If you're wondering why I'm sitting here with an eyepatch on and a parrot on my shoulder, it's either because I escaped from the men in white coats again, because my flu medicine is going to my head, or because I'm sailing into Corsair harbor once more. Well, in this case it's all of the above, because today's review sample is the recently released to market Corsair TX950W.
The TX series from Corsair has found its place in the market as a more value oriented option from Corsair. While the HX line is out there attempting to be the best power supplies on the market, the TX line is meant to be a more affordable option; sacrificing things like a little bit of performance, a longer warranty, and modular connectors just so everyone on the planet will own a Corsair. Thus far, Corsair has been able to strike a good balance on the TX series, even if the last outing in the TX850W showed us that the platform on which that unit is based was pretty much being pushed to its limits.
But that was then and this is now. And this is a TX series unit based on an entirely new Channel Well built platform. I have high hopes for this one, so let's get this ship sailing.
Our first stop on the high seas of Power Supply Ocean is this shot of the side of the box, where we can get a good look at an efficiency graph and a fan curve graph. A basic load table is also provided. From the looks of that efficiency graph, we should get at least 80 Plus Bronze out of this unit. But wait - a quick look over at the 80 Plus site reveals some astonishing truth - the unit is actually certified for Silver. Well, then, we'll just go aboard and go looking for silver. Won't we, me hearties?
All the marketing goodness is on the back of the box, it appears. Let me just get out the telescope and I'll show you what it says.
Typical marketing here... there's nothing really new or exciting in the whole list. Even the efficiency blurb fails to mention that the unit inside might just be capable of 85% and up efficiency, which is what you get with Silver certification.
Over on another corner of the box we get some pictures of some connectors, as well as a statement on how many connectors there are on the unit. Six 6+2 pin PCI-E... that will give us the option of running three video cards at once on this unit.
Opening the box, the first thing I saw was the user guide. Let's take a quick peek at it.
Yep, it's a user guide all right, filled with lots of useful tables and diagrams and instructions. Let's move on, I want to reach port by nightfall.
Well, well, well. What have we here? Well, it's not a well at all... it's a power supply in a little black bag, a case sticker, some screws, some zip ties, the user guide, a power cord, and two 3.5" drive power adapters. I like those adapters... they negate the need of having those irritating little connectors hardwired to the rest of the cabling where, unused, they can get in the way.
And now we come to the power supply itself. Matte black trimmed in bright yellow. It's like Corsair wants it to be noticed, or something.
As you can see, being a TX series unit, none of the cabling is modular. Thankfully, all of the cabling is sleeved right up into the case, a precaution I like to see when the opening for the cables isn't grommeted.
Got a windowed case? This is what you'll be seeing through that window.
And should you happen to look at the back of your case, this is what you'll see there, only upside down. I've seen less restrictive grilles than this, but as long as it gets the job done I won't worry about it.
Fannage is provided by a 140mm wind machine. We'll find out what kind it is on page four.
This is the label up close. 12V capacity is 78A on one big rail, and pretty much standard for a 1kW class unit.
Arrrrr! Save yerselves! Thar be a squid on the lab table! Oh, wait... it's just the TX950. Wow, those cables are a lot to hide. Let's take a look at another kind of table, and then I'll meet you on the next page and we'll start firing some cannons at the TX950W. Ok, ok, no cannons. Just load testers. You guys are no fun.
Type of connector:
ATX connector (600mm)
4+4 pin EPS12V/ATX12V connector (600mm)
5.25" Drive (420mm+150mm+150mm+150mm)
6+2 pin PCIe (620mm)
Unit Dimensions(L x W x H)
160mm x 150mm x 86mm
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