Performance (40% of the final score) - let's start wrapping things up. First, efficiency. With this unit easily passing Gold and tickling Platinum, I have no complaints there and will not be removing any points. Voltage regulation is another story, though. At just over 2% in the hot box, we saw very good performance there, but that's two steps down from mythic level. So, that means a full point deduction. Ripple control was mostly excellent on all rails, but the 12V did extend to 39mV on the high 12V crossload tests and I must therefore yank another half point for that. 8.5.
Functionality (20% of the final score) - Enermax improved on the older XT range of units today, but only in that we no longer have too many hardwired cables. Some stuff, there was no room for improvement on, like the accessories count. But there are still a few things I need to score against. Berg connector where I hate it? Half a point. Semi-modular? Half a point. Buncha ribbons on the ATX cable? Half a point. And another half a point for the same thing on the CPU cable, just to be extra picky, when it would have been super easy to just use one single ribbon. 8.
Value (20% of the final score) - these are listed at $109.99 at Newegg at the moment, where they get completely stomped on by the EVGA G2 750W unit. That unit is the same price, fully modular, with better performance. If that weren't enough, the FSP Hydro G is cheaper. The Rosewill Photon 750? Even cheaper. Corsair RMx? Cheaper still. And all those competitors are fully modular. Enermax, sorry guys, you're getting completely walloped, there. The competition is just way too strong at the 750W Gold level. I think the best I can do for you here is a 6, honestly.
Build Quality (20% of the final score) - no issues but the giant elephant in the room, that soldering issue on the power switch wire. Because it represents an arcing hazard, this is going to take more points away than the usual soldering deduction. I'm taking two full points. Y'all might want to have a discussion with the OEM about this. 8.
The new Revolution XT II 750 watt unit is, really, what amounts to a "close but no cigar" type of deal for me. It's a perfectly decent performer, yes, but given the units it's competing with; it doesn't really have too much of a chance at getting people to exchange money for it instead of those competing units that offer either better functionality, better performance, or even both at the same time for the same or less money. If the price can come down, some, it'll have a much better shot at the market. But as is? I'd have to pass, if it were me doing the shopping. The extra goodies help, but not when the competition is able to so easily wipe the floor with the performance aspects of this unit, and then offer full modularity on top of it.
very good to excellent ripple control
fan delay on power off
lots of goodies included
five year warranty
very good voltage stability
handles temps much higher than rated
power switch wire not soldered properly
not too competitive in the current marketplace
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