Excerpt: Not very long ago, there was a big flap on several Internet forums because Corsair decided to replace some aging power supply platforms without telling the public about it in minute detail. Thus, a lot of people with axes to grind suddenly found themselves with a whetstone to grind them against. The fact of the matter is, power supply OEMs sometimes like to freshen up their designs and this doesn't necessarily mean these designs are being skimped on.
Summary: Corsair's new Builder CX430 V2 power supply really impressed me. At first, when I saw that Corsair rated it for full power only at 30°C, I was troubled and thought that my 50°C hot box would really give it a hard time. However I was dead wrong, the PSU not only worked at over 50°C ambient but performed really well, especially if we take into account that it belongs to the low end category.
Pros: Low price, Very good price/performance ratio, Managed full power at 52.1°C ambient, Close to 2% voltage regulation at +12V and 5V, Very good ripple/noise supression. Excellent on 3.3 V rail., +12V and 5V handled Advanced Transient Response tests very well, although the small capacity of the unit imposed a big handicap
Cons: 3.3V rail showed bad performance during Advanced Transient Response tests, 2x 6-pin PCIe would be more useful than the single 6+2 pin connector, Only three peripheral connectors, Outdated user's manual
Summary: The Corsair CX430 V2 proved to be an outstanding product, possibly the power supply with the best cost/benefit ratio we’ve ever seen. Costing only USD 45 (USD 35 after sending a mail-in rebate card), it provides efficiency between 81.2% and 85.4%, which is comparable to several 80 Plus Bronze units we’ve reviewed. It also has a very good voltage regulation and ultra-low noise and ripple levels.
Summary: The Corsair CX430 surprised us a lot. Because it doesn’t have even the standard 80 Plus certification, the manufacturer says it has efficiency “up to” 80%, and Corsair was apprehensive in sending us a reviewing sample (we had to buy this unit ourselves), we were expecting to see a unit with lousy efficiency. However, the CX430 proved to be a terrific entry-level power supply.
Excerpt: Today we're having a look at one of Corsair's "Builder Series" power supply units. The CX430.The CX430 is one of the most basic power supplies available from Corsair. The CX430 is not modular, is supposedly "only" 80 Plus (as opposed to Bronze, Silver, etc.) and (spoiler alert) uses a group regulated topology. At under $50 the CX430 is extremely affordable, but this has also raised a lot of controversy.
Summary: Mit dem Corsair Builder Series CX430 liefert der Hersteller ein attraktives preiswertes Netzteil. Die äußere Verarbeitung ist grundsätzlich gut, die Ummantelung der Kabelstränge eher zweckmäßig statt dekorativ. Elektronik, Bestückung, Spannungsregulation und Effizienz sind durchschnittlich. Die Messwerte liegen jederzeit im Toleranzbereich der ATX-Norm, setzen aber bei Weitem keine Bestmarken.