Enermax Galaxy 1000w Quad-SLI ATX PSU

Looking Inside

Looking Inside

As with all power supplies that pass through Overclock3D, I'll be taking a look inside the Galaxy. By doing this I should be able to get a good idea of the overall build quality of the unit and how it is likely to perform in our tests.

Enermax Galaxy Inside Enermax Galaxy Inside

Enermax Galaxy Caps Enermax Galaxy Caps

The inside of the Galaxy is extremely tidy and well spaced out in comparison to some of the high-end power supplies I've tested in the past. All of the cables entering the unit are bunched tightly together with cable ties to prevent any hindrance to airflow. Stretching the length of the PSU are two low profile black aluminium heatsinks. These do look quite inadequate, but with the airflow from the 135mm fan passing through them, they should be able to keep the mosfets attached beneath fairly cool.

At a quick glance we can see that Enermax has two transformers in comparison a single transformer found in most other power supplies. Studying the Galaxy's specifications we can assume that +12V1 , +12V2 and +5V rails share the first transformer, with the +3.3V, +12V3, +12V4 and +12V5 rails sharing the second. By doing this, Enermax have roughly split the 1000w across both of the transformers allowing for better voltage stability across the board.

Enermax Galaxy Fans Enermax Galaxy Fans

In order to keep the Galaxy cool Enermax have adopted to use two fans. The larger of the two (pictured left) is responsible for pushing air over the internal components and heatsinks, with the smaller fan (pictured right) extracting the hot air out the back of the unit. Both fan's specifications can be seen below:

Model: Superred CHA8012DB-OA
Size: 80mm
Noise: 37dbA
Speed: 3600RPM
Airflow: 44.3CFM

Model: Globefan RL4T B1352512MB-3M
Size: 135mm
Noise: 40.4dbA
Speed: 1800RPM
Airflow: 95.8CFM

With the fans rated between 37-40dbA when running at full speed, it certainly gives the impression that the Galaxy could turn out to be a rather noisy unit. Lets hope that Enermax have implemented a decent fan controller so we don't suffer any burst eardrums during the tests over the next page.

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Most Recent Comments

14-12-2006, 08:32:03

nice review and a pretty hefty psu. i see you point about the pre-fixed cables making it half modular but what 1000W pc wouldn't use all those cables anyway lolQuote

14-12-2006, 08:38:54

Originally Posted by name='llwyd'
nice review and a pretty hefty psu. i see you point about the pre-fixed cables making it half modular but what 1000W pc wouldn't use all those cables anyway lol
Yeah exactly. It would have been near impossible to impliment a sturdy modular system with all of those cables and remain 100% modular.Quote

14-12-2006, 08:53:07

That thing is huge....Quote

14-12-2006, 10:02:39

Looks nice but I'd still buy a PCP&CQuote

14-12-2006, 10:52:38

now thats a Power Supply!!!!

no no no get out of my head I've spent far too much already

Great review as always guys.Quote

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