When size really does matter, PC enthusiasts only had a few options available back in the day. You either picked up a Pico style PSU or you went with a standard ATX PSU. With ITX/Micro ATX systems becoming more and more common, we are left with a bit of a power gap if you will. The Pico and power brick options only get you so far, then the next logical step is the SFX PSU. Most of the SFX options available are either low wattage or conform to more of a server unit design.
Every so often, a power supply arrives in the lab that fills my heart with anticipation and high expectations. Today, we're looking at just one of those units - Seasonic's updated and revised X-650 unit. The design has been freshened up with such things as a switchable semi-fanless mode. Let's see what else has changed.
We've seen a few 80 Plus Platinum units come out and impress us in the recent past. So far, they've all been pretty well performing. Azza is a newcomer to the field, and they're now coming to me with their own Platinum unit looking to impress. Let's waste no time and find out if Azza is up to the challenge.
We've got another kitty cat to throw on the load tester today... not a real one, of course. No, today we're taking a peek at Cougar's new GX-S line at five hundred watts. This is a small fry, clocking in at only 140mm deep. Will we get 80 Plus Gold performance from this small a package? There's only one way to find out.
In the not too distant past, we've seen that Rosewill is now getting pretty serious when it comes to releasing power supplies that are very good indeed. Our latest look at a Rosewill unit will be today, when I dig into the box of this here Tachyon 1kW model. This is an 80 Plus Platinum unit that features a single 83 ampere 12 volt rail. It's time to see what it's all about.
Not too long ago, I looked at a new unit from Silverstone at the 650 watt level that boasted such things as full modularity in a package only 140mm deep. That unit proved to come up short in terms of efficiency, missing its 80 Plus target in both cold and hot testing. Today, I'll be looking at the 550 watt little brother of that unit. Can it impress us in ways the 650 watt unit couldn't? I can't wait to find out.
Not too long ago, I found myself confronted with an Inwin GROne case. Done up in a nice white color scheme, it turned out to be a pretty decent case. Well, something else arrived in that same shipment, one of a new line of Inwin power supplies - the GreenMe 650 watt unit. Let's find out if this nice looking matte white power supply is a good companion to the GROne.
Quick, what's on your Christmas list? I know many of you have power supplies on there, and I know you want a good one. Up until now, Seasonic has been just bringing the awesome when it comes to power supplies that are deserving to be in Santa's sleigh. Today, they're looking to add one more unit to that list of fantastic units, and that's the brand new 80 Plus Platinum SS-660XP. Come inside and take a look.
Who could have predicted it? It turns out that last week, when I thoroughly barbecued and humiliated that Hercules 500 watt unit, I offended the other Greek gods. Herc's daddy, Zeus himself, has shown up today looking to get even. He's brought with him the latest power supply to be graced with his name, the Silverstone Zeus 1350 watt unit. Let's find out if old Zeus here can do what his boy Hercules couldn't... make it all the way through my tests.
Almost a year ago our own JonnyGURU took a look at the PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk III 600W power supply. Today we are going to take a look at one of the little brothers, the Silencer Mk III 500W. This will give us a chance to see if there's been any major changes that have taken place over the last year. While there should only be a few small differences between the 600W and 500W versions, the overall design should be fairly consistent. So let's see how this unit stacks up against the older brother.