Enermax Platimax 1000W Power Supply Review
Enermax is back with its new 1 kilowatt Platimax PSU of course touting super efficiencies, supposed dynamic hybrid transformer topology, 100 % Japanese capacitors, ZERO LOAD design, and a whole host of other features. The 1KW market is now extremely competitive, does Enermax still have what it need to take the crown?
Enermax Technology Corporation is a company that is well known in the world of power supplies and general computing alike. Founded in 1990, Enermax has made a name for itself by providing solid performing power supplies, among other computer components, and accessories. Enermax' current lines of power supplies encompass a wide range of products targeted at various market segments including the MaxRavo, MODU87+, PRO87+, Platimax, Revolution85+, Galaxy EVO, MODU82+, PRO82+, NAXN, LibertyECO, and Tomahawk series. In addition to being a retail presence with its Enermax brand power supplies, Enermax Technology Corporation appears to be one of the few real OEM designers of power supplies. Its power supplies however, have only rarely shown up under other labels including Grow Up Japan, Sapphire, and its house brand Lepa. Today, we are looking at our second power supply from Enermax’s Platimax line of power supplies with this 1000 watt model (EPM1000EWT).
Déjà vu. No, Really
Today’s Enermax Platimax 1000W is the 5th ~1000W power supply we have seen from Enermax to date. The most recent 1000W unit we reviewed from Enermax was the Revolution87+ 1000W and that was a generally very good power supply. Given how recently we saw that 1000W unit, and the fact that it was already a higher end product, it will be of great interest today to see how much the Platimax 1000W can differentiate itself from that previous offering. Certainly there is always room to have different product lines that overlap in capacity to some degree, but from first blush these two power supplies seem to be targeting very similar product segments. So let’s start off by seeing what Enermax has to say about this unit:
The most powerful power supply is ready to hit the market. Enermax is pleased to release the new PLATIMAX power supply series, which has achieved the highest 80PLUS Platinum standard with maximum efficiency over 94%.
PLATIMAX offers wide range models from 500W to 1200W, satisfies a variety of heavy-duty platform from multiple-graphics-card workstation, industrial computer, or server, but also for the business application or home entertainment PC to bring ultimate energy efficiency, stable, and noiseless power quality.
PLATIMAX 1200W and 1050W class inherits the ENERMAX innovative designs, such as patented high-power-density transformer and the copper bridge array transmission technology. Furthermore, the strengthen heat sink and the clean layout enhance the cooling performance and reduce unnecessary heat, all contribute to break the 80 PLUS Platinum efficiency bottleneck. For 850W to 500W models, ENERMAX employs the enhanced Dynamic Hybrid Transformer Topology and pushes the efficiency up to 94%!
The whole series use 105oC Japanese electrolytic capacitors for, plus SafeGuard’s multiple safety control, multiple 12V rails and patented durable, ultra-quiet 13.9cm Twister-bearing fan give maximum durability, stability, safety, and silent performance. In addition, the clean, efficient layout housed in a decent coating chassis with black deco frame, PLATIMAX combines the technology and the aesthetics inside out and truly represents a Masterpiece of Power.
Interesting, the "Platimax 1200W and the 1050W class inherits the Enermax innovative designs" while "for 850W to 500W models, ENERMAX employs the enhanced Dynamic Hybrid Transformer Topology and pushes the efficiency up to 94%." What does that mean for the 1000W Platimax? It’s kind of the odd man out it seems, and that is not the only time today we will see this unit not quite mesh with Enermax’s marketing. Let's move on to see what we have to look forward to when we purchase the Enermax Platimax 1000W in terms of documentation, accessories, cable count, rail layout, output characteristics, and general build quality.