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Corsair GS800

The new series of gaming PSUs from Corsair consists of models with wattage ratings of 600, 700 and 800 watts. We’re about to take a look at the highest-wattage model.

The GS800 is shipped in a medium-sized cardboard box. The packaging is individual for each PSU model in the series but follows the same design style. The difference boils down to the product’s model name and specifications on the back of the box.

The accessories would be perfectly standard (documentation, a mains cord, screws, and single-use cable straps). We also recieved an 8 GB USB 2.0 flash drive (shown on the photo). It is not part of the standard accessories bundle, but is provided exclusively to reviewers and contains some additional benchmarking and diagnostics data.

Exterior Design

The GS800 has a very original appearance with the bevels on its sides, the decorative blue insert and the unusual shape of the vent holes. The top panel and the fan are fastened with hex-head screws. You won’t be able to open the PSU up with an ordinary screwdriver.

Besides the conventional elements (On/Off switch and mains connector), there is a fan highlight regulator on the back panel. You can choose from four modes: blue, white, red, no highlighting. The PSU remembers the last selected mode and uses it the next time you turn it on.

Circuit Design

One glance is enough to see that the GS800 is based on the same Channel Well platform as the above-discussed Chieftec.

There are but minor differences concerning the ratings of some components, the different shape of the small heatsink, and the different position of the insulating screens.

Well, the GS800 has one very obvious difference from the Chieftec, though. It lacks modular cables, so its card with DC-DC converters is designed in a different way.

And it is this component that looks untidiest in the whole PSU.

Like the Chieftec, the Corsair GS800 employs electrolytic SAMXON capacitors at the output.

Cables and Connectors

The Corsair GS800 is equipped with the following cables and connectors:

  • One mainboard cable with a 20+4-pin connector (60 cm)
  • One CPU cable with a 4+4-pin connector (66 cm)
  • Four power cables for graphics cards with one 6+2-pin connector on each (60 cm)
  • Two cables with three PATA power connectors and a floppy-drive plug on each (44+10+10+10 cm)
  • Two cables with four SATA power connectors on each (39+10+10+10 cm)

There are enough cables and connectors for any PC configuration and the CPU power cable is as long as 66 cm, which should be enough to hide it behind the mainboard in any system case.

On the other hand, the non-modular design of the GS800 implies that at least two cables for graphics cards and one PATA power cable are going to just clutter the computer’s interior in most situations.

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