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EVGA Unveils BA and B5 Series Mainstream PSUs at CES

EVGA unveiled a pair of entry-thru-mainstream power supply series at CES 2020. These include the BA series at the very bottom of EVGA's pile, an the B5 series that combines a mainstream feature set with some aspirational features such as fully modular cabling. The BA series will eventually replace the BR series. We spotted a 600 W model, although the lineup could include 450 W, 500 W, and 600 W models. The BA is 80 Plus Bronze certified, and features a single +12V rail design, along with fixed, sleeved cabling that includes flat black ribbon-type cables for all connectors except the 24-pin ATX and 4+4 pin EPS.

The B5 series is slightly more upscale, in that it features fully modular cabling, and comes in capacities of up to 750 W. The B5 series succeeds the B3 series from the current product stack, and comes with updated innards, and possibly a quieter 135 mm fan. The 750 W model includes two 8-pin EPS connectors, in addition to four 6+2 pin PCIe power. EVGA is backing both the BA and B5 series with 5-year warranties.

Antec Announces NeoECO Series Power Supplies

Antec Inc., a leading provider of high-performance computer components and accessories for the gaming, PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself market, broadens its range of power supplies with the new NeoECO Gold & NeoECO Classic (Bronze) series.

Antec's NeoECO Gold is one of the most efficient PSU series ever created. This PSU line achieves up to 92 per cent efficiency and gives you savings unheard of from other power supplies. By using the NeoECO Gold, you can reduce your electricity bill up to 20 per cent. Fully LLC bridging, provides ultra-clean power delivery that keeps critical computer components safe. PCI Express port connectors enable for multi-GPU support while the ErP Lot 6: 2013 ensures compliance to the toughest energy standards available.

be quiet! Announces System Power 9 CM PSU Family

be quiet!, the market leader in PC power supplies in Germany since 2007, announces System Power 9 CM, an entry-level semi-modular power supply available in 400 to 700 watt models. The new cable-managed power supply series expands the existing System Power 9 range and features 80PLUS Bronze level efficiency up to 89 percent, providing solid performance and an extensive feature set. Combined with a great price-performance ratio and the added convenience of removable PCI-Express and drive cables, System Power 9 CM is a perfect component for cost-conscious system builders.

System Power 9 CM's line-up is built with the latest technology and available at a competitive price, while maintaining the quality and reliability expected from a premium brand like be quiet! All models are 80PLUS Bronze certified and feature improved voltage regulation via DC-to-DC technology. Each System Power 9 CM power supply unit comes with a full range of integrated protection circuits, including over temperature protection (OTP), while a temperature-controlled high-quality 120-millimeter fan constantly cools the power supply at low noise levels. In comparison to System Power 9, the CM variant has a lower fan curve, resulting in less noise.

be quiet! at COMPUTEX 2019: Introducing New Straight Power 11 Platinum, System Power 9 CM PSUs

be quiet! at COMPUTEX 2019 introduced two new power supply units that show no compromises in performance and the sound-control the company is known for (and that it proudly bears in its name). The Straight Power 11 series will offer units rated at up to 80 Plus Platinum efficiency, meaning they can be up to 94% efficient while delivering power to your hardware - all with a silent operation thanks to their 135 mm, Silent Wings 3 fans. These are fully modular with Japanese-grade capacitors, and will be offered in 550 W, 650 W, 750 W, 850 W, 1,000 W, and 1200 W capacities.

SilverStone Rolls Out Strider Plus Bronze Series Mid-range Modular PSUs

SilverStone today rolled out the Strider Plus Bronze line of mid-range power supplies with full modular cabling. These PSUs feature an up-to-date ATX/EPS standards readiness and give you everything you need to set up a powerful gaming desktop. Available in capacities of 550W, 650W, and 750W, these PSUs feature a compact design with just 140 mm depth. A 120 mm fan with 18 dBA minimum noise output is used to keep the unit cool. SilverStone has included flat ribbon-type cables.

Under the hood is a single +12V rail design with 80 Plus Bronze efficiency, with a 42.5A rail powering the 550W model, a 50.8A rail for the 650W model, and a 59.2A rail for the 750W model. You also get active PFC, the latest C-states support, and most common electrical protections, against over/under-voltage, overload, overheat, and short-circuit. The 550W model provides one 4+4-pin EPS and two 6+2-pin PCIe connectors; the 650W model offers one 4+4-pin EPS and four 6+2-pin PCIe, while the 750W model tops the range with two 4+4-pin EPS and four 6+2-pin PCIe connectors. All three models offer eight SATA power and at least three 4-pin Molex connectors. The company didn't reveal pricing.

