First announced in February, the new Corsair ONE pre-built gaming PC is now shipping. The Corsair ONE is the first ready-to-run system from the manufacturer that has mostly been known for their PC components and peripherals. Selling and supporting entire systems is a new venture for Corsair, but the design and capabilities of the Corsair ONE are a good fit for the company's product lineup.

The Corsair ONE uses a custom case form factor that is a shallow-depth mini tower, but all of the major components inside use standard PC form factors: mini-ITX motherboard, SFX power supply, 2.5" SSDs and supporting graphics cards up to 11" long with two or three slot cooling solutions. Naturally, many of those components are either existing Corsair parts or special editions made for the Corsair ONE. The total volume of the case is around 12L and the exterior is mostly black aluminum.

The system's cooling is provided by a single ML140 exhaust fan at the top and intake is through the side panels. The right side intake is occupied by the radiator for the CPU's closed-loop water cooler. The left side intake vent opens directly onto the air-cooled graphics card in the base model, while the top Corsair ONE includes a second water cooler for the GPU. Neither radiator has any fans of their own, as the exhaust fan at the top of the case provides most of the air flow. The power supply uses semi-passive cooling with its own fan, and the system as a whole emits around 20dB at idle.

Gallery: CORSAIR ONE

In order to allow the graphics card to be positioned behind the motherboard and facing its own air intake, the Corsair ONE chassis provides the necessary cables to route the PCIe lanes to the graphics card, and pass-through video connections to ports on the back and one HDMI port on the front that is intended for VR displays. The power supply is mounted in the top of the right side of the case and also makes use of a short pass-through cable to the plug on the back of the machine. Because both side panels are used as air intakes, the Corsair ONE can only operate in vertical orientation cannot be operated with either side directly against any obstructing surface.

The top vent and fan are removable without tools, but the two side panels with the radiators must be unscrewed at the top and are hinged at the bottom. While Corsair cases are usually quite easy to work in, further disassembly of the Corsair ONE gets tricky as usability has been sacrificed to save space.

Corsair ONE PC Specifications
Model Corsair ONE Corsair ONE PRO Corsair ONE PRO (web store only)
CPU i7 7700 i7 7700K
GPU air-cooled GeForce GTX 1070 water-cooled GeForce GTX 1080
DRAM 16GB DDR4 2400
Motherboard mini-ITX, Z270 chipset
Storage 240GB SSD + 1TB HDD 480GB SSD + 2TB HDD 960GB SSD
PSU custom edition of Corsair SF600: SFX, 80+ Gold with semi-passive cooling
Warranty 2 years
MSRP $1799 $2299 $2399

The base model Corsair ONE comes standard with an Intel Core i7 7700 processor in a Z270 motherboard with 16GB of DDR4-2400 RAM. The base graphics card is an air-cooled NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070. The Corsair ONE PRO model upgrades to a Core i7 7700K processor and a MSI GEFORCE GTX 1080 AERO 8G OC with Corsair's custom water cooler. Storage is either a combination of a SATA SSD and a 2.5" hard drive or a single larger SATA SSD.

Stylistically, the Corsair ONE is less ostentatious than many gamer-oriented products. The front face of the case includes aqua blue accent lighting that can be controlled or entirely disabled through Corsair Link software, but it's single-color rather than full RGB lighting. Even with the lighting off the Corsair ONE doesn't easily blend in with typical office or living room furnishings, but the relatively small size and all-black color scheme make it fairly unobtrusive.

The software pre-installed on the Corsair ONE is minimal: Windows 10 Home with all the necessary drivers, Corsair's CUE customization tool, and installers for popular game digital distribution platforms including Steam, Origin, Uplay and GoG Galaxy.

Corsair will be selling the Corsair ONE PC through major electronics retailers as well as directly through their online store. Support will be be handled in-house by Corsair's expanded support department that now includes specialists for the Corsair ONE. The system comes with a two-year warranty and aftermarket upgrades performed by the consumer will void that warranty, but Corsair will also be partnering with retailers to provide in-warranty aftermarket upgrades.

Source: Corsair

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  • ddriver - Friday, March 24, 2017 - link

    Nope, that would require a few billion $ of initial investment. The goal here is NOT to save money, the goal is to have a good custom pc case, I merely noted that it coincidentally costs less than a high end commercial product, because you only pay the materials and labor cost, there is no price premium for the brand and profit margins to be pocketed by executives.

    It would be a great start to at least be able to order custom form factor components such as mobos and video cards, so you can get more creative. Alas, it is highly unlikely that any manufacturer will take you on an order below 10k units. You couldn't DIY here, even though the actual hardware making is feasible, the software side of anything more complicated than a micro-controller board is too labor intensive. Besides, even if you manage to buy contemporary ICs, the price will be much higher. Digital microelectronics are still outside the reach of non-corporate entities and will likely remain so for many years. Mechanical and analog electronics engineering however isn't neither outside the reach, neither too expensive nor too complex to get into.
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  • Reflex - Thursday, March 23, 2017 - link

    Time = Money and my time is worth way more than the price difference. I suppose if your a college kid looking for experience with SolidWorks and design, or a hobbyist who has always wanted to design your own case this might be appealing. Reply
  • Alexvrb - Thursday, March 23, 2017 - link

    Do you believe that you and Corsair are paying the same for components? Especially since some of these components are in-house? Obviously not. With that being said, the pricing doesn't seem any worse than any other high-end prebuilts in this size and class, at least for the ONE PRO configurations. Keep in mind the HDD is likely also a 2.5" model, which do cost a bit more at that 2TB mark.

    The base ONE configuration actually seems like a worse value to me. I wouldn't be surprised if margin (as a percentage) was a bit higher on the entry-level model. Also that SSD is just too small for a gaming rig. You can stick a lot of non-gaming media on the secondary drive, but games themselves are getting rather large. So I'd have to upgrade that right off the bat, which further degrades the value proposition.
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  • zodiacfml - Thursday, March 23, 2017 - link

    I was dreaming of this kind of chassis where one panel is one huge radiator. This is quite costly though compared to ASUS ROG G20 Reply
  • close - Thursday, March 23, 2017 - link

    The market for relatively compact gaming PCs that don't look like they were designed by a 14 year old that just saw Tron is really thin. Some may be willing to pay extra to get something with a more restrained look. Reply
  • SkyBill40 - Friday, March 24, 2017 - link

    That Razer designed/branded Tron Legacy keyboard and mouse would look pretty boss with this case. Just sayin'. Good luck finding one though. LOL Reply
  • dstarr3 - Thursday, March 23, 2017 - link

    Only a two-year warranty on a $2,400 computer. Not brilliant. Reply
  • rmm584 - Thursday, March 23, 2017 - link

    If they could make one more model with 3400MHz DDR4, a 1080TI, and a 480GB NVMe M.2 SSD I would actually consider buying one even given the mark up. The lack of a NVMe M.2 SSD and faster DDR4 is a weird considering that Corsair makes/brands these items. Too bad because it is so close to my ideal and it looks nice unlike other gaming all in ones, maybe they will have another model with what I want in a couple of months. Reply
  • vladx - Thursday, March 23, 2017 - link

    As @Valantar mentioned above, the markup is quite low in this case actually. Reply
  • rmm584 - Thursday, March 23, 2017 - link

    Yes, looking at it again the mark up is reasonable. I think they could make the config I want with a MSRP around $2800, which would work out to 4 grand CAD. Reply

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