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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  • rbarone69 - Tuesday, January 19, 2010 - link

    I'm sure you're room temp isnt 50 degrees celsius... (122f)

  • rbarone69 - Tuesday, January 19, 2010 - link

    Sorry guys, didnt see you actually put it in an environment at 50c. (should read better before commenting)

    Just curious why you picked such a high temp to test. Do you find that there are cases this warm in rooms with no A/C?
  • JarredWalton - Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - link

    It's a stress test to simulate a hotter case; if a PSU can handle 50C, it can easily handle the more common 30-35C.
  • Christobevii3 - Tuesday, January 19, 2010 - link

    Could you hook up some different power supplies and show the difference they draw from the wall versus these at idle and load with a basic quad core, 4GB ram, two hard drive, and 5870 setup? I'm curious if spending $50 more on a power supply is going to actually make that big of a difference over a year of computing cost wise for electricity.
  • - Tuesday, January 19, 2010 - link

    In most cases it's better to keep your current PSU rather than buy a new one. Sometimes if you have a very inefficient unit it's worth the upgrade. If you already have a plain jane 80plus PSU, then it would be a waste of cash to upgrade.

    For instance lets say your PC idles at 100w DC from the board. We will use a 500w power supply for an example.

    Your plain jane 500w 80plus PSU idles at 80% efficiency and the fancy gold one idles at 87% efficiency. If you calculate it to the wall for the plain jane 100w/.8= 125w, the gold one is 100w/.87= ~115w. So we have a difference of 10w. If we calculate the idle power difference over a year at .10 per kwh then: ((10w*24*365)/1000) * .10 = $8.76 saved per year with your PC on 24/7.

    If you bought a 500w gold unit say at newegg for $100 just to upgrade (and the braggin' rights) it would take you over 11 years to recoup your $100 idling your PC 24/7. I can see many peeps will proudly display their gold unit signature. :) Let's see if they keep their PSU for 10 + years!

    If you were going for a new build and trying to decide whether to go for a plain jane 80 plus at $50 or the fancy gold one at $100 (for a difference of $50) it would take over 5 1/2 years to recoup your $50 idling 24/7. For some this might be reasonable depending on the price of electricity in their area, and how much they actually use their PC. If you don't use your PC a whole lot, the plain jane 80 plus will most likely be good enough.
  • Kibbles - Friday, January 22, 2010 - link

    Don't forget the extra heat needs to be cooled during summers.
    But I agree, the savings is small especially since most people don't idle 24/7.
  • jasperjones - Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - link

    Who pays $0.10 per kwh? Is that residential? I'm in NYC and pay ~$0.20.
  • Calin - Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - link

    Upgrade only if you have issues:
    *the air blown by the PSU is too hot
    *computer is finicky (bad quality PSU could be the reason)
    *you (actually) need more wattage
    *your PSU is noisy, and you want a silent one

    As seen in the page, one of those expensive PSU will happily provide you 15% or more power above nominal (no mention of the efficiency though, but it should probably be higher than 80%), while a low quality power supply might give you out-of-range voltages when reaching 90% load (or maybe even less than that)
  • beginner99 - Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - link

    And not to mention that the fabrication of the PSU also consumes energy. If you throw away ur old 80% PSU that is still working to buy this one you are actually wasting energy. It's the same with cars. Manufacturing of a car (creating the steel, plasitics,...) consumes more energy than it will ever use while it's actually running. So trading in your old one for a new one is wasting energy.

    Main reason to buy this PSU is because of low noise. Efficient = less heat = lower fan speed = quieter. Simple.
  • Makaveli - Tuesday, January 19, 2010 - link

    I also would like to see a PSU round up maybe in march time frame... :)

    I'm still sitting pretty with my Enermax Infinity 720 Watts right now, and you do make a good poing about Enermax PSU prices not dropping much.

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