It has been a little over a year since we have looked at a
power supply unit from Xigmatek. Today they sent us one of the middle units in
their new Centauro line, the Xigmatek Centauro Power Force 700W (XTK-CB-0700M).
The Centauro line consists of four different units (600W, 700W, 800W, &
1000W) all of which are 80+ Bronze rated. So let's dive in and see how the
Centauro holds up to our rigorous testing process.
Today's power supply is from OCZ's ZT Series. A fully modular 650W. We actually
looked at the
750W version of this power supply some time ago. That unit had great +12V
regulation, mediocre non-primary rail regulation, fair build quality and an
excellent price. Back then, that unit sold for under $100 before rebate. Today,
at Newegg, the price of that unit is actually up to $109.99 and is $89.99 with
a mail in rebate. The price of this unit is $99.99 before rebate and $79.99
after mail in rebate. You would think that would seriously hurt the unit's
value score, but how does that price stack up against what else is out there?
You'll have to read the review through to the end to find out.
Today, we are looking at a unit from Fortron-Source Power, or FSP for short. Dubbed the Aurum Pro, this 1kW beast promises 80 Plus Gold efficiency in a unit that also performs well. Join yours truly and Izzy the Dog as we have a look at what this unit can do.
Thermaltake comes to us today with a real beast - a 1375 watt version of their Toughpower XT line of units. Boasting 80 Plus Gold level efficiency and semi modularity, this should turn out to be an impressive unit. Let's find out, shall we?
Today we're having a look at the 550W version of beQuiet's newest Dark Power Pro series. This unit is semi-modular, advertised as 80 Plus Gold and, like other beQuiet units on the market, features a Silent Wings intake fan. How will it perform? Let's find out!
Not too long ago, I looked at my first unit from Maxpoint's Silver Power brand. A fanless unit built on a strong Seasonic platform, it came to my lab and immediately impressed. Now, we're going to look at one of Silver Power's fanned units; an 850 watt semi-modular model.
It's finally happened... Antec has released a fully modular power supply. I for one, am pleased to see it, for this fully modular power supply happens to be the High Current Pro 1kW model. Which, by the way, is certified 80 Plus Platinum. Yes, folks, Antec saw what Seasonic has been doing lately and has decided to go for the throat. It's time to find out if Antec was successful in producing some competition for those units.
Quick... what's the most powerful power supply you can get in North America? If you said Ultra's 1600W unit, I have a surprise for you. That puppy is no longer going to be the only one of that size you can get. Lepa is joining that party, and is looking to one up the Ultra in many ways. Boasting 80 Plus Gold certification, full modularity, and relatively small size, this unit should be mighty impressive if it lives up to its bold claims. Let's go inside real quick and see if it does. Folks, this is going to be a fun review.
Today's power supply comes to us from Enermax and is called the Platimax 1000W. Unlike the Platypus, the Platimax can be found in regions outside of Eastern Australia and the occasional zoo. It looks like Enermax decided not to make the Platimax 1000W fully modular, as it did with the 1200W.