The power supply is never the most glamourous component in a computer, but it's undeniably important – after all, your PC won't do much if there's no way for electricity to get to the components.
Power supplies sit quietly in the bottom of cases and extend their cables to every part of the rig, delivering electricity to the motherboard, graphics card, hard disk and more.
Cheap PSUs are obviously tempting, but they're usually a bad idea for several reasons – so we've explored what you should look out for when picking a PSU, and picked out some of our favourites from the huge range we have available.
Placing an emphasis on power efficiency and prolonged stability, Super Flower has refreshed their Leadex Gold Series PSUs, the Leadex II Gold Series. Incorporating a wealth of improvements in the construction and materials of internal components, the latest models will feature 100% Japanese capacitors on the PCB and 100% Taiwan A Grade capacitors on the modular back panels. This provides sustainability for prolonged durations of use with operating temperatures rated for 105℃.
Integrating a multitude of power protection features, should there be an external interruption causing loss of power on the system, the PSU makes the necessary procedures in the form of Over and Under Voltage Protection, Over Current and Over Power Protection, Short Circuit and Over Temperature Protection. As these units are rated for 80+ Gold, 87% efficiency at 100% load is where the PSUs will be able to operate.
In Win have just released a new range of power supplies, the Classic Series. These 80+ Platinum Certified units are made with a brushed aluminium enclosure for an attractive finish, definitely a PSU you do not want to cover with a shroud!
Made by In-Win themselves, these units come in either 750W or 900W capacities, with a 7-Year warranty included as standard. Both units are fully modular with smart fan control from a low noise HDB fan and comes with a full suite of protections. Both units will be in stock in around 2-3 weeks time and initial stock is pretty limited!
The In Win D-Frame 2.0 is an open air chassis manufactured with a combination of hand crafted steel tubing and tempered glass. The chassis has an innovative two-way open design with a quick release design allowing easier assembly. The chassis also has a 1065W transparent PSU included which has been exclusively designed for the D-Frame 2.0.
The design concept for D-Frame 2.0 originates from the freedom, individuality and impulsive nature of off-road motorcycles. The combination of steel tubing, anti-flip foot pads with deep tire treads, a power supply in the shape of an air-cooled engine and tempered glass is perfect fusion of art and technology. Expertly bent tubing is entirely crafted by human hands. TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) welding is used to reinforced stability, and unique electrode position, which creates an ultra-smooth finish! The motherboard mounting tray is sandblasted to achieve a refined metallic texture.
The outer frame features a unique two-way open design. With its quick-release fasteners, D-Frame 2.0 allows for easier assembling and custom display platforms. The open-frame structure improves heat dissipation and airflow is effectively channeled, ensuring excellent ventilated performance. Each D-Frame 2.0 includes a SIII-1065W power supply, which is exclusively designed for D-Frame 2.0
Continuing with the D-Frame 2.0 design, the SIII-1065W power supply is designed in the shape of an air-cooled engine with an aluminium alloy top cover. Its reflective tempered glass window emits light from within to create a stunning visual impact.The original power supply design, combined with high wattage, excellent heat dissipation and fast charging, provides gamers with the ultimate powerful performance.
The SIII-1065 power supply provides options to efficiently remove the residual hot air generated by the operating PC. To accomplish this task, the PSU emits 65W electricity to keep the cooling system operational after shutting down the PC. Users can choose the timer options to be continuous, after 180 seconds, after 30 seconds or immediately shut down. The designed USB internal is ideal for your mobile phone and tablet charging, moreover with the automatic identify charging system, you can charge your gadgets without turning your system on. It outputs to maximum 3A and supports APPLE 2.4 A, Samsung 2.0A fast charge. Match the BC 1.2 & YD/T 1591 USB charging regulation.
Power Supplies reach their efficiency maximum in medium load scenarios, yet modern gaming systems with one to two graphics cards of the latest generation draw less and less energy. Super Flower manages the formidable technical challenge of developing PSUs that combine appropriately low nominal wattage ratings and high 80Plus Platinum energy efficiency at a fair price! The result are perfect PSUs for current gaming-hardware!
With the 80Plus Platinum Kings with 450, 550 or 650 watts, Super Flower raises the bar and offers whopping 5 years of warranty!
Kolink has released some new KL Series power supplies that are 80 Plus Bronze certified, semi modular, offering reliable power without a hefty price tag!
The KL Series features semi-modular funcitionality with sleeved cables and is able to deliver 500w of continuous power at 80 Plus Bronze efficiency over a single rail, and features multiple protections such as OVP, UVP, SCP, OPP and OTP.
The KL series all meet the necessary EU requirements for standby wattage and efficiency. They all contain a low noise 12cm fan and have 2 x (500W/600W) or 4 (700W) PCI-E 6+2 pin connectors for GPU support. The Kolink KL Modular series PSU are a perfect combination of reliability and functionality, backed up with a 2 year warranty for peace of mind.
The In Win H-Frame 2.0 has been developed in honour of In Win's 30th anniversary, packed with luminous LED lighting, and a premium 1065W Power Supply that has been made exclusively for the H-Frame.
