Ever since its release back in August, the Corsair AX1200i became perhaps the most wanted power supply amongst all kinds of computer enthusiasts, from professionals to gamers and overclockers. However, most users did not really need that kind of power and the high retail price discouraged them from upgrading. Corsair realized this and today the company announced the release of two smaller digital PSUs, the AX760i and the AΧ860i, the wattage of which covers the main market body of gamers, overclockers and technology enthusiasts. Are they as good as the AX1200i though? We put the AX860i to the test, so the answers lie in this review.

Ever since its release back in August, the Corsair AX1200i became perhaps the most wanted power supply amongst all kinds of computer enthusiasts, from professionals to gamers and overclockers. However, most users did not really need that kind of power and the high retail price discouraged them from upgrading. Corsair realized this and today the company announced the release of two smaller digital PSUs, the AX760i and the AΧ860i, the wattage of which covers the main market body of gamers, overclockers and technology enthusiasts. Are they as good as the AX1200i though? We put the AX860i to the test, so the answers lie in this review.

The Corsair Link DSP interface is the highlight of the AX860i, as is of the entire AXi digital PSU series. The software allows the monitoring of several figures, such as the input/output power of the power supply, the voltage lines and the speed of the fan, as well as control certain aspects of the power supply, such as the fan speed profile and the OCP. Furthermore, the Corsair Link software can monitor other system parameters as well, such as the CPU/HDD temperatures, fan speeds and almost anything that has a sensor embedded in it. Furthermore, it can also control parameters of other compatible devices, such as the H100i watercooling kit which the company recently released.

Manufacturer’s features and specifications

  • Digital Signal Processor (DSP) for delivering extremely clean, efficient power with real-time adjustments
  • Corsair Link™ Integration for monitoring and adjustment of performance, noise, and OCP settings
  • Dedicated single +12V rail with user-configurable virtual "single rail" and "multi-rail" software modes
  • An ultra-quiet, 140mm double ball-bearing fan delivers excellent airflow with exceptionally low noise levels by varying fan speed in response to temperature
  • 80 PLUS Platinum certified, delivering up to 92% energy efficiency under real-world load conditions
  • Active Power Factor Correction (PFC) with PF value of 0.99
  • Universal AC input from 90~264V
  • Over-voltage, under-voltage, over-current, and short circuit protection provide maximum safety for your critical system components
  • Engineered to meet maximum power output at a server-grade 50°C temperature rating.
  • Self-test switch to determine PSU functionality even before installation.
  • High-quality capacitors provide uncompromised performance and reliability
  • A seven year warranty and lifetime access to Corsair's legendary technical support and customer service
  • Safety Approvals:  cTUVus, CE, CB, FCC Class B, TÜV, CCC, C-tick

Warranty

Seven years

Dimension

150mm x 86mm x 160mm

Modular

Fully

Power

860 Watts

80 Plus

Platinum

ATX Connector

1

EPS Connector

2

PCI-E Connector

6

4 Pin Peripheral Connector

8

SATA Connector

12

Floppy Connector

2

MTBF

100,000 hours