Corsair RM1000x 1000 Watt 80 PLUS Gold Fully Modular Power Supply Review

Introduction & Packaging


Corsair have been known to produce some of the best power supplies in the business and today, they look set to continue that trend with the release of their high-end RM1000x. Not everyone needs 1000w of power, of course, but when you do, it’s likely that you’re also the kind of system builder who demands the best performance from your components. Previous high-end PSUs from Corsair have reaped some of the best results we’ve ever seen, with ripple so low we thought there was an issue with our testing equipment, so to say we’re a little eager to see what this one can do would be quite the understatement.

“Corsair RMx series power supplies give you extremely tight voltage control, quiet operation, Gold-certified efficiency, and a fully modular cable set. Built with all Japanese 105°C capacitors, they’re a great choice for high-performance PCs where reliability is essential. 80 PLUS Gold efficiency reduces operating cost and excess heat, and Zero RPM fan mode ensures virtual silence at low and medium loads. And, the fully modular DC cables make builds and upgrades easy, with clean, great-looking results.” – Corsair

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Equipped with all the usual safety features you would expect, as well as 80 Plus Gold efficiency, all Japanese capacitors, a ZeroRPM mode, a powerful 135mm fan, fully modular cable design and more, the RM1000x certainly ticks all the right boxes and to sweeten the deal, Corsair has given it a 7-Year warranty! That last part fills me with a lot of confidence.

1000W is a lot of power, more than enough to power an extreme workstation or gaming system with enthusiast overclocks and multiple graphics cards. As you can see, that 12V rail can push a very mighty 83.3A, more than enough power for 

The packaging is very nicely designed, with a big and clear shot of the PSU on the front and that stand-out black and yellow Corsair branding.

Around the back, a quick technical rundown of the efficiency, hybrid fan mode and connectors.

There’s quite a lot of stuff in the box, with a durable protective bag for all the modular cables, a soft bag with the PSU inside, heavy-duty power cable,  cable ties, screws, and all the usual documentation.

Fractal Design Node 202 mini-ITX Chassis Review

Introduction


Fractal Design are one of the best chassis manufacturers in the world, having created a stunning range of products over the years, as well as branching out into the world of PSUs, CPU coolers and more. Today they look set to dominate the living room, with the release of their Node 202 mini-ITX chassis. What makes this one so special is that it is designed to house a high-end system, but maintains that slim form factor, allowing you to put it under your TV or on your desk with ease; perfect for a gaming system/steambox or a HTPC configuration.

“The Node 202 is the ultimate PC case for those looking for a beautifully designed, compact chassis that can house a capable gaming build. This small footprint is an intelligently built unit where extreme detail was placed into the design phase to get every line and spec in perfect harmony. With both horizontal and vertical orientation possibilities, the Node 202 can be placed anywhere in the house. The sleek design makes it very attractive next to the TV in the living room or on your desk in the office.”

With a small footprint and a volume of just 10.2 liters, it’s hard to belive that this chassis can house a pair of 2.5″ hard drives, motherboard, CPU cooler, PSU and more impressive of all, a pretty large graphics card.

Specifications

  • Mini ITX motherboard compatibility
  • 2 – 2.5″ SSD unit positions
  • 2 expansion slots
  • 2 – 120mm optional fan positions in graphics card chamber
  • CPU coolers up to 56 mm in height
  • PSU compatibility: SFX PSUs up to 130mm long
  • Graphics card compatibility: Maximum dimension of graphics card is 310x145x47mm (LxHxD)
  • Can be placed both vertical and horizontal position
  • 3 dust filters included (for CPU, GPU and PSU)
  • Case volume: 10.2 litres
  • Colors available: Black
  • Case dimensions – Horizontal (WxHxD): 377 x 82 x 330 mm
  • Case dimensions – Horizontal, with feet/protrusions/screws (WxHxD): 377 x 88 x 332 mm
  • Case dimensions – Vertical, with feet/protrusions/screws (WxHxD): 125 x 385 x 332 mm
  • Net weight: 3.5 kg
  • Package dimensions (WxHxD): 145 x 463 x 388 mm
  • Package weight: 5.2kg

To make the build even easier, the model we have today comes with that rather fantastic Integra SFX 450W 80 Plus Gold power supply pre-installed, meaning that you can get your system up and running a lot quicker, and that 450W delivery is going to be more than enough for even the most demanding CPU/GPU combinations.

“The Integra SFX 450W PSU that comes inclusive with the enclosure provides stable power to the most demanding systems. It comes with customized connectors and tailored cables perfectly fitted for use within the Node 202, contributing to hassle-free installation and cable management.”

  • 80PLUS® Bronze certification
  • 80mm, temperature controlled fan
  • Maximum operating temperature at full load: 50°C (50°C @ 100%)
  • Fully Intel Haswell C6/C7 compliant
  • 3 years warranty
  • Taiwanese capacitors
  • OPP / OVP / UVP / SCP / OCP Protection
  • Can be placed both vertical and horizontal position
  • 100,000 hours life expectancy (MTBF)
  • SFX 3.3 PSU specification compliance
  • ErP 2013 compliant (<0.5W system power draw)
  • Colors available: Black
  • Unit measurements (WxHxD): 125 x 64 x 100 mm
  • Net weight: 1.0 kg

So specs and things aside, let’s move on to the actual hardware. First up, we can see the packaging is fairly simple, with a big sticker on the front letting us know we’ve got the Integra SFX 450W included in the chassis, as well as a handy 3-year warranty.

Around the back, there is a fantastic technical breakdown of each component, showing you exactly which features you’re going to get from this build.

