Conclusion: While this is far from a complete test of this PSU, it does show that there should be no issues with Noise/Ripple. I’d urge anyone considering this unit to check out some more in-depth reviews for efficiency and overload tests, but we can confirm that there are no safety problems with this unit. The added lighting effects are pretty nice – even if the adjustment button is a bit close to the power switch – and the build quality feels solid too.
Pros: Passes all noise/ripple tests, Solid build quality, Nice lighting effects, Quiet, fan only coming on when needed
Corsair Gaming Series GS800 800W Power Supply review
26 June 2012
Excerpt: 6 Flares 6 Flares × 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.
Conclusion: The GS800 has actually performered way better than I expected it to do, I have here in Sweden seen it go for as low as 70$ on sale which means this is a “bang for the buck” unit. Newegg has this unit for 99$ after a mail in rebate but this is not on sale.
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: For a number of years now Corsair have been building a family of high quality PSUs under their TX, HX and VX product ranges. These PSUs have been incredibly well received and we saw with the release of the AX and TX2 ranges over the past few months that Corsair have lost none of their skill when it comes to releasing new models to enhance their product catalogue.
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).