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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  • vladx - Thursday, March 23, 2017 - link

    People like you still don't get it, this is not targeted towards people like us who can build our own PC. Reply
  • fanofanand - Thursday, March 23, 2017 - link

    You are absolutely correct, I don't get it. Those that can't build their own still desire to pay 50% more because the case is smaller? Why wouldn't they choose a pre-built that has a slightly larger case, dramatically greater performance, that still costs less? Are those that don't built their own going to gravitate towards Corsair? Are those not in the DIY game aware of Corsair? I think you just set up your own straw-man, the ONLY people who would be interested in this are the same people that would more than likely build it themselves. Reply
  • BrokenCrayons - Thursday, March 23, 2017 - link

    I do like the design a lot. I think the best way I can describe it in one word is "tasteful" and that's not something I can justify saying about a lot of other gaming products.

    Can we get one with a 1050 or 1060 and an i5? For those of us 1366x768 screens, the higher end GPU isn't necessary and the i7 in general doesn't bring enough additional performance to the table. Both components add too much heat to a room and require a larger-than-necessary power supply.
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  • fanofanand - Thursday, March 23, 2017 - link

    I'm absolutely with you. Slap in a decent sized M.2, an RX480, and a 1600x. 90% of the performance (in most applications, and in some far greater performance than a 7700) but at 50% of the cost or less. Reply
  • BrokenCrayons - Thursday, March 23, 2017 - link

    Yes, a Ryzen CPU and AMD GPU would be another valid option. In the case of the hardware config you're looking at, the overall heat output would be similar rather than lower, but the reduction in cost would probably justify it for most people. Reply
  • fanofanand - Friday, March 24, 2017 - link

    Ryzen processors use the same or less wattage and have the same or lower thermal profile. This isn't the old AMD who made 250 watt space heaters, these are far more efficient chips. So it's more performant, cheaper, uses less electricity, and runs cooler. Only if you are big on overclocking or a fps gamer would the Intel provide a better option. Reply
  • rev3rsor - Friday, March 24, 2017 - link

    I'd definitely agree with all your points, and I think a configuration like would be quite good for, say, casual gamers or people after productivity with something less top-end. One comment though, how common are 1366*768 screens in desktop users...? Reply
  • BrokenCrayons - Friday, March 24, 2017 - link

    Realistically, I'd say they're pretty uncommon these days. My expectations relatively low for acceptable computing, probably a lot lower than most other people making comments here. Though I like watching technology change, I don't usually feel compelled to make the necessary purchases to keep up.

    Steam's survey might offer some insight into the gaming world where this hardware is relevant. I believe they capture monitor resolution and report results on it, but don't quote me on that.
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  • fanofanand - Friday, March 24, 2017 - link

    I think most people have moved to at least 1680x1050 Reply
  • Tylanner - Thursday, March 23, 2017 - link

    These comments are atrocious....why does everyone have the urge to discredit the entire custom gaming computer market by itemizing from newegg and minimizing the design, build and warranty/tech support.

    The fact is there are a ton of costs built into a custom gaming PC parts...advertising...branding...assembly labor...etc...and they still (presumably) make money...

    Go make your "equivalent" PC and put it up on ebay...see how much the market thinks it is worth...it would be worth a lot less than this...

    There is a market for this...even if we are not in it...and we should compare and contrast it against truly equivalent competitors. Because despite what you may think...assembling and configuring a PC is a non-trivial exercise.
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