It’s not often that a completely new product comes down out of the blue to surprise me, but today is one such occasion. Folks, Micro Center’s house brand PowerSpec has now begun offering their own power supplies and would like to take your money in exchange for goods and services. We’re looking at their 80 Plus Gold 850 watt offering today, which comes with some fancy RGB lighting to make sure you get some bang for your buck. It’s time to find out if it’s the right or wrong kind of “bang.”
SUPPLIED BY: PowerSpec
PRODUCT: PowerSpec PSX-850GFM 850W
PROD LINK: PSX-850GFM @ Micro Center
PRICE: $99.99 @ Micro Center
Price is at time of testing!
Now here’s a thing we haven’t seen before. Or at least, I haven’t seen before. PowerSpec as a brand name is not one I’ve ever run across. As it turns out, PowerSpec is the house brand for Micro Center, much in the same way that Rosewill is NewEgg’s house brand. And it’s only logical to me that more retail chains would want to do the same thing as NewEgg and Rosewill to see if they could keep more cash that would otherwise go to the big names in the business like Corsair and EVGA.
This, of course, depends on the products in question being worth anything. PowerSpec has an uphill climb there indeed. What I have been able to find out about this brand’s offerings amounts to not very much at all. No reviews. Not many comments from owners. Rampant speculation as to what innards were used to make these things, including claims that they are rebranded EVGA units. Which is odd, considering that EVGA does not actually manufacture power supplies in house.
Well, folks, all this ends today. By the end of this review, you’re going to know what this company has brought to the table, and so am I.
As we saw on the front of the box, this company immediately wants to make a splash by going all RGB with the fan. That’s all well and good, but I’m still at the point where I wonder if these companies are putting too much focus on bling factor. It’s best to put out, I think, a solid well performing reliable unit to get your name out there first. Once people know what you’re about and know your stuff won’t set their curtains on fire, then you can gussy up these things with blinky lights, klaxons, and chrome.
Of course, RGB fans are not the limit of what we’re being promised today. This unit also boasts a semi-fanless mode, a five year warranty, and protections up to and including over temperature protection. That’s a good sign for a company we only just met today. Add in 80 Plus Gold efficiency, and we well may have a decent product here today.
Here’s some more marketing for you, and more things I like seeing. Japanese capacitors are always welcome, of course, as is full modularity. And more is made of the RGB fan, though it understates what can actually be done with that fan’s RGB lighting. More on that later.
For now, we will open the box and find a little blurb about the warranty hiding inside. Oddly enough, the warranty doesn’t go with PowerSpec or Micro Center, instead it is handled by a mysterious company called IPSG. In fact, this stands for “International Products Sourcing Group, Inc,” a subsidiary that handles all the computer building for Micro Center. So, basically the same company.
Inside the box, we find minimal stuff. A power supply, a user guide, and a bag of what I assume are cables and not snakes or licorice. The user guide is definitely not as helpful as it could be, but it does tell you how the RGB functionality works so it’s not the worst, either.
Inside the bag, we see a pile of modular cables, some Velcro cable ties, some zip ties, a power cord, and two bags of screws.