EVGA Announces 700B Value Power Supply

You should always make sure that the power supply in your system is of decent quality, after all, it is the heart of your system that supplies every single part with power. That is a thing that can get tricky when you are building a system on a budget, but still need a large amount of power. EVGA has a power supply for just this scenario with their 700B 700W PSU where performance meets value as they call it.

The 700B name is made up of two things, the 700 watts of power it can deliver continuously and the B comes from its 80 Plus Bronze certification that guarantees over 85% efficiency under typical loads. The power supply is built around a single +12V line supporting 56A. The one thing that might put a dampener on this PSU for some people is the fact that it is completely non-modular which makes it harder to create a proper cable management.

EVGA naturally built in a full set of heavy-duty protections to ensure that nothing gets damaged in unusual situations. The 700B includes Over Voltage Protection (OVP), Under Voltage Protection (UVP), Over Power Protection (OPP), Short Circuit Protection (SCP), Over Current Protection (OCP), and Over Temperature Protection (OTP).

EVGA is backing the 700B power supply with a 3-year warranty, but they didn’t announce a pricing at this time.

Deep Cool DA500 Aurora 500W Power Supply Review

Introduction & Packaging


Deep Cool are one of the biggest names in the PC market, although perhaps not so much in Western markets, but that’s certainly something that has been changing. Deep Cool have launched a series of high-profile products over the last couple of years that you’ve no doubt seen. From their funky Steam Castle chassis to their Lucifer CPU coolers, there are a lot of nice products out there and that gives me high hopes for their new DA500 power supply.

“DA 500 is certified with 80 plus bronze with up to 85% electrical efficiency enabling lower heat generation and lower operation cost. Outstanding and stable performance makes it one of the ideal choices for multi-purpose usage. Double layer EMI filters protect from magnetic interference and restrains noise while operating.”

This unit is designed to be a little budget-friendly, so I’m not expecting earth-shattering performance, but I am expecting it to be a strong contender in its respective price bracket. Not everyone can afford nor requires high-end hardware, but the mid-budget market is fiercely competitive, so it’ll be fun to see how Deep Cool can compete.

  • Compliant Intel ATX12V v 2.31
  • The integrated Active PFC+ PWM Combo Controller will increase the efficiency of exchange and make PFC higher than 99%
  • 80 PLUS® Bronze certified — up to 85% efficiency
  • Assembled copper + AL heatsink make cooling more efficient
  • 120mm silent fan with PWM function
  • The longer cable design supports cable management perfectly
  • Double-Layer EMI Filter protects from electromagnetic interference & restrains noise
  • Intelligentized eco-friendly chipset, consume < 1W in its off-mode, compliant Erp standard
  • CircuitShield —OVP, UVP, SCP, OPP
  • Supports Multi-Way SLI / CrossFire + Multi-Core CPUs

The packaging is pretty standard, with a nice run down of the major features and spec right on the front. The most notable things here are the 80 Plus Bronze efficiency, 100,000h MTBF and that promising 3-year warranty.

Chieftec A-135 APS-600SB Series 600W Power Supply Review

Introduction & Packaging


Chieftec may not be the best-known name in the business, but they’re certainly going strong and have done a lot of work in the B2B market, with a growing presence in the consumer market over the last few years. They’re back on eTeknix again today with one of their latest power supplies, the APS-600SB, a 600W unit with an 80 Plus Bronze efficiency rating. It may not be anything fancy, but its core focus is to get the job done without spending any more than you have to for the level of performance and reliability you need.

In terms of spec, the APS-600SB features a 14cm fan, as well as multiple +12v rails with more than enough power for some dual GPU configurations. The non-modular design isn’t going to win over many perfectionists, but you’ll certainly find all the connectors you’re likely to need.

The packaging is pretty straight forward, with a stylish picture of the product on the front. If I’m honest, I know this isn’t the best-looking unit in the world and looking at the darkened image on the box, Chieftec know it; not knocking that, this is a practical unit first and foremost.

In the box, you’ll find the owner’s manual, an AC power cable and the fitting screws.

