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PowerColor 1000W Modular PX Power Supply Review
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Written by Munk   
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Power supplies have to be one of the most important parts of your computer. If you have a poorly made power supply or not enough wattage to run your components chances are your PC will not run or will run very poorly. Most serious builders know this, and that is why, when a company that is formerly known for their graphics cards get in to making a power supply for enthusiasts and gamers, they can be up against some serious prejudice. PowerColor decided to bite the bullet and give it a try; the new PowerColor 1000W Modular PX Power Supply has all the right stuff to be a game changer in the PSU world but does it perform up to its specs? Let’s find out:

 

 

Provided by: PowerColor

Price: $169

Closer Look:

 

 

Specifications and Features:

PowerColor Extreme 1000W

Part Number
PX-1000AE-M80B/14F2
PX-1000AS-M80B/14F2
Type
ATX 12V v2.2/EPS12V v2.91
Max. Output Capacity
1000W
PFC
Active PFC (0.99)
Certification
80 Plus Bronze
Multi-GPUs Support
Crossfire & SLI read

Cable & Connectors

600mm Main cable length

1x 20+4pin

2x CPU 4+4pin

6x PCI-E 6+2pin

9x SATA

7x Molex Peripheral

2x Floppy

 

Testing Setup:

Testing:

In order to test the Power supply we test it with our standard LCD tester above. We then poll the Power Supplies voltages over an extended period of time and average out the voltages in both idle and load scenarios.Today we will be putting the PowerColor 1000W Modular PX Power Supply up against the Sparkle Gold Class 850W Modular Power Supply , Cooler Master GS 750W and a Ultra 750W LSX.

Load Idle:

Voltages

750W Ultra LSX

Powercolor 1000W

Sparkle Gold Class 850W

CM 750W

 

Idle

Load

Idle

Load

Idle

Load

Idle

Load

+3.3

3.33

3.3

3.31

3.31

3.31

3.31

3.4

3.4

+5

5.09

5.07

4.92

4.92

4.95

4.95

5.1

5.1

+12

11.98

11.93

12.80

12.80

12.99

12.99

12.25

12.25

 
Conclusion:
Overall the performance from the PowerColor was steady. There was no fluctuation in the voltages between load and Idle and I was very impressed with the voltages over all. The 3.3v and 5v rails are usually very finicky when it comes to over voltage and the PowerColor PSU came in right where it should be the 12V rail is a little more lenient when it comes to overvoltage’s because the motherboard PCB design usually attenuates the voltages  before an over voltage can damage any components. The only issue is when a rail come in well under or well over the voltage needed (2V above of 1V below) is when you start to have power supply issues. In total the PowerColor performed very well and didn’t even shutter in the least when put under 100% load. I was very impressed by how quiet the fan was even at 100% load. I also tested its short fail safe and it shorted the fail safe instantly when I plugged in a HDD drive I know has a bad short in the 5V rail (intentional bad solder point on a diode), then after a flick of the switch (after removing the bad drive) the PSU came to life in perfect working order.
 
Would I recommend this product? Yes, if you are in need of serious power in order to run your enthusiast or gaming rig get yourself one of PowerColors PSU’s. The manufacturer of these supplies makes probably most of the performance power supplies you have already used and has many years of experience; so even though PowerColor is usually just know for powerful graphics cards they are well on their way to be noticed for their new power supply line.
 
Pros:
  • Price
  • Performance
  • 80 Plus Bronze
  • Modular
  • SLI and Crossfire X Ready
  • Japanese Capacitors
  • Quiet Fan
Cons:
  • None so far 

 


 


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