EVGA's 1500W PSU comes with a few strings attached

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 14, 2012 - 04:01 PM |
Tagged: modular psu, kilowatt, superNOVA NEX1500 Classified, evga

It is never a good sign when a company does not want to send their hardware to review sites for testing and the ECGA superNOVA NEX1500 Classified PSU is no exception.  [H] purchased one out of pocket to test and they what they saw did not impress them very much.  One of the less than useful features they found was on the 12V rail, or rather on the eight 12V rails, each of which is rated at 20A.  The connectors are certainly impressive, with 16 PCIe connectors, 12 SATA and a very thick power cord, which of course leads to a lot of cable clutter.  Add to that the mislabelled PCIe lines and the need to register a user to be able to download the software to try to fix that problem and you can see why [H] failed this drive.  At least it didn't burst into flames in the torture test, although it may have caused some hearing loss.

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"EVGA did not want to send us one of its 1500W PSU beasts to review, so we went out and bought the $450 behemoth so we could put it through the HardOCP PSU grinder. EVGA clearly states that NEX1500 PSU is all about "no compromises," but we suggest that compromises are exactly what you will be making; more than a few too."

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December 16, 2012 | 05:02 PM - Posted by dukemanrod (not verified)

Could have just been a bad psu. I would love to see a review of their 650w unit.

December 28, 2012 | 09:50 PM - Posted by WillRock (not verified)

It wasn't a bad unit. It was simply the PSU itself which is disappointing. Many reviewers over JGuru have found out that this PSU has a negative ripple issue (that hits the unit with dirty power in the -V range and not +V range). It's a pointless unit as it stands.

And well, shelling out $450 for this POS is even more pointless than the unit itself. That's the last thing I'd do if I was a reviewer. No, not that I wouldn't pay for hardware to reviewer out of my pocket. But I wouldn't pay it to those eVGA suckers. They've become a brand that caters to a large fanboy base and nothing else. None of their current boards are worth a jack.

As for the smaller eVGA units (750, 650W etc.), again, they're based on the disapointing FSP Aurum platform which is sloppy built and poor performing. So no point in buying any of the eVGA PSU's except for the 1000W, which is based on Aurom Pro. That's the only worthwhile eVGA PSU, and, is a great unit.

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