Corsair Announces World’s First Available 128GB DDR4 Unbuffered Memory Kits

One thing is to create and demonstrate a lot of new memory kits, it is another to actually and finally bring them to the market. Corsair just announced the world’s first available 128GB DDR4 unbuffered memory kits, but that kind of memory will not come cheap.

The new kits are available in Corsair’s Vengeance LPX and Dominator Platinum series lines, giving content creators an unprecedented amount of high-speed DDR4 SDRAM for memory-hungry applications.

The 128GB total memory in the kits is composed of eight 16GB modules and designed for the latest X99 series Intel motherboards and come with XMP 2.0 support.  Speed wise we stay in the lower end of the scale as the modules are available with 2400MHz and 2666MHz memory rates.

The Dominator Platinum Series 128GB DDR4 Memory kit features the user-swappable colored light pipes and is built with hand-screened ICs. The Vengeance LPX Series 128GB DDR4 Memory kit features an aluminum heat spreaders for faster heat dissipation and an eight-layer PCB for superior overclocking headroom.

Pricing and specifications depend on model and variant and can be seen below. All three kits come with Corsair’s Lifetime Warranty and all three kits will cost you quite a bit. Starting at $1755, these aren’t memory kits for everyone.

Overclockers UK Add Corsair DDR4 RAM to Their Portfolio

Overclockers UK wants to be the first to offer their customers the big things in new technology and they were the first e-tailer to list the brand new DDR4 memory from the Crucial Ballistix range. Now they have expanded their portfolio to include the brand new Corsair’s high performance memory, bringing the largest range of DDR4 to the UK. The memory is ready to order with a few modules in stock and the rest available for pre-orders.

The X99 chipsets are just around the corner and Overclockers UK wants to be ready with the advancement in memory technology to DDR4. The new expansion will also include the well established Corsair Platinum range. Prepared like a coiled spring ready for X99, Overclockers UK will be ready with all the components customers need to upgrade to the latest technology. Hosting a full range of motherboards, memory and even fully built X99 systems with the addition of Corsairs DDR4 range. Overclockers UK now boasts the largest range of DDR4 to offer.

Expert in memory and purchasing manager at Overclockers UK, Andrew Gibson, also known by the alias “Gibbo”, explains DDR4 memory technology on the forums for customers to understand, these are a few highlights :

Voltage
Voltage will start at 1.20v, I suspect we might see overclocked modules available which need 1.25-1.30v but time will tell. But as the technology matures we shall see 1.10v low voltage parts and even 1.05v ultra low voltage parts. So the power savings are considerable over DDR3, longer lifespan and less heat output.

Densities
As with DDR3 there shall be 4GB and 8GB modules. But the desktop consumer shall also see 16GB modules as well soon, something DDR3 only have available for server market. So on an X99 motherboard with 8 slots that means 128GB of memory if the motherboards BIOS can support that.

Speed/Bandwidth
This is the interesting one and potentially the most interesting for us keen overclockers, the speeds will come officially in 1600MHz, 1866MHz, 2133MHz, 2400MHz, 2666MHz, 3200MHz, 4000MHz and even maybe 4266MHz. These are official JEDEC speeds. Of course memory partners can release other speeds such as Corsair who are overclocking their parts up to 2800MHz, these are no doubt 2666MHz simply overclocked to this higher speed by Corsair themselves.

Connector
288-pin DIMM for desktop and 256-pin SODIMM for notebook.

Form factors
Unbuffered ECC or none ECC, registered and load reduced, so DDR4 shall be available for all desktop, server and mobile type applications.

As for specifications, the Dominator Platinum modules run at 2800MHz (PC4-23000) with CAS Timings of 16-18-18-36 and the Vengeance modules run at 2666MHz (PC4-21300) with a CAS Timings of 15-17-17-35 or 2800MHz (PC4-23000) at 16-18-18-36 depending on model. Both types run at the default 1.2 Volt. As for pricing, it all starts at £239.99 at ends at £399.99 incl. Vat. You can head over to Overclockers UK and take a peek at their offerings and see if there should be something for you among it.

Thank you Overclockers UK for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Overclockers UK.

