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.
No matter how Kick Ass your gaming rig is, the PC's bound to crash and burn if your power supply isn't up to snuff. Cooler Master's Silent Pro M series of PSUs gets a lot of love from hardcore system builders for its efficiency, silent running and reasonable price -- and now it's getting an update. Today, the company pulled the proverbial curtain off the creatively named Silent Pro M2 series, which Cooler Master claims is better than its predecessor in every possible way.
Depending on how you look at things, the power supply is arguably the most important component in a build, and is at least one of the most underrated. Thermaltake over the years has worked hard to be known as one of a handful of reliable PSU brands, and its Toughpower and Smart Series are generally well received around the Web. Today both of those lines are expanding with new wattage options.
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.
After chasing gold (as in, 80 Plus Gold certification) with its HALE90 power supply series last year, NZXT is this time going after bronze. NZXT's new HALE82 power supply line is 80 Plus Bronze certified with 82 percent efficiency at 20 percent load, 85 percent efficient at 50 percent load, and 82 percent efficient at full throttle. Each HALE82 PSU is also quiet with a low-noise 120mm two-ball bearing fan, NZXT says.
The power supply is an oft-underappreciated component. Everyone knows it’s necessary, and most people who build their own PCs have some understanding of the basics of what a power supply does. But almost everyone tends to buy more power than they really need, or they’ll buy the cheapest PSU that delivers the wattage they think they need.
We’re not going to get too deep into the inner workings of the PC power supply, but it’s worth talking a bit about the basics of how they work before we dive into what to buy.