OCZ informed me some of their PC Power & Cooling power supplies will soon get support for the ESA standard which was launched by NVIDIA yesterday.
Select PC Power & Cooling PSUs will get support for ESA which will allow consumers to monitor temperatures, current and voltage levels in Windows.
This revolutionary open standard makes it possible for enthusiasts to supervise and tune characteristics that are not otherwise accessible allowing PC Power ESA PSUs to achieve better performance and an optimal thermal, electrical, and acoustic operating environment within the unit. The result is intelligently balanced performance and noise to obtain the quietest and most efficient system. Additionally, ESA provides a diagnostics tool to help identify the cause of system malfunction and can inevitability save the end-user and manufacturer time and money.
“PC Power & Cooling’s already very low RMA rate would be further reduced by half if the NPF (no problem found) units were not returned. It is sometimes challenging for consumers to determine which component is actually causing a problem, many assume it’s the PSU when in fact the issue could be caused by another device in the system,” stated Doug Dodson, founder of PCP&C and CTO for the OCZ Technology Group. “This miss-diagnosis causes extra downtime, frustration, and unnecessary expense for system builders or end consumers. We look for ESA to eliminate this problem by provided the customer with the detailed information he or she needs to truly evaluate the condition of their power supply.”
OCZ says the PSUs will ship with a USB 2.0 cable to interface with the management software. The company mentions the NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI chipset will support ESA but we're still unsure if older NVIDIA chipsets or current and new chipsets from AMD and Intel will support the technology.