EVGA, a company that's best known for pumping out Nvidia-based graphics cards, is so confident in its new SuperNova 1000 G2 power supply that it's backing the unit with a 10-year warranty. Of course, we learned from watching Tommy Boy (NSFW) that guarantees are only as good as what's inside the box, and in this instance, EVGA is packaging a high-end power supply that's 80 Plus Gold certified with up to 90 percent efficiency under typical loads.
Over the last couple of years, many a company has entered the tablet market with high hopes, found the going tough and become an also-ran. Kupa may not be the most recognizable of names in the tablet world yet, but it is trying its level best to avoid that fate. Having entered the market with the Windows 7-based X11 Pro Tablet earlier this year, the Santa Monica-based company is now trying to stand out with the UltraNote, a modular tablet that runs Windows 8.
Antec today rolled out three new power supply models as part of its new High Current M series, a mid-range wattage class of hybrid modular PSUs with quiet cooling at affordable prices. The new series is an extension of the High Current Gamer PSU line released in late 2010, but feature modular cables and don't scale as high in wattage options.
It's generally a good idea to let your power supply decide when it needs a burst of air to keeps its internals nice and chilly, but if you'd rather take matters into your own hands, Cooler Master's Silent Pro Hybrid Series is a new line of fully modular power supplies that come bundled with a fan controller. With it you can turn off your PSU's fan and control up to three system fans. Sounds like a disaster waiting to happen, except Cooler Master put a safe guard in place.
Can you remember the last time you utilized every single cable on your power supply? For most, it's probably been awhile, which is why modular power supplies are so popular, even if you don't suffer from OCD. If you've been eyeing up Corsair's Enthusiast Series PSUs and wishing they too came with modular cables, today's your lucky day.
When it comes to building your own personal dream machine, there's no such thing as too much, right? That's how we've always felt, though every once in awhile a company comes along and launches a product that challenges that notion. Today its Enermax, which by its own admission "enters the heavyweight class with its new MaxRevo high-performance" power supply line designed for multi-GPU systems, industrial PCs, workstations, and servers. Enermax isn't just puffing its chest here, the lowest end model in the MaxRevo line is a whopping 1200W (1.2kW) PSU!
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office put to rest a three-year dispute between Ultra Products, now a part of the Streak Products division of Systemax, and several power supply makers by rejecting Ultra's claim regarding modular PSU design patents, Softpedia.com reports. The USPTO came to the conclusion after seeing examples of the technology being used in prior PSUs.
Power supplies aren't the only thing going modular these days, so are computer cases. And leave it to Antec to go all-in with its new LanBoy Air, which looks a little bit like a Transformer, and acts like one too.
"Antec's Skeleton was universally lauded as the most innovative chassis ever. The LanBoy Air builds on the Skeleton's open-air frame design, combining it with a familiar form factor and fully modular construction," said Scott Richards, senior vice president at Antec. "This chassis offers our most avid users the platform they need to push the limits of what they imagined possible in high-performance system design."
The LanBoy Air comes covered in mesh, giving users all the benefits of a truly open-air setup (like HTPC's TechStation or Danger Den's Torture Rack) with a bit more protection. Cooling is the name of the game here, with spots to mount up to 15 fans.
Other features include 11 total drive bays, CPU cut-out, support for graphics cards exceeding 15 inches, three USB ports (including a single USB 3.0 port), and a bunch of parts to move around and customize (check out the video).
Corsair, a company best known for its range of memory products, has also built a reputation for high quality power supplies, namely the TX and HX series released a couple of years ago. On paper, Corsair's newly introduced Professional Series Gold units are even better.
The new line features a fully modular low-profile cable set and come rated at 750W (AX750), 850W (AX850), and 1200W (AX1200W). As the naming scheme suggests, these are all 80 Plus Gold certified, meaning they deliver over 90 percent efficiency at 50 percent load.
No easy task, Corsair said it incorporated a number of "sophisticated server-level technologies" to reach 80 Plus Gold status, including Zero Voltage Switching and Zero Current Switching tecnology to eliminate switching losses and reduce EMI, as well as individual DC-to-DC voltage regulation for the 3.3V, 5V, and 12V rails. In addition, Corsair claims its secondary-side synchronous rectification and 4-layer PCB design results in low levels of ripple and noise.
All three power supplies come with a single 20/24-pin ATX connector, two 8-pin CPU connectors, and a single floppy connector. The AX750 adds two 6+2-pin PCI-E, 12 SATA, and eight 4-pin connectors, while the AX850 ups the ante to four 6+2 pin connectors. The flagship AX1200 features six 6+2-pin, 16 SATA, and 12 4-pin connectors.
Each PSU also boasts a single +12V rail with 62A (744W), 70A (840W), and 100.4A (1204.8W) available on the AX750, AX850, and AX1200, respectively.
We never bought into the whole Fatal1ty hype ourselves, and judging by the reader comments that inevitably accompany these types of posts, neither did most of you. Nevertheless, arguably the world's most infamous gamer, Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel, will have his gamertag slapped on another power supply product from OCZ, a 750W modular unit.
"Working with Fatal1ty to build the ultimate PSU for a high-performance gaming environment was a great experience," commented Ryan Edwards, Director of Product Management at OCZ Technology. "Jonathan and OCZ share a common commitment to performance and reliability aimed at supporting the user in even the most intense competitive gaming and enthusiast environments. With the new Fatal1ty 750, gamers and power users alike can be confident their system is fueled by a top-notch PSU with the latest in technology and design."
Underneath the Fatal1ty logo sits an 80+ Bronze Certified power supply capable of 750W continuous at 45C. Modular cables consist of four 6+2-pin PCI-E, six peripheral, two floppy, and six SATA connectors, while permanent connections consist of one 20/24-pin ATX, one 8-pin CPU, and one 4+4-pin CPU.