It may have once been the case that “console gaming” belonged in the living room and “PC gaming” existed in another room in the house. With the rise of game streaming, in-home streaming and Steam Machines, those lines are definitely getting blurrier. If you’ve been itching for a great 4K PC gaming experience in your living room, the newly announced Corsair Bulldog could be your incredibly stylish ticket.
The Corsair Bulldog is not a gaming console that you can use right out of the box, despite its very console-like appearance. Instead, it’s a DIY PC kit that will get you on your way to 4K gaming from the comfort of your couch. The $399 kit includes the chassis, the 600W SFX power supply, the mini-ITX motherboard, and Corsair’s Hydro Series H5SF liquid CPU cooler. This is meant to be quiet and compact, yet remarkably powerful.
The chassis has been designed with builders in mind, making it easy for you to plunk in graphics cards, hard drives, solid state drives, RAM modules and whatever else you want to put in there. Accompanying the Bulldog is the Lapdog, a portable gaming control center that can dock your keyboard and provide a sizable mousing surface.
Check out the videos, photo gallery, and press release below for more information. Both the Bulldog and the Lapdog are scheduled for a Q4 launch.
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Corsair Unleashes Bulldog DIY 4K Gaming PC on the Living Room
COMPUTEX 2015 — Taipei, Taiwan — June 1, 2015 — Corsair®, PC gaming hardware leader, today at Computex unveiled Bulldog, the first DIY PC built exclusively to bring the vivid immersion of 4K gaming to the living room. Composed of a DIY kit with a stylish gaming console-sized chassis, liquid CPU cooler, power supply, and motherboard, and designed with plenty of space for customization and upgrades, Bulldog provides the foundation for users to build the ultimate living room PC. Using its proprietary liquid CPU and GPU cooling technology, Corsair condensed the desktop PC computing performance into Bulldog’s compact form factor. An early version of Bulldog is on display at Computex 2015, with availability expected in early Q4.
“Bulldog is designed to take the 4K gaming experience delivered by desktop gaming PCs, and bring it to the big 4K screens in the home,” said Andy Paul, CEO of Corsair Components. “We knew we needed to deliver a solution that was elegant, powerful, and compact. By leveraging our leading expertise in PC case design and liquid cooling, we met that goal with Bulldog. We can’t wait to unleash it on gamers this fall.”
With the increasing affordability of 4K TVs and the arrival of new NVIDIA and AMD graphics cards, PCs are now poised to deliver the definitive gaming experience in 4K, far beyond the 1080P limitation of current game consoles and most Steam Machines. However, 4K-capable PCs require a lot of power and run hot when pushed, throttling down performance and becoming excessively loud as the stock fans struggle to cool the CPU and graphics card.
Corsair engineered Bulldog to make the to run cooler and quieter, with Corsair’s proprietary liquid GPU and CPU cooling solutions key to delivering desktop performance in near silence in a smaller footprint. Bulldog includes a dedicated liquid cooler for the CPU, with an optional GPU liquid cooling kit available separately. Both the included Hydro Series H5SF liquid CPU cooler and an HG10-equipped graphics card allow users to simultaneously overclock both components, giving the system the potential to run faster – and quieter – than a conventional desktop gaming PC. In addition, Corsair has partnered with NVIDIA® and MSI to integrate Corsair liquid cooling technology into GeForce® graphics cards. The cards will be made available by MSI and will include initially include the GeForce GTX Titan X, GTX 980, GTX 970, and the just announced GeForce GTX 980 Ti.
Bulldog is designed with PC enthusiasts in mind, incorporating a builder-friendly layout and tool-free features, and using standard mini-ITX motherboards and SFX12V PSUs for future-proof upgradeability so users can keep pace as games and hardware evolve. Since Bulldog provides the foundation of a full PC, users can choose the OS that suits their needs: Windows, SteamOS, or Linux.
- Bulldog DIY kit:
- Chassis – Provides a highly ventilated, stylish, compact console design that enhances the living room and keeps PC components cool.
- SFX power supply – Offers high-efficiency 600 watts of power in standard SFX12V form factor that runs smooth and quiet.
- Mini-ITX motherboard – Supports the latest multi-core desktop PC CPUs.
- Hydro Series H5SF small form factor liquid CPU cooler – Quietly cools the fastest CPUs while exhausting heat from the chassis.
- MSRP: $399
- Optional: Drop-in ready liquid-cooled graphics cards will be announced soon. Upgrade kits with a Hydro Series H55 liquid cooler and HG10 graphics card cooling bracket will be available for $99.
For more info visit: www.corsair.com/bulldog
Lapdog – bringing keyboard and mouse precision to the living room
Also announced at Computex with Bulldog is Lapdog, Corsair’s portable gaming control center that brings the precision of desktop gaming to the living room. Wired for maximum performance, Lapdog is a lapboard that features a large mouse mat area and keyboard dock for Corsair mechanical gaming keyboards.
- Wired for maximum performance without battery charging hassles.
- Large 7”x11” mouse mat area and keyboard dock.
- Powered USB hub for keyboard, mouse, headset, game controllers and flash drives.
- Memory foam underside cushion for user comfort.
- MSRP: Available as a standalone station for $89 or complete with keyboard for $199
For more info visit: www.corsair.com/lapdog
Bulldog and Lapdog are slated for release in Q4 of 2015. Stay tuned for an official launch date.