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Corsair CX430 V2

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December 18, 2011 2:35:41 AM

Is it a good power supply to power a Sapphire 6850 and an i3-2100 build? How does it compare to an Antec Greenwatts 380W?

It's on newegg for $24.99 after rebate (without the 15% off) so I want to get it over the Antec. I don't mind spending the extra if it's necessary. Asking since the 380w seems to be of a better quality.

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December 18, 2011 2:43:42 AM

Its not a top end unit, no where near the quality of the Corsair AX series or the Seasonic X series, but its a solid little unit thats much better than most of the crap in its price range. Jonnyguru and HW Secrets have both reviewed it favorably and for that price its really hard to pass up, a decent 430 W PSU for under $20 after rebate is ridiculous.

http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Corsair-CX430-V2...


Quality-wise the EA380D is likely a bit better, but with the price differential you could almost buy 2 430 CX's and have one as a spare.
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December 18, 2011 2:55:45 AM

Both are from the manufacturers "Builder" series which IMO is not well suited for a an "enthusiasts" (read overclockers) box.

Looking at what AMD says

http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/amd-rad...

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PCI Express® based PC is required with one X16 lane graphics slot available on the motherboard
500 Watt or greater power supply recommended
Certified power supplies are recommended. Refer to http://ati.amd.com/certifiedPSU for a list of Certified products


If I didn't meet manufacturer's recommended system requirements, I'd be concerned about sending in my sales receipt for a warranty claim if the PSU on the same receipt didn't meet those requirements.

Personally, I look for a minimum 9.5 jonnyguru rating and 1% voltage variation under load for stable overclocks ....it's not just about providing enough power, it;s about being able to provide rock stable voltages while outputting that power under widely varying loads in order to get the best OC's. The smallest PSU I will use is a 650 watter as you really don't save much money going smaller w/o sacrificing quality (good sales excepted)

$60 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Of course, f ya not OC'ing anything, then an 8.5 rating will more than suffice.
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December 18, 2011 2:57:22 AM

Forzaker said:
Is it a good power supply to power a Sapphire 6850 and an i3-2100 build? How does it compare to an Antec Greenwatts 380W?

It's on newegg for $24.99 after rebate (without the 15% off) so I want to get it over the Antec. I don't mind spending the extra if it's necessary. Asking since the 380w seems to be of a better quality.

Corsair CX 430 is a Great PSU for a mid range build and has 80Plus certification to boot so pick it up and install it and don't worries it will power your rig and then some it couls even be pressed into service to run 6850 CFX.
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December 18, 2011 3:01:12 AM

It is a great PSU for the price to run a single mid range GPU rig!
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December 18, 2011 3:28:31 AM

rolli59 said:
It is a great PSU for the price to run a single mid range GPU rig!


+1, you will be good to go
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December 18, 2011 12:30:02 PM

Best answer selected by Forzaker.
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December 18, 2011 12:30:20 PM

I won't be OC'ing (i3 is locked anyways) so I guess I'm good to gt it
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