Corsair Expands MX Switch Choices On K70 Mechanical Keyboard

Corsair have already won plenty of awards for their awesome Vengeance series K70 mechanical gaming keyboard, in fact, they even got one from us here at eTeknix when we reviewed it last year. Now Corsair have announced that the award-winning Vengeance K70 mechanical gaming keyboard comes in two new variants. The gorgeous black aluminium finished keyboard comes fitted with red LED backlit keys, on top of the original Cherry MX Red switch, the keyboard is now also available with Cherry MX Blue and Brown keyswitches. Similar to all Vengeance gaming keyboards, the latest K70 doesn’t miss when it counts due to genuine German-made Cherry MX switches, the most popular and accurate mechanical keyswitches for gamers.

“The sophisticated aesthetics of the refreshed Vengeance K70 gaming keyboard starts with an anodized black aluminium chassis for long-lasting durability and timeless style. Vibrant red backlighting shines through each key, oozing an industrial look capable of complimenting any gamer den. The overall backlighting can be adjusted to four levels of intensity while the lighting for each key can be independently enabled or disabled. The key-by-key lighting customization allows users to highlight just the keys they need to emphasize, such as WASD, and then save the setting directly to the K70’s onboard memory.” Said Corsair in a recent press release.

“We re-evaluated all of the available key switches on the market including new clones of the Cherry MX,” said Jason Christian, product manager for gaming keyboards and mice at Corsair. “None could match the consistent performance and reliability across the keyboards like the original German Cherry MX switches.”

Vengeance K70 features:

  • Never miss a keystroke: the combination of  a 100% anti-ghosted matrix, full n-key rollover and 1000Hz reporting rate provide lightning fast accuracy that you can always count on
  • Media maven? Multimedia controls give quick access to volume, skip tracks, play, stop, and pause
  • Useful USB port supports accessories such as a Vengeance gaming headset or mouse
  • Rest your wrists with a removable soft-touch pad that provides extra comfort for lengthy gaming or typing sessions
  • Get that pro look with alternate red-colored, contoured textured keycaps for the WASD keys and 1-6 keycaps for additional customization
  • Available in three different Cherry MX mechanical switch types to suite different gaming and typing preferences:
    • Cherry MX Red – for smooth, linear key response for ultra-fast double and triple taps without a tactile “bump” or audible click
    • Cherry MX Brown switches – for fast and precise actuation with a light tactile feedback “bump” for comfortable typing and minimal audible click
    • Cherry MX Blue switches – for great gaming performance with an assertive tactile feedback and audible click that can be helpful when typing

The new versions Vengeance K70 gaming keyboard will be available in April with a suggested retail price of $129.99 USD backed with a two-year warranty. I absolutely loved the original K70 keyboard, it’s easily one of the nicest mechanical gaming keyboards on the market today and while I do live Cherry MX Red switches, I would much rather have Blue or Brown switches, so thank you Corsair for noticing that many gamers are moving away from MX Red switches.

What switch type do you prefer? Let us know in the comments section below.

Thank you Corsair for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Corsair.

Corsair K95 Mechanical Keyboard Review

In the office today we have something a little special, the Corsair K95 mechanical keyboard and it’s not only the latest in the very cool Vengeance range of products from Corsair, but also Corsair’s new flagship keyboard. We’ve already had great fun testing previous keyboards from Corsair so if this is truly the best they have to offer then I’m really looking forward to testing it out. It was only recently that we took a look at the gorgeous Corsair K70 and I still find that to be one of my all time favourite mechanical keyboards, but can the K95 really be that much better?

Corsair are one of the biggest names in the industry, there is a good chance your current system, a previous system or your next system contains something they’ve made, be that a power supply, cooler or even a chassis. Playing off the success of their hardware business they’ve also created some incredible peripherals in recent years and their headsets, keyboards and in my opinion especially their mice are some of the best around.

The keyboard we are looking at today isn’t cheap, although mechanical keyboards rarely are cheap, this one is set to cost you a whopping £130 and that is a stern investment for any peripheral so today I will be expecting to see all of the Corsair pedigree crammed into this keyboard, flawless performance and premium grade build quality because nothing short of perfection would make me spend so much money on a device like this.

