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This review is from: Doom - PC Game
Pros: It's Doom
Cons: Long DL
Other Thoughts: Intel Core i5-4690K
ASRock Z97 Extreme6
16 GBytes ADATA 1200.0 MHz (DDR3-2400 / PC3-19200)
MSI ATI/AMD Radeon HD 7950/R9 280 3072 MBytes of GDDR5 SDRAM
Colorblind Mode OFF
Mothion Blur High
Chromatic Abberation checked
Resolution Scale 100%
Lights Quality Medium
Shadows Quality Medium
PLayer self-shadow check
Decal Quality Medium
Decal FIltering Aniso 4X
Virtual Texturing Page Siae ULtra
Reflections Quality High
Paricles Quality Medium
Compute Shaders Check
This review is from: CORSAIR CX650M 650W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Power Supply
Pros: Corsair, long to the game
80 Plus Bronze CONTINUOUS Power
80 Plus Bronze rating means that the PSU is rated for at least 82% efficiency at 20% load, 85% at 50% load, and 82% at 100% load.
Toll Free Phome support
The main capacitor (the only one I could read) is rated to 105c
Thermally controlled fan (keeps it quieter when idle)
Extensive, Useful Corsair Supported and Visited Forum
5 Year Warranty. Not as long as 7 or 10 but still what else comes with a full 5 year warranty?
All cables were long enough to easily connect in my mid tower case
All connectors have firm (not overly tight) grip
The case alignment (case screw holes matching PSU screw holes) is perfect
No cheap psuedo velvet bag
Cons: I noticed that the 24 pin ATX connector had a bit of plastic covering part of the area that plugs to the motherboard.
It was obviously just a bad extrusion job that got by inspectors...can you imagine that as a job...looking at thousands of connectors each day? I once bottled chlorine for a living so I know the mindlessness of such a job.
The over extrusion looked as if it could easily be removed. Using my fingernail I was able to get under the lip. It was at this point the entire end of the pin plug area broke off.
I imagine I could have "made it work" but had no interest in even trying. At the Corsair website I engaged in chat and was told to open a ticket and RMA.
The RMA was somewhat easy. I had to call and let Corsair know that I didn't think it right that I should pay for return of their defective item. I previously sent in a picture of the bad connector. After a short moment on hold the rep came back and told me "as a one time courtesy" they would pay for the return shipping. I mentioned I didn't consider it a "courtesy" but rather an essential requirement. The time from my ship to their return was < two weeks.
When I talked with support and told them that while filling out their RMA form there was no selection available for the CX650M they said.. Huh? But the rep tried it out and verified. I was told it would be fixed
I downloaded the corsair-psu-spec-table-091813.pdf The 091813 designation to means indicates the last update. The CX650M is not on the pdf. One spec caught my eye...Continuous output rated temperature....even though the CX650M is not listed the CX750M is and continous power is listed only up to 30 degress C. That seems low. I doubt the CX650M has a higher spec. but it might.
No doubt budget components(capacitors, safety circuitry, thinner gauge wiring went into this "enthusiast on a budget" PSU.
Not silent, but the noise it does make is not annoying. While in BIOS, in a silent room it is quite audible. AFter Win 8.1 boots I can't hear it.
When gaming (no sound) I can hear the CX650M but still not annoying.
Budget, Plastic Zip ties...hate 'em.
Other Thoughts: A meaningful non-professional PSU review may seem a daunting task. I'm not going to take the CX650M apart so you can see the insides, I'm not going to waste time writing about how it was packaged and I don't have the gear to measure much of the published specifications. Most of the pro reviews do that and it may be of primary importance to some, just not me.
It was about 15 years ago when I started hanging around the MSI forum. Almost without fail when some guy was having a problem the first question asked by the moderators was along the lines
of "What's your PSU" or "How many Amps on the +12V rail". Before that time it was not generally known by the masses how essential good power is. Now, almost everyone knows, even the guys that don't really know anything, but want to. Go to almost any forum...game or tech...and one of the first "helpful" replies to any question will be asking..."What's your PSU?"
