The be quiet! Dark Power Pro 12 with 1500 W maximum power output peforms very well overall and is super silent under light and moderate loads. However, can it take the lead from the formidable Corsair AX1600i, which has thus far been the best power supply money can buy?
Corsair brings RGB lighting to mid-level PSUs with the new CX-F line. The CX750F is the strongest member, achieving satisfactory overall performance. It features a fully modular cable design and comes in two flavors, black or white, accompanied by matching modular cables.
If you are after a highly affordable power supply, choices are limited. The Thermaltake Smart RGB 500 W doesn't set any performance records, that's for sure, but you get what you pay for, and it managed to survive all of our (very tough) tests.
The Chieftronic PowerPlay 750 W uses a good CWT platform that is also utilized by Corsair's RM line. Build quality is high and overall performance satisfactory. There is only one EPS connector, though, which can result in compatibility issues with several high-end mainboards requiring more juice for the CPU VRM.
The Super Flower Leadex III ARGB Gold 750 W performs well, is of high build quality, has an RGB fan, and RGB-lit, cube-shaped modular connectors. The good news is that you might even find it in the US soon since Super Flower products are now listed on Newegg and Amazon.
The ADATA XPG Core Reactor 850 W is a fine power supply, offering high efficiency, good overall performance, and excellent build quality. The warranty is also long enough, and pricing is reasonable, but could be a bit lower.
The XPG Core Reactor 750 W is compact at only 140 mm deep, achieves high performance in all areas, and is whisper quiet under normal operating conditions. XPG has a strong first entry for the PSU market in the XPG Core Reactor—we are anxious to see more from this brand.
This guide will help you find the best power supply for your gaming system, productivity PC, or workstation. We look at eight categories in total for PSU recommendations. As expected, Corsair and Seasonic are at the top of our list. We'll update this post regularly.
The Chieftronic PowerPlay 1050 W uses a semi-digital CWT platform that features good build quality and offers high performance. It is sold at a fair price, so you will save some money over other popular choices in this wattage category; however, most of those choices are also covered by a longer warranty.
The Chieftec Polaris 750 W has excellent ripple suppression and is tolerant to increased operating temperatures. However, is that enough to compete with units like the Corsair RM750x and Seasonic Focus Plus Gold?
Seasonic's Connect power supply is the first of its kind, a PSU with a backplane containing all the modular sockets. The backplane also has the DC-DC converters that generate minor rails. Installation is easy, and airflow inside the case is improved notably.
The flagship in Antec's Signature line achieves very high performance while running very quietly at the same time. How does it compare to competing high-end offerings from Corsair and Seasonic of similar capacity? Is the Antec Signature Titanium 1000 W worth its $280 price tag?
The Super Flower Leadex III ARGB Gold 550 W offers high performance and is very efficient. The RGB lighting and crystal cube connectors of its fully modular cables look nice. However, is it worth paying an additional €24 to get it over the non-RGB Leadex III model of similar capacity?
Wentai is making an impressive entry into the PSU market with the digital Aidain line, going right up against the Corsair AX1600i. The Aidan T1616 uses a cutting-edge platform with many similarities to the AX1600i. Is the Aidan T1616 able to take the lead from Corsair's AX1600i, though?
The Super Flower Leadex III ARGB Gold with 850 W maximum power output performs well and operates quietly. If you are after an RGB-lit power supply and don't mind the price premium, you should include this PSU in your list. Super Flower will bring this model to the US soon.
The PassMark Inline PSU tester lets you perform in-depth testing of power supplies, beyond what a simple multimeter can do. It's also compact enough to carry with you in the field. We cross-verified its readings against our professional lab equipment with surprisingly good results.
The Nidus 500 is the first power supply from Pichau Gaming. It might use an old platform, but build quality and overall performance are satisfactory. This is a budget-oriented product, and thanks to its reliable parts, it will easily outlive the short warranty supporting it.
The Steampunk PS-750SP performs decently overall, despite the strange name. Efficiency is good, and the warranty is generous at seven years. Priced around $90 we take a closer look to see if it can challenge the offerings from EVGA, Seasonic and Corsair.
The Thermaltake Toughpower PF1 ARGB 1200 W is a high-performance power supply equipped with numerous connectors and RGB lighting. Its main downsides are the high price and aggressive fan speed profile under even mid-level loads.
The 650 W FSP Dagger Pro cannot compare to the SFX competition because its performance is not on par with the EVGA 650 GM, which is also based on an FSP platform and costs the same as the Dagger. As such, you should only buy the Dagger if you need two EPS connectors since the EVGA 650 GM only has one.
The Fractal Design Ion+ 760P is a very quiet high-performance power supply of fine build quality. Its highly flexible cables, which lack in-line caps, make cable routing and management considerably easier. Costing about as much as PSUs with lower efficiency certifications, it also won't drain your wallet.
The Cooler Master V750 Gold sports excellent transient response at +12V, which is what matters the most with real-life applications. However, it costs more than its competitors, and availability in the US market is restricted due to Trump's recent tariffs on all products made in China.
The Kolink Enclave with a capacity of 700 W is an affordable, yet decently performing power supply. You won't easily find something better featuring a fully modular cable design in this price range. The cherry on top is the quiet operation due to the well-optimized fan-speed profile.
The Corsair RM750 only costs slightly less than the RM750x, and the latter comes with the topnotch NR135L fan and Japanese caps. That said, the RM750 has jaw-dropping efficiency at very light and light loads and is compatible with the new Modern Standby mode in Windows 10, meaning it can wake up the system within five seconds.
The FSP Hydro G Pro 850 W is of terrific build quality and uses a modern platform, but something in its final recipe didn't turn out as planned. Overall performance isn't as good as with the competition, and the HG2-850 costs more than the popular Corsair RM850x or Seasonic Focus Plus Gold of similar capacity.