There are plenty topics of debate in the tech industry. One of them has to do with single rail versus multi-rail designs in power supplies. Multi-rail PSUs became super popular for a period of time several years ago, though many high end models have since switched back to single rail setups, which refers to the all-important +12V rail. It's a topic worthy of a much longer article, but as it pertains to our Consumer Electronics Show coverage, we happened by Enermax's section where we got a look at a 1250W PSU that lets you switch between single and multi-rail mode.
Looking for a power supply that can handle your monster build with juice to spare? Well, EVGA's new SuperNova 1600 T2 PSU is a good start. Rated at 1600W, EVGA's new PSU also boasts 80 Plus Titanium certification for 94 percent efficiency. It's also the highest 80 Plus certification available, the others being Platinum (92 percent), Gold (90 percent), Silver (88 percent), Bronze (85 percent), and simply Plus (80 percent), all of which represent efficiency at 50 percent load levels.
FSP's new 80 Plus Platinum certified Aurum PT power supply family leaves few, if any stones unturned. Available in 850W, 1000W, and even 1200W models, the high-end Aurum PT line boasts super high efficiency (over 92 percent), enough wattage to run the most demanding gaming systems, flat-ribbon modular cables to help keep the inside of your case nice and clutter free (as possible), and a neat looking design, in case the opportunity to show off your PSU ever presents itself.
New PSUs from Fractal Design range in wattage from 450W to 750W
Fractal Design is perhaps best known for its line of cases, like the Define XL or Core 3000. However, that's not all the company is into. Fractal Design just rolled out a new family of modular power supplies dubbed Edison M. They're available in a variety of wattages, including 450W, 550W, 650W, and 750W, each with modular cables and 80 Plus Gold efficiency certification.
Forget any talk of the post-PC era. If PCs were dead, companies like EVGA wouldn't be churning out beastly power supplies. Instead, EVGA just announced the immediate availability of its SuperNOVA 1200 P2 PSU, which comes hot on the heels of the company's recently introduced SuperNOVA 1600 G2 PSU. The 1200W model still offers a ton of wattage, plus other tantalizing features at a more friendly price point than its bigger brethren.
If only hitman Chev Chelios had access to EVGA's latest power supply in the Crank: High Voltage series, he wouldn't need to go looking for sources of electricity to keep himself ticking. EVGA today announced its SuperNOVA 1600 G2 PSU, a monster 1600W unit with a mind boggling 133.3A available over a single all-important +12V rail. If you're looking for a beefy PSU to power a high-end rig with multiple graphics card, this looks like a candidate, at least based on the spec sheet (and EVGA's reputation).
You don't want to match your high-end system build with a wimpy or generic power supply, trust us on this one. We've seen things, man -- things we can't ever forget (like smoke emitting from our rig). That's why we're a little excited to see Corsair announce its new HXi Series of power supplies with 80 Plus Platinum certification, which is only achieved when reaching greater than 92 percent energy efficiency.
A high wattage PSU with 80 Plus Platinum certification
Cooler Master today unveiled its V1200 Platinum, the newest addition to its V Series of power supplies. As the model name clearly implies, this is a 1200W PSU with 80 Plus Platinum certification, meaning it's certifiably efficient -- up to 93 percent at 50 percent load. Cooler Master also equipped its newest PSU with a new auto/hybrid easy switch controller so users can change between fan control modes on-the-fly.
There are power supplies, and then there's Corsair's AX1500i Digital ATX PSU. Corsair calls the AX1500i the most technologically advanced and efficient power supply on the planet, a claim we'd have a hard time debating after glancing this beast's spec sheet. It starts with the wattage rating -- Corsair's AX1500i is a 1500W PSU and also the first of its kind to earn the ultra-stringent 80 Plus Titanium certification.
An attempt to mesh top quality design with aesthetic flair
Which is more important to you, form or function? If you're thinking both, you might be a candidate for BitFenix's new Fury line of power supplies. Looking at "challenging the status quo," BitFenix designed its Fury PSU line to run reliably and look good while doing it. Usually when a PSU maker talks about aesthetics, it's a sign that quality took a backseat, but that doesn't appear to be the case here.