Cooler Master is well known for their affordable high-quality products and when others seek to maximize profit Cooler Master steadfastly maintains high-quality affordable products for the everyday person. In this case, they sent us the Cooler Master MasterWatt 750 Watt Semi-Fanless 80 PLUS Bronze PSU to review and we’ve seen it peek its head out at $79.99 which is a tough price point to fight for with many selections at 750W and in that same price point bracket. Often non-nerds overlook the need for a high-quality dependable PSU and end up with something on sale to save a few bucks but power supplies are probably the last place you should worry about scrimping on money. It is essential that the heart of your machine (the PSU) is high quality, dependable and sufficient size. Pick too small a PSU or the on sale $19 off brand low-quality PSU and you stand the chance of frying all that expensive hardware for the lack of a few bucks on a well chosen PSU.
Your computers power supply is the heart of your system and should be given as much thought as any other component in your build. Overclocking with a substandard power supply can be frustrating and systems can even be damaged by overtaxing low quality power supplies. When choosing power supplies we always look for at least a 25% excess capacity and with the new mega core CPU's and overclocking reaching 5GHz on a routine basis nows the time to think about your PSU choices. We like watt monster power supplies in the 1000W or higher range and planning for the future so we tend to go high on wattage. SilverStone was kind enough to send us one of their 1500W monster power supplies to look at and we have the SilverStone Silver Strider ST-1500GS 80+ Gold power supply on the bench today.
Good and tidy cable management can really improve how your rig looks inside particularly if you like windowed cases to showcase your prized hardware. Power supplies with modular cabling is the way to go if you want better cable management but if you still find the stock cables unappealing and unmanageable, having the cables custom-made is the option and one of the best sources of custom-made cables today can be found at Primochill. Today, we will be taking a look at one of Primochill's Mod/Smart Single Braid Maxcord Cable sets which is for EVGA's G2/P2/T2 Series modular power supplies.
With the power supply being one of the most important components of any PC, it is quite important that one chooses a model that is powerful enough to power their system while still maintaining a balance between performance, value, and quality. This week I take a look at Xigmatek's Maverick S 500W PSU, and test it using a mid-range mini-ITX system. Will it handle up to my scrutiny, or will it fail spectacularly when I put it to a real-world stress test?
So you just built your new system and you want to keep tabs on its power usage. Well you can guesstimate everything and have an idea of what it's using, but that's kinda iffy if you're the type that likes to keep tabs on such things. Well if your new build features one of Thermaltake's new DPS-G power supplies then you're already covered. They're available in 450W to 1050W sizes to suit your needs. Thermaltake sent us over a 750W DPS-G power supply to see what all the fuss is about, so let's check it out!
Frequent readers of Pro-Clockers know that Cougar is no stranger to power supplies and cases. We have been presenting you with their top products over the past year. Many of the products have been targeted toward the mid-range gamers out there. Rightfully so, as this is the largest genre of gamers out there. But Cougar knows there are those that want and demand more in a product especially when it comes to power supplies considering power supplies are one of the most important components of a PC.
We will be looking at the 650 watt model from the Voltra series today. The entire series are certified 80Plus Bronze and consist of a single 12v rail. The Vantec Voltra 650 watt power supply is equipped with 140mm cooling fan that is load controlled and designed to run quiet. Internal specifications are one thing but visually is it a looked? Yes. This unit is branded tastefully and better yet is semi-modular giving the user control on how many cables to use depending on what is needed.