Summary: Final Thoughts
When it comes down to it Corsair has once again impressed it. The AX860i is the best and most stable power supply in its class and one of the most stable I have seen in years. I can’t even remember the last power supply that I have tested that both the 12V and 5V rails were completely solid. This really shows you that digital power regulation is the way to go.
Pros: Best performing power supply in its class, Fully modular, 80PLUS Platinum certified, Corsair Link monitoring, 7 year warranty
Corsair AX860i Digital ATX Platinum Power Supply Review
16 December 2012
Excerpt: As promised, Corsair recently added four new power supplies to their AX Series including two new digital models, the AX860i and AX760i. The AX860i and AX760i PSUs bring most of the great features of Corsair's flagship AX1200i Digital ATX PSU (DSP control, Platinum efficiency, all-modular cables, and 7-year warranty) to PC gamers and enthusiasts who don't need a 1200W PSU and are looking in the range of 760 and 860 watts.
Summary: The new Corsair AX860i simply sets new performance standards. Its performance cannot be matched by any other PSU of similar capacity that I have tested in the past, and the features it packs are nothing less than amazing. But let us take it from the beginning. Efficiency, voltage regulation, and ripple suppression are ground-breaking.
Pros: Delivered full power at over 46°C ambient, Ultra-tight voltage regulation, High efficiency, Excellent ripple suppression, Semi-fanless operation, Corsair Link software managed to provide accurate power readings this time, Fully modular, 7-year warranty
Excerpt: It was just 3 months ago when we had the pleasure of looking at a truly innovative PSU, the Corsair AX1200i. Today Corsair is expanding their Digital PSU Line Up with the release of the AX860i and the AX760i, as well as the AX860 and the AX760 analog models. What does that mean for users? Well it should mean that we have tighter voltage regulation, lower ripple and noise, and high energy-efficiency available to us at a cheaper price than that of the AX1200i.
Summary: Honestly It is hard to find the difference in-between the AX1200i we recently tested and this AX860i model other then Maximum Wattage. Corsair did it right though, they did not strip away the AX1200i features. And that makes the AX860i versatile and a very powerful PSU. So admittedly with our testing methods this review is a little subjective, however we do have a Chroma test report of the PSU available
, should you want to dive into load testing.
Excerpt: Corsair set a new standard when it comes to enthusiast grade power supplies when it launched the AX1200i digital ATX power supply. We took a look at the unit back in August and couldn't say enough good about the unit. It is easily one of the top three power supplies we have ever laid our hands on, but it comes with two drawbacks: it is expensive and delivers way more power than most will ever have a need for.
Excerpt: When Corsair launched their AX range of PSUs back in 2010 they received significant praise across the web. Build quality was top notch but more importantly performance was class leading and when the product was backed by a 7-year warranty it was clear that Corsair had great faith in the long term reliability of the PSU.
Conclusion: The arrival of Corsair's premium AXi power supplies in, dare we say, sensible capacities is a logical move after introducing a 1,200W model in the summer. Taking all that's good from the DSP-controlled AX1200i and bringing it down to mainstream enthusiast levels results in the £175 AX860i, which is a Midi-Me of the range-topper.
Excerpt: The original gold rated AX PSU's have been a firm favorite here at OC3D since they were first launched, gold rated in both efficiency and by us with review awards, fully modular, awesome performance with both wattage available and ripple suppression. All this squeezed into an ATX spec 160mm long housing made these perfect for many cases short on space. So the new AXi's have a lot to live up to, with a new OEM and new branding can Corsair really pull it off again?