Corsair GS700 Bronze Power Supply Review

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Introduction

The Corsair GS power supply series is comprised of 500 W, 600 W, 700 W, and 800 W models, with either the standard 80 Plus certification or with the 80 Plus Bronze certification, except for the 500 W model, which is available only with the standard 80 Plus certification. Today we are reviewing the 700 W model with the 80 Plus Bronze certification. Let’s see if it is a good product.

By the way, we think it is very confusing to have two different power supplies with the same name. We think Corsair should have used a different name for the models with the 80 Plus Bronze certification.

The Corsair GS700 Bronze is manufactured by CWT.

Corsair GS700Figure 1: Corsair GS700 Bronze power supply

Corsair GS700Figure 2: Corsair GS700 Bronze power supply

The Corsair GS700 Bronze is 6.3” (160 mm) deep, using a 140 mm ball-bearing fan on its bottom (Hong Hua HA1425H12B-Z). The fan glows either in red, blue or white, and you can choose the color by pressing a button located on the power supply’s rear panel.The power supply only turns on its fan when load is above 25 percent. This way, the power supply produces no noise at light loads.

Corsair GS700Figure 3: Fan

The reviewed power supply doesn’t have a modular cabling system. All cables are protected with nylon sleeves, which come from inside the unit. This power supply comes with the following cables:

  • Main motherboard cable with a 20/24-pin connector, 22.8” (58 cm) long
  • One cable with two ATX12V connectors that together form an EPS12V connector: 26” (66 cm) long
  • Two cables, each with one six/eight-pin connector for video cards, 22” (56 cm) long
  • Two cables, each with four SATA power connectors, 17.7” (45 cm) to the first connector, 3.9” (10 cm) between connectors
  • Two cables, each with three standard peripheral power connectors and one floppy disk drive power connector, 17.7” (45 cm) to the first connector, 3.9” (10 cm) between connectors

All wires are 18 AWG, which is the minimum recommended gauge, except the main motherboard cable, which uses thicker 16 AWG wires. The number of connectors is good for a 700 W power supply.

Corsair GS700Figure 4: Cables

Let’s now take an in-depth look inside this power supply.

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Author: Gabriel Torres

Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.

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