Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling, Shows and Expos | January 7, 2014 - 12:00 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: PSU, corsair, CES 2014, CES, Arc Welding, 1500W PSU
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For the last seven or eight years, Corsair has released a boatload of power supplies, running the whole gamut of potential customers, since their initial HX620W release in 2006. Their current line-up is broken into eight distinct series. Some are modular, some are fully modular, and others are not. Several models hold the lowercase "i" suffix which signify USB connectivity to monitor and adjust the unit from their Corsair Link utility.
Today, Corsair is announcing the AX1500i fully modular power supply. At 1500 watts, this should be an effective upper limit on desktop power consumption. The real news is its efficiency: 94% efficient at half load on 115V input (North America). The PSU exceeds the specification set out for 80 PLUS Platinum and falls within the current draft of 80 PLUS Titanium (consumer).
It is also designed to be quiet and even fanless when drawing under 450 watts.
The suffix on the AX1500i signifies that it also integrates with Corsair Link through USB. Temperature, draw, loads, fan speed adjustments, and power efficiency are exposed to the user who wants to see a few more graphs in their secondary monitors... because if you have a single 1080p panel then you are doing something wrong somewhere.
The AX1500i is expected to retail for $449.99 in Q2 2014 and is backed by a 7-year warranty.
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