In the not to distant past, Corsair came to us with the first of a new line of SFX size units meant to raise the game of that small form factor to a whole other level. And the unit we looked out was suitably impressive. But that unit also has a little brother that goes by the name SF450. Shall we see if it lives up to the same expectations?
At long last, we have a new power supply from Seasonic to take a look at. It is one of their brand new flagship series of units bearing the "Prime" moniker. Boasting things like super stable voltage stability, a ten year warranty, and ultra low ripple; the marketing department at Seasonic has been writing an awful lot of checks about these units. Let's see if the unit can cash them.
I'm coming at you with another Silverstone unit today. It's another one of their efforts to improve power density with decent quality in the SX700-LPT, a wee little 700 watter that promises lots of performance and Platinum efficiency from an SFX-L size box. I can't wait to see how it fares on the load tester.
The SX800-LTI has rather weak minor rails, but its powerful +12V rail is what matters the most in today's systems.
Besides the SX800-LTI we also had the chance to see the new high-end Titanium SilverStone unit (ST-1500TI) with 1.5 kW capacity. SilverStone's Titanium family of products will also include two more high-capacity members, the ST-1300TI and the ST-1000TI. In total the product family will count six members with capacities ranging from 600W to 1500W. All Titanium SilverStone units are made by Enhance Electronics and are fully modular.
SilverStone also revealed two new Gemini PSUs, made by FSP, which offer the highly-desired redundancy advantage in a normal ATX chassis. Each Gemini unit consists of two smaller, equal capacity PSUs. If one of these PSUs fails the other one takes over immediately, so there is no disruption to the system's proper operation.
Both Gemini units are made by FSP and we know for sure that the lower capacity one features a digital interface, which lets you monitor the PSU's status through a software suite. The low capacity Gemini unit includes two PSUs with 500W max power each, while the top model uses two 900W PSUs. There are no modular cables, since this would complicate the design, and only one of the two PSUs can be active at a time. This whole concept sounds very interesting and we believe that some users will be thrilled by the option of having a redundant, server-grade PSU in a normal ATX chassis. @ Tom's Hardware
Cougar, known in the past mostly for its PSUs, surprised us with the GX-S, LX, VTX and GTX. All are made by HEC/Compucase. The GX-S units feature 80 PLUS Gold efficiency and only have fixed cables. The LX models are fully modular with 80 PLUS Bronze efficiency while the VTX are budget PSUs with 80 PLUS Bronze efficiency and native cables. Finally, the GTX family consists of fully modular Gold members with compact dimensions, thanks to their restricted depth of 140mm. @ Tom's Hardware
Raijintek introduced a new line of PSUs that are optimized for the Micro ATX form-factor. While technically it's an ATX PSU, it's shorter than some of the shortest ATX PSUs, giving you more room in the typically space-constrained micro-ATX case. The first picture below shows you just how short the PSU is, next to a typical ATX PSU. The company put up 600W and 700W models of the series. Both units use 100 mm fans instead of the 120-140 mm fans typically found in ATX PSUs. The 700W model features 80 Plus Platinum efficiency, while the 600W model features 80 Plus Gold. Both units feature APFC, single +12V rail design, and most common electrical protection mechanisms. Both further feature partially modular cables. @ TechPowerUp
Cooler Master was the announced of a new power supply line. They will go be named "Master Watt". The Master Watt Maker should be available now (and we therefore look forward to review samples). These are equipped with a completely new design, reportedly with 100% Japanese capacitors. It would also, according to the rumor mill, also be entirely manufactured in Japan. @ Hardware.Info (Dutch)
From now on, Seasonic's flagship line will be the Prime, which includes three families of products with Titanium, Platinum and Gold efficiency certifications. Seasonic was rather late to the Titanium efficiency club, but it's better to be late with a good product in hand. Without a doubt, Super Flower is pushing hard in the high-end category, and this means that Seasonic, along with the rest of the OEMs, has to carefully plan its next steps. However, we believe that competition is good for consumers because it pushes R&D teams to create better and less expensive products. @ Tom's Hardware
Rosewill's flagship power supplies, the Tokamak 1500W and Tokamak 1200W, smile for the camera. These units are designed and manufactured using some of the choicest components, including an all-Japanese capacitor design. They feature a single +12V rail design, with a massive 100A rail on the 1200W model, and an even larger 125A rail on the 1500W. The units boast of 80 Plus Titanium efficiency, full modular cabling, with flat cables for machines with up to six graphics cards, and motherboards with two 8-pin EPS connectors, making them ideal for your HEDT/workstation build. The units feature load/temperature triggered 140 mm fans, and an LED indicator for load. @ TechPowerUp
Thermaltake announced six new eco-friendly power supplies at Computex today. Three platinum-rated, and three gold-rated DPS G RGB series units will launch in the coming weeks, featuring RGB lighting, smart power management and a companion mobile app that warns you if there’s a problem with the power delivery system.
Thermaltake’s Toughpower DPS G RGB power supplies feature an 140mm RGB fan with digital fan control. Thermaltake’s software allows you to monitor and adjust fan speeds and noise. There are three adjustment modes: Silent, which puts emphasis on keeping volume levels low; Performance, which doesn't; and Smart Zero Fan mode, which leaves the fan idle as much as it can. The fan color can also be adjusted between 256 different options, and the fan color selection will remain even if the power supply is unplugged.
