Corsair is replacing the trend with several prebuilt PCs, instead offering a high-performance package in a small, compact package as many opt for a more standard mid-tower. The Corsair One a200 tablet is no less an exciting offering, combining the latest AMD Ryzen and Nvidia GeForce technologies in a surprisingly stylish and well-managed package that’s no bigger than a breadbasket.
If you’re familiar with Corsair’s compact lineup, you’ll know that looks can be deceiving. This isn’t Corsair’s first attempt at a compact gaming PC, and we’ve previously ranked its compact hardware as some of the best gaming PCs, whether compact or not. Its 20 x 17.3 x 38cm size seems to have very little effect on the performance of these computers – the new and improved a200’s specs list is just as tasty as it should be.
It all starts with the a200’s AMD Ryzen 9 5900X CPU, running on the highly successful and well-rated Zen 3 architecture. It’s a 12-core/24-thread chip with plenty of grunt, rated to 3.7GHz at its worst and 4.8GHz at its best. As our top pick for today’s best gaming CPU, I expected a lot from it even before the a200 came out of the box.
pirate one a200 مواصفات specification
CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 5900X
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
memory: 32 GB DDR4 @ 3200 MB/s
storage: 1 TB NVMe SSD
In front of me I/O: 1 3.5mm audio jack, 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C.
Back I/O: 2x USB 3.2 Gen 2 (Type-A and Type-C), 4x USB 3.2 Gen 1, Audio Ports, 2.5G Ethernet, 3.x DisplayPort, 1x HDMI
Delivery: Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, LAN
Prince sultan university: 750 Watts SFX 80 Plus Platinum
Dimensions: 200mm x 172.5mm x 380mm
price: $3800 / £3,300
The supporting role of this performance package is played by DDR4-3200 memory with a capacity of 32 GB. It’s loaded into the custom motherboard with the B550 chipset along with a 1TB NVMe SSD from Corsair’s proprietary design, the Corsair Force MP600. It’s also a PCIe 4.0 drive for faster load times and transfer speeds.
The recent introduction of SFX power supplies capable of driving more than 1,000 watts helped solidify the concept that a small PC can also be high-performance. However, even the a200’s built-in 750W SFX PSU delivers enough electrical power to build a personal computer. Effective wattage is also rated to 80 Plus Platinum.
Crucial to our gaming needs is that the 750W PSU is enough to give the a200 a stealth over the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080. Being our favorite graphics cards today, we couldn’t ask for more from the Corsair One. With nothing holding it back, the RTX 3080 does a fast job at 4K and 1440p.
I am happy to report that nothing seems to be holding it back.
In Metro Exodus in 4K, Corsair One manages to stay updated with the Founders Edition RTX 3080 desktop version. It’s only slightly slower than Horizon Zero Dawn’s desktop test bench, too.
3DMark Time Spy: 11601 (CPU) 17, 563 (GPU)
Hitman 3 (Dubai): 228fps (1080p) 176fps (1440p) 102fps (4k)
F1 2020 (Ultra, DX12): 216fps (1080p) 167fps (1440p) 127fps (4K)
Metro Exit (Ultra, DX12): 126fps (1080p) 101fps (1440p) 66fps (4K)
Horizon Zero Dawn (Ultimate) 155 fps (1080p) 129 fps (1440p) 77 fps (4K)
3DMark Port Royal: 11,640
Metro Exit (RTX) 109fps (1080p) 88fps (1440p) 63fps (4K)
Cinebench R20: 8020 (Multiple) 601 (Single)
X264 v5.0.1: 67.87 fps
Sandra (memory bandwidth): 31.48 GB/sec
Hitman 3 (Dartmoor): 117 fps (1080p)
Final Fantasy XIV Loading Time: 9.016 seconds
What that means for actual gaming performance is 60fps or more at 4K in some of today’s newest games, which is what you might expect from these parts on paper, but maybe not much of a form factor.
Perhaps the key to the a200’s puzzle lies in its thermal performance. Where a lot of CPU and GPU performance now lies in thermal rise, increasingly with Zen 3 and Ampere, it’s also important to increase the specification of the thermal solution to achieve maximum performance. Fortunately, the a200 does just that, allowing the CPU and GPU to give their best in alignment with the less restrictive parts of the desktop.
This is largely thanks to Corsair’s design dual liquid cooling solution. The CPU and GPU are both liquid-cooled, independently of each other, with each component’s cooler located on either side of the computer case. Fresh, cool air is then blown past either cooler through the use of a single fan located at the top of the computer.
The result is a maximum GPU temperature while benchmarking at 69°C, which is the envy of even some discrete desktop coolers. The maximum CPU temperature might not make much envy, however, coming in at 91 degrees Celsius. That’s remarkably well within AMD’s thermal specs, but it’s also well above typical operating temperatures for such a chip with a reasonably chunky liquid cooler.
The individual system fan also has to work hard sometimes to keep the computer running comfortably, which means it can be very noisy under load. However, it’s a single-fan system, which is noticeably quieter than some desktop designs I have with four or five fans all running on an identical fan curve.
Simplicity and ease of use, though, is something Corsair can offer in the vast expanses with the a200. The ports on the back of the device are easy to access, and there’s a handy USB Type-C port on the front to make life a lot easier. The internals can also be exposed through the top too, which means you can access your SSD or RAM if you fancy a change.
You can even access the GPU and CPU blocks if you wish, although finding boards that are compatible with your current cooling solution can be a bit tricky.
Then as for the quietly aesthetics of the Corsair One and a200, it has to be said. There are only two addressable light strips that span nearly the entire length of the machine, which is a miracle. Its clever exterior is sure to match the rugged workstation role in question as well.
So I’m a fan of Corsair’s latest compact PC, especially now that it’s powered by the latest technology. It is clearly a well-thought-out gaming computer designed with the user in mind. By its very nature, it’s more restrictive for future upgrades than some of the other small form factor cases, but it’s nonetheless a great machine for today.