We would like to thank Enermax for supplying the review sample.
Enermax is, without a doubt, a key player in the PSU field. They make most of the units they sell themselves and do, on top of that, make their platforms available to a very few select companies out there, with the most significant being LEPA. They usually participate in the high-end category, and their products, as such, address users that want to spend a significant amount for a good and reliable PSU. However, the economic crisis that has plagued us for several years now had them revamp their whole strategy by delving deeper into the mainstream categories, given most users are currently budget-orientated consumers.
So far, Enermax had the NAXN series as their main representative in the mainstream and mid-end categories, but they recently introduced a new line called Triathlor. The line is made by them and is positioned a step above NAXN in Enermax’s portfolio of products. The Triathlor series consists of two sub-series, the plain Triathlor and the Triathlor FC, with the latter including modular and higher capacity units. Today, we will put the Triathlor FC 550 W through a thorough test (model number ETA550AWT-M). It features a semi-modular cabling design, 80 Plus Bronze efficiency, an Enermax twister bearing fan promising reduced noise and prolonged lifetime, and two +12V rails. It is also ErP Lot 6 2013 ready, which means that it consumes less than 0.5 W in standby mode. Although this unit has a price tag of $109.99, which is rather high for a Bronze PSU with 550 W capacity, it still looks interesting to users that can afford to spend a little over 100 bucks on a fully featured PSU made by a highly respected manufacturer.