Good morning, fellow power supply people. Today, as you can see, we've gone back to the EVGA well and after dropping our bucket into the damp depths of the earth we pulled ourselves out something from the cheaper side of things. Though the box is about as bland and generic as can be, the series we will be checking out today is actually known as the N1 series. EVGA clearly thought there was a need for the dirt cheap part of the market to be as well covered as the high end, and so here we are today.
From the front of the box, nothing is apparent but that we have a 750 watt power supply inside. So, we'll go look at the back of the box and see if we can learn any more.
A few more important details can indeed be found here, as it turns out. EVGA's main goals, according to the topmost blurb, is to come at us with something cheap that has a decent amount of power. It's intended for budget gaming, comes with some connectors and protection features, and has a two year warranty.
But it doesn't stop there. It has a quiet fan, has active PFC, protection all the way up to the overtemp protection usually missing from these bargain models, is compatible with all the stuff you'd expect to plug it into, and... wait... can do 750 watts at only 25 degrees? Seriously? That's a marketing point to you, EVGA? Quite frankly, it's useless to me. To be brutally blunt, I often see temperatures higher than that in cold testing, where the power supply is sitting out in the open air. Your chances of seeing that number at the power supply in a case is really slim... it would basically have to be on the bottom of the case, pulling from the air underneath, in a room with a low ambient temperature to start with.
I will give them this... they're not hiding that number. It's printed more than once on the back of this box. But there's another number they're not hiding that gives me reason to pause... the warranty. Newegg claims the warranty has doubled, but I don't see this reflected on the product page at the EVGA site. Two years is below what we used to get from decent units even before companies - led by the likes of EVGA no less - decided to go with the crazy 10+ year deals we get now for the good stuff. Used to be you'd only get something less than three years with the really not so good stuff. Even if the warranty has doubled, four years is still a mite short for me when it comes to things like sleeve bearing fans.
That said, once again I'm glad to see that overtemp protection. That gives me a little hope that perhaps this unit might be better than some of these numbers are letting on.
We'll go right to the unpacking shot now, where we find a decent user guide, a power cord, a power supply, and a bag of screws. That's it. But it's a bargain unit, remember, so we were never going to find the kitchen sink thrown in with it.
Coming to the unit itself, we find a somewhat bland matte black box that at least looks good. The unit itself has a little weight to it, too, which should never be used as a way to judge quality. I've seen companies add weights to gutless wonders to intentionally fool people.
This being a cheap unit, there are no modular cables at all. Let's go to the next page and get a closer look at this unit.
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