Originally Posted by GameBoy
Bingo. The HX1000 isn't "bad" though.... it's just very so-so and stupidly overpriced for what it is.
I think he was actually deriding your opinion. And being an arse toward the audiophiles (who do deserve it sometimes, but what he said was factually incorrect).
The HX1000 is an outdated unit. Its only highlight is good voltage regulation. Efficiency is only 80PLUS standard (when 80PLUS Gold units can be had for a similar price), has +12V ripple around 70mV (competitors around 30-50mV), and is massive
due to the extreme redundancy involved--duplication of the entire secondary side circuit. It's about twice as long and half again as heavy as most PSUs in that price range, and is inferior in performance to everything else in its price range. And because of the redundancy of its design there's a very high materials, parts, and manufacturing cost so it couldn't be made much cheaper even if Corsair wanted that (which they don't).
In short, the HX1000 is coasting on brand recognition and needs to go away.
An HX1050 has appeared on CWT's UL cert page. There's hope that it's a CWT PUC Silver unit, which is the updated version of the PUC platform used in the HX1000 with higher efficiency and better +12V ripple suppression. But it's still not 80PLUS Gold and is still massive and will still likely cost the same or more than the HX1000. At least it wouldn't be completely out of date though.