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80 Plus Hikes its Testing and Licensing Fees, Could Affect Prices of Low-Volume PSU Models

The 80 Plus logo program, by Plug Load Solutions, has become a ubiquitous means for consumers to grade the functional quality of their PC power supply units (PSUs). The PSU is a vital component, as a durable one ensures you needn't replace it for years; and it reliably powers all the components in your PC. 80 Plus confines itself to the electrical switching efficiency of the PSU as a unit of grading, and assigns one of six grades, which are probably easier for consumers to grasp than grading by technically-superior certification agencies such as Cybenetics. An investigative article by Igor's Lab uncovers that licensing body has apparently significantly increased its licensing fees, which PSU manufacturers could pass on to consumers, especially in case of some of the lower-volume models.

The Igor's Lab article cites an 80 Plus licensing and certification policy document to reveal the cost-structure for certification, including what it costs for a manufacturer to enroll (a one-time license fee), and testing fees per unit. The "unit" here refers to an individual SKU, it is a flat fee and does not apply on a per-unit-sold basis. Per-SKU would mean each variant of a model has to be separately certified as it's a different SKU (for example, Corsair's HX series would be a model, and HX750W and HX850W would be "variants", and treated as two separate certifications).

SilverStone Intros AD120-DC Pico Power Supply

SilverStone today introduced the AD120-DC, a pico power-supply designed for SFF builds without enough room for PSU, and which rely on power-bricks. It is, quite literally, a 120 W power brick that puts out a 12 V, 2-pin DC output. You can either plug this directly to motherboards that have 2-pin DC inputs, or use the included distribution board that takes in this 2-pin DC input, and uses DC-to-DC switching to put out a conventional 24-pin ATX connector, an 8-pin EPS, and various peripheral connectors such as SATA power, Molex, etc. The brick measures 160 mm x 25 mm x 45 mm (DxHxW). The company didn't reveal pricing or availability.

EVGA Announces the BP Bronze Series Power Supplies

Introducing the EVGA BP power supplies, where precision is power. The EVGA BP power supplies add another affordable option to EVGA's 80 Plus Bronze-certified lineup, while reducing the overall length to 120 mm - EVGA's shortest ATX power supply to-date! The BP power supplies feature a 115 mm hydraulic bearing fan to ensure that staying cool and quiet is no tall order. Combining a full suite of protections and EVGA's 3 Year Limited Warranty, this power supply should be on the short list for your next system build.

Chieftronic by Chieftec Announces Powerup Series PSUs

Based on the success of the POWERPLAY-SERIES Chieftronic is adding new Gaming Power Supply Units to its portfolio and is not just expanding its assortment, but also enhancing its market position in doing so. The units of the POWERUP-Series combine high technical quality with strong performance, due to high power density technology and fully-modular cable management, into one compact product that is suitable for a variety of different tower systems.

This compactness, in combination with 80 PLUS GOLD certified efficiency and wattages of 550 W, 650 W, 750 W and 850 W, makes the PowerUp-Series ideal for the introduction to the mainstream gaming market. The total length of just 14 cm enables the ATX 12 V power supply units to be built into smaller chassis, but also into big tower-systems, due to long, flat cables of 65 cm length whilst the modern color-scheme of the PSU as well as the innovative and unique shape of the fan grill allow the perfect combination with different case builds.

MONTECH Announces Century Line 80 Plus Gold Certified PSUs

Gaming Case, Power and Cooling brand Montech officially releases the 550 W 650 W and 850 W Century 80 Plus Gold Full Modular PSU. Adding on to Montech's existing 80 Plus Gold PSU line up, the Century brings Full Modular cables as well as premium grade components not regularly found in it's price range! The Century features Full-Bridge LLC Resonant Converter and DC to DC architecture together with 100% full Japanese Capacitors, FDB 120 mm cooling fan and 5 year international warranty makes it one of the best 80 Plus Gold PSU solutions on the market!

