Corsair One is an understated gaming monster


— 10:15 AM on March 23, 2017

A little over a month ago, Corsair started teasing its One compact gaming PC. The company sent out a couple of photos and promised a "category-defying new PC." Corsair has just now let the cat out of the bag with respect to the One's complete specs, and we're here to share them with you. All Corsair One configurations come with liquid-cooled Kaby Lake Core i7 CPUs, Nvidia Pascal graphics cards, and 16GB of Corsair's DDR4 RAM on a custom Z270 motherboard. An SFX 80 Plus Gold power supply powers the hardware, all packed in a compact enclosure measuring only 15" x 6.9" x 7.9" (38 cm x 18 cm x 20 cm).

The base model has a Core i7-7700 CPU, an air-cooled Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card, and a storage combo with a 240GB SSD and a 1TB hard drive. The next two models up the escalator bring overclockable Core i7-7700K chips and liquid-cooled GeForce GTX 1080 cards to the party. Corsair pairs two different storage configurations with those base specs. The more affordable 7700-plus-GTX-1080 model comes with a 480GB SSD paired with a 2TB hard drive, while a pricier version comes with a single 960GB SSD. The top-of-the-line model trades away the GTX 1080 in favor of a whole-hog GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, and uses a 960GB SSD for storage. Whatever the configuration, the machines all offer a front-panel HDMI port for easy connection to VR headsets.

Corsair promises that the One will be quiet under operation despite its heavy hardware and compact dimensions. Some reviewers praise the machine's speed, low noise level, and the fact that it's user-serviceable, though PCWorld points out that messing with the One's innards will void its warranty.

The base configuration with a Core i7-7700 and a GeForce GTX 1070 rings in at $1800. The top-of-the-line model with the Core i7-7700K, GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, and 960 GB SSD lands at a wallet-flattening $2600. Corsair has the computers listed in its online shop, but all models are currently listed as out of stock.

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