Corsair One Evaluate – Catrachadas

The Corsair One is the ultimate compact gaming PC. I've looked at several pre-built, small form factor systems over the years, and none is as well built or as powerful as this Corsair system. If you have to spend a lot of money and prefer not to build your own system or just want a beautifully constructed compact tower, the One is really the leading competitor on the market.

Let's talk about the technical data to start this review. The entry-level model, which costs $ 1,799.99, includes a Core i7-7700 processor with GeForce GTX 1070 graphics and a 240 GB SSD with a rotating 1 TB drive. That's a pretty good selection of hardware for any gaming PC, let alone compactness.

Those who want the best in business can buy the Corsair One Pro, which is the same chassis, but with more hideous hardware. With the $ 2,199 model, you get a Core i7-7700K, a GeForce GTX 1080, and a 480 GB SSD. Buy from the Corsair webshop, spend an additional $ 100, and upgrade this SSD to a 960GB model. And for those who want the top tier model, the GPU will be upgraded to a top-of-the-line GeForce GTX 1080 Ti for $ 2,599.

All Corsair One devices are equipped with 16 GB DDR4 memory with 2400 MHz, a Z270 motherboard, an 80Plus Gold certified power supply and Windows 10 Home. All devices also have a liquid-cooled CPU, while the Corsair One Pro models also have liquid-cooled graphics.

Don't worry: we'll show you more about how to set up liquid cooling later.

For those of you wondering, Corsair sent a One Pro with the GTX 1080 and 960 GB SSD for review. And boy is it an animal.

Before I talk about performance, however, it's worth exploring the beautiful design of the Corsair One. Instead of opting for a more traditional console shape with a flat rectangle, Corsair opted for a trash can chassis. The footprint isn't a perfect square – the One is about 25mm deeper than it is wide – but it's slimmer and much, much shorter than a conventional gaming PC case. Though it's large for a compact system, the One is the type of machine you can place anywhere due to its size. I think it looks great on a desk next to a big monitor.

If you want to compare it to modern game consoles, the Corsair One has a volume of around 13 liters, while the PlayStation 4 Pro has 5 liters. But let's face it, that's not a fair comparison when you consider that the Corsair One is much more powerful and has a completely different shape. The One looks bigger than a typical game console to the eye, and it's not the smallest SFF gaming PC I've ever seen, although smaller systems tend to contain weaker GPUs (often the GTX 1060). With the Corsair One you swap a little size for a lot more power.

This system is one of the few compact slot machines that actually look good, and that's because of the premium metal construction. Virtually every side of the Corsair One is made from machined aluminum with a beautiful matte black, pearl-blasted finish. The angular and curved design has some pointers to the gamer style, although I find this system fantastic mostly as a desktop or living room unit.

Some aspects of One design are particularly interesting, e.g. B. the thick fins on the top and bottom. I don't think these fins are actually used for heat dissipation (this is left up to the internal radiators), but their presence makes the one seem powerful. There is also significant perforation on the left and right sides so that air can be drawn out through the aluminum plate, through the radiators and through the top of the system.

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There are two aqua blue LED strips on the front of the Corsair One, which run from top to bottom. Surprisingly, these LED strips for Corsair are not RGB because, according to Corsair, this would not have resulted in the "desired aesthetics" for a cool, quiet system. The blue works well here and gives the otherwise black design some interest.

I / O consists of a single USB 3.1 Gen 1 port on the front and an HDMI port for those who want to use Corsair One for virtual reality. On the back you will find three more USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, two USB 2.0 ports for keyboard and mouse, a USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type C port, Gigabit Ethernet, five 3.5 mm audio jacks for analog surround Audio as well as optical S / PDIF and two antenna connections for the integrated 802.11ac WLAN solution.

Triple display setups are possible thanks to two DisplayPort 1.4 connections and an HDMI 2.0 connection on the back, all of which are connected directly to the graphics card.

The inside of the Corsair One is probably more impressive than the outside. The system is divided into two zones to efficiently cool each of the main components. On the right is the MSI Mini-ITX Z270 motherboard and the SFX power supply with Corsair Vengeance RAM in full height. The CPU is cooled by a liquid cooler with a closed control loop and a 240 mm cooler without fan: the upper 140 mm fan Corsair ML140 ensures the air flow in this system.

On the other hand, there's a full-length GeForce GTX 1080 that's also attached to a closed-circuit liquid cooler and a slim 240mm cooler. A blower on this side provides additional airflow for the GPU, while extension cables send the display outputs from the graphics card directly to the back of the system. A 2.5-inch SSD is neatly inserted into the front of the device.

The great thing about this design is that practically every aspect of the Corsair One can be upgraded without having to worry about proprietary components. The Core i7-7700K is socketed and can easily be replaced by another LGA1151 CPU after removing the liquid cooler. Upgrading the RAM is easy thanks to the two accessible DIMM sockets. The SSD can also be replaced. There is even a free SATA connector if you find space for another drive somewhere. Even the mini ITX motherboard can be replaced in the future if you want to upgrade the platform, as the back uses standard I / O shielding.

And the upgradeability doesn't end here. You can also replace the graphics card because Corsair used a standard desktop card in the One. Corsair tells me that there is 11 inches of space for the graphics card and up to three standard slots for air coolers. Converting the liquid cooler to other GPUs may be difficult, but you can easily install a standard air cooler in the future, aside from some additional noise.

All this upgradeability makes the Corsair One the perfect system for players who like to tinker and upgrade. You may have to pay more than $ 1,800 for the device first, but when new graphics cards and CPUs come out, One can accommodate them. You can't say that about most other pre-made SFF slot machines.

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