Corsair SF600 600W SFX Power Supply Review
Corsair has gotten into making computers smaller lately with its Bulldog 4K Living Room Gaming System, and now it is going to share its SF600 power supply that follows the SFX standard form factor, which is tiny for a 600 watt PSU. Given its diminutive stature, has Corsair packed it to the gills with good power?
Corsair is known in enthusiast circles as a supplier of high performance memory and has risen to become one of the most talked about power supply brands around. Corsair was initially able to establish a presence in such a short time through the use of quality OEM’s (Seasonic and CWT), rigorous standards, and excellent support. Since its entrance into the PSU field, it has established a number of lines of power supplies of varying quality to address (and overlap) just about every market segment. Today, we have the first unit we have seen from Corsair's SF line; the SF600 ( CP-9020105-NA ). This unit is once more produced in conjunction with Great Wall.
China Great Wall Computer Group Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of China Electronics Corporation, is a name that is not that well known to our North American readers. Great Wall was founded in 1986 and currently operates a number of companies producing products including power supplies, monitors, laptops, memory, flash products, and a laundry list of other PC and technology related products. In the power supply field, Great Wall is currently one of the largest suppliers of power supplies in the Chinese market. Its presence in North America, however, is very limited and one of the few brands we have seen using Great Wall products so far is OCZ and now Corsair.
Don't Call It A Dinghy!
Over the years, we have seen a few SFX units but they have been few and far between. Today, with the Corsair SF600, we are looking at the largest member of the SF series of power supplies that Corsair has recently introduced to address the SFX formfactor market. Now, while previous SFX units we have seen have been very good they have also been from other brands and not Corsair who has struggled in the last few years to produce power supplies that are as dominant as many of their earlier efforts were. Today, however, is mostly a new day and with a new day we have new opportunities. So, what does Corsair have to say about these new opportunities:
SF Series power supplies bring legendary Corsair performance and reliability to the SFX small form factor standard. They have the features found in full-size high performance power supplies, with super-efficient 80 PLUS Gold certification, superior voltage regulation, Zero RPM mode for virtually silent operation, and 105°C All Japanese capacitors for better reliability.
Moving on let’s see what we can expect when a user purchases the Corsair SF600 power supply in retail in terms of documentation, accessories, cable count, rail layout, output characteristics, and general build quality.