“In the world of high-performance gaming gear, there are few things that match the feeling of using a well-designed keyboard with mechanical key switches. Vengeance gaming keyboards use Cherry MX Red switches, hailed by gamers worldwide to be the best of the best. They combine great key feel with super-fast reaction times and smooth, linear travel with low operating force. Vengeance K95 takes the next step with a 100% mechanical layout – there’s a Cherry MX Red switch underneath every key. So, you’ll get that optimal tactile feedback and responsiveness, no matter your fingers go.” – Corsair

The K95 is well equipped and as you can see from the specifications below this keyboard comes with plenty to keep both gamers and general users happy; the ever popular Cherry MX Red switches are well known to be fast and accurate switches, key-by-key backlighting, 18 macro keys, aluminum construction, 20 Key rollover and a wrist rest should all make for an enjoyable experience.

  • Cherry MX Red Mechanical Switches
  • Key-by-Key Customizable Backlighting
  • 18 Programmable G-Keys
  • Brushed Aluminum Chassis
  • Full Key Matrix Anti-Ghosting with 20-Key Rollover
  • Detachable full length wrist rest

The box is nicely designed with a cool looking shot of the keyboard and a few of the major features listed on the front.

Around the back of the box we have a more detailed breakdown of the keyboards features, but we’ll take a closer look at those shortly.

In the box there was a user manual and some warranty information, oh and of course there was also a great big keyboard in the box!

Next out of the box was the detachable wrist rest, with a full width soft touch design.

Some plastic “push-click” pins hold the rest in place, but there are also two metal screws to give extra security.

There is a light texture to the surface thanks to these little pressed holes, this provides a little extra grip when combined with the soft-touch finish and overall the surfaces feels rather luxurious.

The cable for the K95 features two heavy duty USB 2.0 connections and the keyboard requires that you have a high-power USB 2.0 port to operate it, if you want to use the USB pass through feature you also need to connect both USB cables. The cable is ridiculously heavy and if this isn’t the toughest cable on a consumer keyboard then I don’t know what is. It’s a little unwieldy but at least it should last a life time.

The keyboard is pretty huge, this is mostly due to the extra macro keys on the left side but you best make sure you’ve got a wide desk area should you wish to accommodate it.

It features a fairly low profile overall but it’s about average in terms of height and the keys features a very slow and gentle curve to their ergonomics.

The top right of the keyboard features a very fancy metal scroll wheel for system volume control, a master mute switch and below that (above the number pad) are some dedicated media controls. The keyboard features three more buttons along the top for controlling the lighting features as well as a lock control.

The G keys are situated on their own extension on the left and it features a different finish to the rest of the board that I dare say looks a little cheaper, but it does give a nice visual distinction between the two areas and it still look pretty good in terms of design. The keys are separated into three groups of 3×2 and this makes navigation a little easier, plus there is a decent amount of space between the main keyboard keys and the G keys so you don’t accidentally trigger them, but it’s not so far that you feel your going out of your way to use them.

There was no key cap removal tool included with the K95 but the caps are fully removable non the less. Every key is mechanical with the exception of the top M and media buttons and all feature Cherry MX Red switches with individual LED lighting which can be see here under the WASD key caps.

The key caps are plastic moulded but they feel durable and well finished with just enough curve to provide a good finger resting position when typing or gaming.

The underside of the keyboard features two flip out feet to increase the hight of the board and there are also four small rubber grips to prevent the board from sliding around your desk, although it is quite heavy so I doubt that will be an issue.

The back of the keyboard features a single USB port that you could use for your mouse, headset, or any other USB compatible device really. There is also a BIOS switch that allows you to change compatibility modes as most high end keyboards are often incompatible with most motherboard BIOS screens, that shouldn’t be the case here.

The wrist rest might not be something everyone would want to use so I appreciate that Corsair made it detachable, but in my opinion it completes the design and the keyboard looks easily twice as good with it attached and it doesn’t feel as wide and narrow as it does without it.

The angle of the wrist rest lines up with the rear edge of the keyboard chassis which is below the keys and the keys effectively hover above it, looks pretty cool but also has some practical applications too. The keys and the switches are raised from the chassis of the keyboard, as if there was a lid to go around them and its been left off to show the bare chassis, this makes cleaning super easy but it also gives it a slightly industrial look that I must admit I am fond of.

