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Posted by Damon Bailey
on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - 8:00am

EVGA is pretty well known for making BIG power supplies. Reaching up to 1600 Watts at 80+ Titanium Level, these monsters have graced many a test bench on the quest for world record benchmark runs. You might be surprised to learn that EVGA also makes very small power supplies as well. We are of course talking physical size rather than wattage. Coming in at a scant 0.77 liters in volume, the SuperNOVA 650GM packs 650 watts power 80+ Gold rated power into a tiny SFX chassis. Is this what you have been looking for? Let’s find out!

Posted by Damon Bailey
on Monday, November 18, 2019 - 8:00am

While many enthusiasts still love massive builds for the jaw-dropping list of hardware that you can stuff inside, a large number of builders have been embracing small form factor builds. Not long ago going small meant performance as much as it did size. Things have changed in the last few generations and you can now build incredibly powerful builds such as workstations and high-end gaming builds in the smallest of enclosures. Small power supplies capable of powering monster rigs have been a little slower to come along, but Corsair has just such a unit right here! Introducing the SF Series SF750, a 750-Watt 80 PLUS Platinum certified power supply stuffed into a tiny 0.78 Liter SFX footprint.

Posted by Damon Bailey
on Monday, October 14, 2019 - 8:00am
Thermaltake Toughpower GF1 ARGB 750W Power Supply

Thermaltake’s RGB enabled power supplies have been a favorite with gamers for a couple of years now for their ‘bling factor’ and reliable power. While nearly everything related to computers has gone RGB these days, the latest update to the aesthetics is complete control of every single LED, or ‘Addressable RGB’ of every device. What’s the fun of an RGB power supply if you have complete control of every other light in your system, but only get a handful of colors or effects on one device? How annoying is it to have to adjust every device independently? Thermaltake solves this problem with the Toughpower GF1 ARGB family of power supplies. Featuring addressable RGB lighting that can connect to your favorite motherboard and perfectly sync up with the rest of your system, as well as an 80 plus gold rated efficiency and a 10-year warranty gives any gamer everything they need in a power supply.

Posted by Damon Bailey
on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 8:00am
Thermaltake Toughpower PF1 ARGB 850W Power Supply

Thermaltake was one of the first manufacturers on the market to combine LED fans and power supplies. While everything on the market has gone RGB already, Thermaltake has again upped the ante with a digital RGB power supply that not only glows in millions of colors but offers addressable RGB so you can fine-tune every inch to match your own aesthetic needs. Did we mention that it can also be controlled by your favorite RGB control platform? ASUS Aura Sync, MSI Mystic Light Sync, Gigabyte RGB Fusion and more are all compatible. If that wasn’t enough, they did it right over the top of a fully modular 80 PLUS Platinum rated power supply. The Toughpower PF1 ARGB comes in three flavors from 850W to 1200W for even the biggest systems. If your proverbial cake still isn’t sweet enough, the new digital platform offers class-leading 2% voltage regulation and sub 30mV ripple at all load levels for maximum performance out of your system. Let’s give this monster a closer look!

Posted by Damon Bailey
on Monday, September 30, 2019 - 8:00am
Xigmatek Hera Gold 850W Power Supply

Few things in a build warrant as careful consideration as the power supply. This silent partner in your build provides the very lifeblood your system needs to perform it’s best: clean, stable power. IT may get the least fanfare of any component, but it is by far the most important. Xigmatek’s Hera Gold family provides 650-850 watts of single rail power to your system with Japanese capacitors, gold plated terminals, Active Power Factor correction and 80+ Gold efficiency for reliable and efficient operation, even in your fieriest digital battles. Today we’ll be taking a look at the Hera Gold 850W and seeing how it does.

Posted by Damon Bailey
on Monday, August 26, 2019 - 8:00am
Silverstone ST1200-PTS PSU 1200W Power Supply 80+ Platinum

Silverstone has been making challenging the de facto standards in the power supply business since 2003. Sharp increases in power density have culminated in many milestones such as 2016’s smallest 850W ever created. While many of the advances affect smaller power supplies, Silverstone is pushing this to the kilowatt level PSU’s and the latest advance is the ST1200-PTS we have here today. Featuring a staggering 665W per liter power density, Silverstone packs 1200 watts of 80+ Platinum level efficiency into a fully modular box measuring a scant 140mm long. Does Silverstone make any compromises when packing this much power into such a small space? Let’s find out!

Posted by Damon Bailey
on Friday, May 31, 2019 - 8:00am
Corsair RM Series (2019) RM650 RM 750 PSU Power Supply Supplies

Corsair has been known for their power supplies for quite some time now, but the original RM series released in 2013 proved to be a popular choice for its 80+ Gold efficiency, Modular cables, and zero-RPM fan modes coming in at an affordable price. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it right? Well, quite a bit can change in the PC world in six years and that gives Corsair the opportunity to polish what was already a popular product. The 2019 update to the RM series starts with three models, the RM650, RM750, and RM850. Most of the features you’ve come to love to remain like the fully-modular low-profile cables, but the warranty doubles to 10 years, and the price drops. Corsair also has some new tricks up its sleeve like support for Windows 10’s upcoming Modern Standby feature. Is there anything not to love? Let’s find out!