Today's review is written by Kristofer Brozio. Kristofer is from TestFreaks.com, a product review site, who graciously submitted this review for us to post on jonnyGURU.com.
USB 3.0 is here to stay, it’s not going anywhere, and it is the future of portable storage as we know it. It’s fast, much faster than UBS 2.0 will ever be and I can tell you that it is well worth it when transferring large amounts of data or large sized files. If you’ve ever tried to transfer large video files or a lot of smaller files via USB 2.0 then you know it’s best to start the process and just walk away as it’s going to be quite a while. With USB 3.0 that long wait is no longer.
Last week, I had a look at my very first 80 Plus Platinum review sample. At 550 watts, it turned out to be an incredible performer. Today, I'm repeating the exercise with Superflower's own version of the same platform. Will we get even better performance from the company that originated this design in the first place? We're about to find out.
Today marks another turning point in the world of power supply efficiency. First, we had 80 Plus Standard certification. Then came the Olympic levels - Bronze, Silver, and Gold. 80 Plus didn't stop there, however, and now we have Platinum. My first Platinum certified unit goes under the microscope today - the modular Kingwin LZP-550. Does the ultra high efficiency come at the cost of decreased performance? Let's not wait another minute to find out.
Not too long ago, Corsair set out to freshen up some of their power supply offerings. Older platforms were phased out, and new platforms were introduced. Today, I'm looking at just such a unit - Corsair's updated version 2 TX850. We're going to find out, here and now, what this unit is about. Is it as good as the first version? Worse? The same? These questions and more are about to be answered.
Today we have the pleasure of checking out one of XFX's newest power supplies: The Pro 850W. The Pro 850W is one of three new "Core Edition" power supplies from XFX. They lack the frills and modularity of XFX's other PSU efforts, but come in at an astonishingly low price.
It's February of 2011 and the competition in the power supply arena is fierce. You've got the likes of Silverstone, Corsair, and Antec to name but a few all fighting a war for your dollars while at the same time doing their level best to crank out good units. XFX would like to get in on that action. Today, I'm looking at not one but two units in the new Core Edition series. These are fully wired units rated at 80 Plus Bronze that promise a lot of performance at not a lot of money. Will they be strong enough to win the war? I'm going to get to the bottom of that question right now.
Late last year, we looked at the most powerful model in a new line from Antec in the HCP-1200. That unit turned out to be one of the best units we've ever seen at the site. But it's not the only model in the series - there are also 850 watt and 750 watt little brothers to that monster. I'm going to be looking at one of those today - the HCP-850. Will it measure up to the standards set by the 1200 watt monster? It's high time we found out.
Today we're having a look at one of Corsair's "Builder Series" power supply units. The CX430.The CX430 is one of the most basic power supplies available from Corsair. The CX430 is not modular, is supposedly "only" 80 Plus (as opposed to Bronze, Silver, etc.) and (spoiler alert) uses a group regulated topology. At under $50 the CX430 is extremely affordable, but this has also raised a lot of controversy. Thanks to a black Friday sale that made this unit only $15 after a mail in rebate, we got our hands on one of these units and now we're going to put it through the paces.
The holidays have come and gone. Maybe you got that power supply you wanted from Santa for Christmas. Maybe Santa didn't get the message that you wanted a good one, and it blew up when you tried to use it. Maybe you now need to find something powerful and affordable fast, and have to rush out and find such a creature right this second so you can make the New Year's Eve LAN party in time.
Xigmatek would like to help you out with that. Today, I'm looking at the NRP-MC702, a 700 watt modular unit that just so happens to be quite affordable as well. Let's find out if it lives up to the "no rules" moniker.
A fair bit of time has gone by since yours truly was graced with a really big power supply to review. In that time, 80 Plus Gold units have become more and more common. But it's still not that common to find such efficiency way up at the 1200 watt and up level. Sparkle Computer wants to be the next big player in that game, and they've sent me their brand new Great Wall built 1250W unit to evaluate. Come inside, and we'll see if all that sparkles is gold.