It seems an eternity since we heard rumblings of something new and awesome from Seasonic. A while ago, they were rumored to be working on some higher powered variants of their X series units that would clear the 80 Plus Platinum certification level as well. Folks, the rumors are now fact - the new Platinum models have landed. I've got the 1kW model on my bench. Let's take a good, hard, look at what it can do.
Back in 1985, Doug Dodson revolutionized the computer aftermarket/DIY power supply market segment by offering products that were quite a bit more than the drab gray box that hardly anyone seemed to care about. In 1986 Doug's company, PC Power & Cooling, was the first to introduce a "low noise" power supply (the Silencer 150W) and the first to introduce a "high performance" power supply (the Turbo-Cool 200W).
That brings us to now. A few days ago, OCZ dropped me a line and asked me if I wanted to review the new PC Power & Cooling Silencer MkIII power supply. This power supply comes in a 400W, 500W and a 600W. They will be sending me the 600W.
GeIL, or "Golden Emperor International Limited", is a company that has been in the computer memory business since 1993. At Computex 2010, GeIL announced their own line of power supply products under the Thortech subsidiary. Not long ago, I reviewed a "Thunderbolt 1200W". And not to long before that, Tazz reviewed the "Thunderbolt 850W" power supply which includes a 5.25" bay display that shows the power supply's voltages, wattages, fan speed and temperature. Today, we get to have a look at the Thortech Thunderbolt 1000W power supply. It's 200W less than the 1200W version, costs a few bucks less, yet has all of the same connectors as the 1200W.
Recently, Corsair revamped their Enthusiast Series with a line of brand new modular units. I already took a peek at one of these units in the TX750M. Today, I'm going to have a look at another one to see if there are any major changes down at the 550W level. Folks, let's take a look at the TX550M.
Here's a scenario for you: you've been a longtime member of a certain online forum, and people keep asking you how to do the 7 volt trick for fans. Other people jump in after you post how to do it, arguing that you really shouldn't be using the 5V rail as a ground for your fans. Well, what's the solution then? No power supply on the market comes with a 7V rail!
Until now. Coolermaster decided to come up with a new line of units that do, in fact, have a 7V rail. An evolution of the Silent Pro Gold line, they also include such goodies as an external fan controller and full modularity. I'm looking at one of these units today, the 1050W middleman. Let's waste no time and see how it works.
We've seen a lot of Superflower products come and go lately. This time, I'm looking at something a little different from them - a case. More specifically, the SF-700T-W. This little beauty of a mid tower came to me in white, and marks a welcome change from the constant stream of black cases I've looked at up until now. Is it worthy of your money? Read on.
It's become a trend lately. More and more often, I'm seeing units come through here that are higher efficiency than ever, and many of these are turning up without fans. Silverstone is the latest company to float one of these fanless units my way in the ST50NF. You may recall that I once had a look at another fanless unit from these folks in the Etasis built ST45NF. Let's find out if this newer, higher efficiency fanless unit has what it takes to compete these days.
Not too long ago, Enermax contacted us with an opportunity to review their new 80 Plus Platinum certified, fully modular power supply, the Platypus... err... sorry.. The Platimax. The Platimax is an upgrade over Enermax's 80 Plus Gold effort, the MaxRevo. Needless to say, we wanted the chance to see if the Platypus.. sorry... Platimax performed at least as well as the MaxRevo, but with better efficiency.