First things out of the box, a simple user guide, warranty booklet and general product information.

You’ll also find a nice little box of accessories.

This includes a bundle of cable ties, all the usual fitting screws, and some stick-on rubber feet.

One of the most important components is this adaptor for the PCI-E slot, allowing the GPU to lay parallel to the motherboard, allowing for a slimmer chassis design.

Finally, there’s a slot-in vertical mount, giving you another great way to display your system.

It’s very sturdy and comes with four rubber grip feet on the base to prevent it from sliding around.

Now onto the best part, the chassis its self! It’s certainly nice and slim, and should blend easily into your AV setup; if that’s where you wanted it at least. There’s a little bit of ventilation down the left side, giving some extra airflow to the graphic card area.

Down the right side, a lot more ventilation, giving air intake to the motherboard and PSU mounting area, with even more ventilation on the top for heat exhaust from any CPU cooler you’re using.

The finish is sublime, a mostly plastic exterior, but with a soft matte finish that gives it a premium look and feel.

Aside from the subtle Fractal Design logo, you’ll also find all the usual ports and controls down here. One little touch that I very much like is the black USB 3.0 ports, as they’re visually less distracting than the usual blue ones, and that can’t be understated for those wanting a clean-looking HTPC build.

Around the back, we’ve got the motherboard I/O cut out, two expansion slots, and the PSU pass through port.

The PSU actually mounts on the front right corner, but an internal cable means you only have to connect the PSU power at the back, where you can easily hide the cables out of sight.

On the base of the chassis, a lot more ventilation. There’s a small vent on the right, allowing airflow to the PSU, as well as a long vent on the left for the PSU air intake.

Enermax Announces the Revolution X’T II PSU

Enermax launched their Revolution X’T series of Power supplies a few years back and now they are back with the successor to the series, the Revolution X’T II power supply. The new line of PSUs is built with the best components such as 100% Japanese capacitors as well as quite a few awesome features.

The Enermax Revolution X’T II power supply will be available as 450W, 550W, 650W, and 750W models and all of them come with the 80 Plus Gold certification and part of that is thanks to the use of 105°C Japanese electrolytic capacitors for maximum durability and stability.

The flat and modular cables help you to run a neat setup where you can leave out all the cables that you don’t need. Fewer cables make for a better-looking build and it also helps to decrease resistance and allow for a better airflow in your system. Speaking of air flow, the Revolution X’T series comes with a 139mm fan made by Enermax themselves and utilizing the patented Twister bearing fan to offer low noise at the same time as a long lifespan.

Another feature that will help to prolong the lifetime of the Revolution X’T series is the patented HeatGuard, also known as Fan-delay. It will keep the PSU fan running for 30 to 60 seconds after shutdown to dissipate the remaining system heat and thereby prolong the system life. Enermax also added all the relevant normal protections such as OCP (3.3V/5V), OVP, OPP, SCP, and SIP.

The power supplies are rated for 24/7 usage at 40 degrees which again is a sign that the PSU should live a very long time due to the use of components. Enermax also backs the units with a 5-year warranty.

The REVOLUTION X’t II series will be available in the retail market in February 2016, so that will be any day now.

AeroCool Announces XPredator GM Series 80 Plus Gold PSU Line-Up

Aerocool might not be the most recognizable name in the technology industry but they have a great selection of cases, fan controllers, air coolers, fans, and power supplies. The company was setup back in 2002, and continues to bring great products at affordable pricing. Although, I’ve personally not used any of the items in their line-up. The latest addition is a new range of power supplies rated to an 80 Plus Gold efficiency standard. While this isn’t the greatest rating available, it’s more than enough for the average user and should come at a much cheaper price point. The XPredator series comes in 550W, 650W, 750W, and 1000W models to suit a variety of usage scenarios.

Furthermore, all of the units in this range feature DC-DC switching, a single +12V rail design, active electrical protections, Core C6/C7 power-state support, and active PFC. As you can see from the picture above, each power supply adopts a semi-modular design to help with cable management. The 1000W model utilizes a 140mm fan while the lower wattage versions use a 120mm. Unfortunately, AeroCool didn’t provide any pricing information at this time, but I’m pretty sure these units are aimed at the mainstream gaming market. As a result, they should be pretty affordable.

Cooler Master Launches V Series Power Supply Units

Cooler Master officially launched their new V-series power supplies today and they look to be quite impressive. The V Series power supplies feature the most stable and efficient power supply unit in its class thanks to exclusive 3D circuit design and Silencio FP technology.

The new V-series power supplies are available in three different designs, one with 550W, one with 650W, and one with 750W. The three new units come with a fully modular design that includes flat cables. The V-series comes with Gold and Platinum ratings, but these three new units are all Gold. Cooler Master managed to put all this technology into a compact form factor that will fit pretty much any chassis that can take ATX power supplies.

The Silencio FP fan technology enhances the possible airflow and reduces vibrations at the same time. In return, you get an even more stable power supply.

The V550 and V650 come with the usual 20+4-pin and 4+4-pin motherboard connectors while the V750 features an extra 4+4-pin. The two small units feature two PCIe 6+2-pin connectors and the V750 again doubles that. When it comes to SATA, Molex, and Berg connectors, it looks a bit different. The V550 features six SATA power, three MOLEX, and one Berg. The V650 and V750 have eight SATA power connections, six Molex, and 1 Berg/Floppy connector.

The three new units will be available in Europe at the beginning of October 2015 for an MSRP of £89.99, £99.99, and £109.99 respectively for the V550, V650, and V750.

If your interest has been sparked, then I’d recommend that you head over to our review section and check out the full review on the new Cooler Master V750 PSU.


