Best Looking PSU Overall, Great Performance, Unique Design
WHAT WE DISLIKED:
Red Connectors, Price
The Astrape is a beautiful unit that takes PSU aesthetic design to a whole new level. The performance is great as well, but the price is really hard to ignore right now. If budget is no object though, look no further than Gamdias!
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Gamdias has an amazing unit on its hands. The performance was great, the aesthetics are breathtaking and the complaints are minor. In fact, the only one that isn’t easily worked around in my opinion is the red coloring for the PCIe connectors. It’s not hugely noticeable, but there nonetheless. The combination of excellent RGB lighting and an impressive design on the fan grill make this my favorite looking PSU on the market. Keep this up Gamdias!
At this point, you might be wondering what type of price tag is associated with the Astrape. The unfortunate news is a rather huge one. On the plus side, Amazon has a cheaper option now at $135. The actual seller is BeachAudio, though the company does have a strong user rating over the last 12 months from Amazon reviews. On Newegg, the unit is at $145 though. Compared to similar PSUs, even RGB ones, it’s very pricey. I almost think the Aesthetics are worth it, but the larger issue is the fact that Gamdias’ own 750w unit of the same lineup is only $10 more. It’s hard to recommend the 650W in comparison to that.
Do I think the Astrape is the best looking PSU ever made to this date? Yes I do! Even with red connectors, I’d take this design over anything I’ve seen. Do I think it’s price is prohibitive? Unfortunately, I do. That doesn’t mean this PSU isn’t an excellent unit though. As a result, we’ll happily award the Gamdias Astrape P1 650W PSU the Pure Overclock Great Hardware Award!
Needless to say I love computer hardware. With my reviews, I never forget what it's like trying to find parts on a tight budget and how excited I am about any new component I get my hands on. If there was a good effort in the design, then I'll find a reason why each component is great for someone!