Are these the best PC power supplies in the world?
We're taught from a young age that it's good to have goals, and Cooler Master's are anything but modest. The case and cooling company wants to be known as the leading power supply brand in all the world, and the way it plans to achieve that lofty goal is by introducing its new V Series PSUs. These new power supplies eschew a multiple rail design in favor a single +12V rail, but what's most impressive is the rated efficiency.
The new Triathlor Series is available with or without modular cables.
After a five-year run spanning from 2008 until now, Enermax has decided "the time has come to say goodbye to the Modu82+" family of power supplies. In its place is the new Triathlor series, which Enermax promises will be in existence for many years to come. There are two versions to choose from, the regular Triathlor with wired cables and Triathlor FC (Flexible Cable management) with flat modular cables.
As OCZ runs out of options (and money), the company may opt to sell off various assets.
The past six months or so have been tumultuous for OCZ Technology, a company that analysts expected might sell itself after its founder and then-chief, Ryan Petersen, abruptly left. Instead, OCZ hired a new CEO who vowed to address credibility problems and turn things around, which unfortunately entailed sacking 28 percent of its staff and dropping 150 product lines. Where does OCZ stand today? In need of cash and running out of options.
OCZ's newest power supplies are 80 Plus Gold certified.
OCZ on Monday announced that it has added 750W and 850W power supply models to its Silencer Mk III Series under the company's PC Power & Cooling brand. There are now half a dozen models to choose from in the Silencer Mk III Series, including 400W, 500W, 600W, 750W, 850W, and 1200W, all of which feature some form of 80 Plus certification (from Bronze on up to Platinum, depending on the specific model).
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.