Performance (40% of the final score) - you will remember that I took a half point off the score on the XFX versions of this unit due to ripple being very good indeed, but stopping short of the best unit's I'd ever seen. Well, Corsair took that same platform and is now showing us what is possible from this platform. Every aspect of this unit's performance was excellent from the regulation to the ripple suppression to the efficiency. That said, I'm still not quite sure I'd lump this in with the best of the best. And so, somewhat reluctantly, I'll give it the same score of 9.5. It's a little better unit than its cousins, but not quite improvement enough for me to give it that elusive perfect score.
Functionality (20% of the final score) - there's not a lot to complain about here. The cables are well sleeved, there are no sharp edges on the housing for them to abrade against, and there are more than enough connectors to plug in a reasonable amount of hard drives. But there is at least something to whine about - the lack of a second EPS12V connector. I really want to start seeing those on more 750W and up units. Some boards make use of two such connectors, and it would be nice if this unit supported that. 9.
Value (30% of the final score) - these units have an MSRP of $139. Being a brand new product, Newegg currently has them for $149.99. But, they are expected to go for the same price the older generation TX850 was going for before too long. At Newegg, that comes out to be $129.99. That price would be 100% dead on in target with its cousin over at XFX, and about $10 more expensive than the Silverstone OP850. That is a fantastic value, so I'm going with a 9.5 here.
Aesthetics (10% of the final score) - Corsair units almost always come to my house looking good, and this one is no different. 9.5.
Once again, Corsair's gone back to the drawing board. Once again, they've come up with something fantastic and worthy of our dollars. Version 2 of the TX850 ends up being quite a fantastic unit to replace the older CWT based unit, and yours truly doesn't really have anything terribly bad to say against it. I do wish there was a second EPS12V connector, but that's about it. Since I cannot use the unit to travel back in time when dance music was good, I'll just have to settle for recommending an excellent power supply. Well done, Corsair.
efficiency easily cleared Bronze
improved low load standby efficiency
only one EPS12V connector
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