Cooler Master G750M Semi-Modular Power Supply Review

Introduction & Packaging


Cooler Master is one of the most recognisable brands in the PC component market. They’ve got a huge range of massively successful products, ranging from the CM Storm peripherals to their widely popular chassis and, of course, their power supplies. Cooler Master have created some stunning high-end PSU products over the years, but today we’ll be looking at something a little more modest. Their new G750M is a semi-modular design and comes with a pretty basic and what I would like to call beginner friendly configuration. This isn’t really going to be used for multi-GPU gaming systems, but should still offer plenty of grunt for single GPU gaming systems or desktop/office computers. It’s also modestly priced, offering a competitive and trusted brand name for those that need a good level of power and efficiency, without spending mega-bucks for it.

All the usual protection features are present, including the ever so important OVP and OPP. There’s a full-range input voltage, standard ATX form factor and it’ll output up to 750W, so it’s certainly got a broad appeal for a wide range of systems.

The box is pretty standard, with a nice image of the PSU on the front, as well as a quick run-down of the major features. The most important things there are 80 Plus Bronze efficiency, the single 12V rail and the 5-year warranty.

Around the back a little bit of technical information, but since we’re here to test this unit, we’ll be providing you with our own figures.

In the box, you’ll find a user’s manual, four mounting screws and the mains power cable.

Sharkoon Announces Two New SFX PSUs With 80 Plus Rating

When you build a small form factor system then you’ll also need a small power supply and it’s great to see more feature rich PSUs arrive. Today it is Sharkoon that introduced two new SFX PSUs with 80 Plus rating and even include an ATX mounting frame for cases that don’t support these smaller PSUs. The two new units are the SilentStorm SFX Gold 500W and the SilentStorm SFX Bronze 350W, and the names kind off give away their specifications.

The SilentStorm SFX Gold 500W comes with an 80 PLUS Gold certification, a thing that’s not that common yet in the SFX form factor. Compact systems need effective and efficient power too, so this is great to see. The unit offers an outstanding efficiency of over 90 percent at 50 percent load and meets the strict requirements of the independent 80 PLUS Initiative.

The SilentStorm SFX Gold 500 PSU is a fully modular unit, allowing you to have an even better setup in your tiny case. You still get two 6+2 pin PCIe connectors, four SATA, two Molex and one Berg connector next to the obligatory CPU and motherboard connectors.

 

 

The quiet 120mm fan should reduce the noise output significantly over cheaper units while still keeping it all cool. It is compatible with Intel Haswell CPUs and backed by a three-year warranty. The suggested retail price is €79.90.

The second new unit isn’t quite as powerful, but it also costs about half of the Gold certified. The SilentStorm SFX Bronze can provide your system with 350W or 450W of power depending on version. It is only 80 Plus Bronze certified, but that isn’t without either. The unit offers over 85 percent efficiency at 50% load and meets the strict requirements of the independent 80 PLUS Initiative.

This unit only has one 6-pin PCIe connector, two SATA, two Molex and one Berg connectors next to the CPU and mainboard connectors. The 450W model comes with one more SATA connector and a 6+2 pin PCIe connector. The unit is kept cool by an 80mm fan and come backed by a three-year warranty.

The Sharkoon SilentStorm SFX Bronze series is available starting at a suggested retail price of €49.99.

The power supplies also feature over power, over voltage, under voltage as well as short circuit protection to keep all your components as safe as possible.

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The Best Chassis for Steambox/HTPC Style Gaming Systems

Introduction


Steambox is certainly grabbing a lot of headlines throughout 2014, with system integrators (such as CyberPower) creating their own custom Steambox style systems, and chassis manufacturers creating new cases that are suitable for the job. Of course, there is a lot of smoke and mirrors surrounding Steambox, but we’re going to blow away any doubt and get you up to speed on what a Steambox is and how you can do it.

First thing is first, Steambox is a PC, nothing less and nothing more. What we’re really looking at here is a clever rebranding by Valve to make HTPC gaming sound cool. Of course, it really is cool and credit goes to Valve for creating something that is appealing to both mainstream console gamers, as much as it is PC gamers. The major difference for Steambox is the introduction of SteamOS, which is still in beta, but once again all that really is a Linux distro designed to launch Steam as the native desktop. This may sound a little complicated for some, but don’t worry as I’ll be revisiting this subject over the next couple of weeks to bring you up to speed on how it all works, how you can build your own, set everything up and more.

