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Corsair One i160 Compact Gaming PC Review 

Corsair One i160 

Corsair One i160 is a small PC that proves that size doesn’t matter because it crosses performance boarders to a point of even being considered as a gaming PC. A product of Corsair Components, Inc. it is their most recent and finest since the company was founded in 1994 under a slightly different name Corsair Microsystems. The company’s long history of manufacturing computing components has played a key role in producing this refined product. Also its computer components like the renowned Corsair K70 RGB gaming keyboard are considered high end and have brought an array of features which tech enthusiasts drool over. Despite its small size it comes packed with many features that appeal to anyone looking for the best desktop computer that can be used for various tasks, from office work to gaming. The Corsair One i160 is a subtle but strong refresh of Corsair’s debut flagship gaming desktop, packing a gleaming Intel Core i9 CPU and Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti graphics into an attractive canister-shaped design that will barely make a dent on your desk. 

Although its design has not changed all that much for 2019 the Corsair One i160 comes with a handful of useful ports, its upgradability has been improved from previous models and comes with the latest processors and GPU. This compact machine clearly shows that the days of huge PCs are numbered.

What is Corsair One i160?

In one word, Corsair One i160 is Perfection. It is the best desktop computer existing today. It improves on an already great and compact gaming desktop from the previous version to deliver a lightning quick Core i9 and RTX 2080 exhibiting a strong CPU performance. It has a beyond attractive chassis with RGB lighting which is subtle but also crazily customizable and adds an extra touch of personalization on the original model.  Its final touch is its small size that makes it elegant portable and takes up little space.

Performance

This PC operates at highest performance due to its 9th generation Intel Core processor and a high performance Z370 Mini-ITX motherboard. Its speed is courtesy of its upgradability perks including overclocking in order to ensure it can perform at maximum CPU capacity as per the user’s requirements. It uses superior cooling technology to cool the CPU with a custom liquid cooling design allowing the GPU and CPU to run in boost or turbo modes with much ease. It also increases clock speeds automatically for optimum performance. It gives the user a chance to experience the liquid cooled Nvidia GeForce RTX 20-series graphics card. The All new Turing GPU architecture delivers up to 6 times the performance of previous generations rendering 4K and VR smoothly. To top it all off the liquid cooling system comes supported by a Corsairs frictionless magnetic levitation ML Series fan.

Design

Corsair One i160 is considered a best desktop 2019 because of many reasons but one of its most striking features is the design. It comes with some subtle RGB strips on both sides of the front of the tower giving it an alien themed look. Its accessories like a Corsair mouse will automatically sync to the strips courtesy of Corsairs iCue technology. The fans that cool it run on a frequency that only dogs can hear so I guess it’s only bad for your dog. The fact that the fans are off when the PC is idle is a plus. The CPU and graphics card both still use independent waterblocks, pumps, and radiators, and the entire internal cooling system supports up to 165W on the CPU and 300W on the graphics card. In this model, all ports in the front come at the bottom. The ports include enough USB ports and a HDMI port.

Key features.

  • Weight: 7.38kg
  • Form Factor: Mini-ITX
  • Dimensions: 200mm x 172.5mm x 380mm
  • CPU: Intel Core i9-9900K
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
  • DRAM: 2x16GB DDR4-2666
  • Liquid Cooling: Liquid CPU/GPU
  • Storage: 480GB M.2 NVMe SSD 2TB 5400RPM 2.5″HDD
  • Motherboard: Z370 Mini-ITX
  • Operating System: Windows 10 Home Advanced
  • Networking: Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2
  • Power Supply: Corsair SF600, 80 Plus Gold

Corsair One i160

External Connections

FRONT

  • 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1,
  • Combo Headphone/ mic
  • HDMI 2.0a   

REAR

  • 2x USB 3.1 Gen 2 (Type-A and Type-C)
  • 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1,
  • 2x USB 2.0,
  • 7.1 Audio,
  • Ethernet,
  • PS/2,
  • 3x DisplayPort

Pricing and Availability

The Corsair One i160 is expensive to make and so it is for sure expensive to buy. It slightly beats other best desktop computers prices with a price tag of close to $3,000. The technologies incorporated in this PC including latest GPU and a latest Intel processor is a key factor in the high price. The PC is readily available especially among online shopping platforms with free shipping. Therefore value for money is acceptable given its superiority compared to other best desktop computers in the market. 

Pros and cons

Pros

  • It is very quiet even at high performance since its fans run at a frequency that only dogs can hear.
  • It comes with RGB strips which sync automatically with a Corsair mouse if you have one. And has a great chassis finish.
  • It is smart and increases performance automatically according to user requirements.
  • It has a small form that takes up minimum space.
  • Comes overclocking capable. 

Cons

  • It uses an older set of Z370 chipsets.
  • It is extremely costly. Its price is a point of concern for anyone who wishes to buy it.
  • It has limited upgradability. Furthermore, the little allowance for upgrading is overly complicated.
  • Despite its superior cooling system, the PC gets extremely hot. 

Customer Review

The thoughtfully designed Corsair One i160 Gaming PC delivers outrageous RTX 2080 Ti grunt and blistering CPU speed in an attractive, super-compact chassis.”1 

Final thought 

All that we have covered on the Corsair One i160 shows that it is the best desktop to solve all your computing needs, be it for work or gaming. 

Source:

  • https://www.techradar.com/reviews/corsair-one-i160
  • https://www.theverge.com/2019/2/8/18216789/corsair-one-i160-gaming-pc-review-specs-price-features
  • https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/corsair-one-i160-desktop,5101.html 
Arthur Torres
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