EVGA Released New Models in the SuperNOVA G2 Line-Up

It has been three months by now since EVGA first introduced us to these two new power supply models, the EVGA SuperNova 650 G2 and Supernova 550 G2, and now they’re finally become available too.

These power supplies are based on the award winning G2 power supplies and feature an 80 Plus gold certification on the efficiency to provide clean power to all your components.

The CO Control Fan system offers fan modes to provide you with an absolute zero fan noise setup, when it isn’t needed. This means that no fan is spinning unless it’s needed and that’s just as wonderful on PSUs as it is on graphics cards.

The Supernova 650 G2 and Supernova 550 G2 are both backed by a 7-year warranty and they are built with 100% Japanese capacitors to make sure it easily lasts that time.

The PSUs are fully modular, allow for crossfire or SLI setups and come with all the protections you’ll want. OVP, UVP, OCP, OPP, and SCP are all included.

When a company sais that a product is available, it effectively means that it is on its way to the distributors who will then send it on to the shops where you can buy them. So while you might not be able to find it at your favorite shop yet, you should very soon.

SilverStone Launches SX500-LG SFX-L Power Supply

SFX power supplies have come a long way and don’t have many shortcomings in comparison with their ATX counterparts, except the fan limitation. The 100mm depth of the SFX form factor PSUs limit the fan size to 80mm and the smaller a fan is, the faster it has to spin and thus increasing the overall sound level as well as pitch sounds.

SilverStone has created the SFX-L form factor to combat just this issue. The larger form factor allows for the use of 120mm fans and thus reducing the overall acoustic levels from the PSU as well as allowing for higher performance due to the improved cooling.

A great new standard also needs a great first product. There is no doubt that the SilverStone SX500-LG PSU is such one with its 80 Plus Gold certification, modular flat cables and semi-fanless capability. You even get an ATX adapter bracket to mount it normal form factor cases.

Special Features:

  • Silent running 120mm fan with intelligent semi-fanless operation
  • Support SFX-L form factor and ATX via included bracket
  • High efficiency with 80 PLUS Gold certification
  • 100% modular cables
  • All cables made with flexible flat arrays
  • 500W continuous power output at 40℃ operating temperature rated for 24/7 operation
  • Class-leading single +12V rail with 40A
  • Strict ±3% voltage regulation and low ripple & noise
  • Support dual PCI-E 8/6pin connectors
  • Active PFC

We could already report on this new PSU a little while ago, and now it also got a price and release date. The SX500-LG has an $89.11 USD MSRP and should become available on the 28th of January.

Thanks to SilverStone for providing us with this information

Thermaltake London 550W Semi-Modular Power Supply Review

Introduction & Packaging


Naming power supplies after cities of the world is certainly a unique strategy to grab the attention of buyers in an otherwise saturated power supply market: Thermaltake have opted for “Berlin” and “London” name-tags on some of their power supply series. On paper, at least, the Thermaltake London 550W power supply that we are reviewing today does appear to be a new product even though it falls under the existing Toughpower series.

At first glance the similarities between the Thermaltake London 550W and Toughpower Gold 550W seem strong as they are both 80 Plus Gold rated 550W power supplies boasting 5 year warranties and active PFC. But comparing their specifications we see the London 550W PSU features a semi modular design, quieter fan and an increased MTBF over the Toughpower Gold 550W – all of which are improvements. On the negative side the London 550W features a shorter hold up time of 12ms which actually falls below the minimum 16ms allowed by the ATX specification: the Toughpower 550W Gold offered 17ms. The London unit is also slightly bigger featuring an extra 20mm of depth which is what allows it to run a bit cooler and quieter as a 140mm fan can be used instead of a 120mm on the older Toughpower Gold.

Packaging and Contents

The London naming also plays into the branding with a picture of London’s iconic Tower Bridge gracing the box and the power supply unit.

Around the rear, quite ironically, we see that the box’s writing is in German. Maybe they sell the Thermaltake Berlin power supply in English to balance it out?

The accessory package is nothing out of the ordinary with a user manual, warranty guide, power chord, some screws for securing the PSU into your case and a rather stingy 4 zip ties for cable management.

Enermax Revolution XT 530W Semi-Modular Power Supply Review

Introduction & Packaging


It has been a while since we’ve taken a look at a new Enermax power supply here at eTeknix. Despite that Enermax have been busy releasing new products left, right and centre under their own brand name and under their other power supply brand LEPA. Enermax have always targeted a fairly high end user with their power supplies which is probably what has gained them a long-term reputation as being trend-setters in the power supply industry. In this review we are checking out one of their units from the Revolution XT series and we are looking at the popular 530W wattage model.

I remember from reviewing past Enermax PSUs that although their products were stellar quality they often lacked a little something special in the cable design and also in pricing: let’s hope this unit can reverse this trend. Straight away we can see Enermax listened to feedback on the cabling as they now offer all-black ribbon cables on the modular and hard-wired cables. The rest of the key features of the Revolution XT series include 80 Plus Gold efficiency, a semi-modular design, a DC to DC converter design, a 5 year warranty and the promise of “ultra silent” operation thanks to the high quality Enermax fan used. The Revolution XT series is geared for single and dual GPU systems depending on the voltage chosen, the Revolution XT 530W that we are testing is mainly geared for high performance single GPU systems running demanding graphics cards like AMD R9 290(X)s or Nvidia GTX 780(Ti)s.

Users interested in running a pair of video cards will need to pick either the 630 or 730W versions of the Revolution XT as only these have the necessary cables for CrossFire or SLI. All PSUs in the Revolution XT series get the same number of SATA, molex and FDD using the same cable lengths.

