• Welcome to TechPowerUp Forums, Guest! Please check out our forum guidelines for info related to our community.

Rosewill Hercules 1600 W

crmaris

Reviewer
Staff member
Joined
Mar 3, 2011
Messages
674 (0.25/day)
Likes
766
Location
Greece
#1
Rosewill craves to establish themselves as a top name in the PSU market, so they keep on releasing high-end models. Their top of the line PSU is the Hercules-1600, which we will have the chance to test today. With 1600 W of max power, things are going to be very interesting.

Show full review
 
Last edited by a moderator:

FreedomEclipse

~Technological Technocrat~
Joined
Apr 20, 2007
Messages
17,635 (4.32/day)
Likes
5,844
Location
London,UK
System Name Codename: Icarus
Processor Intel 8600k@4.8Ghz
Motherboard Asus ROG Strixx Z370-F
Cooling Corsair H105 {2x Corsair ML 120 Pro}
Memory Corsair Vengeance White LED DDR4 3200Mhz
Video Card(s) MSI 1070 Gaming X (Samsung)
Storage WD Black Edition 512GB SSD (Boot)|Crucial MX100|2x 3TB Toshiba DT01ACA300
Display(s) Asus PB278Q 27"
Case Corsair 760T (White) {1xFractal Design HP-12|1x140mm Noctua P14S Redux|2x Corsair ML 140 Pro}
Audio Device(s) Creative SB Z {Speakers: Logitech Z-5500 }
Power Supply Corsair AX760
Mouse Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum
Keyboard Duckyshine Dead LED(s) III
Software Windows 10 Pro
Benchmark Scores (ノಠ益ಠ)ノ彡┻━┻
#2
Needs a thumbs up for nostalgia. Hercules need to re-enter the GPU market (semi-off topic)
$400 is way too expensive for my pocket unfortunately.
 
Joined
Aug 2, 2012
Messages
432 (0.20/day)
Likes
128
Location
Netherlands
System Name TheDeeGee's PC
Processor Intel Core i7 4770K
Motherboard Gigabyte Z87X-UD5H
Cooling Noctua NH-U14S
Memory Crucial Ballistix Tactical LP 16GB
Video Card(s) MSI GTX 1070 AERO OC
Storage Crucial M4 256GB, 2x Western Digital 1TB 2,5"
Display(s) EIZO CX240
Case Antec P280
Audio Device(s) Creative SoundBlaster ZxR
Power Supply Seasonic P-760
Mouse Logitech G500s
Keyboard Logitech G710+
Software Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
#4
For that price you would atleast expect a fully modular design with properly all black cables.

Not to mention it's only Silver.
 

FreedomEclipse

~Technological Technocrat~
Joined
Apr 20, 2007
Messages
17,635 (4.32/day)
Likes
5,844
Location
London,UK
System Name Codename: Icarus
Processor Intel 8600k@4.8Ghz
Motherboard Asus ROG Strixx Z370-F
Cooling Corsair H105 {2x Corsair ML 120 Pro}
Memory Corsair Vengeance White LED DDR4 3200Mhz
Video Card(s) MSI 1070 Gaming X (Samsung)
Storage WD Black Edition 512GB SSD (Boot)|Crucial MX100|2x 3TB Toshiba DT01ACA300
Display(s) Asus PB278Q 27"
Case Corsair 760T (White) {1xFractal Design HP-12|1x140mm Noctua P14S Redux|2x Corsair ML 140 Pro}
Audio Device(s) Creative SB Z {Speakers: Logitech Z-5500 }
Power Supply Corsair AX760
Mouse Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum
Keyboard Duckyshine Dead LED(s) III
Software Windows 10 Pro
Benchmark Scores (ノಠ益ಠ)ノ彡┻━┻
#5
Had a Hercules VGA around 10 years ago. Don't remember the model any more :D
I had one of the 3D Prophet cards - ATi 9700 Pro. great card back in its day. Hercules was with us until just after the ATi 9800 series came out then they just completely withdrew from the market. They make audiophile gear now.....
 
