Corsair SF600 Gold Power Supply

The world of the small form factor PC has gone rather neglected over the years when it comes to decent power supplies in the form factors required for these tiny cases. For too many years now, we either had our choice between one good brand with decent but underpowered stuff or total overrated junk. It was much like the early days of the ATX power supply, actually. Then, SilverStone came along and offered us a way to get a decent amount of power into a little bit of space. That was a vast improvement, but still, we were dealing with only one decent company among a sea of junk. Well, folks, all that changes right now. Corsair has decided to jump on board and actually compete. The SF600 promises a boatload of performance in exactly the same amount of space as SilverStone’s unit. Let’s see what this upstart of a unit can do.

REVIEW INFORMATION
SUPPLIED BY: Corsair
MANUFACTURER: Corsair
PRODUCT: SF600 Gold
PROD LINK: SF600 Gold Product Page
PRICE: $119.99 @ NewEgg
Price is at the time of testing!

For quite some time now, SilverStone’s been on quite the mission to shrink their units into ever smaller packages. In the time I’ve been doing this, they’ve only gotten more and more serious about it, and with no adequate response from the competition I had just about given up on anyone trying to compete with them.

But from the looks of today’s review unit, that is about to change. Here’s a unit from Corsair, the SF600, that looks to tackle the SilverStone SX600-G head on. Same power, same efficiency, same housing dimensions. Should SilverStone be worried? We’ll see. Meantime, we’re here in Tazz’ house again to take a good hard look. Why Tazz’ house? Well, he has an SM-5500 and I wanted to play with it some more. Tazz had to run to the Tazz store and buy some Tazz things, so he asked me to fill in for him. Also, Izzy, the pug needs some spoiling again, and I’m always up for that. Treat, Izzy?

There’s a lot of bragging going on with this box. Corsair’s really trying to make inroads into the SFX market, it seems because the marketing is all up in our faces already. Seven-year warranty. 80 Plus Gold. Fully modular. Japanese capacitors. Fanless mode. Promises are being made, here. Promises!

And there are more promises here, mainly that this brings excellent electrical performance with it. Good. That SilverStone was a decent performer… it’s going to take a bit to keep up with it. That said, I remember calling SilverStone out for their capacitors on that unit. This one, with the all Japanese caps, already has an advantage there.

Just in case you missed the marketing on that first review image, here it is again. Looks like we’re reviewing a <squint> power… supply… <unsquint> of some sort.

Power supplies have cables. A pixie told me so. This power supply looks like it’s entirely dependent on ribbon cables. Nice, but somewhat of a drawback on the main ATX. I do score on that for functionality.

It’s time to unbox the unit now, and… is that a copy of War and Peace?

No, wait, it’s not. It’s a massive user guide. Corsair’s definitely attacking SilverStone where they live on this one. That said, SilverStone still has the edge with their dual manual levels of overkill. This one’s lacking in specs like full power operating temp and covers all models – Corsair still wants you to get the detailed electrical specs from their site.

Also in the box, we find a warranty guide, bag of goodies, power cord, power supply in a velvet bag, and modular cables in a velvet bag.

Accessories include some zip ties, a case sticker, and some screws. This unit isn’t wanting for anything there.