Enermax Revolution 85+ Power Supplyby Christoph Katzer on August 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST
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We've seen some surprises from Enermax in the past. They have always been good at manufacturing, but when it comes to new products or new things in the industry the reps at Enermax tend to be quiet. For example, the head of global marketing is Joerg Theissen, whom I have known for years now -- and not just because we are both born in Hamburg, Germany. Joerg has worked for Enermax for a while now and together with his engineers brought Enermax where the company is today. One could say Enermax has built up a dream team where clear western strategic minds meet clever Asian inventors.
Enermax started a very long time ago with one of its first branch offices in Hamburg, Germany under the name Maxpoint. To some this name will ring a bell since today Maxpoint is a totally different company and is responsible for power supplies with the names Tagan, Silverpower and in Europe Seasonic as well. Joerg made his way from Hamburg to Taiwan a while ago and became a key element in their success today.
Remembering the start of the Modu82+ and Pro82+ we can say Enermax makes power supplies for the masses. The power supplies perform well and have a great price tag as well. However, somehow Enermax isn't usually seen as a high-end brand that enthusiasts would choose for a high-end system. Why? One reason is that the highest power model of the new Modu82+/Pro82+ series is only 625W; that is in the range where the greatest number of power supplies are sold, but it's not going to be suitable for something like GTX 280 SLI and quad-core. For higher power requirements, Enermax still has the Infiniti and Galaxy series in their portfolio that have many good features, but they need to improve performance and top that with more innovations and features if they are to keep pace with other top-end competitor offerings.
Coming soon to the market, and announcing today at AnandTech, Enermax is introducing their new Revolution 85+ series. We already have our hands on a 1050W pre-production model, and we were surprised with the direction Enermax has taken. Looking at the specs, we see six 12V rails with each… nothing unusual, except here each is rated at up to 30A. The 3.3V and 5V rails will come from VRMs as we have seen recently with some other power supplies, which is a very good development in the market. Why pull all of the lower rails out of one transformer when you can just generate the lower voltage rails later via VRMs?
The Revolution 85+ will be available in 850W, 950W, 1050W, and 1250W, though the last is slated to only be available in Europe with support for 230VAC. Efficiency wise we have seen the highest results to date at AnandTech. With a 230VAC input, the power supply reaches up to 90% efficiency, and this might even be topped by the 850W or 950W models. Regardless, the efficiency stayed above 86% throughout operation. The cable management has jacks for up to ten extra cable harnesses, with four 12-pin jacks for the four 6/8-pin PEG connectors. Enermax has included 12-pin jacks since the Modu/Pro82+ to provide for compatibility with future requirements.
Of course a full review will follow soon and we hope to have price and availability information by then.