Thermaltake Intros Smart BX1 RGB Series Power Supplies

Thermaltake today introduced the Smart BX1 RGB series mid-range power supplies (PSUs). Available in 550W, 650W, and 750W variants, these PSUs bring some form of RGB LED bling to a mainstream feature-set. The star-attraction here is the 140 mm hydraulic bearing fan that's studded with ten 7-color LEDs. An internal lighting controller cycles between 7 colors, combination presets, lighting patterns, and light-off, at the push of a button near the AC receptacle (though sufficiently far from the main AC switch).

Under the hood, you get a single +12V rail design with 80 Plus Bronze efficiency, active PFC, an advertised ripple noise of <80 mV, and most common electrical protections, such as over/under-voltage, overload, overheat, and short-circuit. All three variants have enough juice and straws for a gaming PC build with 2-3 graphics cards. The 550W and 650W variants offer two 6+2 pin PCIe and six SATA power; while the 750W variant offers four PCIe with eight SATA power. All cables are fixed and flat (ribbon-type). Backed by a 5-year warranty, the Smart BX1 RGB series models are priced between $60 and $100.

A Walk Through 1stPlayer - A New Kid on the PC Gaming Block

1stPlayer is a Chinese PC gaming peripherals vendor that went international this Computex, entering the European market. It showed off a small range of PC gaming wares, including power-supplies, case fans, and keyboards. The PSU lineup, which includes the mainstream Steam Punk series, and the entry-level DK series, are characterized by full-modular cabling. The Steam Punk 650W has no steampunk design elements, dons a matte white body, with a white LED-illuminated fan, and a fascinating combination of power outputs (for its market positioning and Wattage), including two 4+4 pin EPS, four 6+2 pin PCIe power, six SATA power, and three Molex. This unit features 80 Plus Silver efficiency. Next up, is the all-black DK 650W, with an identical power connector loadout as the Steam Punk 650W, but with 80 Plus Bronze efficiency. Both models feature flat modular cables.

Next up, is the company's case fan series, which includes the Fire Moon, and the Fire Dancer. Both are 120 mm fans with fluid-dynamic bearing, which are capable of daisy-chaining with up to two fans (3 fans in all). The Fire Dancer series features a more pronounced silicone diffuser for its RGB LED lighting, which covers almost 2/3rds of the frame's bore and perimeter. The Fire Moon series features a thinner ring along the perimeter of the frame. Both feature vibration dampening mounts. The two are sold in packs of three fans, which includes a proprietary RGB LED hub, and an RF remote.

Gamdias Intros Cyclops and Astrape Series PSUs

Known more for its gaming peripherals (input devices), Gamdias entered the power-supply market with the launch of its Cyclops X1 and Astrape P1 series. The Cyclops X1 is the more premium series of the two, and for now, only has a 1200W model. The Atrape P1 comes in 750W, 650W, and 550W models, with three 650W models based on cabling and efficiency. What's common between all Gamdias PSUs is RGB LED-illuminated fan, with a rear-panel switch to toggle lighting, a and "silent mode" switch that turns off the fan, which feels too closely placed to the main AC input switch (what could possibly go wrong?).

The Cyclops X1-1200P features 80 Plus Platinum efficiency, fully modular cabling, and enough juice and straws for an enthusiast build with up to four graphics cards (ten PCIe 6+2 and two 8-pin EPS). The Astrape P1-750G and P1-650G feature 80 Plus Gold efficiency, fully-modular cabling, and cabling for high-end builds with 2-3 graphics cards. The Astrape M1-650B has 80 Plus Bronze efficiency and completely fixed cabling, while the Astrape M1-650W and M1-550W only have 80 Plus (no extension) efficiency, and fixed cabling for a mid-range build with 1-2 graphics cards.

SilverStone Intros Essential Series 450W PSU

SilverStone today introduced its Essential series 450W power-supply (model: SST-ET450-B), which covers all the basics for first-time builders. The Essential series made its debut earlier this year, with larger 550W and 650W models. The standard-ATX PSU is 14 cm long, and features fixed cabling. It has enough juice and straws for a premium mainstream-desktop build with one high-end graphics card. The PSU offers 80 Plus Bronze switching efficiency. Under the hood, it features a single +12V rail design, with a single 34A rail.

Other under-the-hood features include active-PFC, and protections against over/under-voltage, overload, and short-circuit. A low-noise optimized 120 mm fan keeps the unit cool, with noise output as low as 18 dBA. Connectors include a 24-pin ATX, one 4+4-pin EPS, two 6+2-pin PCIe power, four SATA power, three 4-pin Molex, and one 4-pin Berg. Backed by a 3-year warranty, it is priced at USD $59.99.

