Performance (40% of the final score) - in what has become the standard Corsair performance conclusion, I have to say we have another winner here from a company that seems to be unable to produce any losers. Though the TX950W does have its weak points, there aren't many of them to complain about. Still, I would like to see the cooling improved just a little bit. And, though the ripple and noise suppression is very good indeed, it's still not at HX levels of awesome. Based on these observations, I'll give this unit a nice round 9.
Functionality (20% of the final score) - what can I say here? The TX950W has all the connectors you could ever need or want on a 950W unit. Twelve SATA connectors. Six PCI-E connectors. Even better, there are no hardwired 3.5" connectors at all, which is good if you're like me and have no use for them. And it's nice to see the sleeving go up into the case. While I do prefer modular units myself, I can't really fault a non modular unit for not being modular. So, with nothing I can think of to complain about, I'm going to have to do a 10.
Value (30% of the final score) - let's face it... I'm reviewing a product from a company that has arguably defined the term "value" when it comes to power supplies. For a long time now, it's been hard to find anything that could offer better performance and a better price at the same time. Today's lowest price on this unit is $149.99 at ZipZoomFly. You know what competes with that? At ZZF, nothing does. Not one unit around 1kW at that retailer can do it. 10.
Aesthetics (10% of the final score) - as always, I can't complain about matte black - I just love it. And the color contrast of the bright yellow highlights doesn't make for a bad combination with the black. But there are units out there that look better to me, so I'll do another 9 here.
At this point, I'm starting to believe Corsair couldn't produce a turkey if they tried to. As is the case with every other Corsair unit I've tested, the TX950W has come out a winner. It's a big bad 950 watt unit for an affordable price with nice stable voltage regulation and excellent efficiency. If you're not into modular, what more could you ask for?
very stable voltage regulation
five year warranty
no hardwired 3.5" drive connectors to get in the way
excellent ripple and noise suppression
progress has been made in the heatsink screw issue
runs a mite warm
nothing comes to mind
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