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Corsair's Builder Series CMPSU-500CX is a power supply intended mainly for everyday home or business computing.

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solid design, materials, and construction

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nice cable sleeving

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affordable price point

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quiet during operation

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poor mail in rebate company

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not as well made or performing as Corsair's higher level series

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2 year warranty - misses out on the 5 year warranty of slightly higher priced units such as the VX series

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not 80 plus certified

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 Corsair's Builder Series CMPSU-500CX is a power supply intended mainly for everyday home or business computing for systems that do not require excessive amounts of power. The Builder Series itself is Corsair's value lineup, though this model falls at the higher end. It delivers up to 500W of continuous power at an 80% efficiency rate and 30 degrees celsius for most standard system builds. It is ATX12V V2.3 compliant. For convenience, the supply's cables are fully sleeved and longer than average, designed to reduce hassle when installing the unit in a full tower. This supply cools itself with a 120mm variable-speed fan that changes speed as necessary in response to temperature. Other features include a two-year warranty, and protection against over- and under-voltage, as well as over-powering. Each unit also includes a "quick start" guide to aid with installation.

Features
  • 500W continuous supply
  • 30-degree celsius operation
  • 120mm variable-speed cooling fan
  • Fan alters speed based on temperature to reduce noise
  • ATX12V V2.3 compliant
  • Long, fully sleeved cables
  • Up to 80% efficiency
  • Dedicated single +12V rail
  • Voltage and power protection
  • Ideal for most average-spec PCs
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