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Posted by Damon Bailey
on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 8:00am
Enermax Platimax D.F. 1200W 80 Plus Platinum Power Supply

Enermax has been making power supplies since the early 90’s so it’s really no surprise to see much of their lineup landing in the top levels of the 80+ efficiency range. It takes a lot of good engineering to maintain such an extremely high-efficiency rating under a heavy load. Here we find that Enermax has taken its flagship Platimax lineup and married to another of their technologies, the D.F.R. fans. The Dust Free Fans spin in reverse at startup to blow all the accumulated dust back off of the fan blades. Marry all of this to a fully modular platform and you have the new Platimax D.F. family of power supplies. Today we’ll be taking a look at the largest in the family, the 1200W Platimax D.F. Platinum.

Posted by Damon Bailey
on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 8:00am
NZXT E850 850W Modular Digital Power Supply

NZXT is no stranger to power supplies, having several models launch over the years, the last of which was nearly two years ago, but it is not really what they are known for. You probably think of cases and RGB fans when you think of NZXT, but with the help of power supply juggernaut Seasonic, NZXT is jumping back in the power supply world with a big hammer, or three of them to be precise. Available in 500W, 650W and 850W capacities, the new E-series power supplies feature a fully modular cable system, digital DSP monitoring, and control through its CAM utility, 80+ Gold certification, and 105C rated Japanese capacitors all under a 10-year warranty.

Posted by Damon Bailey
on Monday, April 16, 2018 - 8:00am
GAMDIAS ASTRAPE P1-750G RGB Power Supply

Gamdias’s ‘Gaming art in motion’ philosophy has resulted in some great peripherals such as keyboards, mice and headsets since their inception in 2012, but recently they’ve expanded to the chair under you, and now, computer internals. Today we’ll be taking a look at a new power supply, the Astrape P1-750W. Going for gold, the Astrape P1-750W features 100% modular cables, 100% Japanese capacitors, one of the best warranties in the industry with a full decade of zero worries, a beautiful Neon-Flex RGB equipped cooling solution, and yes, it is even 80+ Gold rated as well. Is there anything left to want or should this be your next power supply? Let's find out!

Posted by Mark Taliaferro
on Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 8:00am
Cooler Master MasterWatt 750

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.

Posted by Mark Taliaferro
on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 8:00am
SilverStone_ST-1500-GS

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.

 

 

Posted by Michael Pabia
on Friday, September 4, 2015 - 8:00am
Primochill ModStart Maxcord Cable Se

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.

Posted by Charles Gantt
on Monday, June 1, 2015 - 8:00am
Xigmatek Maverick S 500W

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? 

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