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Corsair Professional Series HX850 Power Supply Review
|Date:||Wed, Sep 19, 2012 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Emmanouil Filladitakis -|
Corsair HX850 Final Thoughts & Conclusion
Six years ago Corsair's HX PSUs were amongst the most popular in the market and for a good reason; we were glad to find out that the latest HX units live up to the reputation of the series which introduced the company into the PSU market. In collaboration with CWT, an OEM which is behind a large number of Corsair's most popular units, the company today offers a modular PSU combining high quality and performance. As a matter of fact, Corsair is so certain about the quality of the HX850 that dares to offer the PSU with a 7 year warranty. Without a doubt, the HX850 is very well built and the components are top class. Improvements, such as larger or better heatsinks, would most likely be more about the improvement of the unit's overall performance rather than its longevity.
As it can be seen from the graphs and tables of the two previous pages, the overall performance of the HX850 unit is well above average. Electrically, the power supply displayed very good voltage line regulation in conjunction with low ripple, plus it satisfied the efficiency requirements of an 80Plus Gold certified unit. The thermal performance is also very good, especially considering the lack of heatsinks providing any noteworthy heat dissipation surface. Only the fan speed profile of the HX850 is a little bizarre but in a good way, as it obviously keeps the unit cool enough while managing to allow for silent operation, at least for as long as the HX850 is not heavily loaded.
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Value is the only real drawback of the HX850. Yes, Corsair offers it with a 7 year warranty and it is a modular power supply able to deliver great performance; still, the MSRP price of $199.99 is quite hefty, even for all of the unit's features and advantages. Fortunately, the actual retail price of the HX850 is lower as we found it for $154.99 after rebate, a competitive price for such a product. If such offers keep springing up, a product like the HX850 certainly is an excellent long-term investment.
Legit Bottom Line: The Corsair Professional Series HX850W Power Supply proved to a solid power supply and was able to meet the 80Plus Gold efficiency ratings!
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Page 1 - Corsair HX850 Power Supply Review
Page 2 - Unboxing the HX850 power supply
Page 3 - Corsair HX850 External Design
Page 4 - A look inside the Corsair HX850 PSU
Page 5 - PSU Test Setup
Page 6 - HX850 Testing results (Regulation & Ripple)
Page 7 - HX850 Testing results (Efficiency, Noise & Thermal)
Page 8 - Corsair HX850 Final Thoughts & Conclusion