CES 2014: Corsair’s AX1500i PSU to Drool Over, Said to Support the Current 80 PLUS Titanium Draft
Posted on January 9, 2014 1:44 PM by Rob Williams
I have no need for a mega-sized PSU, but I can’t help but sit here in awe sometimes when I look at the beefiest models. The size, the number of connections, the performance claims – it’s all impressive stuff. Corsair’s latest PSU, the AX1500i, definitely falls into that camp. Corsair calls it the “most technologically advanced, energy efficient, and customizable power supply available for extreme PC enthusiasts” (well, at least it will be once Q2 hits).
The AX1500i’s “leading performance” was made possible by implementing digitally controlled circuitry and streamlining the design and component count. Corsair touts the fact that the AX1500i is so efficient, it adheres to the current draft for the 80 PLUS Titanium rating for 115V PSUs. That’s pretty major, since to my knowledge there’s never been a Titanium-rated consumer PSU.
The AX1500i’s second generation digital architecture enables the PSU to consistently deliver up to 1500 watts of power with class-leading Titanium energy efficiency levels of up to 94%. The DSP-controlled circuitry of the PSU allows it to consistently deliver exceptionally stable voltages along with amazingly low ripple and noise. Tremendous power reserves combined with a vast array of cabling options enables the AX1500i to power heavily overclocked PC systems with up to four graphics cards in NVIDIA SLI or AMD CrossFireX configurations with headroom to spare.
Here are a couple of other important specs / features:
94% efficiency at 50% load at 115V
Includes 8 PCI-E cables for support for up to 4 GPUs
Native USB onboard for Corsair Link real-time monitoring and customization
100% Japanese capacitors
Custom-designed fluid dynamic bearing 140mm low-noise fan
Silent Zero RPM Fan Mode up to 450 watts and ultra-quiet operation at full 1500 watt output (26.5 dBa)
Dimension: 150mm x 86mm x 225mm
The AX1500i might seem a tad expensive, but for what’s included, it’s actually pretty amazing (just compare it to what $450 would have got you five years ago). Unfortunately, the AX1500i won’t see a release until the second quarter, but by all appearances, it’s going to be well worth the wait. DO. WANT.