Summary: On opening the package there was a distinctive burning smell but I thought to myself it was nothing, after hooking up all components and powering on only to find out nothing was coming on. The amazon packaging came in excellent condition, on further inspection I discovered an indentation on the back meshing of the unit and the four pin connector smelling burnt. As a fan of corsair I am VERY disappointed after I spent $50.00. Its nothing more than a paper weight now.
Honest review --- good information for system builders
8 October 2014
Summary: I didn't really like this PSU, but to be fair please look below at what my system consisted of while using this component. My biggest issue with this unit is the amount of heat it produced at almost all times and especially under full load. There are enough connectors to hook up a simple system with not very many components but not enough for a heavier build. Other then the heat this unit produces I don't really have any complaints though.
Summary: I downsized my power supply from 750 watts to 430 watts modular to make room in my case and to save electricity. My computer is on most of the day and it was using electricity at a high rate the first electricity bill, after installing the Corsair 430 was $10.00 a month less than usual. The power supply works great and is very quiet. I will recommend to friends.
Summary: Great power supply, sure the power is good based on some of the reviews I read and I trust it with my parts. I don't like that all of the old style power connectors are on a completely separate chain. Adding a mixed chain with both sata and traditional molex would prevent me from having to use all the connections which is sort of the point of modular to begin with. Other than that fine product.
Summary: great for basic build, will be more than suitable for any office, home computer, home theatre pc, or etc. bought about 10 of them now? all worked so far. if your in for budget gaming, the best graphics card you can plug this in with is perhaps the gtx 750 ti. but really, go for like a 600w. if you can get it on sale with the rebate, its only a little more anyways.
Summary: Pros: Value! I only have to plug in the cords I need, no more random cables floating around in the case Easy to install, comes with the needed screws and zipties Quiet Cons: None so far I have this power supply in my Dad's computer and it runs very well. I also have the same one (non modular) in my computer and I have an R9 270 so if you were wondering if this could handle your graphics card it can.
Summary: Everything is as it is stated. It packaged nicely and runs quietly. The only issue I have is that SATA HD power cable is little short specially the distance between power plugs. So I ended up using two power lines for two drives instead of one.