Corsair AXi Series 1500 W Review 22

Corsair AXi Series 1500 W Review

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Specifications

Corsair AX1500i Features & Specs
Max. DC Output1500W
PFCActive PFC
Efficiency80 PLUS Titanium
ModularYes
Intel Haswell ReadyYes
Operating temperature0°C - 50°C
ProtectionsOver Voltage Protection
Over Temperature Protection
Over Current Protection
Short Circuit Protection
Cooling140 mm Fluid Dynamic Bearing Fan (NR140P)
Semi-passive operationYes
Dimensions150 mm (W) x 86 mm (H) x 225 mm (D)
Weight2.9 kg
ComplianceATX12V v2.4, EPS 2.92
Warranty7 years
Price at time of review (exc. VAT)$449.99
As already mentioned in the prologue, this is the first PSU to meet the strict 80 Plus Titanium requirements which are even more demanding than the Platinum ones. The AX1500i can also deliver its full power at up to 50°C ambient, which is amazing given its 1.5 kW capacity. The PSU, oddly enough, lacks under-voltage and over-power protections if you go by its official specifications, but everything else, including OTP, is present. Note that OCP triggering points for the ten PCIe sockets can be set individually through the Corsair Link software.

A high-quality Fluid Dynamic Bearing fan equips the unit, which boosts reliability and restricts output noise.

Since this is a real powerhouse, its dimensions are pretty large, so you should check to see if your case can accommodate such a large PSU before buying it. Its price and warranty period are both on the high side.

Corsair AX1500i Power Specs
Rail3.3V5V12V5VSB-12V
Max. Power30A30A125A3.5A0.8A
180W1500W17.5W9.6W
Total Max. Power1500W
The full 1.5 kW of power this unit can produce are delivered by the +12V rail alone, which translates into a crazily high 125 A at full load! At 180 W combined, the minor rails are very strong as well, and the 5VSB rail has enough juice to feed the most demanding peripheral devices.

Cables & Connectors, Power Distribution

Modular Cables
ATX connector (710mm)20+4 pin
4+4 pin EPS12V (800mm)1
4+4 pin EPS12V (650mm)1
6+2 pin PCIe (700mm+150mm)4
6+2 pin PCIe (800mm)2
6+2 pin PCIe (650mm)4
SATA (550mm+100mm+100mm+100mm)8
SATA (500mm+100mm+100mm+100mm)12
4 pin Molex (450mm+100mm+100mm+100mm)12
FDD adapter (+100mm)2
PMBUS cable (+800mm)1
USB Mini to Motherboard Header cable (+800mm)1
Since it can deliver huge amounts of power, Corsair equipped it with numerous connectors and cables, and all of them are modular. Its owners will have two EPS and ten PCIe connectors at their disposal simultaneously. There are also twenty SATA and twelve peripheral connectors! This is the first time we have come across a unit with as many SATA connectors. Corsair also provides two cables to either connect the unit to a Corsair Link Commander or a USB header on the mainboard.

All cables are extremely long, which is sound since this is a PSU for a cave-sized full-tower case, and the distance between SATA connectors is good; however, we would like the peripheral connectors to be further apart from one another. The 24-pin ATX and all EPS and PCIe connectors use 16AWG gauges for lower voltage drops. All others utilize 18AWG wires.

Since this PSU features a single +12V rail, we do not have anything to comment on when it comes to its power distribution. You can set the OCP for each of the ten PCIe sockets through the provided software for some extra protection, though.
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