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.
Not too long ago, I took a look at one of a new series of Strider power supplies from Silverstone dubbed the Strider Gold Evolution 1000 watt. Today, I'm looking at one of the smaller units in that series, the 750 watt model. Let's find out what difference the lower wattage makes in the output quality.
It's been a few weeks since I last load tested anything smaller than a thousand watts, but the day has come at last. Today, I'm looking at the NZXT Hale82 850 watt unit. This 80 Plus Bronze unit is being pointed at those of us who want top notch performance at a reasonable price.
Today's power supply is XFX's "Black Edition", fully modular, "Pro" 1250W.
This will be the tenth XFX power supply we've reviewed and the seventh with marketing overload. Ah.. the good ol' days of the original Black Edition and XXX Edition. I admit that the jokes are getting a little old, so I plan to keep them to a minimum this time. Most of the marketing terms are the same this time around. I'll point out the newer ones and try to explain what they're trying to say.