Cooler Master Elite V2 550W Power Supply

Recently, we forked out some cash out of our own pockets to see what happens when we actually go out and buy cheap units companies won’t, don’t, or can’t send us from retailers directly. As a result, we ended up with two units, the first of which was the EVGA 500W reviewed not long ago. Today’s test subject is the second of those units, the Cooler Master Elite V2 550W unit. Let’s see if it brings the goods.

PRODUCT: Elite V2 550W
PROD LINK: Elite V2 Product Page
PRICE: $46.99 @ Directron
Price is at the time of testing!

Good morning, afternoon, evening, or night to you wherever this review may find you today. I mentioned back when I reviewed EVGA’s plain Jane 550W unit that we had purchased two units out of our own pockets in that deal. The idea was to get a look at what’s available on the low end of the scale out there in power supply land, without having to rely on review samples coming in via the manufacturers. Back then, I said that I would reveal the second unit in due time.

Well, the due time has come. Meet the Cooler Master Glite V2. As glites go, I expect this one to be rather impressive, with a full 550 W’s inside the box. But what is a glite, really? I confess, I don’t know, and… wait, that’s not a “G,” is it? That’s an “E,” isn’t it? Now, that does make more sense.

Folks, we’re reviewing the Cooler Master Elite V2 550W unit here today.

Now, I confess to being a little bit worried about this whole reviewing process here today. See, Cooler Master hasn’t always done as well as they have been doing lately with the likes of the awesome VSM750. On the low end, more often than not, their units used to be rather underwhelming. Today is my chance to find out if Cooler Master’s recent streak of improvements stretches all the way down the line to the cheap stuff. And because this unit came from Tiger Direct, we can be completely assured that we are testing exactly what you will be buying.

With that said, let’s get these box shots out of the way so we can get to the good stuff. There’s not a lot of marketing on this box, which I find refreshing. It’s just your basic 550W bargain unit. No frills, just power delivery.

I haven’t seen indications of any 80 Plus certifications so far, likely due to this unit lacking APFC, which could be mild bad news for the performance score. Or, it may not be. See, I decided a long time ago that in the absence of 80 Plus certifications that I would still require 80 Plus Standard to pass efficiency scoring muster. This is because 80 Plus Standard benchmarks are so damn easy to hit in these days of Platinum and even Titanium units, you might as well expect 80% across the board. I have no problem at all if a company wants to forgo 80 Plus certification entirely, so long as I still see it in the test results, because that’s what matters to me.

So, go ahead and save money on the certifications if it means delivering a budget unit that doesn’t cut corners elsewhere. I do not mind one bit.

Some more specifications on this side of the box. Uh-oh, we have a sleeve bearing fan. That’s a build quality score impactor, right there, but it’s good that Cooler Master isn’t trying to hide it.

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High time we unpacked this little guy, isn’t it?

Inside the box, we find a power supply, a user guide, a power cord, and some screws. Pretty much what you’d expect from a no-frills unit like this.

The user guide is decent enough to tell us that the maximum operating temperature is 40 degrees on this puppy. Good. It should compete well against that EVGA, which was pretty well the same price when I bought these two units.

We might have a problem with the load table specs on this unit if I’m squinting correctly, here. It almost seems like… nah, it’s probably nothing.