As another Halloween approaches, EVGA comes to us with what they hope is their next big thing: the SuperNOVA P2 series at 1000 watts. I’m about to find out if this unit is a trick or a treat. Care to join me?
SUPPLIED BY: EVGA
PRODUCT: SuperNOVA 1000 P2
PROD LINK: 1000 P2 Product Page
PRICE: $199.99 @ NewEgg
Price is at the time of testing!
Hello again, everyone. It’s time for yet another power supply review. Today, we’re going to look at the brand new EVGA 1000 watt SuperNOVA P2 unit. You may recall me reviewing their G2 1000 watt 80 Plus Gold unit a while back. Well, that unit was based on the Super Flower Leadex platform, a unit we already know is capable of 80 Plus Platinum performance. It, therefore, seems only logical that EVGA would pick up the Platinum version of that platform as well.
But… there may be a fly in the ointment here. Assuming this unit does use that same platform, it now has to outperform the G2 unit by a wide enough margin that it makes sense to pay extra money. Otherwise, you’re basically competing with yourself with the end result being that everybody buys one unit, and nobody buys the other. Compounding and thoroughly confusing things is the fact that 80 Plus has rated both units as Platinum, despite the fact that my G2 unit did not do Platinum. It was an almost, but it didn’t quite get up there.
We’ll just have to see what happens in that regard. Maybe EVGA will be able to strike a good balance between the P2 and G2, so that both units can make them some money. I really hope so.
As usual, we get into some marketing right away on the box. And while the specifications on this unit are identical to the G2 unit right down to the fifty degrees maximum full-power operating temperature rating, this unit does have at least one feature the other does not – a semi-fanless mode. But will that and higher efficiency be enough to differentiate the two?
I’ll not waste a bunch of your time going over all the little marketing points on the box today. We’ve already covered those about a thousand times already, and I’m anxious to start testing this beast. Let’s unpack.
Like the G2 unit, this one is also fully modular. Thus, you get a big pile of modular cables in the box. You also get a bag to put them in, a power cord, user guide, some velcro cable ties, a user guide, and a power supply in a blanket.
Here’s the user guide. Just like the G2’s, it’s a bit light on the details.
Here’s the power supply itself. It’s rather good looking, but at 200mm it’s also a bit on the long side.
This really is looking an awful lot like the G2 unit so far. I bet it does use the same platform. That’s a good thing.