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Corsair CX650F RGB Power Supply Review

The Corsair CX650F features RGB lighting which can be controlled either manually or through software.

Corsair CX650F RGB Power Supply
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Our Verdict

The CX650F is a worth considering product if you are out for a midstream power supply with RGB lighting features.

For

  • Full power at 47 degrees Celsius
  • Good transient response at 12V
  • High enough efficiency
  • Low inrush and leakage current
  • Compatible with the alternative sleep mode
  • Fully modular
  • Highly-customizable RGB lighting
  • Comes in two colors

Against

  • Expensive
  • Load regulation could be tighter
  • Excessive EMI emissions
  • Short distance between connectors

The Corsair CX650F achieves decent overall performance and good efficiency levels, thanks to its modern platform. Because of the high-end, for this category's standards at least, platform, the price is on the high side, and this is the only major downside of this product. 

The only unit with similar specs and RGB lighting that comes to our mind is the Thermaltake Smart Pro RGB 650W, which costs ten dollars less. Still, it uses an inferior platform with a double forward topology instead of the half-bridge and LLC resonant converter that the Corsair CX650F utilizes. The Corsair CX650F's RGB lighting can be controlled through an optional controller and synced through a compatible motherboard's (see best motherboards) software. There is also manual control, and thanks to the two-color option, this line looks to tick all the boxes for users wanting a good, RGB-lit PSU that won't empty their wallets. While it doesn't make our list of the best power supplies, the CX650F is a compelling choice.

The CX-F line consists of three models. All of them feature RGB lighting and utilize a platform that is provided by HEC. The platform's design is modern. Similar designs are usually found in higher efficiency and more expensive PSUs. In the 80 PLUS scale, these units are certified as Bronze, while in Cybenetics, they meet the requirements of the ETA-A- and LAMBDA-Standard++ efficiency and noise levels. 

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Product Photos

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The Corsair CX-F models come in two flavors, black and white, with matching cables. It was a nice move from Corsair to provide two options, although the white version is a bit more expensive (five dollars more) than the black. The fully modular design also plays a significant part in the increased prices of these units. The Corsair CX650F that we tested goes for 100 dollars in the black version, while the white one is listed at $105. The five-year warranty justifies, to a degree at least, the increased prices. 

The RGB lighting can be controlled through the optional Corsair iCUE RGB lighting controller or by a compatible mainboard through the included 5V ARGB adapter. If you don't want to buy the Corsair controller and your mainboard doesn't support RGB control/sync, you can set the PSU's lighting to your liking through a push-button located at the front. 

To cycle through lighting modes, you have to press and hold the button mentioned above for about three seconds. To cycle through colors, if the current mode isn't rainbow, you press the button shortly. You should also keep in mind that the push-button control won't work if the PSU is in software control mode, connected to the Corsair controller or to the mainboard. 

The available lighting modes are: rainbow wave, rainbow, rainbow breathe, rainbow blink, sequential, solid, single blink, pulse, and you also have the option to disable the fan's lighting. 

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Box Photos

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Specifications of Corsair CX650F

Manufacturer (OEM)

HEC

Max. DC Output650W

Efficiency

80 PLUS Bronze, ETA-A- (85-88%)

Noise

LAMBDA-S++ (30-35 dB[A])

Modular

(Fully)

Intel C6/C7 Power State Support

Operating Temperature (Continuous Full Load)0 - 40°C
Over Voltage Protection

Under Voltage Protection

Over Power Protection

Over Current (+12V) Protection

Over Temperature Protection

Short Circuit Protection

Surge Protection

Inrush Current Protection

Fan Failure Protection

No Load Operation

Cooling

120mm Rifle Bearing Fan (NR120L)

Semi-Passive Operation

Dimensions (W x H x D) 150 x 85 x 140mm

Weight

1.38 kg (3.04 lb)
Form FactorATX12V v2.4, EPS 2.92

Warranty

5 years

Power Specifications of Corsair CX650F

Rail3.3V5V12V5VSB-12V
Max. PowerAmps202062.530.3
Watts130648153.6
Total Max. Power (W)650

Cables & Connectors on Corsair CX650F

Modular CablesCable CountConnector Count (Total)GaugeIn Cable Capacitors
ATX connector 20+4 pin (610mm)1118-20AWGNo
4+4 pin EPS12V (650mm)2218AWGNo
6+2 pin PCIe (600mm+150mm) 2416-18AWGNo
SATA (450mm+115mm+115mm+115mm)1418AWGNo
SATA (500mm+100mm+100mm)1318AWGNo
4-pin Molex (450mm+100mm+100mm+100mm)1418AWGNo
iCUE RGB cable (500mm)1128AWGNo
Motherboard ARGB cable (300mm)1128AWGNo
AC Power Cord (1380mm) - C13 coupler1118AWG-

The number of modular cables and corresponding connectors on the of Corsair CX650F is high. There are two EPS and four PCIe connectors along with seven SATA and four 4-pin Molex. Corsair also provides an iCUE RGB cable, in case you have the optional RGB controller, and another, shorter, ARGB cable is for connection to the motherboard, if it supports it, of course. Our only complaint here is the short distance between peripheral connectors. It should be 150mm, at least.

