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.
Today we are going to be looking at something other than a PSU; in fact we are now looking at keyboards. The first one to come across the desk is one that may not be too familiar. In a world engulfed with rubber domes and Cherry MX switches, Topre boards are kind of the odd man out as even I have very little experience with the boards. Let's take a look at what the Topre Type Heaven has to offer that makes it a good buy for the regular typist or gamer.
Corsair comes to us today with a brand new power supply - a fully modular 650 watt 80 Plus Gold unit from their new RM line of units. This unit is aimed for the silent computing crowd, and bears such features as a fanless mode as well as Corsair Link support. Time to put it through its paces.
Thermaltake comes to us today with an exciting new product. One that I have personally been waiting for ever since Corsair came along and dropped the AX860i at our doorsteps. Folks, we now have a second 850 watt class unit on the market able to be monitored and controlled via software through a USB port. Let's get right to it and see if this bad boy has what it takes to topple Corsair off the throne.
As another Halloween approaches, EVGA comes to us with what they hope is their next big thing: the Supernova P2 series at 1000 watts. I'm about to find out if this unit is a trick or a treat. Care to join me?
It's time... today, we're looking at the third and smallest unit in Cooler Master's brand new V series line of units. At 700 watts, this unit is still rated as 80 Plus Gold and is still fully modular. We're about to find out if it is able to overachieve just like its big brothers.
Cougar is back today with a brand new 850 watt entry into the value segment. Called the CMX version three, this unit promises high efficiency with excellent performance. I'm going to see how it does. Care to join me?