Caseking and Overclockers UK are bringing more high-end power supplies to the European market in the form of the Super Flower Leadex 80 Plus Titanium, Platinum and Gold certified 1600W PSUs.
The Leadex PSUs come with 94%, 92% and 90% efficiency respectively, but otherwise the single-rail power supplies are the same. They come with one 20+4-Pin ATX12V/EPS12V, one 8-Pin EPS12V, one 4+4-Pin ATX12V/EPS12V, nine 6+2-Pin-PCIe, five 6-Pin-PCIe, fourteen SATA, five 4-Pin-Molex and two Floppy/Berg connectors.
100% Full Modular Cabling Design For Easy Cable Management
Full Range Auto Voltage Detection Design 100V~240V (Active PFC)
Comply With Energy Star Standard & EuP (Energy Using Products) Regulation
Over Voltage Protection / Over Current Protection / Over Power Protection / Short Circuit Protection / Under Voltage Protection
Support All Intel/AMD Multi-Core CPU & ATX/BTX Compatible Motherboards
Support NVIDIA SLI & ATI CrossFireX High Performance Graphic Card
Patented Easy To Use & Install Crystal Clear Cube Connectors with LED
More than 2,000 times On/Off test
Unleaded Green Materials with RoHS/WEEE Compliance
Perfect For Professional & High Performance Gaming System
Dimensions: 150 x 86 x 220 mm (W x H x D)
Fan: 140 mm DBB(automatic control, semi-passive)
Colour: Black (power supply, fan)
Fully Modular Design
3.3V: 24 A
+ 5V: 24 A
+ 3.3V & + 5V combined: 120 W
+ 12V: 1,599.6 W / 133.3 A
– 12V: 6 W / 0.5 A
+ 5VSB: 15 W / 3.0 A
The Super Flower Leadex PSUs come backed by a five-year warranty and will set you back £299.99, £259.99, and £224.99 respectively and are ready for pre-orders at Overclockers. Caseking has all three in stock where they will cost you €349.90, €299.90, and €269.90 respectively.
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.
If you want a truly silent system there are a lot of things to consider purchasing: a passive graphics card, a passive CPU cooler, SSD storage instead of mechanical hard drives and more importantly a passively cooled power supply. The advantages of a passively cooled power supply are numerous but the main advantage is that unlike most power supplies that will get noisy above 50% load a passive power supply never gets noisy. Other advantages include the fact that passive power supplies tend to require higher quality components in order to keep heat output down so when you buy a passive power supply you also know you’re buying quality and an efficient unit. Today I am taking a look at my second passively cooled power supply but this time from a brand not many people have heard of. Super Flower may not be well known as a consumer brand but Super Flower already feature inside many high-end power supplies sold by big brands, EVGA is the most notable one of those that springs to mind. In the UK market at least Super Flower are deciding to go at it as a standalone brand selling a wide range of their power supplies through Overclockers UK at very competitive prices. In this review I will be looking at Super Flower’s Golden Silent 500W passive power supply. This is an interesting power supply for a number of reasons: because it is 80 Plus Platinum rated, because it has a whopping big heatsink built into the PSU but also because the design has been built in its entirety from the ground up by Super Flower.
Packaging and Contents
The packaging has a rather strange butterfly theme to it, perhaps because butterflies are silent? The box also states this is an “OverClock Version”, I’m really not sure what that is supposed to mean in reference to a passive power supply….maybe something got lost in translation.
The back details the product features, specifications as well as the materials used in the product including the Japanese made Nippon Chemi-Con capacitors.
Included will be a user’s manual, power plug and four silver thumb-screws for securing into your case.
The brand “Super Flower” still doesn’t hold as much weight as other big brand names in the power supply industry, like Delta Electronics or the incumbent Seasonic. However, Super Flower have always been at the cutting edge of power supply technology and were among the first power supply vendors to bring an 80 Plus Platinum rated power supply to the consumer market. While Super Flower are best known for working with EVGA they have decided that they also want to go at it alone, like Seasonic they OEM produce power supplies for other brands and also sell their products independently. Today we are examining Super Flower’s top-end Leadex Platinum series and we have the 1000W model. What’s so interesting about Super Flower’s Leadex Platinum series is not just the beautiful aesthetics and innovative features but also the fact Super Flower are so much more competitively priced than equivalent units from the likes of Seasonic (sold under various other brand names) and from Delta (sold mainly under Antec).
