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Corsair HX750W and HX850W Bag Elusive 80 Plus Gold Efficiency Rating

Corsair's recently announced HX750W and HX850W modular power supply units have bagged the elusive 80 Plus Gold efficiency rating, a title enjoyed only by a few high-end enterprise-grade PSUs. To qualify for this rating, a PSU must provide an output efficiency of at least 87% at 20% load, 90% at 50% load, and 87% at 100% load. At these levels of load, the efficiency of HX750W was measured 88.04%, 90.02%, and 87.04% respectively, while those of the HX850W were 89.14%, 90.38%, and 87.06%. These are Corsair's first PSUs to get the 80 Plus Gold rating, above the 80 Plus Silver which were expected of them, when the two were announced.

Scythe Announces Kamariki 4 Series Power Supplies

Scythe Europe hereby officially announces the supply of the in-house developed Kamariki 4 Power Supply series. The early stage production samples were first displayed at this year's CeBit in Hannover, Germany and gathered a lot of attention of visitors and press representatives.

The Kamariki series is entering the next level as the 4th version and is now available for the worldwide market. In Japan, Scythe is one of the market-leading brands for High-End Power Supplies and Cooling Components for many years where the essential experience and know-how is coming in which were gathered successfully over these years. Kamariki 4 PSU is available in a Plug-in (modular) version with detachable power cables for more convenience and also available in a standard version with non-detachable power cables. For better usability, 45 to 55 cm long cables are wrapped by robust and flexible mesh. Each version is available in 450, 550, and 650W models. In order to comply with market demands and the GreenIT movement, Scythe Kamariki 4 PSU Series are fully conform to 80Plus Standards (20/50/100% system load).

Thermaltake Announces EVO_Blue Series PSUs

Thermaltake Technology, leading manufacturer of computer components, today announced its newest and unparalleled aesthetic power supply unit - the EVO_Blue. Available in 550Watts, 650Watts, and 750Watts, the EVO_Blue comes with several cutting-edge features such as a fancy built in multi-color LED, large size 14 cm whisper-quiet ball bearing fan, robust and dedicated single +12V rail, and advanced cable management system.

Following Thermaltake's most innovative design concept, the EVO_Blue's unparalleled aesthetic exterior design has set itself above all other currently available PSUs in the market. The fancy built-in multi-color LEDs surrounding the fan and the blue LEDs backlight behind the modular cable sockets give users a feel of tough atomic energy. The EVO_Blue is also equipped with an large size 14 cm whisper-quiet ball bearing fan to dramatically reduce overall PC noise and increase thermal efficiency. In addition, the robust and dedicated single +12V output provides superior performance under all types of system loading. The modular cable management design improves internal airflow and reduces cable clutter by allowing you to use only the cables you need.

XFX Radeon HD 4770 and New PSU Pictured

We had a chance to drop by the XFX suite during the Computex. They are showing off their Radeon HD 4770. It comes with the dual slot reference cooler, which was actually not intended for retail and the power supply has a very unique design along with a cable management system. The PSU is rated for 850W and features a single 70A 12V rail. On top of that it is 80Plus Silver certified.

Coolermaster Presents PSU with Power LAN Functionality & CM Storm Sentinel Mouse

We managed to take a close look at a new product that Coolermaster is working on, which combines their expertise for PSU with the functionality of creating a network using the power lines within your home. This 700 W & 80Plus Silver certified power supply has a Power LAN adapter built in, so by plugging it into a socket, you may simply route the outgoing Ethernet port to the one of your PC.

Cooler Master UCP 900 W Receives the Coveted 80 Plus Gold Efficiency Certification

Cooler Master proudly announces the 80 Plus Gold Certified high wattage power supply, the highest rated 80 Plus power supply to-date by achieving a typical efficiency of 90.05% .

Cooler Master has long built a strong reputation based on industry-leading designs in coolers and computer cases, while its power supplies have often been over-shadowed. Today, marks a new era in the company's foray into the market of power supplies. With the UCP reaching new 80 Plus Gold specifications, Cooler Master has put itself at the cutting edge of PSU design.

Details of the 80 Plus Gold qualifying certification can be viewed here.

Corsair Launches Energy-Efficient High-Performance Modular 850W and 750W PSUs

Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance power supplies, and computer and flash memory products, today announced the launch of the new Corsair Professional Series HX850W and HX750W modular power supply units.

