Corsair intros new cases, dips into speakers


— 8:27 PM on January 5, 2011

CES — On the eve of the official opening of the Consumer Electronics Show, Corsair previewed a number of products due to arrive in the coming year. Rather than focusing on memory products that have been Corsair's bread and butter for so many years, the presentation detailed additions to the company's component family. The most striking of these new products is a special edition of the Graphite 600T mid-tower enclosure that won an Editor's Choice award not too long ago.

Jokingly referred to as the Imperial Stormtrooper Edition, this case drops the 600T's all-black aesthetic for a matte white finish with black accents. Other than the new color scheme and a choice of mesh and windowed side panels, the case is identical to the existing Graphite model. You won't pay a premium for the special edition, either. The case is slated to sell for $160 when it arrives later this month.

If you prefer something a little stealthier, Corsair has shrunk its Obsidian Series down to a mid-tower design with the 650D. The case is still roomy enough to accommodate the longest graphics cards on the market, and it comes equipped with a pair of massive 200-mm fans. As one might expect, the new Obsidian's internals are designed with enthusiasts in mind. The motherboard tray is riddled with holes for cable routing and has a huge cut-out behind the CPU socket area. Up top, there's a handy hard drive dock with 6Gbps Serial ATA connectivity. You can expect the 650D to hit store shelves in April with a $200 asking price.

Corsair has taken an interesting approach to solid-state drives by offering numerous models based on different controller chips. That trend continues with the Performance 3 Series, which will be based on Marvell's new 9174 controller. The drive is said to be capable of sustaining read and write speeds of 480 and 320MB/s, respectively. Naturally, it has a 6Gbps SATA interface. Corsair didn't say when the drive will be available or how much it will cost, but based on the performance of Marvell's last controller chip, we're eager to see what this new one has to offer.

Audio looks to be a big part of Corsair's plans for 2011. In addition to unveiling a version of its HS1 headset with standard analog inputs, the company introduced a new line of stereo speakers dubbed the Gaming Audio Series. Two models will be available to start: a high-end SP2500 that will sell for $260 and a more affordable SP2200 at $100.

On the cooling front, there's a new version of Corsair's all-in-one water cooler called the H60. This model was developed in conjunction with CoolIT and features numerous enhancements to the cold plate, a higher pressure pump, and a quieter fan. The H60 is coming in March and will retail for $80.

   
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