Raidmax Intros Thunder RGB Series Semi-modular PSUs

Raidmax today introduced the Thunder RGB series of mid-range, semi-modular PSUs for gaming desktops. The lineup currently consists of two models based on wattage, 735W (RX-735AP-R), and 535W (RX-535AP-R). These PSUs are characterized by RGB multi-color LED lighting on their 135 mm fan, which takes in 4-pin RGB header input, and supports ASUS Aura Sync RGB. Under the hood, these units feature a single +12V rail design, 80 Plus Bronze switching efficiency, and most common electrical protection mechanisms (against over/under voltage, overload, and short-circuit).

The two Thunder RGB variants feature semi-modular cabling. The 24-pin ATX, one 4+4 pin EPS, and two 6+2 pin PCIe power connectors are fixed, with fishnet sleeving. The modular cables are flat, ribbon-type. The 735W variant offers a total of four 6+2 pin PCIe connectors (including the fixed ones), eight SATA power, three 4-pin Molex, and one Berg. The 535W variant, on the other hand, only has two 6+2 pin PCIe (fixed), and six SATA power, besides the ATX, EPS, three Molex and one Berg. The company didn't reveal pricing.

Cooler Master Introduces MasterWatt PSU Series

Cooler Master, celebrating its 25th anniversary, today announces an expansion to their 80 PLUS Bronze certified line, MasterWatt. Cooler Master created the MasterWatt line for people seeking premium features in a Bronze efficiency power supply. This new line of power supplies offers an improved modular design, enhanced cables, and an innovative semi-fanless system. Inside, a dual forward / DC-to-DC circuit design ensures stable +12V output even in cross loading conditions. MasterWatt is the well-rounded successor to the classic GM series power supply line, widely sold around the world.

Collective feedback incorporated from around the world led to the development of specific features within the MasterWatt series. Cooler Master revised all the cables to accommodate larger cases and the trend of better cable management, resulting in cables that are 14% longer than previous generations. The MasterWatt series use more conductive PCIe cables that are 16AWG for less resistance, thus increasing efficiency of power delivery to graphics cards.

Enermax Announces RevoBron Value PSU Series

ENERMAX, as a well-known brand for power supply, launched RevoBron. This PSU series is equipped with DFR self-cleaning tech. Moreover, it comes with a smart 2-in-1 fan controller, COOLERGENIE, providing system fans with semi-fanless control and fan-delay function. RevoBron perfectly supports mainstream gaming rigs, multimedia systems, or home theater PCs. RevoBron is equipped with Twister Bearing fan for silent/durable cooling, embedded with ENERMAX DFR tech. to make the PSU fan perform a self-cleaning spin for 10 seconds upon startup to blow away the accumulated dust.

SilentiumPC Intros Vero L2 Bronze Series PSUs

SilentiumPC today introduced the Vero L2 Bronze series of mainstream power-supplies (PSUs). Available in two models - 500W and 600W, the PSUs offer low-noise fans, fixed cabling, and boasts of 80 Plus Bronze switching efficiency, besides an up to date standards compliance (ATX 12V 2.31, and Intel Core new C6/C7-states support). Under the hood, the Vero L2 Bronze features a single +12V rail design, a resonant LLC converter, active PFC, and most common electrical protections, including over/under-voltage, overload, input surge, and short-circuit protection.

Both variants of the SilentiumPC Vero L2 Bronze offer the same connector loadout - a 24-pin ATX, a 4+4 pin EPS, two 6+2-pin PCIe power, seven SATA power, three 4-pin Molex, and one 4-pin Berg (floppy). Besides the 24-pin ATX, all connectors feature flat ribbon-type cables. The units are cooled by a 120 mm PWM fan that's been optimized for low noise, and stays at 20% of its rated 1,800 RPM speed up to 30% of load. The units are backed by 3-year "door to door" warranty. The company didn't reveal pricing.

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.

EVGA Announces the B3 Series Power Supplies

EVGA Bronze power supplies have become synonymous with industry-leading stability, performance, and value. With the B3 power supplies, EVGA now adds fully modular cables, the ECO Intelligent Thermal Control System, even tighter voltage regulation (<2%), and a Hydraulic Dynamic Bearing Fan for ultra-quiet performance with an increased lifespan. Even more impressive, these power supplies continue to get shorter compared to its predecessors. Backed by EVGA's 5 Year Global Warranty, the EVGA B3 lineup will give you peace of mind for years to come.

