It's not too often something comes into the lab I'm completely surprised by. Today is an exception. Folks, today's review unit comes from a brand new company on the scene, Vivo. We're looking at a 650 watt 80 Plus Gold unit that comes out of a factory we've only seen one other unit come from since I started reviewing power supplies. I can't wait for this one.
We're going to look at something a little unusual today. The world of the industrial power supply is a little different from what most of us are used to. Power supplies in this market have to be super well built, long lasting units that just work for years on end without complaining. Redundancy is often preferred, so billion dollar companies don't take any costly downtime thanks to failed hardware. For years, we haven't seen redundancy come to the consumer market. These are expensive power supplies, and few people need them.
Or so I thought. FSP is looking to bring the redundancy game home to us, and have clearly thought that there is more need for these units than we may be aware. Are they right? This should be a fun review. Folks, I give you the FSP Twins 500W.
We're visiting the Silverstone camp for the second time in a month as we take a look at their new Strider Platinum series at 1200 watts. Aside from being Platinum, this unit boasts all the promises of a high end unit - stable power, low ripple, good build quality, and lots of included accessories. We're quickly going to discover if this unit is worth the money.
It's an exciting day here in the lab. I'm looking at a brand new unit from a company I've never seen before - Bitfenix. They've sent their brand new Whisper M 750 watt model, a fully modular 80 Plus Gold offering that looks to take on the competition head on. Come on in, and I'll go ahead and run it through the wringer.
In 2017, you'd think more attention would have been paid to the small form factor market by now. These builds have become more and more popular, yet the power supply side of things remains somewhat overlooked. While some of the competition has stepped up to the plate and added solid units to the SFX market space, this is still an area somewhat dominated by Silverstone, at least when it comes to actual decent options with decent value. Today, we're going to check out the newest version, 3.0, of the SF45SF, a 450 watt 80 Plus Bronze entry on the bargain side of things. We saw what the original version was like way back in 2010, so it will be interesting to see what's changed.
We're starting off the new year right... with something big, powerful, and really efficient. Rosewill has come to us bearing a massive beast of a unit weighing in at 1500 watts with 80 Plus Titanium certification. There are only three competing units on the market, and that competition is fierce. Let's see if Rosewill has what it takes to get our money away from us.
It's been a very good year for high end power supplies, now that Seasonic came in and made all of us drool with their Prime Titanium units. But as we found out recently, their main competition have not been idle. EVGA waltzed right in here, dropped a 1kW beast of a unit in our laps, and waltzed out proving they could keep up. Now, we're looking at the EVGA G3 750 watt model. Can EVGA keep up the pressure? We're going to find out.
T'was the week before Christmas and all through the land, Thermaltake came to us... PSU in hand. An 80 Plus Gold unit, at 750 watts, RGB fanned, you see, it promises lots. Come inside, folks, and grab you a drink. I'm going to test this thing, you'll know what I think.
Let's take another look at Zalman's power supplies today. We'll go with the top unit of the EBT range of units, at 1200 watts. This is an 80 Plus Gold beast of a unit currently only available in Europe, but may cross the pond to our back yard someday. But do we want it here? There's only one way to find out.