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.
We're back in the lab with Thermaltake today, looking at another one of their SPM software enabled power supplies: the DPS-G RGB Titanium 850 watt unit. Featuring the same 256 color fan that other high end Thermaltake units are now coming with, this unit promises to bring the performance in a pretty package with a high degree of software monitoring and control functionality to boot. Let's have a look.
Here's a name we haven't seen too often here at the site - Gigabyte. Known more for video cards and motherboards, this is a company that has dabbled in the power supply market before. Though they've stayed on the fringes of this part of the computing world, they're back with a new high end 1200 watt unit of the 80 Plus Platinum variety.
Not too long ago, Thermaltake wheeled a massive power supply through my doors as part of their flagship line of units, the DPS-G RGB Titanium line. And it was pretty sweet with a tricked out color changing LED fan. Well, Thermaltake figures that perhaps you might want that same fancy LED fan on something not quite as expensive, so they've added it to their 80 Plus Gold line of DPS-G models. That's what I'm looking at today in the DPS-G RGB 850W Gold unit. Of course, this model has full compatibility with Thermaltake's DPS app, too, so there are a lot of features packed in here. Shall we see how this unit does?