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Hey guys, so Corsair has multiple lines of PSUs

They are the following:

http://www.corsair.com/power-supply-units.html

Now I can tell the difference between most, but some I don't know

The AX series is fully modular, top of the line, super efficient

HX series is semi-modular

TX is non modular, however, there are also TX-M PSUs, which are also semi-modular...

So what the hell is the difference between TX-M and HX...

CX is just basic, reliable PSUs for cheaper builds

and then there is the GS. As far as I know, these just glow..?? What's the difference between a GS700 and TX750 for example (other than the 50W, that's not the point)

Now I haven't looked at em all in detail, I'm just wondering, is the only difference just their efficiency, 80+ ratings, and that kinda stuff? I just find it strange that they'd make TX-M and HX, I don't see why I would buy a TX-M over an HX, the TX-M series have about 4 optional ports, which really isn't anything impressive

So anyone mind breaking some of this down for me?

The HX750 for example is only $10 more than the TX-M 750, and hell the HX has a $10 off so they're actually the same price currently
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GS is between CX and TX in quality. Actually GS is pretty similar to some of the older TX units but is definitely below TX V2 and TX-M.

HX models (other than old ones and the HX650 which isn't really as good) are similar to AX in quality, just not fully modular and not as quiet in general, so they're above the TX-M. Also they have more modular connectors than TX-M. HX has a different and slightly better internal design, so it's not just about connectors.

In general the different product lines have different designs and components, but within the same line, they're often more or less the same unit (with some exceptions, even not counting discontinued models), just tweaked to meet the different wattage levels. Thus the performance characteristics and maybe the reliability will be different.

At those prices you're describing, the HX750 is a better value than the TX750-M. You get 2 years more warranty too.
Edited by mikeaj - 1/15/12 at 11:58pm
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Interesting..

so:

CX
GS
TX
TX-M
TX V2
HX
AX

Give me more info peeps smile.gif
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The hx series are actually gold rated by industry standards. Corsair rates theirs a little differently and thats how it fell into the silver for their marketing, ax-750 vs hx750 is less than 1% difference in efficiency. Are you looking for a corsair for your sig rig or just curious?
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Originally Posted by Hatfieco View Post

The hx series are actually gold rated by industry standards. Corsair rates theirs a little differently and thats how it fell into the silver for their marketing, ax-750 vs hx750 is less than 1% difference in efficiency. Are you looking for a corsair for your sig rig or just curious?

Interesting. Glad to know, I learn more with every reply. I know that the AX are fully modular vs semi-, and are much higher wattages, they're also bigger in size aren't they? Dunno if they're standard ATX sized?

Anything else?
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There is virtually no difference between hx and ax. Just the 24pin and 8pin are non modular in the hx line. Ax has a 1200watt variation that is larger and hx has the 1050 similar in size. Along the lines of power and efficiency they are very very close. Some have different guts but heres the rating chart that the industry standards based on.

http://www.plugloadsolutions.com/80PlusPowerSuppliesDetail.aspx?id=25&type=2
Edited by Hatfieco - 1/16/12 at 12:23am
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So the AX does not offer the 24 and 8 pin as modular, but the HX does? Interesting...

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Other way around but yeah those are the only 2 cables that arent modular.
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post #9 of 12
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K that's what I thought, cause I was like why would the top of the line not have 24 and 8 modular but HX would

Glad to have that cleared up now
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this article may help some of us on the research.


Edited by silveryhat - 9/9/12 at 12:48pm
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