Corsair TX850 850W Power Supply Review

by Michael "SKYMTL" Hoenig     |     July 20, 2009

Corsair TX850 850W Power Supply Review

Product Number: CMPSU-850TX
Price: Click Here to Compare Prices
Manufacturer’s Product Page: Corsair TX850W
TechWiki Info: Click Here
Warranty: 5 Years
Availability: Now

Like all of you, we here at Hardware Canucks love getting our greedy little hands on the newest, highest-end products on the market. Fortunately for consumers and much to the detriment of our obscenely-priced hardware fetish, the market is rife with affordable products which cater to those of us who don’t want to spend a fortune on one piece of hardware. For many that means ignoring the latest and greatest products and instead concentrating on units that have been on the market for a while and as such are priced far below their original cost. This perfectly sound outlook towards component buying is what led us to request one of Corsair’s older yet very competitively priced power supplies for review: the TX850.

Back when it was first released about a year ago, the TX850 was the next logical step for Corsair to take on their march towards market domination. They didn’t have a power supply to challenge the 800W to 900W units being released by other manufacturers and needed a stepping stone between the HX620 and HX1000. At it stands, the TX850 is now supplemented by a number of higher end units including the modular HX850 and budget conscious products such as the CX400. Through all of this, Corsair has kept the TX850 appealing by gradually decreasing its price while maintaining the same great customer service and warranty consumers have come to love.

Like it or not, the market between the 700W and 900W segments is cluttered with power supplies of every shape, size, quality and price. Corsair has distinguished themselves as being the go-to company for power supplies these days because of one main reason: people know that when they buy a Corsair power supply they’re getting quality. Sure, the 5-year warranty and great customer support are reasons as well but a stringent qualification process means every unit from Corsair is expected to meet the same high standards. This in itself has made their PSUs some of the most popular on the market.

We can talk about popularity and potential performance all we want but what we are here for today is to see if this year-old power supply is still able to live up to our expectations. With an average price of around $140CAD and having been on sale for around $120CAD (with a mail in rebate) at times, the TX850 could be just what the doctor ordered for people who need a high end product at a bargain price.


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