Happy Christmas week, everybody. As you can see from the above shot, I have a real monster in the lab for our torturing pleasure today. Not too long ago, we saw the first ultra high power unit to come along in years from EVGA. At 1600 watts and 80 Plus Gold, that monster completely ruled the day, managing not just Gold numbers but even clearing Platinum as well.
Of course, it was only a matter of time before EVGA put out something that actually was certified Platinum as well. That day has arrived, and I'm going to take a look.
As was the case with the Gold model, this box has some serious bragging to do. And it's probably all well deserved, too. Fully modular. Stable power with very low electrical ripple and noise.
I could go on and on and on, because the box goes on and on and on. But I'd rather gloss over the marketing, throw the unit on the load testers, and see what it's really like.
Every time I see this it seems a little more honest, yes? EVGA has just been bringing the pain to the competition lately, and for good reason. At least for power supplies, they've managed to find a way to bring extraordinary performance to the market for less money than anything remotely competitive. Rosewill got thrashed last week based on Newegg's prices thanks to these guys, and that's Newegg's house brand!!!
At any rate, we're getting nothing done by looking at the box, so let's start unpacking it now.
Inside the box was everything I saw in the Gold version's box. A power cord the size of Miami, some modular cables, some screws, a user guide, a power supply in a blanket, some velcro cable ties, a cable bag, and a self test ATX connector.
The manual is roughly the same thing we saw with the Gold unit as well. It's more than adequate for the job.
Here's the self test adapter. This isn't new to us, having been included with several EVGA units lately. You plug it into the ATX cable, it shorts the PS_ON signal to ground, and the unit turns on so you can check it out to see if it works before installing it.
Yes indeed, you still get a monster of a power cord with these units. 12 gauge. It's not necessary to have a power cord this large on something that doesn't plug into a 20A outlet unless you're pulling power through much longer wire runs, but it does help EVGA set their units apart. Nobody else throws in a power cable this massive, even for other 1600 watt units. This probably adds a fair bit of cost to these units.
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