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Scythe Chouriki 2 650W PSU Models Sold Only as 80 PLUS Silver Certified

Scythe officially announced that the Chouriki 2 650 Watt Power Supply Units is being sold only as 80PLUS Silver, although it was announced as 80PLUS Gold rated. After verifying a dozen more of the production samples, the efficiency rate was not sufficient enough for Scythe standards which lead to repealing of the earlier statement and offering it as 80PLUS Silver like the other models of the Chouriki 2 PSU Series.

Effective immediately, all Chouriki 2 650 Watt PSU are sold as 80PLUS Silver Models. Although the official 80PLUS website is listing the 650W model as Gold certified, Scythe is kindly asking to consider the PSU being a Silver certified model due to scattering in production. The official report can be found here (PDF).

Scythe Announces the Gekkou and Gekkou Silent Series Cases

Japanese manufacturer Scythe is officially releasing its second PC Case under the name "Gekkou". This new Midi-Tower PC Case is available as Standard as well as Silent version whereas both versions can be purchased with a black or silver brush-finish as well as mirror-finish front panel. All models are manufactured of solid steel which is painted black from the outside. The PC Case dimensions are 7.717 x 20.67 x 16.93 in (196 x 430 x 525 mm) where the weight is varies depending on model from 14.55 lb (6.6 kg) to 16.42 lb (7.45 kg).

Gekkou PC Cases are equipped with an easy tool-free mounting mechanism for 5.25 inch Drives hich allows safely mounting of 4 drives. Furthermore it is possible to mount the drives into the 5.25" bays using conventional screws. Up to four 3.5 inch Hard Drives can be mounted inside the removable HDD Cage using the tool-free mounting mechanism.

Corsair Launches Builder Series PSUs For Mainstream System Builders and Upgraders

Corsair, a worldwide designer and supplier of high-performance components to the PC gaming hardware market, today announced the new Builder Series range of power supplies. The Builder Series CX430, CX500 and CX600 power supplies have been designed to provide continuous, reliable power output, and worry-free compatibility with your home or office PC. They are the ideal choice for PC builders and upgraders who need an affordable, quiet, and energy efficient PSU for mainstream performance, single GPU systems.

"Corsair has earned a reputation for engineering the best PSUs on the market, and with the new Builder Series, we now have a best-in-class solution for those who need a great value power supply for basic system builds and upgrades," said Ruben Mookerjee, VP and General Manager of Components at Corsair. "The Builder Series is perfect for system builders who want to take advantage of Corsair's legendary quality and reliability."

Club 3D Rolls Out its First PSU Lineup

Club 3D, known more for its graphics cards, rolled out its first lineup of PSUs, ranged from a 400W entry level non-modular model to a 1000W high-end modular one, with 600W non-modular, 700W and 850W modular models along the way. The 1000W CSP-X1000CB, to begin with, uses a 4-rail +12V circuit with 38A per rail, it boasts of 80 Plus Bronze efficiency rating. Connectors include (apart from the 24-pin ATX and 4+4-pin EPS(CPU)): two fixed + four modular PCI-E 6+2 pin; one modular 4+4-pin EPS(CPU); three fixed + six modular SATA power; two fixed + five modular Molex; one fixed + one modular Floppy. This PSU has a blue colored 120 mm temperature-controlled fan. Next is the 850W CSP-D850CB, this 80 Plus Bronze certified PSU also uses a four-rail +12V design, but with 34A rails. Connectors are the same the 1000W model, except for: two fixed + two modular PCI-E 6+2 pin. This one, along with the 750W model has a green-colored fan.

Speaking of the 750W CSP-D700CB, this 80 Plus Bronze certified model uses a four-rail +12V circuit with 32A rails. Its connector configuration is different from the 850W model: apart from the 24-pin ATX and 4+4-pin EPS(CPU), only three SATA connectors are fixed. Rest are modular, which include: six SATA power; two PCI-E 6+2 pin; two PCI-E 6 pin; five Molex; one 4+4 pin EPS(CPU); and a Floppy power. Next up, are the totally non-modular value models. The 600W CSP-S600 sports two PCI-E 6+2 pin; six SATA; five Molex; and one Floppy; while the cheapest 400W CSP-S400 gives you just one PCI-E 6+2 pin; four SATA; 3 Molex. The 600W and 400W models are just 80 Plus rated, and feature a yellow-colored fan. Club 3D did not give out any pricing details.

