Enermax Revolution87+ 1000W Power Supply Review

Enermax is and has been a favorite brand with HardOCP for many years now. Today it is showing off its new Revolution 87+ series suggesting 87% efficiency or better at all times. Coming in at a full kilowatt of supplied power, designed with ZERO LOAD sleep states in mind, and 24-7 at 50C performance, this should be one tough PSU.

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Overview

The first thing we are going to look at with the Enermax Revolution87+ 1000W is its packaging, accessories, and documentation. While none of these items is a real make or break item for a power supply the packaging quite often contains a lot of information about the product we are purchasing. The inclusion of an owner’s manual that provides actual information about our product is also of great help. Accessories are almost unnecessary with a power supply as the unit is self contained, unless it is modular, but there cases where a manufacturer can include useful accessories to make installation, routing and use more efficient.

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The packaging for the Enermax Revolution87+ 1000W is similar to what we have seen from previous members of the Revolution series (Revolution85+ 1020W and Revolution85+ 1050W). We find the same useful information that was provided before including the power table (reproduced below), connector count, efficiency graph, plenty of marketing points, and 80 Plus Gold logo. This time, however, we don't find a CrossFireX certification logo or SLI seal even though we do see on the back the unit is advertised as being "Gaming Ready" and supporting SLI and CrossFireX. A quick check of both the CrossFireX webpage and the SLI webpage find that it is not currently (at the time of writing) certified for either multi-GPU configuration. Moving on, we find this unit is advertised as being certified for 80 Plus Gold, in addition being "87Plus Ready!" whatever that is. However, the 80 Plus website has the unit listed as being certified for 80 Plus Platinum. We will talk about this discrepancy a bit later. Lastly, the Revolution87+ 1000W once more comes with a 5 year warranty.

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From the power label supplied with the Enermax Revolution87+ 1000W, we see that this unit is very similar to the previous Revolution units. Once more, we see a power supply that is heavily 12v oriented unit with up to ~100% of its DC output capacity available on the 12v rails for a total of 83A. This is just 2A fewer than what was available on the 1020W model. This 12v output is once more paired with six PCI-Express connectors, twelve SATA, and now eight Molex connectors. These connectors are distributed across four 12v rails that are broken down in a very similar fashion as what we saw with the Revolution85+ 1020W however, each rail receives a 5A cut in possible capacity today. Overall, the Revolution87+ 1000W seems to be a generally well rounded 1000W power supply. It does, however, trail the older 1050W model in this line when it comes to total connector configuration but the current configuration is more line with what we typically see from 1000W units than the much older 1050W model was.

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Once we open the Enermax Revolution87+ 1000W, and pull everything out, we find the power supply, modular cables, power cord, user manual, a pouch for the modular cables, the mounting screws, cord keeper, and some Enermax ties. The user manual for the Revolution87+ 1000W is 38 pages long in seven languages. Included in this manual is a wealth of information including the majority of the normal electrical specifications, warranty information, 12v rail layout, cable count, UPS selection guide, and installation instructions. As with many of Enermax’ other manuals for its high end products, the manual is very well thought out and presented, and should provide users with the majority of the information they could need regarding this unit.