Son of Gamer Xtreme; the Cooler Master 650W GXII

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 25, 2014 - 10:12 AM |
Tagged: cooler master, GXII, PSU, 650W, 80 Plus Bronze

[H]ard|OCP was a little leery about the reappearance of Cooler Master's Game Xtreme series PSU after the first generations poor performance and even more so when they read the labelling on the new 650W model.  While it claims that its single 12V rail will power "the most demanding SLI/CF configurations", the 624W @ 52A maximum power rating is not up to handling multiple Titans nor does it help that there are only two 6+2 PCIe power connectors.  However it is not the PR that matters but how well it can compete against other PSUs with similar power ratings.  Once [H] hooked it up in their torture chamber it became clear that this PSU was not up to the job, about the only good thing they could spot was that it failed less tests than the first generation which does not count as a hearty recommendation.

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"Cooler Master is a name synonymous with enthusiast computer desktop builds. You have likely purchased one if not more of its products in the past if you build your own boxes. The GXII line popped up on our radar recently, as we were seeing it on many brick and mortar computer store shelves, so we bought one to see what it is made of."

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Price, performance and efficiency from be quiet!, the Pure Power L8 700W

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 29, 2013 - 02:23 PM |
Tagged: PSU, be quiet!, Pure Power L8, 700W, 80 Plus Bronze

Be Quiet! could have a value-priced winner with their Pure Power L8 700W PSU, which has enough power to handle SLI/CrossFire but with a non-modular design which should keep the price fairly reasonable.  With two 12V lines capable of providing up to 53 amps you will be able to run two powerful GPUs, though perhaps not paired flagship cards.  As far as efficiency goes, Legit Reviews found it to deserve the 80 Plus Bronze rating it carries and the power regulation and ripple were both very good for any PSU, let alone a value priced one.  You can't buy it yet but you can see the review right here.

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"Be Quiet! is an European company which, despite the strange name, is a very well-known manufacturer amongst enthusiasts, mostly for their high quality (and notoriously expensive) power supply units. We had an encounter with their very impressive Dark Power Pro 10 series a few months ago; however, impressive as it was, the price tag of such a power supply would certainly drive the vast majority of users away. Today we will be having a look at the least expensive PSU series currently offers, the Pure Power L8."

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Cooler Master Launches New GM Series Power Supplies

Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling | October 20, 2013 - 10:39 PM |
Tagged: c7, modular psu, gm series, cooler master, 80 Plus Bronze

Cooler Master has launched a new series of power supplies aimed at gamers. The new Cooler Master GM Series is a line of 80 PLUS Bronze rated semi-modular PSUs that come in 450W, 550W, 650W, and 750W models.

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The GM series feature a semi-modular design with a permanently attached ATX and CPU cable paired with modular ports for attaching the flat ribbon power cables with SATA, Molex, and PCI-E power connectors. The power supplies have a single 120mm cooling fan and a 3D circuit board that eliminates some internal cabling and improves cooling as a result (according to Cooler Master). The 80+ Bronze PSUs have a single 12V rail design that can deliver up to 62 amps on the 12V rail. They are also compatible with Haswell’s C6 and C7 sleep states.

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The G750M, which is the 750W PSU, has the following connectors:

  • 1 x 24 pin ATX
  • 1 x 4+4 pin CPU
  • 4 x 6+2 pin PCI-E
  • 8 x SATA
  • 6 x Molex
  • 1 x Floppy power

More information on the new GM series can be found on the Cooler Master website. As is usually the case with product launches, exact pricing and availability in the US is still unknown.

EVGA Announces 500B Haswell-Ready Power Supply

Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling | July 12, 2013 - 01:13 AM |
Tagged: PSU, Intel, haswell, evga, c7, c6, 80 Plus Bronze

EVGA recently launched a new 500W power supply called the 500B. The new ATX PSU is haswell ready and supports the advanced low-wattage C6 and C7 sleep states. The 500B, as the name suggests, is a 500W unit rated 80 PLUS Bronze for 85% efficiency under typical workloads.