Lian Li Adds Two New Models to Its V-Series – PC-V1020 Mid-Tower & PC-2120 Full-Tower

Lian Li Industrial Co. Ltd. today announces two additional V-series - PC-V1020 mid-tower chassis & PC-V2120 full-tower chassis for the professional PC users. Continuously following the layout from the previous V-series models, Lian Li also upgrades functionality to the latest requirements of performance computing. Huge internal space for the largest graphics cards, support for 8 or 11 PCI slots, enough space for the gigantic HPTX motherboard, easily removable motherboard tray, front door for security and quality...plus the front grill design with holes are all the advanced features of this series. No matter if it's for professional workstation, server or high-end system, gamers or pro-users, the all aluminum alloy with simple and yet stylish look of Lian Li's PC-V1020 & PC-V2120 are made for users looking for absolute choices.

Corsair Announces Gaming Series PSUs: GS600W, GS700W, and GS800W

Corsair, a worldwide designer and supplier of high-performance components to the PC gaming hardware market, today announced the Corsair Gaming Series Power Supplies. These PSUs are an ideal price-performance solution for building or upgrading a gaming PC.

The Gaming Series PSUs feature a single +12V rail, providing up to 65A of reliable, continuous power for multi-core gaming PCs with single or multiple graphics cards. The ultra-quiet, dual ball-bearing fan automatically adjusts its speed according to temperature, so it will never intrude on your music and games. Tri-color LEDs illuminate the transparent fan blades with blue, red, or white at your command; they can be turned off at the press of a button. (The GS600 features only blue LEDs). The entire family is 80 PLUS certified to deliver 80% efficiency or higher at normal load conditions, generating a minimal amount of excess heat.

PowerColor Expands its Product Lineup into Power Supply Units

TUL Corporation, a manufacturer under the leading graphics card brand PowerColor, today introduces a completely new product lineup for computer enthusiasts: the PowerColor Power Supply Unit (PSU) series. The series includes Extreme 1000W, 850W and Gaming 600W, 500W power supplies, targeting high-end to upper mid-range segments.

The PowerColor Extreme and Gaming series features 80 Plus Bronze and 80 Plus rated separately, offering more than 85% power efficiency in Extreme series and 80% in Gaming series, decreasing wasted power while increasing power transmission.

Corsair Announces Retail Availability of Professional Series Gold Power Supplies

Corsair, a worldwide designer and supplier of high-performance components to the PC gaming hardware market, today announced the general retail availability of the Professional Series Gold AX1200, AX850, and AX750 power supply units. These PSUs, which feature 80 PLUS GOLD certification, were announced and shown at Computex in Taipei, and have won numerous accolades since then.

"The response of early users and reviewers to the Professional Series Gold PSUs has been phenomenal," stated Ruben Mookerjee, VP and General Manager of Components at Corsair. "We have been working overtime to meet the demand for this ultra-efficient, fully modular PSU, and are thrilled to announce that these highly anticipated products are now widely available from Corsair's retailers."

Huntkey Announces X7 Series 1200W Power Supply

Together with such well-known PC hardware brands like GYGABYTE, ATI, Geil, Aerocool and Enermax, Huntkey Enterprise Group sponsors the Futuremark Global Overclocking Competition - GIGABYTE OVERHAULING 2010. As the unique authorized power supply sponsor for the Futuremark Global Overclocking Competition -- GYGABYTE OVERHAULING, Huntkey Enterprise Group removed the cover from its Huntkey X7 1200W power supply, which is dedicated to game, DIY and overclocking enthusiasts worldwide. "This is our first time to unveil X7 1200W PSU worldwide," Villa Li, Huntkey Product Manager said.

The Huntkey X7 1200W power supply supports the latest hardware configuration with high high-performance graphic cards under the Microsoft Window7 OS and fully complies with the latest industrial standards EPS12V Version 2.92 and Intel ATX12V Version 2.3. Four advanced technologies: Phase-shifted Full-bridge, Interleaved PFC, Synchronous Rectification and DC to DC Module, allows for higher efficiency, more stability and smooth operations. The 1200W rated continuous power and six +12V rails with cable management design provides superior performance.

Enermax Intros Revolution85+ 920W SLI and 1020W SLI PSUs

Enermax expanded its Revolution85+ power supply series lineup with new 920W SLI and 1020W SLI variants. These PSUs feature modular cabling, and bear the 80 Plus Silver efficiency rating along with NVIDIA SLI-Ready certification. What sets the 1020W SLI apart from the older 1050W SLI or the 1050W CrossFireX is the redesigned 12V DC circuitry. The 1020W SLI uses four 35A rails compared to five 30A rails on the 1050W SLI/CrossFireX variants, which increases efficiency, and power-delivery per rail to cope with multiple high-end NVIDIA GeForce GTX 400 series graphics cards in SLI.

