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Corsair GS600 and GS700

We’ve recently tested the senior model of this series. The GS600 and GS700 feature the same platform but differ in minor ways, starting from the accessories.

The accessories to our sample are the same as those of the above-discussed CX600: documentation, mounting screws, single-use cable straps and a mains cord.

The packaging is individual for each PSU model but follows a uniform style.

Exterior Design

These PSUs do not differ externally from their senior cousin we tested earlier except that the junior model has only one color of the fan’s highlighting, which is blue. The GS700, like the GS800, offers red and white highlighting as well. The highlighting can be turned off altogether on both PSUs.

The exterior design is familiar from this aspect as well. The back panel carries Power and Highlight On/Off switches.

Circuit Design

The GS600 and GS700 are almost identical in their interior design (the top photo shows the 600W model and the bottom photo, the 700W model):

There are different capacitors at the input, though. The number of wires going to the fan is varies too because the PSUs differ in highlighting. The small heatsink near the filtering chokes is shaped differently. And the lower-wattage PSU has a smaller choke to regulate the +12V voltage.

There are no changes otherwise. Each PSU has active PFC and produces its +3.3V and +5V voltages via the DC-DC converters located on the dedicated card near the front panel of the case.

Like the rest of Corsair PSUs in this review (and the GS800 model, too), the GS600 and GS700 have SAMXON capacitors at the output.

Cables and Connectors

The Corsair GS700 is equipped with the following cables and connectors:

  • One mainboard cable with a 20+4-pin connector (58 cm)
  • One CPU cable with a 4+4-pin connector (65 cm)
  • Two graphics card cables with one 6+2-pin connector on each (60 cm)
  • Two cables with three PATA power connectors and one floppy-drive plug on each (45+10+10+10 cm)
  • Two cables with four SATA power connectors on each (41+10+10+10 cm)

The GS700 has the same cables and connectors as its 800W cousin we tested earlier except that the latter has four graphics card cables. The GS600 only differs from the GS700 in one thing: its SATA power cables have three rather than four connectors each.

The lack of a pair of graphics card cables makes it easier to lay the cables out compared to the 800W model, but one cable with PATA power connectors is very likely to remain unused.

On the other hand, you won’t be able to power up a SLI/CrossFireX configuration built out of two graphics cards with two power connectors each without adapters.

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