Cooler Master V Series 850 W Review 5

Cooler Master V Series 850 W Review

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Value and Conclusion

  • The Cooler Master V850 retails for $139.99 (at the time of review) .
  • High price/performance ratio
  • Delivered full power at 45°C
  • Tight voltage regulation
  • Excellent ripple suppression
  • Efficient
  • Performance in Advanced Transient Response tests
  • Fully modular design
  • Quiet operation
  • Great build quality
  • High quality (FDB) fan
  • Japanese caps
  • 5 year warranty
  • Flat and stealth modular cables
  • Single EPS connector (however, CM informed us that all V850 units from now on out will be shipped with two)
  • A few more peripheral connectors would be ideal
  • Short distance between the peripheral connectors
  • I would like to see some thermal grease between the +12V heatsinks
Cooler Master has a winner on their hands with the V series, that's for sure. Performance is great and they managed to offer the V850 at a highly competitive price (The V850 sold for $139.99 on Newegg at the time of review, a killer price for its features and performance). They probably reduced their profit margin greatly in order to offer such a high class PSU at this price, which does put the competition to shame. The V850 I evaluated today is hands down one of the best in its category, and it will easily handle any system with multiple VGAs and other power hungry components. CM also listened to users and decided to throw an additional EPS connector into the bundle since the V850 only came with one until now, which is unacceptable for a PSU of this capacity/category. Nor can I complement them enough for choosing such a high-quality fan since most of the competition uses cheaper and less reliable ones. Not only did they offer a great fan, but CM also made sure the fan runs an optimal fan profile to ensure it operates quietly, taking into account the cooling requirements of this unit.

The conclusion of today’s review is crystal clear: Take a look at the price/performance, relative performance, and output noise graphs, and the V850 sits on top of the corresponding category. Though it is "only" 80 Plus Gold certified, it easily meets the Platinum competition eye-to-eye, and costs way less. At its current price, its purchase is simply a no-brainer, and based on the results of all the tests I ran, it deserves TPU's rarely given Editior's Choice award. Job well done, CM—try to keep it this way from now on out!
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