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Corsair TX650W ATX12V power supply

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The TX650W is one of the middle models in Corsair's growing line of power supplies, which now stretches from 450W all the way to 1000W, and includes modular cable versions as well. Previous reviewed Corsairs have all made it to the top of our short list of super-quiet power supplies. Does the TX650W join its brethren?

Modu82+ 625 Power Supply: Enermax to the Forefront

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Enermax offered us an opportunity to review a first-production sample of a new model hitting the US in early March. The Modu82+ is a line that Enermax believes will warm SPCR's cockles, and tickle your fancy, dear SPCR readers: It's said to be among the quietest and the most efficient in the world. Since these are the qualities that we value most in a power supply, we had to accept. We're pleased to confirm Enermax's claims. In fact, we're having to reshuffle our Recommended PSU list.

Seasonic M12II-430 modular cable PSU

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Seasonic's original M12 was an excellent power supply marred by a small 60mm fan that didn't turn off once it started spinning. The M12-II is a lower power line that is modular that does away with the 60mm fan. Is it better than the original? By SPCR standards, yes.

Seasonic Goes Green: The Eco Power 300

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Green has quickly become a veritable marketing cliche. What does it mean in the context of electronics? Most manufacturers say efficiency, RoHS compliance, and recycling friendliness. Seasonic's Eco Power 300 adds green packaging and sensible power sizing while retaining the brand's traditional strengths in efficiency and acoustics in a very small package.

Sparkle Power SPI220LE 80 Plus FlexATX PSU

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Sparkle Power's SPI220LE 80 Plus FlexATX power supply has such a low power rating that it's invisible to the mainstream DIY retail market. Meant to be a part for commercial system builders, it has the distinction of being one of the "smallest" 80 Plus power supplies, which means it has 80% efficiency down to very low power levels; 44W to be precise. Could it be an alternative to the picoPSU for ultra low power, silent systems?

Seasonic S12II-380 Power Supply

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Seasonic has been making quiet, efficient, high performance, power supplies for many years. The S12II series is their latest mainstream line. We test drive the 380W model on our torture track. It gets the checkered flag without a single glitch.

Corsair VX450W: Quiet Value PSU

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Corsair's new VX450W power supply is a step down from the company's successful HX series. It's less powerful, and doesn't have a slick modular cable system. But it has a very friendly price and promises very quiet performance.

Nexus NX-8060 ATX power supply

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Nexus recently introduced a new line of power supplies they say is 80-plus efficient, with modular cables, and extremely quiet. The NX-8060 is the flagship we torture test in this review.

Enermax Galaxy: A KiloWatt power supply

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It is with some reluctance that we accepted the Enermax Galaxy for review. Let's face it, a kilowatt power supply isn't aimed at a quiet system for your living environment. Still, graphics card makers and gaming fanatics insist you need as many watts as you can get. No way it will be quiet at full power, but how about at idle? We run it through our gamut of tests and tortures to give you our usual detailed report.

Lian-Li HPC-600 power supply

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Yet another brand is offering a new line of power supplies. Lian-Li, long known for their aluminum cases, steps into the retail PSU arena with the HPC-600 ATX12V model. It has features galore: Detachable modular cables, a golf-ball dimpled fan, the ability to double up with another PSU for more power, and ATX/BTX/EPS support, to mention just a few. We run the HPC-600 through our usual gamut of tortures.

Tagan EasyCon XL 700W: A Tagan at Last

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We've been anxious to get our hands on a Tagan for some time now, as our forum members have often commented that they have the potential to challenge for the silent crown. We got one at last, and it's a high end doozy: 700W, modular cables, dual transformers... what more could we want? Well, there's always low noise... Can we count on Tagan's reputation?

Antec TruePower Trio 550

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Antec's latest revision of their long-running TruePower series of power supplies is just hitting the market now. A modestly priced line of just three models (430W, 550W, 650W), the Trio still offers many "high end" features such as Active PFC, high efficiency and low noise. We've run it through our usual torture treatments.

Ultra X-Pro 600 power supply

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Ultra. The name says it all. Here's a company that's obviously targeting high end gamers. We tested a sample of their earlier X-Infinity and found it wanting, but the X-pro, they say, is much better, and quieter. We checked out the claims for the new 600W version in the SPCR PSU torture chamber.

Corsair HX520W & HX620W Modular power supplies

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It's another memory brand that stepped into the PSU arena this year: Corsair power supplies promise high efficiency, stability, low noise, modular cables and a 5-year warranty. How suitable are they for SPCR? Given their pedigree, it's not surprising that our response is very positive.

Zalman ZM600 heatpipe-cooled modular power supply

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Zalman's new high power PSU sports a technology they've been using on many of their other products for a while: Heatpipes. With a power supply, you'd think this might mean passive, but the ZM600 is fan equipped. How does the new 600W modular cable Zalman compare against the silent power champs we've reviewed thus far?
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