Performance (40% of the final score) - we're off to do some scoring. Now, this unit did do a teensy bit better than the Lepa version when it comes to regulation, averaging 1.7% in comparison to 1.8% on that model. However, it is still not enough to pull this unit up to the "excellent" mark. That said, it is still very good indeed and I am only pulling half a point for that. Ripple control was once again excellent, so no deduction there. Efficiency cleared Gold, so no points off there. If Enermax could tighten the regulation just a little bit, this unit would be absolutely unbeatable. But for now, it'll get the same score its Lepa cousin got: 9.5.
Functionality (20% of the final score) - this thing is not wanting for anything here. It runs the fan on power off, comes with a ton of cables and connectors, and can run four video cards without breaking a sweat. It's fully modular. For Pete's sake, it even comes with a power cable retaining clip. If anything deserves a perfect score here, this unit does. 10.
Value (20% of the final score) - Newegg has this bad boy listed for $359.99 right now. For thirty beans less, you can get the Lepa version. Given that it's basically the same unit with a few minor internal differences, I'm having trouble seeing my way to liking this turn of events. What it comes down to is this: is this unit worth the improved line filter, extra goodies in the box, and a guarantee that it will do full power to fifty degrees, unlike the forty the Lepa is good for? Let's think about that. Forty at 1600 is probably the unit's natural de-rating curve anyway, so we can toss that aspect out. What does this unit have that the Lepa doesn't? A case sticker and a couple bags for the cables. The line filter speaks for itself. I think the bottom line is, a twenty dollar difference in price would be better than thirty, but as such it isn't too big of a value hit, here. I gave the Lepa a perfect score, so I'll do a 9 for the Enermax variant.
Build Quality (20% of the final score) - you know what? I'm going to give Enermax a perfect score here. Soldering was impeccable to the point I can't see a way to improve on it. The pinched wire issue is not here this time. The design is neat, clean, and puts out every watt it's supposed to. 10.
Enermax continues to impress with this platform. Not only is it still one of the most powerful designs you can get in the North American market, it's awesome as all heck. Voltage regulation is very good, ripple suppression is unbelievable, and it's very efficient to boot. How can I not recommend something as awesome as this?
Got a power hungry system? Enermax has the cure.
Insanely good ripple suppression.
Very good voltage stability.
Comes with a ton of goodies, including two cable bags.
14 gauge power cord.
Ten PCI-E connectors can be used at the same time.
Fan runs on power-off.
Smaller than most other units this size.
A little costly compared to Cousin Lepa.
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