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The sheer performance of today’s leading components is incredible, but what’s arguably more impressive is how modern CPUs and GPUs can deliver such thrills in tiny packages that are far more efficient than previous generations. An obvious upside to that trend is that today’s phones, laptops and desktops can be smaller yet more powerful than what came before

CORSAIR ONE I160 GAMING PC

Internally, the One is built around a custom liquid cooling system with independent coolers and radiators for the CPU and GPU that will activate as necessary. This allows Corsair to cram truly high-end components into such a small case and still maintain acceptable working temperatures, but it’s also the reason why upgrading the CPU and GPU is so difficult.

Corsair One i160 specs
Processor: Intel Core i9-9900K
Graphics card: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
Memory: 32GB DDR4-2666
Storage: 480GB M.2 NVMe SSD, 2TB 5400RPM 2.5”HDD
Motherboard: MSI Z370 Mini-ITX
PSU: Corsair SF600, 80 Plus Gold
MSRP: $3,599.99
The only significant external difference between the first-generation One and the new model is the movement of the ports on the front of the computer from the top to the bottom. Here, you’ll find easy-access HDMI and USB-A ports for hooking up a VR rig, as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack. Inside the case, though, Corsair has done a total overhaul, and it claims to have greatly reduced operating temperatures, which my tranquil testing experience confirms.

The main use for the One is gaming, and the experience is exactly as you might expect from a Core i9 paired with an RTX 2080 Ti: amazing. There’s nothing I can really throw at the machine that will cause it to stumble. Games like Star Wars Battlefront II, Battlefield V, and Forza Horizon 4 run well over 60 frames per second at 4K resolutions and ultra settings. Drop down to 1440p, and you’ll be able to hit 100 fps or more in virtually any game; 1080p gaming is child’s play for the One. Even the new Anthem beta is playable at 4K in its current state. (I assume the final version of the game will be smoother still.)

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Outside of hardware, we’re not surprised to find that MSI is continuing to load its systems with superfluous software, however offenders such as PowerDirector and Norton Security are easily removed. All things considered, the lofty price tag is ultimately our primary concern, but let’s run through the benchmarks before passing judgement.

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