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1 out of 5 eggs Corsair cheaped out... 09/01/2010

This review is from: CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 CMPSU-430CX 430W ATX12V Active PFC Power Supply

Pros:

Its better than the $20 units...

Cons:

-SLEEVE BEARING FAN = SHORT LIFESPAN. Specs say its double ball-bearing, its not. Fan is model# D12SH-12 which is sleeve bearing, not ball - google it.

-Only 2-year warranty, compared to 3-year on previous CX400 model(I wonder why...?)

-CX400 was made by SeaSonic, CX430 now made by CWT. Cost Optimization...

-CX400 had 30amp 12v rail, CX430 has 28amp 12v rail. More 12v power is what you want with today's PCs.

Other Thoughts:

Overall, Corsair took a rock-solid PSU(CX400) and replaced it with a cheapo that will probably blow up in 2.5 years once the sleeve-bearing fan dies.

Looks like I'll have to find another brand to use in my lower-end builds.

A ball-bearing fan is one of the most important requirements of any PSU. It doesn't matter if its the best-built PSU in the world, if the fan dies, its game over pretty quick.

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