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.


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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  • xchaotic - Thursday, March 23, 2017 - link

    Sensible configurations, crazy markup. It doesn't cost $1000 to assemble a PC
  • Valantar - Thursday, March 23, 2017 - link

    Nor is the markup anywhere near $1000. I put together a similarly specced PC (7700K, H100i v2, 16GB Corsair LPX, the cheapest Z270 ITX board I could find, FE GTX 1080, Corsair Force LE 480GB + 2TB cheapo HDD) as the mid-range version on PCPartPicker, which ended up at $1627 while missing the case and the AIO for the GPU, which again would add $200-250 if picking off-the-shelf parts.

    Then there's the challenge of finding an ITX case able to fit two 240mm rads, and still be this small? That's not an option. I doubt this was cheap to design for Corsair, and I'd gladly pay quite a bit for a case like that. Yes please.
  • ddriver - Thursday, March 23, 2017 - link

    SolidWorks -> Sheet Metal -> your local metal shop that has a cnc plasma cutter and a press brake -> your custom dream industrial strength enclosure. At the shop I work with it ends up cheaper than a mass produced "high end" case made of thinny aluminum and plastic and inferior internal layout. Even better value if you compare against prices for big nas/server cases.
  • Achaios - Thursday, March 23, 2017 - link

    That sounds like a Ghetto rig, man. While you are at it, you might as well grab a Xeon X5460, a $10 mod that makes it run on P35 Bearlake Chipset boards, DDR2-1066 RAM, a $30 Chinese PSU and the obligatory 8800GTS. Why even use a case? Get a carboard box and you're all set.

    The OP is aimed to customers outside the ghetto.
  • close - Thursday, March 23, 2017 - link

    No, that was just ddriver in his endless crusade to impress people. He's a real man's man :). It's not enough to recommend building your own system from parts, he just has to recommend building your own parts.
    He'd give people dating advice but somehow making his girlfriend in SolidWorks just isn't that impressive :).
  • negusp - Thursday, March 23, 2017 - link

    You sound awfully butthurt.
  • ddriver - Friday, March 24, 2017 - link

    Your inferiority complex has been noted for a while now, there is no need to keep showcasing it.

    Engineering is not only interesting and rewarding, but it also allows you to get quality and functionality that would typically be outside the purchasing power for most people. I've been dealing for years with commercial products, which are either too mediocre or too poor value, because if you want to buy stuff that is actually good, you have to spend 10-50X more, depending on what it is. I got fed up with stuff made poorly, made is that it breaks, so that it is not reparable or not even cleanable. DIY does not necessarily has to be shabby, if you have the equipment it can look as good as commercially available products look or even better. The versatility, durability, reparaiblity and upgradability is however the most important aspect of it. Not having to bother with repairing or replacing, especially for big stuff like washing machines, fridges, ovens an so on - that's the real beauty of it. I have made most of the stuff in my home, including the actual building, the only things I buy are the electronic components and stuff like monitors or specialized digital hardware which I don't have the equipment to make. Most of the stuff I made will outlast me and even my children without breaking up and needing replacement. Things that are subject to wearing off are all modular, so they can be replaced with minimal effort and tooling.

    I have not dated for more than 10 years. Dating is for desperate people trying to fool someone into a relation. The only advice I'd give anyone about dating is that it is stupid and a waste of time, as is infatuation and the very concept of monogamous relationship. The proper approach is to put your time and resources into meaningful things to improve your social standing, if you are an achiever you don't have to ever bother with dating, ladies flock to you like flies on roadkill ;)
  • Drumsticks - Friday, March 24, 2017 - link

    I have to admit, if you DIY your washing machine, oven, fridge, and presumably dryer (although I guess you can air dry!), that's impressive ;)

    On the other hand, I guess I better tell my wife it's over... Our monogamous relationship just isn't going to cut it now that my eyes have been opened.
  • fanofanand - Friday, March 24, 2017 - link


    I actually like ddriver's rants, I find them informative, educational and oftentimes amusing. Your response however, is FAR superior!
  • WinterCharm - Thursday, March 30, 2017 - link

    ddriver is one of those Incel neckbeards. It's pretty funny to see his deranged rants.

    He's like that guy twisting one off in the corner of the subway car. Everyone else is relieved that "at least I'm not that guy" and they all get off the subway smiling about their own fortunes, and a little disturbed by what they saw.

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