Corsair TX750W Reviewccokeman - June 2, 2008
Category: Power Supplies
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Power, current, electricity, whatever you want to call it, it is the chief ingredient in enjoying that magic box right beside you. Without it there is nothing but a black screen and no chance of a frag fest with that new FPS game you just spent a nice chunk of change on. Just slapping in a budget power supply will be fine for the average e-mail and web surfing system, but what about the higher end of the scale? Not just any old bargain basement power supply will do when it comes to high performance. Multiple video cards, multi core processors, multiple hard drives and water cooling all make for a higher than normal load. After spending thousands of dollars on that high end hardware, are you just going to use a $40 500 watt power supply? Many times the power supply is the last item looked at when the dollar allocation is put together, so you end up with whatever is left, which usually isn't much! While a budget power supply may work initially, it will give you fits further down the road with hard to diagnose hardware problems, made worse by the multiple BSODs. At this point, the frustration sets in and you finally find the problem when you get the acrid smell of burnt wiring coming from your pride and joy.
So how could this have been prevented? Allocate a larger portion of your build price to a quality (not just high wattage) power supply. The Corsair TX750W is a non modular power supply that features a single 60 amp 12 volt rail, sleeved wire harnesses, four PCI-E 6(8)-pin connections and meets the current ATX 12V v2.2 standard, as well as being backwards compatible with the v2.01 standard. In addition to the single 12v rail, the TX750W features over/under voltage protection, high quality Japanese capacitors, a five year warranty, universal input and active PFC. With these features, will the TX750W distance itself from the crowd?
Packaged in black and orange, the the front panel of the retail packaging lists the attributes in three different languages, points out the fact that the TX750W meets the 80+ certification criteria, as well as shows that it is SLI ready. The rear panel lists in detail the core features as well as showing graphs that chart the noise level, efficiency and the rating on each power "rail." Each of the package's sides show a macro view of one part of the TX750W.
Opening the box, you are greeted with a users manual and a large foam block, the wiring is bundled into the top section of the box. Pulling bacl the foam block that protects the power supply during shipping reveals the power supply in a velvet bag with the Corsair logo front and center.
The items shipped in the box include the TX750W, the users manual, power cord and a bag of wire ties to help with the cable management.
Now let's see what lies inside the velvet bag.