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!
And with that all being say Cougar has send over their newest power supplies. The new CMX v3 is aimed at the most demanding gamer in us. Ideal for those that run multi-GPU rigs and high-end storage systems, the CMX v3 is said to take on all PC user needs while being super-efficient and doing it quietly. So, let’s see just what the CMX is made of.
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.
Some are fortunate enough to be able to afford the latest and greatest when it comes to building a gaming rig. I venture to several forums over the day and find many posts of users building these awesome machines with dual cards like the NVidia Titan, GTX 690 and Radeon 7970 offering. All these cards are beast and require the appropriate power supply. Now, there are plenty of power units for such a rig. You can spend week researching them, but Cooler Master has sent over their new V1000 that looks to be able to part the role of power supply.
Like other OEM companies, High Power has decided to venture first hand into the market that deals directly with the consumer. Ever since going this route, they have been first to do a couple of things like the first to market 1000W Platinum and Gold units. Currently, their AGD-600F is neither of those as it is only a 600-watt unit but it does have a Gold 80PLUS rating which is a big plus in anybody’s book.
The new DashDrive UE700 is the latest brainchild of ADATA. Using USB 3.0 technology, the UE700 was designed for faster transfer speed of stored data at 200MB/s read and 100MB/s write. This is sure to be one of the faster flash drives we have ever tested, probably even the fastest. With such great advertised speeds, the UE700 is also a nice piece of visual work. Sleek and functional, it could very well be your next flash drive.