Enermax Galaxy EVO 1250W
The aesthetic appearance of the Enermax Galaxy EVO 1250W is extremely unique, there’s no denying that. The only other time we’ve seen an aesthetic and finish like this is….. with the Enermax Revolution. The Galaxy EVO definitely looks like the Revolution’s sibling, with a very distinct style shared among both products. The colour scheme of the EVO with its black and red is striking, but what sets this unit apart is the finish and design lines. Yes, design lines. On a power supply. As unconventional (or weird?) as that sounds, the EVO is not a simply rectangular box of a power supply; it has "relief" areas (like on a sculpture, believe it or not) where simple design patterns are indented and not flush with the box itself. It is actually quite good-looking and not at all awkward, creating an utterly distinctive sense of style. Enermax has really made a bold move here and it’s paid off handsomely.
The rear of the unit features honeycombed perforations to allow for increased airflow from the 135mm fan to exhaust the hot air out the rear of your case. There is also a Powerguard Indicator that is essentially a small light that turns orange (Standby), green (OK), or red (Fail) to notify you of the system power status. Overall, the Galaxy EVO 1250W is very weighty, which is always a good sign, particularly when it’s a monster of a unit that should be enough to power a computer system that can heat a room.
The finish on the EVO is the other distinctive characteristic, with a textured surface that exhibits a metallic-flecked paint job. The real beauty, however, lies in the functional aspect that can’t be ignored, as this finish is very scratch resistant. And even if it is scratched, it isn’t noticed because the speckled effect will camoflauge any offending nick or smudge. Again, Enermax has taken a bit of a gamble since the aesthetics here really are unique, and they’ve somehow managed to successfully pull it together in a very pleasing and aggressive-looking power supply.
The Galaxy EVO 1250W is 7.5" long, unlike the other kilowatt+ products that we’ve seen that are longer. Thankfully you won’t need extra space here, though presumably if you need 1250W of power then you probably have either have a full tower case with plenty of room to spare or an open bench which won’t have any space issues.
The front of the unit is where we see the modular cable interface, and Enermax has used colour-coded, slim "click-in" type connectors instead of square and blocky ones. This revised design seems to be easier to access, with more room between the columns of connectors and therefore less cumbersome than trying to navigate thick ones that are cramped together as is often the case.
The Galaxy EVO 1250W is isn’t entirely modular, as the 24-pin and 4/8-pin ATX cables, and well as a basic set of PCIe 6/8-pin cables are connected to the unit. This really isn’t problematic since every system needs these cables anyways, and they won’t add to the mess of unnecessary cable clutter. There is a full complement of cables, including 3 sets of dual 6+2-pin connectors needed for the latest high-end graphics cards, including a triple SLI/Crossfire setup like ours. All the cables are sleeved with a nice black and yellow braiding, but the sleeving doesn’t extend to the end of all the cables, and in the case of the SATA connectors they are entirely bare after the initial connector. I cannot fathom why Enermax would do this; the SATA cables should be sleeved, and when paying a hefty price for such a premium unit, this is disappointing to see. It’s such a little thing, but at this uppper echelon of product, it’s very noticeable.
The cable lengths for the Galaxy EVO 1250W are very good, 24" to the main 24-pin and 4/8-pin cable connectors, and 20" for the PCI-e, SATA, and Molex cables to the first connector. They are not the longest we’ve seen but should do the trick for most people’s setup. You may have a bit of a tough time routing some cables behind the motherboard tray if you have a tall tower with a bottom-mounted power supply setup, so just keep it in mind. Depending on your particular setup this may pose a minor problem with one or two cables. However, most people will have no issues at all with the cable lengths.
The Galaxy EVO 1250W includes an Active Power Factor Correction feature to increase the efficiency. Since AC Power oscillates continuously, Active PFC automatically adjusts for variances in the AC input voltage to ensure the power remains clean and stable, thus keeping peak efficiency and consistent output, and thereby protecting your computer in the process.