EVGA SuperNOVA 1300 G2 1300W Power Supply Review
EVGA has a bit of a rocky road with HardOCP when it comes to PSU reviews. Today we give EVGA the opportunity to redeem itself with its 1300 watt powerhouse touting "exceptional efficiency" and a fully modular design that is "silent and optimized for the enthusiast." All this with a 10 year warranty? It must be a badass.
As a company, EVGA was founded in 1999, and is well known in the DIY computer industry for its high performance video cards, motherboards, and other computer components. Recently, EVGA has expanded its product offerings to include power supplies which of course draws our interest to it today. Currently, EVGA has a few lines of power supplies with the majority being some variation on the SuperNOVA name and variously branded "SuperNOVA" or "SUPERNOVA". Today’s EVGA SuperNOVA 1300 G2 Power Supply, which is also listed in the EVGA literature as the SuperNOVA 1300W Gold, (120-G2-1300-XR) is one of the largest capacity power supply that EVGA offers in this product line and it is produced by SuperFlower.
SuperFlower Computer Inc is a name that may not be familiar to most of our US readers, but as a company SuperFlower has been designing and producing power supplies, and chassis, since 1991. In 2006, it expanded with the establishment of a new subsidiary factory, Jing Hua Co., Ltd, now handling its increased power supply production. While SuperFlower has not been a high profile OEM in the US, some of its products can be found branded by TTGI, MadDog Media, Kingwin, and occasionally SuperFlower itself. One of the distinguishing points spearheaded by SuperFlower units was the inclusion of some of the first 140mm fans. While not historically found as the OEM behind ultra high end brands, SuperFlower has typically made good budget oriented offerings, it has produced a number of outstanding designs in the last few years.
Finally a Shining Star?
There is an old urban legend that runs around which says the Chevy Nova did not sell well in Spanish speaking countries because the name means "no go" and people probably did not want a car that said, "no go." It is an urban legend, but the phrase "no va" can be translated as "doesn't go" somewhat correctly and, to date, EVGA's products that we have seen have been more "no va" than shining white flash of a star even if the name says otherwise. With the stage set for today, we have in the EVGA SuperNOVA 1300 G2 today and this power supply once more heads back into the flagship product part of the EVGA realm like the worst of the "no go's" did once before (NEX1500 Classified). However, it has been 2 years now and 3 OEMs later so perhaps something has changed for EVGA at the high end today. Before moving on to see if this unit has gotten going today, what does EVGA have to say about the positioning of this product?
The EVGA SuperNOVA 1300 G2 power supply is here. This power supply raises the bar with an 80 Plus Gold rating, with 1300W of continuous power, exceptional efficiency and a fully modular design. Not to mention, a first class 10 Year EVGA Warranty. The entire electrical design was engineered to be efficient, silent and optimized for the enthusiast. Take your system to the max with the EVGA SuperNOVA 1300 G2.
With little there of real substance, let’s move on and see what we can expect when a user purchases the EVGA SuperNOVA 1300 G2 in retail in terms of documentation, accessories, cable count, rail layout, output characteristics, and general build quality.