Corsair SF600 80 Plus Gold Fully Modular SFX Power Supply Review

Introduction & Packaging


The world of Small Form Factor (SFX) power supplies has been a fierce battleground over the last few years. Gaming systems have been getting smaller, the HTPC and Steambox markets are growing in popularity and the demand for a tiny PSU that can keep the system small, but still deliver the high-performance grunt required by modern gaming GPU/CPU combos is at an all time high. Enter the new Corsair SF600, the latest contender on the market and judging by the specifications, it may be the best one we’ve seen to date.

“SF Series power supplies bring legendary Corsair performance and reliability to the SFX small form factor standard. They have the features found in full-size high performance power supplies, with certification for 80 PLUS Gold efficiency, superior voltage regulation, Zero RPM mode for virtually silent operation, and 105°C All Japanese capacitors for better reliability.” – Corsair

Equipped with 600W of power, more than enough for any high-end and overclocking gaming rig with a single GPU, 100% Japanese 105c capacitors, a zero RPM fan mode for ultra quiet performance at lower loads, fully modular cables and that super compact SFX form factor, the SF600 is certainly an attractive unit. To make the deal even sweeter, it comes backed up by Corsairs confidence inducing 7-year manufacturers warranty!

The packaging is very nicely designed, keeping in theme with other current Corsair product ranges and featuring a clear product image and the main specifications prominently displayed.

Plenty of technical information around the back too, showing off the efficiency and fan speeds at various load scenarios.

In the box, you’ll find two protective bags, one for the cables and another containing the PSU. There is all the usual documentation, a mains power cable, cable ties and screws; everything you need to get you setup and ready to rock.

SilverStone Releases Compact Titanium Certified PSUs

The power supply is one of the parts of your system where you never should cheap out as it’s the backbone of your system that supplies anything with power. SilverStone now released three new models in the Strider Titanium series, the ST60F-TI, ST70F-TI, and ST80F-TI, that not only come with great specs and impressive titanium certification, they are also very compact and fully modular at the same time.

The new Strider power supplies meet the strict 80 PLUS Titanium efficiency rating where they have to stay above 90% efficiency, even at very low load conditions. This is a tricky thing to achieve and that is why we mostly have seen large units with this certification. SilverStone cracked this and are now offering these ratings for the Strider 600W, 700W, and 800W power supply units in a compact size.

The new units are only 150mm deep and at the same time they come with a fully modular cable system. This allows for the usage in any ATX compatible case with ease and it also allows you to make a great cable management. Speaking of cables, the new Strider units come with flat cables that should make the overall cable routing easier. They have better flexibility and allow for tighter folding.

SilverStone’s ST60F-TI, ST70F-TI, and ST80F-TI are built around a single +12B rail design which allows it to deliver the best possible power to all connected components. It has a ±3% regulation and low ripple & noise performance for high stability. The PSUs are built with all Japanese capacitors and rated for 24/7 continuous power output. Overall, some amazing looking power supplies.

These world’s smallest fully modular ATX power supplies with 80 PLUS Titanium efficiency will be available starting next week for an MSRP of $161.70 USD for the ST60F-TI, $178.75 USD for the ST70F-TI and 195.80 USD for the ST80F-TI.

SilverStone Release New Redundant PSUs in the Gemini Series

One of the most critical components of your system is the power supply. When that fails, nothing runs and that is where redundant power supplies come into play. The second one will kick in if the first should fail or the other way around. SilverStone built upon the previous Gemini models and created the new GM400-S, GM500G, and GM600-G redundant power supplies in a convenient PS2 frame.

As the name suggests, the new Gemini units come with two times 400W, 500W, and 600W load capacity. The 400W model only has an 80 Plus Silver certification where the 500W and 600W models come with an 80 Plus Gold certification. By combining industrial grade components, higher efficiency design, and the inclusion of PMBus 1.2, these power supplies should provide a stable and secure 24/7 solution that will fit in about any chassis.

The units are designed to be hot-swappable and come with convenient pull-out handle bars. The entire range is using an Active PFC, but they won’t come as cheap as a normal power supply. That is pretty much a given, considering that you actually get two when purchasing one. The GM400-S 400W PSU comes with an MSRP of $549.45 price tag, the GM500-G with a $593.45 price tag, and the GM600-G with a $636.79 price tag, all without VAT. That is a hefty price, but it is worth it when needed and considering what you get.

