Enermax Platimax 1000w Super Overclock Edition PSU Review

Internals & Cables

Enermax Platimax 1000w Super Overclock Edition PSU

 

Internals & Cables

PSU's have progressed a lot over the last few years, and it certainly shows in their internal designs. For example, if we take a look at the images below of the Enermax Revolution 950w released in 2009 (Right) against the Platimax 1000w (Left) it's clear to see that improvements in efficiency have resulted in a much cleaner PCB layout with a smaller number of components required for generating roughly the same output. Additionally the need for heavy duty heatsinks has also been reduced with much less energy being wasted as heat.

Enermax Platimax 1000w Super Overclock Edition PSU Enermax Revolution85+ Open

Pictured below-left are the two main transformers for the Platimax. As many of you will already know from previous reviews, the larger of the two is used to step down mains voltage to +12vDC, which is then converted by the two daughter-boards in the image on the right for producing the +3.3v and +5v outputs. As I mentioned in the introduction, these two rails are only capable of delivering a total of 100w combined which is reflected by the small PCB sizes. The smaller of the two transformers is uses solely for delivery +5v stand-by voltage when the PSU is effectively switched off.

Enermax Platimax 1000w Super Overclock Edition PSU  Enermax Platimax 1000w Super Overclock Edition PSU

Japanese is the dish of the day when it comes to the capacitors with both the primary and the secondary side of the unit sporting some nice Nippon Chemicon KZE/KMR components. As promised in the specs, all caps are rated to 105c which should ensure longevity - but in all seriousness this specification is becoming more a case of keeping up with the jones' rather than an actual requirement.

Enermax Platimax 1000w Super Overclock Edition PSU  Enermax Platimax 1000w Super Overclock Edition PSU

The fan used inside the Platimax is labelled up as an Enermax EA142512M-0A. Unfortunately the actual specs of this fan are quite elusive, and other than the fact that it employs a 'twister bearing' to reduce noise and improve performance, there's very little else I can say. I will however let you into a secret though (which is normally saved for the conclusion), it was VERY quiet during my testing, even with the PSU running at full output.

Enermax Platimax 1000w Super Overclock Edition PSU  Enermax Platimax 1000w Super Overclock Edition PSU

Finally I need to say something about the Platimax's modular cables. They are ugly. Seriously though, as I mentioned in the MAXREVO review, it really is about time that Enermax switched to a less vulgar sleeving and made more of an effort to run the sleeving right up to the base of the connector. It may seem like I'm nit picking here, but with a plethora of good quality PSU's on the market these days, a consumers purchasing decision can often be swayed by appearance alone.

Enermax Platimax 1000w Super Overclock Edition PSU  Enermax Platimax 1000w Super Overclock Edition PSU

Enermax Platimax 1000w Super Overclock Edition PSU  Enermax Platimax 1000w Super Overclock Edition PSU

Enermax Platimax 1000w Connectors
 ATX ConnectorNative1x 24 Pin
 EPS-12v / P4-12v Connector(s)Modular1x 4+4 Pin / 1x 8 Pin
 Molex ConnectorsModular8x
 Floppy Disk ConnectorsModular1x
 SATA ConnectorsModular12x
 PCI-E ConnectorsNative / Modular6x 6+2 Pin


In terms of what you actually get though, the Platimax is quite well equipped. Twelve SATA connectors for those monster RAID arrays, 8 Molex connectors for the cathodes and fan controllers, Six PCI-E connectors for that SLI/Crossfire fix and finally a hard-wired ATX connector and two motherboard connectors for that power thirsty dual-CPU server board.

Now on to the fun stuff...

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Most Recent Comments

22-02-2012, 04:25:54

tinytomlogan


Enermax ....1000w ....Single Rail. OOOH, suits you sir!

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22-02-2012, 04:45:13

kilobravo
Nice psu,like the look,but as stated,those cables are d... f...ly.

22-02-2012, 04:48:43

dugdiamond
^^^ this

22-02-2012, 05:02:11

yassarikhan786
Really looks the kahunas, but as above the cables :/

22-02-2012, 05:36:12

Excalabur50
Gotta agree 100% great power supply just the cables look like they came off a Huntkey or some other cheap and nasty PSU one of the reasons I don't recommend them to friends and such a shame really, cause they are such a good unit.

22-02-2012, 06:53:47

murphy7801
Cable shables I dont have a case window so dont give a crap. Im just sad they didnt put one of there lovely silver fans like they had the gold ones in the other's.

22-02-2012, 08:11:56

Zanc
That looks phenomenal to my eyes!

22-02-2012, 14:52:14

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by kilobravo View Post

Nice psu,like the look,but as stated,those cables are d... f...ly.
I'd really like to visit the Enermax factory, because I'm willing to bet that they've got some sort of 10 mile squared underground storage facility just for the rediculous ammount of cable sleeving that they purchased in bulk back in the late 90's.

22-02-2012, 15:09:22

kilobravo
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jim View Post

I'd really like to visit the Enermax factory, because I'm willing to bet that they've got some sort of 10 mile squared underground storage facility just for the rediculous ammount of cable sleeving that they purchased in bulk back in the late 90's.
Yeah,must be some rediculous decisions about cable-sleeving.Their psu`s are top notch,high quality and good performance,but fail hard in cables department.

22-02-2012, 21:18:51

MaXiMiZe
Shame about the cables

23-02-2012, 12:40:46

GuyIncognito
I have two Enermax PSU's and will continue buying them.

...but my problem with the cables isn't that they're ugly (I can abide the brown Noctua fans after all). When installing, my problem was that they were maybe too rigid and difficult to bend.

24-02-2012, 07:45:45

ExtremeBB
If I could only get one in Holland

29-02-2012, 10:46:22

DarthDudo420
Considering the cost of these incredible units if if Enermax or a 3rd party company produced fully braided cables for theses (hint hint BitFenix!) I would buy one of these and the Braided cables to go with it in a Heartbeat and Im sure there are ALLOT of Enermax owners taht would too!

30-03-2012, 05:17:21

topinstruments
hi i joined the forums one day and i thought id say hi.

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01-04-2012, 22:11:37

MaXiMiZe
Woah, except for the cables

03-04-2012, 16:06:31

You_What?
Quote:
Originally Posted by GuyIncognito View Post

I have two Enermax PSU's and will continue buying them.

...but my problem with the cables isn't that they're ugly (I can abide the brown Noctua fans after all). When installing, my problem was that they were maybe too rigid and difficult to bend.
Actually, I do agree with you, my Enermax Liberty PCI-E cables were stiff IIRC, good PSU's, its still going strong, has outlived the PC!
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