Setup & Installation

The keyboard is plug and play compatible and works straight out of the box but if you want to use the funky G keys then you’re going to need to download the software from Corsair. Of course this is highly recommended because you don’t buy a huge keyboard with 18 custom keys if you don’t want to use them (if you don’t want them, you should buy the K70 instead). Upon hooking up the keyboard we see the white LED lighting and at first I think it’s a little bright but you can adjust it from off to full in 4 stages of brightness.

The lights not only light up the letters in the key caps but the light bleeds downward and lights up the gaps between the keys and the base chassis below them, it’s a very nice effect and in a very dark room it gives the keys the visual appearance of floating and glowing that looks rather cool.

If that is a bit much for you, you can also turn off / on each key on the keyboard, allowing you to have different zones illuminated on different profiles.

The software gives you complete control over the G key configuration, you can set macros or launch applications and more over each profile. Unfortunately you can’t configure any of the rest of the keyboards functions and all macros have to go on the G keys, although that’s hardly a compromise given there are 18 of them.

You can also set custom names for each profile so you know which is which and you can even save them direct to the keyboard on-board memory.

Performance

Just loading up my game and logging in on this keyboard is a lush experience, the keys feel light and snappy at my fingertips. I decided to tackle an FPS first to test the most important keys of all, WASD! I have to admit I tested this on Battlefield 3 far longer than I had planned to and while I can’t say I did better at my game I certainly had a comfortable experience thanks to the wrist rest, light keys and the K95 didn’t let me down once. Yet this is hardly pushing the limits of the K95 so I fired up WoW and Diablo III for a while, making sure I setting up some macros before hand. I can safely say I think that 18 G keys is too many, I must have used 6 per game at best and I was even able to assign one game per block of 6 keys, meaning I could keep my games on one profile! Still, far too many for my liking, at least for gaming.

Day to day usage however is where the G keys really start to shine, Photoshop shortcuts, email shortcuts, app launchers, text macros and more really make my workflow a whole lot easier and having them in three groups allows me to get through things super quick. I found it a little cumbersome changing profile automatically for software as it doesn’t switch back when you access other apps or your desktop, so having an “all in one” profile is more suitable in my opinion, but then again I don’t need 18 macro keys for any one task, I doubt many people do.

Typing is incredibly quick on this keyboard, the keys are super responsive and the ergonomics of the board present you with a good typing position. The only downside is that when I’m typing at around 70wpm the noise of the key caps striking the keyboard chassis is enough to annoy anyone else in the room after a while, although this is true of 95% of the mechanical keyboard I’ve tested. The upside of course is that you don’t care about the noise because it feels so nice to type, pros and cons I guess.

The media keys are also a welcome feature and since I listen to music all day long on my computer while I work and game, having dedicated keys is vital for me, especially ones that don’t require you to press a Fn key first.

Final Thoughts

You don’t “need” a high end keyboard to enjoy your favourite games, you don’t even need the best equipment to be a winner either, but that doesn’t mean to say that it couldn’t help. The super fast keys of the K95 could cut milliseconds from your reaction times, doesn’t sound like much to most people, but if your a pro gamer then you know that every millisecond counts in the heat of battle. Plus when your sat down on an evening with your favourite game, the last thing you want is for your fingers to feel tired and fatigued from a cheap keyboard and you can feel every penny of the £130 under your fingers tips when typing, reminding you that it was totally worth the investment.

How it performs and feels under your finger tips is easily the most important factor for a keyboard, but I’m not so sure I should give Corsair so much credit here as all that work is being done by the Cherry MX Red switches, a switch that is common place and can be found in many other mechanical keyboards, many of which are half the price of the K95. So what does the K95 do that other keyboards do not to justify the extra price tag?

Many mechanical keyboards are boring rectangles and a mere box to hold the nice switches in place, gorgeous to type on but nothing fancy to look at. The Corsair K95 just oozes luxury with its black brushed aluminium chassis and with the LED lighting reflecting of the texture of the metal it just looks better and better. The only gripe I have is that the G keys look tacked on, maybe Corsair were just trying to make a distinction between the two areas but I think a one piece chassis design would have looked better, even if the current configuration doesn’t look particularly bad.

Because of its metal chassis the keyboard is super strong and should last more than a few years worth of knocks and bumps, plus the keys are very easy to keep clean and maintain. Just remember that Aluminium is easily scratched, so I wouldn’t be putting your car keys next to this thing if you know what’s good for it.

