Corsair certainly is a company that is not afraid of diversification and has proved that multiple times in the past. They started as a memory products manufacturer, diversified into the power, case and cooling market segments and today they even have their own gaming division.

With a company as active as Corsair is, their latest move was no surprise to us. Corsair combined their knowledge of chassis design and thermal performance, used their industry contacts and brought about the creation of the Bulldog, a DIY 4K Gaming PC designed to fit into living rooms.

The Bulldog is the combination of a desktop PC case styled to appear as a gaming console with a 600W SFX power supply, a liquid cooler for the CPU and an ITX motherboard. Corsair's aim was to reduce a very high performance gaming PC to fit within the dimensions of a gaming console. In order to do that, they managed to fit dual liquid cooling systems (one for the CPU and, optionally, one for the GPU) and a high output SFX PSU into the desktop chassis. In terms of size, the Bulldog is relatively small but not too small, as it had to be tall enough for a high-end graphics card to fit.

The base configuration of the Bulldog includes the case, the ITX motherboard, the H5SF CPU liquid cooler and the 600W SFX power supply. It starts with a MSRP of $399, which seems a little steep at first but it is not really overpriced considering the specs of the motherboard. We are not aware of very specific details regarding the motherboard that is installed in the Bulldog, but it will support DDR4 RAM, USB 3.1, 7.1 audio, Gigabit Ethernet and WiFi. (It's worth noting that at this point, the only mini-ITX motherboard that can support DDR4 is the ASRock X99E-ITX, but in the pictures provided by Corsair the board used seems to be a DDR3 based ASUS. It doesn't take much to pinpoint that the Bulldog is mostly likely aimed for a future DDR4 capable platform, or currently just for the ASRock motherboard if Corsair wishes to pursue the DDR4 route exclusively.) Corsair has also collaborated with NVIDIA and MSI to create drop-in ready liquid cooled variations of the Geforce GTX Titan X, GTX 980, GTX 980 Ti and GTX 970. Combinations of the Corsair H55 liquid AIO cooler and the HG10 graphics card cooling bracket may also be used.

Corsair's timing with that release seems perfect, as the first few graphics cards that can borderline handle 4K gaming are just hitting the market. A few months ago and 4K gaming without at least two high-end GPUs installed was impossible. However, you cannot install two graphic cards in a system with an ITX motherboard, which made the creation of very small 4K gaming PCs very difficult. Aesthetically, we feel that many will question the overly aggressive appearance of the Bulldog for a machine that is meant to be into living rooms. It definitely stands out a lot and that is not what people with modernized/minimalistic interior designs want. However, if Corsair's endeavor proves to be successful, it would be rather easy for them to base other designs on this, offering new products to cover a variety of tastes.

Alongside with the Bulldog, Corsair is also releasing the Lapdog, a gaming control center for use in the living room. Long story short, the Lapdog is a wired keyboard/mouse dock designed to sit on someone's lap. Aside from the presence of a USB hub and the memory foam cushion for user comfort, we do not have many details about the Lapdog at this point of time. Corsair will be offering it as a standalone station for $89 or with a keyboard for $199. The included keyboard obviously is the Corsair Gaming K65 RGB but we are unaware regarding the Lapdog's compatibility with other keyboards.  

Source: Corsair Press Release

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  • DanNeely - Monday, June 1, 2015 - link

    I can't find dimensions on the bulldog; but it should be significantly smaller than the RVZ01. It only supports an MITX board and a single GPU instead of an MATX board and 2 GPUs. Other than the styling - which if anything is even more garish - it seems like it should be the answer to the most common complaint on the RVZ01 comments page: "It's too big for what it's trying to do".
  • meacupla - Monday, June 1, 2015 - link

    ummm... no?

    Bulldog has almost exactly the same layout and parts as RVZ01. mITX mobo, full length GPU, SFX PSU.

    And yes, the RVZ01 is pretty big, but it's still significantly smaller than other mITX cases that can fit full length graphics cards and watercooling.
    Personally, I am eyeing RVZ02, as that is 2L smaller than RVZ01
  • creed3020 - Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - link

    As an owner of an RVZ01 I couldn't agree more. I do see why Corsair is going after this market space with the trend of systems getting smaller. Just look at Silverstone's success with marking the case, PSU, and accessories for a their case. If they had an AIO cooler compatible with the RVZ01 they would have a grand slam.
  • cmdrdredd - Monday, June 1, 2015 - link

    A singly GPU setup and they advertise 4k gaming with it? I'd rather play on 1080p and turn the settings in the game up.
  • TeXWiller - Monday, June 1, 2015 - link

    That triangular theme made me think that they should hire Zaha Hadid's office to design their next case. Cases seem to have similar qualitative and quantitative functions to buildings these days..
  • Zak - Monday, June 1, 2015 - link

    Yuck! Ugly indeed.
  • chizow - Monday, June 1, 2015 - link

    This actually looks really sweet. I really enjoy the direction Corsair products have taken in general, although I have to agree with the guy in that mouse review that wasn't a big fan of the tramp stamp logo lol.
  • blzd - Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - link

    The Source links back to this article.
  • AndrewJacksonZA - Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - link

    So they have a Bulldog.
    And a Lapdog.
    But do they have an Updog?
  • Dave321 - Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - link

    ITX Case, Motherboard, Cooler and PSU is normally $220.

    PCPartPicker part list:
    Price breakdown by merchant:

    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Seidon 120M 86.2 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($63.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H97N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Micro Center)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 110 Mini ITX Tower Case ($33.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $222.95
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-06-02 11:42 EDT-0400

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