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Specifications

The specifications coincide with those of the original CWT DSAII 600W model and are not really up to today’s requirements. The PSU can only deliver 80% of its full output power via the most important +12V rail whereas the load capacity of the other rails is as high as 150 watts, which is hardly necessary for a modern PC.

The Corsair CMPSU-600CX V2 is certified to comply with the basic 80 PLUS standard.

UPS Compatibility

Working together with our APC SmartUPS SC 620, the Corsair CMPSU-600CX V2 was stable at loads up to 362 watts when powered by the mains but couldn’t switch to the UPS’s batteries even at 280 watts.

Cross-Load Voltage Stability

The voltages are stable enough for a PSU without dedicated regulation. They only go out of the permissible range at greatly misbalanced loads, i.e. when there’s high load on the +3.3V and +5V rails and low load on the +12V rail or vice versa.

Output Voltage Ripple

The high-frequency output voltage ripple isn’t weak, yet doesn’t go out of the permissible range except for short spikes on the +3.3V and +5V rails.

We see the same picture at the double mains frequency.

Temperature and Noise

The Corsair CMPSU-600CX V2 is cooled by a 7-blade 120mm Yate Loon D12SH-12 fan which runs on a sleeve bearing and has a rated speed of 2200 RPM.

The fan starts up at 950 RPM and maintains this speed until 50% load. Then it accelerates in a linear manner, reaching 2000 RPM at full load.

Thus, the Corsair CMPSU-600CX V2 is rather quiet at low and medium loads, but louder than most of its competitors at high loads.

Efficiency and Power Factor

The Corsair CMPSU-600CX V2 is 86.1%, 86.9% and 82.3% efficient at the reference loads of 20%, 50% and 100%, respectively. It sports its peak efficiency of 87.5% at a load of 274 watts.

Overall, this model meets the 80 PLUS Bronze requirements but without any reserve at full load.

The power factor is above 98% at most loads, peaking at over 99%, which is a good result for a PSU with active power factor correction.

Standby Source

The standby source works blamelessly.

Summary

The Corsair CMPSU-600CX V2 is not very efficient, not very quiet and not very cheap. Its full duplicate (in electrical parameters) from CWT is about 20% cheaper (the CWT version has a simpler exterior design but its 140mm fan promises better acoustic parameters). There are many other worthy competitors in the same price category.

 
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