In Win 850W Commander Series Gaming Power Supply Review


Military-grade products have always been of high quality. PC Cases like the HAF scream military grade and ruggedness. What about other PC hardware? You will be hard-pressed to find a gaming-grade pc component that will truly match the style of the HAF. That is was the case until now, the designers at In Win came out with a rugged line of PSUs known as the Commander Series. The In Win 850W Commander Series Gaming Power Supply we will be reviewing for you today is a very impressive mix of pure voltage horsepower and the impressive design of a military anti-personnel unit. Let’s see if all this marketing hype is true to form or a baby sheep in wolves clothing:

Provided by: In Win

Closer Look:

The packaging for the In Win 850W Commander Series Gaming Power Supply is very straight forward military camo and specs and feature on the back. I think it is very effective packaging for the theme that In Winn was going with in this case so the lack of a packaging window to see the product isn’t a draw back because PSU’s are too heavy to have packaging windows.

Included with the In Win 850W Commander Series Gaming Power Supply is: 1 x 20+ 4 pin connector, 1 x 4+4 pin connector, 7 x Molex, 8 x Sata, 1 x 4 pin floppy, 4 x 6+2 pin connectors. Also included is a carrying case for the cables and the psu. I see the usefulness of the cable carrying case but what are you really going to do with a PSU carrying bag? Either way they are included and you can use them for whatever you like after your purchase so bonuses are always welcome. Also included are the manuals, screws, and zip ties you will need for your PSU.

The In Win 850W Commander Series Gaming Power Supply is not 100% modular like the Coolmax 950W we reviewed in the past but it is however the next best thing. The only cable hard wired to the In Win 850W Commander Series Gaming Power Supply is the main 20+4 pin connector you will need for every board type you use. The fan on the In Win 850W Commander Series Gaming Power Supply is more than sufficient for cooling the PSU to ensure optimal performance.

The modular design is very simple and nicely laid out on the back of the In Win 850W Commander Series Gaming Power Supply. This ensures easy cable management and you can pick and choose the best ports for your particular system.

Let’s get into the specifications and features:

Specifications:

AC Input:
100~240VAC, 47HZ~63Hz, 10A/5A
DC Output:
+3.3V, +5V+, +12V1, +12V2, +12V3, +12V4, -12V, +5VSB
Max Output Current:
30A, 30A, 18A, 18A, 30A, 30A, 0.8A, 3A
Total Power:
850W. Total Power on +3.3V & +5V is 180W MAX.
Type:
ATX 12V 2.3 & EPS 12V 2.91 Version
PFC:
Full Range Active PFC
Fan:
Silent 14cm Two Ball Beaning Fan
Efficiency:
>80%
MTBF:
>100,000 hours
Full Protection:
OVP、OCP、OPP、UVP、SCP
Dimension (WxLxH):
BSMI / CB / CCC / CE / FCC / TUV / UL

Let’s get to the testing:

Testing Setup:

  • Processor: Intel Core2 Quad Q9450
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X48-DQ6
  • Memory: Patriot PC 8500 2 x 2GB
  • Video Card: Asus EAH 4830
  • Power Supply: In Win 850W Commander Series
  • Hard Drive: Seagate 750GB SATA
  • Optical Drive: LG DVD
  • OS: Windows Vista Ultimate
  • Thermaltake armor

Testing:

Testing will consist of 3 parts the first will be using a power supply tester not hooked up to a pc, the second test will consist of idle PC voltages and the third will be of load (achieved by burn in benchmarking software) voltages. These will be regulated by onboard motherboard sensors. The 2 PSU’s going head to head will be the In Win 850W and the Kingwin 1000W power supplys.

LCD Test:

Test

In Win 850W

Kingwin 1000W

+5

5

5

+12

12.1

12.1

+3.3

3.3

3.3

-12

12.3

11.9

5VSB

5

4.9

PG in ms

310ms

330ms

Idle Speed Fan Test:

Testing

In Win 850W

Kingwin 1000W

+3.3v

3.31

3.36

+5v

5.05

5.08

+12v

3.01

2.94

  Load Speed Fan Test:

Testing

In Win 850W

Kingwin 1000W

+3.3v

3.31

3.36

+5v

5.05

5.08

+12v

6.72

6.72

The onboard sensors are always a little off but your can easily see that there are no major fluctuations in power output other then the +12v rail which has always been a bit off as far as the sensors capabilities go. The In Win performed very well and it is definitely a more then capable power supply let’s get straight into the final thoughts:

Conclusion:

Over all the In Win performed very well I was genuinely impressed with its performance and build quality. The Win 850W Commander Series Gaming Power Supply is very quiet which is a very nice feature in such a large wattage power supply the quiet running of this PSU is made possible by In Wins on board fan controller which is a great feature. Gone are the days where the louder your PC was the cooler it was, the engineering of fans these days is incredible and the RPM’s they achieve are far beyond the predecessors and they include better longevity as well.

Would I recommend this Power supply? Yes, it is indeed military grade it performed very well had rock solid voltages and the modular design is a major bonus. All the little extras like the modular cables carrying case make the In Win that much better they other PSU’s in its class that run the same voltages.

Pros:

  • Rock Solid Voltages
  • Camo Design
  • Next Best Thing to 100% Modular
  • Carrying Cases

Cons:

  • No LED’s (For Some This is a Con)

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