In this Holiday Buyer's Guide, we will be evaluating and recommending desktop PC power supply units. We should clarify that the selection of a PSU is based on parameters both objective (e.g. wattage, performance) and subjective (e.g. design, modular cables). That makes it very difficult to limit the selection of a PSU to just one per possible target class. We will be recommending at least two options for each market, based on objective parameters and our subjective opinion. Before we get to the power supplies, we want to dispell a common misconception among users – that a high wattage PSU will be better. That is not necessarily the case, because all switching PSUs are designed so as to deliver their maximum efficiency at about half-load...

Enermax Launches the Pro82+ and Modu82+

At CES 2008, we caught our first glimpse of Enermax's two new PSU series. We've been anxiously awaiting the chance to test them for a couple months now, and...

17 by Christoph Katzer on 3/25/2008

Noctua NH-U12P: Top Performance AND Silence

Noctua launches fan refinements to improve overclocking performance without compromising quiet. Does the new cooler perform as well as Noctua claims?

51 by Wesley Fink on 3/20/2008

Thermalright HR-03 GT: Heavyweight GPU Cooling

We look at the HR-03 GT VGA Cooler to see how it stacks up against NVIDIA's stock cooler solution and the Sparkle fanless 8800GT.

43 by Matt Campbell on 3/3/2008

Power Supply Roundup: 650W-680W

We've reviewed many PSUs rated at extreme wattages; now it's time to look at more reasonable offerings in the 650W range.

23 by Christoph Katzer on 2/21/2008

A Closer Look at ESA

Enthusiast System Architecture now has USB-if HID approval and the new system control standard is moving forward. The monitoring capabilites of a working ESA system are examined.

19 by Wesley Fink on 2/19/2008

Exclusive Interview with PC Power & Cooling Founder

We had a chance to speak with the Founder of PCP&C Doug Dodson, and felt the interview questions and answers were worth passing along as a closer look at...

49 by Christoph Katzer on 2/11/2008

PC Power & Cooling Turbo Cool 860W: Special AnandTech Edition

PCP&C sent us their new Turbo Cool 860W, with a few extras requested specifically by AnandTech. Read on to find out what extras we wanted and what the Turbo...

20 by Christoph Katzer on 2/4/2008

Arctic Cooling Duo: Alpine 7 & Freezer 7 Pro Attack Value

Alpine 7 is a family of $12 to $15 coolers while the Freezer 7 Pro is a step up to the $25 price range. Can these entry-level coolers compete...

48 by Wesley Fink on 1/29/2008

ZEROtherm Nirvana: Designed for Top Performance

The last ZEROtherm Butterfly cooler showed impressive performance and low noise levels. Can a ZEROtherm design for all-out cooler performance top our charts?

38 by Wesley Fink on 1/16/2008

Power Supply Summary 2007 - The Best of the Best

We've looked at dozens of power supplies, but we haven't given out any awards. In this recap of the 2007 PSU market, we pick out those offerings that have...

38 by Christoph Katzer on 12/20/2007

Power Supply Roundup: Eight 1000W for the Extreme Users

In the rush for faster processors and GPUs sporting more cores and pipelines, power supply manufacturers are feeling neglected. If you're in the market for an ultra-high-end system, you...

29 by Christoph Katzer on 12/11/2007

Power Supply Roundup: 730W to 900W

We've got ten power supplies for this roundup, representing the higher end of the PSU spectrum.

31 by Christoph Katzer on 11/22/2007

400-450W PSU Roundup

We test four moderate power supplies ranging from 400W to 450W. What separates budget 400W units from higher quality midrange units? Read on to find out.

36 by Christoph Katzer on 11/6/2007

NVIDIA Introduces ESA - Enthusiast System Architecture

NVIDIA launches a new open standard for monitoring and controlling computer components.

28 by Wesley Fink on 11/5/2007

Cooler Master Hyper 212: Looking for a Winner

Cooler Master has not topped recent cooler tests. Will the mid-priced Hyper 212 turn the tide?

21 by Wesley Fink on 10/31/2007

Ultra High-End PSU Roundup

We test three power supplies ranging from 1200 to 1300 Watts. For those who need as much power as a small business, which if any of these units comes...

27 by Christoph Katzer on 10/22/2007

AMD's DTX Form Factor: Smaller PCs for Everyone?

Earlier this year AMD announced its DTX form factor, and we got a chance to play around with AMD's first DTX reference platform.

36 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/22/2007

New Mid-Priced Coolers from OCZ and Scythe: The Small and the X of It

The Scythe Kama Cross and OCZ Vendetta introduce new approaches to $30-$40 CPU cooling. Do they succeed in providing good cooling value at a midrange price?

22 by Wesley Fink on 10/1/2007

Swiftech H2O-120 Compact and Corsair Nautilus 500: Is Water Better?

Swiftech has introduced a simpler and more reasonable two-piece water cooling system based on their Apogee water block. We compare it to the external Corsair Nautilus 500 and the...

58 by Wesley Fink on 9/17/2007

Seasonic S12II: 330W to 500W of Silence

As Confucius once put it, "Silence is the true friend that never betrays." We've heard the calls for a review of Seasonic's power supplies, and it's time to see...

21 by Christoph Katzer on 9/14/2007

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