Corsair's enthusiastic take on a new PSU family

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 21, 2012 - 03:06 PM |
Tagged: TX750M, TX550M, Corsair PSU, Corsair Enthusiast Series, PSU, modular psu

Perhaps we should rethink the component that Corsair is best know for as [H]ard|OCP points out that they currently have seven families of PSU on the market right now.  They mention that fact when starting out their review of the Corsair Enthusiast Series Modular TX550M and TX750M PSUs.  They passed the PSU torture tests with flying colours but still feel short of an award due to pricing.  With so much competition in the PSU market right now it is not enough for a PSU to provide solid power, it must also be priced similarly to the competition.

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"Are you a "hardcore PC gamer?" A "Performance Enthusiast?" Or "Anybody who appreciates a combination of high performance standards and affordability?" Corsair Enthusiast Series power supplies in 550 watt and 750 watt are reviewed today and we will tell you whether or not we see those as enthusiast PSUs."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP
Manufacturer: Thermaltake

Introduction and Features

Thermatake's Toughpower Cable Management Series includes five models ranging from 1,000W up to 1,500W. The Toughpower Cable Management 1350W PSU we have up for review today can deliver 1,350W. Thermaltake states that all of the Toughpower Cable Management Series power supplies are built with the latest technological advances in circuitry design with industrial grade components and feature high efficiency (80 Plus Silver certified), smart cable management, and come backed by Thermaltake's 5-year warranty.

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Here is what Thermaltake has to say about the Toughpower Cable Management Series: "Proper airflow within computer system plays an extremely important role in making sure CPU, Graphic Cards, Hard Drives and other critical components are getting adequate cooling. Thermaltake Cable Management Technology allows users to only use the cables needed from the power supply that reduces the amount of cable clutter within the computer to improve cooling and reduce system noise."

Thermaltake Toughpower Cable Management 1350W PSU Key Features:

• 24/7 @ 50°C: Guaranteed to deliver 1350W continuous power
• Compliance with Intel ATX 12V v2.3 and SSI EPS 12V v2.91 standards
• 80 PLUS Silver certified: 87-91% efficiency @ 20-100% load
• Double-forward switching circuitry offers low power loss and high reliability
• DC-to-DC converters provide high efficiency and stable performance
• Robust, dedicated dual +12V rails (60A for 12V1 and 60A for 12V2)
• High quality 105°C Japanese capacitors: ensure superb performance and reliability
• Multi-GPU ready: comes with 8 x PCI-E 6+2 pin connectors
• Designed to support quad core, i7 and Core i5 CPUs
• Silent operation with intelligent 140mm cooling fan speed control
• Fixed and modular smart cable management system
• Universal AC input (90~264V) with Active PFC
• Dimensions:150 x 86 x 200mm (W x H x L)
• Over-current, over-power, over-voltage, under-voltage and short circuit protection
• Safety/EMI approvals: CE,TUV,FCC, UL, CUL, GOST and BSMI certified
• 5-Year warranty

Continue reading our review of the Thermaltake Toughpower 1350 watt power supply!!

NZXT reveals a full Hale hand of PSUs

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 7, 2012 - 05:09 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

XFX has a PSU for those looking to power multiple GPUs

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 27, 2012 - 03:13 PM |
Tagged: PSU, kilowatt, 80 gold, modular psu, xfx, ProSeries 1250W

It seems a short while ago that we joked about 240V 10 amp plugs soon being required for high end machines which pull more than 1000W at peak usage.  Now most major vendors offer at least one unit which can provide 1kW of power or more, and thankfully doesn't need you to hire an electrician to install it.  XFX, who more often produce the video cards which require powering, has released a new PSU called the ProSeries 1250W.   It is rated as an 80 PLUS Gold PSU,  which testing showed to be accurate at high loads but not so much at lower power loads.  As with most PSUs in this class it has as single 12V rail which is capable of delivering an impressive 104 amps.  If you need this kind of wattage to power your next dream machine, check out TechPowerUp's review.

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"XFX is well known for their graphic cards but for quite some time they are also into the PSU market with two series called classic and Pro. Today we will test the flagship unit of the Pro series which with 1250W capacity will easily power even the most demanding systems."

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Source: TechPowerUp

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

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 20, 2012 - 03:04 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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Source: [H]ard|OCP

A platinum rated kilowatt class PSU from Kingwin

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 12, 2012 - 02:27 PM |
Tagged: PSU, Kingwin, LZP-1000, kilowatt, 80 Plus Platinum, modular psu

For those systems with multiple GPUs and serious storage a 500W PSU just won't cut it, you need to look to the 1000W+ models.   Of course with great power comes great cost, so having an 80 Plus Platinum rating can be a good thing.  The Kingwin LZP-1000 will give you both the power and efficiency with modular cabling to ensure your case stays nice and clean.  At the sticker price of $230 [H]ard|OCP calls this PSU a steal, top notch performance at a bargain price.  Check out this Gold Award winning PSU at [H].

