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.
There are at least a million and one different ways to trick out your PC. One of those ways is to individually sleeve all the wiring for your power supply. The end result looks pretty sweet, assuming you don't drive yourself insane before completing the tedious task. Like most anything else, there's an alternate path to the same end -- toss money at it. If you're willing to pay for the luxury, EVGA will now sell you individually sleeved cable sets that support all SuperNova G2 and P2 power supply series.
LEPA isn't a name you hear that often, though if you subscribe to Maximum PC magazine and/or frequently visit our website, you may recal we equipped last year's Dream Machine with a LEPA G1600-MA power supply. That was a beastly PSU, though LEPA's new MaxPlatinum PSU line has a model that trumps it. It's the P1700-MA-EU, and as you might have surmised, it's a 1,700W model with a peak rating of 1,800W!
New GX V3 series from Cougar boast 80 Plus Gold certification
Gamers are a demanding bunch, and if you're a PC component or peripheral maker, you better bring your A-game or risk being called out for gimmicky features. Cougar, a name you don't hear too often in the U.S., thinks its new GX V3 power supply family makes the cut. These units are being billed as high-end PSUs specifically for gamers, which starts with 80 Plus Gold level efficiency.
Unless you've mastered the art of mind control, you won't get very far in your build without a power supply. It's arguably the single most important component, and if you choose poorly, it's your components that ultimately suffer. Are you in the market for a reliable unit? Look no further than today's top deal for a Corsair HX750 750W Modular Power Supply for $110 with free shipping (normally $130 -- use coupon code: [EMCPWWC35]; additional $20 mail-in-rebate). Not only is it modular for easy cable management, it's also 80 Plus Gold certified, Haswell ready, and sports four 8-pin (6+2) PCI-E connectors for SLI or Crossfire configurations.
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Fans, fans, and more fans (and a fanless power supply)
Things can get crazy at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), but one company that kept its cool is Enermax. We mean that literally, folks. Gordon stopped by Enermax's booth at the show to see what the company brought to show off, and the answer is fans. Lots of fans, some of which lit up and reacted to sound. On the flip side, Enermax also brought with it a fanless power supply that's 80 Plus Platinum certified.
Picking out a power supply is not something that should be taken lightly. In a literal sense, weight is one way to determine if a PSU is up to snuff or not, but you also need to factor in how much wattage you need and how it's distributed -- today's systems rely heavily on the +12V rail(s). The easy way to figure out how much power you need so you don't overspend is to use eXtreme Outer Vision's recently updated online PSU calculator.
Putting together a modest system that doesn't require a nuclear reactor to power up and sustain during gaming sessions? EVGA might have what you're looking for. The hardware player announced a couple of new power supplies -- a 500W model and a 430W model, both aimed at budget builders who aren't looking to spend all their holiday skrilla on a PSU, yet still want a name brand unit.
Affected models were sold prior to October 1, 2013
EVGA today issued a notice to customers warning that some of its SuperNova power supplies may suffer from a manufacturing defect. Affected units are prone to shut down at any given time and/or may refuse to power on. According to EVGA, the issue only affects a "small batch" of 1300W and 1000W PSUs, including the SuperNova 1000 G2 (120-G2-1000-XR), SuperNova 1000 P2 (220-P2-1000-XR), and SuperNova 1300 G2 (120-G2-1300-XR).
Flat ribbon cables and 80 Plus Bronze certification
Cooler Master this week expanded its line of power supplies by introducing its new GM Series under its gaming umbrella. Billed as being "efficient and valuable," Cooler Master says these new PSUs boast better efficiency and improved heat dissipation thanks in part to being manufactured with a unique 3D circuit design. The GM Series also boasts semi-modular cabling with flat-ribbon cables.