Corsair CX Series Modular CX600M 600 W

Corsair CX Series Modular CX600M 600 W

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Specifications

Corsair CX600M Features & Specs
Max. DC Output600W
PFCActive PFC
Efficiency80 PLUS Bronze
ModularYes
Operating temperatureup to 30°C for full continuous power
ProtectionsOver Voltage Protection
Under Voltage Protection
Over Power Protection
Over Temperature Protection
Short Circuit Protection
Cooling120 mm Sleeve Bearing Fan (D12SM-12)
Dimensions150 mm (W) x 86 mm (H) x 140 mm (D)
Weight1.4 kg
ComplianceATX12V v2.30, EPS 2.91
Warranty3 years
Price at time of review (exc. VAT)$79.99


Efficiency remains the same as with the older, non-modular CX units. Requiring better parts, even the Silver certification would come at a significantly increased cost. Also, available protection features include all popular ones along with OTP (Over Temperature Protection), although the latter is not listed anywhere in the official specification (Corsair informed us about this feature). According to Corsair, the maximum operating temperature at which this unit can deliver its full power continuously is only 30°C, which is a huge compromise as the ATX spec recommends 50°C. We will still follow our testing methodology to a tee by applying the unit's full power (and even more) at 45-46°C ambient. If the PSU manages to survive our tests, it will have our seal of approval, dying and going up in flames with a big bang (hopefully not) otherwise.

The cooling fan uses a sleeve-bearing, but that is to be expected given the unit's price tag doesn't allow for anything better. Also, the PSU's footprint is small, so it will easily fit into most cases. Finally, the warranty is set at three years, a long enough period for a budget unit, and the price looks decent for what the PSU offers, at least on papers.

Corsair CX600M Power Specs
Rail3.3V5V12V5VSB-12V
Max. Power25A25A46A3A0.8A
130W552W15W9.6W
Total Max. Power600W


The single +12V rail can deliver over 550 W of power, so it will easily handle a medium system, and the minor rails are pretty strong with 130 W combined maximum power output. Also, the 5VSB rail has enough juice with 3 A maximum current output, while today's standard is 2.5 A.

Cables & Connectors, Power Distribution

Native Cables
ATX connector (600mm)20+4 pin
4+4 pin EPS12V/ATX12V (680mm)1
Modular Cables
6+2 pin PCIe (600mm+150mm)2
SATA (400mm+115mm+115mm+115mm)6
4 pin Molex (400mm+115mm+115mm+115mm) / FDD (+115mm)4 / 1


All cables are pretty long, but the distance amongst connectors, at least the peripheral ones, is small; it should, ideally, be 15 cm. We also don't like the scarcity of PCIe connectors since only having two greatly restricts the unit's usability. At least four PCIe connectors should be available; 600 W is enough to power all of them. We can't help but wonder by how much two additional PCIe connectors would have raised the price. The unit does, thankfully, come with a satisfying amount of every other type, for its capacity. Finally, all wires are of 18AWG size, which should, according to the ATX spec, be the standard size for most gauges.

Since this PSU features a single +12V rail, we do not have anything to comment on about its power distribution.
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