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Corsair Enthusiast Series Modular Power Supply Review

Author:Paul Johnson

Editor:Kyle Bennett

Date: Tuesday , February 07, 2012

Are you a "hardcore PC gamer?" A "Performance Enthusiast?" Or "Anybody who appreciates a combination of high performance standards and affordability?" Corsair Enthusiast Series power supplies in 550 watt and 750 watt are reviewed today and we will tell you whether or not we see those as enthusiast PSUs.

Introduction

Corsair is known in enthusiast circles as a premier supplier of high performance memory and has risen to become one of the most talked about power supply brands around. Corsair was able to establish such an amazing presence in such a short time through the use of quality OEM’s (Seasonic and CWT), rigorous standards, and excellent support. Since its entrance into the PSU field, it has established a number of lines of power supplies to address (and overlap) just about every market segment with its GS, CX, VX, TX, HX, and AX lines. Today, Corsair brings us yet another series of power supplies, its new "modular TX" line which includes the TX550M (CMPSU-550TXM) and TX750M (CMPSU-750TXM). These units are once more produced in conjunction with CWT.

Channel Well Technology (CWT) was founded and began manufacturing power supplies in 1993. Since 1993 Channel Well Technology products have shown up under various guises including Antec, Xclio, 2theMax, CWT, Thermaltake, Xigmatek, and Corsair. While most familiar to our US users from when it used to provide OEM services for Antec, CWT is one of the more complete OEM manufacturers as it has a fairly high level of vertical integration providing transformers all the way up to its well designed SMPS.

It May Be Time to Expand Docking Space

Today, we find ourselves looking at yet another new line of power supplies from Corsair. This line is not replacing an older line but simply adding to the mix. For those of you keeping score out there, this makes seven (7) active lines of power supplies from Corsair on the market right now (CX, GS, TX, TX V2, "TXM", HX, and AX). Today’s new modular TX line is coming in with a range of products that are represented by the TX550M and TX750M in our review. Certainly, we have seen a number of products from Corsair, and other brands, in this general realm so it will be of great interest to see how these units distinguish themselves from all of their competition at Corsair and elsewhere. But first, what does Corsair have to say about these units?

Based on the award-winning Enthusiast Series TX V2 line, Enthusiast Series Modular PSUs add a modular cabling system for improved installation flexibility. It provides a great combination of exacting performance standards and affordability.

As we will see in a bit Corsair is using a seriously loose definition of the phrase "based on". Given the dearth of information here, let’s move on and see what we can expect when a user purchases Enthusiast Series Modular PSU in retail in terms of documentation, accessories, cable count, rail layout, output characteristics, and general build quality.