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Corsair AX1500i Has 80 Plus Titanium Cerificate; Costs $450

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The AX1500i is the world's first PSU to carry 80 Plus Titanium certification.

After a long wait, Corsair has finally brought its most advanced power supply to the market: the 1500 W AX1500i.

This power supply is capable of sustaining a power delivery of up to 1500 W. Due to the developments Corsair has made, it also scored an 80 Plus Titanium certificate. This is the first PSU to carry that certificate, so for those who run systems with high loads, this can be a good buy. At a load of about 750 W the unit will be over 94 percent efficient when hooked up to a 115 V grid.

"After we released the AX1200i, the world's first digital ATX PSU, our customers came to us asking for an even higher wattage AXi PSU to power their most demanding PCs," said Aaron Neal, product manager of PSUs at Corsair. "For them, we created AX1500i with more power and 80 Plus Titanium efficiency. We look forward to seeing the extreme dream PCs that top enthusiasts power with AX1500i."

The PSU is, in fact, so efficient that the 140 mm fan won't spin until the unit reaches a load level of 450 W. After that, because the fan is built using a fluid dynamic bearing, it probably won't make much noise either, as long as you don't try to pull the full 1500 W from it.

Corsair has also fitted the unit with the Corsair Link gear, as indicated by the "i" at the end of the product name. This allows the unit to be hooked up to an internal USB header for monitoring it.

Pricing for the unit is set at a hefty $449.99, though the unit does come with a seven-year manufacturer warranty. The AX1500i will be available from retailers around the end of this month.

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    jeffunit , May 2, 2014 9:20 AM
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    Sure they are the first.
    Except for superflower, who got a ps certified in Jan 2011.
    See http://www.plugloadsolutions.com/80PlusPowerSuppliesDetail.aspx?id=68&type=2

    Not sure what first mean...


    Because people are going to buy a no-name brand for their presumably $6000+ PC ???


    So you don't know who superflow is? One of the biggest OEM suppliers of power supplies?
    They are very far from 'no-name'.
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    lp231 , May 2, 2014 7:42 AM
    Who would pay that much for a PSU?!
  • 5 Hide
    dstarr3 , May 2, 2014 7:46 AM
    Quote:
    Who would pay that much for a PSU?!


    Well, the kind of person that builds a computer that needs 1500W clearly has enough discretionary income to throw money at the thing. I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of the people that need that kind of power buy their components on the "The most expensive part must be the best!" mentality.
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    chimera201 , May 2, 2014 7:48 AM
    This PSU gives you bragging rights. I know rendering farms needs this kind of PSUs but PCs?
  • 1 Hide
    kungpaoshizi , May 2, 2014 7:48 AM
    I would
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    Amdlova , May 2, 2014 7:54 AM
    http://www.plugloadsolutions.com/psu_reports/CORSAIR_75-001971%20(CP-9020057)%20(AX1500I)_1500W_ECOS%203887_Report.pdf 1500w (1638 on the wall)
    That is nice!
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    jeffunit , May 2, 2014 8:00 AM
    Sure they are the first.
    Except for superflower, who got a ps certified in Jan 2011.
    See http://www.plugloadsolutions.com/80PlusPowerSuppliesDetail.aspx?id=68&type=2

    Not sure what first mean...
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    derekullo , May 2, 2014 8:50 AM
    Quote:
    Sure they are the first.
    Except for superflower, who got a ps certified in Jan 2011.
    See http://www.plugloadsolutions.com/80PlusPowerSuppliesDetail.aspx?id=68&type=2

    Not sure what first mean...


    Because people are going to buy a no-name brand for their presumably $6000+ PC ???
  • 1 Hide
    ubercake , May 2, 2014 8:55 AM
    A system with 4 R9 290x would require a PSU like this. Good for a super-powered bitcoin mining build.

    Other than that, what are they going to call PSUs with better efficiency than 80+ Titanium in the future? 80+ Kryptonite?
  • 8 Hide
    deftonian , May 2, 2014 9:07 AM
    Quote:
    A system with 4 R9 290x would require a PSU like this. Good for a super-powered bitcoin mining build.

    Other than that, what are they going to call PSUs with better efficiency than 80+ Titanium in the future? 80+ Kryptonite?


    I suggest Mithril or Valyrian Steel
  • 16 Hide
    jeffunit , May 2, 2014 9:20 AM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    Sure they are the first.
    Except for superflower, who got a ps certified in Jan 2011.
    See http://www.plugloadsolutions.com/80PlusPowerSuppliesDetail.aspx?id=68&type=2

    Not sure what first mean...


    Because people are going to buy a no-name brand for their presumably $6000+ PC ???


    So you don't know who superflow is? One of the biggest OEM suppliers of power supplies?
    They are very far from 'no-name'.
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    jeffunit , May 2, 2014 9:20 AM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    Sure they are the first.
    Except for superflower, who got a ps certified in Jan 2011.
    See http://www.plugloadsolutions.com/80PlusPowerSuppliesDetail.aspx?id=68&type=2

    Not sure what first mean...


