Scoring is done in four categories: performance, functionality, build quality
Performance (40% of the final score) - Efficiency was close
enough to Platinum to call. The efficiency at stand by was very good as well.
Ripple and noise
was virtually nonexistent. Rise time was well within spec and there was virtually
was good, but the non-primary rails' voltage regulation certainly didn't shine
for a reason, so I'm only taking half a point away for that. Performance score
Functionality (20% of the final score) - The unit is only semi-modular (higher
functionality scores go to fully modular units). Semi-modular isn't so bad
if 99.9% of the potential users are going to use all of the fixed cables. Since
most of the people that require a 1000W power supply won't need two CPU power
connectors, odds are that's going to be at least one cable that will need to
be hidden. Ironically, this would be SO EASY for Enermax to address. There
are THREE modular connectors that support either CPU or GPU power connector
cables, yet only two GPU power cables are provided. If Enermax would have just
left off on of the two CPU power connectors and included an additional modular
one, I would give the Platimax 1000W a score of 9.5 in this category. Instead,
I have to give this unit a score of 9 for functionality.
Build Quality (20% of the final score) - Not much to say here. The components
used are all top notch and the build quality is near perfect. Score of 9.5 for build quality.
Value (20% of the final score) - Having a look over at Newegg,
we find the Platimax 1000W selling for $289.99 without any promotions. That
makes it the
most expensive Platinum 1000W power supply they currently have on hand; a good
$30 more expensive than Seasonic and Antec's Platinum efforts. If the unit
being semi-modular bugs you, you can even get the XFX ProSeries 1000W for ten
bucks less! My only real complaint with that unit was the marketing overload.
I'm still taking Frova for the migraines that caused. Value score is going
to have to suffer. I'm giving it a 7.5.
With a total score of "9", the Enermax Platimax 1200W earns
a "jonnyGURU Recommended" award.
There isn't much to complain about with the Enermax Platimax 1000W. To not
consider this power supply a top contender because the non-primary rails' voltage
regulation is average or the soldering isn't absolutely perfect would simply
be nit-picking. That's why only half a point was taken off for each. The only
real complaints are that we have a modular power supply with potentially one
cable that the user will have to hide, which almost negates the advantage of
the power supply being modular in the first place, and the rather high price
The Platimax 1200W was nice because it was fully modular, but the voltage
regulation wasn't as good as this unit and the efficiency wasn't as good. I
dare say if you were considering the Platimax 1200W, but know that a 1000W
would power your system without a problem and won't miss the full modularity,
you're going to be much better off with the less expensive Platimax 1000W.
Overall, Enermax brings us a superbly built power supply, capable of 1000W
and with incredible efficiency at every load. The unit looks good and brings
the consumer a few of the advantages of a modular power supply. If they were
to improve the DC to DC performance, take off one of the fixed CPU power cables
a modular cable and bring the retail price down about $30 and this power supply
would be just about perfect.
Excellent +12V regulation
Minimal ripple and noise
Excellent build quality
VERY expensive, even for an 80 Plus Platinum power supply
Too many fixed cables for most people, almost defeats the purpose of the
PSU being modular
Non-primary rails' voltage regulation is mediocre
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