The H-Frame 2.0 is a sleeker, more polished H-Frame with an open-frame concept composed of nine aluminium stacked sheets and tempered glass side panels, creating a vibrant and astounding visual display. The H-Frame 2.0 possess a six-level lighting effect and the brightness can be adjusted from 0% to 100% for various scenarios. Moreover, the thoughtful lighting system indicates the on/off state by a flickering effect.
The H-Frame 2.0 supports high-end graphics cards up to 330mm, and up to an E-ATX motherboard. The spacious interior is able to accommodate a top radiator up to 360mm for excellent airflow.
Two new models of PSUs from Cougar have been released today, we have listed the models on our website, the VTX and the LX Series. They are both aggressively priced units which provide reliable 80+ Bronze certified performance.
There are 400W, 450W, 550W, and 700W in the VTX Series, and there are 500W and 600W in the LX Series available.
Each VTX power supply is equipped with a quiet 120mm temperature controlled fan, various protection circuitry and PCI-E 6+2 Pin connectors as standard.
The VTX series is an ideal product for anyone looking for reliable yet well priced power supply for a mid ranged system. All VTX units are backed by a 3 year warranty for peace of mind.
The Cougar LX series are a range of fully modular 80 Plus Bronze certified units aiming to offer great features with a competitive pricepoint to match. The LX series are all equipped with 120mm HDB fans for quieter and more reliiable operation, along with full modular support, a feature rarely seen on Bronze units. The LX series boast a minimum of 2 x PCI-E 6+2 connectors as standard, with single rail operation for stability whilst gaming.
The Cougar LX also uses DC-DC power conversion technology for regulation of stable voltage outputs.
The Cougar LX series is an impressive combination of valuable features, reliable operation and competitive pricing, giving you everything needed to power a mid ranged gaming system comfortably.
Have you ever wanted to build a desktop system with the power security of a dual PSU server system or a desktop gaming PC with a super high power ceiling? Phanteks patented Power Combo is design to maximise your power output by allowing you to connect two power supplies. Higher end power supply can cost a fortune, but the Power Combo is cost efficient and provides maximum power and efficiency. With the ability to combine two power supplies, the Power Combo can give you a higher maximum power output than all the power supplies in the market while still maintaining stability and performance. A true plug and play, the Power Combo requires no cutting and splicing of the wires. Find out more!
We are proud to be listing the Phanteks Power Splitter, a patented isolated dual system technology, the PH-PWSPR_1P2M is a power splitter designed to eliminate the need to use two power supplies for dual system configuration, making this a cost efficient and space-saving solution.
Users will be able to run two fully functional systems independently of one another with only one power supply. The Power Splitter is compatible with all ITX, M-ATX, ATX and E-ATX motherboards and ensure stability when the device is operational.
Using the Phanteks Power Splitter, a dual system configuration can operate independently of one another. Powering ON/OFF on one system will not affect the other and vice versa. As long as one system is running the power supply will be fully operational until both systems are off.
The Anti-Noise Inrush Protection Circuit helps to protect and stabilize the voltage signal level and also enables the power supply’s various protection to prevent damage caused by inrush current surges.
The Power Splitter protects and controls the 12V/5V/3.3V/+5VSB circuit to the motherboard to ensure full compatibility to M-ITX, M-ATX, ATX and E-ATX motherboards. The Power Splitter features a unique soft start circuit that limits the inrush current that improves stability and reduces transient voltage drops.
The Power Splitter comes with a Velcro sticker that allows installation in universal case products. The Power splitter is also equipped with a Drop-N-Lock mounting system, which makes installation even more convenient for Phanteks’ compatible cases.
24-Pin / 8-Pin/4-Pin Extension cables are required for connecting the power splitter to motherboards. The power splitter is compatible with all standard extension cables on the market. However, we recommend to use Phanteks’ extension cables which are designed with extended length (500mm) for better cable management.
Overclockers UK are now stocking the COUGAR CMD 80 plus Bronze Digital power supply unit. The arrival of this PSU marks a radical change for Digital PSUs, freeing them from their current status of niche product and putting digital power in the right direction becoming the mainstream option for PC gaming.
The basis of the CMD is the state of the art technology and quality materials by COUGAR is already well known for in the PSU market. On top of this, COUGAR have implemented its newly developed Digital Power technology and integrated it with the COUGAR UIX device management system. The Digital Power technology brings a broad range of functions to CMD™ that will assist the user mainly in two areas: the electric supply of the computer, its temperature and cooling. Those two areas are especially relevant for gamers looking to optimise performance which rely on these critical elements.
The CMD's electric supply-related functions include monitoring of the PSU's electric input and output, efficiency, consumption and voltage fine-tuning, providing the user with a high level of control and full information about the energy the system works with. As for temperature and cooling, key factors for a gaming computer, the CMD™ provides everything a gamer might ask for. Within a single application, the user can easily monitor the temperature of key components within his system, and with the included TSR sensor an additional point inside the computer (chosen by the user) can be monitored as well. This information becomes even more useful since the CMD™ gives the user the possibility to install up to two additional fans and control their speed through the UIX™ system. As for CMD´s internal fan, its automatic control will adjust its speed to the PSU´s temperature, keeping always the optimum balance between temperature and sound.
CMD™ is, in short, nothing short of a revolution in the Digital Power Supply market, reinventing the Digital PSU concept to make it more useful and adjusted to gamers' real needs.