Today's PC's are getting very thirsty when it comes to power - what seemed to be a torrent of power from yesterdays top end PSUs is in danger of looking like a trickle when you start slapping in power hungry sub systems like SLI arrays, multiple processors and multi drive raid setups. That is until now - as one company releases what it states is the world's first 1000W PSU for PCs:
PC Power & Cooling has announced the release of the first 1000W (1kW) PC power supply. Developed for "next-generation graphics and high performance servers," the Turbo-Cool 1KW ships worldwide this month.
Based on PC Power & Cooling's Turbo-Cool 850 SSI power supply technology, the Turbo-Cool 1KW delivers 1000 watts of continuous power and up to 1100 watts of peak power. To handle this staggering output, components on the 850 have been upgraded for greater thermal efficiency and to withstand the additional current.
The +12VDC rails provide an impressive 66 amps of total output (70 amps peak), and the system boasts 85% efficiency with .99 Power Factor Correction (PFC).
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Do we need such a beast of a PSU? PC Power obviously believes so - and is aiming it at the server / hi-end graphics market. But you can guess that these brutes will start to filter down to the enthusiast segment, as we slap more and more stuff into our boxes. But what of the low power components that are around the corner? Will they make hefty PSUs like this redundant? Will you be picking one of these heavyweights up for yourself? Let us know, in the usual place