Once in a while, we like to case the joint. Today, I'm looking at a full tower case from Thermaltake; my first ever from that company. Targeted at the gaming crowd and winner of the Red Dot design award back in 2013, this case promises to be a cooling powerhouse, featuring no fewer than three 200mm fans. Let's take a look.
We started off January with two 80 Plus Titanium units back to back. Let's get February started with Titanium as well as we continue to look at EVGA's new line of units. We'll throw the 850 watt model at the load testers today. Come on in... this should be good!
Here's a name we don't see everyday here at the lab - Zalman. We have a brand new power supply from them here for testing in the form of the semi-modular ZM700-GVM. Zalman units used to be quite decent back in the day... what about now?
We haven't looked at a Silverstone unit in a little bit, so let's look at one now. This is a company that has been concentrating hard lately on bringing us power supplies that can do the job in less space than the competition without a lot of compromise to the performance side of things. They're now bringing this strategy to the realm of 80 Plus Platinum efficiency. Let's find out if the ST75F-PT gets the job done.
It's been more than a year since the first Titanium units hit the market. EVGA was the second company to do so, and for the longest time it's been not too well kept a secret that more models in their T2 line of units would be arriving on the scene eventually. It looks like the wait is officially over. Meet the T2 1000 watt model.
It's a brand new year here in the test lab, and with it comes a brand new unit fresh on the scene. 80 Plus Titanium units are still pretty slow to hit the market, but I'm predicting we'll see more than a few of them this year as companies are able to get them into the market. Our first such unit comes from Thermaltake, and on the surface looks like it's going to be hard to beat. This is a 1250 watt monster featuring individually sleeved cables, software monitoring, and even a fan you can change the illumination color of at your whim. Let's find out if it can hang with the other big Titanium units out there. There's not a lot of competition for it, so it's got a chance.
I've been reviewing power supplies week in and week out practically all year, so when Streacom asked me if I wanted to take a look at another one of their cases I jumped at the chance. Today, we're looking at the F12C, a relatively large (for them) case that promises to hold anything you can think to put in it but optical drives. Streacom says this is one of their most flexible cases, able to hold anything from mini ITX boards to full size ATX boards; and even the longest power supplies on the market. Can it really do all that and still be as flexible as they say? There's only one way to find out.
FSP comes to us today with a brand new product in the Hydro G 750 watt unit. We've looked at other FSP based designs lately, and found some promising and competitive stuff though these didn't come with the actual FSP name on the side. This time, we're looking at an actual FSP branded product. Let's see what it's all about.
It's been quite a few months now since OCZ left the power supply business, and business in general. In that time, their power supply business was snatched from the jaws of bankruptcy by a small company by the name of FirePower. Since then, FirePower has worked hard to bring the old OCZ units, PC Power and Cooling included, back to the marketplace. I've got one of their units in front of me now in the form of the Fatal1ty 750 watt model. This unit is fully modular and 80 Plus Gold. Does FirePower have what it takes to compete against some ultra strong competition OCZ didn't have to worry about so much back in the day? We're going to find out.
We're back at it with EVGA again today. A few weeks back, we tested the brand new GQ 850W unit, and found that it was good. But not every model in every single power supply line is guaranteed to be decent. Let's see if the 650W model stacks up well against big brother.