Sometimes, it's good to look at power supplies on the lower end of a company's product range. Such is the case here today as we take a good hard look at something clear at the bottom end of EVGA's lineup, known as the N1 series. I have the 750W model in front of me, bought brand new off a store shelf, and we're going to see just what it can do. This is a unit so far down in the bargain bin that it doesn't even bear 80 Plus certification. Let's see what happens.
A couple years ago, Corsair came to us with their then new SF600 80 Plus Gold unit and told us they would like to rule the SFX market. We quickly discovered they had good reason to be optimistic. But times have changed, and things rarely stand still in this business. Corsair's now added to their SFX units and would like us to make sure things are still good. Folks, meet the Platinum version of the SF600: it's promising big things, and it wants your money.
In the latter months of 2018, people are still rather interested in building ever more powerful computers into ever smaller boxes. Despite this, the SFX form factor still seems underrepresented by major power supply companies. Silverstone and FSP are still pushing things along, and Corsair got serious about competing a while back, but for the rest of the market we've seemingly seen only a few companies taking half hearted stabs at it only to pull out later. Now, EVGA's decided to get into the game and is looking to release a few units. We're going to look at the 650 watt 80 Plus Gold 650GM today and see if it competes.
It's not very often that we find ourselves looking at a brand new product from a brand new company, but that's exactly what we're doing today. Mistel, known for making mechanical keyboards, has decided they would like to jump into the world of power supplies. Let's have ourselves a good long look at the MX650 fanless unit and see what it brings to the table.
We haven't looked at a Cooler Master unit in a good while, so how about we look at one of their cheapest units now? The Masterwatt Lite unit in my hands today happens to be a 230V only model tailored for the budget conscious European consumer. Let's see if it's worth the little money being asked for it.
First, Silverstone decided to get our attention by cramming ever increasing power output into ever smaller power supplies. Now, they're looking to innovate again by showing us the first ever (to my knowledge) fanless SFX-L power supply. Folks, let's have a look at the 80 Plus Platinum Nightjar 450-SXL and we'll see just how good an idea it is to consider taking fans out of such a small housing.
It's time to take another look at NZXT's new E series of 80 Plus Gold power supplies. Today, we'll look at the 500 watt model, which offers all the same features we saw in the 850 watt model, just at a much lower power output.
It's been a little while since we last looked at a Riotoro unit, but it's as good a time as any to see if their units are still worthy of our attention. In keeping with the theme of my last review, we'll check out a 500 watt Riotoro bargain unit called the Builder Edition. We'll find out just how well it holds up.
I've decided to shake things up a little today. We haven't looked at the extreme low end of the power supply market in a while, so that's the plan for this review... to take one of EVGA's most bargain basement units and see if we have ourselves a gutless wonder or something actually half decent. Folks, I give you the EVGA 450BV.