The Century line of PSU's all feature Full-Bridge LLC Resonant Converter and DC to DC technology along with premium end components. This allows the Century to deliver exceptional conversion efficiency, steady voltage output, enhanced component lifespan and stability. The Century also uses 100% full Japanese Industrial Grade 105°C/221°F Capacitors. The capacitors are not only extra durable but also provides an extra edge in performance to achieve both tight voltage and low ripple noise.

Silverstone Intros VIVA Line of Mainstream PSUs

Silverstone today introduced the VIVA line of mainstream PSUs. Available in mid-range capacities of 550 W, 650 W, and 750 W, these PSUs offer fixed cabling, and cover all the essentials for a gaming PC build. Under the hood, the VIVA series features a single +12 V rail design, 80 Plus Bronze efficiency, active PFC, and most common electrical protections, against over/under-voltage, overload, and short-circuit. All three models offer flat black cables. A 120 mm noise-optimized fan with 18 dBA minimum noise output, cools the PSU. All three models come with two 4+4 pin EPS connectors. The 750 W model includes four 6+2 pin PCIe power connectors, while the 550 W and 650 W models have two. The VIVA series PSUs are build in a 14 cm long chassis. The company didn't reveal pricing or warranty information.

SilverStone Intros SX750 SFX Power Supply

SilverStone earlier this week unveiled the SX750, a new premium power supply in the compact SFX form-factor. With a depth of just 10 cm. This compact powerhouse puts out 750 W of power, offers full modular cabling, and boasts of 80 Plus Platinum efficiency. Under the hood, it features a single +12 V rail design, 100% Japanese capacitors, most common electrical protections, APFC, and strict ±3% voltage regulation. It uses a 92 mm dual ball bearing fan that is programmed to stay off when the PSU is pulling below 260 W load. All cables included with the SilverStone SX750 are flat, ribbon-type. Connectors include a 24-pin ATX, up to three 8-pin EPS cables, four 6+2 pin PCIe power, eight SATA power, three Molex and a Berg. The company didn't reveal pricing.

XIGMATEK Debuts the Spectrum Line of Entry-level PSUs with RGB Fan

XIGMATEK debuted the Spectrum line of entry-level PSUs featuring RGB embellishments. The series debuts with a 700 W model, with more expected in the 500-800 W range soon. These PSUs feature fixed, flat, ribbon-type cabling, and are characterized by a 120 mm fan that features an ARGB diffuser along the bore of the frame. These PSUs come with 80 Plus (default) rating, with 81% efficiency at 20% load, 82% at 50% load, and 81% at 100% load.

Under the hood, the Spectrum features a single +12 V rail design, PFC, and most common electrical protections, against over/under-voltage, overload, overheat, and short-circuit. The 700 W model features an interesting mix of connectors that include two 4+4 pin EPS, four 6+2 pin PCIe power, five SATA power, two Molex, and a Berg. The Spectrum series will only be released in markets with 220-240 VAC domestic power. The company didn't reveal pricing or warranty information.

Enermax Intros MarbleBron Line of Semi-Modular PSUs

Enermax today rolled out the MarbleBron line of mid-range PSUs. Available in 550 W, 650 W, and 750 W models, these PSUs offer partial modular cabling with 80 Plus Bronze efficiency. Under the hood, these units offer DC-to-DC switching, APFC, and protection against over/under-voltage, overload, overheat, and short-circuit. A single +12 V rail design is employed on all three models, with a 45 A main rail on the 550 W model, a 54 A rail on the 650 W model, and a 62 A rail on the 750 W model.

Another key feature with the MarbleBron is the use of a 120 mm high static-pressure fan with "Smart Air Control," with the PSU's noise output rated at 14 dBA with the load under 40%. The 550 W and 650 W models offer just one 4+4 pin EPS connector, while the 750 W model offers two. The 650 W and 750 W models offer four 6+2 pin PCIe power connectors, while the 550 W offers two. The company didn't reveal warranty or pricing information.

FSP Announces new Hydro PTM PRO 80 Plus Platinum PSU Series

FSP, a globally leading power supply manufacturer, has announced the FSP Hydro PTM PRO Series. The Hydro PTM PRO Series is available in wattages from 650 W to 1200 W, serving mid-range to enthusiast and workstation PC systems - including the latest NVIDIA RTX 3000 Series graphics cards - allowing them to unleash the full potential of their hardware, while remaining silent in operation.

