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Corsair CX500

Part 2: Four Cheap 80 PLUS Bronze Power Supplies, Reviewed

Like the Seasonic SSR-360GP, Corsair's CX500 sells for about $60 online, which we think is a really good price for a 500 W PSU. Was this achieved by going cheap? Judging from the excellent workmanship and Corsair's technical specifications, we don’t think so. The non-removable cables are all fully sleeved. You get two 6+2-pin auxiliary PCI Express connectors and plenty of well-spaced peripheral leads as well. The cables are sufficiently long, too.

A partially modular version of this same power supply is called the CX500M, and it costs about $18 more (we found it for $78 online).

Corsair CX500
AC Input100-240 V, 47-63 Hz
DC Output+3.3 V+5 V+12 V (#1)+12 V (#2)+12 V (#3)+12 V (#4)-12 V+5 Vsb
25 A20 A38 An/an/an/a0.8 A3.0 A
Individual Output      9.6 W15 W
Rail UtilizationSysSysCPU & VGA
Combined Output120 W456 W
Total Continuous Output500 W
Peak Output550 W

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