I picked up the non-modular version of this PS last time it was on sale with rebate, and just installed last week. Did anyone else who grabbed one notice a strange, almost latex paint like smell coming from it? Its not overwhelming, but definitely noticed it right when opening the box, and now that the fan is going I can smell it from the exhaust. Want to make sure I don't have some kind of dud, and I've never smelled this before from a PS (its vastly different than that new electronics smell).
You way want to consider the 80+ % efficiency of the Corsair vs the ~70% of the CM. You will make up the $5 difference in your electric bill within a year or two.
I think we are mainly talking about reliability here, not power efficiency. In real life, conservativeness often associates with better stability/reliability. Take for example, if you overclock a pc, you get better performance, but is that more reliable?
Consumer ratings don't matter that much. The insides of the Corsair are far superior and well worth the $5 increase. Additionally, you get a semi-modular PSU.
Word of warning. This PSU is 6.3" long, unlike the regular CX430 at 5.5".
Well, if we cannot trust the experience/ratings of many users, I don't know what we can trust. Our own (plus friends?) experience? But that is often limited in samples and is not more trustworthy than those posted by others, if you can take an objective view. You said you have compared the insides of the two and the Corsair is much better. Are you talking about the qualities of the electronic components etc.? Sometimes even that doesn't matter. I myself is of electrical engineering background. I remember years ago, I designed a terminal using a good quality off the shelf power supply module. After a while, there were high rate of failures on the field and they were all traceable to the power supply failure. I debugged it and finally found that it was due to an electrolytic capacitor which was placed too close to a high heat source. The continuous high heat had caused the electrolytic fluid to fail prematurely. Components quality wouldn't matter that much in cases like that, of course.
I'll still take the CX430 for $20 AR. Unless I'm mistaken, modular is still highly controversial, no?
I don't know much about modular, except that currently, the wires in my matx case are unwieldly as hell due to the smaller nature and lack of cable management options. I figured this PSU would work better for that.
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