Corsair HX650w 650W ATX PSU
Just like its bigger brothers, the HX650W is packaged inside a light blue and black box with an up-close picture of the PSU modular connectors dominating a large portion of the box. At the top-left is badge depicting Corsair's excellent 7 year warranty, but aside from this there are no other certification or specification stickers (such as 80PLUS / SLI /Crossfire) to be seen anywhere. Truth be told, the box design doesn't exactly jump off the shelves at you, but then again who really goes into a PC shop to buy their hardware these days anyway?
Flipping the box over we can see that Corsair have printed a basic specification list in just about every European language. At the top of the list is a selection of thumbnail images showing off the modular cables, fan grill and capacitors. But the sides of the box is where the information junkies will get their fix...
Over on the left side we have two line graphs that represent the HX650W's efficiency at various load levels and also the noise output of the unit as the wattage is increased. Going by the graphs it would seem that the HX650W performs its absolute best at around 325-400W. Also included on this side of the packaging is the DC Output Rating chart which we discussed on the previous page.
At the right side of the box is some more thumbnail images, only this time depicting how many connectors of each type are included in the unit. This is especially handy if you do happen to purchase the PSU from a store and need to know in advance whether it has enough connectors to power all the hard disks in your 20TB media server!
As per usual Corsair's internal packaging is second to none. Two large styrofoam slabs completely encase the entire PSU, and a clear plastic bag prevents anything from rubbing at the PSU's paintwork during transit. As I've said many a time before: "It would take one seriously incompetent or clumsy courier to damage this PSU".... either that or City Link.
The modular cables are provided in their own separate velcro sealed black canvas bag, and all of the usual gubbins to get you up and running (manual, screws, power cord, cable ties) are tucked neatly at the side of the box.
Aside from the change in sticker colour from red to blue, there is very little to differentiate the HX650w from the HX620w at first glance. The fan size and positioning (slightly to one side) is all identical and the only minor difference is the Corsair logo badge affixed to the center of the fan grill, rather than simply being a sticker attached to the fan hub. Once again, Corsair have gone for a textured powdercoat finish for maximum durability.
The specifications sticker is hidden away at the top of the unit and therefore shouldn't be visible inside a windowed PC case (unless of course your case mounts the PSU on its side). For most of us this probably wont affect the purchasing decision either way, but it's always good to see a manufacturer taking the appearance of their PSU into consideration.
At the rear of the unit, everything is pretty much standard with a normal 'kettle' style mains lead, power switch and honeycomb mesh exhaust grill. One could comment that the area above the switch and power socket could have been put to better use with more meshing, but considering that all HX units have followed this design and not suffered from poor airflow, I'm probably just nitpicking.