80 Plus Titanium is starting to become more and more familiar to us as the months go by, isn't it? We've seen a number of flagship models come out now bearing the certification, and they've all done rather well for themselves. Personally, I've been waiting for the smaller units to show up. 700 watts and up is relatively easy for high efficiency units, because they have a much wider operating range to optimize efficiency for... I want to see Titanium come in below that number. Well, it looks like we're starting to push that envelope today. Say hello to the Strider Titanium 600W unit. Not only is this the lowest powered Titanium I've seen yet, but it continues Silverstone's efforts on improving power density. To the load tester!
In the world of power supplies, companies are always trying to one up each other. Sometimes, a company previously not known for producing the best units on the market spies an opportunity to make a move for the better and improve their station in the power supply game. That's exactly what happened last year when Raidmax saw Andyson come out with an 80 Plus Titanium beast of a unit and... right out of nowhere... perform like the best units on the market. I remember being completely astounded by how good of a unit the N700 was, and wondering when some lucky company in North America would snap that unit up. Folks, Raidmax is that company. Let's see if the RX-700AT retains all that awesomeness I found so impressive a year ago.
We've now seen two of BeQuiet's best in the form of the P11 1200W and 850W units. And while those units came in here and impressed us, this line doesn't stop at 850W. In order to get a full picture of the entire line, we need to go one step further and test the baby of the family... the 550W model. Let's see how it does.
Once in a while, something arrives on my doorstep completely out of the blue from a manufacturer hardly seen before threatening to completely overturn the power supply world. It doesn't happen often, but it's happening today. Folks, I've only ever seen one Sama built unit before, and it was rather unimpressive. Today's FTX-800-2 800W unit, which just so happens to be 80 Plus Titanium, promises to turn my frown upside down. I can't wait to see what this unit can do.
As March of 2016 draws to a close, we have BeQuiet back in the lab once more looking to impress us with the Dark Power Pro 11 850 watt unit. You may recall the 1200 watt version of this unit turning in some impressive results indeed back in November... it will be interesting to see if the rest of the line can be as impressive.
We're taking a look at another unit from Zalman today. After the last one turned up looking rather unremarkable performance wise, Zalman is especially eager to impress us today with the ZM650-EBT 80 Plus Gold unit. Let's find out how it does.
Here comes another Silverstone, and once again they're bringing us power in ever smaller packages. Today, they've managed to fit 550 watts at 80 Plus Platinum efficiency into a 140mm deep housing. Will this unit outperform the 750 watt model we recently checked out? I'm looking forward to doing some load testing to find out.
Let's take another look at Rosewill's new Capstone G series of units today. A little while ago, we tested the 1200 watt model and found it to be a competent and yet unremarkable unit for the budget conscious. Today, we'll find out if the 750 watt model is worth the money. Care to join me?
Once in a while, we like to case the joint. Today, I'm looking at a full tower case from Thermaltake; my first ever from that company. Targeted at the gaming crowd and winner of the Red Dot design award back in 2013, this case promises to be a cooling powerhouse, featuring no fewer than three 200mm fans. Let's take a look.
We started off January with two 80 Plus Titanium units back to back. Let's get February started with Titanium as well as we continue to look at EVGA's new line of units. We'll throw the 850 watt model at the load testers today. Come on in... this should be good!