EVGA Introduced 600W 80 PLUS Value Power Supply

One of the tough decisions when building a new system is always the power supply. You’ll want something that can provide stable and safe power, something to be efficient, and something that won’t break your budget. EVGA has thought of those people too and introduced the value-based EVGA 600W 80 PLUS power supply.

With 600W of continuous power and 49A on a single +12V rail, the EVGA 600W provides enough power to power most systems with all its parts, including Nvidia SLI setups. The compact designed PSU also helps you to save space in your chassis and all cables are all sleeved.

The PSU has all the protections you will want: OVP (Over Voltage Protection), UVP (Under Voltage Protection), OCP (Over Current Protection), OPP (Over Power Protection), SCP (Short Circuit Protection), and OTP (Over Temperature Protection). Noise shouldn’t be an issue either as the PSU comes with a quiet and intelligent auto fan for near-silent operation.

The used fan is a 120mm sleeve bearing fan and the entire PSU measures 85 x 150 x 140 mm. It has an MTBF of 100K hours and isn’t built with Japanese capacitors as we’re used to from the high-end models. The noise level is rated at 24-26dBa typical.

The EVGA 600W 80 PLUS PSU is backed by a 3-year warranty, but no pricing was revealed yet except for the term value.

Corsair Displays RMi Series PSU at Computex 2015

Computex 2015 – Corsair is showcasing their PSUs among other things at this year’s Computex and we stopped by to take a look. On display is the RMi Series with 1000W, 850W, 750W, and 650W models.

The RMi series are high-performance power supplies with gold certification for efficiency. They are built with high-end Japanese capacitors and the fans use high-end fluid dynamic bearings.

The RMi series is fully modular, allowing you to create the best possible cable management.

Corsairs Digital Link allows you to connect the digital PSU to your system for temperature and output monitoring.

On display was also a 600W SFX PSU featuring a 92mm fan and modular cable sets.

Specifications

  • 80 PLUS Gold certified: High-efficiency operation for less excess heat and lower operating costs
  • 100% all Japanese 105°C capacitors: Premium internal components ensure solid power delivery and long-term reliability
  • Zero RPM Fan Mode: Allows for virtually silent operation at low and medium loads
  • Configurable +12V rail options: Can be run in the default multi-rail +12V mode, or toggled to single-rail operation
  • Corsair Link Digital: Advanced desktop application lets users monitor and log fan speed, voltages and power consumption, as well as control fan speed and toggle the +12V rail from multi-rail to a single +12V rail
  • Seven-year warranty: A guarantee of reliable operation that will last across several system builds
  • Suggested Retail Prices:
    – 650W – $129.99 MSRP
    – 750W – $139.99 MSRP
    – 850W – $159.99 MSRP
    – 1000W – $189.99 MSRP

ENERMAX Released MAXPRO PSU Series

Enermax has a lot of experience in the cooling and power supply market, and the newest MAXPRO series looks to be another stable power supply, designed to last for a long time. The new series will come with 400, 500, 600, and 700 watts to cover most users needs. Due to an adequate number of 8-pin PCI-Express connectors and a massive 12V rail, the MAXPRO ensures a stable power supply of performance-capable gaming PCs. The PSU measures just 14cm in depth, so it’ll also fit into small form factor cases.

Enermax didn’t just want a stable and efficient power supply, they also wanted ultra-quiet operation. Their engineers improved the fan control and also replaced the usual ball bearing fan with their own 12cm fan using Twister Bearings. With just 500 RPM, the new MAXPRO power supplies operate virtually silent at standard loads up to 50%. When peaking over 90% load, the MAXPRO’s fan exceeds 1,500 RPM but doesn’t generate mechanical side noises thanks to the Twister Bearing technology.

Efficiency and safety are two important aspects of a PSU. At a usual system load of 20 to 50%, the power supply achieves an average efficiency of 87% to comply with both EU’s eco-design regulations as well as the international 80 Plus certification. Enermax applied high-quality and performance-capable components which ensure a 24/7 non-stop operation at 40°C. In case of malfunctions or defects, the advanced SafeGuard protects the PSU and the system components against over-current, over-voltage, over-power, short circuit as well as sudden power surges (OCP, OVP, OPP, SCP & SIP) and the unit itself is covered by a 3-year manufacturer warranty.

The new Enermax MAXPRO series is available now apart from the 700W model, that one won’t be ready until the mid of April. The MSRPs are €49.90 for the 400W, €59.90 for 500W, €67.90 for 600W and €79.90 for the 700W model.

