Seasonic Prime ULTRA Platinum 850W Power Supply Review

Recently Seasonic updated their flagship PRIME Titanium and Platinum series of power supplies and today we take a look at another model in these ULTRA ranges – this time in an 850 watt capacity. Their expensive 1000W Ultra Titanium unit impressed us immensely, but is the cheaper 850W Platinum another unit you need to consider for a new system build? It seems I am constantly singing the praises of Seasonic, but its impossible to actually find a bad unit in their portfolio. I don’t think I could say that about any other manufacturer. Their recent pairing with Phanteks will be interesting to watch in 2018.  "

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Posted on Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 20:11:40 UTC in Seasonic by Wesslan


be quiet! Straight Power 11 Power Supply 750 Watt review

In this article, we'll have a peek at the all-new be quiet! Straight Power 11 750 Watt power supply. The series has been improved internally and comes with a few new hardware tweaks. More silence and a more efficient design are the keywords for this 80 Plus Gold certified product series. With the ever-growing demand for power consumption, this is a highly modular, with multiple 12V rails. The PSU series will be available in a wide range of models running from 450W up-towards a 1000W. The Straight Power 11 Series will be more efficient as the inside of the PSU does not use any wires anymore. They receive a Gold 80plus certification.  "

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Posted on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 08:57:08 UTC in Be Quiet by Wesslan


Super Flower Leadex II 750 W

Super Flower's Leadex platform is very popular among PSU enthusiasts, and although it has been around for quite some time now, it is still highly competitive. With that said, Super Flower has decided that it was nigh time to renew it, so the Leadex II units were introduced, equipped with an upgraded platform featuring smaller dimensions and other improvements. The Leadex II family consists of five models which look to have variable capacities depending on their input voltage. True capacities actually remain the same, but the efficiency rating changes because input voltage is higher with 230 VAC than with 115 VAC input. The PSU we will look at today is the Leadex II model with model number SF-750F14EG; it holds two 80 PLUS certifications. With 230 VAC input, it is 80 PLUS Gold EU certified at up to 750 W, and with 115 VAC input, it is 80 PLUS Gold certified with up to 650 W. This looks kind of confusing, and this is more of a marketing trick than an actual feature in our opinion. What you should keep in mind is that the SF-750F14EG can deliver 750 W with 115 VAC input; however, it won't deliver Gold-certified efficiency with 750 W.  "

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Posted on Friday, June 09, 2017 @ 15:22:23 UTC in Super Flower by Wesslan


Thermaltake Smart Pro RGB 850W Power Supply Review

Today, Thermaltake Technology Company is back for another trip through our power supply testing program with a more value oriented product than we last saw from them. As a company, Thermaltake has a rather short history being founded in just 1999, but in that short time they have grown rapidly. While Thermaltake's primary focus has been on thermal solutions, it has for some time now maintained a group of product lines dedicated to power supplies. The early power supplies in these lines were often of lower quality but over the years they have taken their power supply business in a new, and quite frankly better, direction as they paired with higher quality OEMs like CWT and Enhance. Today, we are looking at a new product that is part of the SMART Series of power supplies from Thermaltake. The unit we are looking at today is the Smart Pro RGB 850W Bronze (SPR-850AH3FSB-R, SPR-0850F-R, PS-SPR-0850FPCBxx-R, or SPR-0850F-R) is produced in conjunction with CWT. Channel Well Technology (CWT) was founded and began manufacturing power supplies in 1993. Since 1993 Channel Well Technology products have shown up under various guises including Antec, Xclio, 2theMax, CWT, Thermaltake, Xigmatek, and Corsair. While most familiar to our US users from when they used to provide OEM services for Antec, CWT is one of the more complete OEM manufacturers as they have a fairly high level of vertical integration providing transformers all the way up to its well designed independently regulated SMPS.  "

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Posted on Thursday, June 01, 2017 @ 18:15:28 UTC in Thermaltake by Wesslan


