It’s been a couple of years now since EVGA sought to set the world of power supplies on fire with their NEX1500. While I liked that unit, I didn’t quite think it was the groundbreaking unit EVGA was really going for. Recently, Corsair came out with the AX1500i, which showed us all what an ultra high powered unit looked like when done right. But EVGA has not been resting on their laurels. Today, I have their first ever 1600 watt unit on the load testers. Does this beast of a unit improve on the old NEX1500? Can it possibly compete with the elite AX1500i? Can it do it for less money than either one of those units? I’m going to find out.
SUPPLIED BY: EVGA
PRODUCT: SuperNOVA 1600 G2
PROD LINK: 1600 G2 Product Page
PRICE: $344.98 @ NewEgg
Price is at the time of testing!
Oh, good grief. It is going to get SO hot in here today.
Folks, either I am reviewing a Borg cube or one heck of a gigantic 80 Plus Gold 1600 watt power supply from EVGA this week. While I’m as big of a Trek fan as anyone, I am not anxious to be assimilated. Fortunately, there does appear to be a good chance that this is not, in fact, the Borg trying to disguise themselves as a power supply, so I’m probably safe. Although, there is a part of me wondering what the Borg would end up being like after trying to add my “biological and technological distinctiveness” to their collective. Indeed, the word “distinctiveness” doesn’t really seem adequate to describe the level of utter random craziness that would ensue. But I digress.
Back in the day, EVGA sought to make a name for themselves by releasing the ultimate power supply. Built by an OEM known for beastly server grade units, the NEX1500 was released to emphatically declare immediate supremacy in the marketplace. Unfortunately, reality didn’t turn out like that. The NEX1500 was crazy expensive and didn’t compete well in performance with units costing much less money. Oh, I thought it was a decent unit to be sure, though we never did figure out where those nervous ripple ticks came from. But a leader in the marketplace it wasn’t.
Fast forward to today. It has taken about two years for EVGA to make an attempt at another unit of that size again, but the day has finally arrived. Meet the G2 1600 watt unit.
From the looks of this here box, this unit is going to attempt to do almost everything the NEX1500 did while simultaneously being better performing and cheaper. I’d say that was a tough pill to swallow, but the NEX1500 used to cost about as much as an AX1500i does these days. Merely ripping out the software control and monitoring side of things would save a ton of money.
And that, really, is the biggest difference in functionality between this and the NEX1500. No software interface in exchange for a lot less money from your wallet. This immediately makes the 1600W G2 a much more attractive product for the people who just paid through the nose for the four video cards or so it will be powering.
Yep, the box still claims EVGA is #1. I don’t think they’re quite there yet, but there’s no denying the winning streak they’ve been on using the Super Flower Leadex platform. I knew that design was going to be huge when a North American company snapped it up, and sure enough, EVGA has been laughing their way to the bank ever since.
This big 1600W unit also comes from Super Flower. That, actually, makes me a little nervous. SF has never done a unit this size before. Etasis had their server market experience to draw from when they built the NEX1500, and it showed. The fan in that thing was so screaming loud that it could be heard from Mars. But Super Flower? Well, the biggest thing they’ve done so far was the 1300W G2. And make no mistake… it’s never easy as it sounds to get those extra three hundred watts to go to the next level with these things. I mean, now you’re talking about a unit that maxes out your normal average household circuit breaker. That is a lot of current.
But, we shall give them a chance to impress us. I don’t expect this unit to hold its own with an AX1500i, but we’ll give it that chance too. What I really want to see this unit do is compete with the old Lepa G1600, a formerly amazing unit that has since apparently switched OEMs and is no longer being built in house at Enermax. Or so the rumor mill says.
No, this unit isn’t being targeted at the AX1500i. Good thing too, because it’s two full 80 Plus levels below that one in efficiency. But, Super Flower does have a Titanium unit at the 80 Plus site in this size. You just know EVGA has to be scheming away with that knowledge right now.
Enough bibble-babbling and jibber-jabbering. Let’s get this motorhome out of the garage.
Inside the box, I found a huge power supply in a cloth bag, a mountain of modular cables, some velcro cable ties, an ATX self-test adapter, some screws, a modular cable bag, and a mammoth power cord.
I also found some tables, chairs, and a family of four sitting down to a nice meal. I ate all their food and evicted them so I could put this thing away again later.
The user guide is more than adequate for our purposes, with all the specs we need. It’s not as complete as some, but more complete than many. I have no complaints.
The ATX self-test adapter is the same thing that’s being bundled with the other big EVGA units lately. You plug that into the motherboard end of the ATX cable, and the unit will turn on without a motherboard.