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be quiet! may not be a very well known name in North America, but in the European market, and particularly in Germany, it's an entirely different story; they're industry heavyweights. With an established reputation in the power supply market, the company is looking to expand further west, particularly in North America, and from what we've seen so far with their products, they appear to be on the right track. The be quiet! PowerZone 1000W features stunning styling, fully modular design, and quiet operation. Priced at $189 and 80Plus Bronze certified, can the performance measure up? Let's take a closer look at the PowerZone 1000W and see if it can meet be quiet!'s claims and our expectations.
The Cougar CMX V3 850W is an enthusiast-oriented mid-range power supply, and while this unit isn't a beast like some we've seen of late, it is 80PLUS Bronze certified and comes with a partly modular design, with the intent of providing value to consumers on a budget. Let's take a closer look.
The OCZ Fatal1ty Series 750W comes with some interesting features that should appeal to the gamers in the crowd. Haswell-ready and LED lighting get it started, but what about performance? We know that sheet specs certainly don't tell the real story though, so let's take a closer look at this new unit and get it on the bench to find out what it can do.
The Antec High Power Gamer M 750W is a mid-range power supply that comes 80PLUS Bronze certified, sports a modular design (hence the new "M" moniker), and has a price tag of $99. That's reasonably priced for the average gamer or casual enthusiast who doesn't want to break the bank, while still hoping to score solid performance for their hard-earned cash.
Introduction The be quiet brand name may not be very well known in North America, but in the European market it’s a different story. With an established reputation in the power supply market, the company is looking to expand further west, and from what we’ve seen so far with their products, they appear to be on the right track. We came away very impressed by the be quiet Dark Power Pro model after our testing, and today we’re focusing on a power supply that’s a bit more modest in its goals but also in its price. The Pure Power L8 700W is a more budget-oriented unit that looks to be more affordable to the masses without compromising quality. Coming with an 80PLUS Bronze rating at a price of $100, we think be quiet is certainly making the right moves for its North American target audience. The be quiet Pure Power L8 700W features simple but sleek styling, a quiet operation, and strong performance for the price. We love that sort of combination, but can the reality match what’s being claimed? It’s a competitive market, with some established companies that garner much attention, so we’re anxious to see what be quiet brings to the table. Let’s take a closer look at the Pure Power L8 700W and see if it can live up to be quiet’s claims and our expectations.
There aren't many 80PLUS Platinum power supplies on the market in the 800-900W power range, so the Antec High Current Pro Platinum 850W comes with considerable interest to us. Antec is a respected name in the component industry, and while this one isn't a monster premium power supply like some we've seen of late, the HCP-850 is well featured and comes with a price $249. Let's take a closer look at this Antec power supply and see how it fares.
The Toughpower XT Gold 1475W is a beast of a power supply, with an enormous amount of juice, and despite a lack of 80Plus Platinum it's still very much a premium unit. It comes with an expensive price tag for those with big power demands, so let's see if the performance can measure up.
The In Win Commander III 600W comes with a unique military-themed design named for the famous Desert Fox moniker that started in WW2 attributed to German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel and then again resurfaced decades later during the Iraqi war in the late 1990's. While this unit isn't a behemoth like some we've seen of late, it's 80PLUS Gold certified and comes with a price of $105. Seems pretty good so far, so let's take a closer look at this In Win power supply and see how it fares.
The Corsair AX1200i power supply is a monster unit designed for consumers who require a high-wattage power supply that brings top performance and a price tag to match. With an entirely modular setup, 80PLUS Platinum Certification, an innovative hardware/software monitoring setup, the AX1200i looks like a high performance winner. Let's find out.
One of the things that virtually all power supplies have in common is the drab exteriors. However, NZXT has made a rather bold decision to bring to us their new HALE90 V2 series which showcase an all-white exterior. This move will set NZXT apart from the crowd just for the aesthetics alone. However, we shouldn't be buying a power supply solely based on its color; it still must meet the power requirements for our individual system’s requirements. The new HALE90 V2 1000W from NZXT is a premium-class unit that offers a fully modular design, unique and sleek styling, and claims excellent performance for demanding consumers.
The BeQuiet Dark Power Pro 10 750W features sexy styling, a modular setup, an 80Plus Gold certification, and an Overclocking Key (what?!?) that promises to literally change the power delivery inside this unit. We're certainly intrigued, so let's take a closer look at this power supply from BeQuiet and see if it can deliver the goods to a demanding consumer market.
The PC Power & Cooling MK III Silencer 750W features sexy styling, a partially modular setup, an 80Plus Gold certification, and a solid price of $150. We know that power supplies are a component where quality is critically important, and you get what you pay for. So does the quality of the MK III Silencer reflect its price, or can it reach beyond and amount to something more for consumers looking to find a great deal? Let's find out.
While premium kilowatt power supplies may garner much of the attention and buzz in the marketplace, it is the more affordable, mid-range units that quietly bring in the profits. And that's where the Cougar GX-S 600W might offer a solution. While this unit isn't a behemoth like some we've seen of late, the GX-S 600W is 80PLUS Gold certified and comes with a price of $119. Seems pretty good so far, so let's take a closer look at this Cougar power supply and see how it fares.
Lately we've started seeing a few more 80Plus Platinum certified power supplies, and today we're looking at one from Thermaltake: the Toughpower XT Platinum 1275W. It's a rather stealthy aesthetic, but good looks and nice features will only get you so far though, as performance is what matters in the end. Coming with a price tag of $290, the Thermaltake Toughpower XT Platinum 1275W certainly brings a premium price tage, but does it have the top performance to match? Let's find out.
Introduction The power requirements of enthusiast and gaming PCs have increased dramatically over the last few years, due to the development of ever more powerful and sophisticated CPUs and graphics processors. More power can often mean higher energy bills, and manufacturers have been working on improving power efficiency for their products in response. While the general trend has been higher energy consumption, there are many consumers that don’t need a high end kilowatt power supply. There is still a considerable market for mid-range units to power a single graphics card setup, something under 600W. The Cougar PowerX 550W is one such mid-range power supply, and while this unit isn’t a beast like some we’ve seen of late, the PowerX is 80PLUS Bronze certified and comes with a price of only $70. Seems pretty affordable, so let’s take a closer look at this Cougar unit and see how it fares. Let’s take a closer look at this Cougar unit and see how it fares.