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Corsair TX550M Power Supply Review

The TX550M is another good PSU by Corsair.

Corsair TX550M
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Protection Features

Check out our PSUs 101 article to learn more about PSU protection features.

OCP (Cold @ 23°C)12V: 57.6A (133.95%), 11.918V
5V: 35.5A (177.5%), 4.977V
3.3V: 35.5A (142%), 3.275V
5VSB: 5.6A (186.67%), 5.033V
OCP (Hot @ 43°C)12V: 57.4A (133.49%), 11.927V
5V: 32.7A (163.5%), 4.978V
3.3V: 32.6A (130.4%), 3.279V
5VSB: 5.6A (186.67%), 5.031V
OPP (Cold @ 23°C)686.19W (132.98%)
OPP (Hot @ 43°C)684.55W (132.66%)
OTP✓ (188°C @ 12V Heat Sink)
SCP12V to Earth: ✓
5V to Earth: ✓
3.3V to Earth: ✓
5VSB to Earth: ✓
-12V to Earth: ✓
PWR_OKProper operation
NLO
SIPSurge: MOV
Inrush: NTC Thermistor & Bypass relay

The OCP triggering point at 12V is at normal levels, and the same goes for OPP. On the other hand, OCP on the minor rails is too high, especially at 5V. The same goes for OTP; its triggering point is high. 

DC Power Sequencing

According to Intel’s most recent Power Supply Design Guide (revision 1.4), the +12V and 5V outputs must be equal to or greater than the 3.3V rail at all times. Unfortunately, Intel doesn't mention why it is so important to always keep the 3.3V rail's voltage lower than the levels of the other two outputs.

No problems here since the 3.3V rail is always lower than the other two. 

Cross Load Tests

To generate the following charts, we set our loaders to auto mode through custom-made software before trying more than 25,000 possible load combinations with the +12V, 5V, and 3.3V rails. The deviations in each of the charts below are calculated by taking the nominal values of the rails (12V, 5V, and 3.3V) as point zero. The ambient temperature during testing was between 30 to 32 degrees Celsius (86 to 89.6 degrees Fahrenheit).

Load Regulation Charts

Efficiency Graph

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Ripple Graphs

The lower the power supply's ripple, the more stable the system will be and less stress will also be applied to its components.

Infrared Images

We apply a half-load for 10 minutes with the PSU's top cover and cooling fan removed before taking photos with a modified Fluke Ti480 PRO camera able to deliver an IR resolution of 640x480 (307,200 pixels).

We didn't notice any high temperature spots despite the tough conditions that we applied. This is why there is no need for an aggressive fan speed profile. 

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Aris Mpitziopoulos
Aris Mpitziopoulos

Aris Mpitziopoulos is a Contributing Editor at Tom's Hardware US, covering PSUs.

  • WrongRookie
    Is there a way to tell if it supports full range input till 240v?
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  • Tom Sunday
    Most of the PSU’s are made by a small group of manufacturers, and resellers simply buy those manufacturers PSU's and then rebrand them as their own products. I usually buy SeaSonic because pure and simple they are a manufacturer. They make all their own PSU’s and sell them to consumers. So going with a SeaSonic PSU is almost certainly to be a safe bet. I also found that resellers generally offer three to five-year warrenties on their PSU's, and Seasonic offers in many cases five to twelve-year waranties. This alone tells the story and in how much confidence the reseller usually has towards its selected manufacturer.

    In turn CORSAIR is a true reseller, not a manufacturer. This can be a big deal. They buy their PSU’s from their original manufacturers so the quality of their products ultimately depends on their original manufacturers or perhaps those manufacturers which returned the lowest fabrication bid on a large CORSAIR factory order. It can be difficult to find out where CORSAIR’s PSU’s come from as CORSAIR has routinely been using 3-5 different manufacturers and in diffrent countries. In time likes these where high wattage and or premium PSU’s (1200W-1600W) may easily exceed $400 plus to especially feed the upcoming 4000 series GPU craze, picking the right PSU becomes important! As one of the dealers at the recent computer show noted: “SeaSonic principally specializes in PSU’s while CORSAIR markets and sells hundreds of different products. “Go take your pick!”
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