Stunning, Small: Corsair’s VR-Ready ONE Gaming PC Boasts Creative Design, Great Aesthetics
Posted on March 23, 2017 2:02 PM by Rob Williams
Have you ever noticed that Corsair produces a lot of different PC components? We at Techgage sure have. In fact, we’ve often joked in the past with the idea that Corsair should just go ahead and craft its own PC. Well, with the ONE, that’s just what’s happening.
The ONE hasn’t been a huge secret in recent months; it’s actually been hyped quite a bit. It’s an interesting product, too, because in some ways, it goes against the company’s immense focus on DIY PC building. But that said, not every PC enthusiast has to have the want to build their own. Sometimes, having a pro build it is the best, simplest answer.
If you do decide to procure a ONE, you’ll be getting many interesting features that go beyond its sharp aesthetics. One of the biggest goals of ONE was to make it as small as possible without impeding performance, and the end result is a PC that stands 15 inches high, stretches 8 inches long, and goes 7 inches deep. Packed with hardware, the ONE weighs about 15lbs.
Despite its small size, Corsair stresses that the ONE is upgradeable. It includes an Intel Z270-equipped mini-ITX motherboard, ideal for Kaby Lake (which it includes), as well as one of NVIDIA’s current top-end GPUs: GeForce GTX 1070, 1080, or 1080 Ti. All models include 16GB of DDR4-2400 memory, an SSD (ranging from 240~960GB), an 80 Plus power supply, and of course, a liquid-cooled CPU.
Speaking of liquid-cooled, Corsair has even gone as far with the ONE to liquid cool the GPU, as long as you opt for either the GTX 1080 or GTX 1080 Ti. In a small PC like this one, cooling is paramount, so this is great to see.
Corsair has 4 configurations of the ONE available, with 2 available only through its webstore (eg: the GTX 1080 Ti build). Pricing starts at $1,799.99, representing a build that includes an i7-7700, GTX 1070, 240GB SSD, and the de facto 16GB of memory. If there’s a single oddity I notice, it’s that Windows 10 Pro isn’t included with any of these systems; instead, Home is opted for. Pro doesn’t offer many features that most regular home users (or even enthusiasts) are going to require, but if you do need something like BitLocker or Hyper-V support, the Pro version will need to be upgraded to.
Another thing to bear in mind: the ONE (not Pro) includes a single 240mm radiator, whereas the Pro models upgrade that to dual 240mm radiators. All models use Corsair’s excellent ML (magnetic levitation) fans, ensuring quiet operation. Not familiar with those? Read our look at Corsair’s ML fans here.
Perhaps the best part about ONE is that you’ll have no problem finding peripherals that look good with it. While ONE itself doesn’t include RGB lighting, any one of the company’s peripherals offering it could be configured to match the ONE’s default blue (not to say you have to stick to such rigid rules!)
With as sharp as this PC looks, and knowing that it’s hand-crafted by none other than Corsair, the question is begged: is this PC the “ONE”?