Enermax Launches the Pro82+ and Modu82+by Christoph Katzer on March 25, 2008 1:00 AM EST
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Conclusion and Prices
We are impressed by Enermax for coming up with these two series, even if they are quite similar. Enermax already showed promise with the previous Infiniti design, and the Pro82+ and Modu82+ set a new standard as Enermax tries to attack several markets at the same time. First, Seasonic now has some real competition in their quest to become the reincarnated PSU god of silence. The German market has the be quiet! power supplies, which at the moment are at least the second most sold brand for enthusiasts. Both brands are famous for their silent operation, and Enermax is definitely aiming for that market as well.
As we see at the price comparison, Enermax has a moderate price policy. Since these models are brand new, we expect the prices to fall somewhat in the near future. Enermax provides good technology and performance in their offerings, and they do it with better noise readings. The "quality budget" sector also gets a new option, as there are few good PSUs in the low wattage market, and we're not aware of any new models targeting this market from other vendors. The larger versions feature four 6/8-pin PEG connectors, which is not a common trait among their competitors.
Performance-wise, both of the new series showed very good results today. We have to say we like the Pro82+ a little better since it has much better pricing at the moment, but as stated this can change once the power supplies are available in greater volumes. The cable management of the Modu82+ is very good, and users will have no problems with it. The new 12-pin jack also buys Enermax some future expandability, since they can always adjust the harness and connector and leave the jack untouched. This is why Enermax has the right to put "future ready" on the package, though how meaningful that will be in the long run remains to be seen.
The efficiency ratings are very good, and especially the smallest version, the Pro82+ 385W, performed very well. All of the units reached a very good 86% efficiency maximum, and they also maintained a high efficiency level throughout the loading test. Voltage outputs were stable, and especially the important 12V rail performed within 2% to 3% of regulation.
When it comes to prices, we have the first prices available now but Enermax is still working to increase supply. The prices will surely drop in the next couple of weeks when more units are available at all the major retailers. Right now, the lowest price in Europe for the smallest version is 48 EUR, which is a good start. The Modu82+ models are quite a bit higher, apparently because of the extra features and the desirability of modular cabling. This can be seen clearly with the 625W versions of the Pro82+ and Modu82+, where the Pro82+ costs 105 EUR and the Modu82+ costs 125 EUR. The cable management definitely shouldn't add 20 EUR to the price; whether prospective buyers agree with that or not will determine how much that gap closes.
The Enermax Pro82+ and Modu82+ both perform extremely well in our tests, and as such we are awarding both series our Gold Editors' Choice Award. Users can't go wrong with these power supplies, and silence (without going fanless) has been redefined today. Enermax truly has the quietest air-cooled power supplies in the market right now, and the prices (at least for the smaller versions at the moment) make these units relatively affordable and very attractive.