Ten 1000W PSUs tested

Posted on Monday, Jan 28 2008 @ 07:12 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
X-bit Labs has published another huge roundup, this time they checked out ten 1000W power supplies from firms like Antec, Enermax, Floston, FSP, SilverStone, Tagan, ThermalTake and Ultra.
In my last article about 1000W power supplies I wrote that a modern PC could be actually satisfied with much less power. A configuration with a quad-core CPU and a couple of top-end graphics cards would consume no more than 500W from the power supply. It is only hardcore overclockers that utilize Peltier elements or Freon compressors that may indeed require twice or thrice that amount of juice.

However, PSU manufacturers go on pumping up the capacity of their products and I now have the test results of models with a wattage rating up to 1500W. My job is to test, and it’s up to you to decide if your PC really needs that much power. I can only tell you one funny thing: the combined wattage of all the PSUs tested for this review exceeds 10 thousand watts!
From all ten models they tested only the models from Antec, Exermax, Floston and Ultra Products receive a recommendation. However, the reviewer says the Cooler Master Real Power Pro which he tested last year had better stability and lower noise levels than all power supplies he analyzed in this review.

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Thomas De Maesschalck

Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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