TR's 12 days of giveaways: Corsair's huge gift haul


— 5:28 PM on December 28, 2016

Evening, gerbils! We're broadcasting today from TR Europe, as Santa said he was tired of being fed milk and cookies. We prepared him a bowl of caldo verde, a good helping of bacalhau, and a chalice of Port wine as a digestive.

We think the promise of food might make him extra generous, and... brrrr that's a cold wind. Wait, what the...?! The food is all gone? Who's burping in the distance? There's a note on the table saying "thanks!" next to a huge bag. Well, that was certainly a moment. Let's see what Santa left us by way of thanks.

Opening the bag now, get the cameras ready... oh, wow. This is a ton of gear. The folks at Corsair are crazy. We have a K70 Lux RGB Keyboard, a Carbide 400Q chassis, an RM650x power supply, a Hydro Series H100i v2 CLC, and a two-pack of ML120 fans to top it all off. Jeez. Let's take a deeper look.

First off, the shiny stuff—in this case, the Corsair K70 Lux RGB keyboard (worth $160). If audiophile descriptions were used for keyboards, we'd call the K70 Lux RGB a "reference" model for a rainbow-lit keyboard. An aluminum backplate, a generous wrist-rest, tank-worthy construction overall, and keys that "hover" over the backplate are this keyboard's distinguishing characteristics. A set of multimedia keys and a volume roller complement the main feature set. The particular model on offer comes with Cherry MX Red key switches.

Next up is the Corsair Carbide 400Q chassis (goes for $100). This compact case is, in our opinion, a beauty. Under its all-metal exterior, there's sound-proofing material across the front, side, and top panels. Despite its compact dimensions, the 400Q can still take in a full-sized ATX mobo. There are also multiple mounting spots for radiators—a 360-mm unit at the front, a 240-mm radiator on the top, and finally a 120-mm one in the back. The PSU and hard drives go in the case's dedicated bottom partition.

We're certain all the gerbils are already drooling at the case and keyboard above, and the next item will make them foam at the mouth: a Corsair RM650x power supply (worth $120). This unit delivers most of its wattage over a single 12V rail, and is cooled by a single 135-mm fan. The fan can shut off when the PSU is under a low load, making for a super-quiet system. As befits a top-of-the-line PSU, the RM650x has fully modular cabling and 80 Plus Gold certification, meaning it's at least 90% efficient over the delivered power spectrum. I recently partially rebuilt the very system I'm typing on with an RM750x model, and I can't say enough good things about it.

Oh, you thought we were done after three prizes? Not today, bub. We're also handing out a Corsair Hydro Series H100i V2 closed-loop liquid cooler (a $130 value). This is one of the higher-end models in Corsair's lineup, and uses a 240-mm radiator and two Corsair fans for heat dissipation. Despite the main 240-mm length, the radiator is fairly compact and should fit just about any case that has two 120-mm fan mounts together. Last but not least, the integrated Corsair Link can connect to a free USB header on the motherboard so that users can monitor the CLC, tune the cooling performance, and configure the RGB LED lighting.

But wait, just one more thing (tm): a pack of two Corsair ML120 fans (worth $35). These 120-mm spinners use magnetic-levitation technology, and according to Corsair, should deliver both high static pressure and high airflow with particularly low noise levels. They can spin at up to 2,000 RPM, too, making them configurable for just about any scenario.

Whew, that's a lotta prizes, and we bet you're super-excited to find out who will get this dream bag o' gear. You know the drill, though—there's a countdown first. Today, we're starting from the number of '80s celebrities that passed away in 2016. That should keep you busy for a while. All ready? Let's have a roll of the drums, and our winner today is... Ben Gennaria! Congratulations Ben, you've been awarded this huge pack of Corsair gear. Kneel to the goddess of fortune, for she offered you quite the boon. Meanwhile, Krogoth was also kneeling in prayer, but the gods of random numbers weren't impressed enough with his chant.

It kinda goes without saying that we should all be thankful to Corsair. This is a mighty prize haul, and the company deserves some real credit. Do Corsair a little favor and be sure to Follow its Twitter feed and hit the Like button on its Facebook profile.

Don't forget to sign up for the remaining random draw in TR's 12 days of giveaways. TR Santa still has goodies to deliver over the next two days, and you still have good chances. We'll have another giveaway tomorrow, but in the meantime, you can take a sneak peek at an item that may or may not be up for grabs:

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