We all know that the world doesn’t revolve around the upper end of the power supply market. Those expensive Platinum and Titanium units may make for great reviews, but they’re not what the average Joe looks for when he’s just looking to replace a unit that died yesterday and doesn’t have a pile of money lying around. EVGA’s looking to fix Joe up with this here 750 BQ unit, an 80 Plus Bronze model that promises not to break the bank. Let’s test it and make sure it won’t break anything else.
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PRODUCT: 750 BQ
PROD LINK: 750 BQ Product Page
PRICE: $72.98 @ NewEgg
Price is at the time of testing!
There’s been a lot of forum talk lately about today’s review unit. What’s odd is that it’s mostly taken place in the week since I started working on this unit, the EVGA 750 BQ. While it could be down to just coincidence, I know the real truth… I’m psychic and able to broadcast to everyone in our forums what my next review unit is going to be.
We all know the land of the power supply is not made up of exclusively high-end units. The world does not run solely on stuff like the Prime 850. That’s a high-end model… really expensive and out of the reach of most consumers. No, most people count themselves lucky to find something decent and basic that will withstand years of use. EVGA is going after that crowd with this unit, the 750 BQ, which I can only guess stands for Big Quilt. It’s 80 Plus Bronze, which is all one really needs in the way of efficiency. Those expensive Platinums and Titaniums may look impressive, but normally the difference in cost will not be made up in your power bill for years.
Even a 750 Butterscotch Quiver comes with some marketing to talk about, and it’s all on the back of the box. There are a few things I didn’t expect to see on this unit, like the TNB bearing fan, protection all the way up to overtemp, and semi-modularity. So, this is just a bit more than a basic power supply, then.
I am pleased to see EVGA continuing to push forty degrees as the minimum full power temp spec on their units… their competition found out the hard way that moving that number much lower is asking for trouble. Too many “experts” took one look at Corsairs thirty degree rating on the old (but not new) CX series units and came to the erroneous conclusion that this meant the units were somehow unreliable. But I’ve ranted about that before, and this is not the place for another such lecture.
Right now, this is the place where we unpack this unit instead. Being not a high-end unit, EVGA has opted to go with simple bubble wrap to protect it rather than foam.
Again I find myself surprised… we have more goodies than I was expecting. I see some modular cables, a power cord, a user guide, an ATX self-test adapter, some screws, and some cable ties. I don’t see a power supply anyway… oh, there it is.
The power cord is only 18 gauge, which is pushing it a little bit, but at 750 watts it should be ok as long as we get Bronze numbers out of the unit.
The user guide is excellent on this unit.
The self-test adapter seen here is pretty simple… it shorts the PS_ON pin to ground so that the unit will come out of standby for testing without needing a motherboard. It is important not to have hardware attached when you use these things, at least initially… if the power supply is faulty, and turns on with hardware plugged in, you could be buying new hardware soon after.
Always make sure your power supply is working before you use these for testing hardware. How do you do that? With a DMM, naturally. You won’t get ripple measurements unless it’s an expensive one, but at least you can check operating voltages.
Now we get our first look at the unit itself. Not a bad looking unit at all.
Being only semi-modular, the 750 Banjo Quiet does have some hardwired cables to talk about on the next page.