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"Kingwin does not bring a huge number of power supplies for review, but when it does bring one to our attention it is usually a very worthy competitor. Today is no different. This new 1 kilowatt computer power supply brandishes sought after modular connections along with a very efficient design that has very much impressed us."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

Cooler Master's fully controllable Silent Pro Hybrid 850W PSU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 4, 2012 - 02:18 PM |
Tagged: Silent Pro Hybrid 850W, PSU, modular psu, cooler master, 80 gold

Cooler Master's new Silent Pro Hybrid 850W PSU differs somewhat from your average PSU.  Like many it is fully modular and uses a single 12V rail which is becoming common for high wattage PSUs.  The 80+ Gold rating is a little rarer but what really makes it stand out is a faceplate that acts as a fan controller.  The controller allows a variety of speeds to be set for the PSU fan as well as three system fans and can even switch the PSU into fanless mode to make this PSU truly silent.  Guru3D put the PSU through its paces and were truly impressed by this ~$200 PSU, see why in the full review.

If you are looking for a little less power, Lee just wrapped up his review of the Corsair TX550M and TX750M PSUs.

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"Cooler Master launched the new Cooler Master Silent Pro Hybrid PSU series. The end result as such is enticing alright, a very nice power supply rates 80+ gold, that comes with a modular design and one big massive 12V rail, which we all like so very much. Carrying a 80+ Gold certification (90% efficiency at typical load) , being modular, with included fan controller and having good looks yeah the Silent Pro Hybrid promises to be an excellent product series."

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Source: Guru3D

Corsair's single 12V rail HX1050, there's a new Professional in town

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 2, 2011 - 03:57 PM |
Tagged: PSU, kilowatt, modular psu, corsair, hx1050

Over at [H]ard|OCP you can catch a review of Corsair's new HX1050 Professional PSU, the same model that Lee handed a Silver Medal to.  The big change to this member of Corsair's Professional series is that this model sports a single 12v rail unlike the dual rail design on the HX1000.  That single rail can handle 87.5 amp, which is why there are a half dozen 6/8 pin PCIe connectors.  This PSU has owners of multiple GPU systems in mind.  By the end of the review [H] could not call this PSU better than the HX1000 but did like many of its traits; likely why it walked away from that review with another Silver Medal to show off.

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"Professional Series power comes to us this time from Corsair in the form of its new HX1050. It is boasting over 1 kilowatt of solidly efficient power for the computer hardware enthusiast with a semi-modular cable system. We will see if this PSU is fit for enthusiasts and if it lives up to its efficiency statement."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

A six pack of 600+ PSUs

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 23, 2011 - 06:06 PM |
Tagged: antec, Enhance, Hiper, scythe, PSU, modular psu

X-bit Labs assembled a number of PSUs to compare; the Hiper M600 650W, Scythe's Stronger 600W, Antec's Neo ECO 620C 620W, Enhance's EPS-1280GB4 800W and the Scythe Chouriki 2 850W.   Most of the models are modular and several have 80+ ratings but unfortunately none stood out as shining examples of a PSU in their particular wattage.  Still, it is nice to see a quick comparison of common PSUs found in prebuilt systems, such as the Antec Neo ECO which was pulled from an Antec Sonata IV.  Check it out here.

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"In this roundup we will discuss six power supply units that offer sufficient capacity for a home computer system. These are the products from Antec, Enhance, Hiper and Scythe."

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Source: X-Bit Labs
Manufacturer: Thermaltake

Introduction and Features

It's been awhile since we reviewed our last Thermaltake power supply so we were excited to see a new Toughpower Grand unit show up on our doorstep recently. Thermatake's new Grand series includes five models ranging from 650W up to 1200W. All of the Toughpower Grand series power supplies feature advanced circuitry design, high efficiency (80 Plus Gold certified), smart cable management, and come backed by Thermaltake's 7-year warranty.

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Here is what Thermaltake has to say about their new Toughpower Grand Series: "Designed to meet the highest expectations and standards of today's extreme PC enthusiasts and system builders while pushing the limit of clean and reliable power delivery system utilizing advanced circuitry design that can only be found on Toughpower Grand series of high-efficiency power supplies. Smart cable management not only enables professional-looking system builds, but also accelerates airflow through the computer case for highly efficient heat dissipation. All of the above are achieved while enabling the Toughpower Grand power supply to deliver continuous power output even when operating in 50C environment, making it the Toughest power supply on the block."

Continue reading our review of the Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 1200 watt PSU!!