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Pros: * 750 W Good for a Mid-range to Upper Mid-range
* 80 Plus GOLD (Has higher efficiency then 80+, 80+ Bronze, 80+ Silver)
* Well known Respected Brand. Doesn't matter if its RAM, PSU's, Cases, etc Corsair is well known for quality Products.
* Great Amps on a single 12v rail 62A. Great for powering 2 high end GPUs
* Supports Intel's Haswell C6/C7 Sleep States. PSUs that cant support these C States dont get the energy savings of these new modes.
* Extremely Quiet while under load
* Extremely Cool under load only a few degree above ambient room temperture
* Modular, use cables that you need, leave out ones you don't. Makes for a much cleaner look inside the case (and a lot less zip ties!!!)
* Cable Lengths are good and work well with both top and botton mounted cases.
* Contents come well packaged and secure. The PSU unit itself is encased in a good quality thick foam protective box.
* Great Customer Support
* ATX12v 2.3/2.2/2.01 + EPS12V 2.91 compliant included below are some notes from the Changes in the ATX12v Standard that each of these pertain to:
-A minor revision from June 2004. An errant reference for the -5 V rail was removed. Other minor changes were introduced.
-A minor revision. Specified High Current Series wire terminals for 24-pin main and 4-pin +12 V power connectors.
-Effective March 2007 and current as of 2014. Recommended efficiency was increased to 80% (with at least 70% required) and the
12 V minimum load requirement was lowered. Higher efficiency generally results in less power consumption (and less waste heat)
and the 80% recommendation brings supplies in line with new Energy Star 4.0 mandates.
The reduced load requirement allows compatibility with processors that draw very little power during startup.
The absolute over-current limit of 240 VA per rail was removed, allowing 12 V lines to provide more than 20 A per rail.
-Defined in SSI (Server System Infrastructure)used primarily by SMP/multi-core systems such as Core 2, Core i7, Opteron and Xeon.
It has a 24-pin main connector (same as ATX12V v2.x), an 8-pin secondary connector and an optional 4-pin tertiary connector.
Rather than include the extra cable, many power supply makers implement the 8-pin connector as two combinable 4-pin connectors
to ensure backwards compatibility with ATX12V motherboards.
* Powering my system like a champ under Load without issue for 9 days now (these reviews have to be in quickly, will update at 6-month and 1-year mark but I expect no issues)
Cons: * Does not have a bag for the unused cables. Some PSUs out there come with a nice bag to store unused cables.It helps you from losing them.
This Particular model does not come with any such bag, not worth removing an egg but it would be nice.
The higher End Corsair PSU do come with such a bag.
* Does not have the Digital DSP control like the Corsair AXi Series.
* The Cables are initially Stiff,
* If you are into the cryptoCurrency Fad you will want a higher wattage Power Supply for 3-4 Graphics cards.
Not a con of this product, but if price is not an option, Corsair does offer AXI/AX Product lines which are 80 Plantium which is of coarse a higher level of efficency then this model.
Product. So if price isnt an issue you can see more efficency between Gold/Platnium Standards.
***NOTE THIS CHART is for Reference to 80 Plus Standard***
Efficiency level certifications for 80 Plus Standard, a PSU must meet or beat this level of efficency to recieve its gradings
80 Plus Test Type 115V internal non-redundant 230V internal redundant
%%% of rated load 20% 50% 100% 20% 50% 100%
80 Plus Gold 87% 90% 87% 88% 92% 88%
80 Plus Platinum 90% 92% 89% 90% 94% 91%
Other Thoughts: Received this product for review. Package came undamaged. After removing the plastic wrap opened the package.
The contents are put in nice and tightly. The power supply itself is covered by a thick 2-piece high grade foam to prevent damage in transit.
Seeing how this unit is Modular,the PSU comes with plenty of cables more then enough to wire even a full size ATX tower with room to spare.
Cable length is generous, and the cables are initially a little on the stiff side.
Tried the PSU in a few different cases to get a good feel for it ranging from Full ATX to MicroATX cases. Top and Bottom PSU mounts. Worked well in all situations.
While at load the PSU was only 3c above ambient room temp.
To test this system. I used a few different CPU configurations. First my I7, then an I5, Then a FX-8350. For video card is used 2x Radeon 7870's(aka r9-270's nowadays).
I played Tomb Raider/Battlefield 4/and Call of Duty:Ghosts all on 1080p Ultra in order to stress the system and put as much load as possible on this power supply and get as close
to its max rated 750w in order to test reliability. I took FX-8350 (since it is the more power hungry of my CPU's) overclocked it to 4.7ghz, and plugged in extra DvD-Drives, and hard drives.
I was able to get my systems power usage 738w under full CPU and 2 GPU's at max load. So 12w shy of the maximum load of this PSU, I then played All games mentioned above for 3 hours stretches, 5 days in a row.
I had no failures or power spikes, or frame drops related to insufficient power. Over the past 20 years I had the chance to build, upgrade, or fix over 200+ computers so I seen every part imaginable fail.
This PSU survived what I could throw at it with the limited time I had(under 2 weeks).
I wish the package came with a bag for the cables like Corsairs higher end models, but I am organized so its not a huge deal, but it would have been a plus.
