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Corsair One Professional i180 Evaluation: Mac Professional Killer or Apple Wannabe?

The Mac Professional kicked off a brand new period of computer systems small in stature and massive in energy. It was one of the crucial highly effective PCs for its time, however Apple hasn’t given its pro-grade desktop a severe replace in 5 years. There’s been ample room for opponents to fill the hole.

Drawing inspiration from its rival and getting old predecessor, the Corsair One Professional i180 is an over-engineered powerhouse, packing a contemporary 12-core processor, top-of-the-line RTX 2080 Ti graphics, customized liquid cooling answer, and ample quantities of storage and reminiscence as well.

Corsair doesn’t simply ape the Mac Professional’s compact silhouette – the One Professional additionally comes with an Apple-like price ticket of $5,000. Regardless that Intel’s highly effective Ninth-generation Core i9-9920X processor with 12 cores and 24 threads and RTX graphics make the One Professional a succesful gaming rig, its over-the-top efficiency and worth might restrict this PC’s enchantment to professionals and creatives. However with class-leading silicon decisions, can the One Professional i180 match the efficiency of programs which might be two to 3 occasions its dimension?

Don’t let its dimension idiot you

Suppose the One Professional i180’s dimension is indicative of its efficiency? Suppose once more. With a footprint of seven.9 x 7 inches, the One Professional takes up barely extra room in your desk than Apple’s 6.6-inch diameter desktop. At 15 inches tall, Corsair’s desktop is about the identical top as a 2-liter soda bottle and sits barely taller than a school textbook.

And though the One Professional and Mac Professional cater to creatives with an identical specs on paper — like a 12-core processor, 32GB RAM, and copious quantities of storage — the similarities largely finish right here. The One Professional i180 packs within the newest parts accessible at this time. Corsair additionally bests Apple design with a desktop that’s extremely upgradeable, even when the job proves troublesome given the One Professional i180’s small dimension.

Aesthetically, there are main variations between the 2 models. Whereas the Mac Professional’s shiny metal design appears extra polished with its fingerprint-attracting curves, the One Professional i180 appears extra industrial with its sandblasted aluminum end, flatter sides, and a squircle-shaped base. The matte gunmetal aluminum construct additionally offers the One Professional i180 a extra demure presence on a desk.

PCs that share the One Professional’s objet d’artwork aesthetics embody Samsung’s ArtPC Pulse, a semi-modular cylindrical mini desktop, and Asus’ workstation-class ProArt PA90 desktop. The $1,600 Samsung ArtPC hasn’t been up to date since its launch and tops out with Sixth-Era Intel processor and discrete AMD Radeon RX 460 graphics, whereas Asus’ $three,000 ProArt PA90 comes with a extra present Intel Ninth-Gen Core i7-9700 processor and Nvidia Quadro P4000 graphics.

Don’t be fooled by the Corsair One Professional i180’s small stature. It packs a formidable punch.

Sadly, the One Professional’s understated aesthetics signifies that avid gamers received’t be capable of exhibit among the extra visually fascinating parts inside this rig. In comparison with a bigger system like HP’s 2019 Omen Obelisk, which sports activities a tempered glass window to showcase the RTX graphics, liquid cooling pipes, and RGB-lit followers and radiators, Corsair’s over-engineered expertise to maintain the One Professional compact and working cool stays hidden behind the unit’s opaque partitions.

Missing the cruel angles and aggressive grills of most gaming programs, the One Professional i180 balances its gaming enchantment with enterprise aesthetics. The unit’s flatter sides give it a extra masculine look, whereas the 2 RGB gentle strips that run from high to backside on the entrance of the One Professional i180 provides Tron-like vibes. Construct high quality is excellent, and the Corsair One Professional i180 looks like a tank on a desk due to its metallic enclosure. Players who buy Corsair’s RGB-lit keyboard and mouse may even sync the desktop’s lighting results with their peripherals, which is a pleasant contact.

Preserve a lid on it

Preserving the One Professional i180 cool is of excessive significance, contemplating this desktop’s small 12-liter quantity. To stop overheating and protect efficiency, a convection-assisted liquid cooling system was designed with strategically positioned followers, radiators, and water coolers. The detachable panels on both facet of the desktop has perforations, permitting the interior followers to tug in cool air, whereas scorching air is piped via a big metallic grate on the high.

