Corsair Claims AX1200i Digital ATX Power Supply is World's Most Advanced PSU

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Scatter

"Many PC users take their power supply for granted. As long as the system turns on and stays on, then what's the difference, right? Wrong"

No, it was right the first time. As long as the power supply that you have is adequate for what you're trying to run you're fine. A better power supply isn't going to make your PC run better or faster. You either have enough power or you don't. Granted higher end power supplies may be more power efficient and offer benefits such as removable leads but not enough to justify a $350 price tag IMO.

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Valor958

I don't think he was referring to just this PSU, but more about PSU choice in general. In that case, he was right. You can't just go buy any PSU that has the wattage you think you need. You have to look at the efficiency to see actual wattage available, the manufacturer to see if it's even a quality product, and like any informed individual in the modern age... research your product.
You 'can' toss a PSU in and let it work.. but it's a crap shoot really. You need to check out quite a few details if you want to make an educated decision. For the money I put into making PCs... I'd never buy ANY PC component without researching anything I'm not immediately familiar with.

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noobstix

I was one of those kinds of PC users that took PSUs for granted until I upgraded to a better system. I used to have a 450W PSU that powered a single-core Athlon all the way to my Phenom II X4 955BE with a Radeon HD 5770. However, the thing ran pretty warm and the fan was going crazy (then again, I had a cheap $15 aluminum PC case that was really cramped). With the supposed capacitor aging, I probably had maybe about a 10-20% overhead in watts under full load. Then my brother gave me his old OCZ power supply (I think it has 700 or 750 watts) and now it's a pretty good unit if I wanted to dump a mid-range GPU on my board.

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efougner

This is an awesome power supply. I am a web designer, programmer, and pc enthusiest....I currently have a Cooler Master 1200 Watt Gold Series power supply which I paid $239 for...This is a little steaper in price than mine,but it will undoubtedly come down in price over time. I run a lot of demanding software like dreamweaver, flash, visual studio, photoshop....and usually all at once.

For those of you who think this is over-kill...think about this. After about 4 years of steady use, a power supply will only be putting out about 80% of it's peak output. So that 800 watt power supply that you used to power a system that uses 788 watts? Well, it's now puttin out 640 watts. This is known as capacitor aging. WHich is something not to many system builders think about when building a PC...because they figure " Who cares? THis thing will be in a land fill in about 4 -5 years"....

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livebriand

Yeah, but under full load, how much are you actually using from the wall?

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efougner

I am usually drawing around 800 watts....I bought a 1200 watt because I plan to have dual gtx 690's in my rig in about 3 months.

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captainjack

I'm still waiting for a PSU with a cup holder attached that can heat my drinks

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livebriand

Who actually needs that kind of a power supply? After all, according to that outervision power supply calculator, you only need a 486W power supply for a i7 3770K at full load, 2 geforce 680s, 2 sticks of DDR3, a DVD burner, a hard drive, and an SSD. Heck, that would work (though just barely) on my Seasonic S12II, which cost a mere (in comparison) $60. Practically speaking, stability-wise, the unit is just as good too.

I guess there are always people who just have to go overkill on things though.

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bigrigross

I do, thats who needs it. I have a 2500k and Dual 470s along with a sound card and 3 180mm fans. Mine comes out at 733 watts. The problem with buying a PSU lets say a 800 watt that your heavily using it all the time. It decreases the life of the PSU vs my AX1200 that I have now. Its not maxing out the capacitors in my PSU and it wont be wearing out fast. Plus I am future proofed if I ever decide to rebuild. The original AX1200 is the best PSU on the market. I believe in fact that Seasonic does make this PSU, its just rebranded for corsair (There is a list that has the actual manufacturers of every given PSU on the market I just cant find it).

EDIT: The AX1200 is made by Flextronics, not Seasonic, the AX650, AX750,and AX850 are made by Seasonic

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andrewc513

Professionals, tech writers, and enthusiasts that use/test/review insane multi-GPU setups. Even the best system I can think of wouldn't need that much power, but wattage isn't the only thing to worry about in a power supply. If you don't need it, don't buy it. I thought it was pretty simple. Corsair makes this for people that want it.

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I Jedi

Keep your mouth shut. You're scaring away consumers and keeping the capitalist from getting their money.

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Valor958

*Plugs ears* NAH NAH NAH... I CAN'T HEAR YOU.

NEED... MOAR... POWAH!!!

Personally, I'd settle for an 850w PSU as that holds enough to power 2-3 670's, the rest of the guts, 2 optical drives, 3-4 hdd/sdd, and several fans and glowy shiny things and random trinkets. A minimalist could get away with a 500w for most builds, but a lot of custom PC builders/modders need/want more. Future proof your build, get 1-2 steps above what you 'need' so you don't have to buy a new PSU with each change or revision.

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kevaskous

While you may be right i'm not as much interested in the power rating, as the tech, I think you guys are missing the point of the device. there will be lower power rating units based on this model soon enough.

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whitneymr

Funny I punched in my spec's and came up with 1100 watts.

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livebriand

What are the specs?

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Valor958

I'll just add this to my list of things to get. By the time I actually need/can afford it, it should be cheaper too. Maybe this will be a tax return treat next year to power a 2nd or 3rd 670 ^_^

I can appreciate what this PSU has to offer and have known for a while that the PSU NEEDS to be good quality. The best supercomputer in the world, is worthless without power. The same is true for your uber-gaming rig. Research your PSU people.

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Cy-Kill

When I bought their HX1000W it cost more than this new PSU, so maybe I'll get this new one down the road, when I have the money to go from a first gen Core i7-based system to a third gen Core i7-based system.

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I Jedi

How wonderful. Now I'll wait a year before buying their junk that cost them a hundred bucks to make when I can buy it at 150.

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livebriand

In that case, go buy one of these: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/low-cost-psu-pc-power-supply,2862.html

Let me know how that works out for you.

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TechLarry

Corsair is one of a very few companies that are truly on the ball and providing very high quality, no-issues products.

You should try them sometime.

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kevaskous

Yep, I can back that with over 2000 machines with mostly their hardware over the last 6 years (where applicable, as they have only recently really expanded their market)

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kevaskous

Yes, Corsair PSU's are definitely "junk". You got issues dude.

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I Jedi

You're right, I've got issues, but its not because I added the word "junk" in with Corsair in a sentence. Maybe you've got some issues you're obviously not seeing? Lol.

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kevaskous

Maybe, but I think you're on the website with sentences like that, try www.MacLife.com :)

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I Jedi

That made no sense other than trying to say I'm secretly a Mac user.

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