Power supply units

FSP Raider 550w

Introduction A lot of companies are in the PSU game, which is why it’s important to make sure the one you’re buying is a good one. Or at least, one that won’t damage your system. Because that can happen with a cheap unit and while here at XSR we might not have all the fancy testing facilities of the bigger …

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BeQuiet Straight Power 580w

Introduction BeQuiet have gone from a relatively small name in the PSU industry to one of its dominant players and its continued to release new ranges of units on a regular basis, keeping sites like this flush with products. Today we’re looking at one such product, the Straight Power 580w. It’s modular, has braided cabling, the usual stuff. Let’s make …

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Corsair Gaming Series GS 800w

Introduction Another day, another PSU. This time around it’s the Corsair Gaming Series (GS) 800w unit, featuring four PCIexpress connectors, a clear bladed, quiet fan, 80 PLUS certified and braided cable sleeves. All in all, a pretty bog standard unit with a reasonable ammount of power. While we can’t offer a full test suite here at XSR, we can check …

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Thermaltake Smart M650w

  Introduction The Power supply is a component that has become increasingly important in recent years as the wattage requirements for parts ramp up and customers become more aware of their system’s impact on the environment – and their wallet. Because of this many companies have begun producing PSUs, leading to a pretty convuluted marketplace, making it hard to decide …

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Konnet Wii PowerV Quad Charger

Introduction While wireless controllers have been around for a while now, the default power option for them is almost always standard AA batteries. This is fine, but if you’re a prolific gamer it can become quite expensive over time. That’s where charge packs come in. Today I’m taking a quick look at the Konnet PowerV Quad Charger. A recharge point …

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FSP Aurum CM 650w

Introduction Afternoon everybody. Hopefully you had a good Christmas etc. etc. If you have some money burning a hole in your pocket though, maybe you want a new power supply? Which one to choose though? If you’re looking for one with a gold standard of efficiency and some unique styling, the FSP Aurum CM PSU could be what you’re looking …

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Thortech PSU Roundup 800-1200w

Introduction Since getting our greedy mits on an oscilloscope XSR has been back in full swing with PSU reviews, or at least half a PSU review. Today we’ll be doing the same with a couple of Thortech units, part of Thunderbolt Plus range. One’s 800w, the other 1000w. While our test rig can’t pull anywhere near the maximum of these …

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