We would like to thank Corsair for supplying the review sample.
A while ago, Corsair released the "Gaming" series, which addresses mostly the average user/gamer who seeks for reliable and high power, but at the same time worries about his budget.
The Gaming Series currently consists of three PSUs with capacities varying from 600 to 800W. All three are non-modular, have a single +12V rail and are backed by three years warranty. They are also 80PLUS certified, meet the ATX 2.30 specification (the latest is 2.31) and although they are single rail PSUs they are equipped with Over Current Protection (OCP). We usually see OCP only in multi-rail PSUs as it is quite pointless for single-rail designs. One feature that mostly the modders will appreciate is that the cooling fan is equipped with tri-color LEDs that illuminate the transparent fan blades at the user's command. Those LEDs can also be disabled with a button that resides near the main power switch.
Today we will test the biggest member of Corsair's Gaming Series, the GS800. With 65 amps at +12V, GS800 can easily power a double VGA system.
The PSU features almost a full set of protections, something that of course is very good. Even Over Current Protection (OCP) is present although in a single +12V rail PSU this protection is not essential.
|Corsair GS800 Features & Specs|
|Max. DC Output||800W|
|Operating temperature||10°C - 50°C|
|Protections||Over Voltage Protection|
Under Voltage Protection
Over Current Protection
Over Power Protection
Short Circuit Protection
|Cooling||140 mm Double Ball Bearing Fan|
|Dimensions||150 mm (W) x 86 mm (H) x 160 mm (D)|
|Price at time of review||129.99$|
The single +12V rail can provide almost all power of the PSU, so there will be no power problems even with two hi-end VGAs.
|Corsair GS800 Power Specs|
|Total Max. Power||800W|
Cables & Connectors
All cables are pretty long and the distance between the connectors is ideal. The number of available connectors is satisfactory, for the capacity of the PSU, the only objection being the single EPS connector. Finally, almost all wires are 18 AWG which is recommended by ATX. The 24 pin ATX cable has thicker 16 AWG wires.
|ATX connector (600 mm)||20+4 pin|
|4+4 pin EPS12V (610 mm)||1|
|6+2 pin PCIe (610 mm)||4|
|4 pin Molex (380 mm+150 mm+150 mm+150 mm) / FDD (+150 mm)||8 / 2|
|SATA (390 mm+150 mm+150 mm+150 mm)||8|
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