Last year at CES 2009, Silverstone wowed us with the uniquely shaped Raven and the aluminum unibody Fortress, two high end gaming cases. Both cases are aimed at the high-level enthusiast market. This year, however, Silverstone recognized the economic stress the world’s having, and turned out some chasses in a lower price range. Additionally, it released updated versions of its HTPC, Mini-ITX, and gaming chassis lines, weighed in on USB3, and unified its power supply line under a single name.
Not everyone needs a particularly flashy or super powerful power supply unit. The Thermaltake TR2 series caters to users who need functionality, but have no need for bells and whistles beyond modular cabling and 80PLUS certification. The TR2 RX subseries delivers the modular cable management savvy users expect these days. ThinkComputers checks out the TR2 RX 750W in this review.
The Seasonic X series is the Taiwanese OEM power supply establishment’s first commercial retail series to achieve 80PLUS Gold certification. This means that the unit is 87% efficient at 20%, 50%, and 100% load. It supports multiple video cards, and uses a patented system which supplies at a lower amperage the same power using a voltage regulation module. ThinkComputers has the review of the 650W version, a medium-wattage, modular unit.
Thermaltake’s cases are usually quite flashy, but its power supplies have been traditionally pretty standard black boxes. There are a few which break this mold, and the Evo Blue series is one of them. ThinkComputers got its hands on the 75oW version for review. The Evo Blue features modular cables and color-changing LEDs in addition to great cooling and a more attractive design. The review is here.
Seasonic has been around for a long time-since 1975. It is more well-known for its OEM line of power supply units, but it sells some models retail, as well. It touts the S12D 850W power supply unit as being certified 80PLUS Silver, proving that the unit is at least 85% efficient. Seasonic claims that the unit can achieve 90% efficiency! Add that with a five year warranty and a nearly silent fan and this is one unit worth seriously considering. ThinkComputers has the review.
Cooler Master’s power supplies are stable, intelligently designed, and efficient, and now Cooler Master adds silent to the mix with its Silent Pro M line. The 500, 600, and 700 watt units are designed to provide stable power as quietly as possible, while still maintaining the 80% efficiency required for the 80PLUS certification. Today we are taking a look at the 500W version in this review. Read on to check it out!
Jonathan Wendell, better known by his gaming handle “Fatal1ty,” came to fame in the gaming world after winning many well-known video game tournaments. With his success came sponsorships and eventually his own brand of computer parts and gaming supplies. OCZ produces Fatal1ty-brand RAM and has now produced a Fatal1ty-brand, non-modular, 700W power supply unit. ThinkComputers checks it out in this review.
Today I will be looking at an 80Plus 650 watter by bgears, the b-Tarantula. Sporting a 135mm fan, a pair of +12v rails at 20A, and a different style of modular construction called “SmartFlex Cable Management”, this power supply has up to 86% efficiency. Will the Tarantula do the trick? Read on to see!
bgears has been around since early 2005, originally under the name Bluegears. Due to some confusion with several other technology companies with the name “Bluegear”, they decided to change their name to bgears in 2007. Besides power supplies, bgears has a wide variety of products, including sound cards, cases, coolers, peripherals, fans, and fan controllers. They also distribute products of their European partners under the names Revoltec and be-Quiet.
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