Enermax ECO80+ 350w ATX PSU

Packaging & Appearance

Packaging & Appearance
 
As you would expect from a PSU with the word ECO in it's name, the packaging on the ECO80+ uses a green and white theme adorn with foliage to convey its eco friendliness to potential buyers. I was hoping to catch Enermax out by revealing that the single walled cardboard box wasn't made from recycled card, but alas it is, so 1-0 to Enermax.
 
At the front of the box Enermax have kept information to a minimum by only listing three of the units most prominent features along with an image of the unit sporting its red (which looks orange) Magma fan. Strangely an AMD Crossfire certified logo has also been added to the box, which probably isn't the case for the 350w model as it only has one PCI-E connector.
 
Enermax ECO80+ 350w Box Enermax ECO80+ 350w Box
 
Around the back of the box things get a little bit more interesting with both fan speed and efficiency graphs showing that the unit peaks at around 50% load which is fairly common for most standard PSU's. Enermax have also gone to the trouble of comparing the ECO80+ to a generic 77% efficiency PSU for the purpose of showing potential buyers how much money they could be saving (€32.70) a year by switching to a more efficient unit.
 
Enermax ECO80+ 350w Box Side Enermax ECO80+ 350w Box Side
 
Moving on to the sides of the box we can see that Enermax have printed two charts. The first on the green background gives information on how many connectors you can expect to find on each of the ECO80+ models, while the second on the white background details their various rail outputs. 
 
Enermax ECO80+ 350w Box Open Enermax ECO80+ 350w Contents
 
Inside the box you can expect to find all of the normal accessories required to get you up and running (Mains Lead, Manuals & Screws) along with some fancy Enermax branded velco cable ties. The PSU its self is kept separate from the accessories by a cardboard divider and a bubblewrap bag protects the unit from minor knocks and scratches during shipping.
 
Enermax ECO80+ 350w PSU Bottom Enermax ECO80+ 350w Bottom
 
Removing the EVO80+ from the packaging, first impressions are that this certainly isn't a budget unit at all. Most low-wattage PSU's from other manufacturers are stripped of all niceties and presented as plain black boxes with ugly silver fan grills and shoddily sleeved cables (at best). However, Enermax have treated the EVO80+ 350w unit to exactly the same trimmings as the higher wattage models, fitting it with the Enermax trademark Gold grill, an appealing slate grey powdercoat finish and the same sleeving as found on all other Enermax models.
 
Enermax ECO80+ Top Enermax ECO80+ 350w Side
 
Normally at this point I'd pass comment that the specification sticker would be best placed out of the way at the top of the unit to avoid spoiling the aesthetics. But given that that the ECO80+ is a low wattage unit it's probably best that the rail layout chart is fully on show to remind users of its capabilities should they upgrade any part of their PC's in the future.
 
Enermax ECO80+ 350w Rear Enermax ECO80+ 350w Power Socket
 
The rear of the unit is also quite standard with a large honeycomb grill taking up most of the space and a 'kettle' style AC inlet and power switch tucked away in the corner.  Now that we've covered the basics let's go in for a closer look at the ECO80+ over on the next page...
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Most Recent Comments

19-06-2009, 07:49:40

JN
"Enermax show us that you don't need to buy a high-output PSU to get all the fancy trimmings. As today we review their latest 350w model, the ECO80+."

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Enermax ECO80+ 350w ATX PSU

19-06-2009, 07:55:13

Rastalovich
Great stuff, great unit, nice1.

45.99 rrp, where I'd expect online firms to probably cut that a little.

19-06-2009, 07:57:39

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Rastalovich'
Great stuff, great unit, nice1.

45.99 rrp, where I'd expect online firms to probably cut that a little.
Yeah with a bit of competition between scan/ocuk I think it could probably be had for closer to 40. Considering its fitted with a ~10 fan too, its worth every penny imo.

19-06-2009, 09:06:54

tinytomlogan
Aye looks to be a great little unit, well worth the money for a basic system.

19-06-2009, 11:09:30

maxw
On the connectors bit, the table header is "BFG EX-1200 Connectors"

Nice review, I might get one to put in a friends build

19-06-2009, 12:49:00

FarFarAway
Looks like an absolute cracking unit at a superb price. People who still buy ebuyer own PSU's instead of this thing need to be shot

Great review Jim

19-06-2009, 16:00:16

JN
Thanks all..

Quote:
Originally Posted by name='maxw'
On the connectors bit, the table header is "BFG EX-1200 Connectors"
..and wh000ps well spotted.

19-06-2009, 17:48:34

monkey7
Great little unit for smaller builds. Rock stable, 450W max, not bad at all
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