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Corsair AX1200i Digital ATX 1200-watt Power Supply Review - Corsair Link Hardware and Software

Corsair introduces the new AX1200i and redefines what it means to be an enthusiast level power supply with features never seen in a consumer level PSU.

| Other PSUs in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Aug 3, 2012 7:23 am
TweakTown Rating: 96%      Manufacturer: Corsair

Aside from the DSP, the other big feature of the AX1200i is the inclusion of Corsair Link to monitor and control the power supply. The Corsair Link Dashboard software is designed to allow you to monitor and control all aspects of your computer and can be connected directly to other pieces of Corsair Hardware inside your case such as the H80 cooler or the new Dominator Platinum DDR3 memory kits.

 

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Since we are just using the Corsair Link software to monitor the power supply for now, we can use the included USB dongle to connect to the power supply. If you're using more than one device, you might want to look into utilizing the Corsair Link Commander which allows multiple devices to be connected to it.

 

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Installation of the dongle was as simple as plugging it into an open USB header on the motherboard. Drivers were automatically installed. After downloading and installing the latest version of the Corsair Link Dashboard software, we gave the computer a reboot and were ready to go.

 

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Upon launching the software, we are given a blank slate to start defining our layout and configuration.

 

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You can select from several different cases so that it matches your system. In the event that you don't have one of the preloaded cases, you can upload a custom image for the software to use.

 

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Out of the box it picks up several temperatures right away. As you can see, it is monitors the current CPU and GPU as well as the SSD. You can create groups as well in the event that you have multiple items installed or want to monitor a specific area of the case. This is nice if you have multiples of the same type of hardware, say video cards or processors, so that they can been seen simultaneously.

 

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If you prefer to monitor things over time you can go to the graph mode and see this as well.

 

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There are several options to configure, including whether you want to display temps in Celsius or Fahrenheit, skin color and mail options for alerts.

 

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Adding in the AX1200i to the monitor increases the graphs for you to look at.

 

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Once the AX1200i is available, there is a new tab at the top for power. This will give you full monitoring over the power supply including efficiency, power usage, voltages, amperages on each rail and more.

 

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The window scales quite well when stretched out. Here we have also enable the OCP on all of the PCI-E rails even though no power is being drawn from them.

 

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You can even open different panels on the left while you are making changes to continue monitoring your system. All in all, Corsair has done a great job with the Corsair Link Dashboard software. When utilizing several of Corsair's products in a single system, you can quickly and easily achieve a vast amount of monitoring and customization that was previously unavailable without a substantial amount of custom modding.

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