Cables included besides the ATX 24-pin, and 8-pin CPU are: another 4+4-pin CPU power connector (ideal for dual-socket motherboards), two fixed 6+2-pin PCIe power along with four detachable 6+2 pin PCIe power cables, 12 SATA power, 6 Molex, and 1 FDD. Also featured are Active PFC, "SafeGuard" (an umbrella term for OCP, OVP, AC UVP, DC UVP, OPP, OTP, SCP, and SIP power conditioning features), HeatGuard (that cools down the PSU even after shutdown), guaranteed 24/7 @ 50 degrees Celsius uptime, and Silent Ready (temperature-based fan acoustic management). The PSUs are cooled by a 139 mm twister-bearing (long-life) fan. The new Revolution85+ 920W SLI is expected to be priced around the 200 EUR mark, with the 1020W SLI going for around 235 EUR.

New FSP Group PSU First to Score 80 Plus Platinum Certification

FSP Group, a frontline consumer brand run by industrial and OEM power supply maker Fortron has become the first with a consumer ATX PSU that's 80 Plus Platinum certified. 80 Plus Platinum is a higher efficiency rating than the original three (Bronze, Silver, Gold) ratings. The FSP450-60PTM from FSP Group maintains an efficiency of 90.79% at 20% load, 93.13% at 50% load, and 91.89% at 100% load, crossing the 80 Plus Platinum certification requirements of ≥90% @ 20% load, ≥92% @ 50% load, and ≥89% @ 100% load. The FSP Group FSP450-60PTM is a 450W non-modular PSU.

BFG Tech Almost Defunct, Stops Honoring RMAs

Almost defunct enthusiast PC hardware vendor BFG Technologies may have just hit the final nail in its coffin, after it started sending denials to RMA applicants. The company was best known for its NVIDIA GeForce graphics accelerators, and announced its exit from the graphics industry this May. In rather quick succession, it also stopped shipping other products, while announcing that it will honor its warranties and RMAs.

Much to the disgruntlement of its customers, the company is now reportedly returning products sent for RMA with a covering letter saying that it cannot replace the product since a major supplier stopped doing business with it, apologizing for any inconvenience caused...well, apart from the $100s worth paperweights.

EVGA Releases Classified SR-2 Power Supply to the Market

EVGA, in its pursuit to deliver only the best quality and performance, is at it again with the EVGA Classified SR-2 Power Supply. Delivering 1200 watts of continuous power while maintaining an 80 Plus Silver certification is only the beginning. 6 +12v rails capable of delivering 38A, and fine-tuning knobs allow you to adjust the +12v rail and fanspeed to the optimal performance.

This power supply is designed around the record shattering EVGA Classified SR-2 motherboard, but is perfectly suited to meet and exceed the needs of any motherboard and graphics card combination.

Gigabyte Intros Power Rock Series Value PSUs

Gigabyte unveiled a series of value power supply units under the Power Rock brand, which it showed off at this year's Computex event. These are available in 300W, 350W, 400W, and 500W variants. Being ATX +12V v2.2 compliant, these have two +12V rails and are actively cooled. The units measure 150 x 140 x 86 mm. Of these, only the 400W and 500W variants feature active PFC and 80 Plus certification. Gigabyte did not give out a pricing scheme though one can expect them to be very cheap.

Scythe Releases Chouriki 2 and Chouriki 2 Plug-in Power Supply Series

The Japanese cooling specialist Scythe starts officially the sales of the new Chouriki 2 Power Supply Series. These power supplies are characterized by their high efficiency of up to 90% and comply to the 80Plus Silver certification. Chouriki 2 series is available with 650, 750, 850 and 1,000 watts. The customers have also the choice between a plug-in version with cable management for more comfort and a standard version with soldered cable strands.

As usual for Scythe, all components meet Japanese standards and are designed for long life. This is supported by a variety of build-in protection circuits (OCP: Overcurrent Protection, OVP: Overvoltage Protection, OPP: Overpower (Overload) Protection, SCP: Short Circuit Protection, UVP: Undervoltage Protection, OTP: Overtemperature Protection). Scythe also grants a five-year warranty on all Chouriki 2 PSUs. The attractive brushed steel surface makes a fine impression which makes this PSU to be visually attractive and blend into your PC case without any disturbance.

