Power supply units

Element Gaming 600W PSU review: so far, so good!

Today we’re looking at Element Gaming’s 600W PSU, courtesy of Ebuyer. The 600W model is the least capacious of the new range, which is also available in 700W and 800W varieties. Let’s put it in a PC and to the test — can this new brand stand up to established names like Cooler Master and Corsair?

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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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Super Flower Golden Silent 500w

Introduction Power Supplies are the cornerstone of an enthusiast’s system. It provides the backbone that everything else works off of, so it’s important to get a good one; an efficient one; a stable one. If you don’t like the whirring of fans too, it might not be a bad plan to get a silent one. What’s the best way to …

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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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Super Flower Golden King 550w

Introduction It’s always fun when a new company sends you its stuff. You get to see what a big player of the future might be like, or at very least, you end up with some hardware that almost no one else has as the firm doesn’t last very long. Today I’m looking at a PSU from Super Flower, which certainly …

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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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