Corsair VX450W Power Supply Review


Internal Impressions

Since this is the first time we have laid eyes on Corsair’s VX series of power supplies, we thought we’d take a peak inside to see what was going on. Remember that opening up a power supply is dangerous as the components hold electrical charge and by removing the cover it VOIDS the five year warranty that Corsair offers.

Corsair VX450W 450 Watt Power Supply Box

Once the Corsair VX450W was opened up, it brought back memories of the Corsair HX620W that we took a look inside one year ago here. The VX series was found to have the same brand of components as the more expensive HX series, so if history tells us anything it’s that this power supply should be a good one. One thing we noticed is that this power supply didn’t have any adjustable potentiometers inside, so opening one up is pointless for consumers as there nothing inside to ever adjust.

Corsair VX450W 450 Watt Power Supply Box

With the cover fully removed off the Corsair VX450W power supply, we found it hard to miss the huge primary capacitor in rear of the unit. The above photo shows the 330uF 400V Hitachi AIC that comes rated at 105C. Typical consumer grade capacitors are rated at 85C, so these go beyond what is standard and are usually considered “industrial grade” components.

Corsair VX450W 450 Watt Power Supply Box

The secondary capacitors were found to be made by Chemi-Con and are KZE series parts.

The KZE series is a very low impedance series from United Chemi-Con that is different from the standard low impedance capacitors because of a special low resistivity electrolyte. This series has been upgraded to include a new 7mm case length with 5, 6.3 or 8mm case diameter. The KZE series is designed for use in computers, storage equipment, DC-DC converters, power supply control circuits for DVD-R /RW/RAM drives and 42V automotive battery systems. The KZE capacitors are also cost-effective replacements for low impedance chips. As an option the KZE series is available with environmentally friendly PET (polyester) sleeves and Pb-free materials.The KZE series capacitors are non-solvent proof.

Corsair VX450W 450 Watt Power Supply Box

The Corsair VX450W power supply isuses a 120mm Adda (Model AD1212MB-A71GL) exhaust fan. The fan specifications state that this model produces a maximum airflow of 80 CFM at 2050 RPM at 36.6 dBA. With most of today’s enthusiast grade power supplies having 120mm or 140mm fans we found that the Adda 120mm fan lived up to our expectations in terms of cooling and noise.

When looking closely at the picture above, one will notice that ~20% of the fan is covered by a piece of clear plastic that is obviously going to block air flow. Legit Reviews contacted Corsair Memory and asked them about this plastic piece and was given this offical statement in respinde.

The reasoning is that it [the piece of plastic] causes a low pressure point over the rear of the PSU so the air from the front of the fan ducts up and then flows backwards out the rear exhaust holes. Without the plastic the air would be deflected back right at the fan and the exhaust wouldnt be as effective.

That’s it for the inside of the power supply! Let’s move along and take a look at our test systems and try this power supply out.

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