up a valuable USB port on your system, while the hard low-friction micro-texture surface combines with ample surface area (285mm x 272mm x 5mm) to give you plenty of room for your digital playing field.
So let’s talk about that wonderful Crystal Series 460X RGB Case, which is outfitted with a trio of SP120 RGB LED fans. The case takes full advantage of Corsair’s Direct Airflow technology, and the changing lighting effects and colors are all done at the touch of a button with fully integrated front panel controls and with tool-free drive installation and three-point dust filter access.
As someone that owns a Carbide 240 case, I was very excited to see Corsair introduce the new Carbide 740 case this week. The case offers the same dual-chamber Direct Airflow Path, which uses two chambers to deliver cooler air to your CPU, graphics cards, motherboard, memory, and other PCI-E components without your drives or PSU getting in the way. The new case comes stock with three custom Air Series AF140L intake and exhaust fans, and the case itself offers room for up to eight 120mm or seven 140mm fans, a 240mm/280mm top radiator, 240mm/280mm floor radiator, and 240/280/360mm front radiator – all at once. The case also allows up to 8 x Expansion slots, which means it can hold up to 4 graphics cards at a time.
Availability and Pricing
The Corsair SP120 RGB and HD 120 RGB LED Fans are available immediately from authorized retailers like Amazon.com. The new MM800 RGB POLARIS is available immediately, and the CORSAIR Crystal Series 460X RGB will be available in late September, and is available to pre-order starting today.