Those unique features include universal modular connectors and a hybrid fan mode with two different modes of operation. Not to mention the unit is fully modular with all black cables, LED lighting, has a beautiful all-white powder-coat finish and boasts incredible 80 Plus Platinum efficiency. The best bit really is the price but we’ll save the best bit until last so stick around until the end!
Packaging and Contents
Right away I’m going to have a quick moan: everything is white. Apologies for the difficult in picking up the product and its packaging because of this, sadly I did not have a black background. Anyway, so as we can see the packaging carries through the same white theme that the power supply has. The key selling point is obviously the 80 Plus Platinum efficiency which is presented on the front of the box as well as in the product’s naming.
The back of the box details the internal components used and information about the ECO Intelligent Thermal Control System. What this effectively means is that the fan speed is relative to the internal temperature of the power supply, the fan will only spin up when cooling is needed. This is a much smarter implementation than doing fan speed relative to PSU loading, the amount of load can only ever be a proxy for heat: you can assume that at 40% the heat level will be X but with the Super Flower implementation there are no predictions or assumptions: it is all temperature driven. Ultimately this means quieter operation as you don’t have to factor in a margin of error and climate variability which often sees power supply fan profiles set too aggressively.
The included package gives you a power cable, four black thumb screws (nice touch!) and a user manual.
They also present the main event in a nice cloth bag with a string tie, unnecessary yes but a nice touch nonetheless.
Back at Computex 2013 we were at the EVGA booth and we took a look at their upcoming SuperNOVA 1000 P2 power supply. Now a couple of months later and EVGA has finally released this impressive unit out into the market. The new EVGA SuperNOVA 1000 P2 is an 80 Plus Platinum certified power supply that is fully modular in design.
EVGA’s SuperNOVA 1000 P2 is probably OEM produced by Super Flower and is backed by an impressive 10 year warranty. Above you can see all the fully sleeved modular cables of all which are a single colour with no exposed cabling. EVGA have certainly done a stellar job with the presentation of this product and you’ll pay a pretty penny as the RRP is about $220.
80 PLUS Platinum High Efficiency Power Supply Certified – 50% Load (92% Efficiency)
Superior Vertical Double Layer Main Transformer
Dual Thermal Control System provides custom Fan RPM modes
ECO Intelligent Thermal Control Fan system (zero fan noise < 45C)
Japanese Nippon Chemi-Con solid state capacitors improves long-term reliability
High Amperage Multi-Rail Design for maximum power and efficiency
Over Power/Under Power/Over Voltage/Short Circuit protections built in
At Computex 2013 we went and had a little look around the EVGA booth and stumbled across a new power supply, the SuperNova 1000 G2. Naturally the 1000 denotes the 1000W capacity while the SuperNova and the G2 are part of EVGA’s product segmentation and naming strategy. The EVGA SuperNova 1000 G2 is now becoming available across a wide variety of U.S retailers for $175 -190, in Europe around €180-190 and in the UK around £150-165.
The SuperNova G2 will be EVGA’s second highest power supply with 1000W of power and 80 Plus Gold certification. It is based on a SuperFlower OEM/ODM design that is believed to be one of the best power supply base designs currently available on the market if you check out the review of it on JohnnyGURU.com you will see exactly why. Being an EVGA product though expect EVGA to go to town on high quality accessories, cables and additional features. Furthermore the trademark 10 year EVGA warranty is given on this unit although I highly doubt you’d need it given the quality of the particular PSU design from SuperFlower.
EVGA have only a very small selection of power supplies. Their SuperNOVA NEX1500 Classified, made by Etasis, and their Super NOVA NEX750G and NEX 650G, made by FSP Aurum. Today EVGA add another power supply to this line up. The new SuperNOVA 1000 G2 power supply is rumoured to be made by either Super Flower or FSP Aurum. This new unit offers 1000W of continuous power, 80 PLUS Gold certification and EVGA’s trademark warranty and customer support. The warranty offered is a staggering 10 years as we have come to expect from EVGA who always stand behind the quality of their products.
Other than those things, the rest of the key features tick all the right boxes for both performance and aesthetically minded enthusiasts.
10 Year Warranty and EVGA Customer Support
80Plus Gold Rating Pending, with up to 90% efficiency under typical loads
Single +12V rail delivers up to 83.3A
Vertical double layer main transformer increases power output
Fully Modular design reduces cable clutter
Japanese Solid State Capacitors
Quiet 140mm Double Ball Bearing Fan
The product is currently listed on the EVGA store for €200. A pretty hefty price in my opinion but what do you think? Would you consider buying it?