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. In this extremely competitive and saturated market, we have a new contender - Andyson.

Introduction

Andyson is a Taiwanese manufacturer, established in Taipei. Although they are not very well known as some of the other brands, they are neither small nor a new company. Andyson has been around for 18 years nowand they have sufficient production capabilities. Their reputation suffered because of Hiper, a company that shut down years ago, whose products were reported as having very high failure rates. The Platinum R 1200W PSU that we will be reviewing today represents their power supply engineering high end, at least as far as power is concerned, since the company also has four 80Plus Titanium units available.

Andyson currently has nine 80Plus Platinum units on their books, yet only three models (including this particular unit) have an official 80Plus certification. The same goes for their 80Plus Titanium series, where only one model has been officially certified. This tactic is somewhat common among manufacturers, getting only the most powerful unit of the series certified that is.

On paper, the Platinum R 1200W PSU has it all: modular design, very high efficiency, excellent reliability and top performance. Andyson boasts that it is very cost-effective as well, since it has an MSRP of just about $200. However, Andyson is going to have major opposition from brands like Seasonic, Flextronics and Super Flower in that segment of the market. We will see if the Platinum R 1200W has what it takes to meet such opposition head on.

Power Specifications ( Rated @ Unknown °C )
AC INPUT 100 - 240 VAC, 50 - 60 Hz
RAIL +3.3V +5V +12V +5Vsb -12V
MAX OUTPUT 20A 20A 100A 3A 0.4A
100W 1200W 15W 4.8W
TOTAL 1200W

Packaging and Bundle

Andyson supplies the Platinum R 1200W PSU in a relatively plain cardboard box. The artwork is very simple and formal, rather uninteresting and unlikely to draw attention if showcased on a store shelf. However, it is very sturdy and the PSU is well protected with polyethylene foam pieces, offering effective protection during shipping.

The Platinum R 1200W comes with a broad and very effective bundle. Thumbscrews, regular screws, small and large cable ties, cable straps, an anti-vibration silicon frame, a typical AC cable and a manual are supplied alongside the PSU itself.

 

The Platinum R 1200W is a fully modular PSU, including the main ATX 24-pin cable. All of the cables are made using only black wires and are covered with black sleeving. They are supplied inside a tall nylon bag. The following table lists the total number of connectors:

Connector type Hardwired Modular
ATX 24 Pin - 1
EPS 4+4 Pin - 2
PCI-E 6+2 Pin - 10
PCI-E 8 Pin - -
SATA - 9
Molex - 6
Floppy - 2
The Andyson Platinum R 1200W PSU - External Appearance
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  • jabber - Saturday, April 25, 2015 - link

    It's not so much the wattage its the size. A lot of us don't need legacy stuff like DVD drives, 4+ HDDs or Tri-SLi for gaming. So we are building smaller PCs. The days of the wardrobe PC are over. Wives and Gf's don't like huge black monoliths that light up like xmas trees. So the issue with the high wattages units are they don't go in smaller cases so easily. Up to 800W should be a standard sized unit no issue. I would have thought a smaller unit could be made up to 600W. Reply
  • KAlmquist - Sunday, April 26, 2015 - link

    You should consider buying a fanless PSU. Reply
  • kevith - Sunday, April 26, 2015 - link

    Just wanted to mention, that I have a Hiper "Type-R 580w Modular" PSU, that has been running with absolutely no flaws for 6 years and three builds now. Reply
  • meacupla - Sunday, April 26, 2015 - link

    Since I see Anandtech being one review sites with emphasis on SSF type computers, I find it odd that they review these massive 1000W+ PSUs.

    Where are the SFX PSUs from silverstone? 450W and 600W in such a compact size is pretty amazing, and even those can be overkill in the cases they are designed to go in.
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  • sweeper765 - Monday, April 27, 2015 - link

    Here for the comments as well. I don't even read these useless psu reviews. Would never use such a monstrosity even if given for free! Reply
  • blzd - Saturday, May 16, 2015 - link

    Just wanted to voice my opinion for having reviews of reasonable power supplies. Proper power supply reviews are few and far in between, even less so for the reasonable sized ones in the 450-750W range.

    I had a Lepa 500W Gold rated PSU with 41A on the +12v rail that could not support my GTX 970 upgrade despite it meeting all the system requirements. Had to pick up a 750W EVGA (Seasonic OEM) gold rated to replace it but I can't find proper reviews of any of these "normal" units.
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