Review: Corsair One i500 with i9-14900K and RTX 4080 SUPER

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Introduction

For several years, Corsair has been producing the Corsair One series, a line of compact, ready-to-use high-end desktop PCs. The latest model for review, the One i500, continues the series' trend of integrating top-of-the-line components, such as the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080/4090 and the Intel Core i9-14900K. This model also adopts contemporary design trends by featuring wooden elements in its casing, which adds a stylish look to its compact form. The One i500 comes pre-installed with these powerful components, offering a high-performance machine with a refined aesthetic.

The Corsair One i500 represents a fresh advancement in desktop design, priced at about $3,599.99. This new model boasts a larger chassis to better accommodate the increasingly bulky high-end graphics cards required by modern users. A notable trend in PC design is the use of premium materials, as demonstrated by the i500's wooden front panel, which contributes to both its aesthetic appeal and its higher price. Moreover, this design improvement also simplifies the process of upgrading components.Corsair has diversified its offerings with the i500 by including different wood finish options. For those who prefer a darker aesthetic, the "wood dark" option features a walnut front panel combined with a dark frame. Alternatively, the "wood bright" option offers a lighter look with a maple panel set against a lighter aluminum frame. Each wooden panel is crafted from real wood, ensuring that every unit has a unique appearance. Future versions are expected to feature aluminum front panels; however, these units will not support interchangeable panels, unlike some other models. The design also incorporates RGB light strips, which add a customizable aesthetic element. These lights can be controlled via touch strips located above and below the power button, although users can also manage them through software for added convenience if they find the touch controls less intuitive. The physical size of the Corsair One i500 is considerably larger than its predecessor, with dimensions of 18.5cm in width, 30cm in depth, and 39.1cm in height. This size increase, particularly the additional 10cm in depth, expands the internal volume by nearly 80% to 21.7 liters. Significant hardware upgrades have been implemented in the i500. The desktop transitions from an Intel i9 12900K processor to a far more powerful Intel i9 14900K. It also sees improvements in memory clock speeds and a boost in power supply capacity from 750W to 1000W. The most substantial hardware enhancement is the video card capability; the i500 can now accommodate an RTX 4090, whereas the previous i300 model supported up to an RTX 3080 Ti. Both the processor and the video card feature water-cooling systems, ensuring optimal performance.


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ProcessorIntel Core i9-14900K
MotherboardMSI MAG B760M Mortar WIFI
Memory32GB Corsair Vengeance DDR5-6000
GraphicsZotac RTX 4080 Super Trinity (16GB GDDR6X, 2,550 MHz boost clock), liquid-cooled
Storage2TB Samsung MZVL22T0HBLB-00B00 PCIe NVMe SSD
NetworkingWi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.3, 2.5G Ethernet
Front Ports2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C, 3.5 mm audio jack
Rear Ports (Motherboard)4x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 3x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type-C, HD audio ports, DisplayPort, HDMI, Ethernet
Video Output (GPU)3x DisplayPort, HDMI
Power SupplyCorsair 1000W SFX 80 Plus Gold
Cooling3x 120 mm intake fans, 2x 120 mm top fans, water-cooled CPU and GPU.
Operating SystemWindows 11 Home
Dimensions15.3 x 11.8 x 7.6 inches / 391 x 300 x 185 mm
Price as Configured$3,599.99

For this review, Corsair provided a slightly less equipped model featuring an RTX 4080 Super video card and 32GB DDR5 memory. This configuration is priced at approximately 4,200 euros. yeah you read that right.

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