Before we get started on this review, I wanted to alert you to a change at this here website. As you can see above, we've started watermarking our images. Rather, I have. Tony's been doing it for a while. Someone on our Facebook group alerted us to the fact that many of my images were getting used without permission, so I cranked up Enya's Watermark and went to town. Yes, I did use that joke on the Facebook page. It's good enough to be used twice, I think. You don't think so? You're going to hurt me if I do it again? You don't have it in you. Underneath that gruff exterior lies a heart of gold who goes to local orphanages to give puppies and kittens to all the needy... wait, put down the brick, I'll stop now.
It's really time I started this review, anyway. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you one of the most highly anticipated power supplies in years, the 80 Plus Gold rated EVGA NEX1500 Classified.
As always, there is a fair bit of marketing on the box. With all the typing I'll be doing on this one today, I believe I'll save my fingers and just make you squint at this one picture for a while.
I have to say though I'm loving that ten year warranty. While many server grade power supplies do last that long without issues, not too many companies offer a warranty like that. It's nice to see. That said, if the design proves overly complicated to the point it becomes unreliable, that ten year warranty could also end up biting the hand of the company offering it. We'll have to see in the course of this review how likely this is.
More marketing here. EVGA is apparently #1. Again, we'll just have to see about that. They may be #1 for video cards, but this is their very first dip into the power supply pool. I'm thinking it's going to take a little time to determine whether or not EVGA is able to become #1 in a very competitive market.
The rest of the box is refreshingly devoid of marketing. I like that. Too much of it distracts, rather than informs, and leads to the possibility of maybe stretching things a little too far for credibility.
This is kind of neat, though. You get a picture right on the box of the modular connector panel. While it initially seems like you can tell which 12 volt output rail each belongs to, it's not quite that simple. Well, the red connectors you can, but not the black ones.
Let's open this thing up, now. I want to get at the power supply itself, already.
Hmm... looks like we get the "boxes in boxes" approach to packaging this one. I'll start with the bigger box, first.
Ah. This one has all the cables, in nifty plastic bags.
There's the power supply! It was in the smaller box. Let me just get everything out, here.
Ready for the list? Here's what I found in all the various boxes:
12 gauge power cord
a pile of red modular cables
a pile of black modular cables
many velcro cable ties (found around the modular cables)
a cable bag
a power supply
a power supply cloth bag
a wee bag with some protective rubber feet
That's it. No screws, but those should be easy to find if you're even half the geek I am. And at my size, many of you are half the... hey! What did I say about throwing bricks?
Before we move to the next page, here's the little rubber feet I was talking about. They're hard to see in this picture, but you peel them off that black sheet there and stick them where you want them. Kind of a nice touch on EVGA's part, there.
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