While much of the fun stuff is certainly contained within the games you’ll be playing, let’s start things off nice and easy and find out about the chassis you’ll be using. There are lots of great PC chassis’ on the market, but I’ve picked up a bunch that I thought would be ideal for the job and today I’m going to put them to the test. I’ll be looking for several key factors from each chassis, their price, form factor, hardware/component compatibility, built quality, acoustic performance and thermal performance.

The chassis’ I’ve picked are quite varied, and I’m hoping to find something suitable for each budget from each of these.

  • Silverstone GD05
  • BitFenix Phenom Micro-ATX
  • Corsair 250D
  • Thermaltake Urban SD1
  • Silverstone SG09
  • Cooler Master Elite 130

I’ll also be using my Lian Li test bench to get open-air results of the thermal performance on our CPU and GPU.

Seasonic Release ECO 430W Power Supply

Taiwan-based power supply manufacturer Seasonic has just announced their launch of two new skews – set to be on sale in mainland China in the coming weeks.

Their first announced product is the ECO430, being given a 80PLUS 230VEU certification, this PSU is marketed at those who are looking to save a little extra on their power bills. For those who are unaware, an 80PLUS Bronze rating means that the power supply efficiency rate is that of 85% or above – signifying that at least 85% of the power that is drawn in through the wall socket can be distributed throughout your PC components.

This unit comes with your standard 120mm FBD bearing fan alongside Rhine temperature control technology. By looking at the images provided, it doesn’t look like this model is modular (news sources were unable to confirm) – but modular capabilities is something that we don’t often see in a budget-level power supply. The ECO430 does however feature a flat 24-pin Motherboard cable to help a little with your cable management capabilities.

The announced release price for this product is 399 yuan ($65 US), which see’s it competing with budget ‘eco’ offerings including Thermaltake’s TR2, FSP’s 400w, The Corsair CX500 and Antec’s Neo.

There is no set plan of release in the Western world as of yet – we will report if the story develops. Looking at the links provided above, will this Seasonic unit be worth the extra $10 US for a 430w offering when compared to the Corsair CX500 which comes in at $55 US?

 

Images courtesy of Chiphell

Thermaltake Reveal Latest TR2 Bronze Series Power Supplies

Thermaltake have just revealed their new TR2 Bronze Series of power supplies. The new PSUs are targeted at the low-to-mid budget market, but pack enough features to satisfy the demands of your average gaming PC and general desktop user.

The TR2 Bronze, as the name suggests, comes with 80 PLUS Bronze certification, which is great news for those who want a little extra performance and efficiency from their power supply. There will be three models available from launch; the 450W, 500W and the 600W.

All TR2 PSUs come with high-quality components that make them capable of non-stop usage, while providing stability and reliable performance. They comply with the latest ATX 12V 2.3 standards and feature a 120mm temperature controlled fan to help ballance performance and accoustics.

Features

  • Ultra Quiet Fan: Large 120mm cooling fan with intelligent RPM control delivers the ultimate cooling performance with a silent operation.
  • Elongated Cables: The extra long cables enable enthusiasts and power users to properly route the cables in optimal location to prevent airflow blockage, thereby significantly improving the computer system’s overall thermal efficiency, as well as the aesthetic.
  • 80 PLUS Bronze Certified and Haswell Ready: TR2 Bronze series saves energy through its high energy efficiency of up to 85%, and is 80 PLUS Bronze certified.
  • High Quality Japanese Main Capacitor: A high-quality Japanese capacitor produces supreme stability and performance with low impedance characteristics. This delivers a stable operation over an extended period of time, as well as excellent reliability.
  • Massive and Dedicated Single +12V Output: The TR2 Series is equipped with a powerful +12V rail, superior performance under any and all types of system loading.

No word on pricing just yet, but expect more details to follow soon.

Thank you Thermaltake for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Thermaltake.

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.