Tuniq Ensemble 1200 Watt Power Supply review
Posted by Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 01/10/2008 02:00 PM [ 0 comment(s) ]
Okay then let's dive into the actual review of the Tuniq Ensemble 1200 Watt Power Supply.
The PSU tested today comes from Tuniq's Ensemble series of PSU. Not only have a huge amount of power across all rails, but does so with acceptable noise levels. We can safely say it has pretty nice aesthetics as well, which we'll show you later on in our photo-shoot. In that same photo-shoot you'll notice the sheer size of the unit. It's as long as the Enermax Galaxy and might be even heavier as it weighs 3.3 kg.
If some of you recognize the design, that's very possible. Tuniq is not making this PSU themselves yet outsource production to Sirtec. Here are some other specifics
- Max efficiency 87%, Average Efficiency 86%
- Minimum 82.3% efficiency at 100% load
- Quiet Operation (1500 RPM, Noise under 30 dBA at 100% load condition )
- Japanese Ripple Capacitor
- Fan Delay-Off Feature(Fan will not stop working until the temp below 50)
- 13.5cm 2-Ball Bearing Fan +8 cm Fan
- Active PFC
- 3-year warranty
Basically this is a 1200 Watts PSU, completely ready for Quad GFX solutions and multi-core (server) systems. The PSU itself is build in accordance with ATX12V Version 2.2 and EPS12V Version 2.91, including 8-pin 12V connection specification and newer PCIe 2.0 power design. If we look closer at the voltage rails for a minute, we see there's nothing to complain about either. In fact this beast of a nuclear reactor has juice to power anything in your rig no-matter how high-end it is, yet focus on the important 12 Volts rails as there are four of them. Two of them rated 20 AMPs and another 2 dedicated to PCIe graphics rated at 25 AMPs. There seems to be some more leverage though as the +12 maximum load in Wattage can be pushed towards 1080 Watt. Excessive ? Jep! most certainly. But nothing about a 1200 Watt PSU is normal in my opinion.
These four separate 12V circuits each are rated with a 20A to 25A maximum peak load to ensure the stable distribution of the power requirements of your high-end gear. Where did the magic 1080 Watts come from then ? Simple; 2x (20ax12v) + 2x (25ax12v) = 1080 Watt.
To get you a broader overview, one GeForce 8800 GTX/Ultra draws roughly 10A maximum. Tripple SLI would not even tickle this PSU with a peak combined 360 Watt load, though the PSU would giggle a little.
You'll also have loads of connectivity, native (fixed on the PSU).
(1) 24 pin ATX - 22"
(1) 4+4 pin ATX EPS 2.91 compliant 12v - 22.5"
(1) 8-pin ATX EPS 2.91 compliant 12v - 22.5"
(2) 8-pin PCI-E dedicated line - 22.5"
(2) 6-pin PCI-E dedicated line - 22.5"
(2) SATA rails with three SATA connections each - 31"
(2) Molex rails with three standard Molex + one FDD connector - 35.5"
(2) 8-pin to 6-pin PCI-E adapter cables - 5.75"
Molex to SATA adapter cable - 5.75"
(2) Three connector Molex 'Y' extension adapters - 18"
A photo of the added 8-pin to 6-pin PCI-E adapter cables ... good choice as there is no modular connectivity.
So this is interesting; two 6+2-pin PCI-E 2.0 connectors and 2 6-pin PCI-E connectors are provided for SLI and Crossfire graphics cards. Let's see .. what else is interesting, the length, it's a pretty long unit so you need to make sure you got plenty of clearance in the chassis as that length is 220mm. Also, the PSU is covered by a three year warranty which is nice.
In their power supply line Tuniq recently released their Ensemble power supply in 1000 and 1200 watt offerings, we'll review the latter one. That's right .. a 1200 Watt PSU for gamers. Now believe it or not, but this 1200 Watt PSU is actually an energy friendly product .. it has everything to do with it's high efficiency topping out at 87%, no worries though, we'll explain and demonstrate that over the next view pages.