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

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 29, 2013 - 05:23 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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Corsair's RM750 struggles to match the competition

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 19, 2013 - 03:46 PM |
Tagged: rm750, PSU, modular psu, corsair, 80 Plus Gold, 750w

As the picture below makes clear, the Corsair RM750 is a fully modular PSU which lets you pick and choose exactly what cables you want present in your system.  The single 12v rail is rated at 62.5A which should handle two fairly powerful GPUs, there are four 6+2 PCIe power connectors to do so.  This unit is rated 80 Plus Gold and it did live up to that rating in [H]ard|OCP's testing.  Unfortunately the efficiency and silent operation were the only things [H] was impressed by as this unit really struggled in their testing and even those tests where it could manage a passing grade the PSU lagged behind the competition.

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"We have all read about Corsair power supplies and it is quite likely that many [H]'ers have one in their computer case right now. Today we are looking at Corsair's newest RM series power supply rated at 750 watts. The RM is built, "fully modular and optimized for silence and high efficiency." Let's see how it handles our grueling power tests."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

OCZ Announces Availability of New Fatal1ty 550W and 750W Power Management Solutions

Subject: General Tech | September 26, 2013 - 01:13 PM |
Tagged: PSU, ocz, fatal1ty series, 550W, 750w

SAN JOSE, CA— September 26, 2013—OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) and power management solutions for computing devices and systems, today announced the availability of its new Fatal1ty Series power supply products, first unveiled at Computex 2013. This refreshed lineup for gamers features high efficiency, a fully modular cable design, and a robust feature-set to meet the demanding needs of multi-GPU systems and provide exceptional system stability.

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The latest enthusiast-grade series from OCZ, these new Fatal1ty PSUs were co-developed with twelve-time world champion Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel to meet the specific needs of fellow gamers, and will be available in 550W and 750W models designed to offer performance and reliability coupled with an updated feature set. With up to 85% energy efficiency at typical loads, the Fatal1ty series features an excellent 80-Plus Bronze rating. Both models feature a powerful single +12V rail for exceptional power distribution, along with 135mm temperature and load-controlled fans with trademark glowing red LEDs for stylish and silent operation for high-end gaming rigs.

“The Fatal1ty line of PSUs have been popular among gamers looking for high quality, reliable power for the latest GPUs and power hungry system components,” said Bob Roark, VP of Power Management at OCZ. “The new Fatal1ty 550 and 750W PSUs feature a brand new core and are not only quieter and more energy efficient but also provide customers with enhanced flexibility with a complete modular cable design.”

“I’ve been working with OCZ for many years and these latest PSUs continue the string of quality products for which the Fatal1ty brand is so well known,” stated Fatal1ty.

Fatal1ty Series PSUs are built-to-last with premium components and heavy-duty protection circuitries that utilize specialized DC-to-DC converters for compatibility with Intel’s®Haswell™ platform, and are able to operate at lower power usage when off or in standby mode. Equipped with a fully modular cable management system and complete array of connectors, these latest PSUs promote an organized case environment that maximizes airflow by eliminating unnecessary wiring, ideal for case-modders and system builders opting to maintain the aesthetics in customized PC builds.

With an improved feature-set in a sleek, modular design for gamers, the latest Fatal1ty power supply models are available immediately and are backed with a 3-year (550W model) or 5-year (750W model) warranty.

Corsair Announces Nearly-Silent RM Series Power Supplies

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 14, 2013 - 02:53 PM |
Tagged: rm series, PSU, Corsiar, 80 Plus Gold

Corsair has introduced its new RM series of power supplies. The new lineup replaces the TX series and sits between the existing HX and AXi series. RM-series PSUs are optimized for efficient and nearly silent operation.

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The new fully modular RM series power supplies are 80 PLUS Gold certified and range from 450W to 1000W. The PSUs reportedly use low noise capacitors and transistors along with a 135mm fan that only starts spinning under high load (what Corsair calls the “ZeroRPM Fan Mode”) such as gaming. In addition to quiet operation, the RM series supports monitoring functionality. Using Corsair Link software, users can monitor PSU fan speed and power delivery. A cable, called the Corsair Digital Bridge Cable, runs from the PSU to either the system motherboard or a Corsair Link Hub and enables the monitoring features. This cable comes bundled with the highest-end RM1000 (1000W) unit, but is an additional charge for the other RM series.

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The fully modular RM1000 and its bundled cables.

The lineup includes the RM450, RM550, RM650, RM750, RM850, and RM1000 in 450W to 1KW maximum loads respectively. These new PSUs will be available at the end of October for the following prices:

RM Series Power Supply SKU Price (MSRP)
RM450 $99.99
RM550 $109.99
RM650 $119.99
RM750 $129.99
RM850 $159.99
RM1000 $199.99
Source: Corsair

Seasonic seems to be competing against its self with the X-Series

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 27, 2013 - 03:56 PM |
Tagged: X-650, Seasonic X-Series, PSU, modular psu

Seasonic's X-650 PSU is fully modular, allowing you to choose exactly what cables you use though the ATX power is mandatory.  It has four 6+2 PCIe power connectors and can deliver 648W @ 54A to the 12V rail making this a solid choice for a multi-GPU system.  The performance on [H]ard|OCP's test bench was excellent, the only complaint they've had is that Seasonic really hasn't changed much about their PSUs in quite a while.  That might be a little boring for reviewers but for enthusiasts, great performance at a variety of wattage is a good thing.

