1-link is not always a must...many have complained about it actualy not working and others havnt..its 50/50..for the fan control part..then its a must unfortunately.
many have asked why dont they make these psus with intergrated fan buttons or a real fancontroller for just the psu fan..like what CM did with their hybrid psus but no rpl on that ....
2:even a ax1200 can do 4 way sli/crossfire
so what does that tell you off the ax1500i..
it will be expensive no matter were yo buy it..its their new top dog psu..and actualy their first psu rated above 1200+wats..
so expect a premium price tag ..why not wait a while till prices drop a bit? then splash out for it..
i agree..its crazy to ask 650$ for psu..but thats outa all our hands..why not buy directly from corsair online shop instead?