Cougar GX Series 900W Power Supply Review
Reading the feature set of this new power supply we see that it hits on many of the things we like in a PSU; high efficiency, high performance at 50C, good cable management, and Japanese capacitors. Of course having a great marketing sheet and having a great PSU are different things. We find out if this cougar pounces.
HEC Group, AKA Heirochi Electric Corporation, AKA Compucase Enterprise CO LTD., is one of the oldest companies in the consumer SMPS (Switched-Mode Power Supply) business having been founded in 1979. By 1989, HEC had moved into case production and then in 1997 it began producing SMPS. Today, HEC is one of the largest manufacturers of SMPS and its products can be found under the HEC brand, the CompuCase brand, and the Cougar brand, all of which are retail arms of HEC. In addition to its own brands, HEC has furnished power supplies in the past for Antec, Thermaltake, Xigmatek, and others. Generally, HEC has been known for its entry to midlevel products but with the launch of some of its newer lines, under the Cougar brand and through its partnership with Xigmatek, HEC has moved into the high-end enthusiast realm. Previously, our only real experience with these newer models from HEC has come in the form of just one unit, the Xigmatek NRP-MC1002. Today, however, we are looking at an actual retail HEC unit from the Cougar brand of power supplies, the Cougar GX 900W (G 900).
Does This Cat Have Teeth?
The Cougar G 900 is the first power supply from the Cougar brand we have reviewed but it is not the first HEC built power supply that we have seen. The last HEC built unit we reviewed was the Xigmatek NRP-MC10002, and unfortunately at the 1000W level that HEC built unit had a few definite shortcomings. Today though, the Cougar G 900 comes in at the 900W power level and, more importantly, it is a different model line altogether from HEC. Certainly, with the bar being rather low from the last HEC unit we saw and the last 900W unit we saw, this cat should be able to hurdle those bars with ease. Before we put the cart before the horse, what does Cougar have to say about this new breed?
• MAXIMUM EFFICIENCY
Up to 93% of efficiency, compliant with 80-PLUS® GOLD efficiency requirement .
• RST (RAPID SWITCH TECHNOLOGY) POWER
COUAGR® GX provide highest efficiency performance with Rapid Switch Technology.
• DC-DC TECHNOLOGY
DC-DC technology provides highest efficiency, most stable performance, and perfect regulation (Regulation <3%).
• CLC FILTER DESIGN
CLC filter design efficiently suppress Ripple/Noise ‹1%
• COMPATIBLE WITH LATEST PC-TECHNOLOGY
Supports the newest specifications of ATX12V. Created for usage with current and next-generation multi-core CPU platforms.
• SUPPORT MULTI-GPU TECHNOLOGY
Support PCI Express 2.0 next-generation graphic card with 8(6+2)pin PCI-E connector.
• HIGHEST DURABLE & RELIABLE SOLID CAPS FOR 12V,3.3V,5V
The best solution for a High-End PSU by using solid caps for 12Vs, 3.3V, 5V, solid caps provide highest efficiency, best reliability, and extend power lifespan.
• 105°C JAPANESE CAPACITORS
COUGAR® use highest durable 105°C Japanese capacitors providing uncompromised performance and reliability and delivering 4 times the lifespan of conventional 85°C rated capacitors.
• HIGH PERFORMANCE AT 50°C
Non-stop high performance and full rated wattage at 50°C/122°F ambient temperature.
• HDB (Hydro-Dynamic Bearing) 14cm FAN
Advanced HDB (HYDRO-Dynamic Bearing) fan provide best lifespan and super silent performance. Temperature-controlled design adapts its rotating speed to the PSU temperature.
Even on its highest rotating level the fan is still quiet enough to be barely noticeable.
• DYNAMIC MULTI-12V
Automatic dynamic load distribution on multi-12V line provide power separately to the GPU and the CPU. If you are not using all output lines, the PSU automatically reroutes needed power from unused lines. This improves the performance and safety of the 12V lines considerably for systems with high-end graphic cards in SLI® or CrossFire® mode and provides high voltage stability to keep components safe.
• FLEXIBLE CABLE MANAGEMENT
The modular cables that reduce air friction help maximize airflow through the PC case. The modular design also simplifies installation as it allows unprecedented flexibility in using only those cables which are needed.
• COMPLIANT WITH LATEST EUROPEAN DIRECTIVE 2005/32/EG (EuP)
In Standby consumption is ‹0.3W, compliant with economy-friendly electrical equipment.
• SUPPORTS THE ENERGY STAR 5.0
Compatible with Energy star 5.0 computer system.
• FULL PROTECTIONS WITH OCP, SCP, OVP, UVP, OPP, OTP
Given the product pages offer nothing more than a laundry list of features about these Cougar GX units, let’s move on to see what we can expect when a user purchases the Cougar G 900 power supply in retail in terms of documentation, accessories, cable count, rail layout, output characteristics, and general build quality.