The Nightjar sings again; 450W of sweet silence

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 20, 2018 - 03:35 PM |
Tagged: small form factor, SFX-L, NJ450-SXL, Fan-less PSU, 80 Plus Platinum, modular psu

Lee just posted a review of one of SilverStone's passively cooled Nightjar PSUs, the NJ450-SXL which grabbed a Gold Award for its performance and design.  If his tests somehow didn't convince you of just how impressive this tiny, fanless 450W PSU is then please head over to [H]ard|OCP as they just unstrapped this unit from the bed in their torture chamber.  Sure it is expensive for a 450W modular PSU but there is simply nothing else to compete with the quality of this Nightjar in silent, SFF builds.

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"SilverStone is no stranger to small form factor PC power supplies as it is the most complete supplier of these to the enthusiast PC marketplace. Today SilverStone is adding complete silence to these SFF PSUs with the 450 watt Nightjar. Excellent efficiency makes silence easier, but can the Nightjar stand up to an extremely hot case?"

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

No, the naming of the Corsair RMx Series 750W does not imply RMA

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 23, 2018 - 03:14 PM |
Tagged: modular psu, corsair, RMx Series, 750w

The RMx naming separates this PSU from the RMi lineup which includes Corsair's Link which reduces the price somewhat and the 850W model was good enough to receive a Gold Award from Lee.  [H]ard|OCP tested out the 750W member of this family, enough power for many builds, to see if it matched the quality of its big brother.  Their tests showed a solid PSU that met all the requirements for a pass and a Silver; though it does have a small problem. Last years Corsair TX750M is every bit as good and at a lower price with only one possible drawback, the ATX power connector is not modular.  This will not matter as all motherboards like to have their power in order to POST.  Check out the full review here.

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"Corsair has been bumping up its street cred lately with PSU designs that are up to HardOCP standards. Today we have its latest 2018 version of the RM series PSU rated at 750 watts. It features Gold efficiency, a fully modular design, has a 10 year warranty, and carries with it a fully modular design, all for the price of $110."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

NZXT Announces the E Series Digital PSUs

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 18, 2018 - 02:39 PM |
Tagged: 80 Plus Gold, nzxt, E Series, modular psu, CAM

NZXT launched a trio of 80 PLUS GOLD PSUs, with 500W, 650W and 850W models

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These PSUs all support NXZT's CAM software which allows a Windows 10 machine to closely monitor your system's power usage.  These E Series PSUs contain a Texas Instrument UCD3138 DSP which can monitor the power usage of the various components powered by the PSU and let you see how much power your GPU, CPU and other components are drawing.  This can be very handy for both the overclocker and the energy conscious user, ensuring that the power management tweaks you applied to a component are actually working.  CAM also lets you manage your fan curve from the default setting which keeps the fan from spinning until there is at least 100W of draw on your PSU.

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All three modular PSUs are built with a single 12V rail for added stability and performance and come with a 10 year warranty. All models are currently available from NXZT, the E500W at $124.99, E650 at $139.99 and the E850 for $149.99USD.  

Check the full PR below the capacitor porn.

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Los Angeles, CA – July 17, 2018 – NZXT today announces a new line of digital ATX PSUs designed to provide PC builders with real-time power monitoring and control. The E Series lineup includes 500W, 650W, and 850W models, all 80 PLUS Gold certified. For these PSUs, NZXT partnered with Seasonic, one of the most highly-regarded PSU manufacturers, and worked with them to enhance their Focus+ Gold platform and PMBus architecture, adding a powerful Texas Instruments DSP and USB connectivity.

“The PSU is a critical part of your PC. Our goal for creating a smarter PC capable of automatically responding to the demands of the application--whether you are browsing the web, drafting email, or playing your favorite game--includes adding control and monitoring to devices that are integral to the system,” said Johnny Hou, founder and CEO of NZXT. “Our E Series PSUs are another step in completing this vision. You can track the performance of the PSU in real time, monitor temperature and total power-on hours, and even enable multi-rail OCP for additional protection of key components using CAM--our innovative software solution at the heart of our smart PC.”

