Why go for the gold when platinum is within reach? That's the question Enermax asked itself when designing its new Platimax power supply series, which brings the 80 Plus Platinum certification bling, the highest 80 Plus certification available in the U.S. What that stamp means is that the Platimax line has been certified at least 95 percent efficient at 50 percent typical load and no less than 91 percent efficient when fully loaded.
Thermaltake's new Toughpower XT Platinum and Gold power supplies mean business, at least on paper. These new high-output PSUs come in three wattages -- 1275W, 1375W, and 1475W -- two of which are 80 Plus Gold certified (1375W and 1475W), with the other receiving an 80 Plus Platinum stamp.
Don't have a fortune to plunk down on a power supply? Fair enough, but don't use that as excuse to roll the dice with a generic label promising high watts for pennies on the dollar. Cheaply constructed units do fail, and when it happens, it's not pretty. With that in mind, OCZ's hoping PSU shoppers with modest coin to spend will turn to its new ZS line.
Can you remember the last time you utilized every single cable on your power supply? For most, it's probably been awhile, which is why modular power supplies are so popular, even if you don't suffer from OCD. If you've been eyeing up Corsair's Enthusiast Series PSUs and wishing they too came with modular cables, today's your lucky day.
Lian Li isn't afraid to take a design risk every now and then, even if it might lead to ridicule. This was proven with the release of the PC-777 Memorial Edition chassis that looks like a giant slug lives inside, and then again with the PC-U6 Cowry, an updated version of the PC-777 that draws even more attention to itself with LED lighting. Lian Li's new PC-A05FN mid-tower won't test your taste for aesthetics, but it's yet another example of the case maker doing things a bit differently.
The Maximum PC mindset is one that unapologetically goes overboard at every opportunity. We're talking hexacore CPUs, gobs of RAM, and multiple solid state drives in a RAID 0 configuration. And to power all this gear? We want a power supply that darkens the entire city every time we push our PC's power button. The obvious downside to going over the top is cost, and in terms of the PSU, getting too carried away doesn't net any kind of return. Have you ever wondered what size PSU you really need? Check out eXtreme Outer Vision's online PSU calculator.
Maybe it's our imagination running wild, but Antec's new EarthWatts EA-750 Green power supply sounds to us like it's made from recycled cardboard and runs on dirt. That obviously isn't the case, but it does earn brownie points with Mother Nature for consuming up to 33 percent less energy than an equivalent power supply with no reduction in performance (according to Antec) and for earning an 80 Plus Bronze certification.
When it comes to building your own personal dream machine, there's no such thing as too much, right? That's how we've always felt, though every once in awhile a company comes along and launches a product that challenges that notion. Today its Enermax, which by its own admission "enters the heavyweight class with its new MaxRevo high-performance" power supply line designed for multi-GPU systems, industrial PCs, workstations, and servers. Enermax isn't just puffing its chest here, the lowest end model in the MaxRevo line is a whopping 1200W (1.2kW) PSU!
Club3D is best known for cranking out videocards for both AMD and Nvidia, but as has become vogue among graphics card vendors, Club3D also maintains a power supply line. The company's newest model, the CSP-X1200CS, is a 1200 watt unit and the latest entry to the company's Switching Power Supply Series. On paper, that's a ton of wattage, and it's supposedly efficient with an 80-Plus Silver Certification sticker.
Corsair bills its Builder Series of power supplies as sort of the working man's PSU. They're relatively affordable, yet sport "features normally reserved only for premium power supplies," like extra long cables that are fully sleeved, quiet cooling, and energy efficiency. With this value proposition in mind, Corsair today announced a trio of new additions to its Builder Series, the CX430 V2, CX500 V2, and CX600 V2.