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 first launched their Infiniti line a year ago. We take a look at this pricey offering to see how it measures up to the competition.
Christoph Katzer on 9/11/2007
Zippy has sent us a second PSU for review, claiming 86% efficiency. Can it live up to these claims, and if so, can you actually find it for sale anywhere?
Christoph Katzer on 9/3/2007
A seemingly new name in the European market sent us their 600W model for testing. The results might even be shocking.
Christoph Katzer on 8/27/2007
Thermalright introduces a smaller version of the 6-heatpipe and top performing Ultra-120 eXtreme. Is the smaller package too compromised? How does it compete with the best tested at AnandTech?
Wesley Fink on 8/20/2007
ZEROtherm creates a delicate butterfly-shaped cooler with claims of super silence and killer performance. Does the BTF90 deliver as promised?
Wesley Fink on 8/13/2007
Silverstone's Decathlon series differs from their Olympia line in that it features modular cables. In nearly all other respects, the designs are the same, but let's see how this...
Christoph Katzer on 8/8/2007
Zippy has created a hybrid power supply that straddles the line between server and gaming requirements; can it actually satisfy either market, or does it end up making too...
Christoph Katzer on 8/3/2007
The Enermax Liberty line has been around for a while, but we wanted to test an older PSU to show how it stacks up against newer units. Those looking...
Christoph Katzer on 7/30/2007
The Odin is the first power supply that can be controlled and monitored by software. It actually works, so might this be your next power supply?
Christoph Katzer on 7/24/2007
Our latest power supply review takes a look at the PCP&C Silencer, which is designed for the high-end enthusiast market.
Christoph Katzer on 7/18/2007
As the first power supply in our new lab we will be looking at the Olympia OP650 from Silverstone. It comes with a single 12V rail and is fully...
Christoph Katzer on 7/13/2007
AnandTech has heard the requests and we are ready to begin publishing power supply reviews. Before starting, we wanted to take a moment to explain our testing procedures and...
Christoph Katzer on 7/12/2007
Do the self-contained water cooling heatsinks bring that extra bit of performance to CPU cooling? We take a closer look at two integrated water coolers that sell at air...
Wesley Fink on 7/10/2007
Does this high-quality cooler with a mirror-finish mounting plate perform as well as it looks? We take a closer look at this new cooler from a server cooling company.
Wesley Fink on 6/27/2007
The iCEAGE is the first air cooler from Korea-based 3RSystem. How does it compare to the best air coolers tested?
Wesley Fink on 6/21/2007
There has been lots of buzz around the Big Typhoon VX, so we took a look for ourselves. Is the performance top drawer or is there less there than...
Wesley Fink on 6/7/2007
A closer look at two top-end coolers with heatpipes and fans that blow down. Do they compete with the best heatpipe towers tested so far? Do the down-facing fans...
Wesley Fink on 6/4/2007
Thermalright is finally in full production of the Ultra-120 eXtreme. We review the refinements and performance of this chart-topping cooler since our first look at the prototype.
Wesley Fink on 5/4/2007
Cooler Master introduces a huge heatpipe tower with the ability to mount dual 120mm fans. Does the size and design pay off in new standards for cooling performance...
Wesley Fink on 4/30/2007
Noctua designs products in their Austrian center and manufactures them in Taiwan. Does the "designed for silence" NH-U12F have what it takes to also woo the computer performance crowd?
Wesley Fink on 4/25/2007