High Power and I have a bit of an unsettled history together. See, back when I started reviewing power supplies, the brand High Power was the consumer facing division of manufacturer Sirtec International. They sold the power supplies that Sirtec made to the public. But the problem was, those Sirtec units weren't always very reliable. Matters weren't helped by the fact that companies like Coolmax took their designs and slapped inflated numbers on the side of them, leading me to my first experiences with them as a reviewer to be decidedly negative. I'll never forget the time the CUG-700B blew one of its capacitors up through the fan grille, or the time the CUG-950B started giving me hardware killing ripple while setting new records for exhaust temperatures.
But that was then and this is... not then. Sirtec's power supply manufacturing business spun off into its own company a while back, calling themselves Sirfa. And they've been trying to improve their standing in the industry ever since. My most recent look at a Sirfa was the Thermaltake Toughpower DPS 850, which could not have been further away from those old Coolmax units in build quality. It had some performance aspects it could have improved on, but the build quality was outstanding.
There's still that little voice in my head though. Most of the time, it tells me to go buy a Coke. It's been rather vocal about that already this morning. But sometimes, it wonders whether or not Sirfa/High Power might be tempted to slip back into old ways. Today's review unit is the Astro GD 1200 watt unit, an 80 Plus Gold beast. We're going to see which way the wind is blowing for Sirfa right now.
Things are certainly starting off right, here. Fully modular, smart fan control with delayed fan shutdown. They've bought into the single 12V rail thing PC Power and Cooling erroneously turned into a myth way back when, but that's nothing new.
For more information, visit the website. I think I'll just unpack this now.
High Power's usually a little odd when it comes to packaging. The unit itself is in a foam tray, with the modular cables in a separate box.
Unpacked, we see a power supply, user guide, some modular cables, a hefty 14 gauge power cord, a bag of screws, and a case sticker. A bag for those modular cables would have been welcome, but it's not like you can't re-use the box they came in.
The manual is an abbreviated affair that is as dedicated to more marketing as it is providing any useful data, which is rather lacking. I'll probably be scoring against that later.
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