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Pros: Very Quiet
Low heat output
Cons: Not Modular for the modular version look for CORSAIR CX-M Series CX450
(CX = NOT Modular, CX-M = Modular)
Overall Review: This review is for the CORSAIR CX series CX450 450W ATX12V 80 PLUS BRONZE, this is the newer 2017 updated model.
This is a great entry level power supply. For its price you get 80+ Bronze, a very quiet fan, and backed by a 3 year warranty.
Years ago if you were serious about gaming you had no choice but to go for 550-750+ PSUs (even for just 1 GPU setups)yhguy, but as time passes and CPU and GPU manufacturing nodes continue to get smaller and more power efficient you can actually run a good gaming PC off this power supply. To give an example an AMD RX 580 and Nvidia GTX 1070 both only require 1 8-PIN PCIE connector. So even off this you can power a potent gaming rig with a good cpu, 1 good GPU, and a few drives. This power supply is not made to handle multiple GPUs and nor should it in this price range ($50 US or lower).
This power supply may be a no thrills designs, IE no LEDs and it is not modular, but it is reliable. Corsair makes great power supplies, and dealing with corsair for years I can say they are one of the better companies to deal with if a problem ever arises. I've use corsair power supplies down from the VS line up to HXi Line (haven't tried the AXi line, because I haven't built anything that power hungry in years) they have all been very reliable under heavy load and constant use.
Beyond that there's not much to say. It is a power supply made by a great company that has a long history of standing by its products with good warranties and great customer service. While it might be on the lower end of corsairs product stack it is still great well made product.
If you do find yourself needing modularity, more power, or higher efficiency Corsair has plenty of products to choose from.
Pros: Braided cables
• Budget minded PSU that won’t break your bank or make you cry.
• 80 Plus Bronze Certified – not *outstanding* but better than no certification.
• Quiet. You can only hear it if you put your ear close
Cons: • Would love to see less non-recyclable materials.
Overall Review: I bought an older model of this PSU years ago and it is still working great on a machine that is powered 24/7.
• I trust Corsair PSUs. Good reputation and a proven track record by my own experience. I cannot say that it will never fail, but I have been pleasantly surprised and feel confident that it will hold up for the long haul. As a comparison, I’ve been building machines since 1992 and have seen PSU companies come and go. A cheap PSU will fail and do it at the worst time possible. The smell of a failed PSU is something that you cannot easily forget.
• Hard to knock a budget PSU for not having “features”. It really is the best you can get on the market today
Pros: I've said it in other reviews, and I'll say it here. You never want to skimp on a power supply on a new build, even if you're working on a small budget. Go with a cheaper case, less storage space maybe, but never a cheap no-name PSU. With this 2017 refresh, you now really have no excuses left. Corsair has worked their way from the top down, making a name for themselves with premium, absolutely bulletproof power supplies. I guess it got lonely at the top, and now they want the entry level segment too!
It may not be modular, or have fancy lights, but it does have legendary Corsair reliability. If you're building on a tight budget but you need to make sure your other components are supported by clean, steady power, this is it.
Cons: Although the box is sturdy, I would have preferred to see some foam cushioning encasing the unit inside. It does come wrapped in a thin bubble type bag. I'm sure on the economics side of things a smaller box and no foam allows them to sell premium parts for a lower price. That said, there was no visible damage to the power supply I received for review.
Pros: Flexible wires
5 year warranty
Cons: Not modular
Overall Review: One thing I'll note from the start is that the wires on this are much easier to work with than some other units. They're easy to bend.
I plugged this into my trusty tester and the voltages all appear to be within spec.
The fan is whisper quiet. I didn't think it was running until I put my hand behind it and felt air moving.
There's really not much more to say other than this seems to be a decent power supply and my fingers are happy not dealing with stubborn wires.
Pros: Relatively inexpensive for a Corsair branded PW. Quiet, about a whisper. No frills, but sleek and good looking. Small footprint inside of case.
All in all, a reliable, low buck power supply to hold you over until budget for a module beast power supply is at hand.
Cons: - just one Pci-e 6+2pin connector
- no modularity
- back power plug design not seamless
Overall Review: No "wow" factor. Vanilla design for a vanilla price point. Not intended for a high end gaming machine. Budget gamers apply here.
Pros: Small size allowing it to fit into any cases that can take ATX power supplies.
Good upgrade from their previous models, which were not that good.
All wires are nicely blacked out.
Cons: Only Bronze rated.
Variety of power connectors is quite disappointing, only 4x SATA, 4x Molex, 24pin Motherboard, 8 Pin Motherboard, and PCI-Express 6+2. I would have really much prefered to see another 2 or 4 SATA power headers If you are looking to use this in a NAS build you will either need splitters or adapters, I would recommend looking else where.
Fan is not semi-passive and will occasionally make some noise when spinning at low loads (CPU + 6x2.5" drives) but otherwise it is extremely quiet.
The design of the power plug on the back how it is held in by 2 screws actually interfered with my case, I ended up having to take dremel to the case to shave off a few millimeters
Overall Review: Depending on what you are building in (for my instance a small case) getting a PSU with modular cables would be much more beneficial, would allow for easier cable routing and removal of unnecessary cables.
Pros: Corsair has quickly become a trusted brand to me for power supplies among other components. The fan is very quiet (barely audible) even though it never stops spinning. Some of Corsair's other power supplies actually stop the fan until it hits a certain load. You can find a list of those on the Corsair website and looking for "Zero RPM Fan Mode".
The aesthetics are very nice. The matte black body and black cabling will match most any case. The 24-pin ATX power connector is almost too long at 24 inches long, great for full-size cases, be ready to try cramming the excess in any smaller cases.
The cables on this power supply are surprisingly easier to manipulate than other power supplies I have worked with. The majority of the wire sizes are 18 AWG and a few are 20 AWG.
Installation of the power supply in terms of ease will likely depend on your particular case. In general, I have found it easier to install the power supply in the case before the motherboard. This is because I typically install the CPU, heatsink, and memory before installing the motherboard into the case. In some situations, the memory sticks or heatsink can make it hard to install the power supply.
Box includes power cable, four mounting screws, and zip-ties for cable management.
Cons: Only four SATA power connectors. (Probably not bad considering this is only rated for 450W).
One sleeve had a few strands of braid loose.
Another sleeve almost seemed too long for the cable it was wrapping.
Overall Review: Overall, this is a great power supply. 450W is good for builds designed for light duty. If you are going for a gaming build, I would say upgrade to something with a bit more wattage, there are various power supply calculators available online. Here is one hosted by Newegg: https://images10.newegg.com/BizIntell/tool/psucalc/
Pros: -Black cables
-Reliable and silent
Overall Review: Lets get something straight, if you are expecting to get 2 or more PCIE cables from a 450 watt PSU, or a "high end" PSU, you don't know what you are doing. This Power supply is obviously for the budget builds. I see reviews complaining of such things. I knew what i was getting, and i was surprised! Great bang for the buck, and looks great too!