Today's power supply sample is a beefy 850W model from the respectable LEPA brand called the B850-MA, which Melissa and Ecomaster were kind enough to send over to us. This is a high power, high performance modular power supply that has four 12v rails, all rated at least 20A in order to support multi-core processors and multiple-GPU rigs. You are not only guaranteed stable power but all the protections needed to safeguard your precious rig and boast an 82PLUS Bronze efficiency rating.
The ZX series comes in three wattage levels beginning with our review sample's 850W, then jumping up to the 1000W and ending with the almighty 1250W. The entire series boast a single 12v rail with a minimum 70A, and enters the market as OCZ's top enthusiast model line. Geared at top end gamering and enthusiast systems, that are into multi-GPU rigs whether it’s SLI or Crossfire. Topping this bad boy off is that it is ultra quiet. Read on.
One company that was not offering power supplies until more recently, and have been doing a great job in that market now is Kingwin. We know Kingwin mostly for their hard drive accessories like docks and enclosures, or even cooling products. During their time in power supply production Kingwin has shown their knowledge and competence in this field by offering some fine products, including their latest model with an 80PLUS Platinum rating. Today, we will be taking a look at one of their 80+ Gold rated Lazer Gold models, which has an 850W rating and boasts some quality features.
Cooler Master realizes this and has just released a new unit under their GX line to fill that roll. This model is only capable of supplying 450 watts, which should easily be enough for the aforementioned system types. CM is marketing the unit for the causal user and budget gamer. Boasting a single 12V rail, the GX 450 should be just enough for the build to scratch that HTPC itch. In order to make sure it can easily handle anything those sort of systems can throw at it, we will be testing it today on a little bit more powerful gaming test bench. How will it fare? We shall see!
Our next power supply sample just so happens to be one of those 80 PLUS Gold certified unit, the new FSP Aurum 600 . The Aurum (Latin for gold) is a quad 12V rail and is one of four models released in this series. The other three models are 400W, 500W and 700W, all of which carry the Gold rating, making them the flagship power supply for FSP.
While Antec's new High Current Pro are certainly amazing units, if you don't necessarily need all that raw power, you may be asking: "So does Antec have anything other new PSUs worth investigating?" Oh, we're glad you asked! As it just so happens, they have also rolled out the High Current Gamer series as an alternative to the HCP models. These aren't a horribly de-tuned model either, as you still have multiple GPU support, the same high quality build and multiple 12v rails. On top of that, the looks of these Gamer models, is pretty dam attractive! So with that, we are pleased to bring you the HCG-750, or the 750W model from the new Antec High Current Gamer line.
SilverStone, who is one of the premier power supply and case manufacturers in the industry, has released another power supply in their award winning Strider series. The new model has an 850 watt rating, fitting nicely in with the others that range from 750 to 1200 watts, all of which possessing the 80PLUS Gold certification. All the talk today when it comes to power supplies is their efficiency, and with a Gold rating we are instantly assured 87-90% efficiency at 20-100% load.