The Corsair Professional Series power supply units have been designed by Corsair and engineered to the highest quality standards to meet the demands of enthusiasts that expect the very best. The Corsair Professional Series HX850W and HX750W PSUs utilize advanced DC-to-DC circuitry and meet 80 PLUS SILVER certification standards for up to 90% energy-efficiency, reducing wasted energy and lowering the amount of excess heat generated.

Zalman Launches ZM500-RS Power Supply

Korean PC cooling specialist Zalman launched the ZM500-RS 500 W mainstream PSU. The PSU provides connectors most common to PSUs in its range, offering support for basic SLI or CrossFire setups, or powerful single graphics cards. Under its hood is the Resonant Switching Circuit Design (RSCD), which Zalman claims to be more efficient than dual-forward switching designs, in minimizing energy loss and heat output.

The PSU uses two 18 A +12V rails and Active PFC support. It has a rated efficiency of 87% and qualifies for the 80 Plus rating. On the connections front, apart from the 24-pin ATX and 8-pin CPU connectors, it provides four SATA, four Molex, one floppy, one PCI-Express 6+2 pin, and one PCI-Express 6-pin connectors. The unit is cooled by a silent 120 mm fan. Following the launch, the PSU should reach markets shortly.

XFX to Enter Power Supply Market with 850 W Black Edition

Manufacturers branching out in to different segments seems to be the in thing to do at the moment and XFX is no exception as leaked slides on the forums of Legit Reviews, reveal that XFX are getting ready to announce their first power supply line at Computex Taipei 2009 next month. The first of which has been dubbed the 850 W Black Edition (XPS-850W-BES), which follows suit of many of their Black Edition graphics cards. It is a modular PSU featuring 88% effeciency and sports a 70A single 12v rail capped at 840 W. It would seem XFX are taking this seriously as the combined output across all of the wattage caps is in excess of 1,000 W. According to the slides the PSU features 105°C Japanese brand capacitors, +/-3% voltage regulation, solid polymer caps, and a 135mm ball bearing fan. Using a combination of fixed and removable cables the XFX 850 W Black Edition has 4 PCI-E 6+2 Pin connectors, 11 SATA connectors and 8 Molex connectors.

SilverStone Readying 1500 W Monster PSU

SilverStone is going for the (over)kill with a 1500W enthusiast-grade PC power supply. The Strider Series 1500W (model: SST-ST1500) is one of the first 1000+ Watt PSUs to carry the 80 Plus Silver efficiency rating. This PSU made for an early-sighting at this year's CeBIT event, and is gearing up for launch very soon. It delivers 1500W of continuous, and 1600W of peak power. It features a 100% modular cable design, meaning that even the 24-pin ATX and EPS cables are modular unlike in most modular PSUs.

The unit measures 150 x 86 x 220 mm (WxHxD). Under the hood are eight +12V rails, that belt out up to 120A of current. Active PFC is available. The ATI CrossFireX and NVIDIA SLI certified PSU features four 6+2 pin, and eight 6-pin PCI-Express power connectors. High-grade Japanese capacitors are used. A 135 mm fan with a minimum noise-output of 19 dBA keeps this beast cool. Applications? Plenty: an enthusiast could run a highly-tweaked multi-GPU PC, and be able to directly power one or two thermo-electric coolers.

Gigabyte Readying Odin GT 1200W PSU

Gigabyte has its Odin Pro PSU lineup for about two years now. The company prepared a new model to top the it, with up to 1200W of power output, modular cabling, and a USB data connection to the system it powers. Perhaps a monitoring and/or control software is packed along. The Odin GT 1200W measures 150 (W) x 180 (L) x 86 (H) mm, and weighs in at 2.5 kg (around 5.5 lbs). It is said to feature high-grade Japanese capacitors, and four +12V rails that belt out 99A, 1188 W. It has a rated efficiency of above 80%. Also featured is active power compensator (Active PFC). Cables include six 6+2 pin PCI-Express, along with ten SATA power, and eight Molex connectors. A 140 mm fan cools the unit. The SLI-certified PSU is expected to hit stores soon.

Corsair HX850W Pops Up

Following a recent exposé of the modular HX750W, another PSU from Corsair caught us by surprise: the HX850W. This one comes near-identical to the HX750W, in terms of its built, and the cable connectivity on offer, except for that it offers a higher DC output at 850W continuous. Its standard features include compliance with ATX12V v2.3 and EPS12V 2.91 standards, double forward switching circuitry that offers stellar efficiency of up to 90%, 105 °C industrial-grade capacitors, and flat-modular cables. This model also fills that little gap that existed between the HX750W and HX1000W, by offering nearly the same features as its cousin from the TX series (TX850W), with the advantage of modularity. TechConnect Magazine also disclosed its price to be £140 (around US $210) in the UK.

