SUPPLIED BY: EVGA
PRODUCT: SuperNOVA 750 B2
PROD LINK: 750 B2 Product Page
PRICE: $89.99 @ NewEgg
Price is at the time of testing!
Performance (40% of the final score) – I will open the scoring page with the performance category, of course. First, efficiency. No problems at all to report there, what with this unit doing an 80 Plus category better than it was rated for on both cold and hot tests. No deductions from a perfect score there. But that’s the only place I have no deduction to apply, for both of the other performance factors I score on merit some demerits. But not with ferrets drinking clarets with parrots. Voltage regulation was very good, at 2.2% in the hot box, but this is one category down from excellent. That means this unit gets a half point deduction there. A further half point comes off for ripple, as the 12V output was around 50mV – down in the very good end of the scale, and well away from the 25mV, I need to see for excellence. The minor rails were outstanding in ripple control, so I won’t deduct anything there. This means we’re going to get a 9 in this category.
Functionality (20% of the final score) – I have a bunch of cabling related deductions to make on this guy. First, the obvious… half a point off for not being fully modular. Another half point comes off for the 3.5″ connector being wired to one of the modular cables. I said I was going to start deducting points for those things two reviews ago, and I meant it. Finally, I’ll pull a further half point for going with two PCI-e cables in the hardwired zone rather than one cable with two connectors. I do believe I’ll stop there, though. The rest of the unit looks just fine to me, though the manual could be a little better yet. 8.5.
Value (20% of the final score) – NewEgg’s current price is $89.99. That competes directly with the Corsair CX750M, Coolermaster GX-II, Fractal Integra R2, Thermaltake SP-750M, Rosewill RX-750, and FSP Raider S. It’s cheaper than a Seasonic M12-II or G-750. It’s cheaper than a Rosewill Capstone 750, which uses the same platform with higher efficiency. Are there cheaper 750W units? Yes. Are they better than this one? Probably not. That said, there’s still a lot of units available at this particular price point, so I’ll do 9 here.
Build Quality (20% of the final score) – there is only one thing here I can think of needing any demerits, and it’s the soldering quality on the mainboard. Flux on the board plus joints with not enough solder merit a half point deduction, to me. But there I will stop because there’s nothing else to really complain about. 9.5.
|SuperNOVA 750 B2 – Scoring|
EVGA’s 750 watt B2 unit is a pretty solid product for you budget minded folks out there. It’s not the best thing I’ve ever tested, but it doesn’t need to be. When you’re targeting a unit at the budget crowd, some things have to be sacrificed. In this case, EVGA tossed out a little nonessential performance in favor of giving you a decent and reliable product at a price that won’t empty your bank account. This is exactly the kind of unit the market really runs on. Yeah, it’s nice to dream about buying one of the more impressive Leadex based units, but if you can’t afford one of those you still need a unit that’s solid and dependable enough to get you by until you can get one of those beasts.
So far, EVGA’s done a pretty good job at giving Corsair, Antec, and Seasonic some real competition in the marketplace, and they haven’t made a single misstep since they partnered up with Super Flower. This unit is going to do well for them.
- beyond excellent minor rail ripple suppression
- excellent 12V stability
- 80 Plus Bronze certified, but actually did Silver
- very good 12V ripple suppression
- some soldering related issues unusual for the OEM
- strictly average minor rail regulation
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