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Regardless that the grate appears aggressive, the general design works properly in knowledgeable surroundings. The One Professional i180 stayed practically silent when the desktop is working on idle, and even when harassed, the followers weren’t overly loud. Given its metallic building, nonetheless, the grate on the high does get heat when the system is working at heavier masses. Corsair claims that “the CPU block options logic that permits the cooling system to optimize fan pace primarily based on the coolant temperatures of the CPU cooler and/or the GPU cooler with out the necessity for software program.”

The principle distinction between the One Professional i180 and gaming-dedicated desktops is that there is no such thing as a glass window to see contained in the system. Though cables are neatly tucked and managed inside, the internal workings of Corsair’s uniquely engineered cooling system is saved out of view.

Rising pains

Upgradeability is a vital consideration when shopping for a workstation, and fortunately, the One Professional i180 may be upgraded. However that doesn’t imply it’s simple. It requires a little bit of maneuvering to entry the internals. Although amateurs will probably keep on with upgrading the RAM and reminiscence, adventurous customers might even improve the graphics card and even the mini-ITX-sized motherboard inside.

To entry the internals, customers might want to depress and maintain a change on the rear whereas eradicating the highest grate. As soon as the grate is off, two screws will must be undone to realize entry to the left and proper facet panels. The reminiscence, three M.2 solid-state drive slots, and a pair of.5-inch 2TB exhausting drive are situated behind this panel, and upgrading these parts is a straightforward process.

Few individuals will really want this degree of processing efficiency on a desktop.

Beneath the other facet panel is a full-length graphics card oriented vertically. At a look, it seems that the liquid-cooled graphics card, which makes use of a separate radiator from the liquid-cooled processor, has been altered barely to slot in the small area on this desktop. The metallic rail sometimes discovered on the top of the cardboard has been eliminated, and connected to the graphics card are a sequence of adapters designed to route entry to the three DisplayPorts to the rear of the desktop and lone HDMI port to the entrance. And whereas this technique makes use of an RTX 2080 Ti, Corsair didn’t present entry to the USB-C port via the graphics card. As a substitute, the USB-C port is accessed via the motherboard.

Although customers will be capable of improve to a special graphics card sooner or later, given the water-cooling system, tight area, and the modifications wanted to squeeze a full-length card inside, upgrading the GPU ought to solely be tried by fanatics. Informal customers ought to simply keep on with primary upgrades, like including extra reminiscence or storage.

Professional ports

Regardless that avid gamers could also be beguiled by the One Professional i180’s capabilities, Corsair’s alternative of ports on this PC positions the One Professional extra as a workstation than a gaming rig. There isn’t any HDMI port on the rear. As a substitute, you’ll discover three DisplayPort connectors, PS/2 port, two USB-A 2.zero ports, two USB-A three.1 Gen 1 ports, a USB-A three.1 Gen 2 port, single USB-C three.1 port, Ethernet connection, two 802.11ac 2×2 Wi-Fi antennas, and audio with optical connections on the again. Sadly, regardless of its workstation designation, Thunderbolt three was noticeably missing, which might restrict the One Professional’s enchantment to enterprise customers who depend on a Thunderbolt desktop dock.

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Surprisingly, an HDMI 2.0a port makes an look on the entrance of the unit. Given the interior area constraints, it is smart that Corsair routed the HDMI port to the entrance, however this location might make cable administration burdensome for avid gamers. Places of work that depend on DisplayPort to attach displays received’t be as bothered right here. Becoming a member of the HDMI port are two USB three.1 Gen 1 Kind-A port, and a mixture headphone and microphone jack. The underside placement of those ports makes it simple to attach peripherals, like a mouse and keyboard, on condition that this compact desktop will probably reside on the highest of a desk moderately than on the ground. The ability button sits in direction of the highest.

Energy to deal with any process

Whereas most high-end gaming programs high out with Intel’s eight-core Ninth-Gen Core i9-9900Okay processor, the 12-core Intel Core i9-9920X X-series silicon signifies that the One Professional i180 is able to dealing with any process you throw its manner. Customers who don’t want that degree of efficiency can avoid wasting cash by going with different members of Corsair’s One Professional household, together with the i140 and that i160 fashions.

With the i180, Corsair didn’t reduce any corners on creating one of the crucial highly effective compact desktops that we’ve examined. Our i180 mannequin comes customary with 32GB of reminiscence, which helps this PC adeptly juggle even demanding rendering and design work.

