Back when I first reviewed the brand new Antec HCP Platinum line of units, all that was available to me was the 850 watt model. Which, I might add, completely obliterated the competition with its outstanding performance. Afterwards, my readers had only one question: when would I review the 1300 watt model. Good peoples of the Internet, the day has arrived.
We've been looking at a lot of 700-800 watt units lately, haven't we? Well, I see no harm in taking a peek at one more. This time, we'll dig deep and peel back the layers of a new Enermax product, the Revolution XT 730 watt. This is a semi-modular 80 Plus Gold unit that should give us some decent performance.
Once in a while, a completely random and unknown product comes in for review. Today, I'm looking at a brand new offering from Deepcool, a company formerly known for cooling solutions, who now wants to make a splash in the power supply business. But do they have what it takes to be competitive in a market dominated by the likes of Seasonic, Antec, Enermax, and Corsair? The Quanta DQ750 is here to answer that very question.
Super Flower comes to us today with their Leadex Gold 750 watt model today. We've already seen that this platform is nigh unbeatable at higher power levels, but what about the low end of the scale? Will it turn out to be better or worse or the same? Let's find out.
Not long ago, we took a look at our first RM series unit from Corsair, the RM650. Today, we'll be looking at big brother - the 850 watt model. This is a unit that bears very little in common with its smaller sibling, as it is a completely different platform from a completely different OEM. Let's have at it.
Most of the power supplies we review here are the standard full sized PS2 form factor. You know, the ones that go into 99.9% of the cases that are sold today. But these do come in smaller packages, like the SFX form factor. For my first review of 2014, I'm looking at Silverstone's brand new ST30SF. This is a tiny little SFX unit that somehow manages to boast a semi-fanless design capable of full power operation to fifty degrees.
When we first saw the new Leadex platform from Super Flower, it came in an 80 Plus Platinum package and turned in amazing results. But there is a Gold certified version of the platform, which promises all the performance of the Leadex platform in a cheaper package. The idea is to give up a little efficiency to allow that lower price. We're going to see if that was the only trade-off right now.
Corsair has been in the midst of revamping their line lately, updating some of their budget oriented offerings for things like higher efficiency and modularity. We've already taken a look at the new RM series, targeted at the silent computing crowd. In the CS series, we find Corsair aiming more for the budget crowd. Let's get the 550 watt version of this new platform on the load tester and see what it's like.
Just last year, Silverstone embarked on a mission to save all of us who have computer cases that won't take a high watt power supply due to space concerns. Today they are continuing this quest by sending me their brand new Strider Gold S Series 850 watt unit, an 80 Plus Gold unit that somehow crams all 850 watts into a box only 150mm deep. Was this a good idea or not? We shall see.