Today's unit comes to us from the German company Listan GmbH & Co. Listan's products are generally found all over Europe, as well as shops in Taiwan. Listan is best known by their brand names, "Revoltec" and "be-quiet". Revoltec is best known for chassis and lighting. be-quiet is the brand we see a number of cooling solutions and power supplies under. The Straight Power (E8) line of power supplies consist of a 400W, 450W, 500W, 550W, 600W and 700W. I'm going to be reviewing the lowest wattage unit from this product line: the BQT E8-400W.
Back when Corsair's HX1000 power supply came out, it was the highest powered unit they had. Indeed, it was one of the most powerful and impressive units in its day. Even now, it remains a popular unit for those needing gobs of power at a good price. But time hasn't stopped for anyone, and the market has changed. Not about to be left behind, Corsair is now looking to replace that aging unit with something new - the HX1050. It's time to find out what's changed. I have one, and I intend to torture it.
Superflower comes to us today bearing fanless goodness - a 500 watt 80 Plus Platinum take on their newest line of Platinum certified units. Come on in, and we'll see if taking the fan out of one of these awesome units was a good idea.
We've seen some rather incredible units coming out lately in the greater than 1kW category. We saw the Corsair AX1200 come in and outperform excellent models half its size, and we saw the Antec HCP-1200 do the same thing. Thermaltake would like to get in on that action, and has added a beefy 1200 watt 80 Plus Gold model to their Toughpower Grand series of units. I've got one on the test bench now... come in and bid it hello, won't you?
Recently, I took a look at a really nice case from Inwin and found a few good things and a few bad things about it. Mostly good things. Well, when it showed up here, that case wasn't alone. It brought a friend, named simply the BUC. Part of Inwin's Destiny Lite series, the BUC is a gaming case with a whole lot of cool features to talk about. I see no reason to delay, so let's have a look now, shall we?
Not very long ago, there was a big flap on several Internet forums because Corsair decided to replace some aging power supply platforms without telling the public about it in minute detail. Thus, a lot of people with axes to grind suddenly found themselves with a whetstone to grind them against. The fact of the matter is, power supply OEMs sometimes like to freshen up their designs and this doesn't necessarily mean these designs are being skimped on. Today, I'm looking at the updated Corsair CX430 - version 2. Let's see what's changed, and what's stayed the same.
According to OCZ, it's one of those power supplies that can put out a lot of power (1000W) from within a relatively small size (175mm depth) with high efficiency (80 Plus Gold). But these claims alone aren't good enough for our readers. Can it put out 1000W? Is it as efficient as OCZ claims? Is this a "ZX" I'll remember 25 years from now? We're here to find out!