Building on its industrial experience, the FSP Hyper PTM PRO series is built to last, even in harsh environments, ensuring users have a reliable, long-life operation that continues through many PC upgrades. Outside it features an "Off-Wet" conformal coating, while internally its PCBs use a 3-layer coating. Together they protect it from hazards such as dust, stains, and even relative humidity extremes of up to 95%.

Enermax Launches CYBERBRON Entry-Level PSU Lineup: 500 W, 600 W, 700 W, 80 Plus Bronze

Enermax has announced a new entry-level PSU lineup, which they have somewhat clumsily named CYBERBRON (it's not Cybertron nor Cyberborn, but Cyberbron). These are pretty standard affairs, featuring a non-modular cable design (though the cables are flattened for easier routing), 80 plus Bronze certification, and Japanese electrolytic capacitors. A single+rail +12 V design lies under the hood as well, as does a 120 mm fan.

Operating protections are pretty standard as well: OVP (Over Voltage Protection), UVP (Under Voltage Protection), OPP (Over Power Protection), SCP (Short Circuit Protection) and OTP (Over Temperature Protection). Dimensions stand at 150 (W) x 86 (H) x 140 (D) mm. The 700 W version delivers 54 A on the +12 V rail, 17 A under +5V, and 19 A under +3.3 V. Connectors stand at 1x ATX 24, 2x EPS 8, 4x PCIe 6+2, 8x SATA, 4x Molex and 1x Floppy. Pricing starts at around 56,99€, 66,99€ and 76,99€,

Seasonic Details 12-pin Modular Cable, Free for GeForce 30 Series Owners

Seasonic today shared with us some additional details regarding its 12-pin Molex MicroFit 3.0 modular PSU cable, and how it plans to market it. If you've read our NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition Unboxing Preview, you'll know that NVIDIA ships its Founders Edition cards with a printed warning not to use any third-party adapters to convert 8-pin PCIe power connectors to the 12-pin connector. The warning also asks you to use the included adapter, and that using a third-party adapter would void the warranty. There's no clarity from NVIDIA on whether modular cables that plug directly into a modular PSU and put out 12-pin connectors strictly fit this description, as they're not "adapters."

Seasonic believes that its cable is a perfect match for NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 30 series graphics cards. The cable uses 16 AWG wires. Each 12 V pin of the connector is rated for 9 A current, which means the cable is capable of ferrying up to 540 W of power. On one end of the cable are two 8-pin 12 V connectors (which plug into the 12 V modular back-plane of your PSU), and on the other is one 12-pin connector. The cable is 75 cm in length. The cable is compatible with the company's Prime, Focus, and Core series modular/semi-modular PSUs.

GIGABYTE Launches the Power Supply for NVIDIA Ampere

GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards, and gaming gears, today announced the latest compact design power supplies: P850GM - 850 W 80 PLUS Gold certified with fully modular design, and P750GM - 750 W 80 PLUS Gold certified with fully modular design. The power requirement of the new graphics card exceeds more than 300 watts. If you choose a higher-end CPU or additional components, you will need a 750-watt P750GM or even an 850-watt P850GM to meet the power demand of the system. GIGABYTE has improved the old circuit design and adopted new high-quality materials, so that the power supply with a length of 16 cm or even 18 cm can be greatly reduced to 14 cm. The performance and stability of the power supply can also be improved in the reduced condition. The reduced-size power supply is more suitable for installation in the increasingly popular small chassis, so that even small chassis can enjoy the high performance brought by the large wattage.

FSP Rolls Out "Ampere Cable," Converts 2x 8-pin 12V to 12-pin Connector

FSP today rolled out the "Ampere Cable," an accessory that converts two 8-pin PCIe inputs from modular PSUs to the 12-pin Molex MicroFit connector standard introduced to the client segment by NVIDIA and its GeForce RTX 3000 "Ampere" Founders Edition graphics cards. The cables are compatible with any modular PSU that has 8-pin 12 V connectors that put out 8-pin PCIe. It should work with all FSP branded modular PSUs, as well as modular PSUs of other brands that use Fortron as their OEM source. FSP is Fortron's DIY channel brand. FSP is setting up web-forms for existing owners of FSP power supplies to claim a free unit.

