Final Thoughts & Conclusion
Once again, Enermax puts out a great power supply, and one of the smallest in this power class at only 160mm long. The Dust Free fan technology is interesting, but we’re not sure ultimately how useful or effective it will be. It’s nice to have the button on the rear to engage this any time you feel, but keep in mind it may very well blow the dust right back into your case depending on how you have it oriented in your system. The power cable retainer is a nice touch and not something you commonly see outside of the enterprise world where an accidental unplug of a mission-critical system could be catastrophic.
On the aesthetic side of the world, we really like the soft textured coating Enermax uses on the casing of the power supply, and the dark chrome grill just looks stunning. The cables, well we just can’t say enough nice things about them. Splitting all of the connections at the power supply end makes your system look great by not having extra and unneeded connectors in your system out in plain sight. The cables themselves are very slim and have a great feel to them. They are very flexible but ‘train’ easily to lay exactly how you want without any annoying memory.
Performance was as good as we could test for. These 80 Plus Platinum rated units have such tight tolerances, you really need laboratory grade equipment designed specifically for testing this type of equipment to really pick it apart. The 12V rails seemed to hover just a hair low through almost all of our testing but still fell well within ATX specifications.
We do have one small complaint. The Multi-rail layout could use a little tweaking, you do need to pay some attention to the rails when connecting your system, +12V3 in particular. While it does carry a 40A/480W rating, you can connect a powerful GPU, your CPU and all of your peripheral devices to this one rail and overload it quite easily. As long as you keep this little caveat in mind, you should have a great experience.
Good job Enermax!