NorthQ Giant Reactor 1kw ATX PSU

Conclusion

Conclusion

It's very hard to find anything positive to say about the NorthQ Giant Reactor. With internal components used in 850w PSU's from other manufacturers it makes me wonder why NorthQ decided to label the unit as 1kw. Due to a limitation with our load tester we was only able to test the Giant Reactor up to a maximum load of 886w, however, even at 114w less than the PSU's rated output it was clear to see the unit was struggling to keep up.

When reviewing a product, we have to look to other similar products on the market for comparison. However, when comparing the Giant Reactor against 1kw power supplies from companies like Silverstone, Enermax, Tagan and PCP&C it falls short in many areas. If the Giant Reactor had been marketed as an 850w unit then the outcome of this review would have certaily been more positive.

Granted the Giant Reactor is a good deal cheaper than most other 1kw units (£145 over at Komplett), but personally I'd rather invest the money in a good quality 700-800w unit or save up for a true 1kw unit.


Pro's
• Silent operation, even at full load.
• Standard size ATX casing.
• Good efficiency.

Con's
• 850w PSU internals.
• Poor voltages on +12v rail even at 886w load.
• £145 will get you a much better PSU in the 800w range.
• Lack of cables and connectors when compared to other 1kw units.
• Poor packaging.
• Bland appearance for a 'Gamers PSU'.

Reviewed Award

I'd like to extend our thanks to Komplett for making this review possible.

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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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