Update Sep 10th: FSP has informed us that they have decided to not sell this cable

Silverstone Intros DA1650 High-Wattage Modular PSU

SilverStone today introduced the DA1650, a 1650 W high-end PSU. With a length of 180 mm, the DA1650 has some of the highest power densities on the market, more so given that it's a fully modular PSU (modular cabling adds to the length of a PSU). The extreme Wattage enables the PSU to run completely fanless up to 30% of its capacity or 495 W. Under the hood, the DA1650 features a single +12 V rail design, with a gargantuan 137.5 A rail. It features DC-to-DC switching, active PFC, and most common electrical protections, against over/under-voltage, overload (if you try to crank a truck with this thing), overheat, and short-circuit.

The SilverStone DA1650 offers 80 Plus Gold efficiency, along with ETA A and Lambda S+ certifications. The PSU is designed for 24/7 continuous operation in an environment with up to 50 °C ambient temperature. It uses a 135 mm fluid-dynamic bearing fan to keep cool. Connectors include one 24-pin ATX, four 4+4 pin EPS, twelve 6+2 pin PCIe power, sixteen SATA power, six Molex, and a Berg.

Update Aug 27th: SilverStone informed us that the DA1650 will be backed by a 5-year warranty, and priced at USD $330.

MSI Announces MPG GF Line of Power Supplies with Support for Latest NVIDIA Graphics Cards

MSI unveils it's very first and very own power supply products: the MPG GF Series. The MPG GF Series has three models including: A650GF, A750GF, and A850GF. Notably, the MPG GF Series can support all the way to the latest NVIDIA graphics cards. Prepared for the highest of requirements, MPG GF Series' IO supports VGA port up to 3x 8-pin and CPU port up to 2x 8-pin or supports VGA 4x 8-pin and CPU 1x 8-pin installation method as shown in the images below.

MSI's MPG GF Series' is 80 PLUS Gold certified and is built using 100% all Japanese 105° C capacitors, providing the best reliability and efficiency to our users. To take things a step further, the MPG GF Series is also proudly backed by a 10-year limited warranty.
MSI MPG A650-GF

Corsair Readies CX-F RGB Line of Entry-level PSUs Targeted at Gamers

Corsair is preparing to launch its CX-F line of entry-level PSUs with RGB LED lighting, targeted at gaming PC builds on a budget. A successor of the company's CX line of value PSUs, the CX-F series began surfacing on retailers such as PC-Canada. It comes in capacities of 550 W (model: CP-9020216-EU), 650 W (CP-9020217-EU), and 750 W (CP-9020218-EU), and color options of black and white (CP-9020225-EU, CP-9020226-EU, and CP-9020227-EU).

Under the hood, these PSUs offer single +12 V rail design, 80 Plus Bronze efficiency, active PFC, and LLC resonant converter. The RGB bling comes from a 120 mm fan that features a white impeller that doubles up as an RGB LED diffuser, and LEDs located in its impeller hub. The OEM appears to be HEC. The PSU talks to software over an ARGB header, so it could interface with the iCUE RGB software. PC-Canada asks $85 USD (converted) for the 550 W variant, $100 USD for 650 W, and $110 USD for 750 W.

be quiet! Announces 1200 W & 1500 W Dark Power Pro 12 PSU Series

be quiet!, introduces the Dark Power Pro 12 series. This power supply series features an extraordinary 80 PLUS Titanium efficiency and fully digital control of PFC, LLC, and 12 V/SR with full bridge topology.

A patented frameless fan concept and full mesh fan grill provide virtually inaudible cooling. An overclocking key lets users combine the six 12 V rails into one with high power output, ideal for overclocked processors or graphics cards. be quiet! combines the high-end technical specifications with a premium design, including fully modular, single sleeved cables and a stunning aluminium case, proving that the company is at the forefront.