No, it's not magic. Despite adding more features and increased performance, the EVGA B3 lineup is shorter than most of its competitors. At only 150mm long (450B3, 550B3, 650B3) and 160mm long (750B3, 850B3), you'll notice the extra space in your case, but you won't miss any performance or functionality. The EVGA B3 power supplies feature a Sleeved Bearing Fan, resulting in a quieter operation and a longer lifespan. Alternatively, flip on the EVGA ECO mode for fully silent operation at low to medium loads.

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.

DeepCool Intros the DA Series Mainstream PSUs

DeepCool introduced the DA series of mainstream power supplies (PSUs). Available in 500W (DA500), 600W (DA600), and 700W (DA700) variants, these PSUs cover the essentials of providing clean and safe power to your gaming hardware. The three feature fixed, sleeved cabling, with the 500W model having connectors of a machine with a single high-end graphics card; and the 600W and 700W variants featuring cabling for machines with up to two high-end graphics cards.

Under the hood, the DA series feature a single +12V rail design with 80 Plus Bronze switching efficiency, active PFC, DC-to-DC switching, protection mechanisms against over/under voltage, overload, and short-circuit. The units use a 120 mm temperature-controlled fan to stay cool. The PSUs are backed by a 3-year warranty. The company didn't reveal pricing.

Be Quiet! Announces the Pure Power 9 Series PSUs

Be quiet!, the market leader in PC power supplies in Germany for ten consecutive years, is introducing the Pure Power 9 with fixed cables in 300 to 700 watts, offering a new option for quiet PC configurations as well as powerful multi-GPU systems. Models with cable management are on the market since March. Thanks to extensive development work, both the efficiency and the voltage stability are improved when compared to its predecessor while reducing noise to a minimum.

Be quiet! continues its extensive development of the Pure Power series by relying on the newest technologies. The 400-watt and higher models utilize the so-called "Active Clamp + SR" topology which leads to increased efficiency. The Pure Power 9 achieves an efficiency of up to 91 percent, leading to an 80 Plus Silver certification and a top performance in this price segment. The lower wattage models are 80 Plus Bronze certified. By implementing two independent 12 volt-rails, be quiet! is able to further improve the signal stability compared to its predecessor.

FSP Announces the Hydro Series 80 Plus Bronze Power Supplies

FSP, the performance power specialist, is pleased to announce a new line of gaming power supplies: the Hydro Series. With a wealth of experience in manufacturing high-efficiency power supplies, the Hydro series reflects FSP's high standards in reliability and performance at affordable prices. Perfect for power-hungry GPUs, the single +12V rail provides stability and ease of use. Get the maximum potential of your power supply with the ability to deliver clean currents under a heavy load.

The 80Plus Bronze certified Hydro series with 88% peak efficiency are equipped with a 120mm fan. The intelligent fan control adjusts fan speeds for optimal cooling performance. Even under maximum loads this power supply series stays silent. The sleek ribbon cables make it easy for gamers and PC enthusiasts to give their systems a tidy and organized look. The long (450mm) 20+4 pin makes it easy to route all cables through the motherboard tray - minimizing clutter and maximizing airflow.

EVGA Announces the 700B Power Supply

EVGA announced the 700B, an entry-level 700W power supply for gaming PC builds on a shoestring budget. This unit covers the bare essentials, with 700W continuous power, fixed cabling, 80 Plus Bronze efficiency, and enough connectors for a build with either two mid-range graphics cards, or one high-end card. Under the hood, the unit features a single +12V rail design, with a single 56A rail, and most common electric protection features, against over/under-voltage, overload, overheat, and short-circuit protection. Connectors include two 6+2 pin PCIe, a 4+4 pin EPS, 24-pin ATX, nine SATA, three Molex, and one Berg. Backed by a 3-year warranty, the 700B is priced at US $49.99.

Shuttle XPC SH170R6 Barebones Desktop Detailed

Compact desktop maker Shuttle is giving final touches to its XPC SH170R6 compact desktop barebones system. Designed to support 6th generation Intel Core "Skylake" processors, the SH170R6 gets you started with a custom-design motherboard based on the Intel H170 Express chipset, with two expansion slots (one PCI-Express 3.0 x16 and one PCI-Express 3.0 x4); four DDR4 DIMM slots, a 32 Gb/s M.2 slot, four SATA 6 Gb/s ports; a heat-pipe based CPU cooler, and an 80 Plus Bronze rated 300W power supply.