Thanks to ENERMAX for providing us with this information

Xigmatek Reveal Maverick S Power Supplies

 

Xigmatek has just revealed their new Maverick S line of power supplies. The new PSUs are designed to be mid-range products, which offer great value for money. They’re also unique in the sense that they come in the PS3 form factor. PS3 has the same height and width as an ATX class PSU, so they still fit a standard chassis, but they’re not as long, meaning they’re great for compact chassis where space is limited.

The new PSUs measure in at just 150 x 85 x 123mm, with a 120mm PWM controlled fan. There is also a full ATX edition available should you need it. The Maverick are the full ATX, while the Maverick S are the PS3 form factor models.

All of the PSUs come with ATX, EPC and one set of PCIe connectors fixed, with all the other cables being modular. There are three models available; 400w, 500w and 600w. Each features a single +12V rail, active PFC and all the usual electrical protection systems. The Maverick series is 80 Plus Bronze, ATX 2.3 and EPS 2.92 certified, with support for Haswell C6 power states.

No details on price or availability just yet, but we expect them to be very competitive.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of TechPowerUp.

be quiet! Straight Power 10 CM Semi-Modular PSUs Winner!

It’s competition winner time! This week we’ll be picking three lucky winners for our be quiet! Straight Power 10 competition. The new be quiet! PSUs offer incredible performance in terms of power delivery, and obviously they’re super quiet, making them an excellent addition to any system build.

This week I’ll be picking winners for the following three prizes.

First place

  • be quiet! Straight Power 10 800W CM Semi Modular PSU

Second place

  • be quiet! Straight Power 10 700W CM Semi Modular PSU

Third place

  • be quiet! Straight Power 10 600W CM Semi Modular PSU

Firstly, I want to say a massive thank you to be quiet! for helping us organise and give away this awesome prize, but most of all, congratulations to our lucky winners!

 John Alex Temple – 1st Place, 800W CM

Liam Mc M – 2nd Place – 700W CM

Marius Metternich – 3rd Place – 600W CM

Don’t feel too bad if you didn’t win this time around, we’ve got a LOT of great prizes coming to the site very soon and several other great competitions currently running which you can enter here. Keep those entries coming in and good luck to all!

Thermaltake Reveal New TR2 Bronze Series of PSUs

Thermaltake have just announced their new TR2 Bronze series of power supplies. The TR2 range consists of a 450W, 500W and a 600W power supply that feature various high-quality components; which we’ve come to expect from premium brands such as Thermaltake.

All models in the new series feature 80 PLUS Bronze certification and are targeted towards the consumer who needs a strong balance between price and performance from their power supply. The TR2 Bronze Series complies with the latest ATX 12V 2.3 Standard, offering utmost reliability and compatibility, as well as ensuring support for start-of-the-art technologies.

All models come equipped with a 120mm silent fan and intelligent temperature control, a single +12V rail, extra long cables and Japanese main capacitors. Details on price and availability haven’t been released yet, but we expect these will be available very soon and that the prices will be highly competitive; we’ll update you as soon as we know more.

Thank you Thermaltake for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Thermaltake.

Gigabyte GeForce GTX Titan Black Bundled With WindForce 3x 600W Cooler


Nvidia still won’t let its partners rip the GeForce GTX Titan Black apart and make something of their own, but that hasn’t stopped Gigabyte from making a few modifications anyway, the only difference is that you’ll have to fit them yourself. So long as you feel confident taking brand new Gigabyte GeForce GTX Titan Black to bits you can install yourself a sweet new cooler.

The WindForce 3x cooler is rather legendary in terms of performance, it has proven a very capable and efficient design before and we don’t doubt for a second that it’ll work wonders on the Titan Black. The new WindForce cooler has been tweaked up to 600w since the previous model which was capable of shifting 450w of heat, and its three large fans and triple heat sink design are evidence of this.

With clock speeds of 1006/1111 MHz, a memory clock of 1850 MHz and 6GB of GDDR5 memory inside the Titan Black, there is certainly a high performance silicone to keep chilled and I can’t wait to see some comparative benchmarks on what this cooler can do.

The new Gigabyte GTX Titan Black and the bundled WindForce 3X 600w is available from most popular online retailers for around £750 / 900 EUR.

Thank you VideoCardz for providing us with this information.

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