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.
When last we saw Rosewill, they were turning heads with their Quark series of units. I tested one of those units, and it turned out to be rather good. Now, Rosewill's reinvigorating their Capstone line of units and calling them the Capstone G series. I have the 1200 watt version of these new units right in front of me now, and I'm going to check it out.
Just about a month ago, Corsair came barging in here with one whopper of a good unit in the RM1000x. It was a power supply so good I couldn't find one thing to complain about, and as a result Corsair walked out the door with only their second perfect total score ever. Now, I'm looking at the RM750i. Can Corsair do it again?
Few power supply companies have been as active as EVGA has been lately. I've almost lost count of how many EVGA units I have reviewed this year alone. Well, it's time for one more. Meet the brand new GQ series 850W.
Now, here's a name we don't see anywhere near often enough here in the lab. BeQuiet is in the house today with their brand new Dark Power Pro 11 1200W model... this bad boy is a semi-modular 80 Plus Platinum beast of a unit that promises to put out a ton of power without making a lot of noise doing so. I always enjoy looking at units from this company, because they're one of the few companies out there really making an effort to stand apart from the crowd. Let's see what this unit's all about.
Corsair's been in the power supply business for quite a few years now. Lately, some have charged that they have lost their way in the marketplace, offering units that cost more than the competition and offer less performance. Corsair's never been a company to back down from this kind of criticism, and as proof they have come to me with a brand new unit called the RM1000x. This is a tweaked version of the 80 Plus Gold RM series, and it makes some pretty bold promises. Let's see what this unit has to offer.