Corsair has an enviable reputation as the king of computer memory makers. It eschews the low-end, to manufacture a diaspora of mid-range and high-end RAM for hobbyists and channel manufacturers alike.
If you want the very best RAM in the world, you'll probably buy it from Corsair. But 2010 is the last year that visitors to the CeBIT tradeshow will be able to visit 'Corsair Memory', as the company is keen to shed the latter word from its name.
According to spokesman Gareth Ogden, Corsair remains absolutely committed to owning the memory market, and it has no intention of making processors or graphics chips. But it has enjoyed a steady growth in the variety of components it makes and intends, says Ogden, to "own as many component parts of a PC as possible".
PC Advisor readers will be familiar with Corsair power supplies and Corsair also showed us its full range of SSD hard drives. This time last year we were shown the Corsair 800D - the company's first PC case. In 2010 Corsair is showing the 700D, a less expensive case that lacks hot swappable SATA bays and a transparent side panel, but is otherwise the same, high-end product.
Ogden told us that the idea was to enter the market with a 'statement of intent' product, and then follow it up with marginally less expensive components. The same model has been followed with Corsair's cooling devices, with last year's successful H50 been followed now by two new components: the Corsair A70 and A50.
Priced at $79 and $49 respectively, the A70 has four and the A50 three heat pipes. According to Ogden, the fact that these heat pipes are filed down flat allows them to site directly on the CPU, for much better heat transference. Typically, a discrete aluminium plate would be used for this. Both models have rubber fan holders to reduce vibrations and noise.