Corsair HXi Series Fully Modular 1000W Power Supply Review
Corsair Link Monitoring and Control Software
The Corsair Link feature of the HX1000i allows for a full suite of telemetry to be communicated from the HX1000i to the PC over USB or a Corsair Link Commander Unit (sold separately). After downloading and installing the free Corsair Link software, you can 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 select between single-rail or multi-rail modes for the +12V outputs. But unlike the AXi1500 PSU we reviewed a few months ago, you can't apply selectable OCP trip points for the HX1000i through Corsair Link.
Two interface cables are included with the HX1000i: A Corsair Link USB cable, which allows connecting the HX1000i PSU to an internal USB header on the PC’s motherboard, or alternately, the Digital Interface cable, which can be used to connect the PSU via a Corsair Link Commander. We used the USB interface for testing.
After downloading the software from the Corsair website we installed the Corsair Link software on one of our test PCs running Windows 7. Note: Corsair Link does not work in Windows XP environments.
Once installed and running, you will be presented with the Corsair Link dashboard, which features tabs across the top for navigation to different screens. The System Tab is shown in the screenshot above. Not only does Corsair Link gather and display info about the HX1000i PSU, it also grabs data from other components inside your PC. All the various component parameters are listed down the left hand side (graphics adapter, CPU, motherboard, HDDs, etc.), which can be dragged over onto the main window representing the approximate location of each component inside your PC.
Selecting the Power Tab takes you to the screen that displays the HX1000i data and allows making fan speed adjustments and selecting between multi rail (default) and single rail +12V mode.
Clicking on the Graph Tab displays a Temperature and RPM graph. You can select as many of your PC’s component devices to track here as you like (fan and water-cooling pump speeds, and numerous component temperatures, etc).
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.).