Curiously, nonetheless, in our Geekbench processor check, the i180’s single-core results of 5,011 factors isn’t one of the best. Even HP’s 2018 Omen Obelisk, which depends on an older technology Intel Core i7-8700 silicon posted a better rating of 5,606 factors, whereas Intel’s Core i9-9900Okay on Origin PC’s Millennium delivered a rating of 6,300 factors. The place the One Professional i180 shines is in its multi-core efficiency, posting one of many highest scores of any system we’ve examined thus far with 36,609 factors, edging forward of the Origin Millennium’s multi-core results of 34,309 factors. The One Professional i180’s robust multi-core outcomes is smart given the unit’s 12 processing cores in comparison with the Millennium’s eight-core CPU.

Whereas the One Professional i180’s multi-core rating is definitely spectacular, it’s uncertain that the majority customers will want that degree of efficiency. Until you’re after Corsair’s insane engineering to pack excessive ranges of efficiency right into a compact design, the One Professional i180’s worth level and over-the-top processor could also be higher fitted to creatives juggling between giant media recordsdata for audio, video, visible, or different inventive duties.

Corsair’s goal of inventive professionals turns into extra evident in our Handbrake check. Encoding a 4K video pattern took this unit simply 73 seconds to complete, in comparison with 77 seconds on the Origin Millennium and as much as 124 seconds utilizing the 2018 HP Omen Obelisk’s Intel Core i7-8700 processor. The Digital Storm, with its Intel Core i7-9700Okay CPU took 89 seconds to perform the duty. Although the One Professional i180 was the speediest at ending this process of any system we’ve examined, it’d be fascinating to see if the unit’s Core i9-9920X processor might carry out even quicker if positioned in a bigger enclosure to provide it much more thermal headroom.

The dearth of prolonged guarantee choices might restrict its enchantment within the enterprise market.

Our One Professional i180 ships with a 960GB Samsung PM981 solid-state drive for quick efficiency and a 2TB Seagate BarraCuda exhausting disk drive for customers seeking to retailer bigger media recordsdata with out breaking the financial institution. With learn and write speeds of 1,756 and 1,522 Mbps, respectively, tbe One Professional i180’s SSD isn’t the quickest SSD available on the market – the SSD on the Origin PC Millennium performs 73 p.c quicker at studying and 53 p.c quicker at writing – however we didn’t discover any delays or lags when dealing with bigger CAD, Photoshop, or Premiere Professional recordsdata. Purposes and video games each loaded rapidly, and general, the One Professional i180 impressed us with its pace.

If cupboard space is a matter, you possibly can add two extra SSD modules to the One Professional i180’s motherboard, for a complete of three solid-state drives earlier than having to resort to exterior drives.

A graphics stunner

With Nvidia’s top-of-the-line client RTX graphics card, the i180 packs in loads of graphics efficiency. Players will recognize the RTX 2080 Ti graphics, however creatives may profit from the cardboard’s real-time ray tracing capabilities, permitting designers to preview how lighting and shadows can have an effect on totally different structure and design initiatives. Given Nvidia’s current industrial push behind RTX, Nvidia’s consumer-grade graphics card will probably discover extra enchantment outdoors of the gaming market, of which solely a restricted variety of titles presently help ray tracing.

When benchmarked utilizing Underwriter Laboratories’ 3DMark check, the Corsair One Professional i180’s rating of 12,842 will not be the very best we’ve seen in a system with an RTX 2080 Ti card. Given our assessment unit’s high-end processor and copious quantity of reminiscence, the One Professional i180’s rating locations it virtually 1,000 factors behind the Origin Chronos, suggesting that there could also be some throttling – a plausibility given the unit’s dimension. Each models trailed programs with twin graphics, just like the Origin Millennium, which is loaded with two RTX 2080 Ti playing cards and scored 18,981 factors.

Artificial benchmarks, nonetheless, don’t paint a full image of what the One Professional i180 is succesful. The One Professional i180 is ready to solidly deal with most fashionable video games fluidly, even when pushed to 4K resolutions with excessive recreation particulars. Players who play at decrease decision, like 1080p and 1440p, will be capable of push to larger ranges of particulars comfy with none hit to framerates or picture high quality.

Video games with easier graphics, like Civilization VI and Fortnite, carry out extraordinarily properly on the One Professional i180. Even at 4K with maxed settings, respectively, for larger visible particulars, this workstation delivered properly above 60 FPS. Framerates on Civilization ranged from 98 FPS in 4K with Extremely settings to 172 FPS in 1080p with Medium recreation settings. On condition that the Origin Millennium with its dual-RTX 2080 Ti graphics didn’t put up considerably higher outcomes, this implies avid gamers received’t see any considerable advantages to spending cash on an additional graphics card and the NVLink bridge till builders construct out multi-GPU help in titles.

