Corsair CX430: A Decent Low-Cost Power Supply

Written by Michael Larabel in Power Supplies on 15 February 2014 at 02:28 PM EST. Page 1 of 2. 7 Comments.

As a bit more shopping advice this weekend for Linux users besides my low-cost mini-ITX Linux system build are a few words about the power supplies I've been buying recently for the new test farm. I'm up to about six of the Corsair CX430 low-cost power supplies and so far they're working well in all of the test systems.

Corsair has been offering the CX430 going back to 2012 and I had one or two of them back then that are still running in test systems but recently I have been buying more of them for the new open-source benchmarking test farm; I'm just writing this article for the benefit of others who may also be pursuing a quality yet low-cost ATX PSU.

All of the systems part of the new experimental farm at Phoronix are low power and intended to be energy efficient, so a 430 Watt capacity is more than adequate. Leading me to the CX430 has been my past experience with them, feedback from others, and their low-cost. The Corsair CX430 can be found for about $40 USD at major US Internet retailers and when purchasing some of them were even mail-in-rebates to make the price closer to $30.

The Corsair CX430 is 80 PLUS BRONZE certified, has a 120mm cooling fan, active PFC, ATX12V v2.3, has one 6+2-pin PCI Express power connector, four Serial ATA power connectors, and its +12V rail is capable of 32A.

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