Packaging and Contents

The packaging uses a gold colour scheme to reflect the unit’s efficiency certification. We also see the black modular cables paraded around as a flagship feature.

On the back we see a mention of Enermax’s HeatGuard feature which ensures the fan runs for 60 seconds after system shut-down to dissipate any excess heat.

The accessory pack is fairly generous as it includes a power chord, a “power guard” clip to prevent the power chord from being ripped out by accident, a user’s manual, some velcro cable ties, some screws and an Enermax case sticker.

Thermaltake Toughpower DPS 750W Modular Power Supply Review

Introduction & Packaging


The term “digital power supply” is rarely used in the power supply market at the moment; we have seen digital power supplies before (the Corsair AXi series springs to mind) but they still remain uncommon and unpopular due to their high price. Thermaltake are the latest power supply brand to venture into the digital power supply arena with their Toughpower DPS series units, of which we have their DPS 750W model in for testing today.

On paper the DPS 750W is a direct rival to Corsair’s AX760i offering similarly strong efficiency, the same 7 year warranty, a fully modular design, quiet operation and digitally controlled voltage regulation. Thermaltake’s DPS 750W does benefit from a fairly unique piece of software that is bundled with the power supply but Corsair’s AX760i also has something similar in the form of Corsair Link. Thermaltake’s software allows you to monitor efficiency, voltages, watts, energy costs, the power supply temperature and control the fan speed.

Packaging and Contents

The packaging showcases the digital nature of the power supply as well support for the DPS app. The 7 year warranty is also a flagship feature, only EVGA go one better by offering a 10 year warranty with their high end power supplies.

Accessories include documentation, case screws, a power chord, cable ties, a USB cable for controlling the PSU with the provided app and two anti-vibration pads if your case doesn’t include such a feature.

Deepcool DQ750 Quanta Semi-Modular Power Supply Review

Introduction & Packaging


Deepcool have been making their presence felt in the PC DIY market increasingly more over the last year. They have made a push towards gaming and enthusiast market segments with new cooling solutions, cases and power supplies. Today we have one of Deepcool’s newest power supplies on the test bench: the Deepcool DQ750. As its name suggests, this is a 750 watt power supply and it is very much targeted at PC enthusiasts with 80 Plus Gold certification, a Blue LED fan and a modular design with flat black ribbon cables. Deepcool have opted for a semi-modular design but unlike some power supply vendors they have also ensured that the hard-wired cables conform to an all-black aesthetic just like the modular cables. Deepcool’s expansion into the power supply market for consumer buyers is certainly an interesting one and given that Deepcool have teamed up with Corsair’s preferred OEM Channel Well Technology we could see Deepcool competing for similar buyers with similar features. Let’s see what the DQ750 has to offer.

Packaging and Contents

Packaging is fairly simple for such a high-end unit; a gold colour scheme is used to reflect the unit’s efficiency certification. I’m not so sure about the “Enjoy Your Cool Life” slogan; it seems it was thrown together in just a few moments.

Included with the DQ750 is a power chord, four black case screws and a warranty card. Note there is no manual provided, in physical form or online at the product page, which is a bit strange. Deepcool also do not provide any cable ties.

Super Flower Leadex Gold 650W Modular Power Supply Review

Introduction & Packaging


Super Flower have turned a lot of heads since they have started selling their power supplies branded under their own name. Previously Super Flower had been an OEM producer for brands like EVGA but they made the decision this year to go all-in for establishing themselves as a retail power supply brand. The first power supply we took a look at from them was the beastly Leadex Platinum 1000W power supply which offered class-leading performance for a ground-breaking price. We followed that by looking at their passive Golden Silent 500W power supply which offered incredible performance in a totally silent package – a very innovative product. Today we are looking at something which sits just below the Leadex Platinum series; a Leadex Gold power supply. Super Flower provided us their 650W model which is a sweet spot wattage for anyone building a fairly high-end system.

The Leadex Gold brings with it all the high-end features we saw on the Leadex Platinum series but with a slightly lower efficiency. This means buyers will find a fully modular design, a silent semi-passive fan mode, universal modular connectors and high quality internal components.

Packaging and Contents

The packaging reiterates the gold theme: that’s the main selling point from Super Flower’s perspective.

Moving around the back and we find the other already mentioned key features are detailed.

The accessories are simple: four thumbscrews for securing the PSU into your case, a user’s manual and a power cable.

Antec Edge 650W Modular Power Supply Review

Introduction & Packaging


Today Antec are unveiling a brand new power supply series which they are calling the “Edge” series. Some of the key features of the Antec Edge power supply series are a fully modular design, 80 Plus Gold certification, Antec’s respected 5 year warranty, custom rubber sleeving and quiet operation. That all sounds very good doesn’t it? Antec have clearly been listening to end user feedback because on paper the Edge 650W looks like a perfect power supply for the majority of enthusiast PC users. If we compare the Edge to Antec’s High Current Gamer series we can see obvious improvements in noise and aesthetics and compared to the High Current Pro series we can see obvious improvements in pricing. The Antec Edge 650 has a competitive price tag of $129.99 MSRP, so let’s find out if it has the performance as well!

Packaging and Contents

Antec’s packaging is a little more flashy than last time with a fairly elaborate picture of the product. Antec proclaims that this PSU is Haswell ready meaning it supports C6 and C7 sleep state functions.

Key specifications and cable configurations are displayed on the side of the box.

The accessories package includes a power cable, warranty documentation, a user manual, two sets of custom rubber bumpers in red & black and four silver mounting screws.

