Corsair DC Outputs

Corsair 450VX 450W
PSU Load 3.3V 5V 12V1 Wattage
All Rails
10% 1.31A 1.31A 2.76A 45W
20% 2.62A 2.62A 5.52A 90W
50% 6.54A 6.54A 13.79A 224W
80% 10.47A 10.47A 22.06A 354W
100% 13.09A 13.09A 28.58A 440W
110% 14.40A 14.40A 30.33A 480W

The DC output has minor flaws on the 3.3V and 5V rails, as we have seen with other similar models. The 12V rail stays within 3% of 12.00V. We have frequently heard complaints that our output results are lower than other reports on the net, particularly on the 3.3V and 5V rails. Please compare the load on the rails, however, as we are testing in accordance with the ATX12V v2.2 guidelines which requires higher loads. We think the loads on these rails might be a little outdated and hope that Intel will adjust these levels with an updated specification, but until then we will continue to push these rails to their limit even though it might be different in actual computer systems.


The efficiency reaches its maximum 85% at 220W, with the 230VAC input achieving 1.5% higher than the 120VAC input. With a 90VAC input, the unit only reaches 81% efficiency. While this may not be the most efficient power supply we've ever tested, it still manages to stay above 80% efficiency at most loads and is definitely a cut above the numerous budget power supplies that are on the market.

Ripple & Noise Results

Corsair 450VX 450W Corsair Performance - Continued


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  • opterondo - Sunday, November 18, 2007 - link

    You all do understand that a 1000w PSU doesn't use 1000w right?

    For instance you hook up 333w peak load worth of components to it it will use ~333w.

    The only reason to buy a smaller capacity PSU is up front price and possibly better AC-DC conversion efficiency (like maybe 70% instead of 60%)
  • opterondo - Sunday, November 18, 2007 - link

    Good thing they didn't review any of the COOLMAX PSUs cause they are fairly priced and out perform most any in this article.

    COOLMAX CX-400B ATX v2.01



    COOLMAX CUG-700B ATX 12V( V.2.2)

  • mindless1 - Thursday, November 15, 2007 - link

    Months ago I was almost given a vacation in the forums because of shills and naive owners that wouldn't accept my negative comments about Ultra V-Series. I feel a bit vindicated and yet the review didn't even touch in it's primary weakness, poor capacitors leading to poor lifespan even in a system it would be suited to run in.

    I do have to disagree about one aspect of the review in that the Ultra does have PFC just not active or APFC, and an "old" passive PFC design is not a big deal, a PSU can run fine w/o AFPC and historically there were plenty of decent, not just cheap, PSU with passive PFC evidenced by the input voltage selection switch.

    Also in the reviews, please mention the fans' make model and bearing(s) type as they are also weak links when cheap sleeve-bearing types are used.
  • Kougar - Friday, November 09, 2007 - link

    On many of the pages I am seeing empty image placeholders that link to 0x0 pixel images that are 1.5KB in size... someone might want to fix that. :) Reply
  • Christoph Katzer - Friday, November 09, 2007 - link

    Working fine here ;) Reply
  • Kougar - Wednesday, November 14, 2007 - link

    Do you work for Anandtech???

    Since an image is worth a thousand words:">Image Link

    The "missing" ghost image placeholder shows up for every PSU info page.
  • Christoph Katzer - Thursday, November 15, 2007 - link

    Oh yep thanks. Now it's working. Reply
  • grantschoep - Thursday, November 08, 2007 - link

    Low end power supplies?

    I want to to know who the heck needs a 500+ watt power supply that isn't running some crazy dual SLI setup. I really wish power supply makers would focus on quite and very stable/clean voltages.

    I wish companies would really focus on very high quality low end systems. 98% of us don't need a 500+ watt power supply. 90% of us don't need a motherboard with as much crap as they tack on(2 1gig network ports for example)

    As an electrical engineer, 1 US dollar extra.... could by much better caps and the like.

    Heck as a further annoyance, when company A has a PSU fan that is better/quiter than another, why go whit the lesser

    I really wish that companies would focus on this. I don't need a 1 KW beast. I want a good, high quality ~450 watt supply that is nice and quite.

  • erple2 - Thursday, November 08, 2007 - link

    I am a bit saddened by the (IMO) relatively unimportant temperature of the heatsinks, or sound ouput. IMO, the single most important measurement of the usefulness of a power supply is, in fact, it's ability to supply power.

    I would equate evaluating it's value on thermal and acoustic characteristics to evaluating the superiority of a GFX card on it's thermal characteristics. For that effect, my old Matrox Millenium card destroys an 8800GTX.

    Seriously, I'd really like to see much more in-depth analysis and evaluation on the stability of the power generation, the cleanliness of the signal, the resistance to sagging based on varying the power requirements, etc.

    I understand that acoustics and thermals are important, but they're really secondary to the actual performance of the power generation. If you're overly concerned with the loudness of a power supply, or how hot it gets, instead of the actual performance of the power supply, then maybe you shouldn't be using a computer..
  • Christoph Katzer - Friday, November 09, 2007 - link

    Did you just read the comparison or? Reply

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