It's another week here at the site, so we're going to start it off with another power supply review. Today, Enermax has sent us this brand new Revolution XT 730 watt unit, so we'll be putting it through its paces momentarily. This is a semi-modular 80 Plus Gold unit, so it will be interesting to see how it stacks up against other units this size we've reviewed recently from the likes of Super Flower and Deepcool.
Before we find that out, though, we do have some marketing to get through. And there is a lot of it on this box.
Fortunately, not too much of it is something we haven't seen before. We have a few extra features, like fan delay on power off and one of Enermax' twister bearing fans, but the rest of it is pretty much what you'd expect to find on the box of an 80 Plus Gold unit like this like a cable table and a spec chart.
But the box does not stop the marketing at the back panel, no sir. There are more features listed here, again mostly talking about stuff you'd expect to find on a power supply.
There are a couple things that stand out, though. First, apparently we have a world famous capacitor in there somewhere. Since capacitors are a store of energy, I can only imagine we'll be meeting Tom Cruise at his most hyper later. We'll have to be ready for that.
Second, this unit brags about being Haswell ready. I've talked about that before, but just to repeat myself this is a non issue for any power supply. There were some early incompatibilities with Intel's Haswell load testing guidelines and some cheaper group regulated units, but DC-DC designs like this one claims to be have never had a problem regardless of what the box marketing said or didn't say. And I don't know about you, but my own personal shopping list hasn't had a group regulated design on it for years and years. Group designs are usually by nature exercises in cost cutting, and I don't do that with my own personal hardware no matter how good a group design might be. The last one I ran, and I still have that Etasis made beast, is the Silverstone ST56ZF.
I like the inclusion of a line cord clip by Enermax. These aren't necessary for most people, and are usually found on server units, but it's a cheap way to set yourself apart from the competition and insure the power cord doesn't get yanked by accident.
Let's get right to the unpacking now. I see a bag, a power supply, some modular cables, a user guide, a power cord, a power cord clip, and some velcro wire ties. Lots of stuff comes with this unit.
The user guide is decent, but not the best effort I've ever seen. Then again, that's true of most units that come through here. This one does have all the pertinent specifications on it, so I'll probably let it slide with no deduction in scoring later.
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