EVGA SuperNOVA 850 T2 850W Power Supply

REVIEW INFORMATION
SUPPLIED BY: EVGA
MANUFACTURER: EVGA
PRODUCT: SuperNOVA 850 T2
PROD LINK: 850 T2 Product Page
PRICE: $239.99 @ NewEgg & EVGA
Price is at the time of testing!

Performance (40% of the final score) – this shouldn’t take us long, because EVGA is just about as awesome this time as they were last time. Efficiency was a pass for Titanium, with the highest full power efficiency I believe I’ve seen to date. No points are coming off for that kind of awesomeness. Half a point will come off, though, for voltage regulation… we didn’t quite get to the mythic level, but we did still get excellent results. And there will be no deduction for ripple suppression because that was insanely awesome as well. This section gets a 9.5.

Functionality (20% of the final score) – in terms of functionality, this unit was pretty well tied with big brother. It’s fully modular, there are no Berg connectors where I hate them, the manual is exactly the same decent one the bigger unit gets, the cable lengths are good, there are plenty of connectors… I could go on and on and on. But I won’t. 10.

Value (20% of the final score) – NewEgg’s got these for $239.99 right now. That is a boatload of cash for something that only comes in at 850 watts, but really… I don’t reckon Titanium will ever get much cheaper. It’s just too technically challenging to get this kind of efficiency out of these things. This is NewEgg’s most expensive 850W unit right now, and you can save a pile of cash just by going down to Platinum, which is already pretty darned efficient. Antec’s HCP Platinum is the next cheapest unit at $209. It gives up a fair bit of efficiency, particularly at full power, but you get Delta level build quality and ripple suppression without in cable capacitors. But that’s not the real threat… the real threat is in units like the Corsair HXi 850, which is about $75 cheaper and still gives you Corsair Link. Or the 850W P2, which is $90 cheaper. Right now, it makes no sense to go Titanium at 850 watts unless you absolutely have to have that 92-94% efficiency under load. But even so, this is still the best value among the Titanium units at this power level because it’s got the whole playing field to itself. Still, because of the massive chasm between this price and the P2’s price, I think I can’t do better than an 8 today.

Build Quality (20% of the final score) – if this unit had hair, I wouldn’t have found any of it out of place. Build quality was flawless. 10.

SuperNOVA 850 T2 – Scoring
Performance 9.5
Functionality 10
Value 8
Build Quality 10
Total Score 9.4

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SUMMARY

Once again, EVGA has managed to toss out something impressive and drool-worthy. If you’ve got the money, they’ve got all the performance you could want. The money part is the only problem… Titanium will cost you big right now, and at present, it will take years to recover that cost from your power bill. If saving the planet is more important to you than saving your wallet, by all means, buy one of these and spend the next year trying to wipe the grin off your face. But if you do still want to do right by your wallet, grab a P2 850 instead and don’t worry about losing the extra efficiency. Titanium may make more sense by the time you want to buy something else 5-10 years down the line.

The GOOD:

  • highest overall efficiency I’ve seen yet
  • excellent voltage stability, all rails
  • amazing ripple control
  • fan hardly ever comes on in normal use
  • fully modular
  • 10 year warranty (if you register, and why wouldn’t you?)
  • fantastic build quality

The BAD:

  • kaching!

The MEDIOCRE:

  • in cable capacitors are a drawback for some people

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