The scenario is comparable in graphics-demanding video games, like Battlefield V and Murderer’s Creed Odyssey. With the previous title, the One Professional i180 by no means dipped beneath 60 FPS, whereas efficiency on the latter title went beneath our 60 FPS baseline solely in 4K decision. When in comparison with the considerably extra highly effective Origin Millennium, the One Professional i180 managed to maintain tempo in each titles, just like our Civilization VI benchmarks, however in Murderer’s Creed, the dual-graphics capabilities of the Millennium helped that unit carry out barely higher when the system is absolutely pushed at 4K decision.

Even Nvidia has prolonged ray tracing capabilities to older GTX playing cards, the RTX 2080 Ti graphics on the One Professional i180 will give designers a efficiency increase on the subject of graphics. At its GTC convention this yr, Nvidia showcased how architectures can make the most of architects can leverage real-time lighting results to indicate how buildings and inner areas will have a look at totally different occasions of the day, and auto producer BMW is constructing instruments to permit buyers to visualise how totally different supplies and finishes on its automobiles will look.

Guarantee

Corsair provides a extra easy two-year guarantee for its PC merchandise. As compared, gaming opponents, corresponding to Digital Storm and Origin PC each provide extra beneficiant lifetime phone help, however faulty parts are usually lined by a extra restricted one-year time period, until an optionally available prolonged guarantee coverage is bought.

Although Corsair’s two-year guarantee could appear beneficiant within the gaming market, the shortage of prolonged guarantee choices might restrict its enchantment within the enterprise market. Rivals, corresponding to HP, Dell, and Lenovo, all provide optionally available prolonged warranties with protection that vary from on-site help, free replacements, or unintended injury protection. With out these protection choices that some companies might demand or search, the One Professional i180’s long-term potential could also be severely restricted.

Our Take

Creatives who need extra highly effective silicon that what Apple provides within the Mac Professional can discover solace in Corsair’s compact One Professional i180. With a 12-core Intel Core i9-9920X, GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, 32GB of RAM, and a 960GB solid-state drive, the One Professional i180 will equally enchantment to customers and creatives in search of a system that delivers probably the most efficiency in as little area as doable if they’ll abdomen the $four,999 value of entry.

Is there a greater different?

There are few programs that provide the identical degree of efficiency that Corsair guarantees, and definitely not in a equally compact footprint. Origin PC’s Neuron, when configured with comparable specs to our Corsair unit, is priced at greater than $four,500. Nevertheless, the Neuron is a bigger desktop and doesn’t provide the identical space-saving profit on a desk.

Within the workstation area, Asus’ ProArt PA90 guarantees a equally modern design with liquid cooled internals, but it surely tops out with Intel’s Core i9-9900Okay and depends on Quadro P4000 graphics. That GPU relies on Nvidia’s older Pascal structure moderately than the brand new Turing design on the RTX sequence. Given its skilled viewers, pricing for the ProArt PA90 isn’t anticipated to be low cost.

Samsung’s ArtPC Pulse is a considerably cheaper different to Corsair’s overengineered fashionable marvel. However this inexpensive art-inspired desktop hasn’t seen any main updates because it was launched, leaving the PC with getting old internals like its Intel Sixth-Era Core i7-6700 processor and AMD Radeon RX 460 graphics. If all you care about is a minimalist and compact desktop design, going with Samsung might prevent $three,400 in comparison with the OnePro, however missing high-end graphics, the $1,600 ArtPC isn’t even a contender for severe avid gamers or designers who demand uncooked graphics efficiency.

How lengthy will it final?

With a contemporary 12-core Intel X-series processor and Nvidia’s top-of-the-line RTX 2080 Ti graphics card, your $5,000 funding within the One Professional i180 will final you for years to return. Corsair has properly packed this PC with loads of RAM and solid-state storage to fulfill even demanding customers, and there’s a variety of ports to attach your favourite peripherals and equipment. And regardless of its small dimension, adventurous tinkerers will be capable of improve the graphics card on this compact PC, making certain that this PC will keep highly effective for years to return.

Must you purchase it?

Sure, the One Professional i180 delivers distinctive efficiency in a small footprint, and even residence customers will discover rather a lot to like about this sleekly designed, all-metal workstation desktop. The one factor holding the One Professional i180 again from widespread enchantment is its excessive $5,000 worth.

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