    Because people are going to buy a no-name brand for their presumably $6000+ PC ???


    So you don't know who superflow is? One of the biggest OEM suppliers of power supplies?
    They are very far from 'no-name'.
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    iknowhowtofixit , May 2, 2014 10:34 AM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    Sure they are the first.
    Except for superflower, who got a ps certified in Jan 2011.
    See http://www.plugloadsolutions.com/80PlusPowerSuppliesDetail.aspx?id=68&type=2

    Not sure what first mean...


    Because people are going to buy a no-name brand for their presumably $6000+ PC ???


    PSUs manufacturered by SuperFlower are on par with the quality and features of Seasonic manufactured PSUs. Anyone who is familiar with the innerworkings of power supplies knows this.
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    jimmysmitty , May 2, 2014 11:15 AM
    Quote:
    Sure they are the first.
    Except for superflower, who got a ps certified in Jan 2011.
    See http://www.plugloadsolutions.com/80PlusPowerSuppliesDetail.aspx?id=68&type=2

    Not sure what first mean...


    Actually the only one on that list from them with a Titanium rating is a 500W one on 4/26/2012. There were actually 230V 80 Plus Titanium rated PSUs well before 115V ones, which is understandable as if you look at the review for the Corsair AX1500i, the 230V outputs at 100% load the same as 115V at 50% load.

    Dell even had a Titanium rated PSU before SuperFlower did in 1/30/2012. I could go through them all but I wont as it is too much of a waste of time.

    I would say Corsair is the first major manufacture of a super high wattage Titanium rated digital PSU.

    Quote:
    Quote:
    Quote:
    Sure they are the first.
    Except for superflower, who got a ps certified in Jan 2011.
    See http://www.plugloadsolutions.com/80PlusPowerSuppliesDetail.aspx?id=68&type=2

    Not sure what first mean...


    Because people are going to buy a no-name brand for their presumably $6000+ PC ???


    PSUs manufacturered by SuperFlower are on par with the quality and features of Seasonic manufactured PSUs. Anyone who is familiar with the innerworkings of power supplies knows this.


    I would say they are more known as a OEM manufacture, much like how Seasonic has made PSUs for Corsair and so have other companies.

    I have never seen a SuperFlower PSU in person except a OEM PC once. Then again they might not sell in every country or every part of the country, especially the US that is saturated with a ton of PSU brands these days.
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    iknowhowtofixit , May 2, 2014 11:54 AM
    Quote:
    I have never seen a SuperFlower PSU in person except a OEM PC once. Then again they might not sell in every country or every part of the country, especially the US that is saturated with a ton of PSU brands these days.


    I have an Athlon XP 2200+ frankenstein build powered by a SuperFlower PSU that I bought from a 2nd tier e-tailer that doesn't exist any more. The computer still works. I loved it because you could toggle between 3 fan speeds on the back with a button.

    That reminds me, I should probably get rid of some of these old computers...
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    dstarr3 , May 2, 2014 1:11 PM
    As far as I know, SuperFlower never sold PSUs branded with their own name. I could be wrong about that, though. But they've manufactured PSUs sold by Rosewill, PC Power and Cooling, Antec, etc. And SuperFlower is easily, EASILY one of the highest-quality OEMs for power supplies.
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    Zeroplanetz , May 2, 2014 4:23 PM
    Ill stick with my V1000 for now.
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    redgarl , May 2, 2014 4:28 PM
    Only someone going tri or guad gpu would need something like that... even there, tri or quad AMD gpu. After seeing the result of two 295x in CF, I don't see any point going tri or quad... or buying a 1500W PSU. I think Corsair is crazier than the video card makers...
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    ekagori , May 2, 2014 4:40 PM
    EVGA SuperNOVA G2 1000W is made by Super Flower
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    DarkThunder777 , May 2, 2014 6:49 PM
    Dear Santa...
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    lp231 , May 2, 2014 7:48 PM
    While a PSU is something not to go cheap on, but this PSU cost way too much. It doesn't matter if it's Titanium certified. All I see is the use of "Titanium" just to sell it with a insane price tag. Also Corsair PSU that supports their Corsair Link cost more than the ones that don't.
    Corsair AX860 $178 vs Corsair AX860i $239, that is $61 dollars in difference.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139044
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139041
    If this psu cost around $300 to $350, then it would have been at a reasonable price, but at that price, only those dumb enough would fall for their "Titanium" marketing nonsense.
    Corsair should have just call it Plutonium and charge $1,000 dollars.
    Yeah cause buying a over price PSU some how magically makes a GTX750 run faster than a GTX780Ti.

    @ dstarr3
    meant to vote up on that comment, accidentally clicked on the opposite.


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