Enermax Galaxy 1000w Quad-SLI ATX PSU

Introduction & Packaging

Introduction

When it comes to power supplies, Enermax is one of those household names that everyone will have heard of. Manufacturing PSU's for over 16 years it's no wonder that people often turn to Enermax for their power needs without even so much as a glance at offerings from other manufacturers. In fact, looking back now - the first PC I ever built with my own hands was fitted with a 300w Enermax unit.

We all know that the power requirements of the modern computer is on the sharp increase (I've certainly said it enough times) and as a result people are looking for the highest wattage units available as an investment into their PC's future and its ability to handle whatever you may throw at it.

Here we are today with Enermax's Quad CPU, Quad Core, Quad SLI monster complete with five +12v rails and a modular cable layout. It certainly sounds like Enermax have done their homework, but as the saying goes: "the proof of the pudding is in the tasting" so lets get down to business.


Packaging

The first thing you'll notice when you get your hands on the Galaxy is its weight. Its not the kind of power supply you'd want to carry under your arm on the long walk home from the shops (unless you're planning on being a Stretch Armstrong double).

Enermax Galaxy Packaging Enermax Galaxy Packaging

The design of the packaging is very much what you'd expect from a product named 'Galaxy' - a dark background with outer-space graphics printed on each side. The top and front of the box show pictures of the unit from various angles along with a stream of graphics cards, hard disks and processors undoubtedly all being powered by the Galaxy.

The small print on the front of the box lists some of the Galaxy's most notable features, including: Support for 24 Drives, Quad Core, Quad CPU's, 5x12v Rails, 2007 EPS12v specification, 80-85% Efficiency and much more.

Enermax Galaxy Packaging

Enermax Galaxy Packaging Enermax Galaxy Packaging

The sides and back of the packaging is where you'll find the most detailed information on the Galaxy. One of it's more interesting features (to me anyway) was what Enermax have dubbed 'PowerGuard'. This feature essentially relays the status of the power supply to the end-user via the LED on the back of the unit and an internal buzzer. The LED has the ability to switch between Green, Orange, Red and flashing, allowing for easier diagnosis of any problems.

Enermax have also listed the number of cables included for both the 850w and 1000w versions of the Galaxy on the back of the packaging along with the number of connectors that each cable has. Certainly handy for ascertaining what unit would best suit the needs of your 20+ disk RAID array!

Enermax Galaxy Unpacked Enermax Galaxy Unpacked

Enermax Galaxy Unpacked Enermax Galaxy Unpacked

Open up the outer packaging and you'll find two recycled cardboard boxes both embossed with the Enermax logo. The larger of the two contains the power supply with the smaller containing just about everything else. Credit has to be given to Enermax for packaging everything neatly and securely inside the boxes and also for bundling in a few extra goodies to keep you sweet.

The inventory of the box is as follows:
• 1x Enermax Galaxy PSU.
• 1x Power Cord.
• 4x ATX Screws.
• 1x Enermax Case Badge.
• 1x Enermax Lanyard.
• Manuals & Leaflets.
• 1x Canvas wallet for unused modular cables.
• Bundle of modular cables.

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Most Recent Comments

14-12-2006, 08:23:32

JN
"Having already reviewed a couple of 1000w+ units on the market, it seemed necessary to get hold of one of Enermax's Quad-SLI beasts to put through its paces. Does the Galaxy deserve all the attention it's been getting recently, we find out."

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14-12-2006, 08:32:03

llwyd
nice review and a pretty hefty psu. i see you point about the pre-fixed cables making it half modular but what 1000W pc wouldn't use all those cables anyway lol

14-12-2006, 08:38:54

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='llwyd'
nice review and a pretty hefty psu. i see you point about the pre-fixed cables making it half modular but what 1000W pc wouldn't use all those cables anyway lol
Yeah exactly. It would have been near impossible to impliment a sturdy modular system with all of those cables and remain 100% modular.

14-12-2006, 08:53:07

Ham
That thing is huge....

14-12-2006, 10:02:39

FarFarAway
Looks nice but I'd still buy a PCP&C

14-12-2006, 10:52:38

underclocker
now thats a Power Supply!!!!

no no no get out of my head I've spent far too much already

Great review as always guys.

14-12-2006, 10:53:58

Dav0s
will that thing fit in a normal case lol

wheres NickS? somebody told me he liked enermax

14-12-2006, 11:00:02

Toxcity
It's impressive... But To big?

14-12-2006, 11:23:39

Rastalovich
1000w?! humph

*walks off in a huff*

14-12-2006, 13:52:04

TJS
Its nice having a 1KW PSU, amazingly enough hardware is coming out that can actually make use of its wattage. The size is kind of a downer, takes some finagling to get it into most cases, maybe a little Dremeling... but once its in, power problems become a thing of the past.

I had an Enermax Liberty 620W PSU, and after 3 months it popped, no rhyme or reason. Thankfully nothing else in my setup got damaged, bought a PC P&C 610W for my backup pc.

You can go cheap with some hardware, especially if reviews are favorable... but for a component that can destroy all your other hardware should something go wrong, I prefer to spend a bit more for piece of mind.

Also, I've read that modular is good, but not as good (yet) as non-modular(?) PSU's. Yes, the Galaxy is only half modular, and it is nice to be able to disconnect unused cables to keep clutter down in a case, but it's still modular. The upshot is that its less expensive than a PC P&C while still being a respectable brand name.

TJS

14-12-2006, 15:37:38

NickS
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dav0s
will that thing fit in a normal case lol

wheres NickS? somebody told me he liked enermax
Hehe. I saw a review on that a while ago @ JonnyGURU's site.

-- XMS, did you apply 15a * 5 at one time for a total of 75a of 12v? I wanna see what it does

15-12-2006, 05:07:30

GrimReaper
dang thats one big fat psu

19-05-2009, 11:11:29

smiler99
I have one of these beasts in a Coolermaster Stacker (massive case) and had to adapt the case for it to fit.The 120mm fan on the top will now not fit and had to bend back the alli clips so psu would fit in.Think its about 3 inches longer than a regular psu.

Once in the case it has been a sweet psu,and it is half modular but i only need one of the modular leads.Theoretically you could easilly run 2 high end gaming pc's from this psu.
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