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Although it is not modular, it has several other enthusiast friendly features. It supports 40 Amps on the single +12V rail and has over-current and over-voltage protection.  Further, it has two 6+2-pin PCI-E power connectors, a single 8-pin CPU power, and a 24-pin ATX connector along with a couple molex and SATA power for good measure. Also, the PSU fan automatically adjusts speed for low noise.

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The EVGA 500B (model number 100-BR-0500-KR) comes with a 3 year warranty. Pricing and availability have not been announced. It looks to be a decent option for budget builds, and should be priced competitively. More information and additional photos can be found on this EVGA product page.

Source: EVGA

Enermax replaces their MODU82+ series with ... Triathlor?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 1, 2013 - 04:12 PM |
Tagged: Triathlor FC, modular psu, enermax, 80 Plus Bronze, 650W

If you ignore the interesting choice of names, the Enermax Triathlor 650W looks good on paper with mostly modular cabling, an 80 Plus Bronze rating and a $120 price tag.  With four 6+2 PCIe power connectors and a pair of 30A 12V rails it will handle SLI/Crossfire of mid range cards but will probably have trouble with multiple flagship GPUs.  Hardware Secrets like the amount of available cabling and the quiet operation of the PSU but unfortunately they were not terribly impressed with the voltage regulation when it was run at full power.  Taking that into account, as well as the fact that similar PSUs tend to cost less than $100, they have difficulty recommending this PSU in the current market.

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"The Triathlor FC is the latest power supply series with the 80 Plus Bronze certification from Enermax, coming to replace the MODU82+ series. So far, three models were released: 550 W, 650 W, and 700 W. Let's see if the 650 W model is a good buy."

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Silver Power's 850W Gorilla

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 11, 2012 - 02:33 PM |
Tagged: SP-850M, silver power, PSU, 850W, 80 Plus Bronze

Silver Power have been making PSUs for quite a while, though they've not received much press lately which changes with their new SP-850M PSU.  Their simian logo is all over this semi-modular power supply, which has four 6+2 PCIe power connectors for multiple GPU rigs as well as a nice selection of SATA power.  OC3D was nicely surprised by the efficiency of the PSU, while rated for 80 Plus Bronze their testing showed results more appropriate for an 80+ Gold rated PSU.  OC3D are not fans of the silverback, but love the actual PSU once they realized they could run it at 983W all day long.

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"It's been a few years since the angry ape first made its debut on OC3D, now it's finally back for some second helpings."

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Source: Overclock3D

Corsair Enhances GS Series Power Supplies

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 15, 2012 - 12:11 PM |
Tagged: corsair, 80 Plus Bronze, PSU, modular psu

FREMONT, California — May 15, 2012 — Corsair, a worldwide designer and supplier of high-performance components to the PC gaming hardware market, today announced major upgrades to the GS Series line of high-performance power supply units (PSUs). A new improved design boosts energy efficiency, enabling the new GS Series PSUs to achieve 80 PLUS Bronze certification while also providing quieter, fanless operation at low power loads. The newly enhanced models are available in three wattage models: the GS600, GS700, and GS800.

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GS Series power supplies are designed for PC builders who want an affordable, reliable, and efficient power supply that offers visually stunning, customizable looks to match their PC. The power supplies feature user-switchable red, white or blue LED lights that can also be turned off if desired. Further customization is possible with swappable color insert rings which are available for purchase from the Corsair website.

The 80 PLUS certification program was created by utility and computer companies to drive the creation and adoption of more energy-efficient power supplies for desktop computers and servers. Corsair GS Series power supplies now have an upgraded architecture that achieves 80 PLUS Bronze certification to provide up to 85% energy-efficiency under typical usage conditions, resulting in lower energy bills and less heat.

As with all Corsair power supplies, GS Series PSUs offer class-leading voltage stability and ultra-low ripple and noise specifications, for long component life. The 140mm temperature-controlled fan also ensures that GS Series power supplies remain quiet as well as cool. Plus, by operating fanless at load levels below 20% of the model's wattage rating, each GS Series PSU significantly reduces noise levels.

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"The GS Series line has been popular with PC enthusiasts who demand quiet, good-looking, and affordable power supplies they can count on,” said Ruben Mookerjee, VP and General Manager for Components at Corsair. “Now we are proud to deliver the next evolution in the GS Series PSU line, with higher-levels of energy efficiency and a new striking, customizable industrial design."

