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Monday, February 18, 2008
Corsair TX650W PSU

2. Retail package

Corsair's TX650W Power Supply (part number: CMPSU-650TX) costs around $140(+ shipping). The retail package follows the usual design. Corsair has chosen a different color for every one of their power supplies (VX, TX, HQ) series and the TX series comes in yellow. The 5 years warranty logo indicates Corsair's strong belief in this product:

Lets open the box,

Everything is well placed and secured, the power supply is protected by a cocoon of Styrofoam so no worries about getting a damaged product. After removing the top piece of padding, the TX650W is also protected against scratches and dust by a black fabric bag:

Here is what you will find at the box:

  • Corsair TX650W/TX750W Power Supply unit
  • User Manual
  • AC Power cord
  • Cable ties
  • Mounting screws
  • Corsair case badge

We can say that the retail box is complete, nothing important is missing. Lets proceed to the PSU itself. The size is typical for this category (150 x 140 x 86mm) certified for ATX v2.2 standard. The external black paint job looks great. The PSU edges are not sharp, so you can handle it without any worries. The rear end of the PSU has a honeycomb design, that helps lower PSU's internal temperature, since it drives the produced hot air out of the case. At the top there is the model's specifications and part number:

Some background info about the numbers at the label. The TX650W has two different rails: the +3.3/+5V rail (motherboard, memory, PCI cards) and the +12V rail (hard drives, optical drives, fans, CPU, Video Cards) . In this particular case, the approximate maximum peak output of the +3.3/+5v rail is 170 watts and for the +12v is 624 watts. At the bottom, there is a 12cm silent fan:

While on the side there is another sticker with Corsair's logo and model name:

All cables connectors are attached to the main body, this power supply has a non-modular design. The only thing we noticed is that the cables are not completely sleeved all the way into the housing. While there shouldn't be any danger of damaging the naked cables, we would prefer them fully sleeved. All the molex connectors are equipped with quick-release tabs which really come in hand when disconnecting them.

Many connectors are included with proper length.:

Connectors Included VX550W

ATX 24 pin & 20 pin compatible

EPS/ATX12V 8-4 pin

PCI-E 6+2 pin


4 pin Peripheral

  • 1 x 610mm (24”) 24-pin ATX power connector cable. The ATX power connector has a detachable 4-pin mechanism in order to support either a 24-pin or a 20-pin socket on the motherboard.
  • 1 x 610mm (24”) 8-pin EPS12V connector cable. The EPS12V power connector has a detachable 4-pin mechanism
    in order to support either an 8-pin socket or a 4-pin “P4/12V” socket on the motherboard.
  • 2 x 610mm (24”) 6+2-pin PCI-E connector cable.
  • 2 x 864mm (34”) SATA connector cable with four SATA connector heads.
  • 2 x 1016mm (40”) 4-pin peripheral power connector cable with four connector heads and one small 4-pin for floppy drive.

Since all of the PCI-E connectors are of the 6+2 pin variety, they can be used as both 8-pin or 6-pin connectors depending on the situation.

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