Friday, April 3rd 2009

OCZ Achieves 80 Plus Gold and Silver Efficiency with New Z-Series Power Supplies

OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and PC components, is pleased to announce that their Z-Series line of PSUs have been certified at the highest efficiency levels by 80 Plus, making the power supplies an exceptional choice for power users demanding the ultimate in performance and efficiency. As one of the first consumer PSUs to meet the strict requirements of the 80 Plus Gold 90% efficiency standard, the Z1000 is now in production and is slated to be the first 1KW power supply available to end-users with the prestigious 80 Plus Gold rating. In addition to the 1000W configuration, two Silver 80 Plus rated power supplies are included in the series—the Z550 and Z650.


“The Z-Series is the culmination of close to two years of development time within our Power Management division and their partners” commented Ryan Edwards, Director of Product Management at the OCZ Technology Group. “OCZ power supplies now stand at the very forefront of efficiency and performance, offering end-users the ultimate solution for their future-proof build, maximum performance without compromise, cutting-edge power conversion efficiency, a single +12V rail to support over-clocking efforts, optimal thermal management, a standard ATX footprint, extremely low audible fan noise, and by preference, a modular or non-modular configuration (Z1000 or Z1000M).”

OCZ Z-Series PSU’s push the envelope in power efficiency, and at typical load the Z1000 delivers over 90% efficiency, making it an excellent contender for high-end systems and workstations that require both maximum performance and efficiency. Close behind, the Z650 exhibits over 89% efficiency at typical load.

The Z1000 will be available in both modular and non-modular editions, allowing end-users to choose the ultimate solution for their application and unique preferences. For mid-range wattage needs, the Silver-rated 550W and 650W will also be offered. The Z-Series will be widely available later this spring and come backed with a 5 year warranty for true peace of mind.

For more information, please view the testing reports at 80plus.org:

OCZ Z1000 Gold Certification
OCZ Z650 Silver Certification
OCZ Z550 Silver CertificationSource: OCZ Technology
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17 Comments on OCZ Achieves 80 Plus Gold and Silver Efficiency with New Z-Series Power Supplies

#1
Bluefox1115
Holy shit! ~90% efficiency rating for all 3 PSU's! :eek:

EDIT: Any pricing ideas or public release dates on these yet?
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#2
Studabaker
That is amazing indeed. Those efficiency ratings are insane.
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#5
Homeless
I think these are the first gold/silver psu's I've ever seen. If these don't squeal, I'm definitely getting one for my next build
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#6
mechtech
I wonder who the manufacturer of these PSU's are??

And the 90% effieciency rating is more than likely with a 220/240V supply, and not 110/120V supply.

There are quite a few psu's that come close to the 90% efficiency mark when supplied by 240V.
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#7
Salsoolo
they have pcpower's blessings !
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#8
TreadR
by: FordGT90Concept
Here's the full listof 80 Plus certified manufacturers/PSUs:
http://www.80plus.org/manu/psu/psu_join.aspx
Under Gold I can see Delta Electronics, Inc.
If I remember right, they did the PSU's with the melting wires for Acer's Predator systems.
Listing gold or silver doesn't tell me all there is to know about its quality... that means I would take a trusted regular efficiency PSU over these any day.

Anyway... nice to see OCZ with such products... I'll just have to wait for reviews and pricing before deciding.
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#9
Bjorn_Of_Iceland
Size is nice also.. not long like other 1000 watters out there.. which is good for small chassis..
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#10
npp
The manufacturer is likely to be SeaSonic, they were the first to achieve 80 Plus Gold several months ago, and I think they've cooperated with OCZ before (or was it Corsair? too many n-tier brands those days..)
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#11
fguo79
by: npp
The manufacturer is likely to be SeaSonic, they were the first to achieve 80 Plus Gold several months ago, and I think they've cooperated with OCZ before (or was it Corsair? too many n-tier brands those days..)
Probably not by Seasonic. I was told the gold is by Sirtec and the two silvers are by FSP. These two are actually the OEM for most of OCZ's brand power supply.
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#12
kiriakost
Specs is another subject .... true healthy PSU its another ...

Its Good that OCZ got the lead in just one fresh line of PSUs .

With the market on Crisis , only true distinct products , can justify their existence ,
and do sales .


From another point of view , the 80PLUs certification , had force many Chinese partners,
to start bringing better products .

The 80PLUs Gold , it would help most the environment than gaming , but the point is that we need both ;)
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#13
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
I thought since they bought PC Power and Cooling, that PC P&C was building all the PSUs. Would make sense on the 80plus Gold front.
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Studabaker
by: npp
The manufacturer is likely to be SeaSonic, they were the first to achieve 80 Plus Gold several months ago, and I think they've cooperated with OCZ before (or was it Corsair? too many n-tier brands those days..)
Corsair PSUs are souped up Seasonic units. That's why I'm considering getting this one.
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DaleRider
by: WarEagleAU
I thought since they bought PC Power and Cooling, that PC P&C was building all the PSUs. Would make sense on the 80plus Gold front.
Don't know why you'd think that since PCP&C doesn't build any of their power supplies, either.

Turbo Cools are built by Win-Tact and Silencers are built by Seasonic.

PCP&C is, essentially, a rebrander of other OEM's power supplies, built to PCP&C's particular requirements, such as 80mm leaf blower fans.

PCP&C, while once probably the premium brand, seems to have lost its lead, too, as numerous other "brands" have equaled or surpassed PCP&C's voltage regulation and ripple/noise control. It almost seems as if all that PCP&C has left for distinction in the power supply arena is its reputation for selling power supplies that are louder than most.
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DaleRider
by: mechtech
I wonder who the manufacturer of these PSU's are??

And the 90% effieciency rating is more than likely with a 220/240V supply, and not 110/120V supply.

There are quite a few psu's that come close to the 90% efficiency mark when supplied by 240V.
Sorry, but the 80Plus rating is done with a 115V input. Not surprising since the 80Plus organization is based in Tennessee and testing is done there.

Of course, all one has to do to verify is to visit the 80plus.org website, look under power supplies and read how each was tested (input voltage, efficiency achieved at various outputs, etc.)
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