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Corsair AX860i Digital ATX Platinum Power Supply Review

Manufacturer: Corsair

Corsair Link Monitoring and Control Software

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A Corsair Link USB dongle (FlexPower USB-SMBus Bridge) is included, which allows connecting the AX860i smart PSU to an internal USB header on the PC’s motherboard. Alternately, a Corsair Link Commander could be used to connect the PSU to the PC’s motherboard. Corsair Link software can be downloaded from the Corsair website and installed on your PC to monitor and control various AX860i PSU parameters.

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The AX860i uses a server-grade power train architecture and a Digital Signal Processor (DSP) to provide digitally controlled power.  The state-of-the-art DSP-controlled design features proprietary control architecture to allow for dynamic, on-the-fly performance optimization.

This design delivers exceptionally stable power over the whole load range, and automatically compensates for DC output cable voltage drop. This ensures tight DC output voltage regulation without the ripple/noise and other issues associated with traditional PSU architectures.

The AX860i also incorporates digital power factor (PF). This ensures the highest possible power factor and lowest total harmonic distortion under all load conditions, via an optimized software algorithm. Also, the digital platform ensures fast real-time performance tuning and power-train optimization, resulting in a state-of-the-art power supply that is simply unmatched in the marketplace.

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After downloading the latest Corsair Link application software and drivers from the Corsair website (version 2.1.7) installation should be straight forward but note the Corsair Link dongle requires Vista or Win7; it won't work with Win XP.  This shouldn’t be a big deal as most PC enthusiasts and gamers are most likely using Win7 anyway.

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“The hybrid design of the AX860i Digital power supply allows for a full suite of telemetry to be communicated from the AX860i to the PC over a Corsair Link interface via the included USB dongle, or Corsair Link Commander Unit (sold separately). Using the free Corsair Link Dashboard software, you can then monitor a large range of performance variables, including power input and output, efficiency, fan speed, and internal temperature. You can also configure and customize some features, including selecting fan speed modes, and even select between single rail or multi-rail modes, with selectable OCP trip points. For example, this allows you to configure each PCI-E graphics connector separately, providing a higher maximum amount of current to a high-end GPU in a multi-GPU setup.

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The main screen of the Corsair Link Dashboard software gives a nice overview of all the connected Link devices and their status (System Tab).  Selecting one of the other Tabs like Groups or Graph provides alternate ways of looking at the data. Selecting the Power Tab takes you to the screen that displays all the AX860i data and allows making adjustments to many of the parameters.

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Note: Many other Corsair products also support the Link technology (memory modules, water cooling, case cooling fans and lighting subsystems, GPU Node for monitoring PCI-E current loads, etc.) so you can build a state-of-the-art, high-end gaming system with a built in DACS (Data Acquisition and Control System)!

The latest version of Corsair Link software can be downloaded from the Corsair website. And as we explained above, the software will run in Win XP environments but the Corsair Link USB dongle (interface that connects the AX860i to your PC’s mobo, is only supported by Vista and Win7).
 

December 16, 2012 | 03:14 PM - Posted by BetoAnonymous (not verified)

I wonder if Ron Holt would have ever imagine such awesomeness.

December 18, 2012 | 08:06 AM - Posted by Hood (not verified)

I wonder that nobody thought of PSU monitoring software before this; after all, the least a computer should be able to do is monitor itself, and user control of the power supply is a no-brainer. Kudos to Corsair for taking this bold step, which is kind of a gamble given the price range and state of the world economy. I think the "i" series will be a runaway best seller, despite the high price tag. Same for the "i" series of liquid CPU coolers. Enthusiasts love anything that gives them more info, control, or both, and Corsair has been delivering nicely.

December 28, 2012 | 10:00 PM - Posted by WillRock (not verified)

Gigabyte has thought of PSU monitoring software years ago, so did nVidia with ESA supportive PSU's.

The "i" series won't be the runaway best seller. How many people shell out $250 for a 860W unit like seriously?

Most people are after bang for the buck, which is what this unit definately is not.

February 22, 2013 | 07:45 AM - Posted by FearTec (not verified)

WillRock

I have one on the way to replace my Silverstone ST65ZF.

Silence and dual/tri SLI 680 will be awesome.

March 20, 2014 | 10:59 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I bought one and it failed to self test. First time I've spent such an amount of a PSU thinking I was getting quality and all I've got is something they couldn't be bothered to QC before leaving the factory. Very disappointed, not buying anything from Corsair ever again.

January 9, 2013 | 06:41 AM - Posted by rrr (not verified)

One thing "i" version is worse at than non "i" version, is having lower quality fan. AX860 non "i" has San Ace fan - generally regarded as higher quality than Yate Loons. One can argue it doesn't matter with semi passive mode in place, but it still looks out of place to have lower end fan on a supposedly premium unit.

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February 22, 2013 | 12:45 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Does anyone know if you have to use Corsair Link in order for this PSU to work?

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