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OCZ Fatal1ty Champion Series 700W PSU Review

Manufacturer: OCZ Technology

Introduction and Features



OCZ Technology now offers three power supplies in their new Fatal1ty Champion Series (400W, 550W and 700W) which are targeted towards gamers looking for a high quality PSU.  The OCZ Fatal1ty 700W unit we have up for review today features a single +12V rail and is both Nvidia SLI and 80 Plus certified.  It features excellent cooling and comes decked out with a red LED fan, glowing Fatal1ty logo, and red sheathed cables (I hope you like red).

(Courtesy of OCZ)

Here is what OCZ has to say about their new Fatal1ty 700W power supply:

The OCZ Fatal1ty Champion series offers gamers stable and efficient power for their mainstream or high-end rigs.  OCZ is dedicated to delivering premium power solutions, and the Fatal1ty series options are the first step to creating an exceptional system for the unique power and cabling requirements of today's gamer.  SLI and 80-Plus certified to provide rock solid power and efficiency for your high end gaming system, the 700W Fatal1ty PSU features a single +12V rail. 

As the approved Power Supply of the Championship Gaming Series, the Fatal1ty Gaming Gear PSU is tailored exclusively for the needs of gamers who require reliable, stable power that won't let them down during critical battle sequences.  Co-developed by Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel, 12-time World Champion, this PSU is built forr unparalleled performance and reliability to provide optimal power for today's high-end graphics cards.  It features supreme cooling, glowing LEDs, and red sheathed cables for a cool, bright, and tidy case.  The Fatal1ty Gaming Gear Power Supply delivers OCZ excellence for the hardcore gamer who will only settle for the best.  After all, Pros don't just play games…Pros win games.

OCZ Fatal1ty Champion Series 700W PSU Key Features:

•    700W of maximum performance

•    Single, high-power +12V rail (56A/672W)

•    Tested at ultra-high temperatures (50°C)

•    Premium sag and surge protection

•    Active Power Factor Correction (.99 PFC)

•    High efficiency (82%) 80 Plus certified

•    High reliability (100,000 Hr. MTBF)

•    NVIDIA SLI Ready

•    OCZ Premium PowerSwap 5-Year warranty

•    20/24-pin ATX, 8-pin CPU, 4-pin CPU and 6-pin PCI-E

PSU Testing Methodology

Establishing an accurate load is critical to testing and evaluating a PC power supply.  PCPerspective’s power supply test bench can place a precise 2,000 watt DC load on the PSU under test.  Each power supply is tested under controlled, real-world conditions up to its maximum rated load, using both 115 VAC and 240 VAC line voltage.  Our current suite of tests includes:

•    DC Load Regulation

•    DC Line Regulation

•    DC Cross-load (unbalanced load)

•    AC Ripple and Noise

•    Power Factor

•    Efficiency

•    Differential Temperature

•    Noise

The OCZ Fatal1ty Champion series 700W power supply was evaluated on both features and performance.  A full range of equipment was used to test the power supply under controlled load conditions. 

•    (2) CSI3710A Programmable DC load (+3.3V and +5V outputs)

•    (4) CSI3711A Programmable DC load (+12V1, +12V2, +12V3, and +12V4)

•    Extech MultiMaster MM570 digital multimeter (Accuracy ±0.02%)

•    Extech 380803 Power Analyzer (Accuracy ±0.5% of full scale)

•    DS1M12 "StingRay" digital oscilloscope (20M S/s with 12 Bit ADC)

•    Powerstat Variable Autotransformer, 1.4 KVA, 0-140 VAC

•    Extech Model 407738 digital sound level meter (Accuracy ±1.5 dB)

•    Custom PC60 enclosure to simulate real-world operating conditions

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