Is April Fools' Day over yet? Good. You know you're a certified crazy person when you wake up on that one day out of the year and suddenly everyone starts acting like you. See, that's why I don't do articles on April 1st... nobody would be able to tell whether or not I was being serious.
But it's not the first of April anymore, is it? It's review day for yours truly, and I'm going to make good use of it by checking out the 750 watt version of Corsair's newer TX series of units, also known as the Enthusiast Series V2.
Last time we looked at this platform, it was when I had a look at the 850W bigger brother to this unit. Aside from the power level, there aren't too many differences between the units, what with both being based on the same Seasonic platform. Indeed, the performance of this unit should be quite similar to the XFX Core Edition Pro 750W unit I also looked at recently. But that's a matter for pages two and three. Right now, there's some marketing for me to reprint:
Ideal for High-Performance PCs The TX750 V2 is guaranteed to deliver its full rated specifications in environments up to 50°C. High-quality Japanese capacitors provide uncompromised performance and reliability. The TX750 V2 keeps up when you push your PC hard.
High Efficiency Efficiency is important - less heat is generated, so your system stays cooler and your energy bill is lowered. The TX750 V2 is 80 Plus® certified to operate at a guaranteed 82% or better efficiency, even at maximum load.
Cool and Quiet The 140mm double ball-bearing fan automatically adjusts its speed to deliver the proper amount of airflow, so high-performance power delivery is not at the expense of noise.
The Corsair Advantage With more than 15 years of building enthusiast grade memory and components, we've earned a reputation for quality, compatibility, and performance. Need help? We're available by phone call, email, or web forum.
Hmm... looks like we have a few more bullet points on this part of the box, right under the five year warranty and 80 Plus Bronze logos.
Built for Gamers, Overclockers, and High-End System builders. -What about crazy weirdoes whose MP3 collection has Yanni coming right before Yello? I feel that this is an important demographic that should not be ignored. Now, you all are laughing, thinking that's a joke. Well, I not only have Yanni on here, I have Mehdi, too. He's, like, LA's answer to Yanni. So there.
RELIABLE - Engineered to deliver clean, continuous power under adverse conditions. -Hear that? We can run this unit submerged in a lava flow and expect it to work. Well... maybe that's asking a little much. I can't see myself, personally, cranking my way through an Oblivion bender with lava flowing around my ankles. Even after the winter we had.
FLEXIBLE - Extra-long cables support full-tower cases. Includes enough cables to support dual-GPU configurations and fully loaded PCs. -Those extra long cables could add an annoyance factor as well, when you decide you need to go and hide them somewhere in the case and you discover you don't have the room to do so. And with this not being a modular unit, you can't really unplug them, either. But some people like the hardwired approach, so it's definitely a balancing act when it comes to determining cable lengths.
PROTECTED - Backed by a five-year warranty and legendary Corsair customer and technical support.
And even more bullet points here:
Auto-switching circuitry provides universal AC input from 90V-264V
Supports ATX12V 2.3 and EPS12V 2.91 standards and is backward compatible with ATX12V 2.2 and 2.01 systems
Dimensions: 150mm x 86mm x 160mm
It's about time we got to the open box part of this review, wouldn't you say?
As was the case with the 850W model, we get the same stuff in the box this time. Only this time, the power supply is a 750 watter. A power cord, a user guide, a bag for the power supply, a case badge, some screws, and some zip ties were all found in the box.
The user guide is the same thing we saw at the 850W level. All three new models share the one guide. It's above average, as user guides go. It didn't guide me to inner peace and tranquility, but I reckon that's not going to happen anyway until old man Winter gets his bony old backside off my bloody lawn already. I mean, come on... it's Spring's turn now. Take a damn hint already, Winter.
Here's the unit itself. As always, it's done in a tasteful matte black finish.
Another angle of the unit.
Here's a good look at the side of the unit. There is a similar label on the other side, only it's upside down compared to this one. This is so that when you look at it through your case window, the label always appears right side up no matter which way you mount it. A nice touch.
A good look at the exhaust grille. There doesn't look to be a lot of ventilation space, but it's likely adequate for the job. Especially since the 850W version did ok in the hot box.
Now, a look at the fan. It's very fanlike, as fans tend to be.
This being a platform that pulls the minor rails off one big 12V rail using VRMs, we have almost the entire rated capacity of the unit available on just the 12V rail. In this case, that adds up to one big 744 watt 12V rail.
Corsair TX750 V2
Finally, a shot of the cables. And yes, some of them are quite long. To be honest, I'm very much a modular cable man myself. I don't like having too many cables to hide, so this would not be my first choice in units. That said, the hardwired approach does save some money in that there are fewer connectors and components to add to the cost. So there are advantages, even if the myth about hardwired cables being better for regulation has been pounded into powder by now.
Type of connector:
Corsair TX750 V2
ATX connector (590mm)
4+4 pin EPS12V/ATX12V connector (610mm)
6+2 pin PCIe (580mm)
5.25" Drive (400mm+150mm+150mm+150mm)
3.5" Drive (+150mm)
Unit Dimensions(L x W x H)
160mm x 150mm x 86mm
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