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"Seasonic's X-Series computer power supply comes to us boasting a patented fully modular design that minimizes voltage drops and impedance while greatly maximizing efficiency, cooling, and overall performance. Being a Seasonic unit, we can also count on it targeting the users looking for a quiet computing experience."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

NXZT's HALE90 series of PSUs is getting long in the teeth but still a contender

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 12, 2013 - 03:36 PM |
Tagged: modular psu, PSU, NZXT HALE90, kilowatt, 80 Plus Gold

For $230 the NZXT HALE90 v2 1000W PSU needs to perform well to justify the price, especially as the 1200W model currently costs the same amount.  [H]ard|OCP has the tools to test this PSU to the limits and that is exactly what they did; the unit received a passing mark but no award as the quality of it's voltage regulation was right in the middle of the pack, no better nor worse than the competition.  It is a very efficient PSU if that is one of your prerequisites, it is rather attractive and offers a large selection of modular cabling.  Check out the full review for the exact specifications.

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"The new NZXT HALE90 v2 1000 watt computer power supply has more than a few marketed points that talk it up like; clean currents, rock steady performance, eccentric design, and infused design elements. All that aside, we will put it through our brutal testing suite and find out if it is worth your hard earned cash."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

Seasonic's high quality 400W PSU, the X-400FL Platinum

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 17, 2013 - 04:48 PM |
Tagged: PSU, seasonic, X-400FL Platinum 400W, 80 Plus Platinum, modular psu

A 400W PSU seems a little under-powered when compared to the kilowatt PSUs that are commonly reviewed but there are not many systems that actually need that amount of power.  Seasonic has designed their X-400FL Platinum 400W to provide great power, efficiency and extra features in lieu of providing huge amounts of power.  The PSU is fully modular and is able to provide an impressive 33A combined from it's four 12V rails, with an absolute minimum of ripple even during the most intense parts of [H]ard|OCP's testingAt $120 it is a little more expensive than other similar PSUs but with the outstanding build quality of the PSU it is worth it.

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"This new Seasonic PSU touts Platinum efficiency, a fully modular design, and a host of other enthusiast-worthy hardware features that will ring true with those looking for a what might be "the best" 400 watt PSU on the market. For those of you looking to build that truly powerful HTPC, this PSU also offers silent operation."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

PCPer Live! Learn about power supplies with Ryan and Lee! Win EVGA PSUs!

Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling | July 16, 2013 - 08:16 PM |
Tagged: video, PSU, power suppy, pcper live, live

Missed the live stream?  You fool!  But here is the reply of the event and quite honestly it turned out better than I expected.  If you don't learn something about power supplies by watching this, I'll eat my shoe.

Countless readers ask us for advice on power supplies.  What makes power supplies different, how do you calculate how big of a PSU you need, are single rail units the best?  That is just a sample of the inquiries that find their way to us.

After months of scheduling, I was finally able to wrangle in our resident power supply expert, Lee Garbutt, responsible for basically all of the power supply testing on PC Perspective since the beginning, for a LIVE stream to talk all about power supplies!

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Learn about Power Supplies with Ryan and Lee - Live Stream

10am PT / 1pm ET - July 17th

PC Perspective Live! Page

What can you expect to learn during our live stream?  Here is a sample of the topics we are going to cover:

Why are PC power supplies called switchers or switching power supplies?

What qualities characterize a good PSU?

What is Power Factor Correction and is it the same thing as Efficiency?

What’s all the hype about single versus multi rail output? Which is better? And what’s a rail anyway?

Let’s look inside a PSU and show me what the main components are?

Let’s talk about how you test a PSU. What tests do you perform? What equipment do you use, etc.?

We'll be monitoring the chat room in our PC Perspective Live! page for more questions during the stream of course but if you have any pressing issues you want to be sure are addressed, please leave a note in our comments below!  For those of you that CAN join us live, we have another reason to attend...PRIZES!!

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EVGA was kind enough to donate a EVGA SuperNOVA 1000 G2 PSU and a SuperNOVA NEX750G Gold power supply!  What do have to do to enter?  Just be in the live stream and pay attention - we'll have the details there during the LIVE stream!

Again, that's July 17th at 1pm ET / 10am PT for an informative discussion about the power supplies that make all of our PC gaming goodness possible!

EVGA Announces 500B Haswell-Ready Power Supply

Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling | July 12, 2013 - 04:13 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

Computex 2013: New Haswell-Ready PSUs From SeaSonic Pictured

Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling, Shows and Expos | June 7, 2013 - 03:56 PM |
Tagged: seasonic, PSU, m12II evo, m12II bronze, haswell, computex 2013, computex

Following Intel's announcement of new Haswell sleep states, various power supply manufacturers have released compatibility lists detailing which PSUs are able to deliver the low load necessary to support the power sipping sleep states on the 12V rail (which has not been much of a concern until Haswell).

One such PSU manufacturer was Seasonic, who has quite a few Haswell-ready power supplies across several lineups including its Platinum, G, and M12II series, among others. Included in that compatibility list were two new power supplies that Seasonic is showing off at Computex this week: the Seasonic Platinum 1200 and Seasonic M12II Bronze Evo Edition.

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The Platinum 1200 is a high-end modular power supply that is capable of powering beefy multi-GPU setups. It is 80+ Platinum rated and is up to 92% efficient at 50% load.

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Sesonic M12II Bronze Evo Edition

The Seasonic M12II Bronze Evo Edition is an updated version on past models and includes two SKUs that come in at 750W and 850W. It is a fully modular unit with flat black cables and fan control tech. It is 80+ Bronze and Energy Star rated, and is compatible with Intel's 4th Generation Core processors.

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Also read: The full list of Haswell-compatible Seasonic power supplies @ PC Perspective.

Source: SeaSonic