NZXT E Series PSUs Key Features

  • Active monitoring for the 12V, 5V, and 3.3V rails
  • Total power-on time tracking enabled using the embedded real-time clock (RTC)
  • Digital multi-rail over-current protection (OCP) for all three 12V outputs, with adjustable thresholds for the 12V CPU (4+4 pin) and GPU (6+2 pin PCIe) connections
  • Japanese capacitors rated at 105°C
  • 80 PLUS Gold certification
  • Fully modular design means you use only the cables you need
  • 10-year Warranty and NZXT Service and Support

MONITOR YOUR PERFORMANCE The E Series uses a powerful digital signal processor (DSP) providing real-time wattage indicators for the three 12V rails, along with total uptime and internal temperature. Compare CPU and GPU power draw to their rated TDP and track historical data using CAM.

SAFER POWER In addition to providing high-precision monitoring, the onboard DSP lets you enable independent over-current protection (OCP) for the 12V output to the motherboard, CPU, and GPU, providing even better protection for your expensive components.

RELIABLE AND EFFICIENT All 80 PLUS Gold certified E Series PSUs are built using Japanese capacitors, rated to 105° C, providing long-term durability and reliability, and are backed by a 10-year limited warranty.

RUN SILENT When powering loads under 100W total, the 0dB Mode provides fully silent operation. Using CAM, you can optimize your own fan curve to suit your system or choose between the Silent, Performance, or Fixed preset modes. ALL THE ESSENTIALS E Series PSUs support single- or multi-GPU builds and the fully modular design means you use just the connections you need for your build, reducing cable clutter and simplifying system building and expansion

 

Source: EVGA

GIGABYTE Introduces the First AORUS Power Supplies

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 17, 2018 - 02:35 PM |
Tagged: P850W, modular psu, gigabyte, aorus, 80 Plus Gold

Gigabyte have launched the first Aorus branded PSU, the P850W 80 PLUS GOLD modular PSU.  The caps inside are rated over 20 years @ 25C and are cooled by a 135mm, two ball bearing fan which is able to run silently when the PSU is at 20% load or lower.  They have chosen to use a single 12V rail, which is a superior solution overall.

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The PSU offers OCP, OTP, OVP, OPP, UVP and SCP protection and offers a 10 year warranty.  Take a look at the full PR below or visit the site.

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City of Industry, California, 16th July, 2018 - GIGABYTE, the world’s leading premium hardware brand, today announced the release of AORUS P850W and P750W, the first PC power supplies (PSUs) from its premium AORUS brand. The new P850W and P750W feature 80 PLUS Gold power efficiency and silent operation. They are fully modular withenhanced durability for gaming enthusiasts, especially those with multiple-GPU builds focused on VR gaming.

With 80 PLUS Gold certification, AORUS PSU deliver superior electrical performance at a minimum of 90% energy efficiency, ensuring power waste is kept at a minimum. With less heat and reduced fan noise, gamers with AORUS PSUs can enjoy a cool and quiet gaming environment.

Using 100% Japanese capacitors and premium internal components throughout the design, AORUS PSU provide users with extended product reliability and lifespan. The single +12V rail ensures the best power output and stability making this power supply ideal for overclocking. The 135mm temperature-controlled smart fan is automatically adjusted according to the actual power usage. When the power usage is lower than 20%, the fan will automatically activate the stop function to ensure energy saving and stable power supply. The fan uses an ultra-durable double ball bearing design, which offers prolonged product life over 50,000 hours.

AORUS P850W and P750W power supplies have built-in OVP/OPP/SCP/UVP/OCP/OTP circuit protection designs and have undergone rigorous testing of various safety regulations in multiple countries.

