Reviews - Enermax MaxRevo 1350W power supply
Sample Provided by: Enermax USA (By jonny on Mon, May-30-2011)

Page 5 - Conclusion and scoring

Power supplies are scored in four categories: performance, build quality, functionality and value.

Performance (40% of total score): The MaxRevo is really a mixed bag for performance. Efficiency is very good. The ripple suppression was better than decent. The overshoot transient testing was passed with flying colors. But the PSU didn't like being put into the hot box as the higher temperatures seem to effect the efficiency and the voltage regulation is a far cry from what we've seen from some of the high performance units we've reviewed recently. We're not just talking about the non-primary rails, but the fact the +12V dropped as much as .47V. So over all I am giving the MaxRevo 1350W a performance score of 8.5.

Build Quality (20% of the score): I must say that the build quality here, as well as the innovation behind rearranging the PCB in such an unorthodox manner, is outstanding. All top notch components are used, including all 105° rated Japanese capacitors, and the actual over all assembly is just really well done. I'm giving this power supply a 10 in this category.

Functionality (20% of the final score): The MaxRevo is fairly compact, fully modular and comes with a full complement of connectors including 10 PCIe power connectors and three CPU power connectors. Including the canvas bags for extra cables and Velcro straps is a nice touch, though I wish the mounting screws were the thumb-screw type. Of course, I'm not going to score against the unit for not having thumb-screws. Functionality score is a 10.

Value (20% of the final score): At right around $300, this unit is priced right around where you'd expect an 80 Plus Gold certified, fully modular 1350W. Looking at Newegg for some comparison pricing, it's only $10 more than the SilverStone Strider Gold 1200W and $20 more than the Corsair AX1200, but it's a full $50 less than the Thermaltake Toughpower 1350W. Value score is a 9.

Performance
8.5
Build Quality
10
Functionality
10
Value
9

Total Score

9

While the MaxRevo 1350W isn't perfect, it does a lot of things well. Starting with Enermax's very innovative approach to laying out the PCB, virtually eliminating all wires and significantly improving air-flow. The unit is fully modular, has every connector you could possibly need, has good ripple suppression and great efficiency. If only the voltage regulation was better, this power supply would be on the top of my list of recommendations for people that are doing three way SLI or Crossfire and need this much power.

The good:

  • 80 Plus Gold efficiency
  • Good ripple suppression
  • Great build quality
  • Fully modular
  • Full complement of cables and connectors

The bad:

  • Voltage regulation wasn't as good as other units in this price/wattage range

The mediocre:

  • Came with standard mounting screws instead of thumb-screws


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