Raidmax RX-1000AE 1000W Power Supply Review

Raidmax touts its new RX-1000AE as being a PSU that is "environmentally friendly." Given the fact that it boasts an 80 Plus Gold Certified rating, it is poised to supply us with some of the best efficiency levels we have ever seen out of PSU, much less one that hits the 1 kilowatt mark.

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Overview

The first thing we are going to look at with the Raidmax RX-1000AE is its packaging, accessories, and documentation. While normally none of these items is a 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 are cases where a manufacturer can include useful accessories to make installation, routing, and use more efficient.

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Today it looks like my peak fishing times are at 6pm and 3am. Well I am not getting up for 3am that is for sure, so it looks like I will be grabbing this tackle box and heading out of work early today. Oh, wait it’s not a tackle box it is a power supply box. Really? Well in that case, when this review is done I am still going to use the case as a new tackle box. Looking more closely at the provided tackle box we see the power label (reproduced below), connector count (reproduced below), a slew of marketing points, some safety certifications, a SLI Ready seal, and an 80Plus Gold seal. Among the various marketing points are a number of features we have seen before, namely about how quiet the unit is and various ATX12v specification compliance, PCI-E compliance, etc. However, while we do find that the unit is certified for SLI (up to dual GTX 580) as indicated on the unit we find no certification for CrossFire on the AMD CrossFire webpage. Additionally, we find the unit is indeed certified for 80Plus Gold which is good to see as this aspect is a large selling point for this unit. What isn’t good to see is that nowhere here is the warranty advertised, and nowhere in the manual is it mentioned. In fact, you have to dig for this pdf on Raidmax’ website to find out that you get a 1 year warrant with your receipt. That sucks, not only for the short length but also the trouble you have to go through to find that short warranty support. Then again, if I was only offering a restrictive 1 year warranty I would be burying that information too.

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As we see from the information above the Raidmax RX-1000AE has 75A or ~91% of its total output available on its 12v rails. This represents a 3A increase over the last Andyson built unit using this basic topology we reviewed, the Ultra X4 1050W. Unlike the X4, the RX-1000AE has four 12v rails arranged such that the most power hungry configurations group the PCI-E connectors together on two 12v rails with a total of 6 connectors between them and up to 72A (36A per rail) between them. This, along with the 16 peripheral connectors, should be sufficient for the vast majority of users and overall this represents a well balanced, useful arrangement that we can hardly fault Raidmax for selecting.

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After unlatching the tackle box to dig out a lure we find the RX-1000AE, a power cord, the modular cables, power cord, Velcro ties, rubber gasket, mounting screws, and the "user manual". Oh what a "user manual" it is too. 14 pages in 7 languages and not a damn useful thing in it, seriously raise your hand if you can’t figure out to line up the mounting holes on the power supply with the mounting holes on your case, or that the 24-pin connector connects to the motherboard. Anyone? Bueller? Bueller? This thing is a total waste of space and includes nothing of real use, like say the warranty which is never mentioned until we dig on Raidmax’ website for the PDF listed earlier. Next time, if this is the level of support to be offered, Raidmax could save some money and not even print this "manual."