Corsair One i300 gaming PC review

The Corsair One i300 is the latest version of the premium compact gaming PC. It’s been updated to use Intel’s top-of-the-line Alder Lake Core i9 12900K and comes with the kind of impressive spec list that almost makes sense at its insanely high price tag of $ 4,999 (which makes the most expensive Corsair One yet.) you get a GeForce RTX 3080 Ti inside that shiny chassis, but there’s also 64GB of DDR5-4800 and a fast 2TB NVMe SSD. is a lot of cutting edge gear for what can only be described as a hell of a lot of money.

This is a big update for a high-end system like the Corsair One, because when you deposit that kind of money on a PC you need to know that you are getting the best hardware available. The Intel Core i9 12900K is certainly part of the camp. The fact that Corsair paired it with the RTX 3080 Ti also confirms it as a gaming platform, as the more expensive RTX 3090 only makes sense for those looking for professional rendering and workloads. .

Corsair One i300 Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i9 12900K
GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
RAM: 64 GB (4x 16 GB) DDR5-4800
Storage: 2TB NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD
Front I / O: 1x 3.5mm audio, 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C
Rear I / O: 4x USB 3.2 Gen 1, 2x USB 3.2 Gen 2, 2x Thunderbolt 4 Type-C, HD Audio, 3x DisplayPort, 1x HDMI
Operating system : Windows 11 Professional
Dimensions: 200x176x380mm
Weight: 7.18 kg
Guarantee: 2 years
Price: $ 4,999

Also, do not reject memory or storage in this platform. DDR5 is currently incredibly difficult to obtain. In a 64GB version like the one we have here you know you won’t miss any games on this front, that’s welcome. Yes, that’s overkill, but it means you won’t need to upgrade anytime soon.

The NVMe SSD (a Samsung OEM drive equivalent to the 980 Pro) is also a fast beast, responsible for the fastest load times I’ve ever seen in Final Fantasy XIV, as well as providing a great experience when transferring from it. comparative analysis continued on the machine. The fact that it’s a 2TB model also gives you plenty of room to play around and means you don’t need second tier storage for your data.

One takeaway from the Corsair One i300, and something that hasn’t changed too much since it first appeared on the scene, is the chassis. The idea that it is a beautiful PC is often associated with expensive versions, but here it is really justified. It’s a machine that you not only want to have an unobstructed view of your desk, but it won’t take up a lot of space or make too much noise if you do. Honestly, this thing is a lot smaller than you might think, measuring half the depth of most mid-tower systems.

This beauty is not limited to the skin. The design allows Corsair to use a single fan at the top of the unit to draw air through the system to keep everything running cool. The processor and graphics card both use water cooling loops to remove heat, with the single fan doing all the work. This fan also only spins when needed, so for a lot of normal work this machine is effectively quiet. And when it’s running, it’s nowhere near as loud as most desktop PCs.

This design is not completely without its problems, however. When you’re dealing with a high-end kit, temperatures can get hot. Very toasty. The Core i9 12900K in this version is a power hungry chip (consuming up to 241W), and it can heat up when called upon, even in much larger systems with triple fan coolers. Here, I saw the CPU temperatures hit 100C on several occasions during testing, causing the chip to slow down, albeit briefly, even when pushed all the way. It’s still an incredibly powerful processor, so even with that brief limitation in mind, it’s still one of the fastest machines I’ve ever used and topped many benchmarks.

It is important to note that the graphics card did not run as hot as the processor. Even during extended testing in a variety of games at 4K, it peaked at 75C and performed on average much cooler than that. That means it doesn’t hold back that GeForce RTX 3080 Ti when it comes to gaming, which is exactly what you should hear when you’re depositing so much money on a machine. It never makes a noise either, even when the fan is running at full speed you can hear it, but it’s not annoying.

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As far as testing goes, there’s certainly a lot to like here, with some of the fastest benchmark results around. Synthetic benchmarks, such as the ray tracing display case, 3DMark Port Royal, have produced the highest score in labs so far. Something that’s saved in Metro Exodus’ RTX renderer, where it left everything except the RTX 3090-powered Alienware Aurora R12 to eat beautifully rendered dust. Losing to the much more expensive card seems reasonable here.

The important thing is of course that this PC can play, and play amazingly well. You’ll get the kind of high frame rates that esports monitors were designed for at 1080p and 1440p for that matter. Crank the resolution up to 4K and you’re still with a good 100fps rocking scream in many games.

This thing is a beast. A silent, purring beast that can also fend for itself with more serious activities.

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There are a number of ways you can configure the Corsair One i300, although the Core i9 12900K is the only option when it comes to the processor. You can go for an RTX 3080 instead of the 3080 Ti, which also limits the build to 32GB of DDR5, although that cuts the asking price by $ 1,000, which might make sense. Even so, there is something brilliantly over the top about this 64GB system that makes it all the more tempting.

Not that it’s an easy machine to justify yourself, let alone someone else. And yes, you could, in theory at least, build a machine similar to this for a lot less, although it looks like you got your hands on that graphics card or DDR5 RAM for that matter. Best of all, it wouldn’t look as good as this one or run as cool and quiet as it does for the vast majority of the time.

Overall, the Corsair One i300 brilliantly achieves what it set out to do. It’s a compact gaming PC that showcases the latest technology in an incredibly smart and, dare I say it, gorgeous package. It’s a machine that many gamers would love to own, but few can afford. But for those who can … it’s a treat.

Robert P. Miller