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Component Analysis of Corsair CX650F

We strongly encourage you to have a look at our PSUs 101 article, which provides valuable information about PSUs and their operation, allowing you to better understand the components we're about to discuss.

General Information-
Manufacturer (OEM)HEC
PCB TypeSingle Sided
Primary Side-
Transient Filter4x Y caps, 3x X caps, 1x CM choke, 1x DM chokes, 1x MOV, 1x Discharge IC (CAP200DG)
Inrush ProtectionNTC Thermistor SCK-2R58
Bridge Rectifier(s)2x MCC GBU8K (800V, 8A @ 100°C)
APFC MOSFETs2x Infineon IPA60R180P7 (650V, 11A @ 100°C, 0.18Ohm)
APFC Boost Diode1x Infineon IDH06G65C6 (650V, 4A @ 150°C)
Hold-up Cap(s)1x Hitachi (400V, 390uF, 2,000h @ 105°C, HU)
Main Switchers2x Champion GPT18N50DG (500V, 18A, 0.27Ohm)

IC Driver

MPS MP6924A

APFC ControllerChampion CM6500UNX & Champion CM03X
Resonant ControllerMPS HR1001C
TopologyPrimary side: APFC, Half-Bridge & LLC converter
Secondary side: Synchronous Rectification & DC-DC converters
Secondary Side-
+12V MOSFETs4x Nexperia PSMN2R6-40YS (40V, 100A @ 100°C, 5.3mOhm @ 175°C)
5V & 3.3VDC-DC Converters: 8x Potens Semiconductor PDD3906 (30V, 51A @ 100°C, 6mOhm) 
PWM Controllers: ANPEC APW7073
Filtering CapacitorsElectrolytic: 12x Teapo (1-3,000h @ 105°C, SC) , 2x Nippon Chemi-Con (1-5,000h @ 105°C, KZE)
Polymer: 18x Teapo
Supervisor ICWeltrend WT7527 (OCP, OVP, UVP, SCP, PG)
Fan ModelCorsair NR120L (120mm, 12V, 0.22A, RGB, Rifle Bearing Fan)
5VSB Circuit-
Rectifier1x PS1060L SBR (60V, 10A)
Standby PWM ControllerPower Integrations TNY290PG
-12V Circuit-
Rectifier1x KEC KIA7912PI (-12V, 1A)
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HEC made this platform under Corsair's guidance. For a merely Bronze or ETA-A- unit, this platform looks like overkill since the same design is used in higher efficiency units. Typically, in this category, we find a double forward topology, and in the best-case scenario, DC-DC converters on the secondary side. Corsair went instead with a half-bridge topology and an LLC resonant converter, delivering way better performance than the double forward design. The CX units use similar design platforms, provided by CWT and Great Wall, though.

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Transient filter

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The EMI filtering stage includes all necessary parts, to efficiently suppress both incoming and outgoing EMI emissions. This will be clearly shown, though, in our EMC pre-compliance test. It also features a discharge IC for not losing energy on bleeding resistors. Finally, there is an MOV to suppress voltage surges, while the inrush current protection is handled by an NTC thermistor, which isn't supported by a bypass relay, though. 

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Bridge rectifiers

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The pair of bridge rectifiers can handle up to 16 Amperes of current, so it won't have a problem handling this PSU's requirements. 

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APFC converter

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The APFC converter uses two Infineon FETs and a single boost diode, provided by the same manufacturer. The bulk cap is by Hitachi, which recently sold its capacitor business to a Chinese brand. Finally, the APFC controller is a Champion CM6500 IC. Another Champion IC, the CM03X, is used to restrict vampire power by isolating the APFC converter during standby. 

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Main FETs and primary transformer

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The main FETs are arranged in a half-bridge topology. An LLC resonant converter boosts efficiency. It is controlled by an MPS HR1001C IC. 

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12V FETs and VRMs

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The FETs that regulate the +12V rail are on the solder side of the main PCB. Four Nexperia FETs are used in total, for this purpose. The minor rails are generated through eight FETs and use an Anpec PWM controller. 

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Filtering caps

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The electrolytic filtering caps on the secondary side are mostly provided by Teapo, and belong to a low-end line. A large number of polymer caps is also used, for ripple filtering purposes. 

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Modular board front

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A number of Teapo polymer caps provides an extra ripple layer, at the face of the modular PCB. 

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5VSB Regulator

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The Corsair CX650F's 5VSB circuit uses a single SBR on its secondary side. The PWM controller is a Power Integrations TNY290PG IC. 

Supervisor IC

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The supervisor IC is a Weltrend WT7527, supporting all essential protection features but OTP (Over Temperature Protection).

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Soldering quality

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The soldering quality is good. 

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Cooling fan

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The cooling fan on the Corsair CX650F measures 120mm across and uses a rifle bearing, so it will last long.

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  • mdd1963
    LEDs....! (Thank goodness!) <rolls eyes sarcastically>
    Reply
  • derekullo
    If you use 2 Geforce 3090s the power supply changes to another color.

    :tongueout:
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  • Cata1yst
    Is this a joke?
    Reply