5-way High-End 1KW+ PSU Round-Up

Enermax Revolution 85+ 1050W

Enermax Revolution 85+ 1050W
With their award winning Galaxy 1KW PSU, Enermax have long been the big daddy of the high-end PSU market. So when we contacted them about conducting this review, it came as quite a shock to us that they wanted to offer us something other than the Galaxy to test. However, time stands still for no man (or PSU), and with the Galaxy having served a full two years as Enermax's flagship product it was time to bring something new to the market. Bring forth the Revolution.
The Revolution 85+ is, at time of writing,  in the final stages of pre-production; meaning that a lot of the smaller details such as packaging, accessories and manuals were not provided with the sample unit that we received. However, despite the lack of gumph that often allows us to identify some of the main features of a product, Enermax were quick to tell us that they had been concentrating hard on pleasing environmentalists this time around, and have actually developed one of the first PSU's to break 90% efficiency. Impressive!
Enermax Revolution 1050w Specs
Enermax Revolution 1050w Bottom Enermax Revolution 1050w Side
Enermax Revolution 1050w Rear Enermax Revolution 1050w Modular
Measuring in at 190mm in length the Revolution is significantly shorter than it's 220mm elder brother, making the unit much more suitable for the 'standard' sized PC case. Most of this space saving is undoubtedly down to the removal of the 80mm fan at the rear of the PSU which is no longer required due to the increased efficiency and lower heat output of the components.
In much the same style as the Be-Quiet unit seen over on page #2, the modular connector system of the Revolution uses both PCI-E style connectors as well as a flat 5-Pin style connector. Previous experience has told us that both of these systems work well, providing extremely robust connections than don't work their way loose or cause arcing due to ill-fitting plugs.
At the back of the unit you'll find the usual honeycomb grill along with the mains lead socket, a beefy power switch and a status LED. At this point it is also worth mentioning that Enermax have gotten rid of the annoying buzzer that was present on the early versions of their Galaxy and Infinity series. Having owned both of these units, the lack of 'beeping' when switching the unit on/off is a welcome ommision.
Enermax Revolution 1050w Cables Enermax Revolution 1050w Cables
Enermax Revolution 1050w Cables Enermax Revolution 1050w ATX
While we need to remember that the we're not looking at the retail version of the Revolution, the two large bundles of cables sent to us with the unit certainly look promising for those of us who have problems getting the PSU leads to reach certain parts of their full-tower cases. Furthermore, the unit is most definitely well suited to multi-GPU setups with a total of eight PCI-E connectors being provided via four modular cables.
Of course no Enermax unit would be complete without its trademark gold and black sleeved cables, and as we can see from above, the Revolution certainly doesn't disappoint. Unfortunately in some places where there are too many cables coming out of a single socket, Enermax have had to start the sleeving up to 10cm down the cable making things look a little untidy - but this is only a minor gripe.
Enermax Revolution 1050w Inside Enermax Revolution 1050w Ferrite Coil
Enermax Revolution 1050w Transformers Enermax Revolution 1050w Filter
Lifting the hood on the Revolution reveals a very tidy internal layout with minimal cable clutter and plenty of room for air to flow over and around the internals. This is surprising considering the Revolution actually has the largest number of primary components out of any of the units we've tested in this roundup.
Two beefy transformers located in the middle of the unit provide the power for the six +12v rails with a smaller transformer located just to their right dealing with all other rails such as +3.3v and +5v. Smoothing out the power are three medium sized capacitors rated at 400v / 220uF along with an AC filter fitted to the mains socket for filtering out voltage spikes and line noise.
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03-10-2008, 09:03:52

"Looking for a new 1kw+ PSU? We test Be-Quiet, Corsair, Cooler Master, Enermax and Silverstone's latest and greatest units on the most sophisticated equipment."


5-way High-End 1KW+ PSU Round-UpQuote

03-10-2008, 09:19:16

Great round-up review Jim. Shame about the Be-Quiet though, was really hoping for great things from them Quote

03-10-2008, 09:34:14

WC Annihilus
Mmm... I got one of those CM UCP 1100W that I won at Nvision sitting in a box brand new. Really need to get around to selling it >.> Maybe linking this review will net some interestQuote

03-10-2008, 09:34:27

The Corsair HX 1000W looks brilliant.

