1000 Watt Power Supply Model: EGA1000EWL (active PFC) Manufacturer: Enermax Price: 320 USD/EUR Info: website
When I started writing today's review I was thinking. What component has been undergone a massive development in terms of scaling .. what component constantly had to adapt towards the needs of a modern PC, your PSU obviously. In just a couple of years we went from generic 350 Watt power supplies towards the product we test today, a 1000 watt PSU.
It's getting a little crazy isn't it ? The thing is .. you can't ignore it. The industry went towards dual-everything. Dual Core CPUs, Dual CPU's per mainboard dual graphics cards connected to your dual monitors. So what comes after dual ... quad. Next year we'll see quad "something" a lot. Quad core CPU's are being developed as we speak, or what about two dual-core processors per mainboard. That doesn't sound that crazy anymore huh ? With that in mind let me ask you a question .. what's keeping all these components running and stable ? Yep .. your power supply unit.
Now quite frankly I don't like where we are heading, power consumption of PC's is really getting out of hand. We need to start thinking about mother nature a little as next to our power bills .. this can't be healthy. Luckily we see a strong movement in the processor industry where we start to see performance to watt ratio's. Power consumption is getting more and more awareness. With that in mind today our first ever 1000 Watt power supply is being published. So if you are building a high-end uber-powered gaming rig
then you need a good power supply unit (PSU). Do not underestimate the importance of the PSU.
Then roughly a year or two years ago another trend picked up ... we all created a demand for modified PCs. The dull beige painted PCs had to go. We want nicely shaped cooled and preferably lit PCs with side windows so we could actually look at the inside of the PC. Really cool .. but that created another issue. We now had the beautiful looking cases where you could look inside, but that resulted in pulling the hairs out of your head as there were yellow, red, and black wires coming from the PSU everywhere. It was then that the PSU got another function, aesthetics .. it needed to look nice. By organizing them and by giving you the option to actually modify the wires you want to use, another problem was solved.
The two reasons mentioned above from a consumer point of view have been by far the most important development for PSUs, namely stable high output quality power distribution for high-end setups and the option for modability, using only the wires what you need. Almost ANY manufacturer has picked up on this trend and is has become a very big market for sure.
The PSU we will be testing today is a truly heavily built SLI/Crossfire ready piece of gear. In fact it's quad everything ready. It's gorgeous .. it's yummie and will provide you with everything you need to create a stable environment for the uber-rig of yours, an investment that'll last a long time as with this PSU your hardware can keep up with you for a long long time ... and it has that modability written all over it. Connectors are nicely wrapped in a black colored foil and most of them are detachable so you can choose how much wiring you have inside your PC. We call that advanced cable management, it facilitates the installation of your PC and gives you the option to only use the required cables.
This little BEAST
came straight from the Dark Side where it carries the label "Galaxy" and this model comes with a fantastic 1000 Watts rating. Mind you that there are two models .. also ther will also be a 850 Watt version of this "dark matter" available. It's what is called a high-high-end PSU which is ready for SLI, Crossfire and quad SLI as it has five .. yeah you are reading this right, five 12 volts rails rated with 17 AMPs each. Considering that the most modern graphics card to date consumes 10 AMPs per GPU I dare to state that power distribution will not be an issue at all .. no Sir, not at all.
Let's startup the review and have an good look. In today's test we'll stress the PSU with a Quad SLI setup that for sure will shake the Galaxy (a little).
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