Enermax Readies New Modu87+ 800W and 900W PSU Models

Enermax is expanding its Modu87+ power supply (PSU) series with new 800W and 900W models. As the name suggests, Modu87+ PSUs feature modular cabling, and have over 87% efficiency at any given load. The 800W model will be released first, followed by the 900W model at a slightly later date. Both models boast of DHT (Dynamic Hybrid Transformer) technology, an array of solid-state (conductive-polymer) capacitors paired with Japanese electrolytic capacitors, dubbed "Hybrid Capacitor Array", which contribute to rated efficiency up to 92%, which stays over 87% at any load, earning it the coveted 80 Plus Gold rating.

Both models use four independent +12V rails, and are cooled by a 140 mm twister-bearing fan that keeps up with the "gold" theme. Cable modularity covers the 6 PCI-Express power cables, and a number of SATA power, 4-pin Molex, and 4-pin Floppy connectors, with the 24-pin ATX and CPU-power connector being sleeved and fixed. The Enermax Modu87+ 800W PSU will be priced at 174€, and backed by a 5-year warranty. The pricing of the 900W model will be known later.

Enermax Launches LibertyECO II 720W Modular Power Supply

Liberty means freedom, which the modular cable management provides users. "ECO" stands for economy and indicates that this power supply includes not only a high efficiency (80PLUS certified) but an attractive price as well: that's twice the saving passed onto our customers. Considering that the consumption of modern PC-systems is growing due to high-performance graphic cards for gamers, Enermax has accordingly decided to expand its LibertyECO II series towards more powerful models.

Enermax LibertyECO II 720W provides an attractive high-end model for gamers and hardware-enthusiasts, that includes a strong and stable power source with sufficient reserves to run all current high-end graphics cards and processors. The highest quality components and Enermax designed, industry leading topology, enable the LibertyECO II series to reach an outstanding efficiency of up to 86 per cent on 230V(80PLUS certified). Following the Enermax standard, LibertyECO II distributes the load with multi-12V-rails: in this case three 12V-rails ensure a reliable performance up to 55 Amps. The 12V-rails are protected by a separate OCP (over-current-protection) so PC-components are more secure in comparison to common single-rail power supplies.

Chieftec Intros Nitro Series PSUs

Chieftec introduced Nitro series of 80 Plus Bronze and Silver compliant power supply units (PSUs), available in a wide range of price points. The series starts with 350W, 400W, 450W, and 500W models that have fixed, sleeved cables, are 80 Plus Bronze compliant, and are suitable for entry level gaming PCs. These offer basic power connectors which includes single 6-pin PCI-E, four SATA, three Molex, one floppy, and 24 + 4-pin CPU. These units are cooled by a 120 mm fan.

Moving further into the series are 550W, 650W, 750W, 850W, and 950W models that offer modular cabling, and also sport 80 Plus Bronze compliance, and are aimed for mainstream-thru-performance segments of gaming PCs, with more connectors, including two PCI-E 6+2 pin connectors (for 550W, 650W models), or four 6+2 pin (for 750W, 850W, 950W models); six~eight SATA, four Molex, and 24 + two 8-pin CPU power. These are cooled by 140 mm fans. At the very top is the 1200W model, which boasts of even higher efficiency with is 80 Plus Silver compliance, and modular cabling. Connectors include 6x PCI-E 6+2 pin, 10x SATA, 8x Molex, and 24 + 2x 8 pin CPU power.

OCZ Technology Announces the StealthXStream 2 Power Supply Series

OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs), memory modules, and power supplies for computing devices and systems, announces the StealthXStream 2 Power Supply Series. Redesigned to provide higher efficiencies, quieter operation, and a sleeker updated look, the StealthXStream 2 Series offers an excellent value for performance to accompany home, gaming, or enthusiast systems.

"Three years ago we launched the original StealthXStream PSU line with the goal of delivering a power supply with the right balance of performance, features, and value," said Alex Mei, CMO at the OCZ Technology Group. "The new StealthXStream 2 is the natural evolution of this popular line and features an updated core, a sleeker more compact form factor making it easy to integrate into any chassis and plenty of stable power for dual GPU platforms, and with a complete range of models to choose customers can select the perfect wattage for their unique system configuration."

