First Look: Enermax Revolution 85+ PSU

September 4, 2008 | 10:02

Tags: #85 #efficient #power #psu #revolution #supply

Companies: #enermax #galaxy

Has the Revolution Arrived?

Well, the revolution may arrive soon, but for the time being we have secured a hands on look at Enermax's latest 1,050W offering that was straight out of its East Asian factories. As such, this is only a first look rather than a full review because this is quite obviously a golden sample and we'll wait to see what the mass produced range offers in terms of production line, rather than hand finished quality.

Just like its recently launched Pro and Modu series, the Revolution sports its claimed efficiency as a medal on its chest and is rated to deliver at least 85+ percent on the outside at least, in reality though, for the model we tested on a 230V supply (it will be lower if you live in a 115V country) it was closer to 90 percent in some circumstances. As such it's 80 Plus Silver rated and we don't honestly expect these results to drop that much between now and retail, but we will be sure to re-test to find out.

Dropping the Galaxy brand is a controversial decision - why lose a very popular and established name for something new? Well Enermax is in fact not so much dropping it but shifting it aside for something new. The new Galaxy will be the EVO brand will be relaunched in a similar glossy black design to the current Galaxy DXX, but will have a higher efficiency range of (quoted by Enermax) 85-89 percent compared to 81-85 on the current Galaxy at 230V.

First Look: Enermax Revolution 85+ PSU First Look: Enermax Revolution 85+ PSU
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The Revolution on the other hand will have the same gun-mental design as the Pro/Modu 82+, but will feature a slightly lower noise 13.5cm fan on all but the 1,250W model. This is because the Revolution has a higher quoted efficiency of a massive 87-91 percent, which means it wastes less power as heat, so less needs to be removed.

Neither features the second 80mm fan that the original Galaxy DXX has, meaning it's significantly quieter too. In fact, during testing we found it's probably one of the quietest kilowatt PSUs we've heard to date and even at full load the 1,050W model wasn't gasping for air like so many others. It certainly wasn't silent, in fact it was still audible but much less intrusive than we're used to from a very high powered PSU.

First Look: Enermax Revolution 85+ PSU First Look: Enermax Revolution 85+ PSU
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As both new models are reduced in length by 3cm, however it's still longer than a more mainstream orientated power supply and it doesn't feel that much lighter than the original Galaxy. You therefore still need to consider how it will be supported in a case. The cables are still have the same Enermax black with white stripes, but the modular connectors on the Revolution have also changed to match the latest Modu/Pro ranges, but there's now ten sockets for a multitude of PCI-Express and peripheral connectors.

First Look: Enermax Revolution 85+ PSU

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