I've decided to shake things up a little today. We haven't looked at the extreme low end of the power supply market in a while, so that's the plan for this review... to take one of EVGA's most bargain basement units and see if we have ourselves a gutless wonder or something actually half decent. Folks, I give you the EVGA 450BV.
For the first time since 2012, we're looking at a brand new unit from NZXT - the E series at 850 watts. They're back, and they're looking to make an impact with a unit that features software integration as one of its many perks. Shall we find out how it stacks up against some strong competition? Of course we shall.
When Silverstone kicked off their whole push for more power in small form factors, I thought it was a brilliant idea. They cast a light on a long neglected part of this industry, and I thought we'd get a nice long list of other companies jumping into the market and giving us all kinds of awesome performance in a tiny space. Regretfully, this doesn't seem to have come to pass. Corsair and Enermax have tried, but it seems like Silverstone is still the only one really pushing things in this space. Well, now German company BeQuiet has decided to get in on the action. Let's have a look at this little 500 watt wonder and see if we have another worthy competitor to Silverstone.
Today, we'll be looking at our first Zalman unit in a couple years: the Acrux series at 850 watts. This is a mid to high end line of units offering long warranties at 80 Plus Platinum levels of efficiency. Let's find out if the unit is worth spending money for.
We first saw EVGA's new line of G1 Plus fully modular 80 Plus Gold units in June, when the 850 watt model came in here and actually cleared Platinum efficiency. Now, we'll look at the 750W model and see if it can repeat the feat and give us a treat. Perhaps it can't take the heat. Perhaps it will, and turn out to be neat and elite.
There's always room in the market for a good, affordable fully modular 650 watt unit with 80 Plus Gold efficiency. Apexgaming wants to make an entry into that part of the market, so we'll give them a chance and see what they have to offer.
At last our journey to find out what the entire line of Seasonic's Prime Ultra Titanium line is about has come to the final unit in the series, the 750 watt model. We already know the rest of the line is outstanding, but let's make sure this one performs like its siblings.
It's not often that a completely new product comes down out of the blue to surprise me, but today is one such occasion. Folks, Micro Center's house brand PowerSpec has now begun offering their own power supplies and would like to take your money in exchange for goods and services. We're looking at their 80 Plus Gold 850 watt offering today, which comes with some fancy RGB lighting to make sure you get some bang for your buck. It's time to find out if it's the right or wrong kind of "bang."