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Be prepared for extra work.....
on 3 January 2017
Just about OK, I guess.
Bought the modular, 650W version of this power supply to replace a defunct 'be quiet!' supply that had given several years faultless service, before expiring just before New Year.
Having read the reviews, I was fairly confident that the Corsair supply would fit my needs well enough. And it does, sort of.
It's well enough made, with a suitably weighty feel to it. The modular supply has 5 ports on it for your 'extra' components' needs, along with a 24 and 8 pin fixed lead for the motherboard itself - these fixed leads are sheathed, and are neat, and long, enough.
My major issue with this supply is the lack of flexibility one might assume a modular supply would give a system builder.
In the box there are 5 leads, one for each port available on the side of the supply.
Two of the leads are supplementary power leads for PCI cards that might need them (I don't have any, as I'm not running power hungry graphics on this system), so they have a genuine benefit for anyone with, say, high powered graphics cards etc.
The other 3 leads offer either SATA, or legacy, power connectors. One lead has 3 full-sized legacy connectors and a smaller FD connector. Another has two SATA power connectors, and the last has 4 SATA power connectors.
The leads are of a reasonable length, but no more - I think you'd struggle to reach from one corner to an opposite corner in a Full tower, though the cables will reach across a Mid sized tower, such as mine. So the length you'd think would be adequate?
Well, yes, and no! If the SATA power connectors didn't need twisting around through 180 degrees to fit the hard drives, everything would be fine. But in my case, with the power supply at the top rear, running to each of the hard drives in turn meant the cable had to twist through a full 360 degrees at each connector (180 to fit, then another 180 to continue it's journey downwards)! This results in the useful cable length being shortened considerably, to the point where I couldn't power my (3) hard drives and Blu-Ray player from this single cable.
The legacy power lead is again too short, and not populated with enough connectors. Leading to a veritable mess of Black, Red and Yellow cables strung between various points in the case (two 120mm cooling fans, a USB 3 PCI card and legacy DVD Writer).
So my issue is this, and the reason for loss of stars. There is no flexibility afforded by the leads and connectors on offer, the leads are only just adequate, if your components happen to facing the 'right' way - which would be non-standard in my book. Buying the modular system has been a complete waste of money, as I've ended up re-purposing leads from my old power supply to make-good the inadequacies of this one.
What should have been a five-minute job to switch out power supplies, turned into a couple of hours of chopping up old leads, soldering, cable-tying and heat-shrinking to make good the failings of this supply!
On the plus side - it does actually work after all that!