The H105 follows in Corsair’s long line of liquid cooling solutions, and is the fourth dual fan radiator released. The original H100 was a real game changer for closed loop coolers, as it was an affordable and reliable alternative to air cooling. We’re now blessed with a thicker 38mm radiator which allows for a greater cooling performance with improved heat dissipation.
The H105 uses the same pump block we’ve seen on the H75. We were really impressed by how quiet this proved to be, and so we have nothing but high hopes for the H105. The pump block itself comes with three interchangeable coloured rings, similar to that which we’ve seen on the air series fans. We like this a lot since it allows for colour matching without going out of the top with LEDs. It’s a great touch, and we’re hoping to see some great systems coming up in the future using these coolers.
As we’d expect, the H105 is compatible with nearly every Intel and AMD socket, and it should be available over the next few days/weeks. Corsair have priced this at $119.99, so in the UK we’re expecting this to be around £75-90.
Next up is the new power supply, the AX1500i. Following the line of AXi series which have proved themselves in the fields of reliability, efficiency and aesthetics, the AX1500i is the most powerful, and most efficient power supply Corsair have ever produced, and also the most efficient power supply consumers can buy at this moment in time. The AX1500i meets specifications for 80 plus Titanium rating, and offers up to 94% efficiency.
As it’s a whopping 1500watts, the AX1500i will easily be enough to power pretty much anything you can throw at it. It comes with 8 PCI-E cables, meaning you can have up to quad-SLI and Quadfire with four graphics cards without even pushing the AX1500i to the limit.
Due to the digital nature of the PSU (as we’ve seen from previous AXi models), the AX1500i allows USB connection in order to monitor and control various aspects of the power supply. Corsair’s bundled software allows for real-time monitoring of temperatures, current draw and efficiency, and also allows the user to adjust the fan speed. Another thing that we’ve grown accustomed to with Corsair power supplies is the unit’s ability to run passively up to a certain percentage of load. Due to the total power of the AX1500i, this means it can run a system up to 450watts whilst staying completely silent.
The AX1500i has an RRP of $449.99 which equates to around £275 in the UK. Considering the AX1200i is around £250, this will hopefully be very well priced considering what the unit offers, and compared to the other competition on the market.
760T & 730T
Thirdly in our Corsair showcase, we have the new ATX case; the 760T, and also the non-windowed variant; the 730T. Both cases share the same body, and only differ with the two window panels and fan controller. The 760T has two swing out windowed side panels, whilst the 730T has full steel sides. The case itself has a very space age, industrial design which we really love from initial impressions.
The 760T has a full windowed side panel. We love to see large window panels on cases, and having an unrestricted view to the internals of your PC is a great plus point for us. On the other side, we are told the 760T has another opaque acrylic side panel in order to keep a constant design around the case from the outside, but without having to see messy cables on the rear side of the motherboard tray. Despite having dual windowed side panels, due to the full steel construction of the case, the 760T remains incredibly sturdy.
The 760T will be available in black or ‘Arctic White’ – similar to what we’ve seen on the 540 Air, along with various other Corsair cases. The ‘Arctic White’ version looks stunning to us on the outside, and doesn’t go over the top with white as the front panel remains black. This gives the ‘Arctic White’ version very distinct styling, whilst remaining sophisticated. The 730T is only available in black.
The 760T encompasses nine expansion slots, and six 3.5/2.5inch hard drive mounts which can be removed or relocated to any of four different locations. Alternatively, there are an additional four 2.5inch drive bays which can also be full removed.
The 760T comes with a pair of LED AF140L fans in the front, and a third non-LED AF140L in the rear. There is an integrated fan controller too, meaning the 760T has superior cooling capacity straight out of the box, and it isn’t a necessity to spend extra on cooling as you may find with other cases. The case also has room at the top for up to a 360mm radiator mount, and spacing for a 280mm radiator at the front. Not only does this case look amazing, but it also offers great capacity for water cooling or standard air cooling. The 730T lacks the fan controller as well as the windowed side panels, which shows it’s aimed more for the users wanting a simpler and more sophisticated system.
The 760T will be priced at $179.99 for the black version, and $189.99 for the white version. The 730T will be priced at $139.99. For the UK, we expect these to be available at around £120-130 for the 760T, and around £90 for the 730T, which makes these cases incredibly well priced considering the amount they offer.
Cherry MX RGB
Although this isn’t a product specifically, Corsair have announced new Cherry MX Switches which we expect to be used on Corsair keyboards in the future. The demonstration keyboard shown at CES was a Corsair Vengeance K70.
We expect keyboards with these switches to be released in the second half of 2014. The switches themselves remain the same switches from Cherry that we’ve grown to love; the fast responding Reds, the heavier tactile and audible response from the Blues, and the lighter, quiet, tactile response provided by the Browns. The RGB features shown offer the user 16.8 million colour backlighting options. This, coupled with the reliability we expect from Corsair and Cherry, means whether you change your system, or colour theme, you’ll always be able to set your keyboard to match.
Thanks to Corsair for giving us early access to these products. You can voice your opinions on the OC3D Forums.