XFX TS650 650W Non-Modular Power Supply Review

Introduction & Packaging


XFX’s PRO Series of power supplies have become very popular among system builders and enthusiasts thanks to their solid quality and competitive pricing, however, the majority of the XFX PRO series of power supplies are only based on 80 Plus Bronze rated Seasonic platforms. With the TS series XFX is ramping up the quality from Bronze to Gold rated platforms that promise to offer better efficiency and higher quality power deliver.

As you’ll find with many mainstream power supplies, there is a fully wired design which serves the purpose of keeping costs down but also of eeking out every last drop of efficiency since fully wired PSUs tend to have greater efficiency than modular ones. Yet the efficiency of this PSU is still fairly high-end so XFX have offered some cables to match that: all of the cables are fully black except the motherboard 24 pin but that also has decent sleeving. Like all XFX power supplies the XFX TS 650 also carries with it an impressive 5 year warranty in case anything were to go wrong, but given the high quality components and construction associated with Seasonic OEM designs like this one we are expecting a very good power supply, so let’s see exactly how it performs in today’s review.

Packaging and Contents

The XFX TS 650 comes in one of the smallest boxes I’ve seen for a PSU of this wattage and quality, and this of course helps XFX keep costs down.

The back details XFX’s usual features such as their True Wattage Guarantee.

The accessory pack is basic: a user manual, some screws and a power cable are all included.

XFX PRO 1250W Black Edition Modular Power Supply Review

Introduction & Packaging


When you get into the 1000W or higher range of power supplies the number of competitors starts to tail off compared to the highly competitive sub-750W market. The 1000W+ power supply market is very niche and not many power supply vendors even bother producing power supplies with this much wattage, at least not for the consumer market. That said if you’re interested in a power supply with enough wattage to drive three or even four way graphics card set ups then your options are limited. Today we are looking at one of those limited options, the XFX PRO 1250W Black Edition fully modular power supply. Thankfully limited options doesn’t mean limited quality as XFX’s Pro 1250W Black Edition Power supply is one of the best offerings on the market. In XFX tradition the OEM producer is the legendary Seasonic and this power supply boasts some great features such as a hybrid fan mode, 80 Plus Gold efficiency and a fully modular design.

Packaging and Contents

The packaging reveals a striking image of the product as well as some details about the technologies this power supply uses. The SolidLink technology basically means the power delivery mechanisms are closer to the connectors so there is less room for electricity to be wasted as heat which creates inefficiency. The Hybrid fan cooling, activated by a simple switch, means that below a certain amount of load or certain temperature the power supply’s fan will not even turn on – minimising noise.

Around the back we find more of the same: some additional marketing material about how the key features work as well as a note about the 5 year warranty.

Included with the product is a PRO Series power supply brochure which details the other PSUs XFX make as well as a power plug that will be appropriate to your region.

Cooler Master V750 Semi-Modular Power Supply Review

Introduction & Packaging


Cooler Master have earned a solid reputation as one of the leading providers of power supplies in the desktop and enthusiast market, and rightly so. Unlike some PSU vendors Cooler Master do not tend to stick with the same OEM and have used CWT, Enhance and Seasonic to ensure they always get the best balance between price and performance depending on the product they are making. Today we are looking at a power supply that is produced for Cooler Master by Enhance, one of Cooler Master’s favoured OEMs of late. We have also seen the Enhance OEM used in many of Cooler Master’s Silent Pro Hybrid series power supplies. On the bench for this review is Cooler Master’s brand new V750 power supply. Boasting 750W of 80 Plus Gold Rated power with a low RPM fan and a semi modular design Cooler Master’s V750 looks like a very nice offering. It also comes in an incredibly compact form factor being just 5.5 inches in length and better still it has a very reasonable MSRP of $110. So without any further ado let’s proceed into this review and see how it performs!

Packaging and Contents

On the front of the packaging Cooler Master proudly display the 80 Plus Gold certification, use of Japanese capacitors and 3D Circuit design.

On the back we find details able the cables on offer, the fan curve and the efficiency curve. Cooler Master also mention that the specific Enhance OEM design they are using is exclusive to them.

Included with the V750 is simply a power plug, set of black case screws and user’s manual.

EVGA Announced its SuperNOVA 1600 G2 Power Supply

EVGA has announced its latest addition to the PSU lineup, the SuperNOVA 1600 G2, bearing the 120-G2-1600-X1 codename and having an outstanding 1600 W power output.

The SuperNOVA 1600 G2 is said to be fully modular, thus reducing case cluster, and coming fully packed with Japanese Capacitors, ensuring that only the most pristine components are used. This is said to bring the best stability, reliability, overclockability, as well as ensuring an unparalleled control.

In terms of specs, EVGA’s SuperNOVA 1600 G2 is a 80 PLUS Gold certified PSU, having a 90% efficiency ration under typical loads. The PSU is said to also be packed with a superior vertical double layer main transformer, which increases the PSU’s power output. Also, its High Amperage Single-Rail Design ensures for that the maximum power and efficiency is met, while providing protection for over power, under power, over voltage and short-circuit.

As previously mentioned, the SuperNOVA 1600 G2 comes with the highest quality Japanese Nippon Chemi-Con solid state capacitors, which are said to ensure a long-term reliability, while its fully modular design aids in reducing clutter and improving airflow. The PSU also bears a quiet and intelligent auto fan in order to achieve a near-silent operation environment.

