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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  • Hxx - Thursday, March 23, 2017 - link

    you heard of cyberpowerpc? you can "build" a much cheaper PC with similar specs while using off the shelf components (nothing proprietary) and you can go mini itx all the way to full size. That's just one company there are many more.So to answer your question, the criticism to price does not come (only) from DYI builders but in general is genuinely more expensive than a comparable pre-build PC. I get it though, its a new toy, looks nice and its Corsair. But then again this is gonna stay at this price for very long if they want to sell them. Reply
  • Notmyusualid - Friday, March 24, 2017 - link

    @ Tylanner

    +1
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  • BrokenCrayons - Friday, March 24, 2017 - link

    Well, hold on a moment please. The point people are making when they itemize a similar build isn't the resale value on the secondary market for that hardware. The value comes from obtaining similar computing performance for a lower cost. It's unrealistic for someone to purchase new parts, assemble a system, and then list it right away on Ebay. Most people only go through the trouble of doing so in order to actually reap a benefit from the hardware by putting it to use. Their point in mentioning that is that they can get the same hardware specifications for a lower cost which is a completely valid argument for someone with the time, tools, and knowledge to make against purchasing a retail solution. Reply
  • fanofanand - Friday, March 24, 2017 - link

    +1

    The pricing context is not in relation to other commercially available PCs, the context is in regards to DIY builders, who a rig like this might appeal to. (people who know nothing about PCs aren't going to gravitate towards Corsair, that's a fact) Ignorant consumers will simply buy an iMac or a Dell AIO or something similar. They aren't going out to Falcon or Origin or Corsair. So this PC IS being marketed to those that might otherwise DIY, and the value proposition for these folks is the cost comparison between building their own and buying a pre-built. Think of the blackbird, that was unique because the case itself couldn't be purchased (at first). That provided a unique intrinsic value that a DIY person couldn't replicate (well maybe ddriver could). That's how you add value, not by slapping a bunch of company branded components in a company branded case and then marking the price up by 20-50%.
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  • Shadowmaster625 - Thursday, March 23, 2017 - link

    $300 CPU + $400 GPU + $150 mobo + $100 RAM + $150 case/psu + $200 in drives = = = .... $1800!!! $500 to assemble it and put a copy of windows on it! Take my money. Reply
  • Morawka - Thursday, March 23, 2017 - link

    Yeah this thing is priced to fail.. corsiar what are you thinking? Reply
  • Meteor2 - Friday, March 24, 2017 - link

    I can't remember the economics properly but it's something like if you price it higher with a big margin, it's quite possible to sell fewer items but make a bigger profit.

    Plus if you make something expensive that actually makes it attractive. Weird but that's how it seems to work...
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  • fanofanand - Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - link

    There is the presumption of quality and performance from the higher price. It's a natural human reaction to assume prices reflect cost. Reply
  • milkod2001 - Friday, March 24, 2017 - link

    Looks quite neat and it is not as much overpriced as other prebuilt systems. Hoverer i would not buy it. By design hot air comes up through big holes on top. When not in use this case will collect ton of dust which naturally will get inside of case.That will degrade heat and noise performance of this case very soon. Reply
  • m16 - Monday, March 27, 2017 - link

    I'm amazed that there's no 32GB RAM option, unless I missed something. While 16 are enough now for gaming, it might not be in the future and it cuts the use of the machine to gaming and general computing.

    That being said... it's a nice little machine. The price is a bit steep, but considering the form factor, it's sort of justifiable.

    It fills the void left by the x51 departure from Alienware.
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