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Today we're having a look at one of Corsair's "Builder Series" power supply units. The CX430.The CX430 is one of the most basic power supplies available from Corsair. The CX430 is not modular, is supposedly "only" 80 Plus (as opposed to Bronze, Silver, etc.) and (spoiler alert) uses a group regulated topology. At under $50 the CX430 is extremely affordable, but this has also raised a lot of controversy. Thanks to a black Friday sale that made this unit only $15 after a mail in rebate, we got our hands on one of these units and now we're going to put it through the paces.
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Doesnt seem as bad as some have been saying then, may get one for my fathers new PC.

Built many PC's with the CX400, havent had a single issue with any of the units. I even ran my system with a CX400 before I got this bigger Coolermaster, which has been great also.

The CX430 appears to have less amperage on the +12v than the CX400. thinking.gif
Edited by Willhemmens - 1/3/11 at 5:54am
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CX is for budget build so it isn't that bad based on the price.
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I've seen so many people bashing this, it doesn't look that bad, getting an overall score of 9, and the only real issue is that it wasn't as efficient as he thought it would be. thinking.gif
    
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The main problem with this PSU is that it has a fairly low 12V rail. Otherwise, it's good.
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So if you have a typical dual-core with a mid-range GPU, throw one in and is ready to go.
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Seems it's a great unit if the sale ever hits $15 again, and pretty good contender in the sub $50 range.

It's clearly not as efficient as they claim, but it's still a viable solution for a lower end system that doesn't require a lot of power to begin with...

Glad I got one at $15 after rebate as a backup for my mom's pc, this review just solidified my purchase smile.gif
    
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Sad that a few quirks were in fact true (sleeve bearing fan), but looks like there's really no need to return the one I idiot-chose for my dad (and I tried hard to return this but there were a few hurdles beforehand and the quick leave for vacation that pretty much prevented it all from happening)... then again, it's probably much better than the Logicrap "480W" it replaced. This one seems to be CWT-built, perhaps there are both CWT-built and FSP-built models? AFAIK these aren't supposed to be CWT-built at all.

Only quirk is that it makes a small, audible, worrying "squeaking" noise when the power supply is turned on (whether the comp is on or off). Ah well, turning the switch off at the back every night shouldn't be a problem.
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I have this PSU and as far as I am concerned its amazing, cheaper than the old CX400 with a little more power to boot smile.gif
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So now that this review is out would you guys recommend this over the Antec neo eco 400c?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371029
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