Joined
Feb 18, 2005
Messages
1,476 (0.30/day)
Likes
780
Location
South Africa
System Name Firelance
Processor i7-3770K @ 4.6GHz / 1.23V
Motherboard Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H @ F16h mod BIOS
Cooling Corsair H105 + 4x Gentle Typhoon 1850
Memory 2x 8GB Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR3-1600 CL9 @ CL7
Video Card(s) MSI GTX 1070 Armor OC with Gaming X BIOS @ 2000 core / 2300 mem
Storage 2x 256GB 840 Pro (RAID-0) + 3TB Deskstar 7K3000 + 512GB BX300 + 8TB WD Purple
Display(s) Dell U2713HM (25x14) + Acer P243W (19x12)
Case Thermaltake Core X31
Audio Device(s) Corsair VOID Wireless
Power Supply Seasonic SS-760XP² Platinum
Mouse Logitech G400
Keyboard Logitech G19
Software Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
#6
I guess this PSU is useful for that 1 guy who will buy an eATX server board with 8 PCIE x16 slots and drop in 8 7970s with waterblocks, to mine Bitcoins or crack password hashes. Seriously, who else is going to use SIXTEEN PCIE power connectors? Madness!

Have to compliment the OEM though; to get such performance out of a dated design is quite a feat. Makes one wonder (hope) if they could release an up-to-date design that competes with Seasonic's best.
 
Joined
Dec 7, 2012
Messages
54 (0.03/day)
Likes
11
#7
I can't agree with your scoring.

Your PSU is either defective or something else. Because it has an 80plus badge, it has to maintain a powerfactor of at least 0.90.

So either there is a problem with this unit or it failed miserabely. I'd rather not score something broken...

As for the +12V Rail distribution: That doesn't make sense at all. Why not make a good 6 or 8 rail unit? Oh wait, that would cost more and somebody had to think about wich cable goes to what rail. So it's way cheaper this way.
 
Joined
Apr 17, 2008
Messages
3,922 (1.05/day)
Likes
892
Location
West Chester, OH
#8
I guess this PSU is useful for that 1 guy who will buy an eATX server board with 8 PCIE x16 slots and drop in 8 7970s with waterblocks, to mine Bitcoins or crack password hashes. Seriously, who else is going to use SIXTEEN PCIE power connectors? Madness!

Have to compliment the OEM though; to get such performance out of a dated design is quite a feat. Makes one wonder (hope) if they could release an up-to-date design that competes with Seasonic's best.
The hundreds of people with SR-2's or dual processor setups.
 
Joined
Feb 8, 2008
Messages
2,319 (0.61/day)
Likes
719
Location
Switzerland
System Name Keep spending on me
Processor i7 4790K ( 4.4 Ghz stock )
Motherboard Maximus VII Impact z97
Cooling Corsair H90 140mm AIO
Memory 16 GB Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR3 1866 Mhz
Video Card(s) ASUS GTX 1050Ti Strix
Storage M.2 Samsung NVMe 960 Pro 512 GB
Display(s) Asus PG258Q 1080p 240Hz G-sync
Case Cooler Master Mastercase 3
Audio Device(s) SupremeFX II Impact
Power Supply Corsair AX760
Mouse Razer Deathadder Chroma
Software Win 10 64 Bit
Benchmark Scores Gaming at high performance is my priority
#9
In other words... A Nuclear plant.
 
Joined
Apr 14, 2009
Messages
180 (0.05/day)
Likes
15
System Name Mark II
Processor i7 3930k @ 4.5ghz
Motherboard MSI Big Bang Xpower II X79
Cooling XSPC Raystorm + Koolance WBs for GPU + RX360 + EX360 + Nova Xtreme 1080 MCPP 655-B + MCP 655-B
Memory 4x8gb ddr3 1866 ripjaws z
Video Card(s) Gigabyte 7970 + gigabyte 7970 + sapphire 7970 + xfx 7970 with koolance blocks
Storage 1tb samsung F3 + 40gb Intel 320 ssd boot + 1tb WD caviar black
Display(s) 3xLG flatron E2342
Case Xigmatek Elysium
Audio Device(s) integrated ....=(
Power Supply Lepa G1600W
Software Win7 ult
#10
Whaaat? Rosewill made something that actually works well ?
 

crmaris

Reviewer
Staff member
Joined
Mar 3, 2011
Messages
674 (0.25/day)
Likes
766
Location
Greece
#11
I can't agree with your scoring.