Corsair TX 750M Power Supply Review

Today we test a Corsair power supply from their new TX-M series comprising a semi modular design, tight voltage control and 80 Plus Gold efficiency levels. Corsair say they have placed a lot of effort into reducing coil whine and are offering a 7 year warranty with this specific range of units. Available in 550W, 650W, 750W and 850W models, the Corsair TX-M series incorporate 100% Japanese 105c Capacitors and rifled bearing fans which offer long life and low noise characteristics. Older TX M models were Bronze certified – the new units are enhanced to Gold efficiency standards. "

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Posted on Friday, May 12, 2017 @ 14:30:31 UTC in Corsair by Wesslan


Enermax Revolution SFX 650W Power Supply Review

The small form factor segment has been hot for a while now when it comes to enthusiast PC builders and Enermax is entering the SFX fray today with the Revolution SFX 650W PSU. It touts fanless modes under 30% load, 100% Japanese capacitors, and complete flat flexible cables for easier routing in tight cases.  "

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Posted on Sunday, May 07, 2017 @ 14:00:46 UTC in Enermax by Wesslan


be quiet! Pure Power 10 700W CM PSU Review

Today we analyse a brand new power supply from the be quiet! Pure Power 10 range. This 80 Plus Silver certified 700 watt model is due for release this week and will be priced around the £100 point in the UK. You may have noticed that the model we are reviewing today is tagged with a ‘CM’ – this stands for ‘cable management’ or translated into real world terms – its actually semi modular. be quiet! will be releasing another range of Pure Power 10 supplies with all hard wired cables (no ‘CM’ in name), at a slightly lower cost.  "

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Posted on Wednesday, February 01, 2017 @ 10:26:37 UTC in Be Quiet by Wesslan


be quiet! Pure Power 10 600W

Cooling and chassis specialist be quiet! has its provenance in power-supply units (PSUs). The current range is split into seven categories - Dark Power Pro, Straight Power, Power Zone, Pure Power, System Power, SFX Power, and TFX Power - and there's reasonable features overlap between them, especially over the first five which are all based on the standard ATX form factor. Choosing the right PSU for that DIY rig is no easy matter, but if value and solid performance are most important, the Pure Power range, spanning 400W to 700W, and offering 80 PLUS Silver efficiency certification is a good shout. Today, the German cooling company announces a range-wide update from model 9 to model 10. Pure Power 10 continues to be available in two flavours: fixed cable and semi modular, offered in 300W-700W and 400W-700W, respectively.  "

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Posted on Wednesday, February 01, 2017 @ 10:23:28 UTC in Be Quiet by Wesslan


Gigabyte Xtreme Gaming 1,200W PSU

"  Gigabyte is probably better known to you as a provider of a wide range of motherboards. Industry estimates put its annual shipments at around the 20m mark, and the company vies with Asus for the title of world's biggest producer. That said, like any good company, it has diversified outside of its core competency and now has a range of graphics cards, PCs, peripherals and power-supply units. And the firm is looking to make a bold statement in the ultra-high-end segment of the market by releasing a single 'Xtreme Gaming' PSU dedicated to the true enthusiast. The vital specs of this beast are impressive enough, with 1,200W capacity, fully-modular cabling, and 80 PLUS Platinum certification. Priced at £240, this is a PSU for the big boys who have big toys.  "

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Posted on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 @ 18:27:07 UTC in Gigabyte by Wesslan


Bitfenix Whisper Series 850 W

The last PSU we reviewed from Bitfenix was the Fury 750G, and it didn't impress us very much because of its high price and rather average performance. The company has now introduced another PSU series, but is also working with a different OEM. The fresh Whisper units are made by Channel Well Technology (CWT), the same manufacturer as for the excellent platform in Corsair's RMx and RMi units. This means that we can expect pretty good results from these Whisper models - they hopefully won't let us down like the Fury 750G did almost two years ago.  "

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Posted on Saturday, December 03, 2016 @ 16:06:01 UTC in Bitfenix by Wesslan


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