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Corsair's 450W HX-series PSU hits retail, costs more than the 520W alternative

by Parm Mann on 26 November 2008, 10:16

Tags: HX450, Corsair

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Remember the all-new performance-orientated HX450W power supply we told you about earlier this month? Well, Corsair tells us its latest addition to its Professional Series is now available "from all good stockists".

Trouble is, the unit pictured below is dubiously priced at £75.19 from Scan.co.uk - that's £2.47 more than Corsair's beefier HX520W. So what's going on?

Well, unfortunately for Corsair and UK consumers, it's another sign of the knock-on effect of the fluctuating US dollar, a concern we first covered in our review of Sapphire's Radeon HD 4850 X2 - a new GPU suffering a similar fate.

The trouble is, the stock of 520W HX-series power supplies at Scan.co.uk is deemed "old stock" - purchased back then the dollar-to-pound exchange rate was favourable. The all-new HX450 doesn't have that advantage, and it's reflected in its high asking price.

You'd have to be slightly mad to buy the HX450W today, but once old stock of other PSUs is cleared, prices should realign and the HX450 will eventually become the cheapest of the HX-series range.

If you're just curious and fancy a closer look at the unit, the HX450W's official product page is now available at Corsair.com and provides a detailed specification.

Official press release: Corsair launches modular ‘Professional Series’ 450W PSU



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This will probably be Corsair's worst selling product ever. Approximately 0 sales in the first few weeks after launch :laugh:
Quite..

I'm dread to think what the 520HX is going to go up to if the 450W is £75 though.
Any good reason why I should not save around £10 by buying the Seasonic M12ii-430 [scan.co.uk] near-equivalent? :confused:

Made in the same factory I think.
cpemma
Any good reason why I should not save around £10 by buying the Seasonic M12ii-430 [scan.co.uk] near-equivalent? :confused:

Made in the same factory I think.


No reason not to, but the Corsair one mentioned in this thread is a modular one. You could get a non modular one [scan.co.uk] (Corsair still) £15~ less as it's the same sort like the Seasonic one (non modular). I don't know if it is of Seasonic or CWT origin though.
moogle
No reason not to, but the Corsair one mentioned in this thread is a modular one. You could get a non modular one [scan.co.uk] (Corsair still) £15~ less as it's the same sort like the Seasonic one (non modular). I don't know if it is of Seasonic or CWT origin though.


i do like my list :D
-------------------------------------
Organised by rated wattage:
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CX400w = Seasonic

VX450w = Seasonic

HX450w = Seasonic

HX520w = Seasonic

VX550w = CWT

HX620w = Seasonic

TX650w = Seasonic

TX750w = CWT

TX850w = CWT

HX1000w = CWT

---------------------------
Organised by series:
---------------------------

CX400 = Seasonic

VX450 = Seasonic
VX550 = CWT

TX650 = Seasonic
TX750 = CWT
TX850 = CWT

HX450 = Seasonic
HX520 = Seasonic
HX620 = Seasonic
HX1000 = CWT