Power supplies are scored in four categories: performance, build quality, functionality
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
80 Plus Gold efficiency
Good ripple suppression
Great build quality
Full complement of cables and connectors
Voltage regulation wasn't as good as other units in this price/wattage
Came with standard mounting screws instead of thumb-screws
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