So have Corsair made the best keyboard on the market? No not really, it’s on par with the competition in terms of performance but that is again because of the reliably uniform performance of the MX Red switches, so it’s hard to say one keyboard “feels” better than the other. What corsair have made however is one of the best designed and constructed keyboards on the market, it has a premium feel that is unmatched and a lush aluminium finish that goes a very long way to justifying the high price tag.

Pros

  • Fantastic typing response
  • Huge amount of macro keys
  • Aluminium chassis
  • Well made and durable
  • Premium design

Cons

  • Might be a little expensive for many
  • Only available with MX Red Switches (even if they are very good, it’s nice to have a choice).
  • Macros restricted to G keys

 eTeknix says: “Corsair looked to create their ultimate keyboard and the K95 delivers on that promise, it’s incredible to use and it looks fantastic. It performs as well as any other mechanical keyboard on the market but it’s build quality is in a league of its own.”

Computex: Corsair Gaming Headsets Exhibited

Corsair may be one of the top brands when it comes to PC chassis, power supplies and coolers but some people forget that they also make some of the best gaming peripherals in the business too and while not all the products they had on display were new, they’re got some exciting headsets, gaming mice and keyboards on offer for the gaming masses.

As you can see, Corsair are not short on ideas when it comes to headsets and they’ve got a solution for nearly every budget from the Raptor LH1 Evo and LH3 on the far left to the Wireless Vengeance 2000 on the far right and everything else in between.

This is the first time I’ve seen the raptor sets and there a little more chunky in design compared to the Vengeance sets and I know a lot of people will love that hardcore styling, especially if the performance is equally punchy but we won’t know more about that until we’ve had them in for testing.

There are some seriously high specification headsets in here and if the previous Vengeance headsets are anything to go by these should be pretty awesome, but well be bringing you more news on these over the coming weeks and months as we take a closer look at what they have to offer.

Stay tuned to eTeknix for more Computex coverage in our Computex section.

Image(s) courtesy of eTeknix at Computex

Corsair Driver Update For Vengeance 2000 Headset Adds Dolby Support

Corsair’s Vengeance 2000 headset in my mind is one of the best wireless options out there on the market. Okay so it’s not a true surround headset, but its X-Ear surround technology does a very good job at giving virtual surround. Things have now gone one step better with a free driver update that adds more technology to the headset giving users a far better and immerse surround experience.

The updated driver adds Dolby Headphone 2.0 and Dolby Pro Logic IIx features on the system side and delivers up to 7.1 channel audio to the headset of an experience that sounds richer and fuller than before, with the latter feature processing native stereo and 5.1 channels, up mixing them to 6.1 or 7.1 channels accordingly.

Being an owner of a Vengeance 2000 headset, I’ve naturally downloaded and applied this update and truth be told, the difference that the Dolby updates make is clear as day. Being a Spotify user, I tend to spend most of my day listening to a wide range of music, but I did tend to find that enabling the X-Ear modes did make the source sound more distant. This new update though up-mixes the 2.0ch source and turning it into 7.1 audio with no sense of being distant and keeping punchy notes at both the high and low end of the spectrum.

The new control panel removes the X-Ear options and purely leaves the option to change the source type (2.0 Stereo / 5.1 Surround / 7.1 Surround) through which it dynamically enables and disables the Dolby features to enhance the audio accordingly alongside the equalizer and volume controls.

Rather than just announcing this update, I can clarify that this really does make a difference, so if you’re a Vengeance 2000 user, click the following link where you can download the driver update for free from Corsair and hear the difference yourself – Corsair Vengeance Driver Update.

 

Corsair Vengeance M65 FPS Laser Gaming Mouse Review

Corsair is one of the biggest names in the business when it comes to computer components, with a range that includes many award-winning products such as their SSDs, RAM, Chassis, Keyboards, Mice and more. There is no doubt that Corsair have a strong following in the gaming community thanks in no small part to some of their high performance gaming peripherals, but there is certainly much more to the company that just gaming, with a strong history of producing reliable products since they company formed back in 1994.

