We would like to thank EVGA for supplying the review sample.
EVGA is well into the PSU business by now, with many highly competitive PSUs thanks to their close cooperation with a top OEM, Super Flower. The latest addition to their arsenal is the SuperNOVA P2-1200 unit. It uses exactly the same platform as the Super Flower Leadex Platinum 1200 W unit we reviewed a while ago, which impressed us with its performance. With the new P2-1200, the SuperNOVA family becomes even stronger, ready to face the strong and digital competition with top performance at a much higher price. We strongly believe that EVGA’s successful course so far doesn't only have to do with their topnotch products as a key factor is also their high price/performance ratio due to the very good prices at which the company offers these units after obvious negotiations with Super Flower (SF). The best part about SF is that they offer incredibly well-performing products at a good price, although their platforms use top components that are expensive. We just hope SF's aggressive pricing strategy is solely due to a clever business plan, without debilitating their human resources (low salaries and poor working conditions).
The new P2-1200 features a fully modular cabling design, a selectable semi-passive operation which will reduce its noise output with low loads, and EVGA even says the unit to use nothing but Japanese capacitors, which increases the unit’s reliability over time. We will dismantle the PSU for a thorough inspection of its internals and to get a better idea of its build quality. However, given our experience with the similar Leadex unit, we know what to expect. The cherry on top is EVGA's whopping ten-year warranty, which the company ties to some conditions.
This unit is Platinum certified, uses a fully modular cabling design, and is Haswell compatible since it uses DC-DC converters for the generation of the minor rails. A double ball-bearings fan expels hot air, and there is the option to engage a semi-passive mode should you want the unit to operate silently at low loads.
|EVGA SuperNOVA P2-1200 Features & Specs|
|Max. DC Output||1200W|
|Efficiency||80 PLUS Platinum|
|Intel Haswell Ready||Yes|
|Operating temperature||0°C - 50°C|
|Protections||Over Voltage Protection|
Under Voltage Protection
Over Power Protection
Short Circuit Protection
|Cooling||140 mm Double Ball-Bearings Fan (RL4Z-B1402512EH)|
|Semi-passive operation||Yes (Selectable)|
|Dimensions||150 mm (W) x 86 mm (H) x 200 mm (D)|
|Compliance||ATX12V v2.2, EPS 2.92|
|Price at time of review (exc. VAT)||$269.99|
Its available protections don't include OTP (Over Temperature Protection) and OCP (Over Current Protection), although the latter is meaningless in a such high capacity unit with a single +12V rail. The P2-1200 is quite large as it is 20 cm long, and its price is very good if we take into account its specifications and features. The ten year warranty is mind-blowing; we should, however, point out that it is tied to several conditions. Firstly, you have to register your product within 30 days after its purchase (EVGA informed us that this isn't necessary and they will make changes to the warranty information page, which was a little bit confusing on this matter). The warranty also can't be transferred to another owner should you decide to sell the PSU after three years has passed from the day that it was shipped from EVGA's warehouse, and owners must have a valid invoice in hand to claim it (according to EVGA for the first three years the serial number will suffice and afterwards only the original owner with a valid invoice-or a screengrab of it-can claim the warranty) . You will find all relevant information on EVGA’s terms of warranty here. A ten-year warranty looks impressive despite the conditions above, especially for a PSU.
The single +12V rail can nearly deliver 100 A, so it will feed the VGAs you can muster. The minor rails aren't as strong, but are still capable of 100 W combined, which is enough for every modern system. It would be nice if SF were to equip this platform with a stronger 5VSB rail because 2.5 A max current output is very little for a 1.2 kW monster.
|EVGA SuperNOVA P2-1200Power Specs|
|Total Max. Power||1200W|
Cables & Connectors, Power Distribution
The P2-1200 has the same number of PCIe connectors as its smaller 1 kW sibling, and not all PCIe connectors have 6+2 pins as a pair of these only have six. We don't understand why they were as conservative since nearly all other 1.2 kW units are equipped with nothing but 6+2 pin PCIe connectors, and some even have more than eight. Yet both EPS and all PCIe connectors are thankfully available at the same time, and the P2-1200 has two more SATA connectors than the P2-1000.
|ATX connector (600mm)||20+4 pin|
|4+4 pin EPS12V (750mm)||2|
|6+2 pin PCIe (750mm) / 6 pin PCIe (+150mm)||2 / 2|
|6+2 pin PCIe (750mm)||4|
|4 pin Molex (550mm+95mm) / FDD (+95mm)||2 / 1|
|4 pin Molex (550mm+95mm+95mm)||3|
All cables are very long, but the distance between peripheral connectors has been kept short. Such connectors should be close to 15 cm apart. The main ATX, PCIe, and EPS cables use 16AWG wires for lower voltage drops, while all other connectors use standard 18AWG gauges.
Since this PSU features a single +12V rail, we do not have anything to comment on when it comes time to talk about its power distribution.
The PSU comes in a large box, with the model number in very large font. The Platinum badge resides in the bottom-left corner and is really small.
The box has a handle, which will definitely help in moving it around.
One of two sides only comes with EVGA's logo, while the other side is covered in EVGA's standard marketing fare.
On the back of the box are two lists, each in a different languages. These describe the unit's features and its available cables and connectors. There are also three photographs of the unit. One shows its internals and, more specifically, bulk caps. A graph also illustrates the fan's operational curve in semi-passive mode, while a small table provides the power specifications.
Two cell-foam spacers protect the PSU, along with a cloth bag with EVGA's logo on it.
The bundle includes a pouch for storing the modular cables, an AC power cord, a set of fixing bolts, some Velcro-straps, and an ATX-bridging plug, which will come in handy should you need to test or activate components, like a water-cooling pump, without firing up the system.
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