Arthur's ears/eyes must be burning.
What was suggested to him when asked how he should write this first piece was: Think of it as a technical report that enlightens and entertains.
Perhaps he took the entertain part a bit farther than others have done in the past, but the technical report part is still all there. Mind you, this was a tough first piece to write for SPCR, because not only are the PSU tests about the most complex, this particular PSU is more complex and ambitious than most.
I think this whole site has the "i'm smarter than you" vibe, you piss on anything that isn't "silent." (which is great imo) Previous reviews have that sort of style too.
I look foward to the reviews because of that. Most hardware reviews are a bit bland, this site spices it up a bit.
Your comment surprised me a bit. I mean, the name of the site defines our specific angle on IT gear, even though our perspective forces us to look at almost every aspect of it. Most sample suppliers are well aware of our focus, and if they send products that don't meet our criteria, they know what to expect: We get disappointed, as do the readers. I know we get sarcastic sometimes, partly because of how often we see a huge gap between marketingspeak drivel and the reality... but I hope we're not strutting around with the "i'm smarter than you" vibe going all the time. That's not our intention.
Moving on to another article linked in the first page, did anyone read through The Tech Report's piece on 8800s in dual SLI
As I mentioned in the intro, The Tech Report did some power numbers on dual SLI C2D 6800EE systems; the dual 8800GTX SLI system pulled only 373W AC & the dual X1900XTX system pulled 400W. DC power draw was ~300W and 320W. That's less than half of the min. 750W "nVidia certified PSU" for dual 8800GTX SLI.
Amazingly, the authors still wrote that although their 700W PSU worked fine, "serious" users should use a 1000W PSU (like one they showed in the article) -- mainly to ensure there are enough connectors for everything, rather than perhaps being forced to use adapters or extenders. They also failed to mention that even a good 430~500W PSU would have done fine.
I found this last omission a rather big surprise.
So it is not just that macho gamers overestimate their power requirements -- I mean that's perfectly normal. But they're actually being told they need >750W PSUs for dual 8800 SLI directly by nVidia. (There are no PSUs below 750W rating in SLIZONE's list of certified components for dual 8800GTX SLI. They range 750W to 1100W.) And expert sources like the Tech Report.
The SLI certification looks like marketing bs & collusion to me -- nVidia working hard with PSU partners to push higher power, more profitable models to the consumers... when nowhere near that much power is needed.
PS -- jojo4u, you posted while I was writing.... Too bad that Computer Base article doesn't list the PSU used. The AC power demand is 72W higher than the very similar system setup used by The Tech Report; perhaps the CB PSU was not as efficient?