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Enermax Triathlor 650W Power Supply Review

Today we bring you an "athletic" power supply from Enermax that weighs in at 650 watts. The new Triathlor series sports plenty of features that enthusiasts will like including Silent Cooling, Flexible Cable Management, is marketed as being Rock Stable at All Loads. Enermax ads that, "The Triathlor FC is not a blinky poser."

Introduction

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, cases, and accessories. Enermax' current lines of power supplies encompass a wide range of products targeted at various market segments including the Platimax, MaxRevo, Modu87+, Pro87+, Revolution85+, MODU82+, PRO82+, LibertyECO, NAXN, 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 first power supply from the Enermax Triathlor line of power supplies with this 650 watt model (ETA650AWT-M).

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The Athletic Power Supply? Really?

Over the years, we have seen 3 or 4 600-650W power supplies from Enermax with all of these being aimed at the middle to entry level of the market place. Among those units, we have seen award winning units as well as units that were not quite as exciting. Today, the after looking at Enermax’ offerings in general, the Triathlor looks to be a product that Enermax is positioning towards the upper end of the previous spectrum of ~600-650W units we have seen. As such, it will be interesting to see what Enermax has to say about this unit:

Enermax introduces Triathlor FC, the successor of the popular Modu82+ PSU series Modu82+ has been one of the most popular power supply series ever. End users from all around the globe appreciate this Enermax PSU because it focuses on the pure essentials of power supply: durable components, silent operation and stable performance. No wonder that Enermax could sell this series continuously from 2008 until today. But due to the technological progress, time has come to say goodbye to the Modu82+, and welcome the new long runner from Enermax, the Triathlor FC.

Triathlor FC: Eternal PSU Design

Enermax engineers entirely dismissed short-term market trends and concentrated on the development of a PSU design that will run over long years. The Triathlor FC is not a blinky poser. On the contrary, it comes in a classic black, downright ordinary housing. But don’t judge this PSU by its cover: The Triathlor FC is equipped with latest Enermax technology. The manufacturer has spared neither costs nor effort to develop a product that meets the highest standards in terms of performance capability and quality.

Rock Stable at All Loads

Unusual for a power supply of this price range is the integration of an expensive DC-to-DC technology. It effectively reduces the energy losses and significantly improves the voltage regulation. By generating the secondary voltages (3.3V and 5V) through the 12V rail, Enermax further saves space on the PCB and achieves a better air circulation inside the PSU. Interesting side effect of the DC-to-DC design: The power supply is able to keep stable voltages even at 0W load. This so-called "Zero Load Design" will solve compatibility issues with the energy-saving functions of modern processors and graphics cards like for example the C6 state.

Silent Cooling by Enermax

Thanks to innovative technologies like the patented Twister fan bearing, Enermax has built up an excellent reputation in cooling segment. Products like case fans or CPU coolers have become the second pillar of the manufacturer’s business operation. For some time now, Enermax applies the successful cooling solutions also in its power supplies. In this regard, the new Triathlor FC makes no exception: The manufacturer integrated a 12cm T.B.Silence fan that is actually one of the best-selling case fans in Europe. With its patented Twister bearing, the own-brand product guarantees a smooth and frictionless operation with minimum 100,000 hours life time. The smart RPM control of the Triathlor FC regulates the speed depending on the inside temperature and the particular PSU load. With virtually inaudible 500 or 900 RPM (depending on the model) right up to 50 per cent load, the new Enermax power supply will delight all silent PC enthusiasts.

FC = Flexible Cable Management

Triathlor FC provides a well thought out cable management system with a lot of connectors to power all possible hardware configurations. Flat, decent black modular cables simplify the cable routing inside the case. Enermax provides at least three 6+2P (8P) PCI-E connectors per model and relies on a Multi-Rail design with two massive 12V rails that generate up to 99 per cent of the total PSU power. In this way, Triathlor FC can even support strong multi-GPU gaming systems.

Interestingly, among all of that we see that this unit is supposed to be the replacement for the Modu82+ line like the Modu82+ 625W we reviewed a number of years ago. This gives us an obvious comparison for product segmentation today. Let’s move on now and see what we have to look forward to when we purchase the Triathlor 650W power supply in terms of documentation, accessories, cable count, rail layout, output characteristics, and general build quality.