Tuniq Ensemble 1200 Watt Power Supply

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overviewAnd for those that are fortunate enough to be able to afford such a system, Tuniq has a new PSU that may be right up your alley. Tuniq is no stranger to constructing highend air-coolers but are also in the business of providing highend power supplies. A couple of weeks ago we bought the Miniplant from them but today we will be showcasing their lastest offering. A 1200 watt mammoth entitled: Ensemble. The number 1200 is not the really thing that makes the Ensemble special but also the fact that is boast an efficient rating of 87%. All these numbers are enough to make you wander, so since you are wandering lets take a closer look at the Ensemble.  

 

Tuniq Ensemble 1200

Introduction

Have you even been in the perdictment where you need ungodly amounts of power from a power supply? Lets say about 1000 plus watts? There are many individuals out there that say these large mutant-like power supplies are not needed. Well I recall a time when these same people were saying 500 watts would not be needed by anyone. Look at where we are today in highend rig building. Today we have systems that house two, three and even four video cards. And then you throw in a nice raid system, a multitude of fans and media drives, you can really begin to see that a nice size power unit is needed.

And for those that are fortunate enough to be able to afford such a system, Tuniq has a new PSU that may be right up your alley. Tuniq is no stranger to constructing highend air-coolers but are also in the business of providing highend power supplies. A couple of weeks ago we bought the Miniplant from them but today we will be showcasing their lastest offering. A 1200 watt mammoth entitled: Ensemble. The number 1200 is not the really thing that makes the Ensemble special but also the fact that is boast an efficient rating of 87%. All these numbers are enough to make you wander, so since you are wandering lets take a closer look at the Ensemble.

 


Packaging and contents

The Ensemble comes in one of the largest boxes that I have ever seen for a power supply. It kind of enhanced my wanting to opening the packaging even more.

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What is inside the box is very typical when it comes to power supplies. Besides the usual power cable and unit itself you get two 8 to 6 pin adapters and two splitters for Miex connections. Lastly there is a single Molex to SATA adapter as well.

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Features

  • Max efficiency 87%, Average Efficiency 86%
  • Minimum 82.3% efficiency at 100% load
  • Super Quiet Operation (1500RP M, Noise under 30 dBA at 100% load condition )
  • Japanese Ripple Capacitor
  • Fan Delay-Off Feature(Fan will not stop working until the temp below 50)
  • 13.5cm 2-Ball Bearing Fan +8 cm Fan
  • Active PFC
  • 3-year warranty
  • 220mm*148mm*85mm

Specifications

AC input

100~240 VAC, 47~63Hz

DC Terminal Current(A)

DC Terminal Current(A)

12V1

12V2

12V3

12V4

5V

3.3V

-12V

+5V USB

20

20

25

25

30

30

0.8

6

Max combined Wattage

1080W

200W

9.6W

30W

Total Power

1200W

 


Closer look

Let me be one of the first to let you know that this is one big power supply. At just under nine inches I can say this is one of the largest comsumer power units I have ever seen. You would be hard pressed to put this monster in a case short of being a full size tower. But the chances of someone needing a unit this big would be by an individual that would need a big case. But if you can get pass the size of the Ensemble, the next obvious characteristic of the unit is the color which is a gun metal flavor. It seems gun metal is fast becoming a new flavor in the industry.

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To give the unit a quick run about we begin at the top where Tuniq decided to use a massive 135mm cooling fan. A power supply of this size definitely needs a fan this big to aid in the cooling of the caps and heatsinks in the inside. And using such a big fan would also mean more quietness.

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And to help in the whole cooling process we have another 80mm fan on the back half of the unit. Taking a look over at the graphs on Tuniq's website you will see the speed and the noise levels of the fans all rely on the load put on the power supply. So if you are putting out about a 350 watts load the fans noise levels should not exceed about 20dBA if rotations of 800 and 1750RPM from the 135mm and 80mm fans respectfully.

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For those that want a modular power supply, look somewhere else. The permanent cables of the Ensemble as pretty long and are pretty well sleeved.

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1x 24 pin ATX
6x 4 pin Molex
2x Floppy
6x SATA
1x 4 pin AUX
4 PCIe (6/8)

 


Testing

Testing rig specs:

 

CPU: Intel Core2Duo 6300

Motherboard: ASUS P5B Deluxe

Video card: EVGA 8800GTX

RAM: 1GB Super Talent PC8500

Hard drives:  Seagate 120GB HDD

Optical drives: HP DVD 740

Operating system: Windows XP Professional

We know that testing a power supply on a loaded system is not the best way to test a power supply but you can not overlook real world testing. Other sites have methods that use thousands of dollars in equipment to provide them greater detail. These sites and the method they use should be a true means on how well a power supply is. We feel that showing you how it performs under real world conditions is a valid measure of its performance.

Results

 

3.3v

5.0v

12v

Idle

3.4

5.12

12.19

Load

3.35

5.12

12.20

No more the situation, idle or load, the Ensemble fared awesomely. We saw little to no movement of fluncation on any of the rails. And when we did, the gap was very little and did not cause a single hiccup.

Noise

While sitting there doing nothing, we heard nothing from the Ensemble, well almost nothing. I say almost nothing due to the fact that, when I stopped all the fans in the case, we did hear a low hiss from the Ensemble. But the hiss was completely subdued when all the other fans were restarted. As for the increased fan speed under load, we did hear a little more spin from the unit but not much. I guess this is due to the low power that my system requires.

 


Conclusion

For someone that needs 1200W of power the Ensemble is definitely worth taking a long look at. These individuals maybe far and apart but who says one day we will not need such power. There was a time when everyone thought we woud not need 400 watts.

Even if you were up to getting such a high powered power supply like this one, I am glad to say you will be getting one quiet unit. We heard very little coming from the unit as we ran our tests.

The price of the Ensemble is a not too bad as it is priced lower than almost anything else in its class. Prices from most retailers we looked at were right at $289 from the likes of Newegg. Well under the prices of Silverstone, PC Power and Cooling and Thermaltake offering.

 

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