Your PSU is either defective or something else. Because it has an 80plus badge, it has to maintain a powerfactor of at least 0.90.

So either there is a problem with this unit or it failed miserabely. I'd rather not score something broken...

As for the +12V Rail distribution: That doesn't make sense at all. Why not make a good 6 or 8 rail unit? Oh wait, that would cost more and somebody had to think about wich cable goes to what rail. So it's way cheaper this way.
I strongly disagree :) 80 Plus tests with 115VAC while I test with 230VAC. And with 115VAC PF is significantly increased. Also PF doesn't play a role here since it doesn't affect normal consumers and of course doesn't affect performance. If this was an industrial product then I wouldn't give a score.

For the power distribution I agree that it is weird but still it didn't give me any trouble while testing. And I pushed the unit real hard!
 

crmaris

Reviewer
Staff member
Joined
Mar 3, 2011
Messages
674 (0.25/day)
Likes
766
Location
Greece
#12
Whaaat? Rosewill made something that actually works well ?
Every Rosewill PSU I tested so far is great, since their OEM is mostly Super Flower. The same OEM that makes now Antec, Be Quiet and the new EVGA PSUs.

Also their mechanical keyboards are considered among the best, and mech keyb fans are really hard to satisfy. For the rest of their products I don't know since I haven't checked any of them.
 

crmaris

Reviewer
Staff member
Joined
Mar 3, 2011
Messages
674 (0.25/day)
Likes
766
Location
Greece
#13
I had one of the 3D Prophet cards - ATi 9700 Pro. great card back in its day. Hercules was with us until just after the ATi 9800 series came out then they just completely withdrew from the market. They make audiophile gear now.....
Remembered my card. I had a 9800 Pro :D Really great VGA back at this time.
 
Joined
Dec 7, 2012
Messages
54 (0.03/day)
Likes
11
#14
I strongly disagree :) 80 Plus tests with 115VAC while I test with 230VAC. And with 115VAC PF is significantly increased. Also PF doesn't play a role here since it doesn't affect normal consumers and of course doesn't affect performance. If this was an industrial product then I wouldn't give a score.
Still, the Powerfactor should be better.

And I don't think that this PSU may be sold inside the EU with such low power factor.

Anyway: I think your unit may be defective, have you informed the manufacturer and asked for a second sample?
 

crmaris

Reviewer
Staff member
Joined
Mar 3, 2011
Messages
674 (0.25/day)
Likes
766
Location
Greece
#15
For the PF! Nope I asked for another one to check the fan profile. But shipping from US to my country is a real headache due to strict customs. I was lucky enough the first package went through.. Also availability on these ones as they told me is very limited (at least for review samples).
 
Joined
Jun 28, 2008
Messages
1,109 (0.30/day)
Likes
176
Location
Greenville, NC
System Name Champ's 1440P Rig
Processor Intel i7-4770K @ 4.6 GHz
Motherboard AsRock Z97 Extreme6
Cooling Corsair H60
Memory Corsair Vengeance 16GB 1600 Mhz 4x4 Blue Ram
Video Card(s) Nvidia 1080 FE
Storage Samsung 840 Evo 256 GB/RAID 0 Western Digital Blue 1 TB HDDs
Display(s) Acer XG270HU
Case Antec P100
Power Supply Corsair CX850M
Mouse Logitech G502
Keyboard TT eSports Poseidon
Software Windows 10
#16
I always thought of Rosewill as a mid to low end company. I learned something new today. Checked out the website and didn't realize they had as much as they do.
 

