The market of the budget power supply has never been more competitive than it is right now. Where once the market was dominated by a lot of overrated units with questionable performance, now we have many options able to give us decent power with high efficiency at a great price. Corsair's shown us time and time again that they have what it takes to master the high end power supply realm. But what about the budget crowd? Can Corsair dominate that end of the market as well? There's only one way to find out.
Late last year, we took a peek at one of Thermaltake's latest incarnations of the high end Toughpower Grand series. While a capable unit, it didn't quite stand out among the crowd the way I would have liked. Today, we have an 850 watt Platinum addition to the Grand series of units, so my expectations are once again high.
EVGA's been sending me a lot of stuff lately, and it's all been pretty awesome. Today, I'm looking at their new Silent Series, and starting things off with the 850 watt model. This unit is 80 Plus Gold, with a single 70A 12V rail. Why this unit and not their Supernova G2 model? Come on in, and we'll try to answer that question.
We haven't seen all that many Lepa units come through here. Aside from the excellent G-1600 and G-1000 units, they've been pretty shy about sending units in my direction. One day, their new Maxbron 1000W unit showed up at the door, a bargain oriented unit that promised decent performance at a low price. Let's see if one of the more value oriented Lepa units can impress us.
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.