NorthQ Giant Reactor 1kw ATX PSU

Introduction & Packaging

Introduction

Observing the power supply trend over the past year one thing is blatantly clear:- PSU manufacturers are packing more and more watts into smaller and smaller spaces. Up until recently, the highest wattage power supply you could get in a standard sized ATX PSU casing was 750w. This was quickly overtaken by 850w, and now it looks like several companies are pushing the envelope of what is technologically possible by manufacturing power supplies tipping the 1kw scale - while still managing to be no bigger than the 250w PSU's of yesteryear!

NorthQ is one of these companies, and today I'll be taking a look at their latest and greatest power supply: the NQ-4775-1000 Giant Reactor. With promises of silent operation, 80%+ efficiency, 1000w of power all inside a standard ATX casing, will this PSU be able to hold its own against some of the larger 1kw units we've tested in the past? Let's find out.


Packaging

Packaging is a big deal, especially when you consider that it's the first thing that potential customers will see when browsing around their local PC hardware store. Packaging also plays a crucial part in keeping the product safe during shipping, and here at Overclock3D we've seen countless occasions in the past where under-packaged products have turned up damaged in some way.

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NorthQ Giant Reactor Box

I haven't been acquainted with NorthQ in the past, and I must admit that my first impressions of their flagship PSU was a tad on the bland side. Despite the Giant Reactor's catchy naming, the outer packaging lacked inspiration and looked closer to a mid-range 500w PSU rather than an 1kw nuclear power house as the name would suggest.

On the flip side, credit has to be given to NorthQ for listing some of the "Giant Reactor's" most prominent features and specifications on the front and side of box. These features include 17-25dbA noise output, 8x SATA connectors, Quad-SLI support, 80% Efficiency and of course 1000w power output.

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NorthQ Giant Reactor Contents

Open up the box and we are faced with yet another uninspiring effort by NorthQ. The PSU is protected from by a bubblewrap bag and held in place by a cardboard cut-out. I'm not sure if my review sample was missing some of the basics, but the PSU failed to even come with a power cable or manual!

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Most Recent Comments

22-02-2007, 09:27:15

JN
"1000w is a lot of power to squeeze into a standard ATX PSU casing, but somehow NorthQ - a relatively unheard of company, claim to have managed it. Today we take a look at their "Giant Reactor" PSU to see if it can deliver the goods."

Linky

22-02-2007, 09:34:23

FarFarAway
Ouch

Bit out of order rating an 850w as a 1kw

22-02-2007, 09:35:35

techmob
sneaky

do we really need that much power tho

i am chugging along with 580w

24-02-2007, 04:03:56

PV5150
Ripped 'em a new one But, it really is pretty poor form...Admittedly it's cheaper than other 1000 watters out there, but c'mon. Imagine how saggy the volts would be if you could get 1000W out of it.

24-02-2007, 07:23:56

Toxcity
No one will ver buy from them now!

Very nice review but what the hell where they thinking?

24-02-2007, 08:07:41

Rastalovich
It`s a re-badge, I think that`s what it comes down to. As opposed to the regular `user` rating it @ an optimum 850w, they`ve chosen to label it as a "meh, we got 1kw out of it in the labs, 1kw will do".

I`d rate it as 0W tho coz u were lucky to have a spare kettle lead.

24-02-2007, 08:29:15

FragTek
Very shady this company is... I don't mind them rebadging, that's just good marketing really as it is a good PSU, just not as what it's advertised to be. The problem here is that they've stuck it with a higher price tag with the claim of it being a 1kw supply which makes the other 800+w supplies a better choice for the money.

Good review XMS, always nice to uncover the truth
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