Corsair AX860i Digital PSU Review

We received the AX860i supplied inside a large cardboard box. The artwork is dark with glossy red accents, which denotes the series theme.

 Corsair AX860i Digital PSU Review

In the box we found the power supply secured between two thick pieces of polyethylene packing foam and wrapped inside a black cloth pouch. Considering the thickness of the cardboard box walls, it would be next to impossible to cause damage to this unit during transport.

 Corsair AX860i Digital PSU Review

Much like with the AX1200i, the bundle is too basic for a product marketed as the best of its kind. Inside the box we only found a few cable ties, a case sticker, the Corsair Link interface connector, a black and white manual, the A/C power cable and four black screws.

 Corsair AX860i Digital PSU Review

Every cable of this power supply comes stored inside a black nylon bag. Inside the bag we found six PCIe cables, two CPU 12V cables, the ATX cable, the Corsair Link cable, two Molex to Floppy disk adaptors, three cables for up to 12 total SATA connectors and two cables for up to 8 total Molex connectors.

Those of you that are asking, "why make the ATX connector modular when you are going to use it no matter what?", the answer is simple. If the cables were to be hardwired, they would have to enter the unit and be soldered directly on the voltage supply lines. We will later see that by using a connector, Corsair moved the entire distribution of the power supply on the vertical PCB which is holding the connectors, increasing both the efficiency of the unit and the room available to install even more fancy features.