Enermax Gold: Modu87+ and Pro87+by Christoph Katzer on January 19, 2010 1:00 PM EST
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We ring in the New Year with the introduction of some great new power supplies courtesy of Enermax. Enermax has always had a wide selection products ranging from mid- to high-end PSUs in a variety of wattages. Enermax is mostly active in the retail market so they've always had a good idea about how to design products that appeal to end-users. They have maintained a stable business in the retail market, especially in Germany. It comes as little surprise that Enermax was one of the fastest companies to introduce high efficiency power supplies to the market, with a lot of new features. That trend continues with their new 87+ series.
A little while ago Enermax introduced the Modu82+ and Pro82+ and we tested a total of four units. We thought it would be nice to continue with this trend and introduce all of the Modu87+ and Pro87+ series power supplies Enermax released this month. There is one feature on these new power supplies that helps them stand out in a crowded market: they are 80 Plus Gold certified. This alone doesn't make them unique as we already have many other 80 Plus Gold power supplies, but the Modu87+ and Pro87+ series both come with a starting wattage of 500W, making them far more interesting for a large number of end-users. Realistically, few systems really need a power supply that can output more than 500W, and getting a very high efficiency at common power draws is a bonus. Fortunately efficiency isn't the only noteworthy feature on these power supplies, but high efficiencies can only be reached with certain technologies. These technologies alone will make an overall better product out of a higher ranking 80 Plus certified power supply.
Both series are now available in three versions: of 500W, 600W, and 700W. There will be two more models rated at 800W and 900W in Q2 of this year. The good news is that the units we are introducing today have already been shipped and the first units should be on US shelves now or in the near future (we were unable to find any online as we publish this article). Enermax told us that there should also be some mail-in rebates and other incentives available to make these new power supplies even more attractive.
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nubie - Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - linkThe only thing I learn from these reviews is to put in a 220v socket (USA) for the PC. It shouldn't cost much and would save on the power.
I wonder what kind of efficiency you get from OEM PSU's (gateway, hp, dell) in the 250watt to 350watt range, because that is what I use to build PC's and I figure it puts them right in the middle of their power range with a 35-65watt CPU, as is common these days.
7Enigma - Thursday, January 21, 2010 - linkYou sure the 220v US and the 230v Euro are compatible? I didn't think so but I'm not an electrician.
As for the OEM PSU's I'd LOVE to see some tested. I'm banking on them being completely crap. More importantly than the efficiency would be the stability of these PSU's. Typically OEM's look for the least common denominator for all components, without normally sacrificing reliability when used as intended (ie not OC'd, extra devices).
But sounds like a great mini-review. Take a typical Dell, HP, Gateway (they still exist?) PSU and put them through the ringer and see who squeals first.
JonnyDough - Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - link"we hope that Enermax will bring in some really good MIRs (mail-in rebates)"
There is no such thing.
bigboxes - Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - linkI suppose it depends on the company. I got my Seasonic rebate in two months.
JonnyDough - Thursday, January 21, 2010 - linkYou're missing my point. What if you didn't get it? What if you had to cut off a UPC code, and a leg, and mail them in and then it took five months? Why can't they just give instant rebate at the checkout counter at Best Buy? Because they make money screwing people over. The discount only applies to those willing to mess around with the silliness of it all. Those who can't do it properly, lose out on it. Rebates are dumb.
7Enigma - Thursday, January 21, 2010 - linkNo, they make money by the majority of people not participating or participating improperly (forgot the UPC, sent in the wrong one, expired, etc.) Yes there are companies that are out to completely avoid paying rebates. They are the ones that have rediculously short windows for expiration, or just look for reasons not to pay (Tiger Direct....cough....cough). I've done a number of rebates my last 2 computer builds and have yet to not have one honored (most builds I give myself a 1 month window to accumulate all of the parts and heavily bank on the rebates to get better parts than I would otherwise purchase). One or two took significantly longer than stated, but in the end I received all of them WITHOUT having to contact the rebate company.
Maybe I was just lucky, but maybe, just maybe I read the forms properly and sent in what was required within the allotted time.
Just one piece of advice if building a computer system. BUILD THE SYSTEM FIRST, THEN SEND IN THE REBATE. :)
cfaalm - Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - linkIt can also be the Euro/Dollar rate (at 1.41 now) at work here. When this thing is manufactured in Germany the Dollar price is going to be outrageous compared to the Euro price.
Then again, when I bought my MODU82+ 525 late december 2008 it cost me 100,00 Euro. They remain amongst the most expensive apparantly still.
JonnyDough - Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - linkI have an Enermax Liberty 500w and a Liberty 620w and they're both still going strong after several years.
I'm really loving this Modu if there isn't anything better in a year or two when I finally upgrade my Opty 185 I may have to opt for this. It looks like its a bit easier to add/remove cables than my Liberty.
The gold fan is schweeeeet! At 140cm and with that blade design its gotta be darn near completely silent. Really great job Enermax. You're still my fave. :)
JonnyDough - Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - link"Enermax will be modifying all of their PSUs to include the CordGuard function going forward, but we really don't think this is necessary."
I do. Stupid cats.
Shadowmaster625 - Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - link$150 for a power supply? Does it come with a glass pipe? Sheesh. What I'd like to see is a cheaper power supply that has a big fan like these, but only 300W. Only goofballs need more than 300 watts. I have a Q6600 system overclocked to 3.3 and it doesnt even pull 200 watts fully loaded. If I upgraded to a 5770 it should go to about 230 watts. So what is the deal with these 700W supplies?
What I'd really like to see is a supply that outputs 50W at near 90% efficiency. Most new computers idle at 50 watts or less, and yet all these power supplies have atrocious efficiencies at that level. Not once have I ever read a review of a power supply that is actually specifically built & specced for 90% of the pc's that actually exist, ie those that idle around 50-75 watts and pull 120-150 fully loaded.