Once in a while, a company you've had mixed feelings about in the past comes out with something you're completely unprepared for. Something that promises amazing performance, able to keep up with the best in the world, for a lower price than the competition. For me, one of those companies was Super Flower. For a while there, they put out some rather unimpressive units, but then they changed and suddenly they're one of the companies to beat right now. Well, folks, Andyson looks to be on that same path with the Platinum R 1200 watt unit. This is not like anything else I've seen from them, so why wait another second? Let's see if Andyson has what it takes to match wits with Super Flower and Seasonic.
In December of 2014, we had a good long look at EVGA's brand new P2 1600 watt unit. While very impressive, the two units I originally received were discovered to be haunted by a persistent ripple interference bug which had a slight negative impact on the score. In discussions with the OEM, it was determined that I had received a couple of early units that never went out into the retail chain, and I was offered the chance to see how the actual retail unit does, as well as a future revision Super Flower was working on for EVGA.
Because we have a strict two unit per review policy, I was not able to take up that offer for the actual review. It's done and in the can. However, I was more than willing to test the actual retail unit and its upcoming revision and post a brief update on their performance. The day has come. There will be no scoring and no disassembly, as this is not a review, but there will be data and lots of it. Let's see what happens, shall we?
Not so long ago, we saw our very first 80 Plus Titanium unit. A massive hulking brute of a power supply, it came to the lab an conquered all. But now, we have a challenger to the throne at last. EVGA comes to us with a unit that offers even more power at the same amazing level of efficiency. We're going to find out right now if the T2 1600 watt unit has the stuff that dreams are made of.
Seasonic comes to us again today with yet another unit promising awesomeness. Folks, meet the Snow Silent 1050 watt unit, an 80 Plus Platinum beast of a power supply that promises not to annoy you with a loud fan. I can't wait to see how it does.
Everything's coming up Rosewill here at the site again. Today, we're going to take some time to get to know the Hive 1000 watt unit, an 80 Plus Bronze model that comes with a single 83A 12V rail and is targeted at the budget crowd. With a rather low price for a unit this size, I'm wondering just how good it can be.
It's been a little while since Xigmatek sent a unit my way, but today they've provided their new Maverick S 500W unit for testing. This little guy - and I do mean little - is an 80 Plus Bronze certified unit that packs 500 watts of 50 degree heat tolerance in a housing only 125mm deep. Let's see how this unit does.
EVGA has been on quite a roll this year. Time after time after time, I keep getting them coming through the lab and impressing the devil out of me. Today, we're looking at the P2 1600W monster of a unit. 80 Plus Platinum. One thousand, six hundred watts. It's time to heat up the lab again.
Rosewill comes to the lab once again bearing a new power supply. Part of the brand new Photon line of units, we have a 750 watt unit on hand that boasts 80 Plus Gold efficiency and full modularity at a pretty nice price. Let's see what it can do.
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.