Source: Corsair

NZXT reveals a full Hale hand of PSUs

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 7, 2012 - 02:09 PM |
Tagged: PSU, nzxt, modular psu, HALE90-750-M, HALE90-1000-M, HALE82-850-M, HALE82-750-M, HALE82-650-M, 80 Plus Gold, 80 Plus Bronze

X-bit Labs collected five PSUs from NZXT's HALE82 line including the HALE82-650-M, HALE82-750-M, HALE82-850-M, NZXT HALE90-750-M and HALE90-1000-M.  All of the PSUs are rated at least 80+ Bronze with the HALE90 models reaching 80+ Gold ratings.  This is a definite boon for those who plan on running the 1000W model.  All are 12V PSUs, with an internal converter to provide 3.3V and 5V, which means that these PSUs can provide in the neighbourhood of 99% of its maximum amperage to the 12V line to keep those GPUs fully fed.  Head on over and read through the whole review or else choose the PSU with the wattage appropriate for you to examine.

You can also catch Lee's thoughts on the 850W version in his latest review.

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"Today we are going to talk about five power supply units from NZXT ranging in capacity from 650 W to 1000 W and certified according to 80 PLUS Bronze and Gold standards."

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Source: X-Bit Labs
Manufacturer: NZXT

Introduction and Features

NZXT recently released three power supplies in their new HALE82 Series, with output capacities of 650W, 750W, and 850W. This new lineup compliments NZXT's 80Plus Gold HALE90 Series and is targeted towards gamers and other power hungry enthusiasts. The HALE82 units are built by Seasonic and are 80Plus Bronze certified (82%~85% efficiency). The HALE82 850W PSU we have up for review comes with a full compliment of fixed and modular cables, a dual ball bearing 120mm fan, includes universal AC input with Active PFC and is backed by NZXT's 5-year warranty.

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NZXT HALE82 850W PSU Key Features:

• 80+ Bronze Certification - The HALE82 series from NZXT operates with high efficiency: at 20%, 50%, and 100% loads, efficiencies are 82%, 85%, and 82% respectively.
• 100% Japanese Capacitors - High quality components promote longer lifespan and better reliability.
• 120mm Two-Ball Bearing Fan - For smooth, silent rotation and optimal air intake.
• Strong Single +12V Rail - A single +12V rail provides stability and ease of use with the ability to deliver clean currents under a heavy load.
• Modular Design - Includes a selection of flat cables that allow the user to pick and choose which cables they want to use, maximizing cable management and airflow inside chassis.
• Large Tower Support - Extended 8pin connector for bottom mounted cases or large cases.
• Dual 8pin connector - For high end motherbaords dedicated to overclocking.
• Keeping it Safe - The HALE80 series offers over voltage, current, power, temperature, under voltage, and short circuit protection.
• Warranty: 5-Years
• Price: $139.99 USD (Directron.com December 2011)

Continue reading our review of the NZXT HALE82 850W power supply!!

When marketers go bad; the Seventeam E-Force 750W

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 20, 2012 - 12:04 PM |
Tagged: PSU, Seventeam, E-Force 750W, 80 Plus Bronze

The Seventeam E-Force 750W did pass [H]ard|OCP's torturous PSU testing regime, with no real faults but no outstanding results either.  The real problem lays with the fact that more effort seems to have been spend marketing the PSU than was spent designing it, up to and including the fact that the single layer PCB used is labelled 'Cooler Master' and the overall build quality is of lower quality than the GX 650W that the PCB also appeared in.  In theory this should bring the price down but unless it is significantly less than similar PSUs your money could be better spend elsewhere.  Besides, do you want to support a company which labels its PSUs as "Windows 7 Ready"?

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"Seventeam is a longtime PSU builder that has just recently started focusing on the enthusiast market in North America and it shows in its marketing. Today's 750 watt power supply is touted as, "Meets ATX 12V V2.3 standard," is Windows 7 Ready, and carries the 80Plus Bronze badge that is described as 'High Efficiency.'"

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