The world of the small form factor PC has gone rather neglected over the years when it comes to decent power supplies in the form factors required for these tiny cases. For too many years now, we either had our choice between one good brand with decent but underpowered stuff or total overrated junk. It was much like the early days of the ATX power supply, actually. Then, Silverstone came along and offered us a way to get a decent amount of power into a little bit of space. That was a vast improvement, but still we were dealing with only one decent company among a sea of junk. Well, folks, all that changes right now. Corsair has decided to jump on board and actually compete. The SF600 promises a boatload of performance in exactly the same amount of space as Silverstone's unit. Let's see what this upstart of a unit can do.
We're looking into another BeQuiet unit today with the new Pure Power 9 700 watt model. This is an 80 Plus Silver model featuring dual 12V outputs that is intended for the penny pinchers out there. Let's find out if it's got what it takes to get our money.
It's been a little while since we looked at a Corsair unit, so let's take a look at something new from them. What I have for you today is the brand new Vengeance 650W unit. This is a quad 12V model intended to compete in the European market, where they haven't quite bought into the whole "single 12V is better" nonsense that still seems to be prevalent in this hemisphere. But is it any good as a power supply? There's only one way to be sure, and that is to throw it at the load tester and see if it sticks.
Let's take another look at the offerings of FSP today. They have another new line of units in the market, the Hydro X series. We've already seen what the Hydro G units can do... let's find out if these units are winners for FSP when we look at the 550 watt model.
A couple years ago, we looked at a 730 watt unit in Enermax' then new Revolution XT line and found it to be pretty decent. But times change, and so does the market. Enermax comes to us today with an update on that unit pushing twenty more watts. But is it enough to keep up with the market in 2016?
FSP comes before us today with another unit in their new Hydro G series, this time the 850 watt model. We tested the 750 watt version not long ago and found it to be quite a decent unit. Will things turn out the same for big brother?
80 Plus Titanium is starting to become more and more familiar to us as the months go by, isn't it? We've seen a number of flagship models come out now bearing the certification, and they've all done rather well for themselves. Personally, I've been waiting for the smaller units to show up. 700 watts and up is relatively easy for high efficiency units, because they have a much wider operating range to optimize efficiency for... I want to see Titanium come in below that number. Well, it looks like we're starting to push that envelope today. Say hello to the Strider Titanium 600W unit. Not only is this the lowest powered Titanium I've seen yet, but it continues Silverstone's efforts on improving power density. To the load tester!
In the world of power supplies, companies are always trying to one up each other. Sometimes, a company previously not known for producing the best units on the market spies an opportunity to make a move for the better and improve their station in the power supply game. That's exactly what happened last year when Raidmax saw Andyson come out with an 80 Plus Titanium beast of a unit and... right out of nowhere... perform like the best units on the market. I remember being completely astounded by how good of a unit the N700 was, and wondering when some lucky company in North America would snap that unit up. Folks, Raidmax is that company. Let's see if the RX-700AT retains all that awesomeness I found so impressive a year ago.
We've now seen two of BeQuiet's best in the form of the P11 1200W and 850W units. And while those units came in here and impressed us, this line doesn't stop at 850W. In order to get a full picture of the entire line, we need to go one step further and test the baby of the family... the 550W model. Let's see how it does.
Once in a while, something arrives on my doorstep completely out of the blue from a manufacturer hardly seen before threatening to completely overturn the power supply world. It doesn't happen often, but it's happening today. Folks, I've only ever seen one Sama built unit before, and it was rather unimpressive. Today's FTX-800-2 800W unit, which just so happens to be 80 Plus Titanium, promises to turn my frown upside down. I can't wait to see what this unit can do.