The last of the new products that FSP plans to show at Computex 2016 is its new "Dagger" SFX PSU series. This line consists of two PSUs with 500W and 600W max power. Both of them are 80 PLUS Gold rated and also feature a fully modular cabling design, which is highly desirable by most users nowadays.
FSP stated that, thanks to their increased capacity, these PSUs are able to power high-end VR-ready builds. The internals use Japanese caps, so we expect high reliability. The cooling of these units handle 80 mm double ball-bearing fans. (We would prefer to see 92mm fans used instead, as they could provide the same airflow at lower speeds, leading to decreased noise output.) Finally, the minor rails on these units are handled by DC-DC converters, so performance among the rails under unbalanced loads should be strong. This also means that the Dagger models are compatible with the C6 and C7 sleep states of Intel's newer CPUs.
LEPA introduced two new MAXTYTAN PSUs at Computex. Both are 80 PLUS Titanium certified and address totally different market segments. The high-end MAXTYTAN unit has 1250W max power and features a fully modular cabling design, whereas the smaller member of this family only has 500W capacity and doesn't feature any modular cables, in order to keep production costs down. The MSRP of the MAXTYTAN 1250W is set at $390, and the 500W model has a suggested retail price of 160 bucks, which looks rather stiff, actually, especially if you take into account that this unit isn't equipped with any modular cables.
LEPA's VR Gold PSU line consists of three Gold members with capacities ranging from 500W to 700W. The MSRPs of the 500W, 600W and 700W units are $75, 85$ and $95, respectively. All units support LEPA's Variable Resistor (VR) design that allows the adjustment of the fan's speed through a turbo switch. This is a feature that we haven't encountered for quite some time now, and most likely such a feature doesn't address the majority of users who prefer to adjust the fan profile through software (in digitally controlled PSUs).
Enermax hasn't been especially active lately in the PSU market, but that seems to be changing. The company's new Platimax DS line consists of three digital PSUs with Platinum efficiency and capacities ranging from 750W to 1 kW. The smallest member of this family has an MSRP of $195, the middle child has 850W max power and will cost $219, and the biggest brother's MSRP is $235. According to Enermax, the mass production of these units will begin around the end of September. @ Tom's Hardware
Super Flower unveiled the Leadex II family of PSUs at Computex. This line consists of five members that have dual 80 PLUS Gold certifications. Initially, the 80 PLUS organization only certified PSUs with 115VAC input, but lately it started providing certifications with 230VAC, as well.
The capacities of the LEADEX II Gold units depend on the input voltage levels. With 115VAC, the capacities range from 550W to 1000W, whereas with 230V input, the PSUs are rated 100W or 200W higher, so their capacities range from 650W to 1200W.
GIGABYTE is making a serious push into high-end gaming PC power supplies (PSUs), with its new Xtreme Gaming line. The company has, in the past, sold entry-thru-mid-range PSUs. The company showed off its first Xtreme Gaming PSU model, the XP1200M. This 1200W PSU features fully modular cabling, 80 Plus Platinum efficiency, an all-Japanese capacitor design, a single +12V rail, DC-to-DC switching, and a 140 mm double ball-bearing fan that stays off below a load threshold. 1200W may not be the only capacity this PSU lineup will include. @ Tech Power Up
Riotoro also has a PSU. The company cooperated with Great Wall (which is behind Corsair's CSM and SF models) on Onyx and Enigma. Riotoro said these units will be based on a new platform, designed to hit the sweet spot for practical real-world performance, reliability and price.
The Onyx line consists of three Bronze members with 450W, 650W and 750W capacities; semi-modular cabling; and 100% Japanese primary (APFC/bulk capacitors). The Onyx PSUs use rifle bearing fans and come with a 3-year warranty.
The Enigma line counts only one member with 80 PLUS Gold efficiency and 750W capacity. It also features a semi-modular cabling design and 100% Japanese primary capacitors. It uses a hydro dynamic bearing (HDB) fan and comes with a 5-year warranty.
G.Skill unveiled three RipJaws Platinum series high-Wattage PSUs. These include the 1200W PS1200P, the 1250W PS1250P, and the 850W PS850P. As their names might suggest, the three boast of 80 Plus Platinum efficiency. The three feature single +12V rail design, DC-to-DC switching, and 135 mm temperature-activated fans. The PS1250W and PS850W are slightly more advanced, in that they feature ripple-suppression capacitors in the 24-pin, 4+4-pin and PCIe cables; and ECO Optimized fan-control. All three feature fully-modular cabling. The 850W model is recommend for gaming PCs with up to three video cards; while the 1200W and 1250W models go well with even more cards. @ Tech Power Up
AeroCool announced the Project 7 (P7) line of power supplies, which comes in three key output capacities - 550W (P7-P550), 650W (P7-P650), 750W (P7-P750), and 850W (P7-P850). The three boast of 80 Plus Platinum efficiency, single +12V rail design, fully modular cabling, flat cables, and RGB LED-lit temperature-activated 140 mm spinners cooling the unit. @ TechPowerUp