Nice review, enjoyed reading it. Quote

03-10-2008, 11:14:34

Ooh, that enermax looks nice!Quote

03-10-2008, 11:22:35

Originally Posted by name='teknokid'
Ooh, that enermax looks nice!
Hope you mean the revised version


03-10-2008, 11:38:02

they all look rather nice

but isnt 1k overkill for all but the highest of high end systems now? Quote

03-10-2008, 11:39:05

Originally Posted by name='Jim'
Yeah :P

Its quite a design change, but does look pretty awesome.. Nice review Quote

03-10-2008, 12:07:13

I like the look of that revolution ^^. Only thing is, my PSU sits at the top of the case, so it would look a bit stupid to have the writing upside down. Is it t'other way up on the other side?

Nice review tho, but real shame about the be-quiet, at least there are some really good alternatives now.Quote

03-10-2008, 13:46:25

Nice review. The link for the PCP&C TurboCool on the first page is broken tho, it takes u to the Silverstone Zeus 750W review. I don't think I will need one of these PSUs until 2000W is the standard for extreme high-end with the hardware I tend to use lol.Quote

03-10-2008, 15:18:01

Seriously good review. U just dont see these sort of tests done enough. Saw some old tests similar to this that came to the conclusion that power ratings were extremely exaggerated (the spelling thing says I spelt it right ??). That was b4 we had efficiency ratings and such standards. Reaching 1kw on a cold day in a lab once, no longer cuts it.

I'll post a few exceptions I have:

  • I wouldnt 'con' the Silverstone psu for being longer. If u have a smaller case with this psu - theres other wrongs being committed.

  • I'd like to massage into the graphs the +/- lines that the ATX standards perceive for the voltage levels. If a psu varies a fair bit, but remains within that +/- by a %, I think that's another criticism of the units.

  • If u dont have 4 way sli or 20 hdd and everything overclocked, including the usb line, I want a serious answer as to why u have a 1kw+ psu. Yet alone paid over £150 for it. £150 is a good mark up for Corsair. The Silverstone is massively priced.

Cut the price on the CoolerMaster one and it'd be awesome over-poweredness for the price. Corsair seems to be the banker tho.


04-10-2008, 15:25:24

Fantastic review as usual Jimbo, some sexy PSU's there and just goes to show that OC3D REALLY tests stuff Quote

04-10-2008, 18:33:46

fantastic comparative review, i was a little disappointed by the be quiet mind. wish you'd written this a month ago Quote

04-10-2008, 18:39:02

Originally Posted by name='ionicle'
they all look rather nice

but isnt 1k overkill for all but the highest of high end systems now?
Yea unless youre like me and are developing a peripheral toaster that runs off the PSU Quote

04-10-2008, 19:00:02

Originally Posted by name='llwyd'
Yea unless youre like me and are developing a peripheral toaster that runs off the PSU

"the USB toastomatic" Quote

05-10-2008, 10:22:57

haha, What sort of equipment is used to test psu's?Quote

05-10-2008, 10:49:44

Originally Posted by name='teknokid'
haha, What sort of equipment is used to test psu's?
If you actually read the review it tells you...Quote

05-10-2008, 11:36:16

Originally Posted by name='Ham'
If you actually read the review it tells you...
ooh, I only looked at the end and the enermax revolution :SQuote

05-10-2008, 16:13:33

Originally Posted by name='ionicle'

"the USB toastomatic"
How did you get hold of my secret latest invention plans? That was due to be unveiled next year...Quote

07-10-2008, 16:34:37

Hah you guys crack me up some times.. seriously

Great review, not that I'll be in the market for a PSU like that for a long time but it is really worth knowing that kind of information. Nicely tested, shows (as stated before) OC3D really go to the inth degree to test and make their reviews as accurate as possible!

Thanks guys Quote

08-10-2008, 05:21:56


Well powerfull PSU's needn't run on max to provide the juice needed and hence can run cooler... But ..


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