HammerON

The Watchful Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Mar 2, 2009
Messages
7,658 (2.25/day)
Likes
5,161
Location
Up North
System Name Cruncher / Cruncher 2 / Cruncher 3
Processor i9 7980XE / EPYC 7401p / E5 2683 v3
Motherboard ASUS ROG STRIX X299 XE / Gigabyte MZ31-AR0 / ASRock X99 Extreme4/3.1
Cooling EK Supremacy EVO Elite 2011-3 / XSPC RayStorm Neo / EK Supremacy
Memory G.Skill Trident Z 32 GB 3200 / Crucial 16 GB 2400 MHz RDIMM / G.Skill Trident Z 32 GB
Video Card(s) EVGA 980 Ti Classified / Onboard / Old ATI card
Storage Samsung 960 Pro 512 GB + Mushkin Reactor 1 TB / OCZ Vertex 4 256 GB / OCZ Vertex 4 256 GB
Display(s) Dell UltraSharp U3011 30"
Case TT Core V51 / Corsair Obsidian 800D / Rosewell
Audio Device(s) On-board
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G1 / Corsair AX1200 / Thermaltake 550
Software Win 10 Pro / Ubuntu 16.04 / Ubuntu 16.04
Benchmark Scores Always changing~
#17
Interesting and powerful PSU:)
Nice review (as always crmaris):toast:
 
Joined
May 16, 2008
Messages
143 (0.04/day)
Likes
11
Location
Norway
System Name "My Computer", huehuehue
Processor Core i5 6600K
Motherboard ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming
Cooling Noctua NH-U9B
Memory 16GB (2x8) Corsair Vengeance LPX PC2666
Video Card(s) Gainward GeForce GTX 970 Phantom
Storage 500GB Samsung 850 EVO + 1TB Samsung F3 HDD + 2TB external WD USB HDD
Display(s) BenQ RL2755HM 27"
Case Fractal Design Define R5 Black
Audio Device(s) On board codec
Power Supply Corsair RM750x
Mouse SteelSeries Sensei Raw
Keyboard SteelSeries Apex 350
Software Windows 10 x64
Benchmark Scores The scouter says it's over 9000
#18
Rosewill PSUs have been generally good for a long time now. Though this unit is too large and too pricey imo. There are better choices out there.
 
Joined
Dec 31, 2009
Messages
12,355 (3.99/day)
Likes
6,904
Location
Ohio
System Name Daily Driver
Processor 7960X 4.5GHz 16c/16t 1.17V
Motherboard MSI XPower Gaming Titanium
Cooling MCR320 + Kuplos Kryos NEXT CPU block
Memory GSkill Trident Z 4x8 GB DDR4 3600 MHz CL16
Video Card(s) EVGA GTX 1080 FTW3
Storage 512GB Patriot Hellfire, 512GB OCZ RD400, 640GB Caviar Black, 2TB Caviar Green
Display(s) 27" Acer Predator 2560x1440 144hz IPS + Yamakasi 27" 2560x1440 IPS
Case Thermaltake P5
Power Supply EVGA 750W Supernova G2
Benchmark Scores Faster than most of you! Bet on it! :)
#19
Rosewill PSUs have been generally good for a long time now. Though this unit is too large and too pricey imo. There are better choices out there.
They have? Correct me if I am wrong, but most of their line was laughed at until recently (a year or so?). NOW they are making decent PSUs. Otherwise, people steered clear of those things.
 

Fourstaff

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Nov 29, 2009
Messages
9,414 (3.01/day)
Likes
2,137
Location
Home
System Name Asus K50-X5DAB \\ Orange!
Processor Athlon QL-65 2.2Ghz \\ 3570K
Motherboard Laptop \\ ASRock z77 Extreme4
Cooling Laptop \\ H100i
Memory 1x1GB + 1X2GB \\ 2x4Gb 1600Mhz CL9 Corsair XMS3
Video Card(s) Mobility Radeon HD4570 512mb \\ Zotac 660Ti OC 2Gb
Storage 250Gb \\ Samsung 840 250Gb + Toshiba DT01ACA300 3Tb
Display(s) 15.6" 1366x768 \\ LG 22EA53VQ
Case Laptop Chassis \\ NZXT Phantom 410 Black/Orange
Power Supply Power Brick \\ Corsair CXM500w
#20
They have? Correct me if I am wrong, but most of their line was laughed at until recently (a year or so?). NOW they are making decent everything. Otherwise, people steered clear of those things.
Fixed that for you. They have been making a lot of no frills products these days which just works, for good value. You can probably provide counterexamples of course, but those can be easily avoided with a bit of reading.
 
