Introducing the Enermax Platimax 750W

Since the introduction of the 80 Plus certifications, we've seen a slow but steady trickle down effect where labels that were once reserved for the highest of the high-end (e.g. 80 Plus Gold) have eventually reached mainstream price points. Manufacturers including FSP, Rosewill, Sparkle, and SuperFlower now sell affordable 80 Plus Gold power supplies for less than $100. But if mainstream users are now able to get 80 Plus Gold, what should the high-end market offer? Enter 80 Plus Platinum:

Those looking for maximum efficiency can now set their sights on 80 Plus Platinum PSUs, which will be new halo market for high-end—and high cost—power supplies. To reach the necessary efficiency levels (90% at 20% load, 92% at 50% load, and 89% at 100% load), some improvements are necessary that can change some of the core characteristics of a power. Improved resonant topologies, new MOSFETs for synchronous rectifying, higher switching frequencies, better drivers, and low-resistance conduction paths are just some of the things we'll see with 80 Plus Platinum. We're naturally eager to see what the new models can bring to the table, and Enermax sent us their Platimax 750W model, which uses an optimized Modu87+ design. Read on to find out if Enermax is the new efficiency king, and how it performs in other metrics.

Let's take a first look at the near future of switching power supplies. The Platimax 750W might be relatively close to the Modu87+ series (and is definitely in the running for the worst product name award, or perhaps least creative name award), but there are some interesting new details that we will cover on the following pages. It is very important to improve efficiency without impairing electromagnetic compatibility, something faster switching might impair. So let's find out if Enermax's new components and design are enough to provide the desired high efficiency, low ripple and noise, and decent voltage regulation.

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  • Sabresiberian - Saturday, February 11, 2012 - link

    I try to avoid having "fanboy" level emotions tied to a company, but Enermax inspires that feeling in me more than any other. That being said, I don't believe anyone should buy a PSU by brand alone; if you can't find a positive review for it, don't buy it, buy something that has been tested by independent people you trust (Anandtech and Tomshardware come to mind).

    Does it make sense to pay the premium price Enermax PSUs goes for? I'll tell you how I think - I've always thought it was just plain ridiculous that PSUs had cords that just plugged into the back with no way to secure them, especially higher-powered ones that draw a lot of current and can get warm and loosen up. Enermax is the only company that has addressed this issue (not to mention providing beefy power cords that aren't likely to heat up anyway), and I'm willing to pay the extra money for a product when the company pays attention to details like that.

    If that means I'm paying $50 for a little wire to you, than so be it. It means I'm buying a rock-solid PSU that I won't have to replace for a decade to me, and the increased cost is minimal over that lifetime.

    BTW, the 860W Platinum Seasonic is $219.99, plus shipping on top of that, at Newegg right now. Looks to me like Enermax's price for this kind of thing isn't out of line since Seasonic is a premium PSU manufacturer that isn't known for inflating its prices.

  • pandemonium - Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - link

    Or you can just not skimp on anything and have a rig that lasts forever. There's always exceptions to the rule, but more often than not, higher quality = longevity and stability; regardless of component.

    Of course, if you're rebuilding your computer every 6 months, then none of that really matters anyways.
  • Galcobar - Saturday, February 11, 2012 - link

    The point of higher efficiency is the amount of power the PSU itself consumes in transforming the current in the wall from AC to DC. The components of your computer need X power, and (assuming basic quality) will receive it. The efficiency is how much power the PSU pulls from the wall (Y) to provide X power. The difference between what your computer needs and what your PSU consumes (Y-X) is wasted power, which usually means extra heat. The more efficient the PSU, the closer Y is to X and therefore the less power is wasted -- which means less money wasted and less heat generated.

    Quality's a separate issue. If the PSU provides unstable power, it can kill the components precisely because they're designed to work with a standard supply. Go outside that standard (specifically, the ATX standard) and electronics stary dying.
  • meloz - Saturday, February 11, 2012 - link

    >>Our personal preference is that more is less when it comes to logos and such,

    I am very disappointed to hear this. I always loved how Anandtech used to put performance and functionality on top when evaluating gear, unlike websites like engadget which 'review' gear based on how it looks (mostly), with some crumbs thrown towards performance and functionality.

    It was good ride while it lasted, I guess. It's all about bling-bling.
  • Death666Angel - Saturday, February 11, 2012 - link

    Yes, because that is clearly everything this article is based on!...
  • PrinceGaz - Saturday, February 11, 2012 - link

    >>Our personal preference is that more is less when it comes to logos and such

    Whilst saying "less is more" would have been more intuitive than saying "more is less", what they both mean is that at AT they *don't* like products where you've paid for a bunch of logos and other rubbish when all you really want is a PSU (or other bit of hardware) that does its job well.

    I've never stuck a sticker from a PSU, CPU, graphics-card, hard-drive, software (I believe if you buy it they sometimes include a sticker along with a legal license-key) or anything else on my case.
  • Lord 666 - Saturday, February 11, 2012 - link

    I stuck the Mossberg sticker that came with my new 590 on the outside of my computer case.
  • Byte - Saturday, February 11, 2012 - link

    Power supplies have gotten pretty insane. Really, it just converts 120V AC to 12V DC in the end. It will not make your system go ANY faster. Even getting supper expensive RAM might yield another 1-2%, You will not even get that with a power supply. Any quality power supply will be able to get your system running and overclocking all you want. I think most builders will be fine with a $40 500watt corsair. It will even handle SLI/xFire as long as you don't have the flagship cards. Power supplies are like rims on cars, it doesn't make it faster, but we are convinced we need better ones, except you can't even see the power supply.
  • Zaranthos - Saturday, February 11, 2012 - link

    As Galcobar and others have said it's about efficiency which saves you money over time. Someone else mentioned using the same PSU for 10 years which will put money back in your pocket given enough time if it's more efficient. I have a power supply in an old server that I've been using for 10+ years and it's probably not efficient at all but it's also low wattage. When building a new server that I may use for another 10+ years I will spend extra money on the PSU for all the reasons mentioned. I want to keep my monthly electric bill lower, I want less heat pumped into my house at least during the summer months when I have to run AC, and I want the power supply to last longer than any of the other components.
  • Ph0b0s - Saturday, February 11, 2012 - link

    You also pay extra for power supplies like Enermax ones, that have protection circuits for over-volting etc. I have tried the cheaper power supply route. You think it's OK, it's cheap so if it fails I can just buy another one. Well that works until it burns out a lot of your system when it fails because it had not functions to protect the rest of your system. The Enermax PSU in the rare, for them, event of a failure, fail gracefully without burning out the rest of my components. Some Enermax PSU's I have had for 10+ years now, still going strong. So expensive PSU's actually work out cheaper in the long run.

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