Recently, we took a peek at a new case from Enermax called the Giant Ostrog. Today, we’re looking at an Enermax power supply you may choose to use inside that case, the Triathlor FC 650W. This is a budget-minded 650 watter that still brings such features as semi-modularity and 80 Plus Bronze certification to those of us who cannot afford the better and more expensive models. Let’s see what it’s like, shall we?
SUPPLIED BY: Enermax
PRODUCT: Triathlor FC 650W
PROD LINK: Triathlor FC Product Page
PRICE: $119.99 @ NewEgg
Price is at the time of testing!
Good day to you, fine peoples of the Internet, and welcome to another review from the mad mind of yours truly. Today, I’m running a Triathlor. An Enermax Triathlor, to be specific.
Before we move on, a quick note about the images in this article. See, I might have screwed up just a bit here. I left Mr. Fuji’s batteries on the table close to him, and while I was using the new Nikon D5100 to get this week’s images, Mr. Fuji grabbed his batteries, a samurai sword, a liter of whiskey and then somehow got into the air ducts. So, if some of these look a little off to you, it’s because I have a drunken angry camera loose in the house somewhere and I don’t know where it is.
Well, it’s either due to that or to the fact that these were the first review shots to be gotten on the D5100 while I was still trying to get used to the new camera. That Giant Ostrog review from a couple of weeks back? Those shots were done after these, for reasons I’ll get into later.
We’re also trying something new with this article… you will notice that many of the review images are now clickable. Not all, but most. These will bring you somewhat larger versions of the pictures in question, so you can see a bit more detail. This is pretty much an experiment right now… I’ve settled on 800 pixels width for the full-sized images, so if y’all still find them too small, be sure and let us know in the forum link at the end of the article.
As usual, we’ll get started by taking a look at the box. This is not one of the new clickable images, because we’re going to have the Nikon zoom in on several sections of this.
First up, features. Among the usual marketing goodness we see with Enermax units, there is a firm declaration that this unit is world ready. I’m glad to hear this… I was worried I could only use this one on Mars. Looks like Enermax is still pushing the 12 pin “future compatibility” modular stuff as well, even though it has been years since we first saw this and we have still not heard a thing about ten and twelve pin connectors replacing our EPS12V and PCI-e connectors. It’s not a bad idea, really… I mean, look how many video cards require double 8 pin connectors. Wouldn’t you rather have two small connectors replaced by one slightly bigger one?
The reality is, though, that you don’t want to force too many changes into the marketplace too quickly, or people get irritated. Irritated people don’t like spending money. And Intel, the force behind the ATX specification, is a company that is rumored to like money. As opposed to, say, losing money. Nice thought, Enermax, but if Intel doesn’t get behind your new future ready connectors, this marketing point will never be more than a dream.
Ah, good. I was worried this unit wasn’t ready for stability. We’ll let the load tester determine how ready this unit is, on pages three and four.
Also present on the back of the box is a set of load tables for all three units in the Triathlor line.
Strange name, Triathlor. Sound like it came from the same brains that gave us “Celeron” which, when I first heard it, was quickly replaced by “Silleron” and “Celery” in my lexicon. This one, depending on how well it tests out, may or may not be dubbed “Trolololor” by the time I get done with it. But maybe not. We’ll see.
Ah yes, the shot where I realized I needed to manually focus all my close-up shots. Didn’t quite nail this one, unfortunately.
Love the flat black ribbon cable approach. As I’ve found on more than a few occasions, these are often easier to route than the normal sleeved cables. Though, I’ll grant you that lacking the protection of the sleeving these can sometimes be damaged easier by sharp edges on a case.
Our final zoom into the back of the box is this one. Looks like we have a Bronze rated unit, here. Not the most efficient thing ever, but going Bronze could mean that this unit is a more value-oriented unit that is easier on the wallet at buying time. We’ll look into that in the scoring, on page six.
Whatever’s inside this box, it’s alive. Either that or this is an image of my current heartrate after hearing noises in the furnace duct located right above my head. I’d better get something to block off that vent.
Also, present on the box is this table of cables and connectors. Ah, good… Enermax printed this on recycled paper using vegetable oil based ink. I like an environmentally conscious company.
There appear to be several items inside the box. Let’s unpack.
We have a user guide, a 2012 product catalog, some screws, a bag of modular cables, a power supply, a power cord, and a bag of velcro cable ties.
Here’s the user guide now. Though this is just a folded sheet of glossy paper, Enermax got pretty much all relevant information onto it in several languages. 12 volt rail distribution information isn’t in here but is found directly on the unit itself so I’ll let that slide.