Enermax Platimax 1000w Super Overclock Edition PSU Review
With the Platimax 1000w review coming fresh off the back of my previous MaxRevo 1350w review, it's hard not to make some comparisons between the two. Firstly in terms of looks, the Platimax is certainly an improvement. Gone is the garish gold fan surround in favour of a gunmetal black finish, and likewise the gold lettering down the sides of the unit have be replaced with white. Unfortunately though, the Platimax still uses the damn ugly gold/red striped sleeving which clashes with just about everything. Seriously Enermax, would it have really blown the budget to replace this with some black sleeving interwoven with some subtle silver stripes to mark the release of your first 80Plus Platinum PSU?
Moving on to the more important things, efficiency is obviously where Enermax have concentrated their efforts on the Platimax in order to bring it up to 80PLUS Platinum standards. The good news of course is that the unit met these standards during our testing, if only by the skin on it's teeth. What I find quite curious though is that the 80Plus Gold rated MaxRevo actually offers slightly better efficiency at lower load levels! For example, if we compare the two graphs here and here we can see that the MaxRevo offers 3% better efficiency at 25% load and 1% at 50% load. This may well be a moot point though as anyone investing in a 1000w+ PSU is unlikely (I would hope) to run it at such low load levels.
Often when pushing the boundaries of one area in a PSU's design, another area will suffer. I've seen this situation in the past when manufacturers have tried desperately to improve voltage stability, but as a result cross-load results or maximum power output suffer. Thankfully though the Platimax doesn't appear to have this trait, and performs excellently in both the voltage stability and ripple testing. I would possibly even go as far as to say the Platimax has some of the most stable voltages of any PSU tested recently here at OC3D. Ripple suppression is also quite good, but once again slightly overshadowed by the MaxRevo..although not to the point where it should affect a purchasing decision.
So in summary, the Platimax is a highly efficient, stable PSU with decent ripple suppression and good looks. I can't lie and say that it is perfect, but it certainly offers a high enough mix of goodness to earn our OC3D Gold award.