Last year, Corsair continued to expand it’s product lines from it’s background in memory and storage devices by introducing to the Bulldog, a VR-ready gaming PC designed to be used in the living room. The Bulldog is available as either a barebones system priced at $399, or a full ready to use system which will vary in price depending on the components. For those that aren’t aware, a barebones system included the basic components to as a base to build a full PC. Within the Bulldog, is a mini-ITX motherboard, power supply, and a CPU liquid cooler. In order to complete the system, you have to select your CPU, Memory, storage drives, and an optional graphics card. The Bulldog 2.0 is a refresh of the original Bulldog, system designed to support the latest Intel Kaby Lake processors with a Z270 based motherboard.
Within a small chassis, airflow is going to be a major focus, as you need to keep components cool is critical when building a high end 4K and VR capable gaming machine. Corsair has a done a good job at making all everything easily accessible within a tiny footprint, which measures 404x448x145mm or 15.9×17.6×5.7in. In addition to the included Z270 mITX motherboard, SF600 power supply, and the updated Hydro H6 SF CPU cooler with a new quieter ML series fan, Corsair has provided support for a 2.5″ SSD and a 3.5″ hard drive (or up to 3 2.5″ SSD’s), a liquid cooled graphics card (up to 300mm in length).
Features and Specifications:
Our review sample of the Bulldog 2.0 included the MSI Z270I Gaming Pro Carbon AC motherboard.
|MSI Z270I Gaming Pro Carbon AC|
|CPU (Max Support)||i7|
|Chipset||Intel Z270 Chipset|
|Max Memory (GB)||32|
|PCI-E Gen||Gen 3|
|M.2 Slot||1x 2280 Key M, 1x 2230 Key-E (Wi-Fi)|
|USB 3.1 Ports (Front)||2 (Gen 1, Type A)|
|USB 3.1 ports (Rear)||1 (Gen 2, Type A), 1 (Gen 2, Type C), 2 (Gen 1, Type A)|
|USB 2.0 ports (Front)||2|
|USB 2.0 ports (Rear)||2|
|Audio ports (Rear)||5 + S/PDIF output|
Corsair Bulldog 2.0 Barebones Additional Parts
As this is a barebones system, there are certain other components that are necessary to get it up and running. Specifically, you need a processor, memory, and a drive for the operating system. For us to review the Bulldog 2.0 Barebones case, Corsair loaned us some optional hardware to use for testing of the Bulldog 2.0.
|Corsair Bulldog 2.0 Barebones|
|Video Card||MSI/Corsair GeForce GTX 1080 Sea Hawk X||$709.99|
|SSD||Corsair Neutron XTI 480GB||$179.99|
|Memory||Corsair Vengeance LPX 3000MHz 16GB DDR4||$124.99|
|CPU||Intel Core i7-7700K||$349.99|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit||$92.99|
The Corsair Bulldog 2.0 barebones kit is $399, so by the time you add in the other pieces that we were loaned for this review the total cost of this system would be around $1457.95 shipped.
Now let’s take a brief look at the Bulldog 2.0 itself, before building the system and taking a closer look at it.