Corsair One a200 gaming PC overview

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Our Verdict

Corsair delivers a welcome burst of gaming efficiency to its compact gaming PCs with the a200, bringing the perfect of AMD Ryzen and Nvidia GeForce right into a single, compact machine.

For

  • Unfettered efficiency for 4K gaming
  • Easy and simple to set-up
  • Very good silicon
  • Surprisingly quiet

In opposition to

  • CPU runs somewhat too sizzling for my liking
  • Not as simply upgradeable as some Mini-ITX circumstances

Corsair bucks the development with lots of its pre-built PCs, as a substitute providing a high-performance package deal in a diminutive and compact case the place many would go for a extra commonplace mid-tower. The Corsair One a200 isn’t any much less an thrilling proposition, bringing collectively the most recent AMD Ryzen and Nvidia GeForce expertise in a surprisingly neat and well-managed package deal no greater than a bread bin.

In case you’re conversant in Corsair’s compact One lineup, you may know that appears might be deceiving. This is not Corsair’s first try at a compact gaming PC, and we have beforehand ranked its compact machines as a few of the greatest gaming PCs going, small kind issue or not. Being solely 20 x 17.3 x 38cm in measurement seemingly has little or no affect on these PCs’ efficiency—the brand new and improved a200’s specs checklist is each bit as mouth-watering appropriately.

That each one begins with the a200’s AMD Ryzen 9 5900X CPU, which is powered by the highly-successful and well-rated Zen 3 structure. It is a 12-core/24-thread chip with loads of grunt, rated to three.7GHz at its worst and 4.8GHz at its greatest. Because it’s our high decide for the greatest CPU for gaming at this time, I anticipated so much out of it even earlier than getting the a200 out of the field.

Corsair One a200 specs

CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 5900X

GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080

Reminiscence: 32GB DDR4 @ 3200MT/s

Storage: 1TB NVMe SSD

Entrance I/O: 1x 3.5mm audio jack, 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Kind-C.

Rear I/O: 2x USB 3.2 Gen 2 (Kind-A and Kind-C), 4x USB 3.2 Gen 1, audio ports, 2.5G ethernet, 3.x DisplayPort, 1x HDMI

Connectivity: Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, LAN

PSU: 750W SFX 80 Plus Platinum

Dimensions: 200mm x 172.5mm x 380mm

Value: $3,800 / £3,300

Taking part in the supporting position for this performant package deal is 32GB DDR4-3200 reminiscence. That is loaded right into a bespoke motherboard with B550 chipset alongside a 1TB NVMe SSD of Corsair’s personal design, the Corsair Drive MP600. That is a PCIe 4.0 drive, too, for sooner load occasions and switch speeds.

The latest introduction of SFX PSUs able to driving over 1000W has helped cement the idea {that a} small kind issue PC will also be a excessive efficiency one. But even the compact a200’s 750W SFX PSU presents sufficient wattage for a commanding PC construct. Environment friendly wattage, too, rated to 80 Plus Platinum.

Crucially for our gaming wants that 750W PSU is sufficient to give the a200 surreptitious command over an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080. Coming in as our favorite graphics playing cards at this time, we could not ask for way more from the Corsair One. With out something holding it again, the RTX 3080 makes fast work of 4K and 1440p.

And I am happy to report that nothing is seemingly holding it again.

In Metro Exodus at 4K, the Corsair One manages to remain abreast of our desktop Founders Version RTX 3080. No small feat for such a tiny machine. It is solely negligibly slower than our desktop take a look at bench in Horizon Zero Daybreak, too.

