Admittedly we may have a exaggerated a tad with our title (emphasis on "tad"), but holy moly, what an insane amount of wattage. The new Hercules 1600W power supply from Rosewill (Newegg's house brand) is a beast that is probably bigger than what the wiring in most homes is capable of supplying, at least at full bore. Speaking of which, can you imagine the system it would take to fully stress a PSU like this?
After reportedly making the rounds at several trade shows, Silverstone is just about ready to offer up its flagship Zeus Series ZM1350 power supply to retail. On paper, the ZM1350 is a beastly PSU that pushes the limit of how much output wattage is reasonably attainable from a typical home outlet. It's rated at 1,350W of continuous output, and up to 1,500W of peak power at 50C.
We'd overclock a toaster if given the chance, so it's safe to say EVGA has our full attention in introducing its SuperNOVA NEX1500 Classified power supply that, when paired with special software, allows users to crank up the maximum power output by another 150 watts. We're crazy enough to appreciate a feature like that, even if it's probably not practical 99 percent of the time, but it's that 1 percent that excites us.
Case, cooling, and peripheral maker Cooler Master has come up with a successor to its Silent Pro M line of power supplies, the new and aptly named Silent Pro M2 Series. Picking up where the original left off, Cooler Master claims it made improvements to "each aspect" of the PSU, including the addition of a 3.3v DC-to-DC board to increase overall energy efficiency and newer high quality capacitors.
As we approach the limit of how much juice power supplies can realistically pull from the wall, PSU makers are turning their attention to other differentiating factors, like efficiency. Zalman is one such company taking this approach, and has just unveiled its new ZM1250 Platinum "extreme efficiency" power supply. As the name implies, the 1,250W PSU is 80 Plus Platinum certified, partially the result of using high quality components like 105C solid capacitors.
Many PC users take their power supply for granted. As long as the system turns on and stays on, then what's the difference, right? Wrong. Lower quality PSUs can lead to stability issues, put a damper on your overclocking efforts, and in a worst case scenario, go up in smoke (literally -- we've seen it happen). Corsair is generally considered one of the 'good guys' in the PSU market, and the company's new AX1200i DSP-based unit is the world's most advanced modular power supply -- just ask them.
Cooler Master today unveiled a new line of power supplies that promise to deliver "world-class" reliability and performance without beating up your savings account. Coming in 475W, 525W, 625W, and 725W configurations, each of Cooler Master's new Extreme 2 PSUs costs less than a C-note; the entry-level model carries an MSRP that's half that much. Oddly enough, Cooler Master doesn't claim any 80 Plus efficiency ratings on any of the new models, though the company insists they're constructed with "higher quality components and process improvements" than what's found on the first generation Extreme Series.
Kick ass gaming rigs need kick ass power supplies; we're guessing that a stock PSU just won't cut it when faced with a new GTX 680. Antec's catering to power users with its new High Current Pro 1000 Platinum PSU, the company's first kilowatt power supply that's efficient enough to rock an 80 Plus Platinum certification.
Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel has been a busy sponsor this week, first with his pseudonym being used on a new high-end X79 motherboard from ASRock, and now on a new high-wattage modular power supply for OCZ, which announced today the addition of a 1000W PSU to its Fatal1ty line of modular units targeted at gamers and enthusiasts. It's the third PSU in OCZ's Fatal1ty line and the only one of the three that's 80 Plus Gold certified.
We've said it a trillion times, but once more, the power supply is arguably the most underrated and unappreciated components in your PC. We've seen cheap units go up in smoke (quite literally). Higher end units, while not immune from failure, tend to be more reliable, but they're also more expensive, especially as you start climbing up the 80 Plus certification list. Antec's intention with its new EarthWatts Platinum is to offer a line of lower wattage PSUs with an ultra-high efficiency rating, putting the coveted Platinum label within reach of even those who don't need monster sized power supply.