So certification, tested by the 80PLUS organization (the people that certify and test efficiency). We already explained a little what that literally means. But what does such a certification entail?
Well, we have standard, bronze, silver, gold, and platinum certifications. A PSU that is certified 80 PLUS Gold or 80 PLUS Platinum is more efficient than a normal unit. Below you'll find a table that shows what efficiency levels a PSU has to achieve at a given load to make the grade for a specific certification level.
Efficiency at 20% Load
Efficiency at 50% Load
Efficiency at 100% Load
80 PLUS Bronze
80 PLUS Silver
80 PLUS Gold
80 PLUS Platinum
The EVGA SuperNOVA NEX1500 Classified Power Supply is certified by the 80PLUS organization to deliver a 90% energy efficiency at 50% load and still 90% efficiency when your PC idles. We are not 100% certain if the product complies with the ErP (Energy Related Product) directive to ensure less than 1W of power is used in passive standby and off modes. We'll test that manually later on in the article.
Courtesy of EVGA:
The EVGA SuperNOVA NEX1500 Classified is the ultimate enthusiast power supply. Designed to support the toughest hardware, the EVGA NEX1500 Classified supports ground-breaking new features like SuperNOVA enthusiast software control, Overclock Mode that increases the maximum power output up to 1650W*, and fully modular, individually sleeved cables.
You can also count on EVGA to provide the utmost reliability and performance, with 100% Japanese capacitors and a durable ball bearing fan. The NEX1500 Classified is designed from start to finish to be the best choice for today's most demanding high-end computers. Get to the next level with the EVGA NEX1500 Classified Power Supply!
Continuous Power: Trust EVGA to label all of our power supplies in Continuous Power, the steady power a PSU can output continuously, rather than the amount delivered at its short-lived peak.
SuperNOVA Software: Exclusive SuperNOVA software allows you to monitor voltage, current drawn on each rail, power used, efficiency, allows you to change the fan profile and even adjust the +12V rail!
Single OR multiple 12V Rails: No longer will you have to toil over the decision of choosing a single or multiple rail PSU; the NEX1500 Classified lets you switch modes as you please.
Fully Modular, Individually Sleeved:EVGA delivers the highest quality cables possible, with individually sleeved cables and a fully modular design for optimal cable management and the best looks. On top of that EVGA supplies a massive 12AWG premium power cable!
EVGA SuperNOVA NEX1500 Classified PSU review We review the EVGA NEX1500 Classified PSU. The monster of a 1500 Watt PSU is massive in performance and featrues. It's the most versitie and feature rich power supply we have ever put our hands on.