Corsair a200 compact gaming PC for three angles on a grey background

(Picture credit score: Corsair)

Benchmarks

Gaming efficiency

3DMark Time Spy: 11,601 (CPU) 17, 563 (GPU)

Hitman 3 (Dubai): 228fps (1080p) 176fps (1440p) 102fps (4k)

F1 2020 (Extremely, DX12): 216fps (1080p) 167fps (1440P) 127fps (4K)

Metro Exodus (Extremely, DX12): 126fps (1080p) 101fps (1440p) 66fps (4K)

Horizon Zero Daybreak (Final) 155fps (1080p) 129fps (1440p) 77fps (4K)

3DMark Port Royal: 11,640

Metro Exodus (RTX) 109fps (1080p) 88fps (1440p) 63fps (4K)

System efficiency

Cinebench R20: 8,020 (Multi) 601 (Single)

X264 v5.0.1: 67.87 fps

Sandra (reminiscence bandwidth): 31.48 GB/s

Hitman 3 (Dartmoor) : 117fps (1080p)

Remaining Fantasy XIV Sport load time: 9.016 Sec

What meaning for the precise gaming efficiency is 60fps or extra at 4K in a few of at this time’s newest video games, which is what you would possibly anticipate from these elements on paper, however maybe not a lot from the shape issue. 

Maybe the important thing to the a200 puzzle lies with its thermal efficiency. When a lot of CPU and GPU efficiency now lies with thermal headroom, more and more so with Zen 3 and Ampere, additionally it is more and more essential to over-spec your thermal resolution to hit max efficiency potential. Fortunately, the a200 does simply that, permitting the CPU and GPU to ship their greatest in keeping with much less confined desktop elements.

That is by and enormous due to the dual liquid cooling resolution of Corsair’s design. Each CPU and GPU are liquid-cooled, independently of each other, with every element’s respective radiator situated on both facet of the PC’s case. Contemporary, cool air is then whipped up previous both radiator by the usage of a single fan situated on the high of the PC.

The result’s a max GPU temp throughout benchmarking of 69°C, the envy of even some discrete desktop coolers. The max CPU temp could not spark fairly a lot envy, nevertheless, coming in at 91°C. That is notably inside AMD’s thermal spec, but in addition in extra of common working temperatures for such a chip with a fairly chunky liquid cooler.

The only system fan additionally has to work exhausting at occasions to maintain the PC working comfortably, which suggests it could possibly get fairly loud underneath load. That mentioned, it’s a single-fan system, which is notably quieter than some desktop builds I’ve had with 4 or 5 followers all working on an similar fan curve.

Simplicity and usefulness, although, are one thing that Corsair can ship in swathes with the a200. The ports are inside straightforward attain on the rear of the machine, and there is a useful USB Kind-C port on the entrance to make life simply that a lot simpler. The innards will also be uncovered by the highest, too, which suggests you would entry the SSD or RAM should you fancied a shakeup.

I am coming away impressed from Corsair’s newest small kind issue PC.

You could possibly even entry the GPU and CPU blocks should you so wished, though discovering appropriate boards with the present cooling resolution could also be a little bit of a battle.

Then to the general aesthetics of the Corsair One and the a200 is quiet tame for a gaming all-in-one, it should be mentioned. There’s simply two addressable lighting strips extending almost the whole size of the machine, which is a few miracle. Its sensible exterior would undoubtedly match the position of highly effective workstation in a pinch, too.

So I am coming away impressed from Corsair’s newest small kind issue PC, particularly now that it is working with the most recent cutting-edge expertise. It is clearly a nicely thought out gaming PC and designed with the consumer in thoughts. By its nature, it is extra restrictive for future upgrades than another small kind issue circumstances, however it’s nonetheless a superb machine for at this time.

Corsair a200

Corsair delivers a welcome burst of gaming efficiency to its compact gaming PCs with the a200, bringing the perfect of AMD Ryzen and Nvidia GeForce right into a single, compact machine.

Jacob Ridley

There is no ‘Silicon Valley’ the place Jacob grew up, however a part of his dwelling nation is named ‘The Valleys’ and may due to this fact be simply confused for a occurring place within the tech world. From there he graduated to professionally break issues after which write about it for money within the metropolis of Tub, UK.