Corsair ONE Pro Review

👤by David Mitchelson Comments 📅11-05-17
Closer Look

Unveiling ONE Pro from its packaging we’re met by a compact and sleek computer chassis which takes on the form of a tower design. This enclosure is reminiscent of SilverStone’s Fortress FT03 Mini – boasting attractive styling and athletics that will pair up very well with other office equipment.

The top of the chassis is heavily ventilated and bears a large 140mm cooling fan underneath. This fan is responsible for flushing out heat generated from the internal components. There are also triangular perforations on the sides for the radiators which are attached to the sides (used for the GPU/CPU cooling).

Located at the front of ONE Pro there is a vertically aligned power button and some easy to access ports. This useful functionality allows us to connect up a VR headset which usually requires USB and HDMI. Other systems will rely on your routing the cables around the back of the case, so this is certainly an efficient method and one which we really like.

Around the back of ONE Pro there are an assortment of different ports to use – all courtesy of the motherboard and graphics card.

These ports are ordered in a slightly different way to what we’d usually see for a conventional computer system. Up at the top there are audio jacks including S/DIF out. Below this there are two antennas for the 802.11ac wireless and a clear CMOS button (should you need to restore default settings).

In the lower section there are 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, 2x USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports (One type A and one Type C) and a PS2 keyboard/mouse combo port with dual USB 2.0.

Over to the right-side there are two Displayport 1.4s and a single HDMI 2.0 port – as well as the power socket. These video outs are an extension of the ports found on the GTX 1080 inside, Corsair has had to modify with an extension adapter for this unique vertical configuration. The mere fact they’ve managed to do this is rather creative!

In order to open up the system, it’s necessary to detach the top grill and remove some screws from the side panels. Once removed, the sides will lift away from the chassis, revealing two 240mm radiators attached to the inside.

From a top view we can see that Corsair has attached the PSU in the upper section and that an extension kit has been used here too. The rear panel on the graphics card can just about be seen in the picture above.

Moving inside for a closer look at the components used, on the main side we have a Mini-ITX motherboard which comes courtesy of MSI – this is the Z270I Growler, as far as we’re aware this motherboard isn’t listed/released on MSI’s website. Seated on that board is the Intel Core i7-7700K – based on Kaby Lake architecture – This is a quad-core processor running at 4.2GHz and turbo boosting to 4.5GHz. Corsair are using their own closed loop liquid solution for the CPU cooler, which oddly enough lacks the fans attached to the radiator – relying entirely on convection.

Now for the memory and storage Corsair are able to use their own parts due to their expertise in these fields. So, we therefore have 16GB of Vengeance LPX DDR4 which operates at 3000MHz, while the storage is taken care of via a 960GB Force LE SATA-based SSD. Holding the SSD up against the other components in this system creates a bit of a disappointment because SATA-based SSDs hit a barrier at the 500-550MB/s mark, with Intel Kabylake/Z270 offering M.2 NVMe support, it’d have been a worthwhile consideration for Corsair to bolster the storage capabilities to match the rest of the system too.

Moving round to the alternate side, we’re met by the graphics card. Corsair are using NVIDIA’s GTX 1080 which is a solid performer in the 10-series lineup. Rather than allowing the card to use its own noisy and inefficient cooler, Corsair has also treated the GPU to the delight of the Hydro Series also. So the GTX 1080 is liquid cooled by a secondary closed loop – again lacking those cooling fans on the radiator. The temperatures for both the CPU and GPU are on the next page and they aren’t too bad at all.

While the entire configuration here is very compact and carefully constructed, this highlights to us that performing an upgrade would be a rather daunting task. There is very little space to move and cables can be seen running along every backplate.

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