In the world of power supplies, companies are always trying to one-up each other. Sometimes, a company previously not known for producing the best units on the market spies an opportunity to make a move for the better and improve their station in the power supply game. That’s exactly what happened last year when Raidmax saw Andyson come out with an 80 Plus Titanium beast of a unit and… right out of nowhere… perform like the best units on the market. I remember being completely astounded by how good of a unit the N700 was, and wondering when some lucky company in North America would snap that unit up. Folks, Raidmax is that company. Let’s see if the RX-700AT retains all that awesomeness I found so impressive a year ago.
SUPPLIED BY: Raidmax
PRODUCT: Monster Power RX-700AT
PROD LINK: RX-700AT Product Page
PRICE: $139.00 MSRP
Price is at the time of testing!
Good morrow, people of the online domain. Back in 2015, Andyson made history when they dropped the very first 80 Plus Titanium unit I’d ever seen on my doorstep. A fantastic performing unit, it immediately got people excited to see who the lucky company would be to snap up this new unit and bring it to the North American market. At the time, people went so crazy over the new unit that someone even set up a group buy for them, direct from Andyson.
And then the news finally came… Raidmax would be the first to embrace the unit for the North American market. This was exciting to me on many fronts – first, I hadn’t exactly had a lot of fond moments with Andyson built units over the years, and this was the first time I’d come away impressed with them in a long time. Second, Raidmax has never enjoyed a stellar reputation for quality on online message boards. It seemed like the two companies were just the right ones to team up.
But… a lot can change in a year. Andyson is a relatively small player on the field, and the process of getting this unit ready for Raidmax took a whole lot of time. So much time, in fact, that several other companies have beat them to the market with their own 80 Plus Titanium units. Super Flower’s had a whole line of them out in the wild for a while now, and those units have been turning heads ever since. Can Raidmax and Andyson remain strong in the face of that kind of competition? That’s what I’m here to find out today. I mean… here. Sorry. Like a lot of people this week, I’m listening to Prince while working.
Bah – this lecture on the state of the monarchy in England is boring as hell. I’m switching to the Purple One.
Marketing starts out with, of course, 80 Plus Titanium front and center. The rest of the bullet points bring to mind everything I remember about the Andyson N700, which by the way is powering my office rig as I type this. Really, it looks like very little has changed from what I see here. This is good… the N700 didn’t really have anything about it that required changing to make a phenomenal product. No, it wasn’t fully modular and neither is this incarnation, apparently. But it was modular enough, and I hope Raidmax has kept that aspect intact.
This little pearl of wisdom is also found on the box. And it’s something you should really pay attention to with any power supply. Many of the units on the market go with 18 gauge wiring on the PCI-e cables to keep them somewhat manageable for the end user. Seasonic does this extensively, as did my original N700. This works well enough for low powered video cards that need two PCI-e connectors, but once you start getting into the high drawing cards, you’re really pushing the limits of thinner gauge wiring. It’s always best to use two separate PCI-e cables in that event.
Even those big 1600W Super Flower built units, who run 16 gauge as far as the first PCI-e connector, switch to 18 for the second connector in the chain; and that’s again just so they can be somewhat manageable.
Elsewhere on the box, we discover a list of cables and connectors. I hope that Berg connector isn’t on any of the regular cables… I hate that sort of thing.
We’ll just unpack the box now. So far, it looks a lot like the N700’s packaging with different graphics, which makes a lot of sense when you’re a relatively small player in the market. Really, I have no complaints – the unit looks adequately protected in there.
So far, we have a power supply, a cable bag, and a manual.
The manual is decent, though nothing too special. It’s very similar to the one I got with the N700. Let’s unpack the cable bag and see what’s in there.
Oh. Ok. We’re going with individual sleeving, apparently. Looks great, but can be a functionality nightmare. But wait… that PCI-e cable is traditionally sleeved. How odd to see the two styles mixed like that.
Aside from the modular cables, we get an 18 gauge power cord and a goody bag. I won’t lie… the power cord is a little bit of a letdown after getting a massive 14 gauge one with the N700, but at this power level it is not a deal breaker. Especially with Titanium efficiency.
The goody bag contents include two sets of screws, varying lengths of zip ties, and a package of velcro ties. I can’t really argue with this… I’ve seen other flagship units come with fewer accessories.