Cooler Master HAF Stacker 935: Lego chassis

Cooler Master HAF Stacker 935: Lego chassis

Large chassis have become a rarity in our offices. The reasons for that are few, but the main “culprit” is the advent of mobile devices in computer market. The number of hardware enthusiasts who handp...

HTC One Max: HTC in the world of phablets

HTC One Max: HTC in the world of phablets

After the excellent HTC One, it was logical for HTC to sail into waters of large smartphones. As was the case with Sony Xperia Z and Z Ultra, HTC One Max is, basically, an enlarged HTC One, although t...

ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition: Intended for the overclocking elite

ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition: Intended for the overclocking elite

As soon as some time passes without ASUS giving their competition a “homework”, we can safely expect an avalanche of exclusive products. This time it's the new motherboard which will make most of over...

Gigabyte GA-X79-UP4: Friends forever

Gigabyte GA-X79-UP4: Friends forever

The best motherboard doesn’t necessarily have to be the one that has the most of everything, simply because some of us don’t use a great number of capabilities that a device has. True, we would all pr...

Sony Xperia Z Ultra: Smartphone with the biggest screen

Sony Xperia Z Ultra: Smartphone with the biggest screen

Only two years ago, when Samsung started a new trend of producing smartphones with big screens with the Note model, everybody thought that nobody wanted to use a phone that big and that concept doesn’...

ASUS RAIDR Express SSD: Beating records at all costs

ASUS RAIDR Express SSD: Beating records at all costs

Sometimes, it’s not possible to make the fastest device of a certain kind in the most elegant ways. Simply, it requires breaching the borders of the comfortable, so the result of the desire to reach t...

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OCZ Fatal1ty 750 W: Power unit with a pedigree

Anyone who was at least a bit interested in the global gaming scene in the last ten years has certainly heard about a guy named Johnathan Wendel, who’s far more known by his nickname Fatal1ty. Even though he was successful long time ago (in gaming terms), products with his name are still being made in order to attract customers. There were really a lot of them: motherboard, coolers, video cards and various peripherals. OCZ, for quite a while now, has a line of power units with Fatal1ty brand name. Some products with Fatal1ty name were legendary, such as Zalman’s VG-700 video card cooler. On the other hand, some of them weren’t as successful. In which category will OCZ Fatal1ty 750W fall, remains to be seen.
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PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 750W

The black-and-white combination is definitely fashionable at the moment, as clearly evidenced by this second PSU in a row that we’ve received boasting this monochromatic design. Still, this isn’t the only current trend, because this is also the second PSU in a row that belongs to the “hybrid” category. It’s interesting just how much trends seem to be dictating the terms on the market, with these two seemingly different products from entirely separate manufacturers. The model in question that we’re reviewing today comes from PC Power & Cooling, better known as OCZ, reputed for its PSUs, but also many other products. If you belong to the enthusiast group, we believe that you’ll love this new PSU, as it has so many interesting features that it’s impossible to resist.
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Fractal Desing Newton R3 600W: Now it works, now it doesn’t

Judging by the title, many would conclude that we’re talking about a half-functional device. This isn’t the case, because the topic of this article is a very peculiar PSU that comes from Fractal Design. This company has turned very aggressive lately as far as presentation of new products goes. Fractal Design has recently refreshed their entire gamma of PSUs, with as much as three series. The newcomer that we’ve received for testing belongs to the Newton series and carries the name R3. Newton R3 is a PSU characterised by top-quality workmanship and design, but also a uniquely low number of decibels it emits during work. 600 W may not seem like much these days, but trust us, every declared watt is there and not a single bit of this PSU is just “marketing talk”. We believe that Newton R3 will impact Fractal Design’s reputation to the point of it becoming a household name, and here’s why.
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OCZ 1000W FATAL1TY CHAMP1ON PSU

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In this day and age, manufacturers are having a hard time presenting a PSU that would be radically different from the solutions already present on the market, even within their own gamma. What all buyers expect, and manufacturers tend towards, is a rounded product which will bring superior performance, meaning excellent voltage regulation, high efficiency, continuous power supply and an acceptable price. OCZ has shown that they can make a noteworthy product on numerous occasions, and the latest addition to their Champ1on series, namely Fatal1ty 1000 W, is no exception. Jonathan Wendel, the legendary gamer better known as Fatal1ty, has been cooperating with motherboard, graphics and sound card manufacturers for years, in order for the companies involved to create a strong brand and appeal to gamers and enthusiasts. OCZ branded their latest PSU generation Fatal1ty Champ1on, which says enough on the positioning and class of the models in question, as well as expectations created in potential buyers – nothing but top quality and performance. Fatal1ty 1000 W has more than the huge power stated in its name; there are also the gold energy efficiency certificate, a powerful +12V rail, specially coated cables, but also a 5-year warranty, which contributes a great deal to the perception of the product.

