Who could have predicted it? It turns out that last week, when I thoroughly barbecued and humiliated that Hercules 500 watt unit, I offended the other Greek gods. Herc's daddy, Zeus himself, has shown up today looking to get even. He's brought with him the latest power supply to be graced with his name, the Silverstone Zeus 1350 watt unit. Let's find out if old Zeus here can do what his boy Hercules couldn't... make it all the way through my tests.
Almost a year ago our own JonnyGURU took a look at the PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk III 600W power supply. Today we are going to take a look at one of the little brothers, the Silencer Mk III 500W. This will give us a chance to see if there's been any major changes that have taken place over the last year. While there should only be a few small differences between the 600W and 500W versions, the overall design should be fairly consistent. So let's see how this unit stacks up against the older brother.
It's late. You're looking at your online bank balance, feeling discouraged. All you want to do is finish your computer build, but you forgot to budget for a new power supply. You have thirty dollars you can spend. What to do? You scour vendor listings. You hit eBay. That's when you find it... a twenty dollar Hercules 500 watt power supply. You think to yourself, "Hey, there's an idea. I could run that one for a little while until I can afford something better." But is this a wise move? What could go wrong if you only have to depend on the cheap one for a week? Come inside, and be enlightened.
Not too long ago, we had a look at our first Seasonic G Series unit. Weighing in at 360 watts, it was yet another amazing power supply from what is arguably the company to beat these days when it comes to fantatic performing units. Now, I've got the 550 watt version on my bench. We're going to see if Seasonic's winning streak continues.
It's nice to take a break from the power supplies once in a while and do something different. Today, I'm looking at the latest computer case to come into the lab, the Inwin GRone. This is a full ATX tower case that promises a whole lot of space with a whole lot of cooling potential.
We've seen a few Kingwin units in our day, and most of them have been awesome, due in large part to exceptional Superflower built innards. Today, I'm looking at something new - the Power Force 850 watt unit. This one does not come out of the Superflower factories, and I for one am anxious to see if Kingwin can hit their target on this one - an 850W unit that performs well but does not break our wallets in the process. Let's find out now.
It was just 3 months ago when we had the pleasure of looking at a truly innovative PSU, the Corsair AX1200i. Today Corsair is expanding their Digital PSU Line Up with the release of the AX860i and the AX760i, as well as the AX860 and the AX760 analog models. What does that mean for users? Well it should mean that we have tighter voltage regulation, lower ripple and noise, and high energy-efficiency available to us at a cheaper price than that of the AX1200i. We are going to put the AX860i through the same testing process we used on the AX1200i, we want to see it perform just as good if not better than its big brother. So why don't you grab your morning cup of Joe and enjoy the read.
It's been a little while since I looked at a unit from Silverstone, but that's going to change today. Silverstone's updating their venerable Strider series with a new line of units that offer 80 Plus Gold efficiency and yet still manage to end up being fully modular in a housing with less depth than most of the competition. I've got the 650 watt model on my bench today.
I recently took a look at the Delta DPS-500YB-B power supply, which left me wanting better minor rail voltage regulation, along with a more competitive price. Today I am taking a look at a larger unit in the DPS lineup, the DPS-1200QB-B. The DPS500YB-B was in the 1U Non-Redundant class, where as this unit comes from the Pedestal class. So the DPS-1200QB-B will be a little closer to what we are normally looking at here at JonnyGURU.com.
The 7V rail. We first saw such a beast in October of last year, when Cooler Master released the way cool Silent Pro Hybrid unit that came with its own standalone fan controller. Today, the 7V fan only rail makes its re-appearance in another Cooler Master unit, the Silent Pro Platinum. This is an updated 1kW unit with Platinum efficiency, but is lacking the separate fan controller the Hybrid unit came with. Let's find out what it's like.