Thermaltake Intros Versa T25 Tempered Glass Case

Thermaltake today introduced the Versa T25 TG (model: CA-1R5-00M1WN-00). This ATX mid-tower case is characterized by a tempered glass front panel that conceals two large intake fan vents, and a tempered glass panel over the left side. Inside, the case features a typical horizontally partitioned layout, with the upper compartment serving up room for graphics cards up to 30 cm in length, and CPU coolers up to 150 cm in height. The PSU bay in the bottom compartment offers up to 16 cm room, which can be extended to 20 cm by removing the drive cage.

Storage options include two 3.5-inch/2.5-inch bays in a detachable drive cage in the bottom compartment, and two 2.5-inch drive mounts. Ventilation options include two 200 mm front intakes, which can be made to hold either two 200 mm fans, or two 140 mm fans, or three 120 mm fans; two 140/120 mm top exhausts; and a 120 mm rear exhaust. A 120 mm fan at the rear comes included with the case, and factory-fitted. Front panel connectivity includes two USB 2.0 ports, a USB 3.x type-A port, and HDA jacks. The case measures 416 mm x 210 mm x 480 mm (HxWxD). The company didn't reveal pricing.

Picture Proof of NVIDIA 12-pin Power Connector: Seasonic Ships Modular Adapters

Leading PSU manufacturer Seasonic is shipping a modular cable that confirms NVIDIA's proprietary 12-pin graphics card power connector for its upcoming GeForce "Ampere" graphics cards. Back in July we did an in-depth analysis of the connector, backed by confirmation from various industry sources about the connector being real, being a proprietary design by NVIDIA (and not a PCI-SIG or ATX standard), and its possible power output limit being 600 W. Seasonic's adapter converts two versatile 12 V 8-pin PSU-side connectors into one 12-pin connector, which tends to back the power output information. On typical Seasonic modular PSUs, cables are included to convert one PSU-side 8-pin 12 V connector into two 6+2 pin PCIe power connectors along a single cable. HardwareLuxxx.de reports that it's already received the Seasonic adapter in preparation for its "Ampere" Founders Edition reviews.

NVIDIA leaker with an extremely high hit-rate, kopite7kimi, however predicts that the 12-pin connector was designed by NVIDIA exclusively for its Founders Edition (reference design) graphics cards, and that custom-design cards may stick to industry-standard PCIe power connectors. We recently spied a custom-design RTX 3090 PCB, and it's shown featuring three 8-pin PCIe power connectors. This seems to be additional proof that a single 12-pin connector is a really fat straw for 12 V juice. The label on the box for the Seasonic cable reads that it's recommended to use the cable with PSUs with at least 850 W output (which could very well be a system requirement for the RTX 3090). Earlier this weekend, pictures of the RTX 3090 Founders Edition surfaced, and it is huge.

ASUS Intros TUF Gaming Bronze Series PSUs

ASUS over the weekend introduced its TUF Gaming Bronze line of power supplies. The series aligns with ASUS's overall brand strategy for TUF Gaming - appealing for value-conscious serious gamers. The TUF Gaming Bronze series debuts with two mid-range Wattage options - 550 W and 650 W. ASUS has a few selling points up its sleeve in this heavily saturated market: firstly, the PSUs feature a double ball-bearing 135 mm Axial Tech fan (an ASUS innovation), which features impellers that are webbed toward the ends to guide all their airflow axially. The fans are controlled by a 0 dB idle fan-stop logic (the fan stays completely off below a 30% load/temperature threshold). The main PCB features surface treatment that protects it from wear over the years (against moisture and dust debris). The third innovation is a segment-first 6-year product warranty.

Under the hood, the ASUS TUF Gaming Bronze PSUs feature single +12 V rail designs, 80 Plus Bronze efficiency as the name suggests, and protection against over/under-voltage, overload, overheat, and short-circuit. Both models feature fixed, sleeved cabling. Both models offer a single 4+4 pin EPS, 24-pin ATX, five SATA power, and four Molex connectors. The 550 W model offers two 6+2 pin PCIe power, while the 650 W model offers four of these. The PSU measures 150 mm in length. The company didn't mention pricing.

