Cooler Master’s been on a bit of a roll lately. After partnering up with Seasonic, they released several awesome new V series units and instantly upped their game to a new level. Today, I’m looking at one of their new bargain units, the GX II 750 watt model. You may remember the original GX series unit turning out to be a little underwhelming. But that was then and this is now. Let’s see if the new guy is improved enough to warrant a buy this time out.
SUPPLIED BY: Cooler Master
MANUFACTURER: Cooler Master
PRODUCT: GXII 750W
PROD LINK: GXII Product Page
PRICE: $99.99 @ Micro Center
Price is at the time of testing!
Once again, we find ourselves looking at a power supply at this here power supply-themed website.
Many a year has passed since we examined the original Cooler Master GX 750W unit. Back in 2010, when that unit was released, it was hoped that it would be a decent low dollar unit for those who couldn’t afford the latest and greatest. Unfortunately, the performance of that unit was rather underwhelming to yours truly. Well, Cooler Master is back today with an updated version of that unit. We’ll see if anything has changed for the better.
First, let’s help ourselves to a heaping spoonful of box marketing. There isn’t a lot of it, which I find refreshing. This non-stop USB power blurb intrigues me – I wonder what they’re referring to.
Aside from marketing, the box also gives us some specifications and connector counts.
As well as the usual Cooler Master “for more information, go here” type thing.
Nothing to do, really, but start unpacking.
Inside the box was a power supply, user guide, screws, and power cord.
Here’s the user guide. It has all the basics in it and really lacks for nothing important.
Ah, look… there’s that USB charging cable the box hinted at. Looks like it’s just a connector that plugs the unit’s 5VSB rail into your motherboard’s USB header of choice. I guess that could be a helpful feature if your board doesn’t provide the facility to keep the USB ports powered. All of mine do. Seriously, this is such a common motherboard feature around here that I don’t know how useful a feature this really is. Even so, I could still see it being useful.
That said if you do have a board that powers the USBs at all times, just use that feature. Don’t bother with this thing. It’s always better to let the board handle the USB power as long as it is able to do so.