The new Corsair GS700 Bronze is a flawless power supply, with superb voltage regulation, extremely low noise and ripple levels, and terrific efficiency for the mainstream user (between 81.5% and 87.0% during our tests). The cable configuration is good for a 700 W unit.
The highlight of this power supply is its fan, with a button allowing you to change the color of its LEDs, and the fact that the fan stays off at light loads. This way, you have the quietest operation possible.
The price tag of the reviewed power supply is on the high side. Just to put things into perspective, let’s make a quick comparison of the Corsair GS700 Bronze to some of the power supplies in the same power range that we reviewed recently.
The FSP Raider 650 W presents higher efficiency and costs less (USD 100); however, the Corsair GS700 Bronze has better voltage regulation, lower noise and ripple levels, and a higher labeled wattage.
The XFX PRO 650 W XXX Edition also costs less (USD 100) and comes with a modular cabling system, but the model from Corsair achieved higher efficiency, has better voltage regulation, and comes with a higher labeled wattage.
The InWin GreenMe 650 W costs far less than the Corsair GS700 (USD 85), but the model from Corsair presents lower noise and ripple levels and has a higher labeled wattage.
The Ximatek Tauro 700 W also costs less, but the Corsair GS700 Bronze presents higher efficiency and lower noise and ripple levels.
The only real competition we see for the Corsair GS700 Bronze is the Rosewill FORTRESS-650, as they cost exactly the same, but the Rosewill model comes with the 80 Plus Gold certification. The GS700 Bronze, however, is labeled with a higher wattage and presents lower ripple and noise levels.
In summary, the Corsair GS700 Bronze is targeted to the savvy user who wants to buy an affordable, “flawless” power supply with the 80 Plus Bronze certification.