Corsair Readies New HX-series PSU

Memory specialist turned PSU specialist Corsair, has a new PSU up its sleeves. The Corsair HX750W modular PSU is an attempt by the company to fill the gap between the HX620W and the high-end HX1000W, in its HX series, a large one to begin with. There is a definite need for such a PSU since it ups the count of PCI-Express power cables from the PSU, over the relatively paltry two that HX620W offers. Cable modularity is enhanced with the flat-cables the company has been using. With the "750W" marking, we are to assume that is the continuous power rating, as with every other Corsair PSU. The model may fall in league with other ones by the manufacturer to come with a 5-year warranty. It is also indicated that the PSU will come with an 80 Plus efficiency rating. This PSU comes after the company's recent launch of the HX450W.

Sharkoon Introduces SilentStorm PSU Series with Flat-Modular Cables

Sharkoon re-released its SilentStorm power supply series today, featuring a new design with modular cable system, 135mm fan and in three different power ratings: 460, 560 and 660 watts.

The power supplies in the SilentStorm CM series are built in an elegant black case with a silver fan guard. Built to ATX 12V version 2.2 and EPS 2.91 specifications, the PSUs support all current Intel and AMD systems. The models function with active PFC and have a maximum efficiency rating of 84 percent. Four separate 12V rails produce a maximum of 72 amps and provide the CPU, graphics card, mainboard, storage and disc drives with sufficient and reliable power.

PC Power & Cooling Introduces the Silencer 910 PSU

OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and PC components, today unveiled the new Silencer 910 power supply from PC Power & Cooling. The Silencer line has proven itself as one of the most trusted PSU series on the market over the past twenty years, built for absolute stability and reliability for high end enthusiast systems, and the newest addition to our legendary Silencer series completes the family of ultra-quiet highly reliable and efficient PSUs which now range from 370W to the new 910W (1KW peak). Featuring an industry-leading 80+ Silver Certification, the Silencer 910 offers one of the highest efficiencies on the market combined with a power output to meet the demands of the most component-heavy systems. Where ultimate power meets top efficiency, the robust Silencer 910 is the ideal solution for today's high-end gaming systems and professional workstations.

ASUS Launches New G Series PSUs

ASUS today also presents two new power supply units - the 1 kW G-1000HA and the 850 W G-850HA. With 80 PLUS certification, Active PFC and a MTBF of more than 500,000 hours, both PSUs settle among the best in its class power supplies that deliver just the right amount of power when and where your PC needs it. The G PSUs make use of Japan-made capacitors that provide enhanced stability. More over they come with a silent 13.5cm ball-bearing fan and modular cables that are sleeved to ensure better ventilation and looks inside the case. The G Series are also Intel ATX12V Version 2.31 compliant, and provide 5 dedicated 12V rails. Both PSUs ship with enough external power leads for video cards. The 1 kW model comes with a total of six 6+2-pin PCI-Express 2.0 connectors, while the 850 W has four of them. The new ASUS G Series PSUs should be out selling very soon.

OCZ Achieves 80 Plus Gold and Silver Efficiency with New Z-Series Power Supplies

OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and PC components, is pleased to announce that their Z-Series line of PSUs have been certified at the highest efficiency levels by 80 Plus, making the power supplies an exceptional choice for power users demanding the ultimate in performance and efficiency. As one of the first consumer PSUs to meet the strict requirements of the 80 Plus Gold 90% efficiency standard, the Z1000 is now in production and is slated to be the first 1KW power supply available to end-users with the prestigious 80 Plus Gold rating. In addition to the 1000W configuration, two Silver 80 Plus rated power supplies are included in the series-the Z550 and Z650.

