The Corsair CX series has had a rough road of it in enthusiast circles. Thanks to a low-ish thirty degree specification for full power operation and what was perceived as substandard capacitors, a lot of people have widely and unfairly criticized it as being junk when it really wasn't. Corsair wants to change that perception, and is reinvigorating the line to do just that. It's a tough row to hoe... this is a bargain line of units, and you can't make wide ranging changes to it without driving the price up to the point people won't buy it. Let's find out if the new version improves on the old and yet still manages to keep things affordable.
A number of years ago, Inwin decided to stop outsourcing power supplies and start building their own. We've seen a few of their offerings since, and they've been decent performers but nothing too special. Today's review sample promises to change all that, featuring the likes of 80 Plus Platinum efficiency and 900 watts inside one of the most attractive packages I think I've ever seen. Folks, meet the Inwin C900.
Well well well, look what the Pug dragged in. Yup, it's been a little while since I've had the pleasure of trying to type one of these reviews up. Thankfully, Wolfie's been helping me out here and there, Izzy too. Today I will be taking a look at the Raidmax Thunder V2 Series. Believe it or not, this is the 2nd Raidmax unit we've seen since I've been a part of the site. Wolf had the pleasure of looking at the Raidmax Monster Power RX700AT back in April which scored nicely. We'll have to see how the Thunder V2 RX-735AP holds up to the mighty SunMoon SM-5500ATE.
In the not to distant past, Corsair came to us with the first of a new line of SFX size units meant to raise the game of that small form factor to a whole other level. And the unit we looked out was suitably impressive. But that unit also has a little brother that goes by the name SF450. Shall we see if it lives up to the same expectations?
At long last, we have a new power supply from Seasonic to take a look at. It is one of their brand new flagship series of units bearing the "Prime" moniker. Boasting things like super stable voltage stability, a ten year warranty, and ultra low ripple; the marketing department at Seasonic has been writing an awful lot of checks about these units. Let's see if the unit can cash them.
I'm coming at you with another Silverstone unit today. It's another one of their efforts to improve power density with decent quality in the SX700-LPT, a wee little 700 watter that promises lots of performance and Platinum efficiency from an SFX-L size box. I can't wait to see how it fares on the load tester.
Not too long ago, we tested a new unit from a range of Titanium models fresh to the market from Silverstone aiming to bring us more power and features in a smaller space than the competition. Right now, there's still not that much competition, but the unit in question turned into a bit of a mixed bag when it came to performance. Let's continue looking at the new Strider Titanium line by having a look at the 800 watt model now, and see where the current top dog in the line comes out.
The world of the small form factor PC has gone rather neglected over the years when it comes to decent power supplies in the form factors required for these tiny cases. For too many years now, we either had our choice between one good brand with decent but underpowered stuff or total overrated junk. It was much like the early days of the ATX power supply, actually. Then, Silverstone came along and offered us a way to get a decent amount of power into a little bit of space. That was a vast improvement, but still we were dealing with only one decent company among a sea of junk. Well, folks, all that changes right now. Corsair has decided to jump on board and actually compete. The SF600 promises a boatload of performance in exactly the same amount of space as Silverstone's unit. Let's see what this upstart of a unit can do.
We're looking into another BeQuiet unit today with the new Pure Power 9 700 watt model. This is an 80 Plus Silver model featuring dual 12V outputs that is intended for the penny pinchers out there. Let's find out if it's got what it takes to get our money.
It's been a little while since we looked at a Corsair unit, so let's take a look at something new from them. What I have for you today is the brand new Vengeance 650W unit. This is a quad 12V model intended to compete in the European market, where they haven't quite bought into the whole "single 12V is better" nonsense that still seems to be prevalent in this hemisphere. But is it any good as a power supply? There's only one way to be sure, and that is to throw it at the load tester and see if it sticks.