Corsair CX500M (V2) Semi Modular Power Supply

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Corsair’s CX Series of power supplies have become increasingly popular in the DIY PC market. They offer strong value for money, good build quality, Corsair’s trademark warranty service and offer up 80 Plus Bronze certification at a reasonable price point. Today we are looking at the CX500M power supply which is a modular 80 Plus Bronze 500W power supply from Corsair.

Corsair’s CX500M power supply isn’t as extravagant as some of the power supplies we’ve looked at in the past but that is fine as this power supply is really only aimed at the single GPU gamer with a relatively mid-range system and on a restricted budget. If consumers want something more “high-end” they can obviously opt for Corsair’s more premium HX and AX series of power supplies.

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If you’ve been following the pre-built system market you may see that Corsair’s CX500M has gained significant traction in that market inside pre-built systems from vendors like PC Specialist, Overclockers UK, Scan 3XS and so on. That said the CX500M has never been more popular and without any further ado let’s dive in and take a look at this budget offering from Corsair.

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  • Wayne

    It’s easy to recognise a CWT build with it’s trademark green tape. A decent PSU for a mid range builds although I’m not keen on the 85 degree caps, probably of Chinese origin but costs need to be kept down. Doesn’t this unit incorporate a MOV?

  • d6bmg

    CX series PSUs has always been a good choice for low and this one is no exception.
    Good unit for it’s price tag when compared to the output it can give.

  • d6bmg

    And Ryan, another good review. 🙂

  • Nukelear

    Why didn’t you emphasize what capacitors are used in this power supply? The components used in this psu really sucks.

    • Actually they don’t. You’re probably thinking of the first version of the CX500M where the components used were much worse. The problems with the first version are the main reason Corsair released this V2.

  • Eman LLuf

    This PSU sucks ass, and excuse the language. in 3 months, this PSU shuts off 2 times. When I boot up my computer, it starts powering on for a few seconds, and it stops, for a few seconds, and boots again in a loop. I know I’m writing like crap, and I should get an F for this comment, but please bear with me, this PSU is not what I recommend. I need an english teacher.

  • Skizah Kozeax

    New here , me thinks that this is the best review i have seen the effort placed here second to none, as for the psu i have the very same running a dual boot on separate hdd.So far i have no complaints however it is early days and i haven’t kicked the arse of it Yet..

  • Paul

    can i split the 8p 12v of this PSU?

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  • nocturnal2048 .

    I’m using it right now, got a refurb for $35 USD from my local tech shoppe can’t complain it’s powering…

    CPU: AMD A10 APU / 7870K
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H55
    Memory: PNY Anarchy DDR3 16GB 2400mhz
    MoBo: Gigabyte GA-F2A88xn-wifi
    SSD: OCZ Trion 150 480GB
    HDD: Generic 5400RPM 16MB 500GB
    GPU: MSI Radeon RX 470 Gaming X 4GB

    The only issue I’ve had with this build was the RAM, Mobo doesn’t seem to like this memory when turned up to 2400MHz…