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Corsair upgrades the already meaty Corsair One Pro

Corsair’s top-of-the-line, pre-built water-cooled system grabs 8th generation Intel Core i7 processors, and jumps from a GTX 1080 to the GTX 1080 Ti.

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Corsair’s top-of-the-line, pre-built water-cooled system grabs 8th generation Intel Core i7 processors, and jumps from a GTX 1080 to the GTX 1080 Ti.

For many people, part of the joy of a new gaming PC is building it yourself. From window-shopping parts, to that Christmas moment when a dozen packages arrive in the mail, to the frustration of putting it together, and the ultimate sense of satisfaction when you fire it up for the first time – it’s a wild ride.

At the other end of the scale, are pre-built systems. Less fun, sure, but you can be pretty certain it will POST first time, without leaving you sobbing on the floor.

The Corsair One Pro is not quite in the middle – it’s a very expensive, pre-built, high-end system – but you can take it apart for upgrades. Not that you’ll really need to; the One is a bit of a beast.

And now Corsair have made it a little more beefy, with the imaginatively-named Corsair One Pro Plus, and Corsair One Pro Elite. Here are the salient differences, from the previous generation to the next:

Corsair One Pro

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-7700K, liquid cooled
  • Motherboard: Corsair One Z270
  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 1080, liquid cooled
  • RAM: 16GB Corsair Vengeance DDR4-2400 (32GB option)
  • Storage: 480GB M.2 NVMe SSD / 2TB HDD
  • PSU: Corsair SF400
  • MSRP: $2,299.99 ($2,499.99 for 32GB option)

Corsair One Pro Plus

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-8700K, liquid cooled
  • Motherboard: Corsair One Z370
  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti, liquid cooled
  • RAM: 16GB Corsair Vengeance DDR4-2400
  • Storage: 480GB M.2 NVMe SSD / 2TB HDD
  • PSU: Corsair SF500
  • MSRP: $2,799.99

Corsair One Pro Elite

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-8700K, liquid cooled
  • Motherboard: Corsair One Z370
  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti, liquid cooled
  • RAM: 32GB Corsair Vengeance DDR4-2666
  • Storage: 480GB M.2 NVMe SSD / 2TB HDD
  • PSU: Corsair SF500
  • MSRP: $2,999.99

So, that’s a bump to the latest generation of Intel processors – up from four physical cores to six – and a step up to the top of Nvidia’s GPU ladder. The GTX 1080 Ti features 11GB of GDDR5X RAM and 3584 cores, versus 8GB/2560 cores on the basic GTX 1080. “Basic”. That’s quaint.

The new Corsair One models, the Pro Plus and the Elite, are also liquid cooled, which means they run far quieter and cooler than they probably should for such a compact form factor. It’s not quite as small as a console, but it’s about half the size by volume of your average gaming tower; like the big trash can Mac Pro, but not rubbish and impossible to upgrade.

The Corsair One Pro Plus and Elite are available now.


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