Cougar G1050 - GX 1050W Review

Internals & Cables

Cougar PSU

Insides & Cables

No good PSU review is complete without the reviewer risking his life by pulling apart the unit and then attempting to put it back together again. Well, OK that's a bit of an over exaggeration, but in order to make the task of testing PSU's more exciting, thinking of them like ticking time bombs certainly helps keep the blood pumping. DON'T TOUCH THE YELLOW AND BLACK WIRES...NOOOOO *BOOM*.

Cougar PSU  Cougar PSU

Taking a birds eye view of the unit, the first thing to grab my attention is the two large transformers slap-bang in the middle. This is a good thing as it shows that potentially the GX 1050 isn't just one big +12v rail split virtually into six with a +3.3v/5v board tacked onto the side. But more likely a genuine dual +12v rail unit split in a similar way.

The overall layout of the unit is also quite neat with plenty of space around most of the components, and none of that white goopy goo smeared over everything which tends to hurt cooling. And while we're on the subject of cooling, the fan used inside the GX 1050 is manufactured by Power Logic and pushes 95CFM at 33dBA.

Cougar PSU  Cougar PSU

The primary caps are manufactured by Nippon, a Japanese company that produces some of the best capacitors in the industry (and has a name very similar to how you'd describe a woman's breasts on a cold day). Thankfully these Nippleon's...I mean Nippon's are rated to 105c, so there's no chance of them bulging outwards any time soon.

Cougar PSU  Cougar PSU

The GX 1050 has two DC-DC daughter-boards that are mounted vertically in front of the main wire loom. These step down the voltage from +12v DC to +3.3v and +5v for the other main rails. Cougar has ensured that as much ripple as possible is suppressed at this stage by using a fairly large bank of solid state caps.

Cougar PSU  Cougar PSU  

Moving on to the cables, we can see that Cougar has sleeved both the hard wired and modular connectors in the same black, white and orange sheath used on their other models. It's the kind of thing that gets people split down the middle, and can attract as many customers 'looking for something different' as it will loose customers 'looking for something plain'. I personally like it and would be almosy tempted to build a PC around the design....maybe another day :)

Cougar PSU  Cougar PSU

Aside from the usual assortment of SATA and Molex connectors, Cougar has furnished the GX 1050 with a total of six PCI-E connectors, all of which can be converted between 6/8-Pin formats. The ATX cable is also capable of powering both 20-Pin and 24-Pin motherboards as are the EPS-12v connectors. The full list can be seen below:

Cougar GX 1050 Connectors
 ATX ConnectorNative1x 20+4 Pin
 EPS-12v / P4-12v Connector(s)Native1x 4 Pin / 1x 8 Pin / 1x 4+4 Pin
 Molex ConnectorsModular7x
 Floppy Disk ConnectorsModular1x
 SATA ConnectorsModular8x
 PCI-E ConnectorsNative / Modular6x 6+2 Pin


Now that we've got the formalities out of the way let's move onto the testing...

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Most Recent Comments

08-08-2011, 07:43:17

WB Jim! Quote

08-08-2011, 08:55:22

Nice looking psu,but i can get a corsair ax1200 for less money.

Good review though,and paired with Toms video,all corners covered.Quote

08-08-2011, 09:07:23

Great to see you back Mr Jim.

Good to see yet another monster PSU from Cougar too. I still haven't heard any 'whoops it's dead' comments about the CM1000.Quote

08-08-2011, 09:16:13

Great review Jim! and Welcome Back :-) Loving those graphs slightly off topic sorry! Looks like for me orange is the new black, actually no orange & black is the new black on its own lol

Keep it up guys, our tech thirsts need quenching like this :-)Quote

08-08-2011, 09:46:36

"Cougar - Not just your best friends mum" - Priceless!

A bit expensive for my tastes, but a nice looking product nonetheless.

Welcome back Jim Quote

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