The BFG EX-1000 is a very sleek power supply that delivers solid features and good performance when heavily loaded with a case full of power-hungry components. From a feature standpoint, the Frequency Conversion here helps with low-load inefficiency problems often seen on kilowatt units. The accessories included in this package are nothing spectacular, but there is a good assortment of sleeved modular cables that support SLI/CrossFire setups, and an easy-to-use and labeled connection design is employed. From a functional standpoint, the EX-1000 has good voltage regulation, an 80 PLUS Bronze efficiency rating, and a quiet operation. However, the low noise levels come with a steep tradeofff in that the exhaust temperatures are very high. Coupled with the small heatsinks, the unit gets rather warm, and we think this could be easily solved by adjusting the fan speeds for higher RPMs when operating a high loads. The cable lengths could also be slightly longer, and when heavily loaded the 12V rail measurements dropped a bit more than we’d prefer to see from a kilowatt unit.
That being said, however, perhaps the most attractive feature of the EX-1000 is its price: at about $200 USD, it is positioned very well in the market for a kilowatt power supply. Interestingly, the EX-1000 is available exclusively at Best Buy, and while some may argue this is a good thing, we won’t quibble about the corporate strategy and instead focus on simple consumer economics and satisfaction. The bottom line is that $200 for a quality kilowatt, modular power supply is a good deal no matter how you slice it.
While the BFG EX-1000 isn’t a top standout in any one category, it isn’t a slouch either, and is a good all-round power supply that offers an attractive combination of features, functionality, and aesthetics. If you are on a tight budget but need a kilowatt power supply, the BFG EX-1000 is worthy of a good look.
Our thanks go to BFG for providing the EX-1000 for this review.