If you are looking for a power supply Cougar is a brand you probably would not look at let alone even hear of. Cougar is a division of HEC Compucase and manufacturers power supplies and cases. They actually make quite a few different power supplies. Today we will take a look at the SX850, which is an 850W 80PLUS Silver certified power supply. This power supply also features a really cool design, modular cables, 140mm fan, rapid switch technology, and 105C Japanese Capacitors. Let’s take a look at the SX850 and see if it is the perfect power supply for your new build!
Kingwin is a company we have not heard much from in the past year. Recently they have released a new series of power supplies called the Lazer Gold Series. These power supplies are available in 550W, 700W, 850W and 1000W sizes and are 80PLUS Gold certified meaning they will run at least 87% efficient between 20% and 100% load and 90% efficient at 50% load. These power supplies also feature support for the latest processors and graphics cards, an active PFC, modular cables and a 140mm blue LED fan. Today we will be taking a look at the 1000W version, let’s see if it performs up to our expectations.
Cooling, power, and chassis profferors Cooler Master just launched a new line of high-end power supply, the Silent Pro Gold series. This series is 80PLUS Gold certified and is backed by a five year warranty. It’s a hybrid modular unit, meaning that it has some cables built-in while others are modular. This is among the first 80PLUS Gold-certified units ThinkComputers has seen. We recently reviewed the first 80PLUS Gold-certified PSU we’d seen, the Sparkle Gold Class 1250W. 80PLUS Gold means that the unit is at least 90% efficient at 20%, 50%, and 100% load. ThinkComputers has the review.
Antec is a staple in the power supply market around the world. Its Earthwatts line was introduced last year to target the green computing market. This line is designed to be sans no-frills, aside from partial modularity and 80PLUS certification. This SLI-certified, quad-12V-rail unit sports plenty of connectivity for its wattage, with nine SATA and nine device connectors in addition to its PCI-Express cables. ThinkComputers takes a look at this unit in this review.
Thermaltake’s latest series in its line of power supplies is the XT series. These are certified 80PLUS Bronze, for at least 82% efficiency, as well as Crossfire and SLI for multi-GPU operation. Add in a modular cables, a 140 mm fan, and a five year warranty, and this series is looking quite interesting. Today we will be talking a look at the 775W version, read on to check it out!
Taiwan-based Sparkle Computer Corporation has been around since 1982, most notably producing high quality graphics cards using the PCI interface, in addition to modern PCI-Express cards. However, it hopes to enter the power supply market with its new Gold Class series. These units are manufactured by Great Wall computer and sold by Sparkle as a part of its gaming brand. There is a 1000W version and a 1250W version. ThinkComputers takes a look at this mostly modular, six 12V railed, 80PLUS Gold-certified unit in this review.
Antec has always been known for making very reliable power supplies. They have done something a little interesting with their CP-Series power supplies though. They are designed differently so they are larger than most power supplies, which means they will only fit in certain cases. Those cases include Antec’s Twelve Hundred, P183, and P193. The larger size does allow for a better internal design, but is that worth limiting what cases you can put the power supply in? Antec has sent us their 850W version of the CP-Series, let’s put it to the test and see if it’s worth it!
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.
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