“Founded as Corsair Microsystems in 1994, Corsair originally developed Level 2 cache modules for OEMs. After Intel incorporated the L2 cache in the processor with the release of its Pentium Pro processor family, Corsair changed its focus to DRAM modules, primarily in the server market. In 2002, Corsair began shipping DRAM modules that were specifically designed to appeal to computer overclocking enthusiasts. From its roots in  high-performance memory, Corsair has expanded its award-winning product portfolio to include ultra-efficient power supplies, builder-friendly cases, ground-breaking CPU coolers, blazing-fast solid-state drives, and other key system components.”

In the last 20 years Corsair has gone from strength to strength and right now they have one of the strongest product lineups of any brand on the market, and I’m hoping quite a bit that the M65 gaming mouse I’m looking at today not only lives up to my standards as a gamer, but also as a fan of some previous Corsair products.

Gaming is big business and when you start to get to the standards of a performance gaming mouse, which in most cases cost £50 and beyond, your starting to get pretty serious about it. The M65 is prices at a fraction under £50 at most popular retailers and for a gaming mouse that’s pretty good value, so long as the performance is up to scratch of course. Yet £50 is still a fair bit of money to a lot of people (myself included) and once you start paying that for a product like a gaming mouse your going to want to see a good amount of performance, build quality and overall reliability for your money, all of which I will be looking for today.

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In terms of features, the M65 doesn’t disappoint and with onboard profiles (selectable from the mouse), aluminum frame, weight adjustment system and more, which is a very impressive feature set for a mouse in this price range.

  • Onboard Profile Storage
  • Aluminum Unibody Design
  • Adjustable Weight System
  • Selectable Response Time
  • Tune the performance for your desktop surface by choosing between 1000Hz, 500Hz, 250Hz, or 125Hz (1ms, 2ms, 4ms or 8ms).
  • High-Mass, solid metal, rubberized scroll wheel
  • Switches Rated for 20 Million Clicks
  • Soft-Touch Materials
  • PTFE Glide Pads

The M65 comes neatly packed with the Vengeance branding and a plastic window so we can get a great view of the mouse its self, not too important today of course as I will be taking it out of the packaging. There we no extras in the box other than a simple user leaflet, but in fairness, that’s all we really need and any software required can be downloaded from the Corsair website with ease.

Finished in a high gloss white, the top shell of the mouse is a single mould of plastic that forms the left and right mouse buttons. In the middle we have a DPI sensitivity up button, a 3 LED sensitivity indicator and a DPI sensitivity down button, perfect for calibrating the mouse on the fly while gaming, or even while your just browsing the web.

In the centre we have a very high quality metal scroll wheel with a rubber grip coating, the mouse wheel also features a light but nicely tactile “bump” when rolling and a much stronger “click” when pressed, both of which are important for feedback while gaming. Here you can also see the custom shape of the aluminum chassis as it arches under the mouse, not only does exposed aluminum look seriously cool, the shape also reminds me of the air intakes of a fighter jet or sports car.

Down the left side of the mouse we have a soft touch textured panel, a stark contrast to the high gloss textureless top panel of the mouse, here you will also find the forward and back tab buttons which are also lightly textured and finally the one that you cannot miss, the cool looking big red button. This is your on the fly DPI switch that can be used to change you sensitivity when the button is held, perfect for dropping down and getting maximum precision on those all important long-range shots, hence the cross hair logo on the button.

The back of the mouse features a steep curve that fits nicely into the palm of your hand and the cutaway between the side panels are well placed, so don’t feel like they’re sticking out in any way.

The right side panel also features the textured surface of the left side, both panels combined give you something you can really get a grip on, it compliments the glossy top quite nicely and I really like the mixture of textures. Here you can also see the back part of the exposed aluminum chassis which runs under the mouse, featuring finned cut-outs that certainly adds a touch of coolness to the overall design.

The underside of the mouse is constructed of the same single piece of aluminum and this will go a long way to making the mouse strong, durable and hopefully reliable, not to mention it looks fantastic. There’s a selection of five teflon slipmats here and this should provide a good amount of glide on almost any gaming surface.

Aside from the center laser sensor we also have three removable weights, each of which is held in by a weighted screw and removing or added each of these will help you balance the weight and feel of the mouse to your liking.

Setup & Installation

initial setup is as simple as plug-and-play, your good to get on with your work and gaming out of the box without any issues. However, if you really want to explorer that the M65 has to offer, the included software must be installed, here you can customise macros, button configurations, sensitivity, lift off hight, DPI presets, sniper button sensitivity, monitor your gaming surface quality and more, its impressively versatile and much more than I expected within this price range.

