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...

NZXT HALE82 650W and 750W

NZXT is a well known provider of "eye-catching" cases and peripherals, but like many other brands they offer power supplies as well. These include the HALE90 series, their first...

5 by Martin Kaffei on 1/26/2012

EVGA Plans to Enter the PSU Market with the NEX PSU

While we won't see final hardware for a couple of months, EVGA is teasing its entry into the power supply market with a 1500W sample of its upcoming NEX...

18 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/11/2012

Lepa B-Series 850W - The Leopard Attacks

This is our first look at a power supply from a relatively new company, Lepa. We'll be looking at their B850 (850W) model, that looks to target the upper...

14 by Martin Kaffei on 12/15/2011

Antec HCP-750 80 Plus Gold

We tested the Antec HCP 1200W a while back, and now Antec is following up with their 750W model, which should be equally efficient (80 Plus Gold Certification). In...

35 by Martin Kaffei on 10/26/2011

SilverStone Strider Plus - 500W Modular Power

SilverStone is a well known brand for high-quality (and expensive) cases. Beyond that they offer a large selection of power supplies. They have SFX-PSUs for HTPCs, redundant PSUs for...

24 by Martin Kaffei on 10/10/2011

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 760W & 910W

PC Power & Cooling, today a part of the OCZ Technology Group, sent us two PSUs from their Silencer series. The 760W as well as the 910W version bet...

19 by Martin Kaffei on 8/2/2011

Visiting FSP + Aurum CM 750W Preview

3rd June, Taipei. Many editors travelled to Taiwan to see new products at Computex. A stressful week comes to an end. This is a perfect time for sightseeing --...

15 by Martin Kaffei on 7/21/2011

In Win Commander II 1200W

With Computex having recently wrapped up, we've got quite a few new power supplies on hand for testing. First up is the Commander II 1200W from In Win. This...

18 by Martin Kaffei on 6/10/2011

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

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

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

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

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

Cooler Master Silent Pro M1000 1000W

The Silent Pro series is one of the best-known series power supplies from Cooler Master, previously covering range from 500 to 700 watts. The range has now extended to...

22 by Martin Kaffei on 9/5/2010

Antec TruePower Quattro 1200W

Although many users are currently looking for smaller power supplies below 500W, there still is a demand for stronger ones, particularly if you are a gamer with Triple-SLI or...

34 by Jarred Walton on 7/7/2010

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