EVGA has marked the PSU as being specially designed for systems bearing Intel’s 4th Gen Core Processors, having support for the C6/C7 Idle Mode. In addition to the latter, EVGA offers a 10 year warranty, while having the PSU priced at $349,99 in the US (no confirmation yet on the EU pricing). EVGA is also introducing a new scheme, the “Early Adopter Programme”, where a select 100 customers globally can purchase the EVGA SuperNOVA 1600 G2 Power Supply at a special introductory price of $199.99. More details on EVGA’s programme can be found here.

Seasonic Presents its Latest PSU’s at Computex 2014

PSUs play a great role in desktop configurations and with the new technologies coming out soon, Seasonic saw fit to present their solutions as well. The company has revealed at Computex 2014 its 80 PLUS Platinum series 1050 W and 1200 W, the upgraded 80 PLUS Gold X series 1050 W and 1250 W models, as well as the 80 PLUS Bronze series.

Looking at the 80 PLUS Gold X series, Seasonic appears to have made the series fully modular. What that means is users will not have to deal with a whole bunch of unused cables taking space in their PC case, rather the company has given the ability to choose what cables the user requires and giving him the option to manually attach them. Also, the X series PSUs have been granted the Hybrid Silent Fan Control support, in addition to an upgraded D2D platform.


The latest and most powerful of the series, the 80 PLUS Platinum series, having an up to 92% efficiency, is said to feature a full array of ultra-efficient power supplies, ranging from 400 W to 1200 W, having all models fully modular. A special fanless model will be included in the series which Seasonic believes will be ‘sought’ by many users for its performance and noise level ratio.


Seasonic has introduced a new Honeycomb structure air vents design to both of its PSU series described above, including the 80 PLUS Bronze S12II, with efficiency of up to 85%, allowing for an optimum air circulation and heat dispersion. The S12II also seems to feature black-coloured flat cables and silent 120mm FLuid Dynamic Bearing fans. In addition, the 80 PLUS Bronze M12II Evo features all of the S12II’s characteristics, along with Fluid Dynamic Bearing fans and an extreme silent mode, activated when the PC is not requiring a lot of power to process applications.

BitFenix Reveal Fury PSU Series

BitFenix has just revealed their latest PSU product range, which not only pack plenty of power for the modern gamer, but also some gorgeous aesthetics that set them apart from the competition. The Fury Power Supply Series features all the top components we have come to expect from a high-end, high-quality power supply product, this includes all Japanese capacitors, 80 Plus Gold level efficiency, and one of my favourite features of the range, high quality sleeved cables.

With the modding world setting a high standard for custom sleeve cables, BitFenix has taken their “one of a kind” (BitFenix’s words) Nanosleeve braiding and applied it to each individual cable, giving a very nice aesthetic edge to the Fury range. The full range is semi-modular, but the main motherboard cables are also sleeved, whilst the modular cables are also black sleeved with black connectors for a nice uniform look.

Both the top and the bottom of the PSU have a stamped BitFenix logo and aluminium ring accent, giving you the choice to mount in either way in your chassis, but still maintaining the sleek style that it offers. The whole unit is complimented with a high quality matte powder-coat finish.

Advanced Performance – Even a good looking power supply is no use if it doesn’t deliver on a technical level. That’s why Fury utilizes advanced features to meet the power needs of the modern PC. 80PLUS certification ensures up to 90% efficiency for maximum cost savings over time. Single rail power delivery provides optimum power to system components that need it most, while active power factor correction smooths out ripples for clean and steady power for the system. “

The fury range is available in three formats, the 550G, the 650G and the most powerful of the range, the 750G. All of which will be available from most major online retailers and high street store next month.

Thank you BitFenix for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of BitFenix.

Silverstones New 600w Gold SFX Form Factor PSU Revealed At CeBIT 2014

We’re back at the Silverstone booth at CeBIT 2014 for a look at the last product from their display, and naturally we’ve saved their best product for last. The New Silverstone SFX power supply is a real game changer, offering up a whopping 600W of power with an 80 Plus Gold rating and a fully modular design. It feature flat cables that make it extremely easy to work with in small form factor builds and it is also the perfect companion for the smash hit, the RVZ01 Raven series chassis, a popular choice for those looking to build SteamBox style systems.

While 600W may not sound like a lot compared to it’s full ATX PSU counterparts, it’s a new benchmark for SFX. 600W is more than enough to power a heavily overclocked CPU and any of today’s high end graphics cards such as the Titan or R9 290X, making this a big win for those looking to build a compact gaming build.

The 80 Plus Gold power rating means that with great power comes great efficiency, something that will no doubt please your wallet in the long run as you can bet this tiny-beast of a PSU is a snip under £100.

The SST-SX600-G isn’t available just yet, but will be launched very soon, so if you’re saving up for an SFX compatible SFF gaming chassis, then this really should be at the top of your list for components, especially if you’re wanting to build a high-performance system.

Cougar Launch High-End GX V3 Gamer Series Power Supplies

Cougar have just unveiled their latest power supply range, the GX V3. It’s actually a reworking of their popular GX series, but it’s been given an extra boost to make it even more popular with gamers who demand high-end performance. The design has been tweaked too, finished in a rugged black coating and a gold vent grill to give it a loud an aggressive appearance. As a nice bonus, the new design is actually shorter too, needing just 160mm of space to install, down from the 180mm space of the previous models, so this certainly great news for those cramming PSU’s into mini-ITX chassis, where space is everything. Thankfully, smaller doesn’t have to mean less powerful and the GX V3 will be the smallest of compact 1050W products on the market, a major technological breakthrough.

The Cougar GX V3 PSUs are fully compliant with the 80-PLUS Gold efficiency requirement, with a peak efficiency of (up to) 93%. These high-end PSUs are designed for enthusiast gamers, where extreme efficiency and high end power over long periods of time are vital to getting the most out of your CPU and GPU, or in fact every single component in your rig.

