Computex 2018: A brief look at Corsair’s latest hotness
In their usual suite, far from the noise and bustle of the Computex show floor, Corsair gave us access to their latest and greatest hardware, starting with the Corsair Lapboard. Seeing it in person for the first time, I can easily say that the Lapboard is a superior product to the previous Lapdog, which it likely replaces. Not only does it free you from the clutter of cables, but it also looks better, is more compact, and is certainly more ergonomic. Paired with the Corsair K63 Wireless and the Dark Core RGB SE, wireless gaming has rarely looked better or been more comfortable.
I also took a look at the recently announced Crystal Series 280X RGB microATX case in all its three-panel, tempered-glass glory. It looks great on its own, but with a system built into it it’s obviously even better. It’s certainly one of the best looking microATX chassis around, only overshadowed (in my opinion) by the Obsidian 1000D, which was also on display.
Despite its imposing size, the 1000D actually looks less intimidating than the previous 900D, and much like the Lapboard, it improves on its predecessor in every conceivable way. The display unit had two systems built into it with a mindboggling 24 fans installed. Surprisingly, it still managed to remain whisper quiet, courtesy of what I think were ML PRO-series fans used on all the radiators (don’t quote me on the fans, as they could’ve been from another series).
The system exemplified ultimate PC gaming power, housing two separate systems (one standard ATX and another Mini-ITX) within the same chassis. You name it, and chances are the 1000D has it, including USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C connectivity. It’s simply incredible. There’s no word on local pricing yet, but I’m fairly certain it’s not going to be anything even remotely resembling cheap.
This year there weren’t any gazillion-watt PSUs to gawk at, but for those vested in the smaller form factors, Corsair brought along an SF600 PSU with the top popped off, showing their own custom design (unlike the slightly older SF450, which I believe was outsourced). 600 watts crammed into such a small package is enough to power a fairly high-end system with relative ease, and is likely the PSU in the Corsair One Elite.
Of course, what would Corsair be without its DRAM roots, and as such they highlighted their highest-bin DDR4 4,700MT/s DDR4 Vengeance PRO RGB memory, fully supported by iCUE. The photos I took don’t do the DRAM justice in the least, but you can configure all sorts of patterns and lighting schemes for the LEDs and even sync it with every single Corsair component you have inside and outside your system. It’s wonderful stuff as always, and likely to be a hit for those who want DRAM that’s both pimping and performant (this may or may not be a real word) on the daily.
Finally, we have iCUE itself, which has managed to bring all Corsair component and peripheral control under one application. It’s taken a while for this to come together, but it finally has and the parts of it that were on display seemed to have complete control over all the hardware. As for the UX, it remains to be seen what Corsair has done to make it intuitive. One thing is for sure: it vastly simplifies system management and further incentivizes keeping your purchases within the Corsair family of products as every (relevant) product going forward can be managed from this software suite.
There was a lot more on show, including the new Corsair One Elite with the GTX 1080 Ti and 8700K CPU combo. Overall, Corsair demonstrated a worthwhile showing of what’s available, what’s due soon, and what we may see in the near future.