Cases/Cooling/PSUs

Today I want to discuss a minor change in our PSU testing procedures, and how they have evolved since our 2014 - How We Test PSUs pipeline post. To date, all of our testing was being done in accordance with Intel's Power Supply Design Guide for Desktop Form Factors and with the Generalized Test Protocol for Calculating the Energy Efficiency of Internal AC-DC and DC-DC Power Supplies. These two documents describe in detail how the equipment should be interconnected, how loading should be performed (as the power lines should not just be loaded randomly), and the basic methodology for the acquisition of each data set. However, not all of our testing can be covered and/or endorsed by these guidelines. Even though these documents are just a few...

Moneual Sonamu G100: Back to the Future

One of the joys of doing case reviews is getting to see more exotic designs from smaller vendors looking to make their mark. Some of them are like ASRock...

20 by Dustin Sklavos on 6/7/2011

Computex 2011: The ‘suit’-case from Lian Li

I had a chance to quickly go through the Lian Li booth today, and scope out what new products are on the horizon for the well respected computer case...

22 by Ian Cutress on 6/1/2011

Computex 2011: Antec's Solo II for $119

Antec also showed us its Solo II case at the show. A pretty standard looking chassis the Solo II is designed to be a good balance of functionality and...

14 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/1/2011

Computex 2011: This is the Antec P280

Antec was eager to share with us its upcoming P280 chassis. The case we were shown is still a prototype but it's going to be Antec's flagship when it...

18 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/1/2011

Meet the New 5.25" Optical Drive Standard: Slimmer, Slot-loading

I was walking around the show floor today and caught a glimpse of Antec's Solo II chassis with a slightly different optical drive bay. It turns out that there's a...

48 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/1/2011

Antec HCG 520W: A Good PSU for Bargain Hunters

We interrupt the Computex 2011 coverage for a full review.... In early April, we tested one of Antec's larger HCG power supplies. Today we're looking at a smaller version with...

13 by Martin Kaffei on 5/31/2011

NZXT H2: Not Quite Quiet

When we saw the NZXT H2's prototype at CES, we were impressed. The case isn't just unusually austere for NZXT, it's genuinely attractive and feature rich. More than that...

19 by Dustin Sklavos on 5/26/2011

Corsair TX750 V2: New and Improved

Today we continue with the second part of our series of 750W power supplies. The Corsair TX V2 is the second 80 Plus Bronze certified PSU with non-modular cables...

33 by Martin Kaffei on 5/16/2011

IN-WIN BUC: Just How Much $100 Can Buy

When building a new machine, it's often easy to pass by certain manufacturers in favor of old standbys like Antec, Cooler Master, SilverStone, or Thermaltake. Whenever another company becomes...

58 by Dustin Sklavos on 5/9/2011

SilverStone FT03: Nothing Else Like It

Case testing is back at AnandTech with fresher, stricter, and much more thorough testing, and we're kicking it off with a doozy. We had a chance to meet with...

82 by Dustin Sklavos on 4/28/2011

Antec HCG 750W: Built for Gamers?

After our look at some 1000-1200W PSUs, we then took a detour into the realm of the reasonable with two smaller PSUs. Now we're moving back to higher wattages...

44 by Martin Kaffei on 4/12/2011

Seasonic X-Series 560W

Some months ago we tested the new "Fanless" series from Seasonic. Today we will take a look at a semi-passively-cooled version with the same design and more power. The...

47 by Martin Kaffei on 3/22/2011

HuntKey Jumper/R90 300W 80Plus Gold

Anyone who has shopped for a power supply lately has likely come to the conclusion that 80 Plus Gold certification is only for expensive PSUs rated at more than...

47 by Martin Kaffei on 3/5/2011

SilverStone GD04 HTPC Case: Cool, Not Quiet

The Silverstone "Grandia Series" GD04 comes as a well regarded, oft recommended media center case. It has an attractive, understated look and the choice of silver and black lets...

69 by Dustin Sklavos on 12/25/2010

1000W-1200W Roundup: Five High-End PSUs

Christmas time is coming and perhaps you want to give your significant other a new PSU. "Hey honey, check out this awesome new power supply I got you so...

45 by Martin Kaffei on 12/9/2010

Corsair AX750 80 Plus Gold: Putting Corsair's Best to the Test

With sales of around 150,000 PSUs each month, Corsair is one of the largest vendors for retail power supplies. They have a lot of experience even if they don't...

34 by Martin Kaffei on 11/30/2010

Corsair Graphite Series 600T: Cool and Quiet

Over the past couple of years, Corsair has been branching out from just producing system memory. They've moved into Solid State Disks, power supplies, enclosures, and even brought their...

69 by Dustin Sklavos on 11/26/2010

550W Roundup: Three PSUs at Different Prices

"You get what you pay for!" Is this maxim realy true? On the one hand there are more than enough expensive PSUs with high ripple and noise results with...

83 by Martin Kaffei on 10/28/2010

Seasonic X-Series SS-460FL: 460 Watts of Fanless Power

Seasonic has a well-deserved reputation for building quality power supplies, with semi-passive cooling models delivering near-silent operation. Now they're launching their first fanless series, the "X-series Fanless", for users...

39 by Martin Kaffei on 10/20/2010

Antec EarthWatts EA 380D Green 380W

Antec sent us their entry-level model EarthWatts Green PSU rated at 380W. Billed as an eco-friendly alternative to the usual budget PSUs, Antec boasts about the reduced energy costs...

64 by Martin Kaffei on 10/2/2010

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