As you can see by the picture above, EVGA has come to us with yet another new product intended to help us power our compu-thingies. I'm sure it incorporates many thingamajiggers and doo-dads with which we can zork, flubble, and smort things online.
Seriously, though... can anyone keep track of the various power supplies this company has thrown into the market anymore? I know I can't, and I've been reviewing them for years. I can no longer say for sure that every power supply product they've come out with is worth buying, just because there are so many of them I haven't looked at yet.
Even so, this here new G1 Plus line aims to be a bargain minded 80 Plus Gold unit. Is it any good, though? That's what we're going to find out.
Of course, the box doth braggeth about features. Boxes usually do. So, let's see what we've got.
Fully modular? Yeah, that's a pretty good start. Stable power? You better, because even bargain units can be surprisingly stable now. Full power at 50 degrees? Not what I'd call essential at this price point, but a major plus. Japanese caps? Oh yeah. Complete protections? FDB fans? DC/DC conversion? All things the competition has at this price point.
And we can't forget about the 10 year warranty. I believe EVGA was the first to throw such a long one onto their products, though it does require registration to make use of it.
There are some features likely missing the box doesn't talk about. I see no mention of a fanless mode, which is fine. I actually don't use fanless modes on any of my units if I can switch them off. I also see no mention of anti-lock brakes, something... dammit, my brain's locked into car shopping mode again. Let me get at 'er with this Q-Tip and we'll get right back on track. Mmm... burning toast.
On the side of the box, we find this blurb trying to sell Gold level efficiency as above average. Once, perhaps. LLC resonant designs are getting so affordable that Gold is becoming merely average. And of course, no 80 Plus level guarantees you good build quality. I don't care how efficient a power supply is... if it's built with spitwads and pipe cleaners, your son's probably not going to get that A on the science project when the power supply explodes and burns the teacher's beard off.
It also does not guarantee clean power. One of the dirtiest units I've seen was the 1200W Masterwatt Maker , a unit that threw so much EMI back into the AC line when it was running a mining rig that I used to have to shut it down to get accurate scope shots on review units clear on the other side of the house.
Fortunately, that unit proved a very rare transgressor in that regard, otherwise I might have been tempted to start doing EMI testing. Lord knows what that gear would have cost me.
It is now time to unbox our power supply. Yes, that's the owner's manual, and it is a good one. It won't give you the history of the entire power supply industry, but it gets the job done.
Inside the box, I found some modular cables with velcro cable ties, a power cord, the manual, a power supply, and some extra goodies.
And this is the extent of the extra goodies... a power supply test connector and some screws. But remember, there were cable ties included on the modular cables, so you do get more than this shot shows.
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