 

Source: Gigabyte

The MaxTytan rises again, 1250W of Platinum power

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 12, 2018 - 02:48 PM |
Tagged: modular psu, enermax. MaxTytan, 1250W, 80 Plus Platinum

While most of the world has been focused on the World Cup, [H]ard|OCP have been reviewing power supplies ... a lot of power supplies.  Start off with the biggest of them all, the 1250W Enermax MaxTytan with an 80 Plus Platinum and 12V rails that combined can provide 104A.  As you can see from the picture below, there are an obscene amount of power connectors available, such as 16 SATA and eight 6+2 PCIe cables so you should not have any problems powering your peripherals at all.  Apart from the price, which is a bit above the competition, [H]ard|OCP have no qualms recommending this for a big system build.

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"The MaxTytan is the flagship product in the lineup of Enermax power supplies. This is the largest capacity it builds and promises to deliver excellent efficiency. Semi-fanless features makes sure this PSU stays quiet up to ~70% load. It also has a very unique feature in that it will show you the power wattage being delivered on an LCD panel right on the PSU."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

Apexgaming's 850W PSU; decent price, decent power

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 1, 2018 - 02:15 PM |
Tagged: Apexgaming, ag-850m, 850W, modular psu

Apexgaming is not top of mind when considering the purchase of a PSU, but with a 10 year warranty it seems worth seeing how it fares on TechPowerUp's test bench.  On paper this fully modular PSU is capable of providing its full 850W to its single 12V rail, or it can provide 25A to the 3.3V and 5V if you somehow have a component which would require such exceptional power.  Overall, the quality of power provided is acceptable, but not top notch, which makes sense at it's $110 price point.  TechPowerUp also noted some issues with the fan, which you can read about in detail here.

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"The AG-850M is made by Solytech and belongs to Apextechusa's new Apexgaming PSU line. It has a capacity of 850W, a fully modular cable design, and is backed by a ten-year warranty. On paper, everything looks good; however, in real life, things are not always at their best."

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Source: TechPowerUp

Why are you looking at FSP like that? Watercooling your PSU is safer than lasers in your eyeballs!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 8, 2018 - 07:30 PM |
Tagged: Hydro PTM+, 1200w, modular psu, fsp, 80 Plus Platinum

If you run the FSP Hydro PTM+ modular PSU in Boring Mode then it is limited to delivering a mere 1200W of 80 Plus Platinum power.  If you use it as it is intended however, the addition of watercooling allows 1400W of power to flow out of this PSU and you won't even see the fans start to turn until you hit 50% load. 

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If you order in time, the first 500 units come with sleeved cables as well as a Bitspower AiO kit, including pump, radiator, and 120 mm LED fan.   Even if you miss out on the limited edition, you will still get R's, G's and B's to illuminate your water feature.   Check out the PR below for more details on this very unique $700 product.

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FSP, one of the leading manufacturers of power supplies in the world is pleased to announce its newest advanced power supply, the Hydro PTM+. After its initial unveiling at Computex 2017, where it received massively positive response from hardware fans and PC gamers, the Hydro PTM+ 1200W is now ready to be built into PC gaming rigs across the globe. The Hydro PTM+ was developed in cooperation with Bitspower to create a unique liquid cooled power supply that excels at its efficiency, power rating, and thermal performance. With liquid cooling enabled, up to 1400W of power can be delivered, but when power demand is below 50% loading the Hydro PTM+ remains passively cooled, remaining completely silent. On top of the fantastic power delivery and unique cooling solution, the Hydro PTM+ fits any gamers’ needs, by also offering good looks. With ASUS Aura sync certified RGB lighting inside the unit and fully modular design with ribbon cables, the Hydro PTM+ is the first PSU that truly combines power, cooling, and aesthetics.

Limited Edition - 500 Units Only!
As a unique opportunity for liquid cooling and modding enthusiasts, FSP and Bitspower have prepared 500 limited edition units with amazing extras. The first 500 units will get high-quality FSP sleeved cables as well as a Bitspower AiO kit, including pump, radiator, and 120 mm LED Fan. The regular Hydro PTM+ and limited edition does not include coolant for those that want to integrate this solution into their custom systems.

