Performance (40% of the final score) - let's close things out now. Performance was strong with this unit right from the start of things. Voltage regulation came in at just under 1% in the hot box, so only half a point will come off for not doing mythic level. Efficiency was a clean pass for Gold both times... no deduction there. The S&C point was well handled, so no deduction there, either. Finally, ripple control. It was close to going over the line, but didn't. So, this unit gets a 9.5.
Functionality (20% of the final score) - I don't have too much negative to say about this unit here. Fanless mode seemed to work well, the cabling was right, and the unit did come with that little bluetooth speaker. I will, however, get really picky and take half a point for the ribbon cabling and another half point for cheaping out and not throwing in enough screws for mounting the ATX bracket. 9.
Value (20% of the final score) - $120.62 is what these cost at Amazon. Going over to Newegg, the competition there is the Corsair SF600, of course, and a Thermaltake 600W. While both are slightly cheaper, the difference only amounts to a few cents in the case of the Corsair. So this unit stacks up very well. Yes, the Corsair is a slightly better performer but this one is no slouch and gives you fifty more watts and (maybe) a useless little bluetooth speaker. But even without the Q-Boom I'm still feeling a 10.
Build Quality (20% of the final score) - no issues worth deducting points for. 10.
Enermax just proved they still have what it takes to be competitive in an extremely competitive industry. This little guy hangs right with its competition and is close enough in price to make the decision hard. I don't envy you the decision.
excellent voltage regulation
excellent ripple control
super efficient in standby
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