Be Quiet! has one of the strangest, if not the strangest, brand name in the computer technology industry. Their name however is very well known as well, as they are the most popular European manufacturer of computer power supply units. They have a very strong presence in Europe and the company is now exporting their products to Asian and North American markets as well. Be Quiet! is particularly well-known for designing their products with low noise operation in mind. Today we will have a look at their mainstream PSU series, the Straight Power 10.
Corsair undoubtedly is one of the most active players in the PSU market. Aside from several series and tens of power supply units available, they have a very active R&D department as well. Today we will be having a look at the AX1200i, the second most powerful unit of the premium AX series. Although the AX1200i is only the second most powerful unit after Corsair’s pinnacle, the AX1500i, the price difference between these two units is $150, making the AX1200i a more reasonable choice for anyone who is financially conscious. How well it can perform? We will see that in this review.
Corsair has been releasing one case after the other, extending their range of products and flooding the market with their designs. The company already has four different case series and dozens of products populating them. A few weeks after our review of the Graphite 230T, we had a look at the newly released and most advanced member of the Graphite series, the 760T. Today we will be having a look at the newest member of the Obsidian series as well, the 450D.
A lot of technology-related companies have diversified towards segments of the market that were not their original focus. Graphics card manufacturers began offering PSUs, PSU manufacturers started designing cases, case designers developed CPU coolers and so on. The most notable example of diversification is Corsair; the company could have written the book on it. Their two most successful ranges of products, aside from RAM modules of course, probably are their cases and PSUs, with the company offering several series and tens of different products. Today we will be having a look at the Graphite 230T, one of their latest cases.
Corsair is a company that has certainly come a very long way. What started as a developer of cache modules has evolved to a company specializing in RAM modules and today has global presence with tens of series of retail products. During the past decade, Corsair has diversified into many segments of the market, offering everything from RAM, SSDs, cases, PSUs and cooling-related products. They have also released several gaming peripherals, such as keyboards, mice and audio devices. Today we will take a look at such a product, the Vengeance 2100 Dolby 7.1 Wireless Gaming Headset.
Antec is a very well-known manufacturer of cases and power supply units, with an excellent reputation among gamers and enthusiasts. A few years ago Antec released their first power supply units aiming directly to gamers, the High Current Gamer series. Today, we are having a look at their latest revision, which sports an upgraded design and modular cables. It is the most powerful modular model which we will be testing today, the HCG-750M, a power supply capable of continuous 750W output.
Be Quiet! is, despite the eccentric name, perhaps the most popular European manufacturer of power supply units. Today, the company retails several series and tens of power supplies, most having been designed with low-noise operation in mind. Their latest series is the Power Zone, which consists of four units (650W to 1kW) and the company claims a great balance of features, performance and price. The most powerful variation of the Power Zone series found its way into our labs. We will see how well it can perform in this review.
From all the parts which make up a personal computer, the power supply is perhaps the most difficult to properly test and review. That is because, once installed inside a system, there is no way to control and regulate the actual load of the power supply, even if proper measuring and monitoring equipment is available. Therefore, no proper testing of a power supply can be performed at all without a fully adjustable, stable load. For basic testing, most technicians are using power resistors in order to simulate a simple and (almost) steady load. Larger companies and specialists often use Automated Testing Equipment (ATE) systems, usually from Chroma or Sunmoon, which essentially are electronic loads that can run automated test patterns.