Corsair Gaming Series GS800 800W Power Supply review
26 June 2012
Excerpt: Today we are looking at the latest power supply from Corsair, the Gaming Series GS800 – an 800W unit firmly targeting the mainstream enthusiast audience. This 80Plus Bronze Certified unit is a non modular design with a single +12V rail, supported by a three year warranty.
Summary: Another power supply has hit our testbench and this time we have a look at the GS800 from Corsair. A brand new good looking power supply, featuring a whole 800W of raw power with an 80 Plus Bronze certification. Power consumption in Watt was measured with an external Watt meter connected between the wall outlet and the mains lead of the power supply. 278 W 485 W The temperature of the power supply in idle mode was just 32°C.
Conclusion: The Corsair GS800 is a PSU whose aesthetics are designed to draw the gamer. Equipped with multi-coloured LEDs and presented in a nice-looking chassis, the £80 supply is based on a modern architecture from CWT and has strong performance across the board. Cabling is generous and we like the fact the 14cm fan remains switched off until the PSU is required to deliver at least 160W to the PC.
Summary: Decent is the word that comes to mind when I think about the Corsair GS800 PSU, now the product itself has been on the market for quite a while already. But this particular model is popular and mentioned by our readers quite often, we can see why. So I was happy to get it reviewed.
At a price of 129 USD / 110 EUR the product pricing seems a tad high, but look around a little as we have seen the 800W model as tested today for roughly 85~90 EUR already.
Summary: The Corsair GS800 exhibited fairly good overall performance in all tests except the Advanced Transient ones where the 3.3V rail registered high voltage drops. On the contrary during the same tests we saw excellent performance from the +12V line, which is the most significant rail in a contemporary system. Also voltage regulation of all rails was within 5% while +12V stayed within 2%. Also ripple/noise suppression was quite satisfying for +12V/5V and excellent for 3.3V.
Pros: Good voltage regulation at +12V, Efficiency that reaches 86% with 50% load, although the PSU is only 80PLUS certified, Handles full power flawlessly at 50 °C ambient, Excellent ripple suppression at 3.3V and good enough at +12V and 5V, Performed great in Turn-On Transient tests, Switchable LED lighting
Cons: A little stiff price, 3.3V rail registered high voltage drops in Advanced Transient Response tests, Loose voltage regulation at 3.3V (but still, Only one EPS connector
Excerpt: Lately we've focused on enthusiast power supplies capable of satisfying the needs for high end systems with multiple GPU's and overclocking. Unfortunately we haven't given much insight into some of the more mainstream power supplies that your average gamer or entry level enthusiast would consider as a part of their build. That's exactly what we are doing today.
Summary: The new Corsair GS800 is a terrific power supply for its price point, and we highly recommend it if you are looking for an 800 W unit with a good cost/benefit ratio.
Even though it only has the standard 80 Plus certification, we saw efficiency up to 85.7%, and we could pull up to 1,000 W from it (even though under this extreme condition efficiency dropped a lot).
Summary: Dopo aver svolto la nostra consueta batteria di test dobbiamo riconoscere che il nuovo
mantiene alto il nome di casa
e, nella sua attuale rivisitazione, risulta nettamente migliorato rispetto alla precedente generazione.
Le ottime prestazioni elettriche affiancate dalla certificazione 80Plus Bronze, decisamente meritata, rendono questa unità molto appetibile per la fascia mainstream.