Thermaltake Launches Toughpower Grand 80 PLUS Gold Certified PSUs

Thermaltake Technology, leading DIY computer components and power supply brand, today announced the latest addition to the popular "Toughpower" line of high-end PC power supply units, the Toughpower Grand Series. Its grandiose looks with a classy black finish make a clear statement through sheer appearance: this is quality pure. The proprietary 14cm dual-ball-bearing flower-shaped fan provides optimized ventilation for the inside components of the Tougherpower Grand unit. Being 80 PLUS Gold certified users don't just get a guaranteed eco-friendly PSU with more than 90% efficiency at 50% load and a 0.95 active power factor correction (PFC), but the electricity bill will noticeably drop as well. By virtue of their high-efficiency, the Toughpower Grand 650W (750W peak) and 750W (850W peak) models are ideally suited for high-end gaming and enthusiast PCs powering multi-core processors in combination with multi-GPU setups.

Antec Premiers High Current Pro Power Supply Series

Antec, Inc., the global leader in high-performance computer components and accessories for the gaming, PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself markets, today announced its newest premium line of consumer power supplies, the High Current Pro series. Available in four 80 PLUS Gold certified models, the High Current Pro series boasts unrivaled server-grade efficiency and reliability for powering the most demanding system builds.

The High Current Pro uses a unique full-bridge phase-shift topology for fast response time, superb efficiency and none of the annoying pitch noise typically found in higher-power PSUs. The HCP-750, HCP-850, HCP-1000 and HCP-1200 with 750 watts, 850 watts, 1000 watts and 1200 watts of Continuous Power, respectively, all achieve the highest 80 PLUS certification level, Gold, delivering their rated Continuous Power with least 87% efficiency at 20%, 50% and 100% loads, even at up to 50?C - a rare distinction in energy efficiency attained by very few other power supplies. In addition, Active Power Factor Correction (Active PFC) on all models, with a power factor above 0.9 helps reduce electrical waste and further increases efficiency.

Cooler Master Launches Silent Pro Gold Power Supply Series

High-end computers are getting more and more demanding when it comes to power requirements and these days it's not good enough to have any old power supply if you're a demanding gamer or overclocker. The latest top of the range graphics cards from both ATI and Nvidia are demanding more power than ever before and the latest flagship motherboards are equally demanding once you start pushing the limits of your system by overclocking it.

The new Silent Pro Gold series from Cooler Master addresses all of these problems while maintaining - or even exceeding - an extraordinary 90 percent power efficiency under load which gains it an 80 Plus Gold certification.

Corsair Launches 1200W, 850W and 750W Professional Series Gold PSUs

Corsair, a worldwide designer and supplier of high-performance components to the PC gaming hardware market, today announced the new Professional Series Gold AX1200, AX850 and AX750 fully-modular power supply units, with 80 PLUS GOLD certification.

The Professional Series Gold range of power supplies have been designed from the ground-up by Corsair's engineers to be the highest-performing and most technologically-advanced PSUs on the market. Built utilizing server-grade power train architectures designed for mission-critical levels of voltage stability and reliability, Professional Series Gold power supplies deliver previously unheard-of levels of performance.

A-Data Enters PSU Market with Horus Series PSUs

A-DATA Technology Co., Ltd., well known for its high-performance DRAM modules and flash application products, today announced its entry into the power supply unit market with Horus Series. The Horus Series power supply unit is designed for gaming enthusiast, PC enthusiast, and overclocker to achieve their goals under the critical environment without compromise.

The ADATA Horus Series power supply unit provide 550W, 650W, 750W, 850W, and 1200W multitude choice with true continuous power, featuring Eye of Horus - Intelligent LED fan (dual ball-bearing) with 3 colors to display output power, 80 Plus Bronze, NVIDIA SLI-ready certified, and modularized cable management to delivers superior performance, high reliability and protection on all levels of application.

Scythe Announces 'Stronger' Series PSUs

Japanese cooling specialist Scythe presents under the name of "Stronger" its new power supply series. These power supplies are now available with an output of 500 W, 600 W and 700 W both as a plug-in version with cable management for comfort, as well as a standard version with sleeved mesh cables.

The Stronger power supplies meet the 80Plus certification (at 20/50/100% load) and are based on an updated version of the proven technology that was already used in the Kamariki 4 series. In design terms, the Stronger series is also admirable. Simple yet stylish, matt black finish fits perfectly into the overall visual image of most PC cases. The 45 to 55 cm long cable strands of the plug-in, as well as the standard version are completely encased in durable, black mesh tube.
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