Reviews - Corsair AX1500i 1500W
Sample Provided by: Corsair (By OklahomaWolf on Wed, Apr-30-2014)

Page 6 - Scoring

Performance (40% of the final score) - and lo, we come once more to the scoring section of the review. It doesn't get much easier with a unit like this. Voltage regulation was, quite simply, ridiculous for a unit this size at 0.3% averaged in the hot box. No scoring deductions there. Efficiency was a pass for Titanium both cold and hot. No points off there. Finally, ripple suppression was almost as unbelievable as the regulation was, so there won't be points coming off there either. 10.

Functionality (20% of the final score) - you've got your hardware monitoring and control via software. You've got your fully modular ribbon cables. You've got proper documentation, though you have to go looking on the site if you want the detailed specifications. Nice lengths on the cables? Check. Lots of extras in the box? Check. Come to think of it, this thing has darn near everything I can think of I want in a power supply. I could rant some more over the Corsair Link installation hassle, but I don't normally score on software anyway. There just aren't enough units with software on the market yet to do that. And I did run into a rather unexpected and obscure issue Corsair's already working at dealing with, so have another 10, guys.

Value (20% of the final score) - MSRP is $449.99, and you should be able to get them right from the Corsair site as we speak. Competition? Ha! Only the EVGA NEX1500 comes close in terms of having it all in one package. Yeah, the Lepa G1600 is cheaper, but no hardware monitoring and it doesn't have quite this level of performance. And neither does the EVGA. Nothing currently on the market touches this unit. Nothing. That's three times we have a 10. Care to go for a clean sweep, Corsair? Nobody's had a perfect total score from me yet, but it's looking promising.

Build Quality (20% of the final score) - this is where I have to be the most strict, because I've been in electronics for decades. My standards are as high as anybody's. But I'll be damned if Corsair didn't find an OEM with the same level of standards. Component selection is top notch. I have no complaints with the capacitors. There's a lot of ugly gray silicone holding parts in place, but not so much that it hinders cooling. AC line filtering has more than the required amount of parts. Flextronics even used clips and threadlocker to hold the MOSFETs in place. Never thought I'd see this day, but... 10. You did it, Corsair.

Performance

10

Functionality

10

Value

10

Build Quality

10

Total Score

10

Kind of feels the same as when I found out the Undertaker's streak ended. Or when I found out someone had a perfect bid on the Price is Right showcase. Seven years, hundreds of reviews... I was starting to think nobody would ever send me a unit good enough. People, THIS is what it takes to get a perfect total score from me. Might be the last time you see it, too. Goes without saying I need to slap in that good old recommended logo right here:

Summary

For quite some time now, Corsair seemed to be content with being more of a market follower than an innovator. We got the AXi series a while back, sure, but ever since then it's been all stuff designed more to keep pace with market trends than anything else. The RM series isn't really better than the models that came before, for example. All the while, people wondered when Corsair was going to do something bigger and badder than the AX1200i.

Folks, that day has definitely arrived. The big question is, what's the competition going to do about it?

The Good:

  • way better than excellent regulation
  • high ambient temps are not a problem
  • excellent ripple suppression
  • fully modular
  • lots of goodies
  • 7 year warranty
  • software interface

The Bad:

  • I didn't get two or three of them from Corsair

The Mediocre:

  • I didn't get eight or nine of them from Corsair


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