Spire Introduces BlackMoon Power Supplies Series

Spire today launched the BlackMoon PSU Series. Aimed squarely at the gaming community the BlackMoon series of power supplies are a great selection for extreme power demand. Fashioned in neat black steel enclosures and equipped with the signature Spire 120mm Silent Blue LED fan, keeping air flowing and your system running cool. Trust the brand with the industry leading specifications and award winning service program, Spire - Powered by

XIGMATEK Launches 400W Eco-friendly PSU

Cooling specialist XIGMATEK announced today new 400W green power supply for use in computers. Main features of the PSU, dubbed NRP-PC402, include:
  • Continuous 400W output with very stable voltage regulation and clean DC quality
  • High efficiency over 85%
  • Silent 140 mm black fan, rpm controlled by temperature
  • Dual 12V output rail (2x20A)
  • Active PFC with 0.99 Active PFC rate
  • All Cables are sleeved
  • Provide PCIe 6pin/6+2pin connectors to support high-end graphic cards.

IKONIK Introduces Gaia PSU, Brings Better Environment with Electricity Bill Reduction

During the last few years, many brands have started to produce their own line of PSU's. So what makes the IKONIK PSU different and better than other PSU's? From the beginning the IKONIK R&D team wanted to build a PSU with the general idea of the best components and highest efficiency.

IKONIK Gaia Series ranges from 350W to 500W. This range covers most users who are particular about their PSU and have a high standard that they abide by.

Antec Intros NSK 4480 II Mini Tower Case

After releasing the gamer-oriented Nine Hundred Two earlier this month, Antec made the NSK 4480 II official. This case serves as a standards-compliant mini-tower case that uses a simple, professional outlook. It includes the Antec EarthWatts 380W 80-Plus certified PSU. Measuring 420 (H) x 195 (W) x 420 (D) mm, this case provides three 5.25" and two 3.5" drive bays. Internally there are three additional bays for hard drives. The side-panel of this case has three rectangular ventilators. A single rear 120mm Tri-Cool fan provides active ventilation. Along with the PSU, the case weighs around 9 kgs (around 19.8 lbs) and is mostly composed of SECC steel. Backed by a 3-year warranty, the NSK 4480 II comes at a recommended price of US $109.95.

Nexus Launches 850W Tranquillity RX-8500 PSU

Nexus Technology, provider of authentic silent components for PC noise reduction and cooling, has introduced today its most powerful power supply unit - Nexus Tranquillity RX-8500. The 850W power supply is suitable for people that are looking for extremely quiet unit with modular cable design, Active Power Factor Correction and guaranteed 80% efficiency under load. Full specs follow below.

Thermaltake Unveils the New Generation of PSU – Toughpower XT

Thermaltake Technology, the leading brand of computer components, today announced the next generation of its high-performance Toughpower family - Toughpower XT. Toughpower XT features a number of cutting-edge innovations that set it above the competition. New features such as FanDelayCool for thorough cooling, S.P.T. Indicator for real-time monitoring, and 12Vin1 for the best compatibility have never been offered in most of the current PSUs. Toughpower XT is currently available in three models: 850W, 750W, 650W.

Since its successful launch in 2006, Thermaltake's top of the line PSU-Toughpower Series- has gained a great reputation for its high-performance and excellent quality in the past years. To maintain and even surpass its own leading position in the industry, Thermaltake's R&D engineers have redesigned the inner structure to upgrade the current Toughpower PSU.

Thermaltake Offers New Litepower Series PSUs

Thermaltake Technology launched today three new power supply units - the 350W, 450W and 500W Litepower PSUs. All three models are certified by the 80 PLUS Program and the 450W model is even certified as 80plus Bronze ready. The latest Litepower series come with a single ultra-silent 120mm fan, dual independent and dedicated +12V rails, Multi-Core GPU and NVIDIA SLI certificates. They also have a MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures) of over 100,000 hours and Active power factor correction. To support all of today's PC requirements, Litepower series power supply units comply with the latest ATX 12V V2.3 specification. You can find out more about the PSU's here.

Scythe Preparing an Entire Fleet of PSUs

Better known for their cooling products and case accessories, the Japanese hardware manufacturer Scythe, seems to have prepared an entire range of power supplies (PSUs) using the manufacturing technology of Enhance Electronics, a Taiwan-based company that specializes in OEM and enterprise segment PC power supplies. Scythe will name its PSU lineup as "ChouRiki".

The range starts off with a 400W model and extends all the way up to a 1000W model, including 500W, 600W, 700W, and 850W boxes. All PSUs on offer, are 80 Plus certified to show that they offer 80+ percent efficiency at any level of load. The PSUs come with single 120mm fan-based cooling with model-specific speeds and noise-levels. Scythe will begin introducing its ChouRiki range of power supplies across global markets within Q1 2009.

Model-specific power distribution charts follow:
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