It's been five long years since the first time I clapped eyes on Thermaltake's first Toughpower Grand unit. Intended to be a stout, well performing unit with a long warranty that just plain worked, it marked a new era for Thermaltake as they competed with the best then on the market. But times have changed and the competition is stronger than ever. I want to see if Thermaltake's still up to the job, and see how grand these units really are.
It seems an age since the last time we looked at a Silverstone watt monster unit. By my reckoning, it's been a good five years. In that time, we've seen more and more units come down the pipe at 1500 and 1600 watts, not the least of which is the amazing Corsair AX1500i. But today, Silverstone is finally freshening things up. Meet the brand new Strider Gold S 1500 watt beast.
Thermaltake comes back to the site from a long hiatus today with their new Toughpower Gold unit, the TPD-0850M. This is an 850 watt unit featuring semi-modularity, ribbon cabling, and a single 12V rail at a really attractive price point.
A little while back, we took a look at the biggest unit in Seasonic's new XM2 series of units, intended to update and freshen up the X series of units. Today, we're looking at the smaller model in the line, the SS-1050XM2. Will it be every bit as awesome as big brother was?
I'm excited to bring you my very first review of a BeQuiet unit today. I have the brand new Straight Power 10 800W unit on the load testers, and it's ready for action. This unit is 80 Plus Gold, semi-modular, and comes with a rather interesting looking cooling fan indeed. Let's see how it does.
FSP comes to us today with a brand new 80 Plus Platinum 1200 watt unit in the Aurum PT. Being their latest and greatest, they hope to make some headway in a market currently dominated by a few really strong players and a lot of not so strong ones. Let's find out where this unit fits into the picture.
High Power comes to us today with a beast of a unit - an 80 Plus Gold fully modular unit called the Astro GD 1200 watt. Let's see if this unit can take on the latest and greatest as I mercilessly throw it under the wheels of the load testing bus. High Power units haven't always reviewed well here at the site, and I'm anxious to see how this one does.
Silverstone comes to us today looking to further push the limits of big power in small spaces. Today, I'm looking at the brand new SFX form factor SX600-G, an 80 Plus Gold unit that happens to be fully modular, somehow. Given that the unit in question could probably hide behind a bottle of ketchup, I really wonder if this unit can possibly give us the performance we want to see from it.
Two weeks ago, we had a look at the first and smallest unit in Corsair's new HXi line of power supplies. Enabled with Corsair Link, that unit proved itself a solid little unit indeed. It's time to go two sizes up from there and see how the 1kW unit behaves. Come on in, won't you?
We've been looking at a lot of EVGA power supplies lately as that company continues to build momentum in the power supply market. So far, they've all been good units. Today, I have the 750W B2 under the magnifying glass... let's find out where this unit fits into the overall scheme of things.