I've had a few interesting power supplies come through here that were fanless. The ability to power a system without making any noise at all is very appealing. But what about the rest of the computer? Streacom comes to us today with a case designed for mini ITX boards that is totally fanless with a built in passive CPU cooler. I'm looking forward to seeing what this case is all about.
We're not just all about power supplies here, at jonnyGURU.com. Once in a while, we like to take a break from the norm and look at something different, like a computer case. As coincidence would have it, Corsair has sent me just such a beast to look at today in the Obsidian 550D. This is a midtower case being targeted at the silent computing crowd.
Quick... what's the most powerful power supply you can get in North America? If you said Ultra's 1600W unit, I have a surprise for you. That puppy is no longer going to be the only one of that size you can get. Lepa is joining that party, and is looking to one up the Ultra in many ways. Boasting 80 Plus Gold certification, full modularity, and relatively small size, this unit should be mighty impressive if it lives up to its bold claims. Let's go inside real quick and see if it does. Folks, this is going to be a fun review.
Today's power supply comes to us from Enermax and is called the Platimax 1000W. Unlike the Platypus, the Platimax can be found in regions outside of Eastern Australia and the occasional zoo. It looks like Enermax decided not to make the Platimax 1000W fully modular, as it did with the 1200W.
I come to you today with a TFX form factor power supply from a company I've never run across before in all my years of reviewing: Athena Power. A TFX form factor unit, the AP-TFX40 is a 400 watt design that promises 80 Plus Bronze efficiency with low ripple and noise. Let's find out if it's up to the job.
From deep within the jungles of Europe comes today's review subject: a 460 watt fanless and fully modular power supply. Silver Power is new to me, but this unit promises to bring us exceptional performance in a package completely lacking one of those fan things power supplies tend to depend on these days. I can't wait to see how this unit stacks up against the other fanless units I've tested.
There's not much you can do to a power supply to differentiate one power supply from another outside of what we've come to expect from a power supply here at jonnyGURU.com. We want superior performance (minimal ripple noise, excellent voltage regulation and ability to output advertised wattage for continuous periods of time), high efficiency, an ideal number of cables and connectors to suit the particular wattage of the power supply and build quality. The consumer wants a fair price and decent warranty or, at the very least, a relatively hassle free warranty.
The OCZ Fatal1ty 1000W seems to have all of this and more, as it features a red LED fan and "individually-sleeved cables", or what I've come to call "uni-sleeve" cables, where each individual wire has it's own sleeve.
When last we met, I showed you a brand new offering from Seasonic in the form of a very long 1U form factor 500 watt unit. Something else came along for the ride: the SS-350M1U. An even smaller unit, this is a 350 watt model that also features 80 Plus Gold certification. How did Seasonic manage to get a 350 watt power supply into something little bigger than a paperback book? We're going to find out right now.
Here at jonnyGURU.com, most of the power supplies we look at are for the enthusiast. Once in a while, however, we like to take on something different. Today's unit comes to us from Seasonic, and is a 1U form factor model intended for the industrial market. Boasting such features as modularity and a semi fanless mode, it is an 80 Plus Gold 500 watt power supply in a little box. Let's see how it does.