High quality Japanese components, up to 1400W power
Internally, the Hydro PTM+ is made of only the best components. Feature 100% Japanese made E-caps, which provide reliable power and have a prolonged lifespan over other alternatives. The design, is based on a single 12V rail with a DC-DC module for supreme efficiency and voltage stability. This allows for the extremely high 92% efficiency rating, 80 PLUS ® Platinum certification, and various protection schemes such as over-current, over-voltage and over-temperature protection. When power- demand, and temperature rises, a single 135 mm FDB fan can cool the entire unit and starts spinning up at 30% load. Enabling liquid cooling allows the Hydro PTM+ to deliver an additional 200W, up to 1400W and the fan to remain inactive up to 50% system load. Hydro PTM+ modding contest FSP has invited global famous case-modders to display the power of liquid cooling. With this unique approach, modders can liquid cool their CPU, GPU and PSU into some of the most creative systems ever created, with performance to match their looks.

Availability
The FSP Hydro PTM+ is now available at a MSRP of $699USD

 

Source: FSP Group

1000W of unLinked Platinum power from Corsair, the HX1000

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 26, 2018 - 01:47 PM |
Tagged: modular psu, corsair, hx1000, 80 Plus Platinum, kilowatt

Corsair's HX series of PSUs have been around for a while now, Lee recently reviewed the 850W Platinum model, but for some only a kilowatt will do.  [H]ard|OCP is the place to check out that member of the family, the HX1000 Platinum. This model retails for the same price as the HX1000i, which is compatible with Corsair's Link software and from the test results the HX1000 is a better PSU overall.  Drop by to check out their review of the "best 1000 watt plus PSU" they've seen from Corsair in the last seven years.

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"The Corsair HX1000 computer power supply is, you guessed it, rated for 1000 huge watts of power delivery to your enthusiast system build. All of this comes in rated at extremely high efficiency, while being fully modular, all Japanese capacitors, and boasting "extremely tight voltage regulation." Let's put all that to the test."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

FSP's Hydro PTM 750W Platinum takes Gold

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 11, 2018 - 01:48 PM |
Tagged: Hydro PTM, HPT750M, FSP Group, 80 Plus Platinum, modular psu

A few months back Lee reviewed the FSP Hydro PTM 750W modular PSU and gave it a Gold Award and recently [H]ard|OCP have done the same.  There is a lot to like about this PSU, from it's $115 MSRP to the 10 year long warranty, making it a solid choice to power a system. The interior components are all top notch so you should expect this PSU to last throughout the warranty period and the 80 PLUS Platinum rating ensures efficiency.  The marketers did manage to slap a VR Ready sticker on the PSU but don't let that discourage you.

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"While FSP is still not a widely known brand name when it comes to enthusiast computer power supplies, it has actually been becoming fairly consistent in designing, manufacturing, and selling PSUs in North America that have not only held their own, but also been impressive products. How does this new member of its Hydro series hold up?"

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

Meet Enermax's MaxTytan PSU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 2, 2017 - 03:55 PM |
Tagged: enermax, MaxTytan, 800w, modular psu, SLEEMAX, 80 Plus Titanium

Enermax have launched a new family of PSUs called MaxTytan, with the 800W model appearing for review on [H]ard|OCP.  These PSUs feature Sleemax cabling, each wire is covered in fabric which does look nice but adds bulk to the wires.  The cables plus the 80 PLUS Titanium rating add to the price, the MSRP is $200.  That hurts the rating [H] provided as the power quality they saw in testing was good, but not great, and is somewhat more expensive than the competition.  Drop by for the review, as the PSU provides decent power and a nice look for cases that expose components.

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"Enermax pulls out a flagship with its MaxTytan PSU, this one rated at 800 watts. The MaxTytan PSU has some interesting features like its on-demand Dust Free Rotation fan system. It also comes with very "custom" looking SLEEMAX cable covers that wrap every single cable individually like you find in custom rigs. And huge Titanium efficiency!"

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