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Corsair releases USB 3.0 upgrade kit for Obsidian cases

By Matthew ยท 11 replies
Mar 3, 2011
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  1. If you've purchased a high-end motherboard in recent months, it's likely outfitted with USB 3.0 support -- but is your case? Probably not. Besides spanking new models, most desktop chassis still come with USB 2.0 ports on the front panel, and that includes Corsair's Obsidian 700D and 800D. Both $270 full-tower enclosures ship with the dated USB spec and that undoubtedly discourages some enthusiast shoppers, especially since competing cases such as the HAF X have the new interface.

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  2. Raswan

    Raswan TS Enthusiast Posts: 279

    It's nice that it's so cheap. Well done Corsair.
  3. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,534   +421

    I'd love to see more case designers allow some front panel/port customization or replacement parts like Corsair or Lian Li.
  4. TekGun

    TekGun TS Booster Posts: 163   +30

    It's a nice idea, but why do they insist on including a IEEE 1394, does anybody still use this?
  5. PanicX

    PanicX TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 648

    My Sony HDR-HC1 Camcorder only supports USB 1.1 and FireWire 800. So it's nice to have Firewire to connect it too, as its about 80x faster.
  6. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,007   +18

    That's a great idea. While I don't NEED a new case, if I do, the Corsairs are at the top of my list, and this made it even better. And the price is really good for such an upgrade. I'm very pleased with what Corsair has been delivering over the last few years.
  7. Lokalaskurar

    Lokalaskurar TS Enthusiast Posts: 514

    FireWire also brings a more steadier stream of information than USB, so if your using a FireWire Bluetooth dongle for instance, it will deliver the data more steadier - although the developers of the newest editions of USB are combating this problem, thus eventually all the advantages of IEEE 1394 will disappear and it'll end up dodo-style.
  8. fpsgamerJR62

    fpsgamerJR62 TS Rookie Posts: 489

    Now, why haven't the other PC case manufacturers thought of this ? I am glad that Corsair decided to enter the PC peripheral business since they have such a strong commitment to quality and value.
  9. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,493   +1,295

    Why won't they do this for my Cosmos S? Come on Cooler Master!
  10. Tried to buy it, but alas, it didn't work. Live in Sweden...
  11. Boilerhog146

    Boilerhog146 TS Evangelist Posts: 620   +217

    yes, I still use firewire ,I capture video from my camcorder ,via firewire and turn them into home movies ,some hunting and fishing trips I have done this way..
  12. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,355   +4,988

    I wish I had an upgrade kit for my case. I've been pondering the idea of moding my USB 2.0 ports. The fact that the cover and the ports are two piece makes it difficult. I'm hoping one day one of these kits may work for me, even though they may not be designed for my case.

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