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Old 6th May 2008, 09:06   #1
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Corsair VX550W PSU

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/200...power-supply/1

Are you looking for a power supply and you're on a budget? Corsair's VX550W might be just what you're looking for. We check to see if the quality of Corsair's range continues down to the low end... or are corners cut along the way? Read on to find out.

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Old 6th May 2008, 10:02   #2
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i bought one of these about 2 months ago, and your review backs up just what i thought.. it's a great psu for not much money, and not everyone needs a 1kw monster. oddly tho mine did come with a small bundle of cable ties.
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Agree with Everything you say - I bought one of these back in December for my new rig, and it's been excellent all round.

I'd recommend it to anyone on a budget, as I was.
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Great review, thanks. Looking at the noise charts it is weird to see that up to 450W, the VX450 is actually quieter than the VX550
http://www.corsair.com/_images/charts/vx450w_noise.jpg
http://www.corsair.com/_images/charts/vx550w_noise.jpg
Whilst there is not much in it at low loads, from 350-450W the VX450 seems better.

You mentioned that it is a 650W psu in 550W clothing. Did you test it any higher that 550W? I know it would be unfair to compare it to a proper 650W psu but it would be interesting to see how it does.
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Nice review.

Think there's a mistake in the conclusion though.
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our model dropped a fraction below 80 percent load under significant
I think you meant efficiency instead of load.
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I also got one about a month ago and it too came with cable ties. *shrugs*

It's powering my file server in the closet.
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Old 6th May 2008, 18:32   #8
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Picked up an HX520 (the modular version of this one) for my new build and I'm well happy with it. A decent PSU can only help to keep your system stable, and a crap PSU will drive you mad trying to find an intermittent issue.
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Yup, sounds about right. I'm very impressed with Corsair's PSUs. I never thought I'd say this, but.... they're even better than Seasonic.
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