Tuesday, June 4th 2013

Super Flower Shows Off First 80 Plus Titanium PSU

Thought 80 Plus Platinum was the pinnacle of PSU efficiency? Think again. 80 Plus Titanium is where it's at. Applicable only in regions with 220~230VAC domestic power, 80 Plus Titanium requires a PSU to offer at least 94 percent efficiency at 20 percent load, at least 96 percent efficiency at 50 percent load, and at least 91 percent efficiency at 100 percent load. Currently, just 8 PSUs went under 80 Plus certification, because only server-grade PSUs could earn it. Super Flower unveiled what is perhaps the first consumer PSU to do it, which it's yet to name. The PSU is 80 Plus Titanium certified under 220~230VAC, and at least 80 Plus Platinum certified under 100~120VAC.

Several of Super Flower's new 80 Plus Platinum-certified PSUs are scraping 80 Plus Titanium efficiency levels, although they're not quite there. These units feature an 80 Plus Platinum badge with a ">92% at 50% load" marking, denoting efficiency levels that get very close to 80 Plus Titanium. In any case, those are some excellent efficiency numbers being offered. A star-attraction at Super Flower's booth is the Leadex Platinum 1000W, a fully-modular PSU that is advertised to offer over 94% efficiency at 50 percent load.
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15 Comments on Super Flower Shows Off First 80 Plus Titanium PSU

#3
MxPhenom 216
Corsair Fanboy
Sweet, when will other companies release these Titanium based PSU? Do Want! Full modular, and high efficiency!
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#4
erocker
by: MxPhenom 216
Sweet, when will other companies release these Titanium based PSU? Do Want! Full modular, and high efficiency!
SuperFlower will just ship these PSU's to those companies for them to place stickers on. ;) At least the internals anyways.
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#5
JDG1980
Rosewill and Kingwin both rebrand Super Flower supplies for sale in the US. For instance, both the Rosewill SilentNight 500W and the Kingwin Stryker 500W fanless PSUs are based on the same Super Flower platform.

I'm hoping they will get around to the Super Flower Leadex 1000 soon, since it got great ratings from Jonnyguru. EVGA already has a rebadge, but they took out one of the best features - its ability to run fanless at low load and only spin up the fan when needed.
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#6
BigMack70
Only 94% efficiency? Pfft that's lame. 99.99% efficiency or go home
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#7
mab1376
Time for a super comprehensive TPU review!
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#8
NeoXF
Great... WTB one of these in a ~300W fanless format for a efficiency AMD Kaveri workstation/HTPC hybrid build.
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#9
fusionblu
Impressive but my SuperFlower 550W Platinum is more than perfect for my set up.
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#10
Jorge
I wonder if people ever do the math to see if it's pointless to pay a premium for a PSU that has higher efficiency than say 80 Gold/Silver/Bronze? Unless you are paying very high electricity prices and your PC is consuming a lot of power many hours a day, you electric bill may only change a few pennies per month. If the Platinum/Titanium PSUs are only a few dollars more the 80 Gold, then it's a wash for most folks. If they are premium priced then they probably aren't a good value for most people.
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#11
lemonadesoda
by: Jorge
I wonder if people ever do the math to see if it's pointless to pay a premium for a PSU that has higher efficiency than say 80 Gold/Silver/Bronze? Unless you are paying very high electricity prices and your PC is consuming a lot of power many hours a day, you electric bill may only change a few pennies per month. If the Platinum/Titanium PSUs are only a few dollars more the 80 Gold, then it's a wash for most folks. If they are premium priced then they probably aren't a good value for most people.
Actually, going from 80% to 90% average efficiency is going to save you 10% power costs which on a 12/7 to 24/7 machine will save you much more than a few pennies. You could be easily saving 20-30W. That's enough to run two super-bright modern lights. Besides, the more efficient the PSU, the cooler it will be, meaning quieter PSU and less cooling issues in the summertime. And probably better build quality of the PSU, better voltage regulation, better capacitors, etc. bring benefits of higher stability and longer life. I have a medium expensive Zalman 650W that brought instability after two years. Took no end of diagnostics to discover what was at fault. Thankfully google brought me to sites where other people had problems with the very same PSU after 2 years. HOURS wasted. I could cost that wasted time at $50 easy... something many enthusiasts will do is pay a premium for the best PSUs and for good reason.

Naturally, for most people you wouldn't swap out your 80 platinum for an 80 titanium for *just* powersaving costs, but when choosing a new PSU... I'd probably pony up an extra $50 for a titanium if it came with other guaranteed features.
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#12
ALMOSTunseen
by: btarunr
Applicable only in regions with 220~230VAC
Haha, which countries are winning now.:)
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#13
PatoRodrigues
by: btarunr
TThe PSU is 80 Plus Titanium certified under 220~230VAC, and at least 80 Plus Platinum certified under 100~120VAC.
Damn it. :rolleyes:

That's a shame.
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#14
LAN_deRf_HA
So the fancy looking one is platinum and the generic looking one is the titanium?
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#15
Jstn7477
I wish 240V was common in the USA, aside from its residential uses that are restricted to air conditioning, ovens, clothes dryers and pool pumps. However, I am kind of glad 120v is more common considering how many times I have electrocuted myself during my life. Then again, I could probably make my own circuit, but it would need a special outlet and I don't think using LINE/LINE/GROUND versus LINE/NEUTRAL/GROUND would be too good of an idea for a computer power supply (I don't know, I am not an electrical engineer). :ohwell:
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