Nuxly Posted August 11, 2013 Share Posted August 11, 2013 Hello there I'm posting here to report about my experience with a Corsair product which may be the last one I buy from this brand, allow me to explain... A few years back, I used my savings to build a gaming PC which I decided to power with a Corsair TX-650W. Everything worked fine until yesterday, when the PSU died. Bad things happen, no problem so far. Because the warranty had expired, I decided I'd go ahead and fix it myself (something I've done successfully several times in the past). Sometimes it's nothing more than just a dead component that needs to be replaced. I opened the PSU. And closed it back in shock without attempting any repairing, after taking a couple shots I will link below. I didn't go into deep exploration of the part, but here's everything I've seen from a quick examination: - The components look like they've been soldered by a five years old. I've never seen such a thing even when we were learning to solder in middle school. - The manufacturer had glued the components together (I'm not lying, see the pictures below), probably to prevent users from fixing the psu themselves (I can't see any other reason). - Some of the circuits were tightly attached to the connections. They weren't screwed or held in place by anything other than the connectors joints (which had also seemingly been soldered by a drunk one-armed baby with parkinson's). Probably another strategy to prevent the users from fixing the part themselves, as this design prevents access to some of the components. I've worked a very long time in a computer shop where I had to fix various parts myself, including power supplies. The power supplies I had to fix came from random chinese manufacturers that didn't even have a name (or a website, or anything for that matter). Yet these power supplies were cleanly designed and manufactured. So now I'm wondering: what justifies the difference of price between a cheap no-name part and an expansive "high-end" part from Corsair? Why is there such a big price difference? Is it just because of the fancy cardboard and fabric packaging? Might be. Because clearly, that Corsair psu was of a lesser quality than the cheap unbranded ones (if you don't believe me, I can open one of them I still have and post pictures, you'll be surprised, cause I'm not lying or exaggerating). I decided not to even try to fix my PSU, and to order a new one. But not from Corsair. I don't feel like buying any Corsair product ever again. I was also planing to upgrade my motherboard, cpu, and RAM. I won't be able to do it for now because of the cost of the new psu. But when I can afford that upgrade again, I will definitely remember this misadventure when I'll have to choose the brand of my RAM sticks. So yes, that's a goodbye-forever to Corsair. I might also post my pictures and comments to some hardware forums and review websites. Corsair seems to have quite a reputation when it comes to power supplies, but apparently nobody else ever opened one to discover the mess. Today I really do feel like I've been robbed, because that PSU was expansive when I bought it. Again, I'm not mad because the PSU died, but because the design and manufacture is messy as hell, which is not something I can tolerate considering the price I paid and the reputation of the brand. Now, time for the horror show: Here's how the components are soldered It's not appearing well because of my bad camera but it basically consists of BIG randomly-shaped bubbles of metal with sort of inward round traces, clearly indicating that whomever did this was having a hard time using a soldering iron... http://i.share.pho.to/8c9fad24_l.jpeg Here's another view of the same board, showing that it's held by the connector's joints and thus nearly impossible to remove. Notice the inaccessible components. http://i.share.pho.to/afb58836_o.jpeg This is a capacitor taking a bath in a pool of glue. If you look closely you will notice a human hair caught in the glue. http://i.share.pho.to/8beeb7da_l.jpeg Components glued together, as promised: http://i.share.pho.to/03960739_l.jpeg http://i.share.pho.to/feafebc3_l.jpeg A resistor buried under the glue: http://i.share.pho.to/8ef7c778_l.jpeg Big mess of glue. Glue glue glue. http://i.share.pho.to/27544175_l.jpeg http://i.share.pho.to/1b97ec6a_l.jpeg http://i.share.pho.to/bd325bbf_l.jpeg Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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