Value and Conclusion
|9.5||A new era opened in PSU manufacturing with the introduction of the AX1200i that easily took the first place in its category thanks to its excellent performance and its rich features. Now, we see the same story repeating itself with the fresh AX760i unit. It is aimed directly at the top of its category, and does manage to prove troublesome to its competition. It surely costs a serious amount of money, but you can easily figure out why it costs so much if you list off its features. This bit of technology is still new which will, inevitably, increase production costs, but look at the benefits it offers: sky-high efficiency that allows for a very relaxed fan profile and semi-fanless operation at low loads, ultra-stable voltage rails with minimal ripple, control/monitoring software, a fully-modular design, and a seven-year warranty. The AX760i also comes with lots of connectors, including six PCIe connectors that give the unit the ability to support up to three high-end VGAs. Finally, its build quality is, as is typical of Corsair, top-notch. The only downsides, besides its stiff price, which I, to a large degree, really do think of as justified, is the lack of accuracy with the Corsair Link software, especially at low loads where efficiency readings are way off. The CapXon polymer filtering caps in the +12V rail also looked pretty strange. I expected all the caps in such an expensive, high-end PSU to be Japanese. I would also like Corsair to include voltage-tuning control for the PSU's major rails (+12V, 5V and 3.3V), something that EVGA already offers with their flagship PSU; however, EVGA only offers that particular feature for the +12V rail. It would, since Corsair utilizes digital control, not be difficult to include this feature, and it would thrill enthusiasts and overclockers that buy this PSU.|
To wrap up, and it really is as simple as that, the AX760i is the best PSU money can buy in this category. Do not expect any significant price cuts until this technology matures, or the competition's responds (Delta and Seasonic can you hear me?). But investing $200-$250 in a top-performing PSU is, if you ask me, not a deal breaker since many of you already spend much more money on VGAs, CPUs, and mainboards all of which do, after a while, lose most of their value since they are far more often in need of an upgrade than a good PSU that will keep you fine company for many years to come.