Performance (40% of the final score) - the Modu87+ does what it does pretty well. It holds reasonably stable voltages, it is extremely efficient, it keeps ripple and noise to about half the ATX spec or lower, and it is very resistant to heat. That said, it is not the best performing unit I've ever seen. Except for the efficiency, there is room for improvement on just about everything here from voltage regulation to turn on spike suppression. With this in mind, I'll give the unit an 8.5 for performance.
Functionality (20% of the final score) - a fan that stays spinning after shutdown. Modular cables that combine SATA and Molex connectors on some of the cables. Enough PCI-E 6+2 pin connectors to run two video cards. A little retention clip for the AC power cord. Can't really complain about anything here. 10.
Value (30% of the final score) - this unit has yet to hit the market, so I'm currently unable to find a retail price on it. Fortunately, Enermax has told me what the MSRP is: $219. Eep. Let's ignore the fact that you can get a Corsair HX850 for far cheaper, just for a second. Among the other Gold units currently on the market, you have the OCZ Z series 850W coming in at around the $219 mark, and the Seasonic X-750 around the $180 mark. Of these other Gold units, it cannot be argued that this unit is able to beat the Seasonic in terms of performance, even as it comes in more or less even with the OCZ unit. Still, the OCZ is also more powerful a unit. I would have to say Enermax needs to work on getting this price a bit lower. 7.
Aesthetics (10% of the final score) - I like the mirrored finish. I like the... umm... mirrored finish. That fan's just too gaudy to like. The blue heatsinks can be seen through the fan and through the exhaust grille, and are bright enough to look awfully out of place with the general color scheme. And if that isn't enough, the sleeving has red highlights on it too. Less is more, Enermax. 5.
Our third 80 Plus Gold unit to be tested here at the site has come and shown us what it's made of, and has turned out to be quite a decent power supply. The Modu87+ 700 watter is incredibly efficient, it keeps its voltages relatively stable, and it has good ripple and noise suppression. Unfortunately, it doesn't do quite enough to stand out from the pack. The MSRP is on the high side, and the performance could stand to be improved yet by just a bit. When all is taken into account, this is a very good but not great power supply.
good voltage regulation
decent ripple suppression
fan is a rather tacky shade of gold
I think that Duesenberg is still out there. Where's that NBC protection when you need it?
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