EVGA SuperNOVA 1050 GS Power Supply

REVIEW INFORMATION
SUPPLIED BY: EVGA
MANUFACTURER: EVGA
PRODUCT: SuperNOVA 1050 GS
PROD LINK: SuperNOVA 1050 GS Product Specs
PRICE: $179.99 @ NewEgg
Price is at the time of testing!

Performance (40% of the final score) – there’s no big secret on how this is going to score for performance today. First, we had that amazing voltage regulation. This was as good as I have ever seen it with an average of 0.13% in the hot box, and so no points will come off for this unit being so close to perfection. Also, no points will come off for efficiency, because this unit stayed closer to Platinum than Gold. It was just outstanding. Finally, no points come off for ripple because this unit was better than excellent there, too. 10.

Functionality (20% of the final score) – only a fully modular unit can get away with no deduction here, and this is one of those units. However, I’ve started deducting points automatically for the presence of those obsolete Berg connectors on the modular cables, so I’ll have to pull half a point for that again. In all other ways, this unit was identical to the 850 GS, so the score here will be the same 9.5.

Value (20% of the final score) – this’ll run you $179.99 at NewEgg right now. It shares that price with the Enermax Revo 87+, the EVGA G2 1kW unit, and Seasonic’s own X-1050, which is based on a different platform than this one. But here’s the problem… EVGA’s own 1000PS, which I have yet to review, is ten dollars cheaper somehow, as is the Corsair RM1000 and Thermaltake TPD-1000M. Now, the only one of those really competitive with this one to my knowledge is the 1000PS, and it’s pretty obvious its on sale right now, but even so, I’m going to suggest you skip the extra fifty watts and get that EVGA 1000PS unit. I have one on the shelf right now in line for review. Spoiler: it’s using the same basic platform like this one. Save the ten bucks. Meantime, I’ll do a 9 on this guy. Once the Platinum unit goes off sale, this unit will be extremely competitive again, so I’m taking that into account today.

Build Quality (20% of the final score) – absolutely flawless. I do think that fan is good for much longer life than the average sleeve bearing unit, and I saw nothing else to whine about on the inside, so here… have a 10.

SuperNOVA 1050 GS – Scoring
Performance 10
Functionality 9.5
Value 9
Build Quality 10
Total Score 9.7

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SUMMARY

It comes as no surprise whatsoever to me that this unit did as well as it did today. EVGA has been careful for quite some time to pick only the best platforms on the market for their high-end power supplies, and this is just one more unit in that trend. While it is currently not the value it should be thanks to the 1000PS being on sale, don’t expect that to last too long. If you want one, buy one. If it’s not the most stable thing I’ve ever tested, it’s darn close.

The GOOD:

  • near perfect voltage stability
  • super high low load efficiency
  • excellent ripple suppression
  • excellent build quality
  • fully modular
  • switchable semi-fanless mode

The BAD:

  • currently more expensive than the Platinum 1kW version

The MEDIOCRE:

  • fan disassemblies take way too much time… don’t expect this to be a recurring thing

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