Six years ago, loading a true enthusiast machine down with all the hardware you could muster meant that you were pulling no more than 600W-700W, and finding a power supply to handle that kind of load was nearly impossible. Since then we've seen a huge change in the hardware that enthusiasts utilize in their rigs. SLI brought about multi-GPU systems that required more power than ever.
We've seen a switch from using a single desktop processor overclocked to the max to dual processors with multiple cores...still overclocked to the max. Let's not even get into everything else that has evolved inside the computer. All of this is great, if you have the power to feed all of it. These days you'll need a minimum of 1000W to power a high end enthusiast machine - maybe even more.
While you have your selection of vendors for motherboards, memory, storage, and more, finding a power supply to fit the bill of such a machine produces few options. The last 12-18 months have brought some more selections, such as the Corsair Professional Series AX1200 that we are taking a look at today. The AX1200 is Corsair's flagship power supply. It is the biggest, meanest beast that they offer.
This PSU boasts an 80Plus Gold rating, has enough connections and power available to run two or three "normal" computers, and has a whole lot of other features to go with it. What matters most of course, is how the AX1200 performs. Nobody wants their rig shutting down in the middle of intensive use when it is needed most. Keep reading to find out all about the Corsair AX1200 and how it performs.
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