GX series power supplies also come fitted with an ultra quiet fan, modular cable management and flat cables to keep things neat and tidy, while maximizing airflow. On the interior you’ll find that the GX V3 uses high quality 105c Japanese Capacitors, which are cooled by the built in, low-noise, 140mm fan.

 

“Many people and organizations have the computers running 24/7 whether it is for remote access or cloud-computing requirements. Cougar has continued to address the growing need for super-efficient power supplies with the ECO-friendly power supply designs with 3 variations of the GX V3 at 600, 800 and 1050 watts.” Said Cougar in their latest press release. “The COUGAR GX V3 PSU was designed from the ground up to achieve high efficiency in its power supply management. With RST (Rapid Switch Technology) and DC to DC technology, which provides the highest efficiency and the most stable performance, along with perfect regulation (Regulation <3%). That, along with the CLC filter design which efficiently suppresses Ripple/Noise to less than 1%, shows how the GX V3 has been improved to increase electric efficiency even further over previous generations.” they added.

The GX V3 series fits in with the latest Eco-Friendly EuP regulation, ErP Lot6 2013. The energy consumption is lower than 0.3W when the PC is in standby mode, which can save quite a bit of energy and money and of course it supports the Energy Star 5.0 rating. The MSRP of the three power level variants are: the at GX1050 $189, the GX800 at $149, and the GX600 at $109.

Thank you Cougar for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Cougar.

Thortech Thunderbolt Plus 850W Semi-Modular Power Supply Review

Introduction


Thortech are a division of the DRAM brand “GeIL” or Golden Emperor International Limited best known for making enthusiast orientated DDR3 modules. GeIL have been in the business of making consumer power supplies for only a short while, just over 3 years now and in that time they haven’t really managed to gain much traction in the consumer market place despite having 15 years of experience making industrial power supplies. As I’ve seen with previous Thortech products the main problems are not with the product itself but the main problems derive from poor or non-existent availability which in turn leads to highly uncompetitive pricing. If you combine that with the relatively non-existent presence of Thortech as a company, and a brand, and what you end up with is an uncompetitive product in terms of pricing from an obscure brand consumers are unsure about, or just unaware of. I have no doubt today we will see a similar thing.

Today we are reviewing the Thortech Thunderbolt Plus 850W power supply which is semi-modular in design, has 80 Plus Gold certification and comes with Thortech’s iPower Meter. Below you can see Thortech’s rather primitive specifications table but there is a more detailed set of specifications available on the next page, so let’s proceed!

Thortech Thunderbolt Plus 1000W Semi-Modular Power Supply Review

Introduction


Thortech, GeIL’s (Golden Emperor International Limited) power supply manufacturing division, have quite an extensive range of high-end power supplies. They mainly cater for the high end market focusing on those high end wattages like 800W, 850W 1000W and 1200W. Their Thunderbolt series includes the 1200W and 1000W models both of which we reviewed before here and here respectively. Thortech generally designate two models for each wattage: a Thunderbolt version and a Thunderbolt Plus Version. Today we have with us the Thunderbolt Plus 1000W. The difference between the Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt Plus versions are minimal, only the iPower Meter is a notable difference.

Anyone who knows about GeIL will know that their brand has been involved in the making of industrial power supplies for over 15 years. This experience shines through with the Thortech Thunderbolt Plus 1000W PSU which boasts an impressive 83.33 amps on a single 12 volt rail, a semi-modular design, 80 Plus Gold efficiency and extensive use of Japanese capacitors throughout the design.

Lepa G1600 Modular Power Supply Review

Introduction


If you’re looking for a 1000W+ power supply there are few companies that make power supplies with that much grunt, move up the wattage and even fewer companies make power supplies at the 1500W+ level. Of note Enermax offer a 1500W Platimax, EVGA a 1500W SuperNova and SilverStone a 1500W Strider. However, if you need to go beyond 1500W there are even fewer options. Off the top of my head I know of the Rosewill Hercules 1600W power supply, the High Power RockSolid Pro 1600W power supply and the 2000W power supply made by Asian OEM Great Wall. Yet relatively speaking none of those three are solid reputable brands (at least not in my opinion) for power supplies or have limited availability.

With that all said today we have something that solves those problems as it is made by the power supply veterans Enermax under their Lepa brand line. We have the absolutely monstrous Lepa G1600 power supply with a staggering 1600W of continous power, 1700W of peak power, 80 Plus Gold certification with up to 93% efficiency and a fully modular design. Not only does it have all those great things but you know it is a unit you can trust as it offers a staggering 5 year warranty and ten 6+2 pin PCIe connectors supporting up to five dual connector graphics cards. Right off the bat the Lepa G1600 looks ideal for any extreme system, GPU compute system, mining system, folding system or anything else that needs an insane amount of solid and reliable power.

About Lepa:

In 2011, LEPA heralded the birth of a whole new rising star, shinning in the global computer hardware arena. LEPA was founded by a group of enthusiastic IT engineers with zeal about technological innovations. LEPA embodies the high standards of quality, performance and stability, and strives to provide consumers with more reliable, creative high-tech solutions. With abundant research and development capabilities, LEPA introduced the spiral LED fans to the world, which has ignited the entire fan industry and sparked new lighting trends. The innovative LED fans with the multi-pattern control put fun in functionality, delivering both practical performance and aesthetic experience. To meet up with the latest energy-saving regulations, LEPA continuously introduces series of PSUs with the 80PLUS certification. In 2012, we launched the G1600-MA as the world’s first 1600W PSU with 80PLUS Gold certification. This demonstrates our outstanding and excellent R&D capability.The mission of LEPA indicates – “to bring about top-quality, safe and reliable, and reasonably-priced high-tech products to global users”, we will keep staying at the forefront of technology and continue our innovation. We strive to introduce more state of the art, exciting and chic high-tech products to you. 