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OCZ ZT 650W: More powerful than it looks

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Although the market is pretty saturated as far as PSUs are concerned, with all segments well-covered, manufacturers are still churning out new models in the desire to satisfy the customers’ needs as well as possible and present a product for every budget. OCZ has built a decent reputation in the past few years, both by its aggressive approach on the SSD market and their PSU product gamma. As the models from the ZX series are made to satisfy even the most demanding of users and cater for the high-end bit of the market, OCZ had to create the ZT product line, targeting the mid-range and with an excellent price/performance ratio.

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OCZ ZX Series 1000W: A Kilowatt of Power

altImageThe total consumption of modern PCs has left the “safe” zone long ago, and has instead become a fully integrated decision factor when buying a new PC or upgrading it. OK, it’s true that any PSU will do for office computers, but if you’re assembling a remotely serious gaming PC or workstation, it’s always good to add up the values and get the total consumption before venturing out to buy a PSU (one 20% stronger than what you’ve got as your total wattage, mind you). PSUs that can provide more than a kilowatt of power are nothing new on the market, and since SLI/CrossFireX configurations are becoming increasingly popular in the average buyer’s PC, they’ve actually become a necessity, not just a precaution. If you want your pet’s heart (or hearts) to beat steadily, both the CPU(s) and the GPU(s), be prepared to feed it with four-digit wattage.

 

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Cooler Master USNA 95: A Powerful and Small Notebook Charger

CM_USNA_intro2.jpgImageIt was in November last year when we presented SNA 95, the predecessor of the device we’re reviewing today that got fairly good reviews at the time. We first spotted its inheritor at CES in Las Vegas, but the version we saw back then was still in its early development stages, whereas the CEBIT one was already close to the final version, almost identical to the one we have in front of ourselves, and the one that we have had to wait for a bit longer than expected. The heir got an additional character, the letter U, so it’s now called USNA (Ultra Slim Notebook Adapter), but it’s also lost quite a lot - in weight, in dimensions and the handy canal for winding cables.

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Cooler Master Silent PRO Gold 800: Silence is Golden

CM_SilentProGold_intro2.jpgImageThe need for PSUs who can offer quiet work alongside more power and efficiency is ever-increasing. This trend has been spotted by numerous manufacturers, who have recently presented the market with their own visions of quiet PSUs. Cooler Master can’t be an exception, of course, so they decided to present, besides the already available and well-known Silent PRO series, the Silent PRO Gold series. The new series encompasses PSUs from 600 to 1200 W of power, so that most users be able to pick the appropriate model for them with ease. The model we’ve tested was the golden middle - pun intended - with an 800 W sticker on the case.

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MGE & APC UPSes: Reserve Power

UPS_roundup_intro2.jpgImageDo you belong to the group of people who, for reasons that aren’t exactly justified, thinks that any additional investment in an uninterruptible power supply for their PCs is ultimately an unnecessary expense? After all, you aren’t involved in rendering the key scene in James Cameron’s latest film offering, nor do you perform complex mathematical calculations for NASA’s future projects. If the response is positive, then you’re definitely one of the lucky ones who hasn’t had one of the vital components killed off by random electrical network voltage variations or even a complete power loss.

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LC Power, Silverstone & Cooler Master PSUs: Clash of the Titans

PSUs_intro2.jpgImageLatest-gen graphics cards consume an awful lot of power, and that seems to increase with each generation. The same could be said for CPUs as well. A configuration that would be able to run the latest games in high resolutions often requires more than one graphics card. The usual 500 W PSU simply won’t be enough in such situations. We thought that it would be interesting to delve into PSUs that could power overclocked quad-core or hexa-core CPUs combined with two or more graphics cards. We borrowed a couple of PSUs from LC Power, namely Metatron series models of 1000 and 1200 W. The remaining two arrived from SilverStone and Cooler Master.

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