Corsair Goes 80 Plus Platinum with HXi Series Power Supplies

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nick779

Id like Corsair to start figuring out whats killing off their Premium AX series PSUs and most of their others.

Ive had a cx600 for a while now with no issues, but im upgrading to a 780ti and I wanted more room for growth so I started looking at 750-850w PSU's. I wanted to stick with corsair, but im not paying near $200 for a power supply that has so many failures. I did some research and ended up with an EVGA SuperNOVA G2 750W thats basically a Super Flower Leadex in disguise. Supposedly this is one of the best PSU's to grab at the moment and at $119 with a 10 year warranty, I couldnt pass it up.

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ram1220

I would like to know why Corsair quality has suffered lately too. I have a TX850W that has been running flawlessly for 5 years. Since I know it's days are probably numbered I have been reading up on Corsair and others. Corsair seems to have a high failure rate for about the past year or so. Not sure what I will replace mine with. Almost afraid to buy a Corsair from what I am reading on the net as well as Corsiar's own support forum.

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nick779

Correction: its a good thing im replacing my psu. The 12v rail idles at 11.9v and hits 11.7 under a moderate load, thats pretty sad when it only has around 400w of devices to power

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John Pombrio

I bought a Corsair K90 keyboard and had nothing but trouble with the keys. The key switches were fine as I swapped them around and they all worked fine in their new positions. I guess soldering is to blame. Sent it out for warranty replacement after two more keys were acting up. Got a K95 in the meantime and so far it is working well. Corsair even asked me for the LOT number in the RMA so it must be they had a bad batch of keyboards. Probably the same with the power supplies.

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John Pombrio

I have been buying only Corsair power supplies lately (but not in the last year tho). I have 5 or 6 of them. The voltages have been completely consistent and in spec over any load I have thrown at them. None so far have been completely modular.

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Obsidian

Part of the inflated price and sales pitch is the Corsair software monitoring suite. Can MPC review this software too along with the PSU? Platinum certified PSUs are quite impressive, and it makes sense they will carry a premium price tag.

Are all of them as physically long as the 1000-watt unit pictured (it looks like a longer unit but could be a crop/stretch issue)? Are the 750 and 850 units standard PSU length? With all the smaller systems floating around this could be good information to begin paying attention to.

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John Pombrio

These ARE pricey. I buy the cheaper versions of Corsair power supplies. As for voltage monitoring, my ASUS board does that fine. You are right, they look elongated. As for cases, I gave up on squashing everything into a mid tower so the bigger the better. Check Corsair's site as I looked at their new cases coming out and they had specs for them. Not that either one of us is going to buy a $170 750W power supply, heh.

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blackdog

Would be wonderful if they got Corsair Link to work with W8 properly, been a bit of a nightmare since 8.1 update

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John Pombrio

You had to say that. There is a update from April 16th, and a firmware update inside link. Reboot after loading and running this these updates. seems to work better.

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jbitzer

Man, remember the days when power supplies were cheap?

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The Mac

They still are.

and if you buy one of those, you get exactly the same quality.

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jbitzer

Yeah, but it's almost like you have to get one of these to run good graphics. Then if you don't want a spaghetti string mess of cables, you pay more for modular, etc.

I remember a 500w included with your case power supply being enough. All these UV and custom case loving modders are to blame for this I think. A grey steel box of wires isn't sexy enough I guess.

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John Pombrio

Go to any shabby computer trade show. They still sell $200 PC with a beige box, a 250 watt power supply, a Pentium CPU, 100MB hard drive, and 2 GB of DDR2 memory. For an extra $5, you can get a floppy drive.

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jbitzer

Apples to oranges. I was running top line parts in all other components. The prices of processors and video cards have remained consistent. The price of power supplies has rocketed.