The case itself offers room for a 5.25-inch optical drive, and two 3.5-inch drives (one of which is an externally accessible bay). The system board offers external connectivity of two DisplayPort 1.2 connectors (supports one Ultra HD display), an HDMI port, six USB 3.0 ports, an eSATA 6 Gb/s port, gigabit Ethernet, and 8-channel HD audio. There's provision for an mPCIe WLAN card. Slated for release later this month, the SH170R6 is expected to be priced at 258€ excluding VAT (around 307€ with 19% VAT).

Corsair Memory, PSUs, and CPU Coolers Pave the Way for Next Gen PC Processors

Corsair, a leader in high-performance PC hardware, today announced the availability of a comprehensive product line-up supporting the upcoming 6th Gen Intel Core desktop processors and motherboards based on the Intel Z170 chipsets. All of Corsair's current liquid CPU coolers and PC power supplies will be compatible with the new Intel desktop platform, along with a full line of validated DDR4 and DDR3L memory kits.

Corsair has long been a leader in high-performance PC memory, playing a decisive part in dozens of current overclocking world records. Now the company brings this expertise and experience to support Intel's upcoming new enthusiast desktop platform, delivering higher clock frequencies, increased memory bandwidth and lower power usage with Dominator Platinum and Vengeance LPX DDR4, and Vengeance LP and Vengeance Pro DDR3L memory lines. All memory kits are extensively validated with leading motherboard manufacturers to ensure maximum compatibility and easy configuration and overclocking with XMP 2.0 profiles. All of the Corsair memory kits are supplied with a limited lifetime warranty.

Fractal Design Node 202 and Node 202+ Pictured

Fractal Design showed off its latest wares at Computex, beginning with the Node 202 and Node 202+ mini-ITX cases for HTPC builds. Featuring a slick, minimalist design, and dimensions that compare to game consoles (10.2L volume, 377 x 82 x 330 mm), the Node 202 has room for a standard-height mini-ITX motherboard, CPU coolers up to 56 mm tall, an SFX power supply, a full-height, dual-slot graphics card (using a PCIe x16 riser) up to 31 cm long; and two 2.5-inch internal drives.

There are two 120 mm fan mounts in the add-on card chamber, with dust filters. One such dust filter hovers over the CPU socket area, so your cooler doesn't breathe in dust. The Node 202+ has all that, plus a factory-fitted Fractal Design Integra 450W SFX PSU, with 80 Plus Bronze certification, 24-pin ATX, 8-pin EPS, and two each of 6+2 pin PCIe and SATA power connectors. The Node 202 will be priced at US $79.99; the Node 202+ will go for $139.99.

COUGAR Releases First 80 PLUS BRONZE Digital PSU

COUGAR, a leading player in the computer gaming hardware market, announces today the release of its first 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Digital Power Supply Unit, the COUGAR CMD Digital Power Supply Unit. Its arrival marks a radical change for Digital PSUs, freeing them from their current status of niche product and putting digital power in the right direction towards becoming the mainstream option for PC gaming. This is due to the emphasis on practical functionality put during its development, which has led to a product whose specifications all target real user needs.

The basis of the CMD is the state of the art technology and quality materials COUGAR is already well known for in the PSU market. On top of this, COUGAR has implemented its newly developed Digital Power technology and integrated it with the COUGAR UIX Device management system. The Digital Power technology brings a broad range of functions to CMD that will assist the user mainly in two areas: the electric supply of the computer and its temperature and cooling. Those two areas have been chosen because they are especially relevant for gamers.

Xigmatek Announces Maverick S Line of Power Supplies

Xigmatek rolled out the Maverick S line of mid-range power supplies, which are designed to offer high value for money, and come at price points deep inside the $100 mark. Although designed to fit ATX or micro-ATX cases, the Maverick S conforms to the PS3 form-factor, which has the same height and width, but lesser depth than standard ATX. The unit measures 150 mm x 85 mm x 123 mm (WxHxD). It still uses a 120 mm PWM controlled spinner to keep cool, which is tucked away behind a refreshing new grille pattern. Xigmatek also launched the conventional ATX version of these PSUs, the Maverick, which comes with a depth of 158 mm.

The Maverick S is a partially modular PSU, with ATX, EPS, and at least one set of PCIe power connectors being fixed, which others being modular. It comes in three models, 400W, 500W, and 600W. The three feature single +12V rail designs, active PFC, most common electrical protection systems (over/under voltage, overload, short-circuit). All three models offer 80 Plus Bronze certified efficiency, and ATX 2.3/EPS 2.92, with support for Core "Haswell" C6 power-states. The company didn't disclose pricing or availability details.
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