Corsair CV450

Corsair is known in enthusiast circles as a supplier of high performance memory and has risen to become one of the most talked about power supply brands around. Corsair was initially able to establish a presence in such a short time through the use of quality OEM’s (Seasonic and CWT), rigorous standards, and excellent support. Since its entrance into the PSU field, it has established a number of lines of power supplies of varying quality to address (and overlap) just about every market segment. Today, we are looking at the 450W model (CP-9020209-NA) in Corsair’s CV line of power supplies made by HEC.

HEC Group (Heirochi Electric Corporation) AKA Compucase Enterprise CO LTD is one of the oldest companies in the consumer SMPS business having been founded in 1979. By 1989 HEC had moved into case production, and then in 1997 it began producing SMPS. Today, HEC is one of the largest manufacturers of SMPS and its products can be found under the HEC brand, the CompuCase brand, and the Cougar brand, all of which are retail arms of HEC. In addition to its own brands, HEC has supplied power supplies in the past for Antec, Thermaltake, Xigmatek, and others. Generally, HEC has been known for its entry to mid-level products, but with the launch of some of its newer lines under the Cougar brand, it has moved into the high end enthusiast realm.

The Sloop of The Fleet?

The Corsair CV450 is the first power supply we have seen from Corsair here at TheFPSReview. However, most of our readers are probably already familiar with Corsair as they have become one of the heavyweights in the enthusiast DIY market. As such, today, it will be very interesting to see how this power supply does in our load testing. Perhaps even more interesting than usual, as the CV450 is very much an entry level power supply and probably one that sells more units based on its price than any other aspect (well, except for maybe the Corsair name). Before we get to that though, let’s see what Corsair has to say about this unit:

CORSAIR CV power supplies are ideal for powering your new home or office PC, with 80 PLUS Bronze efficiency guaranteed to continuously deliver full wattage to your system.

Let’s move on now and see what we can expect when a user purchases the Corsair CV450 power supply in retail in terms of documentation, accessories, cable count, rail layout, output characteristics, and general build quality.

Paul Johnson

Paul is a long time PC hobbyist and tech enthusiast having gotten his start when he broke his first C64 quickly followed by breaking his first IBM XT. Most notably however, for 12 years, he served as the...

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5 Comments

  1. Corsair used to be my go to. Then the RM series hit and I just don’t even really look at them any more.

    Good review. It’s unfortunate that Corsair no longer has the high standards it once held, but this at least isn’t a flaming fireball waiting to happen.

  2. Agreed.. My first couple of PSUs were Corsairs… Sad to see where they’ve landed with respects to their standards. While the unit "did" pass, I wouldn’t trust it and like Paul said, spend a couple of extra $$ and get something with more / better features.
  3. My ‘go to’ is Seasonic, but Corsair is on the list for ‘acceptable’. At least their warranty coverage is good.
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