EVGA SuperNOVA G2 1300 W 4

EVGA SuperNOVA G2 1300 W Review

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Value and Conclusion

  • The EVGA SuperNOVA G2 1300 W retails for $199.99.
  • Great price/performance ratio
  • Monstrous capacity
  • Delivered full power at over 45°C
  • Efficient
  • Superb ripple suppression
  • Performance of the +12V rail in Advanced Transient Response tests
  • Quiet enough operation in normal conditions (compared to other PSUs with such a capacity)
  • Excellent build quality
  • Japanese caps (on the main PCB)
  • Fully modular
  • 10 year warranty
  • Low hold-up time
  • Noisier than the G2-1000
  • 5VSB efficiency could be better
  • Not all caps are Japanese as advertised
EVGA managed to deliver a very strong PSU of excellent quality at a bargain price. Both the G2-1300 and G2-1000 cost the same at the time this review was written, rendering the purchase of the G2-1300 a no-brainer. The latter managed to deliver 1.43 kW of power effortlessly at even over 45°C ambient by keeping all of its rails very close to the nominal voltages and registering ultra-low ripple. This is definitely the ideal unit for a high-end system equipped with three or even four high-end VGAs and an ultra-fast processor. The cherry on top is EVGA's support and the whopping ten year warranty they provide. They are the first to provide a PSU with such a long warranty period, and I think they have set the bar very high—very few companies will have the guts to follow. But competition is never a bad thing. Remember, having one or two companies dominate the field is bad since it kills motives to lower prices or produce better products.

To wrap up, I like high-capacity PSUs and admit that the big SuperNOVA unit looks more appealing to me than its smaller sibling with a capacity of "only" 1 kW. Its current price tag is a bargain, which will make selling the G2-1000 incredibly difficult. However, the latter features a far more silent operation, so pick the smaller G2 unit if your needs don't require as much power, and you are a silent-computing fan. The new G2-1300 PSU will become the favorite toy of everyone else with three or four power-hungry VGAs and a superclocked CPU.
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