Overall for the price and performance of this power supply, you can not go wrong. For 90% of builds out there this unit will meet all your needs. Only ultra high end configurations, or bitcoin/litecoin miners would need a higher wattage supply for 3-4 Very High End GPUs, or
This unit is backed by a 3-Year warranty, and my personal experience with Corsairs support division has been excellent, compared to other brands which I will not name and shame.
There is a reason Corsair has a solid reputation for well over a decade. Quality of its products, and the support they give. Those 2 things are a rare combination.
A solid unit, It will be in my steambox to be used lets just say alot. Will update review if any problems happen.
The only true con is if money is no object there is Corsair's AXi line with 80+ Platinum rating, not to mention new Digital DSP. A tech nerd can dream.
Pros: For all these reason
* Build Quality
* Operating Temp
Cons: * Not Modular
* Not meant for high end builds (the higher end graphics cards or high end multi-GPU configurations)but for fifty dollars its a great PSU.
Other Thoughts: Used this in a APU build, having used some higher end Corsair models in my own rigs over the years figured I try one of their lower end models.
I wasnt disappointed, flawless quiet and cool operation. I've personally had great experiences with my corsairs products (ram, psu, etc) and the one time I ever required support they acted quickly and you could tell customer retention is a top concern for them, compared to other companies which I will not name which are a hassle.
A great product at a great price...now if they only made a modular PSU near this price range....I tech geek can dream.
If you are building a system within the envolope that this unit can provide power you wont be disappointed.
Pros: * 802.11ac Support
Also Known as 5G Wi-Fi is the next step after 802.11n. It's backward-compatible with N, meaning that a 5G Wi-Fi router will support N clients and 5G Wi-Fi clients will also be able to connect to an N router. Wireless-N, in turn, is backward compatible with the rest of the wireless standards, including 802.11g, 802.11b, and 802.11a
* Good Transmission speeds, was a pain to find a 802.11ac device to test out but it does reach the advertisied speed 867Mbps which is a huge boost over previous 802.11n 300-600Mbs depending on router brand and quality.
* Device itself is smaller then other router ive used. It is thicker but overall size is smaller. Also easy for it to stand on its side. While on its side router remains cooler then my Linksys E4200.
* Like most routers basic installation is easy. For the average person all you will ever do is setup a wifi network and password.
* USB support out of the box. Have a networked portable drive attach to router for backup reasons for mission critical files and databases.
Cons: * Devices Range was initially lacking on first install. The wifi channel was set to auto. Alot of Wi-Fi networks are present where i Am so after manually changing channels I got much much better range. Mostly for everyone being on same channels limiting range.
* The setup menu like others have said leaves a little to be desired. Most are self explainatory, but some options were in menus I wouldnt have normally expected to be in. But this could be just from my being used to the linksys/cisco router menus for home users for almost 2 decades vs this being my first Trendnet Router. So just keep in mind.
* The Wireless 802.11n speeds could be a little higher. Since 802.11AC is a newer standard not many devices can use so while it may future proof you in the long term, theres a chance you could lose some 802.11n speeds compared to other competing products in the short term.
* Menu Saving speeds. Like other have noted there does seem to be a slightly higher save time on this router when making changes in the setup. Making changes wirelessly takes much longer to save/respond then compared to being wired in. On other competing routers in this price range this delay is nowhere near as noticeable.Hopefully later firmware updates will improve save times, as well as better functionality.
Other Thoughts: Overall this is a nice router, it has overall good features and since it includes the newest 802.11ac wireless spec it has good future proofing, as compared to just 802.11n routers.
If you have a 802.11ac device connected you truly notice the speed differences.
I first tested this router at home as compared to my current Linksys E4200 which i been using for over a year. Installation was a breeze, and basic setup was also easy to do.
Since I have a small media server (6 TBs Movies, games, etc) I tested pulling data off all my drives. I had no slow down and all devices sent data at advertised speeds. This was done over the 802.11n network all my devices at home are 802.11n.
Unlike another reviewer I did not have any devices drop connections that were in range of the router.
I also tested the router at work. We have roughly 7 devices connected all sharing files and saving to databases. The router performed like a champ, at work we have two 802.11ac devices so we were able to see the difference and its VERY noticeable. If you have the ability to send large amount of data quickly you will instantly see the difference between 802.11n vs 802.11ac. AC just blows it out of the water. Most of the guys at work want to upgrade thier toys now because of it.
As I said before for home use I used many linksys routers over the oast 20 years so I have been very used to their menus, this of course not being a linksys router means some options are not where you may instantly look. With a small amount of practice and digging you will find this router has all the bells whistles and options as any linksys, netgear, buffalo, etc etc router.
When making changes to the router the save speeds do seem much slower then what im used to. Instead of 1-3 sec max, seems more like 4-9 seconds for the a menu save to go through. But this again not a big deal, once a router been setup how often do you change things 1-2 times a year at max. But if your first time making changes dont let the delay trick ya the router does indeed work fine.
At the end of the day what this router comes down to is what do you use in your own home. How many devices are using wireless, how much bandwidth does each device stress your network. Are your devices 802.11N or 802.11ac. For now 802.11n devices are more prevelant but 1-year out from now this will change. That where this router shines some descent future proofing.
My only reason for not giving 5-stars is that this router 802.11n speeds are slower then my E4200 which are both in similiar price points.300 mbs vs 450mbs. Also the E4200 range is better roughly 35 ft better indoors(my house has a not ideal wall/room setup that limits my range).
This is a solid product, and with it being new with future firmware it does have a lot to offer.