Our first encounter with Cougar finds us testing one of their most popular products, the PowerX 550W power supply. With a power output of 550W and an 80Plus Bronze certification, the PowerX will obviously not be taking on the high-end products of the competition but rather focus on the mainstream market, where the largest percentage of gamers and everyday users lie.
Thermaltake recently launched the Toughpower Grand Platinum 700W and 600W power supplies. These PSUs are 80 PLUS Platinum certified, which means they are up to 94% efficiency. When it comes to features, they have a massive single +12V rail, modular cable design, and a patented 14cm flower-shape fan with FanDelayCool Technology. Today we will be having a look at the Toughpower Grand Platinum 700W, a product boasting a very long list of features and a unique appearance.
The Corsair AX860 power supply runs quiet, generates minimal heat and has earned the 80 Plus Platinum seal of approval. The Corsair AX860 is so efficient it operates without the fan even spinning at low and moderate loads. It is also fully modular, so all the power cables detach from the power supply. Read on to see how this PSU that was build with industrial grade 105C capacitors and upgraded components does when put on our load tester!
Today we are having our first contact with the products of an European manufacturer, Be Quiet!, a company with a strong presence in Europe but not very well known in the USA and Canada; yet. The German company informed us that they are planning to invade the US markets in early 2013 and sent us the Dark Power Pro 10 650 Watt PSU to try out! Read on to see how it performs!
To make the Strider Gold power supplies even better, SilverStone replaced the fan with SilverStone’s own Air Penetrator and various components were replaced with newer versions for a small boost in efficiency and performance. Thanks to the fan and component upgrades, Silverstone came out with the the Strider Gold Evolution series. This series ranges from 750W to 1200W with 80 PLUS Gold level efficiency, ±3% voltage regulation, ±3% ripple & noise, and high amperage single +12V rail as its main features. Read on to see how the 750W model performs!
This summer, Corsair impressed enthusiasts and experts alike with the release of the AΧ1200i. This power supply was great, but was larger than what the average PC user needs and the price reflected that. Corsair today announced the release of two smaller AXi models which should cover the majority of the enthusiast’s market, the AX860i and the AX760i. We have put the AX760i to the test and today we bring you its thorough performance review.
In the past few months we reviewed two middle range products from Antec, the gamer oriented HCG-520M and the efficient EA-650, both of which were excellent products. However, middle range products are not what defines a company such as Antec, renowned as one of the best case and power supply suppliers worldwide; high end products designed to satisfy the most demanding of enthusiasts are. Today we will be having a look at such a product, the High Current Pro 1000W Platinum power supply.
The Rosewill CAPSTONE series of 80 PLUS GOLD certified power supplies are said to deliver unprecedented performance, uncompromised features with unbeatable efficiency that is vital to today’s high-end system. The Rosewill CAPSTONE-750 power supply is rated at 750W @ 50°C and uses a single +12V rail with 62 Amps to get the job done. Read on to see how it performs when we test it out on our custom test bench!
The Cooler Master Silent Pro M2 1500W PSU has dual 12V rails that are capable of powering the most extreme system builds with multiple graphics cards running in NVIDIA Quad-SLI or AMD CrossFireX. A hybrid modular cable system ensures that critical components receive a strong hard wired connection while allowing the user to determine to customize their cable management. Read on to see how it performs!
Six years ago Corsair first entered the PSU market with the HX520W and HX620W, both of which products were marked as a great success for the company. Today the company offers 6 series of PSUs but the HX series remains alive, with its modular 80Plus Gold certified units right between the elite AX series and the mainstream 80Plus Bronze certified TX series. In this review we are taking a crack at testing the most popular model of the HX series, the HX850.
The Antec High Current Gamer HCG-520MHCG is a modular power supply that is 80Plus Bronze certified and available for under $90 shipped. Antec says this PSU has heavy-duty connectors and cabling that supply high levels of power with efficiency. The High Current Gamer series also uses Japanese-brand capacitors, and a quiet 135 mm double ball bearing fan to complete the package. Read on to see how this power supply does when put to the test on our PSU tester.
Antec announced the EarthWatts Platinum power supplies back in February and they have quickly become one of the most popular power supplies on the market today. With 450W, 550W and 650W models in its desktop lineup, EarthWatts Platinum ensures that environmentally-conscious corporations and energy-savvy end users alike can take advantage of the benefits of 80 PLUS PLATINUM efficiency. LR takes a look at the Antec EA-650 Platinum today to see how this PSU performs!
The Corsair AX1200i is the first desktop PC power supply to use digital (DSP) control and Corsair Link to bring you an unprecedented level of monitoring and performance customization. The DSP in the AX1200i makes on-the-fly adjustments for incredibly tight voltage regulation, 80 PLUS Platinum Efficiency, and clean, stable power. It also features a price tag higher than pretty much any other power supply. Read on to see how this mighty power supply does when put to the test!
When it comes to high performance computer power supply units, Seasonic is one of the most reputable manufacturers. The company serves as the OEM of many other well-known brands, such as Corsair and NZXT, but they also have their own retail branch. Today we will be performing our very first review of a retail Seasonic product and we are starting with the very best their engineering department has ever designed to this date; the Platinum 1000W unit.