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.
The last time we looked at an EVGA product, it was the NEX1500, a 1500 watt unit that promised the moon for a really high price. But, companies don't survive on such niche products alone, and EVGA knows this. Today, I'm taking a look at the Supernova G2 line at 1000 watts. This is a much more affordable unit that still promises fantastic performance, but at a price more people can afford.
It's time to look at another Cougar power supply today. They've sent me a brand new unit from their RX series, clocking in at 500 watts. This is a more value oriented unit that promises good performance at a low price. Let's find out now how well it does in meeting this goal.
Coolermaster's been in the power supply business for quite a while by now. And yet, not too many people seem to see their units as really being a go-to name when it comes to finding the best units on the market. Well, Coolermaster's looking to change that right now. They've sent me their latest and greatest 1kW unit, the V1000. This is a beastly looking 80 Plus Gold unit with a single 83 ampere 12 volt output. Come on in, folks, this one should be good.