Performance (40% of the final score) - we'll start with performance. Efficiency first. This unit did have a little trouble getting up there for Platinum at lower loads, but in both cold and hot tests it just barely managed to make the pass. So, no points will come off for that. Next, ripple control. All three rails were either at or below the 25mV threshold for me to call excellent, so no point docking will happen there either. Finally, voltage regulation. Again, nothing but excellence. That means Enermax just earned themselves a 10 for performance.
Functionality (20% of the final score) - I do have a couple things to complain about here, even though this is a really nice fully modular fanless unit. Even though it came with the software monitoring capabilities. My first beef is with the individually sleeved cables. Oh, I know they look fantastic. I'm not disputing that. But the simple fact remains that what's good for aesthetics is frequently not good for functionality. I took a full point off for that with the NEX1500, and I'm taking that same point off here today. The other thing I have to whine about is that cursed Berg connector. I don't want those on my modular cables. I want them on an adapter, if they're going to be there at all. They are terrible... you can plug them in wrong, they're obsolete, and they're just plain ugly. Half a point off for that, and I'm stopping there. I love everything else about this unit. 8.5.
Value (20% of the final score) - I can't find this at Newegg as a product they actually sell, so we'll go to Directron today where this unit retails for $219.99. It's by far the most expensive fanless unit of the two they have. Comparing against Newegg, we have the Seasonic 520W Platinum and Rosewill 500W fanless units for eighty dollars cheaper. The Silverstone NJ520 is seventy dollars cheaper. Is the software support really worth that much of a price premium? I'm thinking no. You may not mind, but I do. It does help, but it's not enough. It's not 2002, we don't have to pay premium prices to get something good at this power level anymore. 6.
Build Quality (20% of the final score) - it's not often we can look at a CWT built unit and find no flaws at all, but that's what happened today. 10.
The Enermax Digifanless 550 watt unit turned out to be quite the fantastic little unit. Everything about its performance was excellent, and thanks to those individually sleeved cables it looks amazing. It's just too bad that the price competes with fanned units twice its size. If Enermax can get the price down some, this unit could be a fantastic buy for the silent computing crowd. Personally, however, I'd rather stick that $80 back in my pocket if all it gets me is the software and some individually sleeved cables.
software works well
excellent voltage stability
excellent ripple control
good looking modular cables
tons of goodies
$220 is a bit much for a 550 watt unit in 2015 regardless of software, sleeving, or extra goodies
needs a second set of mounting locations to insure it can be mounted as Enermax intends
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