All right, folks, we're going to invade the boss' house again today as we look at this here Platimax DF unit today. Tazz hasn't been feeling too good lately, so yours truly is helping out. And who is yours truly? Why, the most attractive reviewer in the game, that's who: Oklahoma Wolf.
Enermax is a name we don't see too often these days in the lab, but be assured that they are still kicking in the industry and still trying to get our attention with new and exciting features. Back in the day, they were one of the first brands out there we turned to when we wanted the junk in our computers replaced with power supplies that could actually do their job. Today, we actually have another new and exciting feature that is already mentioned here on the front of the box: dust free rotation. And I know what you're thinking... this probably has something to do with the twister bearing fan being mentioned nearby.
You'd be right. Enermax has apparently gotten the idea that you can reduce the amount of dust being pulled into the housing of the unit by running the fan in reverse for a bit when the main power comes online. We'll get more into that in a bit. Meantime, we have some cardboard to examine, including this little dealie in the bottom right corner:
Caution: Please make sure the Vs connector of the 24 pin modular cable is well connected to the modular socket. This is to ensure the stable output / operation of your PSU.
I reckon they're referring to vsense wires here, telling us that this functionality uses a connector separate from the rest of the ATX cabling. I've seen that done before, though as Super Flower and Seasonic have shown it is possible to get this functionality without sticking those few wires off on their own connector. Either way, no big deal.
We are now on the back of the box, and Enermax is pushing the marketing hard. Like almost every other company in the market, of course, they do have to sell their products. Especially in a time when we don't see quite as much of this company as we used to back when they were the only name anybody knew other than PC Power and Cooling or Antec.
Enermax is proud of that fan, so a big graphic about the life expectancy is found immediately. I can't say I've heard of these failing, so they could well be as good as Enermax claims. With a five year warranty, I certainly have no plans to dock points over it. And speaking of the fan, dust free rotation is again plugged heavily so we might as well get into it again here. Actually... let's see what Tazz himself has to say about this, because he makes some sense to me:
Now here's my thinking on this.
If you have your PSU mounted with the intake fan drawing it's air from within the case (my normal mounting choice), when the fan spins up in reverse its blowing the dust back inside the case and will then suck it back in once the fan returns to normal rotation.
If you have the PSU mounted with the intake fan drawing it's air from outside the case (which is normally filtered these days), when the fan spins up in reverse it's blowing the dust on the back side of the filter and will then suck it back in when the fan returns to normal operation.
You know, he's got a point, there. On one hand, it's good to keep as much dust out of your power supply as possible, because clogging them full of cat hair and dandruff is not good for them at all. I've seen units die because of that. But on the other hand, I'm not sure briefly spinning the fan the wrong way is going to do much to keep dust out. I personally suspect it will help some, but ultimately I think you're still better off paying attention to the use of dust filters and pressurization to keep the dust bunnies at bay. Even so, it's a cool feature.
Sleemax? What the heck is that supposed to be? Is that where we buy all the Sleeman in the store and chug until the police come? Because I'll be honest, I am not a beer guy. Oh, wait... they're talking about the individual cable sleeving. So, basically a fancy marketing word for something we've seen from past units like the NEX1500. But between you and me, the wall, and all of planet Earth; individual sleeving is still quite a cable management drawback. It looks nice, but that's all.
Here's the side of the box, with the features once more listed. I'll go back to Tazz' notes on this one to save time:
80 PLUS Platinum certified - Meet 80 PLUS Platinum standard with 89-93% superb efficiency @ 20-100% load.
D.F. Rotation (patented) - Dust Free Rotation enables the fan to instantly blow away the dust to prolong the lifespan- both PSU and its fan.
Twister Bearing Fan (patented) - 13.9cm fan with patented Twister Bearing Technology ensures ultra silent cooling and long lifetime of fan (160,000 hours MTBF).
Full modular design - Full Modular cable design facilitates flexible system installation and cable management.
SLEEMAX - Stylish individual sleeved cable, made with carefully selected fabric features a smooth and soft texture.
100% 105°C Japanese electrolytic capacitors - Highest component standards for maximum durability and stability.
Zero load ready! - DC to DC converter circuit ensures stable output voltage and delivers higher efficiency.
2013 ErP Lot 6 ready! - Help system meet 2013 ErP Lot 6 (<0.5W at standby mode) with high efficiency +5Vsb circuitry. (with 2013 ErP Lot 6 enabled motherboard)
It's "unpacking the box" time! And here we have... some stuff... on a table. Specifically, a box full of cables and stuff, a power supply in a bag, and a user guide. Let me just break the cables and power supply out of their respective jails, here.
Okay. Now we can see the unit itself, plus some rather good looking cables, a power cord, some cable guides of the sort Thermaltake uses on their indy sleeved cables, a bag of screws and zip ties, and some cable ties currently tying up the modular cables.
This would be the user guide. Decent enough but could stand improving on.
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