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Old 05-04-2009, 09:32 AM
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Default VX5500 SATA connector upside down?

I just installed a new VX550w and it seems that the SATA connectors are upside down. I'm using a standard case (PSU on top). I've searched the net and found one or two other people mention it, but I'm wondering if this is by design and I've got the wrong PSU or if it's a manufacturing error.
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It doesn't sound like a manufacturing error, are you able to twist the cables 180 degrees and plug them in? Some SATA connectors may work better than others depending on the position of the drives and whether the PSU is installed on the top or bottom of the case.
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I can twist it over (top to bottom) but it puts a strain on the cable and limits how many connectors I can use. The only way it works is if the cable come up from underneath the drive.

Anyone who installs the PSU in top of the case and has the HDs at the bottom of the case (99% of people) will have trouble. If it was designed this way, it's a poor design decision IMO. At least is should have been mentioned in the product description.

Are there top-of-case and bottom-of-case versions of this PSU?

I'm really bummed becase I really like the PSU and I don't want to return it. It's a top-notch product, except for these connectors.
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Old 05-05-2009, 07:08 PM
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I just checked out a unit in our lab and it looks like the SATA connectors should be oriented the right way in order to ideally plug in your HDDs with the PSU mounted at the top of the case. If for some reason the connectors are not oriented the right way you should have plenty of slack to easily connect 3 HDDs per cable with them as far as 2-3 inches apart with no problems of straining the cables. In most systems I would suspect that the cables should work without any problems but you may need to play around with the cable management to find the ideal configuration for your own setup.

There is only one version of each PSU we manufacture and unfortunately the connectors may not be oriented ideally for 100% of the systems out there, but you should still be able to hook up all the drives and have some slack on the cable to make the cable management look nice and neat.
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Old 08-19-2010, 02:32 AM
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Default AX1200 SATA connectors upside down?

I have the same issue with my AX1200 -- but my PSU is mounted on the bottom of my case.

It appears as though I need the cables that came with the VX5500 in question.

Does Corsair have an answer for this?
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Unfortunately there is no solution other than what I mentioned previously.

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There is only one version of each PSU we manufacture and unfortunately the connectors may not be oriented ideally for 100% of the systems out there, but you should still be able to hook up all the drives and have some slack on the cable to make the cable management look nice and neat.
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Old 08-19-2010, 01:21 PM
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This should be noted in the cable length post. Most new cases have bottom mounted power supplies. Running the SATA connectors properly on adjacent drives results in a loss of ~6 inches. When you're listing cable lengths as ±25mm this is HUGE.

Does Corsair offer any variations on these cables? (Or something similar to the SATA hub in the 800D?)
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Unfortunately we have no other cables, however I have brought this issue up with our PSU team, and made sure that they are aware of it.
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you could always mount the drives upsidedown? there is no harm in that.
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Old 08-19-2010, 07:42 PM
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I could, but I wouldn't be able to mount all of my drives.

RAMGUY: Can I be added to a list for some of those cables assuming they do address the issue?
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Searched the forums for this exact issue only.

I am having the same problems with an AX750 in a 600T case (bottom mounted PSU).

The SATA cable needs to be rooted to the top and then downwards for the connectors to fit on the drives.

This is far from ideal in a bottom mounted case.

Maybe there should be 2 versions of each cable, one for each mounting position....

If there is a solution I would be more than interested to hear it.
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Default Need to Recognise many PSUs are FLOOR MOUNTED NOW in 2012!

I bought a Corsair HX520W 2 years ago and had trouble floor mounting it in a new case.

As I was building a new PC this year I hoped I would not run into the same problem when buying a new PSU.

This 'UPSIDE DOWN SATA CONNECTOR' ISSUE needs to be addressed by PSU manufacturers.
It is not good to expect End-Users to be attempting re-wiring the connectors themselves, nor is it clever to expect them to search high & low on the Internet for Splitters or Converters as this just adds to the Spaghetti & makes for a 'Rat's Nest' Cabling scenario in what should be a streamlined PC.

This is a manufacturers problem and it is not good enough to simply say the cables are 'unavailable right now'.

The product should state whether it is 'FIT FOR PURPOSE' OR NOT.
i.e. SUITABLE FOR FLOOR MOUNTING OR NOT.
I humbly suggest you put this at CEO/Director level.

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Old 01-07-2012, 02:57 PM
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Some manufacturers have suggested turning HDDs upside down to accommodate the wiring.
This is like putting the Cart before the Horse!
This will not work with upside down DVD players - unless working in zero-gravity....just joking, but you get the picture.
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This situation, the orientation of the SATA power connectors relative to the power supply's mounting position, top or bottom, will always leave those with one or the other PS mounting position, unhappy.

Now that the bottom mount PS position has become much more common (I only use cases with the bottom mount PS style) manufactures have begun orienting the SATA connectors to accommodate that kind of case. That of course does not work well when those PSs are used in top mount cases. But that SATA connector orientation is not ubiquitous in new PSs, I have a new PS that has the SATA connectors oriented for a top mount case.

This is certainly not just a Corsair PS thing, I have other manufactures PSs whose SATA power cables are the same way. It's a choice the manufacture has, and there are only two possibilities. Any PS will be affected by this choice.

What I do with a bottom mount PS case, when the SATA power connectors are "upside down", is run the SATA power cable along the bottom of the case (hopefully behind the mother board tray), and when I reach the drive mounting rack, I run the cable up the side (corner) of the drive rack, held in place with zip ties, to the top of the drive rack, and then allow the cable to run back down along the back of the drives, plugging them in as needed. Not as clean as simply running the cable up from the case bottom once, but it works. With sideways mounted drives, the cables can't be seen, so no big deal, unless your case has tight cable clearance.

Top mount PS cases with the same issue can be more difficult, but if you can run the SATA power cable down to the bottom of the case, and then up to connect to the drives, that works.

Molex connectors are affected by the same orientation situation, so this issue is really nothing new. Since molex connectors are now used much less, we don't notice it.

What we need is a pivoting power connector, or as mentioned, custom cables that are top or bottom mount PS oriented. I'm not aware of any PS manufacture that offers this option, but all manufactures cables are affected by the PS mounting position.
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I have other manufactures PSs whose SATA power cables are the same way. It's a choice the manufacture has, and there are only two possibilities. Any PS will be affected by this choice.
Same here. My PSU WAS the same way. I just turned the connectors around to the other side of the wire . Easy fix!
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