Cooler Master recently released the second version of the CK530. So, how does the new model compare to the original?
You can find out in this comparison guide between the two gaming mechanical keyboards.
The main difference between the old and new versions of the Cooler Master CK530 is that V2 comes with a wrist rest.
The newer model is also slightly lighter in terms of weight.
The only other difference is that V1 uses the Cooler Master Portal software while V2 uses the MasterPlus software.
If you are interested, you can purchase either of the two PC keyboards on Amazon with the following links:
- Cooler Master CK530 V1 Tenkeyless Gaming Mechanical Keyboard
- Cooler Master CK530 V2 Tenkeyless Gaming Mechanical Keyboard
CK530 V1 vs. CK530 V2 Comparison Chart
You can check out a comparison table for the two keyboards below.
|Cooler Master CK530 V1 Tenkeyless Gaming Mechanical Keyboard||Cooler Master CK530 V2 Tenkeyless Gaming Mechanical Keyboard|
|Weight||749 grams||739 grams|
|Dimensions||380 mm x 135 mm x 40 mm||380 mm x 135 mm x 40 mm|
|Keyboard Switch Type||Gateron||Non-Branded|
|Keyboard Switch Lifespan||50 million keypresses||50 million keypresses|
|Color||Gunmetal Black||Gunmetal Black|
|Material||Brushed Aluminum |
|Brushed Aluminum |
|Mechanical Switches||Blue Switch |
|Blue Switch |
|Model Number||Blue Switch: CK-530-GKGL1-US |
Brown Switch: CK-530-GKGM1-US
Red Switch: CK-530-GKGR1-US
|Blue Switch: CK-530-GKTL1-US |
Brown Switch: CK-530-GKTM1-US
Red Switch: CK-350-KKOR1-US
|Keyboard Lighting||Per-key RGB LED lights with multiple lighting modes and effects||Per-key RGB LED lights with multiple lighting modes and effects|
|Keyboard Polling Rate||1000 Hz||1000 Hz|
|Keyboard Response Rate||1ms / 1000Hz||1ms / 1000Hz|
|Hybrid Key Rollover||Auto-switching between 6KRO and NKRO||Auto-switching between 6KRO and NKRO|
|Keyboard On-Board Memory||512 KB||512 KB|
|Keyboard MCU||32-bit ARM Cortex M3||32-bit ARM Cortex M3|
|On-The-Fly System||Macro Recording|
|Multimedia Keys?||Yes via Fn||Yes via Fn|
|Keyboard Cable||1.8m long fixed, rubberized cable||1.8m long fixed, rubberized cable|
|Connector Cable||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Software Support||Cooler Master Portal||MasterPlus|
|Warranty||2 years||2 years|
|Pricing||Check price on Amazon.||Check price on Amazon.|
The new version of the keyboard weighs a little lighter when compared to the original.
You can find the weight specifications for both below:
- Cooler Master CK530 V1: 749 grams
- Cooler Master CK530 V2: 739 grams
Both versions are Tenkeyless, a design that removes the tenkey and number pad portions on the right-handed side of the keyboard.
Both products are also identical in size.
You can take a look at the measurements below:
- CK530 V1: 380 mm x 135 mm x 40 mm
- CK530 V2: 380 mm x 135 mm x 40 mm
The CK530 V1 and CK530 V2 are mechanical keyboards.
Keyboard Switch Type
The Cooler Master CK530 V1 uses Gateron mechanical switches while the Cooler Master CK530 V2 uses non-branded mechanical switches. Both types have been rated for 50 million keypresses.
Both of the gaming keyboards in this comparison guide come in the Gunmetal Black color variant.
The original and new version of the CK530 Gaming Mechanical Keyboard are made of brushed aluminum and plastic.
The two versions also offer the following mechanical switch options:
- Blue Switch
- Brown Switch
- Red Switch
You can find the U.S. model numbers for each version of the CK530 below:
- Cooler Master CK530 V1 TKL Gaming Mechanical Keyboard with Blue Switch: CK-530-GKGL1-US
- Cooler Master CK530 V1 TKL Gaming Mechanical Keyboard with Brown Switch: CK-530-GKGM1-US
- Cooler Master CK530 V1 TKL Gaming Mechanical Keyboard with Red Switch: CK-530-GKGR1-US
- Cooler Master CK530 V2 TKL Gaming Mechanical Keyboard with Blue Switch: CK-530-GKTL1-US
- Cooler Master CK530 V2 TKL Gaming Mechanical Keyboard with Brown Switch: CK-530-GKTM1-US
- Cooler Master CK530 V2 TKL Gaming Mechanical Keyboard with Red Switch: CK-350-KKOR1-US
The Cooler Master CK530 V1 and Cooler Master CK530 V2 utilize per-key RGB LED lights with multiple lighting modes and effects.
Keyboard Polling Rate
Both keyboards have a polling rate, which measures more many times a keyboard will send a signal to your PC, of 1000 Hz.
Keyboard Response Rate
The two products also have identical response rate of 1ms / 1000Hz.
Hybrid Key Rollover
Both CK530 keyboards also feature Hybrid Key Roller as the two products can automatically switch between 6KRO and NKRO.
For the uninformed, key rollover is a feature that registers your key presses if you happened to press them simultaneously. 6KRO means that you keyboard can register six simultaneous key presses while NKRO means that the keyboard can register an unlimited amount of simultaneous key presses.
Keyboard On-Board Memory
The original and second iterations of the CK530 each come with an on-board memory of 512 KB.
The Cooler Master CK530 V1 Tenkeyless Gaming Mechanical Keyboard and Cooler Master CK530 V2 Tenkeyless Gaming Mechanical Keyboard are equipped with a 32-bit ARM Cortex M3.
The CK530 V1 and CK530 V2 utilize an on-the-fly system for macro recording, multimedia and lighting control.
The aforementioned multimedia functions can be accessed via the Fn key.
The CK530 V2 is the only keyboard in this versus guide to come with a wrist rest, which is made with low-friction cloth for anti-irritation.
Both keyboards use a fixed, rubberized cable that is 1.8m long.
The two Cooler Master gaming keyboards also use USB 2.0 connectors.
Both Cooler Master CK530 Tenkeyless Gaming Mechanical Keyboards come with software that you can use for customizing lighting and set macros.
The first version uses the Cooler Master Portal while the new version uses MasterPlus.
The Cooler Master CK530 V1 Gaming Mechanical Keyboard and Cooler Master CK530 V2 Tenkeyless Gaming Mechanical Keyboard each come with 2 years of warranty.