Reviews - Corsair TX850M (2017) 850W
Sample Provided by: Corsair (By OklahomaWolf on Mon, Jun-05-2017)

Page 6 - Scoring

Performance (40% of the final score) - this shouldn't be hard to tally up today, should it? The newest incarnation of the TXM series performed really gosh darned well for me. We had excellent voltage regulation in the hot box pushing mythic levels, but because it didn't actually do mythic I need to pull half a point. But that is the last time I'll be pulling anything, because the rest of it was just flawless. Excellent ripple suppression with perfect smoothness in the power on spike tests, passed efficiency to the point it actually did Platinum in the cold tests, no other issues to mention... yeah, this unit's a winner here. 9.5.

Functionality (20% of the final score) - I have a few minor routine deductions to make here. The unit is only semi modular, so half a point goes. The CPU cable is a nonsensical application of ribbon cabling, so half a point off there. Finally, there's only one CPU cable, which is light for an 850W power supply. Half a point comes off there, too. It's basically the same story as its Riotoro cousin, only with slightly better documentation... in other words, I actually had a full power temp spec to go on. 8.5.

Value (20% of the final score) - $109.99 gets you one of these at Newegg at the moment. This undercuts the price of the CSM unit by ten dollars, and is right at the same price as the EVGA GQ unit, Enermax Triathlor, and the Thermaltake Smart Pro RGB unit. One of those is 80 Plus Gold, the other is Bronze with a fancy color changing fan. The Riotoro take on this platform is currently the same price over at Amazon. I'm not seeing much competition, otherwise. I have to do a 10 here.

Build Quality (20% of the final score) - I found no issues major or minor here, so this category will find itself with a 10.

Performance

9.5

Functionality

8.5

Value

10

Build Quality

10

Total Score

9.5

Summary

It's almost like an old friend we haven't seen in a while dropped by for a visit today, isn't it? The new incarnation of the 850W TXM unit has proven itself to be a ridiculously good performer for not a lot of money. Given the market segment it targets, these should start flying right off store shelves.

The Good:

  • near mythic voltage stability
  • better than excellent ripple control
  • mine did Platinum efficiency at room temp
  • nice warranty
  • awesome build quality

The Bad:

  • nada

The Mediocre:

  • split CPU cable hinders cable management somewhat
  • only one CPU cable


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