NorthQ Giant Reactor 1kw ATX PSU
Published: 22nd February 2007 | Source: Komplett | Price: |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.
• Silent operation, even at full load.
• Standard size ATX casing.
• Good efficiency.
• 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'.
I'd like to extend our thanks to Komplett for making this review possible.
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