Today, I'm taking a break from power supply reviewing by looking at a new budget case from Enermax, the Giant Ostrog. Let's find out if this case has what it takes to get your money, or if it's more of an ostrich than a small Russian fort as the name implies.
Not too long ago, I took a look at a new PC Power and Cooling unit that turned out to be just plain awesome: the Silencer Mark III 1200 watt unit. Today, I'm looking at the little brother of that unit, the 850 watt model. We'll find out today if this 80 Plus Gold unit can match up to the high standards set by the flagship of the line.
Gutless wonders may come from all points of the globe but can usually be traced back to a handful of Chinese factories willing to do whatever it takes to sell units at the highest profit margin. Today, my review sample is one that can only be purchased overseas, an Ace Power AP-550A. This unit has no 80 Plus certification, and can only be powered at 230 volts AC. With a selling price of around the $50 USD mark after currency conversion, it actually wants to be one of the better units in my series of gutless wonder articles. But how much better can it be? Read on, and find out.
Seasonic is not just looking to freshen up their product offerings with only a bunch of new fanned power supplies with 80 Plus Platinum Certifications. They've decided to bring that kind of amazing efficiency and performance to the fanless side of things, too. Today, I'm looking at the 400 watt model in that new line of fanless units, and it promises to be spectacular indeed.
Cougar comes to us once again with a new power supply. This time, it's the value oriented 80 Plus Bronze certified PowerX series that is represented. We're looking at the little one today, the 550W. Let's see if this kitty growls or whimpers.
When size really does matter, PC enthusiasts only had a few options available back in the day. You either picked up a Pico style PSU or you went with a standard ATX PSU. With ITX/Micro ATX systems becoming more and more common, we are left with a bit of a power gap if you will. The Pico and power brick options only get you so far, then the next logical step is the SFX PSU. Most of the SFX options available are either low wattage or conform to more of a server unit design.
Every so often, a power supply arrives in the lab that fills my heart with anticipation and high expectations. Today, we're looking at just one of those units - Seasonic's updated and revised X-650 unit. The design has been freshened up with such things as a switchable semi-fanless mode. Let's see what else has changed.
We've seen a few 80 Plus Platinum units come out and impress us in the recent past. So far, they've all been pretty well performing. Azza is a newcomer to the field, and they're now coming to me with their own Platinum unit looking to impress. Let's waste no time and find out if Azza is up to the challenge.
We've got another kitty cat to throw on the load tester today... not a real one, of course. No, today we're taking a peek at Cougar's new GX-S line at five hundred watts. This is a small fry, clocking in at only 140mm deep. Will we get 80 Plus Gold performance from this small a package? There's only one way to find out.
In the not too distant past, we've seen that Rosewill is now getting pretty serious when it comes to releasing power supplies that are very good indeed. Our latest look at a Rosewill unit will be today, when I dig into the box of this here Tachyon 1kW model. This is an 80 Plus Platinum unit that features a single 83 ampere 12 volt rail. It's time to see what it's all about.