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Corsair AX760i Digital Power Supply Review
|Date:||Tue, Nov 06, 2012 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Emmanouil Filladitakis -|
Corsair AX760i Review Conclusion
Corsair's AX series is all about the greatest possible performance in order to please the most hardcore of technology enthusiasts. The AX760i is exactly the product for those who want to buy an AX1200i for its unbelievable electrical performance but do not really need that kind of power. The electrical performance of this power supply is ridiculously good, with a voltage regulation of less than 0.8% and a maximum voltage ripple of 20mV at maximum load. On the other hand, the great electrical efficiency and design of the AX760i allows it to operate very quietly, even entirely fanless at low loads, meaning that the fan of this power supply will be stopped while a gaming computer is idling or running simple desktop applications, allowing casual gamers and enthusiasts to work in an entirely quiet environment when they just want to browse the net or work with common desktop applications. It is very likely that the fan will never even start if the AX760i is used to power computers which are not heavily overclocked and use a single VGA card. For those who favor thermal performance over acoustics, remember that the DSP interface allows the user to program a custom cooling profile through Corsair's Link interface.
Corsair's Link is certainly an innovative feature, quite useful for adept users and experienced enthusiasts, which will certainly applause the ability to have full control over their hardware with a few mouse button clicks. In its current version, the Link offers virtually endless monitoring capabilities from all of the system's devices (CPU temperature, fan speeds, etc.), allows the user to tweak the cooling profiles of the power supply, even create virtual OCP rails on the connected equipment. Corsair currently offers more parts which support the Link interface, such as RAM modules which offer real-time monitoring of their temperature and activity through the same piece of software. In time we will likely see more devices with the ability to connect on the Link interface, giving enthusiasts more and more flexible control over their hardware components.
Even though Flextronics is a new player in the retail market, we were impressed with their work on the AX1200i. Today, they impressed us once again as the AX760i is every bit as well made as the larger AX1200i, with an excellent design and assembly. Alongside the numerous protection circuits, Corsair also opted for the very best parts and components available for retail power supplies, making the AX760i virtually indestructible, which is no wonder why they decided to cover this product with a 7 year long warranty.
It would appear that once again the
only handicap of the AX760i is its retail price. With an MSRP of $229.99 the
AX760i is $120 cheaper than the AX1200i, yet it still is considerably more expensive
than any other power supply having a similar power output. The long warranty
and extreme performance of the power supply do offset the high cost but it will
still place the AX760i out of the budget of most potential buyers.
Legit Bottom Line: Taking all of the above points into consideration, the overall performance of the AX760i is unbelievably good, making this power supply perhaps the best product in the 700W to 800W range that money can buy at this point of time. On the other hand however, the price tag is sure to burn a hole in your wallet, making the AX760i a product for those willing to pay the premium price for the best possible performance and features.
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Page 1 - Corsair AX760i Power Supply Introduction
Page 2 - Unboxing the Corsair AX760i
Page 3 - External Design of the AX760i
Page 4 - A look inside the AX760i
Page 5 - Test Setup
Page 6 - Testing results (Regulation & Ripple)
Page 7 - Testing results (Efficiency, Noise & Thermal)
Page 8 - Corsair AX760i Review Conclusion