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In Win Commander 750W, 850W

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Posted February 5, 2009 by Jake in Cases & PSU

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The InWin Commander 750w and 850w units are power supplies that deliver solid features and rock solid performance when heavily loaded with power-hungry components.  From a feature standpoint, the accessories included in this package are adequate, but there is a great assortment of sleeved modular cables that support SLI/CrossFire setups. Having four 6+2-pin cables on a 750w power supply is rare, and In Win has made a wise decision here to include them, given the demand for dual-card graphics setups. The cable connector setup employs an easy-to-use and colour-coded connection design, and the entire package is housed in a scratch-resistant finish with a very unique military-themed aesthetic.  From a functional standpoint, the Commander series boasts excellent voltage regulation, very good efficiency, and a very quiet operation.  We did experience a bit of a dropoff in the 12V when the 750w was fully loaded, but that could be attributed to the power draw being far more than the recommended specification we imposed on the unit.

The Commander 750w can be found at online retailers for approximately $170 USD (though we have seen $20 rebates available to push the price down), while the 850w version is about $250 USD. The price tag does put the Commander on the upper end of the market segment, so they are not the cheapest option available, but you do get a solid unit for your hard-earned money. The interesting thing here is that there is almost a 50% premium to move up only 100 watts to the 850w unit; this does seem rather steep for the investment versus return when you examine the options. In our opinon, unless you really need the 850w of power, the Commander 750w is probably a much better deal for most people, offering plenty of horsepower at a much more affordable price.

While these units are not the most inexpensive in their power segment, they are certainly not the most costly either. But they do offer a lifetime warranty and modular cabling that several competing products do not, and consequently this does command a bit of a price premium. The In Win Commander 750 / 850w power supplies offer a great combination of aesthetics, quality, versatility, and performance. If you are looking for a solid power supply, one of these units (the 750w in particular) should be on your shortlist.

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Our thanks go to InWin for providing the Commander units for this review.

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