Now that we’ve covered the basics about what this power supply is, what it is designed for and who Lepa are, let’s move onto the rest of the review and start looking at the product!

LEPA GM And BM Series Power Supplies Available In Europe

The LEPA brand has arrived in Europe, bringing proven technologies, durable components and an outstanding price-performance ratio. LEPA products have become increasingly popular in the past years. Now the company presents its third power supply generation.

The new GM and BM series provide an advanced cooling system and a high-performance technological design for strong gaming rigs. Special bonus: LEPA delivers the PSUs with the brand-new “Q-Brick” rubber frame. Both series, GM and BM, comply with the latest standard for desktop power supplies, ATX12V v2.4, and therefore also support the C6/C7 energy-saving modes of the most current Intel Haswell processors.

Maximum Gaming Performance with Minimum Energy Losses
The new power supplies from LEPA are specially designed for performance-capable graphics cards and CPUs. The 12V rail delivers at least 96 per cent of the total power and therefore offers enough reserve capacity for overclocking or system upgrades. By applying high-quality components and a modern PSU circuit, LEPA minimizes the power losses. With a peak efficiency of 92 per cent, the GM series fulfills the requirements of the international energy-saving certificate 80 PLUS Gold. The BM power supplies reach up to 88 per cent efficiency and possess the 80 PLUS Bronze seal.

Refined Cooling System for Most Silent Operation
LEPA has put effort in the development of a low-noise product: The fan of the GM and BM power supplies is based on a durable Hydraulic bearing that works almost frictionless. In the models with 700 watts and more, LEPA has applied large-size 13.5 cm fans. That way, it is possible to reach a high air flow rate at a lower speed and lower noise generation, compared to power supplies with a smaller fan.

Q-Brick: Smart Innovation from LEPA
LEPA has well-equipped the new BM and GM power supplies: The semi-modular cable management offers a variety of connectors for all possible configurations. Starting from 700 watts, the power supplies come with four PCI-E connectors to support strong multi-GPU systems. A unique feature of the GM and BM series is the brand-new “Q-Brick” rubber frame. It reduces vibrations and ensures an effective decoupling of the power supply. Depending on the individual taste, users can choose between a striking red or plain black frame.

Availability and Prices
The BM series (MaxBron) is available with 450, 550, 700, 800 and 1000 watts. The GM series (MaxGold) comes in four versions with 500, 600, 700 and 800 watts. The new LEPA power supplies will be on sale soon.

MSRP (incl. VAT)

  • MaxBron B450-MB: €56.90
  • MaxBron B550-MB: €64.90
  • MaxBron B700-MB: €79.90
  • MaxBron B800-MB: €89.90
  • MaxBron B1000-MB: €119.90
  • MaxGold G500-MB: €89.90
  • MaxGold G600-MB: €99.90
  • MaxGold G700-MB: €109.90
  • MaxGold G800-MB: €119.90

Thank you Guru3D for providing us with this information
Images courtesy of LEPA

Be Quiet! Dark Power Pro 10 550W CM Semi-Modular Power Supply Review

Introduction


Be Quiet are one of the most respected power supply vendors currently on the market. Combining performance, sleek aesthetics, silent operation, innovative functionality and reasonable pricing it is hardly a surprise they have managed to snatch the title of Germany’s number one selling PSU vendor. In the past we have taken a look at two power supplies from Be Quiet: the Pure Power L8 CM 730W and the Straight Power E9 680W and both walked away with eTeknix awards due to a combination of the aforementioned features.

Be Quiet have an extensive portfolio of power supply segments starting from the “most premium” to the “most budget” they are the Dark Power Pro, then Straight Power, then Pure Power, then SFX Power, then TFX Power and then System Power. Today we have with us one of the most premium models, and more specifically the Dark Power Pro 10 550W CM power supply, with the CM denoting cable management or a modular design. Some of the features of the specific model we have today include 80 Plus Gold certification, a 135mm Silent Wings fan, a rubber anti-vibration brace, a almost fully modular design (only the 24 pin comes pre-attached) and an innovative “overclocking key” which allows you to toggle between quad 12 volt rails or a single 12 volt rail.

Cooler Master Silent Pro Hybrid 850W Modular Power Supply Review

Introduction


It’s been an absolute age since we took a look at a Cooler Master power supply and since I’ve been reviewing power supplies I’ve yet to come across one. However, today we have quite an exciting power supply from Cooler Master that will probably get any enthusiast really excited. The Cooler Master Silent Pro Hybrid 850W PSU is just jam-packed full of features such as a FULLY modular design, an integrated fan controller, 80 Plus Gold certification, a passive fan mode up to 20% load and a beautiful aluminium finish around the fan grille which just compliments the textured black finish beautifully. As you can probably tell I am a fan of this power supply’s design but the real test will have to be how it performs in our tests.

The Cooler Master Silent Pro Hybrid 850W is part of Cooler Master’s extensive Silent Pro series which includes the Silent Pro Gold, Silent Pro M, Silent Pro M2 and of course the Silent Pro Hybrid. Cooler Master’s choice of OEM producer for this particular is Enhance but Cooler Master have extensively modified these PSUs to meet the things they expect such as Silence, aesthetics and just generally quality of finish. Without any further ado let us proceed through this review.