Joined
Aug 30, 2009
Messages
4,007 (1.25/day)
Likes
1,667
Location
Sarasota, Florida, USA
System Name Awesomesauce 4.3 | Laptop (MSI GE72VR 6RF Apache Pro-023)
Processor Intel Core i7-5820K 4.16GHz 1.28v/3GHz 1.05v uncore | Intel Core i7-6700HQ @ 3.1GHz
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-X99-UD5 WiFi LGA2011-v3| Stock
Cooling Corsair H100i v2 w/ 2x EK Vardar F4-120ER + various 120/140mm case fans | Stock
Memory G.Skill RJ-4 16GB DDR4-2666 CL15 quad channel | 12GB DDR4-2133
Video Card(s) EVGA GTX 1080 Ti Hybrid SC2 11GB @ 2012/5151 boost | NVIDIA GTX 1060 6GB +200/+500 + Intel 530
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 500GB + Seagate 3TB 7200RPM + others | Kingston 256GB M.2 SATA + 1TB 7200RPM
Display(s) Acer G257HU 1440p 60Hz AH-IPS 4ms | 17.3" 1920*1080 60Hz wide angle TN notebook panel
Case Fractal Design Define XL R2 | MSI
Audio Device(s) Creative Sound Blaster Z | Realtek with quad stereo speakers and subwoofer
Power Supply Corsair HX850i Platinum | 19.5v 180w Delta brick
Software Windows 10 Pro x64 | Windows 10 Home x64
#21
I have two Rosewill RG530s (the old ones before they went Bronze) as well as a Rosewill CAPSTONE Gold 550w that have all served me well. I've also purchased numerous other Rosewill products such as cases, earbuds, a network switch, IR wireless adapters, etc. and the only defective device I have received is a 4 port KVM that has a defective third cable, but I got it on sale and the other three inputs work so I haven't bothered RMAing it.
 
Joined
Dec 31, 2009
Messages
12,355 (3.99/day)
Likes
6,904
Location
Ohio
System Name Daily Driver
Processor 7960X 4.5GHz 16c/16t 1.17V
Motherboard MSI XPower Gaming Titanium
Cooling MCR320 + Kuplos Kryos NEXT CPU block
Memory GSkill Trident Z 4x8 GB DDR4 3600 MHz CL16
Video Card(s) EVGA GTX 1080 FTW3
Storage 512GB Patriot Hellfire, 512GB OCZ RD400, 640GB Caviar Black, 2TB Caviar Green
Display(s) 27" Acer Predator 2560x1440 144hz IPS + Yamakasi 27" 2560x1440 IPS
Case Thermaltake P5
Power Supply EVGA 750W Supernova G2
Benchmark Scores Faster than most of you! Bet on it! :)
#22
Fixed that for you. They have been making a lot of no frills products these days which just works, for good value. You can probably provide counterexamples of course, but those can be easily avoided with a bit of reading.
True. At CES I found they sold everything BUT the kitchen sink (due 4Q 2014 :laugh:),

They are a good value for their products. But speaking within the context of this thread and the posts, their PSU's have only recently been worth a look, versus say Corsair and Seasonics line where you could know nothing and get a decent to great PSU. :toast:
 
Last edited:

crmaris

Reviewer
Staff member
Joined
Mar 3, 2011
Messages
674 (0.25/day)
Likes
766
Location
Greece
#23
they use for quite long now Super Flower which is one of the best OEMs out there. It is all has to do with the OEM you use since none of these companies made the PSUs by themselves, except for very few cases like Enermax, Inwin, Seasonic etc.
 
Top