Not too long ago, Enermax contacted us with an opportunity to review their
new 80 Plus Platinum certified, fully modular power supply, the Platypus...
err... sorry.. The Platimax. The Platimax is an upgrade over Enermax's 80 Plus
Gold effort, the MaxRevo. Needless to say, we wanted the chance to see if the
Platypus.. sorry... Platimax performed at least as well as the MaxRevo, but
with better efficiency.
Above we see the box for our Platimax 1200W. In appearance,
it's rather platinoid. Of course, neither the box nor the contents within are
The name refers to the power supply's apparent 80 Plus Platinum certification.
It seems I my have a platitude sense of humor today. Please allow me
to go feed my platys for a minute and I'll be back with the rest of this review...
Ok. Sorry about that. Looking at the back of the box reveals a good deal of
The Platimax features the same "FMQ" transformer than the MaxRevo
power supplies. Here we also find that the heat sinks are "stylish".
Black is always stylish, especially for the coming Winter months.
A lot of these bullet points are the same as the MaxRevo. We're told that
the unit is "89 Plus Ready", for when someone decides they want to start up
89 Plus certification. It's ErP Lot 6 ready, which is not to be confused with
the derp ready in the lot.
Although the box reveals this power supply is "full-modular ready", I assure
you that it is already fully-modular. It is also C6 power state ready by being
able to support a zero load and is "DXXI" ready by having a full compliment
of 6+2-pin PCIe power connectors.
Like the MaxRevo, the Platimax is "EMC Ready". Since a power supply is either
compatible with electromagnetic standards or not, it seems that this is a bit
of Engrish... as usual. Unless of course they meant to say this power supply
is E = mc² ready, which perhaps means that when time travel is possible, you
can use this power supply to power your time machine. I mean, it does have
a magnetic flux density transformer in it. That's like the transformer you
use with a flux capacitor right?
The Platimax is "server ready", in that it can supply power to multiple CPU's
via two 8-pin and one 4-pin power connector.
The Platimax also features CordGuard, HeatGuard, SpeedGuard and SafeGuard.
SafeGuard? The smallest soap in the house SafeGuard? The only thing this power
supply is missing is RightGuard!
As with the MaxRevo, the Platimax comes with a 139mm (because someone patented
the numbers "1", "4" and "0" and the letter "m", everyone has to use 139mm
fans instead) Twister fan. The unit is also built using all 105°C rated Japanese
Finally, Enermax claims to have provided us with the "ultimate technology".
With "clean and efficient layout and classic finish with white gold deco frame,
Platimax considers both the aesthetics and technology of the overall design."
Oh wait! This power supply IS "future ready"! Maybe we can power a time machine
with it, even though it doesn't provide 1.21 gigawatts.
The "copper bridge array" is how Enermax delivers power from the main PCB
to the modular PCB. By using a series of busbars that are soldered and screwed
to each PCB, Enermax eliminates most of the wires inside the power supply.
We're also reminded about the transformer.
On the upper right side of the back of the box is a table showing us the DC
output capabilities of the Platimax. Here is what that looks like in a more
Enermax Platimax 1200
Note that 100% of the power supply's capability is on the +12V rail. This
is quite impressive, even when the +3.3V and +5V use DC to DC VRM's, because
the +5VSB is a completely separate rail and is in addition to the +12V rail.
So I guess we can say this is a 1215W power supply in reality.
Also note that there are six +12V rails. Fortunately, there is a diagram of
what +12V rail goes to what connector on the modular interface both inside
the manual and on a card included in the box. Here's a scan of that diagram
(click to enlarge):
On the lower right side of the back of the box Enermax lays out what cables
and connectors the Platimax comes with.
Here's the same information in our
usual table layout:
Enermax Platimax 1200W
Type of connector:
24-pin ATX connector (600mm)
8-pin ATX12V/EPS12V (650mm)
8-pin & 4-pin EPS12V (1 cable w/ one of each connector) (600mm)