The new revision of the RM series is proportional and aesthetically identical to the unit it replaces, with the sole exception of adhesives. Corsair used the same chassis with beveled edges for almost all of its advanced power supplies. Satin black paint covers the frame, and the designer also chose neutral colors on the stickers, forming an elegant design. Other aesthetic improvements include raised parallel edges aligned with fan finger protection cables and a small unit pattern badge on the back of the frame. The chassis has been shortened from the previous version and is now 160 mm long, slightly longer than the length of a standard ATX power supply. This is unlikely to be a problem with a modern advanced ATX case, but users should be wary of atypical and inexpensive case projects.
In addition to the typical ac cable plug and the small on/off switch, we can only see a small badge with the unit model printed on it. Moving to the front of the frame we find it full of the many connectors for modular cables. The large 24-pin ATX cable is divided between two connectors. For the rest of the cables, there are basically two groups of connectors: one for 8-pin 12V PCIe/CPU connectors and one for 6-pin SATA/Molex connectors. The 12V PCIe and CPU cables can be inserted into one of the 8-pin connectors. However, the design is a little strange, with one of the 8-pin PCIe/CPU 12V connectors positioned between the 6-pin connectors, because the designer apparently thought that this was the most efficient way to arrange the connectors on the vertical board.
Most Corsair mid-range power supplies are produced by Channel Well Technologies (CWT), and RM850x is no exception. Previous versions of the RM850x/RM850 were also manufactured by CWT. This platform is largely based on the previous model, but there are several improvements, many of which are made to improve the efficiency of the unit. However, some modifications improve the long-term reliability of the unit and resistance to damage from external failures (AC).
RM850x heat sinks are suitable for high efficiency power supply with this type of output. Given its hybrid fan mode, it is obvious that the designer wanted the RM850x to have a reasonably wide range before the fan was needed. The input filter stage starts at the back of the AC outlet and continues on the main circuit board, with four Y capacitors, two X capacitors and two filter inductors. There are no surprises here, which is pretty much the standard for consumer-grade high-performance power supplies. CWT added a relay here to prevent the NTC thermistor after starting the power supply, giving the RM850x a slight increase in efficiency.
Corsair engineers designed the RMx series to provide an excellent balance between quiet operation, high-quality electrical performance and a reasonable price. In practice, the series bridges the gap between value and world-class performance products manufactured by Corsair. In this sense, it serves as an upgrade on the relatively simple but very reliable txm series, which offers quieter operation without the high price tag of an AXi series unit. Photo: Corsair
Although the main strength of the Corsair RM850x PSU lies in its quiet operation, we can not help but note that the electrical performance of the particular platform is outstanding. The RM850x far exceeded our initial expectations and provided exceptional power quality in our tests, with figures we typically see on products that sell for twice as much. In addition, we do not complain about the electrical efficiency of the platform, as it easily passed the 80Plus Gold certification requirements regardless of the input AC voltage.
the RM850x rewards its owner with excellent acoustic performance, generates no noise when lightly charged and maintains comfortable noise levels even when the load is high. However, if the load is excessive and the ambient temperature is high, the efficiency of the RM850x will degrade slightly, as the active components will begin to strain. But the only real scenario that meets these requirements is cryptocurrency mining, for which RM850x is clearly not the best option. Corsair RM850x current price: $130
Weight -1.659 Adjustable Single/Multi 12V Rail -No ATX Connector- 1ATX12V Version- v2.4 Continuous output rated temperature- C 50°C Continuous power- W 850 Watts Fan bearing technology- Rifle Bearing Fan size mm- 140mm MTBF hours- 100,000 hours Multi-GPU ready- Yes Warranty -10 Years 80 PLUS Efficiency- Gold PSU Form Factor ATXi CUE Compatibility- No Zero RPM Mode- Yes Cable Type Low-Profile- All Black EPS12V Connector- 2 Floppy Connector- 1 Modular Fully PCIe Connector- 6 SATA Connector- 10 Special Technology- OVP (Over Voltage)
UVP (Under Voltage)
SCP (Short Circuit)
OTP (Over Temp)
OPP (Over Power) Protections Yes