The Andyson Platinum R 1200W PSU - External Appearance

Visually, the Andyson Platinum R 1200W is not exactly a work of art yet it does have an element of subtleness and can be fairly appealing, depending on your requirements. The long chassis is sprayed with a grainy matte black paint, a circular finger guard covers the cooling fan and a subtle sticker with the company logo has been placed on its side.


A decorative sticker covers the right side of the chassis, facing towards the windowed side panel if the PSU is installed with the fan facing upwards. If the PSU is installed with the fan facing downwards, the sticker will be facing the right panel of the case and it will be upside down. 

The left side of the PSU is almost entirely plain, with the exception of a series logo printed at the lower right corner of the chassis. This logo will be upside down if the PSU is installed with the fan facing downwards.


The rear of the PSU is a little interesting, with the AC cable receptacle and the on/off switch placed on a different, white metallic frame that covers nearly half of the surface. The other half is perforated for the cooling air to escape to the exterior of the case.

A large number of connectors for the modular cables take up most of the space at the front of the unit. The rest of the surface is covered by a sticker, serving as a legend for the connectors and as a warning label. Funnily, it advises against the removal of the PSU cover and warns that the warranty will be void if the seal is broken, yet this cover cannot be removed and there is no warranty sticker to be found anywhere.

The sticker with the electrical specification of the PSU can be found at the top of the chassis.


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  • ImSpartacus - Saturday, April 25, 2015 - link

    I agree.

    I couldn't care less about giant PSUs.

    I want to see reviews of ~500W PSUs because that's the kind of PSU that I would buy.
  • E.Fyll - Monday, April 27, 2015 - link

    You see, the problem is that good <550 Watts PSUs are very rare. In the order of $50, you will get something that works OK and that's about it. Will it really matter if the ripple is 90mV instead of 75mV, or if the average efficiency is 95% instead of 95.3%?

    Besides,manufacturers do not easily supply samples of such products. I've already discussed the reasons why not many times over. The few good low power units that exist, I am trying to source them. Silver stone sent in a 450 watt unit and we might be getting somewhere with Andyson too.

    And no, I cannot just buy the samples. Especially from newegg.
  • The0ne - Saturday, April 25, 2015 - link

    They won't listen lol, it's like they're being paid to do the article...wait a minute, I may be on to something!
  • ImSpartacus - Saturday, April 25, 2015 - link

    Yeah, the author says it up front:

    "When it comes to high performance >1 kW computer power supplies, almost every reputable OEM has released at least one design to serve as their flagship. This is not necessarily because the companies expect high revenue because they are well aware that this segment of the market is very small and overly saturated. They do this because the flagship serves as a symbol of the company's capabilities and competence, enhancing their profile on all fronts in order to produce that halo product, hoping the performance of the high end results in trickle-down sales."

    But that doesn't justify it. The bottom line is that I read Anandtech reviews because I want to be educated about potential purchases. However, I'll never purchase a 1000+W PSU. That's just wasteful.

    I want relevant reviews and Anandtech needs to demands relevant PSU review units.
  • JonnyDough - Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - link

    Agreed. I own 10 computers, 8 of which are gaming PCs. None have more than a 750w PSU in them, and none will ever need to.
  • computex128 - Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - link

    Drop the insanity and buy a dual-GPU card like the rest of us certifiably sane folk :P
  • LoneWolf15 - Friday, April 24, 2015 - link

    Andyson didn't just suffer because of Hiper.
    Remember Ultra power supplies? First modular units made, now house brand of Tiger Direct? Andyson. Many failures, old designs, horrible voltage regulation, never meeting load specs....that's a lot of Andyson PSUs made for the vendors they supply to. While it could be that vendors want Andyson to make cheap units, I wouldn't touch one, even one that rates well. You can do better with other choices.
  • DanNeely - Friday, April 24, 2015 - link

    Thank you for updating your testing methodology to reflect the continued decline in the amount of power available on the legacy (3.3/5v) rails in more modern designs.
  • Laststop311 - Saturday, April 25, 2015 - link

    Because legacy systems used lower voltage more. Nowadays everything is 12 volts.
  • CrazyElf - Friday, April 24, 2015 - link

    The most important things to consider are:

    1. Voltage regulation under load
    2. Ripple suppression
    3. Long term reliability

    I would ignore the 80 Plus as it's mostly marketing.

    Good power supplies are made by Delta (OEM), Super Flower (their Leadex platform is pretty good), Seasonic, and I would argue some of the Flextronics designs are pretty good too. Brand is mostly for warranty support - it's the OEM that really counts.

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