Performance (40% of the final score) - you know, I love it when these power supply companies make things easy for scoring. This unit couldn't be easier to score. At 0.09% average in the hot box, this unit came with better than mythic voltage regulation and likely gave the competition a heart attack. It also darn near cleared Platinum efficiency, too. The new S&C point is no trouble either, because all three of those transient tests showed nothing but perfection. And with ripple control in the single digits, this is going to be a slam dunk for EVGA. No points come off. Have a 10, people.
Functionality (20% of the final score) - I only have one thing to score against here, and that's the presence of the in cable capacitors. Quite simply, they do hurt cable management and so I remove a half point for that. I will stop there... we had lots of accessories, fanless mode worked well, the documentation is good, the 10 year warranty is awesome, it's fully modular, and somehow packs a thousand watts into a 150mm deep housing. 9.5.
Value (20% of the final score) - MSRP is $159.99 on this beastie. That makes it $10 more than a G2 or GS model the same size at Newegg, and dead even with the Corsair RM1000x. There's lots of good competition at or near the same price, but I daresay the performance of this unit beats most of them. This thing even gives the Rosewill Quark 1000W at $149.99 a run for the same efficiency level. The only thing is, for not much more you have a Seasonic Platinum 1050, EVGA PS, and Thermaltake DPS G that takes away a little bit from the value. I know, those are older models, but they're there so I need to consider them. 9.5.
Build Quality (20% of the final score) - no issues found. 10.
As time goes by, it gets harder and harder for units to come in here and impress me. Last year's excellence is often this year's excellence, too. But as this unit showed today, it's still possible to find a surprise or two when I hook up the load testers and let them off the leash. Quite simply, this is the most stable 1kW unit I have tested yet, voltage wise. How is EVGA, or the competition, going to top this unit? Do I need a voltmeter good to four or five decimal places? Is ripple going under 5mV? Efficiency going over 100%? I don't know. But I like where the industry is going lately.
way better than mythic voltage stability
way better than excellent ripple control
lots of goodies in the box
shallow housing for 1kW
excellent build quality
almost does Platinum efficiency
get real... if there's a bad side of this thing, I'm the Pope
in cable capacitors
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