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Corsair AX1200i Digital ATX Power Supply Preview

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Corsair is one of the few companies in the PC enthusiast space that has been able to expand their product offerings, while also maintaining or even bolstering their solid reputation in the community. All too often, a company will attempt to build upon some initial success by entering a new market with a “me too” or re-badged product and end up losing credibility with enthusiasts along the way. Corsair seems to take a different approach, however. Instead of simply re-branding a product just to quickly gain a presence in a new or fledgling market, Corsair, more often than not, seems to bide their time to customize or design a product (or product family) to specifically cater to enthusiasts. And then they launch it with a clearly defined feature set that differentiates the Corsair products from the competition. Of course it also helps that Corsair seems to design some of the more aesthetically appealing and best performing products for enthusiasts as well.

Corsair’s attention to detail and understanding of the enthusiast community has allowed the company to evolve from a memory manufacturer into a well-regarded supplier of cases, cooling hardware, input devices, PC audio, power suppliesgaming accessories and storage devices. Their latest product, the Corsair AX1200i Digital ATX Power Supply, takes things a step further and blazes a trail by adding some innovative and useful features not found in any competing products.

The Corsair AX1200i Digital ATX Power Supply’s name hints at this PSU’s 1200 watt rating, but beyond its monstrous power output, the AX1200i is also highly efficient and sports a Digital Signal Processor (DSP) to provide digitally-controlled power and an interface to Corsair’s Corsair Link software for real-time monitoring and control. There are quite a few other features to the AX1200i worth mentioning as well, which we’ll get to on the pages ahead. First up, here’s a quick peek at some of the unit’s specs and a look at what Corsair includes in the AX1200i’s box...


The Corsair AX1200i Digital ATX PSU

Corsair AX1200i Digital ATX Power Supply
Specifications & Features
Warranty 7 years
Dimensions 50mm x 86mm x 200mm
Modular Fully Modular
Power Output 1200 watts
80 Plus Certifications Platinum
ATX Connector 1
EPS Connector 2
PCI-E Connector 6
4-Pin Peripheral Connector 12
SATA Connector 16
Floppy Connector 2 (via adapters)
MTBF 2,000,000 hours


Corsair AX1200i PSU Cable Bundle

Corsair includes a myriad of cables with the AX1200i PSU, in addition to a few other accessories. The cable break-down is detailed in the list of specifications above. As you can see in the list, there are a multitude of SATA (16), 4-pin peripheral (12), and PCI Express (6) power connectors / cables present, along with a couple of adapters that’ll convert two of the 4-pin connectors to floppy connectors. Also included with the AX1200i is a bag with mounting screws, 10 nylon zip-ties, a “Powered by Corsair” case badge, and a strip of double-sided tape to facilitate mounting of the Corsair Link device.


Corsair Link USB Dongle

The Corsair AX1200i is able to interface with Corsair’s Link software through the included Corsair Link USB dongle. The dongle connects to an available motherboard USB header and then a thin cable connects the Link device to the PSU. We’ll talk a little more about the Corsair Link device and dongle a little later.
 

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Certainly puts my own PSU to shame. Mine isn't even half the wattage on this thing. If only...

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Corsair makes some nice PSU's this being one of there top end units it seems. I am sure most here would know a PSU is a major consideration in and on a build. Most consumers in general do not even think about it. A power supply is something I replace regularly on commercially built (HP, DELL, SONY etc) computers for customers. I use one personally and would consider them in the rankings with Sea Sonic, and Sparkle and a few other super premiums I have used for years.

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Whats the most important part's to a PC? Motherboards and PSU's because everything else works from them and if they go out so does everything else!

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Yep, learned that a little while ago when my motherboard started to go out and none of my peripherals would turn on.

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Certainly a very neat PSU with many features. I was impressed when they first announced this. Sadly that price range is far from my reach :(.

Keep it up Corsair!

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Saw a video review on this unit and everything about this ps is super cool. The sleeving, fully modular cables and the Corsair Link module all make it a great buy, but as Inspector said out of my price range as well. Plus I don't think I would ever need that much power unless I changed my mind about crossfire/sli.

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Wheeew ( long whistle) That's an incredibly large power supply. Honestly aught to be able to power atl east 3 high end graphics cards and insanely fast unlocked cpu and a cooling system without using its full capacity, good job corsair you have really out done yourself, the slightly more financially adept enthusiasts are excited while the rest of us drool and dream of the capabilities.

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rapid1:

I use one personally and would consider them in the rankings with Sea Sonic, and Sparkle and a few other super premiums I have used for years.

Corsair don't make the PSU themselves, it is extremely likely that this PSU is made by Seasonic or Flextronics.

 

 

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Any plans for this kind of tech in the 750W-850W range?

+1 on the picture. There is already an an established Corsair AX series that's very popular with enthusiasts, so I could see the AX [wattage]i series trickle downwards in the wattage rankings.

Honestly though, this PSU is really feature packed, and if I were to build a new system and had unlimited funds, it'd definitely be my PSU of choice. 

People do seem to buy wattage way above their requirements, though. Power Supplies are most efficient when at around 80% load, so if you're running 450W of power out of an 850W power supply, you're wasting efficiency. I assume people will buy the AX1200i for the same reason they buy any high ticket item; so they can say they have it. 

It is very pretty though, I love how rugged it looks. 

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