Antec has thrown a special challenge my way today. This will be two reviews in one... I'm looking at both the new HCG-750M semi modular power supply and a case to go with it: the GX-700. Both of these are intended for the budget minded consumer. Let's get right to it.
Seasonic is arguably at the top of their game right now. When it comes to the best of the best units on the market, their name springs instantly to mind. But what about the more value oriented segment of the market? What if you can't afford the latest whiz-bang 80 Plus Platinum unit? Seasonic would like to help you there, too, with the new M12 II Evo Edition 850 watt unit. This is a Bronze certified DC-DC regulated design that looks to not break the bank.
Today, we're going to look at something we haven't seen before in any incarnation - High Power's brand new Astro PT design. Weighing in at 700 watts, this is the unit that recently won an award at Computex in 2012 for design and innovation. Let's waste no time at all and find out just how innovative this little 80 Plus Platinum unit really is.
Coolermaster's been on a bit of a roll lately. After partnering up with Seasonic, they released several awesome new V series units and instantly upped their game to a new level. Today, I'm looking at one of their new bargain units, the GX II 750 watt model. You may remember the original GX series unit turning out to be a little underwhelming. But that was then and this is now. Let's see if the new guy is improved enough to warrant a buy this time out.
Our latest power supply target for reviewing is the Antec HCP-850 Platinum, an updated and more efficient version of the original High Current Pro 850 watt unit. In the time since that unit came out, the competition from the likes of Seasonic, Corsair and Super Flower to name a few has only gotten stronger and stronger. Does Antec still have what it takes to compete in an increasingly cutthroat market? I don't know yet, but I'm going to find out.
EVGA's sent us quite a few awesome power supplies lately, haven't they? The flagship NEX1500 notwithstanding, the Supernova G2 series has been just amazing so far. But what if you have no money for something that awesome, or need for something that big? EVGA wants to help you out there, too, with the 500B. The B stands for Bronze efficiency, so we'd best see if it lives up to that. Come on in.
A little while ago, I looked at a new Coolermaster unit that marked a dramatic departure for the company. Known as the V1000, it showed all of us that Coolermaster was no longer content with their middle of the pack position in the marketplace. It was an amazing unit indeed, but can the company keep the momentum going? The brand new V850 is here today to help us answer that very question.
About a month ago, EVGA came to us with a new power supply weighing in at a thousand watts that completely confirmed in my mind that EVGA was looking to become a serious player in the market. The smaller of two units in the new Supernova G2 series, I immediately wanted to get my hands on big brother 1300, just to see how this amazing platform did when pushed a bit more. Folks, the day has come.
In today's review, I'm looking at one of the higher powered units in Seasonic's G Series, a line of units intended to bring Seasonic's awesome engineering talents to the budget minded. This time, it's the 650 watt model I have under the microscope. Let's see how it does compared to the 550 watt model I looked at not too long ago.
I come to you bearing another promising unit from Fractal Design, the Tesla R2 1000 watt unit. We recently found out that Fractal is very well capable of holding their own in the market based on the awesomely performing Newton R3, and it's going to be interesting to see how this unit compares against that unit. Let's find out right now.