Reviews - Enermax Platimax 1000W power supply
Sample Provided by: Enermax USA (By jonny on Mon, Apr-16-2012)

Page 1 - Introduction

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.

Late last year we reviewed the 1200W version of this unit. It looks like the same box with the only difference being the "1000W" down in the lower left hand corner.

The back of the box looks COMPLETELY different from the 1200W model, though. We have a whole mess of information here that we need to zoom in on and break down.

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  • 89 Plus Ready! I guess if they ever decide to come out with an 89 Plus standard because the 80 Plus standard is too dated, this power supply will be ready for it!
  • ErP Lot 6 Ready! This means the PSU puts out < 1W of power at standby, if the motherboard is also ErP Lot 6 compliant.
  • High Compatibility Ready! It's not just marketing... it's marketing Engrish!
  • World Ready! Hello World! Hello World! Hello World!.... <CTRL-C>... sorry. The Platimax has active PFC and accepts a full range of AC input from 100V to 240VAC.
  • 24/7 @ 50°C Ready! In other words, this PSU is rated to run continuously at 50°C.
  • C6 & Hybrid Ready! These are other low load efficiency standards. They have to do with the CPU going into a power saving "C6" mode, or your GPU switching into a lower performance "Hybrid Mode".
  • DXXI Ready! It took me a while to figure out that DXXI stands for "DirectX 11". This power supply has all 6+2-pin PCIe power connectors. Of course, this really has nothing to do with Direct X. There's even Direct X 11 compatible cards with no power connectors! But that's the message Enermax is trying to convey here.
  • EMC Ready! That's right... this power supply is ready for powering mass at the speed of light! Wait... that's E=mc2 ready? Ok.. I guess EMC ready just means that the Platimax has appropriate electromagnetic filtering.
  • Future Ready! No, this power supply can't supply the 1.2 gigawatts required to throw a DeLorean back to the future, but 1000W can send a Hot Wheels through time if you can find the right size flux capacitor for it.
  • Server Ready! Multiple CPU power connectors for multiple CPU's.
  • CordGuard. That's the little metal clip that keeps the power cord from yanking out of the back of your power supply if you move your chassis around.
  • HeatGuard. Just because you turn your computer off doesn't mean the power supply instantly cools itself off. The Platimax's fan keeps running even after you shut down so your power supplies internal components cool gradually.
  • SafeGuard. OCP, OVP, UVP, OPP, OTP, SCP... those safety features that most high end power supplies have don't have enough pizzazz to them. Let's call them "SafeGuard!"
  • SpeedGuard. Now, there's nothing unusual about a power supply that uses some form of "fuzzy logic" to thermostatically control the fan's RPM. But Enermax has a patent on the particular fuzzy logic in use here. Maybe it's fuzzier?
  • Twister Fan inside! Naturally, when a company like Enermax has a fan as nifty as the Twister Bearing fan, they're going to want to use it in their power supply. 13.9cm? Yeah... that's right. We have to use that measurement because someone got cheeky and patented "140mm fan". Can you believe that?
  • 100% 105°C Japanese electrolytic capacitors. Why? Because they have better electrolytics, that's why. They tend to have better quality control and last longer, so they ship them all the way up to China to get built into a power supply. One of the days, I'm going to win the lottery and I'm going to open a power supply factory in the U.S. and use U.S. made capacitors. You just wait and see!
  • Dynamic Hybrid Transformer Topology... hang on a second and let me get another cup of coffee... ok... it's resonant mode LLC. Someone from Enermax is probably going to call me up now and tell me I'm wrong, but based on the information I've seen, it looks like a resonant mode topology.

The back of the box also shows us how the "HeatGuard" keeps the fan spinning for up to 60 seconds in order to bring down internal PSU temperatures.

Enermax also demonstrates how the Platimax is more efficient at stand by than some other PSU's.

Enermax also shows us how the "Twister Fan" works.

Here, we're shown that we save $214.30 per year, just by using an Enermax Platimax power supply! OMG! This power supply can pay for itself in just over a year! That is... if you're running your computer at full load, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Of course, if you're really running your computer at 100% load, non-stop for those periods of time, your electric bill is going to be pretty high over all and that $214.30 is going to be just a drop in the bucket. Especially if you have to also take into consideration how much power you're going to need to power the air-conditioner that's going to cool the room with the computer that's sucking down a non-stop 1000W of power.

Finally, here's the run down of the included cables and their lengths:

Ah... A combination of fixed, or "native" cables, and modular cables? It looks like Enermax decided not to make the Platimax 1000W fully modular, as it did with the 1200W. Furthermore, the cables all seem to be a tad shorter on the 1000W model.

For those of our readers that prefer an easier to read table:

Enermax Platimax 1000W
Type of connector: Quantity:
Fixed Cables
24-pin ATX connector (550mm) 1
4+4-pin ATX12V/EPS12V (600mm) 1
8-pin EPS12V (600mm) 1
PCIe (2 cables w/ 1 connector each) (450mm) 2
Modular Cables
PCIe (2 cables w/ 2 connector each) (500mm) 4
SATA (2 cables w/ 4 connectors each) (450mm+150mm+150mm+150mm) 8
5.25" Peripheral Power Connector (2 cables w/ 4 connectors each) (450mm+150mm+150mm+150mm) 8
3.5" Drive power adapter (+150mm on the end of above cable) 1
SATA & Peripheral Power Connectors (2 cables w/ 2 SATA and 2 5.25" Peripheral Power Connectors each) (450mm+150mm+150mm+150mm) 4 & 4
Unit Dimensions(L x W x H)
175mm x 86mm x 150mm

Now let's open up the box and see what's inside...


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