EVGA Introduces SuperNOVA 1600 and 1300 G+ Power Supplies

Introducing the SuperNOVA G+, the new and improved fully-modular power supply line-up from EVGA with an 80+ Gold Efficiency rating. These power supplies pick up where the award-winning EVGA 1600 G2 and 1300 G2 power supplies left off and continue the tradition of EVGA quality and performance.

Additionally, the SuperNOVA G+ power supplies feature a cleaner internal layout to increase airflow, a Variable Resistor module (to increase voltage stability), two DC to DC modules for more efficient power switching on all models, EVGA ECO Mode, a full suite of power supply protections, and EVGA's World-Leading Global 10-Year Warranty on all G+ power supplies.

FSP Signs Partnership With New Distributor for Availability Across Russia and Ukraine

FSP, one of the world's leading power supply manufacturers, is pleased to announce a newly signed contract with FPS (FSP Power Solutions Gmbh) to market and distribute a range of FSP products across Russia & Ukraine. FPS will officially become the only business partner across Russia & Ukraine for FSP's products. The new agreement will create a solid foundation in Russia & Ukraine and cover product information, warranty, product enquiries, and contact information of the new partner.

FPS and ELKO Group will establish a strategic partnership for the region and have already successfully launched into key markets with the following: Region New Exclusive PSU for Desktop PC - FSP PNR PRO, Retail PSU for Gamers, and Desktop PC Cases & UPS. FPS recognizes a huge potential in the market and plans to implement an aggressive marketing strategy which allows it to reinforce sales in the region.

Super Flower Launches Leadex V Gold 1000W, Shortest PSU in this Power Class

Super Flower today launched the shortest 1000 W PSU, the Leadex V Gold 1000 W. Some of the earliest pictures of this PSU started surfacing in May, and the company teased its dimensions back in March. Built in the standard ATX-PS/2 form-factor, the PSU is just 13 cm in length. You typically find 450-650 W PSUs this compact. Despite its compact dimensions, the Leadex V Gold 1000 W offers full modular cabling (something that typically adds to the length of a PSU internally).

Speaking of internals, the Leadex V Gold offers a single +12 V rail design, 80 Plus Gold efficiency, DC-to-DC switching, APFC, and most common electric protections, against over/under-voltage, overload, overheat, and short-circuit. It uses a 120 mm fan to keep cool. Among the flat black modular cables are one 24-pin ATX, two 4+4 pin EPS, six 6+2 pin PCIe power, twelve SATA power, and four Molex. The lineup also includes lower power 850 W, 750 W, and 650 W models with fewer PCIe and SATA power connectors, although the USP of 13 cm length remains the same. Super Flower is backing the Leadex V Gold series with 5-year warranties. The company didn't reveal pricing.

The Curious Case of the 12-pin Power Connector: It's Real and Coming with NVIDIA Ampere GPUs

Over the past few days, we've heard chatter about a new 12-pin PCIe power connector for graphics cards being introduced, particularly from Chinese language publication FCPowerUp, including a picture of the connector itself. Igor's Lab also did an in-depth technical breakdown of the connector. TechPowerUp has some new information on this from a well placed industry source. The connector is real, and will be introduced with NVIDIA's next-generation "Ampere" graphics cards. The connector appears to be NVIDIA's brain-child, and not that of any other IP- or trading group, such as the PCI-SIG, Molex or Intel. The connector was designed in response to two market realities - that high-end graphics cards inevitably need two power connectors; and it would be neater for consumers to have a single cable than having to wrestle with two; and that lower-end (<225 W) graphics cards can make do with one 8-pin or 6-pin connector.

The new NVIDIA 12-pin connector has six 12 V and six ground pins. Its designers specify higher quality contacts both on the male and female ends, which can handle higher current than the pins on 8-pin/6-pin PCIe power connectors. Depending on the PSU vendor, the 12-pin connector can even split in the middle into two 6-pin, and could be marketed as "6+6 pin." The point of contact between the two 6-pin halves are kept leveled so they align seamlessly.
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