Corsair goes green

Full range of Corsair Power Supply Units certified to 80 Plus efficiency standard

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By  Jason Saundalkar Published  April 14, 2008

Enthusiast component vendor, Corsair has announced that its full range of power supplies (PSUs) has been awarded ‘80 Plus' certification.

The award covers every product from the firm's HX, TX and VX series of PSUs, including the recently launched HX1000, a 1,000 watt modular model. Corsair staff claim that more efficient PSUs improve system stability, save money on a user's electricity bills (as they require less input power to create the required output), and reduce the need for loud cooling fans.

For a PSU to be awarded 80 Plus certification it has to be 80% (or more) efficient when operating under loads of 20%, 50% and 100% with a true power factor of 0.9 or greater. The certification comes from the 80 Plus incentive program, which is funded by various electric utility and efficiency organisations in North America.

Power supplies are responsible for converting the power from a wall socket into lower voltages that various components within a PC require to function. During this conversion process, some power is lost in the form of heat. The more efficient a power supply is, the less power it wastes during the conversion and this in turn means the PSU consumes a lesser amount of power, which makes them more environmentally friendly.

For a full list of 80 Plus certified PSUs, click here.

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