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Tuniq Ripper 1000w

Posted April 7, 2009 by Jake in Cases & PSU







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by Jake
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The Tuniq Ripper 1000w is a bit of an interesting animal. It occupies a spot in the high-end market segment by the simple fact it is a kilowatt power supply. And while its features do provide enough to justify the inclusion, it’s not quite in the same league as top-quality Tier 1 units. However, it doesn’t carry the enormous price tag either. Currently coming in around $180 USD, the Ripper is one of the least expensive units you can find in this segment. More interesting however, is the fact that Newegg had this unit on sale about a month ago for an astonishing rock-bottom price of $90. At that price, you cannot argue with a decision to purchase a 1000w like the Ripper. Newegg has hinted they may bring back that sale again, so keep your eyes open. At that price, this unit is a steal.

Still, at $180, the Ripper delivers good features and solid performance when heavily loaded with power-hungry components.  From a feature standpoint, the unit supports SLI/CrossFire setups, and it’s coated in a scratch-resistant finish.  The aesthetics may be uninspiring, but they’re certainly up to the task for most consumers. From a functional standpoint, the Ripper 1000w has very good voltage regulation and efficiency, and a quiet operation when running at lower loads. When heavily loaded, however, the fan does ramp up and is audible. 

Unfortunately there isn’t a modular setup here, so you will have extra cables to tuck away in your case. The cable length for the 4/8-pin ATX cable is a bit of an issue if you have a case with a bottom-mounted power supply setup, so be aware you may not be able to route behind the motherboard tray, depending on your case setup.

The Tuniq Ripper 1000w isn’t a standout unit in any particular category, but it is a good all-around kilowatt power supply that offers a nice combination of features, functionality, and aesthetics at an attractive price. If it does go on sale again for anywhere near the $100 mark, scoop one up because I doubt very much they’ll last long. If you are looking for a decent kilowatt power supply at an attractive price, the Ripper 1000w is worth a good look.



Tuniq Ripper 1000w

Our thanks go to Tuniq for providing the Ripper 1000w for this review.



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