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.
Suffice to say, I think the power supply is possibly the most important component in today’s computers. It gives life to our pieced-together monsters, and then takes it away in an instant, if it isn’t up to the task. All the shear computational and graphic processing in the world sits unused without electricity.
With reverence, I give you the AXP SuperNova , a monster 1000 watt power supply with enough connectors it looks like a boxy spaghetti monster. How well does it work? Let’s just say it’s worth the asking price. Ramen.
Choiix, a company of Cooler Master, has sent us over the Power Fort 5.5 which is the little sibling to the Power Fort 10 (henceforth referred to as Advance) we recently reviewed. The Power Fort 5.5 is a small device packed with a lot of power. Physically smaller than the Power Fort 10, yet offers all the features of the bigger brother, just on a smaller scale. The Power Fort 5.5 provides 1A of power to charge your USB devices faster, providing a complete charge in less than three hours.