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SilverStone Launches the ET-550B, ET-650B Essential Series PSUs

SilverStone has announced new models for its Essential series of PSUs, which aim to bring quality to a lower pricing level than the more premium offerings, and allow SilverStone to cater to the high-volume market at the same time. These PSUs are Sirtec-made, and do cut some corners in order to address some aggressive pricing targets. Case in point: SilverStone rates these PSUs for 40ºC operation, a full 10ºC lower than the ATX specification defines, and includes only a few protections, namely Over Power, Over Voltage, and Short Circuit. The lacking OTP (Over Temperature Protection) would seem to be the best feature for such a model with a lower-rated operating temperature, but alas, this is what SilverStone offers.

The ET-550B, ET-650B are 80 Plus Bronze certified, and their +12V rails can deliver 504 and 600 W respectively. Their combined +3.3, +5V rating stands at 110 W for the 550B, and 120 W for the 650B. The cabling is fixed on both options, black-braided, and cooling is taken care of by tour average 120 mm Sleeve Bearing Fan. The PCIe connectors stand at 2x PCIe (1x 6+2 pin, 1x 6 pin) for the ET-550B, while the ET-650B doubles that amount to two of each. The dimensions stand at 150 mm (W) x 86 mm (H) x 140 mm (D). European pricing seems to be the sweet spot for these PSUs, with the 550B coming in at around 53,50€ and the 650B upping the ante to 60,60€ (prices excluding VAT, however.) In the US, I don't expect these to sell well if they keep their pricing, where the 650B currently retails for $90.

Source: Tom's Hardware

In Win's Classic, Premium, Force (F1), and Force (FM) PSUs Pictured at CES 2017

In Win, who recently announced a partnership with EKWB in some of its cases, showed of some PSUs that will hit retail availability this year. The cover the full spectrum of a given product line, with flagship (Classic), high-tier (Premium), mid-range and entry-level (FM and F1) PSUs. Having their very own production line ensures In Win can continuously test and improve their CPU designs without being dependent on other manufacturers.

Seasonic Updates its PSU Product Lines

After taking a long while - a very long while, in fact - to launch its flagship Prime Titanium PSU series, and after leaving its product line seemingly dormant for a while, it looks like Seasonic was actually getting ready to wake the proverbial sleeping giant: according to the company, 2017 will be an important milestone because it will feature the release of several new product lines that will include high performance - and high quality - power supplies.

Thermaltake Introduces Smart Pro RGB Bronze Series PSUs At CES

Alongside their recently announced Toughpower Grand RGB Gold series of power supply units, Thermaltake will also introduce a more cost-effective line of RGB PSUs. Dubbed the Smart Pro RGB Bronze, it will feature three members with capacities of 650 W, 750 W, and 850 W. Like the Toughpower Grand, the Smart Pro RGB are equipped with a patented 256 color Ring 140mm RGB fan, featuring five lighting modes (256 Color RGB Cycle, Solid Red, Green, Blue, White, and an LED Off mode), controlled by pressing an RGB Lighting button. There is also a built-in memory function, so you don't have to re-configure the desired fan lighting effect every time you power off the PSU. The Smart Pro RGB Bronze Series comes with 7-year warranty coverage.

EVGA Announces the SuperNOVA G3 Power Supplies

EVGA has announced today the evolution of their highly-regarded SuperNOVA G2 - the aptly named SuperNOVA G3. EVGA SuperNOVA power supplies are well-known for their extreme efficiency, performance and reliability, with the companies' series of power supplies having won over 70 awards from leading review sites for the last 3 years. With these new power supplies, EVGA took the best features of the award-winning G2 lineup and made them even better. The SuperNOVA G3's smaller size, improved performance and a new Hydraulic Dynamic Bearing fan give you ultra-quiet performance with an increased lifespan.

The new SuperNOVA G3 feature fully modular design with a reduced size, at only 150mm long, which EVGA stresses comes accompanied with an improvement in performance, features, and efficiency, with the company announcing an over 91% efficiency rating. All of this with a new, Hydraulic Dynamic Bearing Fan, which EVGA claims has better performance, quieter operation and longer lifespan, with the companies' ECO Intelligent Thermal Control System eliminating fan noise at low to medium loads.
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