Reviews

9.4
Date: May 13th 2011
Author: crmaris
In: Power Supplies
Seasonic X-460FL 460 W

Seasonic's X-460FL is one of the few fanless power supplies on the market. This zero-noise approach makes the unit a prime candidate for a quiet media PC, office or light gaming system. With 460 W of high-quality power it can easily handle a typical single graphics card system - without any added noise from the power supply.

9.2
Date: May 9th 2011
Author: crmaris
In: Power Supplies
Corsair AX850 850 W

Corsair's AX850 is an 80Plus Gold certified 850 watt power supply that aims to be the highest-quality model in its segment. It is fully modular and shows excellent performance characteristics in our demanding test suite. With a price of $180 it is not cheap but quality has its price.

8.2
Date: May 6th 2011
Author: crmaris
In: Power Supplies
Silverstone Strider Plus ST50F-P 500 W

The Strider Plus ST50F-P is a compact size, single rail and highly versatile PSU thanks to the fully modular design that it utilizes. On top of that is equipped with a quiet 120 mm fan and is 80PLUS Bronze certified. Without any doubt it will be an interesting product for users that want a PSU to power a single graphics card in a not so demanding system.

8.0
Date: May 3rd 2011
Author: crmaris
In: Power Supplies
Chieftec Nitro SPS-750C 750 W

Chieftec recently made a new addition to their product series with the inclusion of the Nitro 88+ line. The new PSUs are 80PLUS Silver certified and promise efficiency that surpasses 88%. They also utilize a semi-modular design and their OEM is Channel Well (CWT), a respectable manufacturer.

8.3
Date: Apr 29th 2011
Author: crmaris
In: Power Supplies
Zalman ZM1000-HP Plus 1000 W

It's a common truth that high wattage PSUs and low noise levels do not get along very well, so many users are forced to buy lower wattage PSUs that cannot support a powerful system with two or three hi-end VGAs. To address this, Zalman's ZM1000-HP Plus 1000 W uses heatpipes to lower the fan's RPMs and minimize noise.

8.5
Date: Apr 27th 2011
Author: crmaris
In: Power Supplies
Zalman ZM850-HP Plus 850 W

Zalman, a company that is well known for its low-noise products, recently freshened up their PSU range with two new models, the ZM1000-HP Plus and the ZM850-HP Plus. Today we are testing the ZM850-HP Plus, which utilizes a dual heatpipe system to improve cooling of the internal components for reduced heat and noise levels.

9.1
Date: Apr 26th 2011
Author: crmaris
In: Power Supplies
PC Power & Cooling Silencer 760 W

PC Power & Cooling is a legendary company in the PSU market with many years of experience and plenty of innovations. Their products traditionally focus on industrial and professional power users and the Silencer 760 W that we test today is no exception. Silencer 760W is a non-modular PSU that can deliver 760 W continuously at 50°C and power two hi-end VGAs with up to 90% less noise per Watt.

8.5
Date: Apr 25th 2011
Author: crmaris
In: Power Supplies
Corsair Gaming Series GS800 800 W

Corsair's Gaming Series consists of three single rail PSUs that are made for gamers. Even more average users with a mid-range system will appreciate the reliable and cheap PSU from a company with a very good reputation. We test the 800 W model, which is the most powerful of the series and are impressed by its voltage regulation and efficiency.

8.9
Date: Apr 21st 2011
Author: crmaris
In: Power Supplies
OCZ ZX Series 1250 W

OCZ recently released a new line of hi-end PSUs in order to keep up the pace with the competition, since the Z series counts many years in production. The new ZX series consists of three 80Plus Gold and fully modular PSUs that feature a single +12V rail and boast that they are designed with maximum performance in mind. The ZX 1250 will be the test subject of today’s review.

8.7
Date: Apr 20th 2011
Author: crmaris
In: Power Supplies
Corsair TX750 V2 750 W

Corsair recently updated their modular enthusiast TX PSU series and presented the TX V2. With a quick look at the specifications the most noticeable difference between the old and the updated models is the efficiency upgrade, from plain 80Plus to 80Plus Bronze. Under the hood, we spotted an OEM change from CWT to Seasonic.

8.5
Date: Apr 19th 2011
Author: crmaris
In: Power Supplies
Club 3D CSP-X1000CB 1000 W

Club 3D is one more graphics card manufacturer that decided to follow the latest trend and present a PSU series. In this review we will evaluate their strongest model, which with its 1000 W is able to support up to three VGAs. Our only concern is that it's only 80Plus Bronze certified.

8.3
Date: Apr 14th 2011
Author: crmaris
In: Power Supplies
Antec High Current Gamer 620 W

The High Current Gamer series, according to Antec, manages to combine high power and increased efficiency with low pricing. As the naming scheme reveals, HCG PSUs are intended for users that want to feed their precious PC with lots of power, but are on a tight budget.