Even more importantly the vendors better understand...if they want to stand out or not be panned... they better make a solid PSU.
Corsair has a long history of being considered a top tier PSU provider but that doesn't mean all their PSU's are top of the line.
In the Corsair 650 Watt category Newegg displays six PSU's ranging in price from $80 for the CX650M to $120 for the RM650i.
This leads to the obvious conclusion that the RM650i has features and components that are better (producing more of the desired effect) then the CX650M. This doesn't mean the CX650M is a bad PSU. It means it is a budget PSU. Which means it has to be evaluated and reviewed for it's designed purpose. Years ago I built a computer for my mother in law. She needed a system to play Solitaire, surf and do e-mail.
If I was to build her a system today this is all the PSU i would require.
If you are considering the CX650M PSU for purchase first you need to decide if it is more PSU or not enough PSU for your system. I recommend you calculate your PSU needs. Newegg has a simple and effective PSU calculator. I suggest you start there. I calculated my need as about 350 watts
I installed the CX650M in my second system: Intel Pentium G3258
MSI H81M-E34 (MS-7817) micro ATX
2 sticks 8 gigs PC3-12800 RAM
MSI Radeon R7 265/HD 7850
1 PCIe WLAN
1 7200 RPM HD
1 DVD burner
3 120mm fans with LED's
Midtower Zalman ZM-Z9 U3 Case (Nice case for a mATX board)
There is no doubt that this qualifies as a budget system. What better way to test a budget PSU? I use the system to evaluate new software and play older games.
All the CX650M voltages were within +/- 5% of the stated voltage. I determined this with my budget PSU tester.
The CX650M is semi-modular, the only cables permanently attached are the 24 pin ATX and the 8 pin ATX12V.
AFter owning full modular PSU's it is hard to be satisfied with semi but everyone needs
the 24 pin and the 8 pin so the only drawback I can see is for cleaning. If you want to take your PSU out of the case you have to detach and unsnake two cables. With full modular - none.
All the other cables are flat, decidedly better then having them sheathed IMO though it is a personal choice. Sheathed cables are ugly and more difficult to manipulate. Flat cables make for a cleaner look. Looking at the CX650M cables I imagine a guy could even split them lengthwise.
The box states "enthusiast on a budget". I am not at all sure just how Corsair defines enthusiast but I am going tp speculate that enthusiasts include gamers I used it everyday for a week to surf and spent several hours playing Far Cry 2, Brutal Doom, Deadspace 2, GTA SA and Doom 3. The system never froze, crashed or shutdown at anytime before, during of after gameplay. I would be hesitant to run much more of a system then I have or more demanding games and feel completely comfortable with the CX650M I would not however SLI or Crossfire this PSU.
I am very pleased with the 24 pin ATX mobo connection and the 4 pin ATX12V. The CX650M connectors are a solid easy fit and snap. Taking it off didn't leave painful depressions in my fingertips. Thank you Corsair, for that.
Corsair terms the CX series as intermediate, I concur and recommend this PSU for light gaming in a budget system.
EZ to work with
$100, are you kidding me?
Owners Club at Famous site
NO Packaging or shipment issues (window not scratched)
Room for plenty of fans yet closed enough to keep dust out and has easily removable dust filters
Cons: After about 16 months the power switch has started to fail. I need to push in a specific spot left of center
No LED lighting (never thought I would want it)
Rear of side panel edges somewhat sharp and could cut
Directions could be better
No 3.5 inch external bay for card reader
Front USB bay cover could be a problem...I have to make sure not to snap it off when open
Accessory box not attached to anything in case but no window damage
Other Thoughts: I have owned 6 primary cases in 20+ years. Cases have come aloooong way.
I replaced my HAF 922...too many holes, too much dust and dog/cat hair inside
I have had this case for three days and had it apart and back together three times. The side panels are a dream compared to any other case I have had. EZ off, EZ on ! The front bezel and top panels are very easy to remove and replace.
Go read other reviews from here and other sites to get the nitty-gritty.
This is a wonderful case at a great price. If you want more bling consider the Luxe