Gaming

Given that this mouse features a sniper button it only seemed fair to use it in a game that is really going to allow me to reap the benefits of such a feature. Straight into Battlefield 3 and got my self into a few good camping spots and while it took me a few attempts at calibrating the sensitivities to my preference, once I had the right ones dialed in there was an immediate and massive improvement in my accuracy, especially at long-range. Having a quick turning speed is vital in games like BF3 yet having it set high can really effect your shooting accuracy, where most mice require you to use the DPI toggle up/down keys, being able to push that sniper button is far more effective, quicker and it means you never have to take your finger off the trigger, literally.

General Performance

The customisable weight and the plentiful slipmats on the base of the mouse make it ideal for just about any gaming surface, while I prefer a softer mat, the M65 performs flawlessly on cloth, padding and even just the wood of your desk without missing a beat.

Browsing the web, working in Photoshop and other general day-to-day tasks are well suited to the M65. It features nice ergonomics and the buttons are nicely placed to make for a comfortable experience over long periods of time and being able to go from work to gaming isn’t a problem for the mouse thanks to its customisable profiles and on the fly DPI adjustments.

Overall I think Corsair have out done them selves here, the M65 is easily one of the most feature packed mice within this price range and while I expected to be impressed by it given Corsairs reputation in the industry, I wasn’t expecting a level of build quality, performance and features as what I found here today.

When I look around the reviews I have done in the past and my own general knowledge of other products as a consumer and a gamer myself, I see quite a lot of choice for around £50 from just about every major peripheral manufacturer and while they all offer something great for around £50, I can see any that offer the same as Corsair for such a modest investment. Most mice within this price range usually feature a two piece plastic mould construction that is simply screwed or clipped together, yet Corsair have gone the extra mile in terms of build quality and of course style by giving this mouse an Aluminum chassis, with three high quality ergonomic top panels bolted on top that looks and feels like a product that should cost nearly twice as much as it does.

Extra value for money can be found with the customisable macros, the very cool looking sniper button that actually does improve gaming performance, rock solid all round performance for day-to-day tasks and being able to customise and balance the weight of the mouse thanks to the included weight system on the underside is a massive bonus for many.

Gaming is big business and having the best tool for the job can make or break your gaming experience, while this won’t necessarily make you a better gamer it does go a long way to making your gaming experience more enjoyable and the less you have to worry about your peripherals performance and settings, the more you can focus on your mission. I really like this mouse and I think Corsair have hit on a winner here, a verdict I expect many other gamers will agree with.

Corsair Unleash the Vengeance Extreme – The Worlds Fastest Memory Kit

So you’re in the market for some new memory and you want a kit that’s fast? Well normally you’ll be looking at 2133MHz, or 2400MHz, if you’ve got the need for more speed then there is the option of 2666Mhz or 2800MHz. The question is though, what if this is still not enough? Well if you’re as bonkers as the R&D team at Corsair are, then there is now the option for a 3000MHz kit!

Selecting the IC’s for this extreme kit is no easy feat, and after going through the most rigorous four-stage hand-screening process that Corsair engineers have done, less than 1 in 50 ICs will make the grade and be worthy of taking home on the PCB of one of these kits.  This is not where the validation ends, once the kits have been made, they need to pass performance tests on a select group of Z77 motherboards with an unlocked Ivy Bridge CPU that has the capability to run the kits at their intended speed

“We are focused on helping enthusiasts and overclockers push the boundaries of PC performance,” said Thi La, Senior VP and GM of Memory and Enthusiast Component Products at Corsair. “Our engineering team’s hard work has led to new performance optimization techniques for memory, which we are pleased to debut in our new Vengeance Extreme memory.”

If you’re mad enough to want one of these kits, then sit down first as the price may come as a shock. An 8GB kit with timings of 12-14-14-36 will set you back a cool US$749 and will only be available for a very limited time as the hand made modules are going to be few in numbers. Don’t worry about the question of overclocking as results have already been floating about seeing one of these kits running at 3144MHz overclocked. If overclocking is your game, then Corsair do include on of Kingpin Cooling’s LN2 memory pots for taking the kits to hyper levels of speed.