Originally Posted by nubbinator
I don't know, it's a pretty accurate assessment. The TX650 and TX650M, for example, really haven't been value leaders for a while. The TX650M costs the same as the Rosewill Capstone and Seasonic G-Series, both of which are modular, 80+ Gold, and nicer units. That same kind of thing happens up through higher wattages across Corsair's line-up. Sometimes there are fantastic deals, but generally a Corsair PSU is going to cost more than some equally high quality and, in some cases, higher quality PSUs. The main exception I've seen is with the Builder's Series PSUs. That's the one price point where Corsair generally dominates. Some of the AX and HX PSUs can also be competitive, but often are more expensive than units with almost identical internals, identical performance, and almost identical warranties.
There was a time when the Corsair PSU price premium really was worth it, but right now there's so much good competition out there that the PSUs really need to be more competitively priced. You can only coast along on name for so long. Hopefully the RM series is a throw back to Corsair providing competitive prices for the product. I'd love to see that instead of banking on the name.
So let me concede on a few points:
TX is old and overpriced for its current feature set. The TX series is expensive because it has a true 50C temp rating and very stringent requirements for the internal components, ripple, noise, and other things. This was all well and good when we initially spec'd the TX out 5-6 years ago. And since the minor updates have happened every 2 or so years, it's slowly been somewhat of a dinosaur in the market. People don't care as much about super tight ripple and noise and 50C temp ratings at this price point. This is why RM was created, to address the TX family's antiquated specs and price/performance ratio.
However, the CX family is an EXCELLENT value. Price/performance wise, it's been tough to beat since it got updated to Bronze last year and the modular variant was added. There are cheaper units, but few that are as accurately spec'd out and rated as the CX is. And above RM, the AX family is still one of the best power supplies in the industry. The AXi is the first digital family of PSUs, launched well over a year ago, and our competitors are just matching some of the specs now. The AXi and AX Platinum family we built are among the best units at their price, and though I've seen some units match or come close to matching their performance, none have beat them that I can tell.
But you're 100% right on TX (and to some degree, GS). HX is due for an update as well.
There are lots of good PSU makers now. I can honestly say I think we helped force their hand. When we started in this business in 2006, we combined a very solid product with a very solid price and good engineering behind it. Then we explained those benefits to people in a way that other people hadn't. As a result we had a lot of success, and this year we're doing better than ever. What this has done is show some of our competition that they can't skate by on stuff like inaccurate label ratings or gimmicks like peak power.
I mean, just 3-4 years ago some of our major competitors didn't have a SINGLE accurately rated unit in their lineup. Not one. Now those same competitors are either all or partially compliant and have much better products. This is a great thing for you guys, as consumers, as you have great choices now. It's not a one horse race anymore.
For us what it means is that as the PSU PM last year (I kicked off the RM series, but another guy took over PSUs last year in combination with Jon Gerow, and they executed this product perfectly) I had to think "If I were starting a PSU company today, what would my first product line be? How do I go after Corsair and beat them?"
Worldwide, we're the #1 enthusiast PSU vendor after only 6-7 years. But there are lots of smart guys out there. So our goal internally is "Let's not let them beat us. If somebody has to beat one of our products, let it be us."
And Link really does just need to be removed from the line-up until it's properly functioning. For every one post I see about it working properly, I swear I see two talking about issues springing up from it. It's an interesting concept, interesting enough that others on the market are working on similar concepts, but it really comes off as a Beta, sometimes even Alpha product. It's like EVGA's motherboard team. There are some great products coming out of them, but that one area is hamstrung by budget or team members and really affects the end product in a negative way.
The thing is, for most people it IS properly functioning. It has had its share of problems, I give you that. It used to be a huge pain in the ass, to be frank. But it works very well now for most people. We still have occasional bugs and things to fix, but no more than most other software at this point. Of course if you go to our forums you're going to see complaints - that's what support forums are for.
Nobody starts a thread that says "Just posting here to say everything's working great! Thanks guys!"