8.2
Date: Mar 27th 2011
Author: crmaris
In: Power Supplies
Jou Jye BITWIN BW-B430JL 430W

In the last PSU review we tested the middle member of the BITWIN series. Now it’s high time for the smallest to confront our vicious load tester. Besides the BW-B430JL we will also present to you detailed information regarding the Multi Link feature, as we are going to link two BITWINs together and gather interesting data (e.g. efficiency at normal and low loads).

8.3
Date: Mar 23rd 2011
Author: crmaris
In: Power Supplies
Jou Jye BITWIN BW-B520JL 520W

Jou Jye's new BITWIN Series is 80 PLUS certified and the models are specially designed for gaming and overclocking since they can work continuously at full load with ambient temperatures up to 40°C. A new and interesting feature is the multi-link connector which lets you install more than one PSU into the system and combine their power output.

8.2
Date: Mar 20th 2011
Author: crmaris
In: Power Supplies
Amacrox Free Earth 88PLUS AX600-88FE 600W

Amacrox's Free Earth 88PLUS AX600-88FE PSU boasts 80 Plus Silver efficiency and its name promises that it will save Earth. With a rated capacity of 600 W it will handle all single GPU systems just fine. Thanks to its reasonable pricing, the AX600-88FE is also interesting for budget users.

9.0
Date: Jan 28th 2009
Author: W1zzard
In: Power Supplies
Tagan SuperRock 680W TG680-U33II

The Tagan SuperRock 680W is a great power supply for budget aware users who are looking for a cost effective way to power their system. With 680W it should be good for almost everything you can throw at it. During our testing we found out that the PSU is running very quiet which makes it a good candidate for a silent media PC system, too.

8.9
Date: Dec 12th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Power Supplies
IKONIK Vulcan 1200W PSU

IKONIK's latest power supply comes with a whopping 1200W of output power. It offers six 6+2 PCI-Express connectors, which means it is able to handle any video card configuration you can throw at it. The efficiency of over 83% also makes it a viable choice for green computing.

9.3
Date: Dec 8th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Power Supplies
Hiper Type R Mk-II 680W PSU

The Hiper Type R Mk-II 680W is a unique power supply because it comes with an integrated 8-port USB hub. A ninth USB connector is dedicated to charging any USB based devices like your Iphone or Ipod, even while the PC is turned off. The PSU itself delivers excellent performance values in stability and fan noise. Efficiency is also high with 82%.

9.2
Date: Dec 4th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Power Supplies
Hiper Type M 780W

The Hiper Type M 780W is a great all-round power supply. It offers an exceptionally stable 12V line and is sufficiently quiet to not annoy you during every day PC use. Also it supports SLI or CrossFire with a high efficiency of over 83%. With a price of around $125 it is also cheaper than similar products from bigger brand names.

8.8
Date: Jul 11th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Power Supplies
Cooler Master Ultimate Circuit Protection 900W

Cooler Master's new Ultimate Circuit Protection power supply is among the first to receive the prestigious 80plus Silver certificate for an efficiency of above 85%. With 900W of output power this PSU can easily handle every rig that you put it into. During our testing we saw very stable voltages, especially 3.3V and 5V delivered great results.

9.4
Date: May 29th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Power Supplies
X-Spice Kira CS 530W Power Supply

Even though X-Spice is not a very well known brand name, they achieved what nobody else could do: building an extremely quiet power supply that is stable and affordable. We are testing the 530W model today and found that it could easily handle a Quad CrossFireX rig, and produced less fan noise under load than most other power supplies in idle.

8.6
Date: May 14th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Power Supplies
BFG ES-800 800W Power Supply

The ES-800 from BFG is an 800W power supply that comes with everything an enthusiast might want. It has support for up to four PCI-Express power consumers and features an unorthodox internal layout. In our testing we saw an amazing efficiency of 84.9%.

8.0
Date: May 5th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Power Supplies
Cooler Master Real Power M850 850W

Cooler Master's Real Power M850 power supply is one of the first power supplies that has six 12V rails. This should be enough power for all your SLI or CrossFire needs. Like many other PSUs today, the M850 comes with a high gloss reflective case and a large number of connectors.

8.6
Date: Apr 23rd 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Power Supplies
Mushkin XP-800 AP 800W PSU

Mushkin's new XP-800AP power supply offers enough power for even the most demanding rigs. The shiny black paint looks great and the connectors are numerous. One special feature is Rail Fusion which lets the user select if the whole PSU should run with one big rail or in Quad Rail mode.

8.1
Date: Jan 22nd 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Power Supplies
Xigmatek NRP-HC1201 1200W

Xigmatek's new NRP-HC1201 power supply offers 1200W of power with support for up to six VGA power connectors. Juice is delivered over four 12V rails with up to 36A per rail. Of course the usual features like long and fully sleeved cables and 80+ high efficiency are present as well.