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Sparkle 1250W Gold Class Power Supply Review
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Written by Munk   
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http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:MWAEOOg4gDBcUM:http://www.sparkle-usa.com/img/product/112/GW-EPS1250DA.jpgIt is a great time to be a gamer. Direct X 11 finally came to bless us with tessellations and dynamic lighty goodness. There is a down side too all this wonderful graphical goodness. You need to pump some serious wattage into your gaming rig just to get things rolling. This is where we begin our review today, Sparkle has bestowed a 1250W PSU upon us and I for one could not be happier. With all the influx of high wattage Nvidia cards popping up left and right it can be hard to stay on top of things. Let's take a look at this behemoth of a PSU and see if this is the right choice for your next custom gaming rig.

 

Provided by: Sparkle

Price: $349.99

Closer Look:

 

 

Specifications and Features:

      1250W Modular Power Supply

     80 Plus Gold Certified

      Double Ball Bearing Fan

     All connector AU coating to keep Ultra high efficiency

      Full Thermal Control with super silent fan

     12V peak at 120A

      Temperature control design mode

      Active PFC design

      Keep PSU fan running for 5-10 seconds after shut down to dissipate the remaining system heat and prolonging system lifetime.

      Ultra-quiet 13.9cm Fan with intelligent RPM control guarantees cool performance and silent operation.

      99.9% 12V Power

      EPS12V PSU with 99.9% 12V output capability

      SYNC TRANSFORMER ARRAY

      Double main electrolytic capacitors

      DC to DC circuitry design with solid capacitors

      Forward Safe Guard Circuitry design

      Dual Layer main PCB 2.0mm thickness

      Sextuple 12V Rails

      100A Mosfet 12V Rectifiers

      30k µF low ESR secondary 105 electrolytic capacitors

      Triple AC EMC Filtering stage

      Dual capacitors design to protect system safety when sudden shut down
Series
  Gold Class
Intel Specification
  ATX12V / EPS12V
Energy Efficiency
  80Plus Gold
Modular Cabling
  Yes
Fan
  139mm Fan
Fan Type
  Double Ball Bearing
+12V Rail
  6
AC Input Range
  Full Range: 90~264Vac
Frequency
  50/60Hz
Input Current
  15-8A
+5V
  30A
+3.3V
  30A
+12V1
  20A
+12V2
  20A
+12V3
  20A
+12V4
  20A
+12V5
  20A
+12V6
  20A
-12V
  0.6A
+5VSB
  3.0A
Total Power
  1250W
24P Mainboard Connector
  X 1
4+4P CPU +12V Connector
  X 1
6+2P PCI-E Connector
  X 6
SATA Connector
  X 12 (Max.)
4P Molex Connector
  X 9 (Max.)
4P FDD Connector
  X 3 (Max.)
Dimension
  175mm X 155mm X 86mm

 

Conclusion:

I have reviewed a lot of power supplies over the years but I gotta say this is the first one I have used with 6 12v rails. The Sparkle 1250W Gold Series Power Supply is by far one of the best PSU's I have ever used. The features in themselves are more than just a little impressive but what is most impressive is the almost zero fluctuation between load and idle.

Granted this power comes at a price but they have eased the pain a little by including $100 voucher for some killer games which should ease your pain a little. Considering most power supplies in this class are around this price point and higher I think the people at Sparkle are pretty smart to toss in a little bonus for the gamers out there. If I am looking at two PSU's with similar specs and one is tossing extra swag the decision is easy.

Would I recommend this power supply? Yes, maybe not to everyone, but if you are a serious gamer in need of serious power I strongly suggest picking up one of these for yourself. On the other hand if you are still sporting your grandmas hand me down emachine then I would suggest saving your $349+ for some better hardware upgrades.

Pros:

  • 6 - Count Them - 6 12v Rails
  • 3 Stage AC EMC Filtering for That Clean Power Smell
  • Modular
  • 80+ GOLD Certified Means a Less Painful Power Bill
  • Post Shutdown Cooling Will Prolong Your PSU's Life
  • Fan is Actually Quite Quiet for a 1250W
  • Bonus Goodies
  • 20A Per 12V Rail

Cons:

  • None


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