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BFG EX-1200 Watt Modular Power Supply

By: David Walker | Other PSUs in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Mar 24, 2009 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 96%Manufacturer: BFG

Specifications, Availability and Pricing

 

BFG EX-1200 Watt Modular Power Supply

 

The specifications speak volumes to the unique capabilities of the BFG EX-1200. We have a 1200 Watt power supply that can deliver 1180 Watts which is a full 98% of the power supply capacity to the 12V rails with absolutely zero load required on any of the other voltage rails. That's right, zero, nadda, zilch. You could, in effect, use this power supply to exclusively supply 12V power and actually have it power up. True, the power is split over four individual 12V rails instead of a single large rail which would normally present some cause for concern, but, in this case, each one can handle up to a whopping 40 amps. That is more available power on a single 12V rail than many 600 Watt power supplies can deliver altogether. So far, so good.

 

BFG EX-1200 Watt Modular Power Supply

 

Let's take a look at the common power supply feature list. We almost have a full house of green check boxes except for one, the 50C rating. Since the ATX standard only requires the manufacturer to rate the PSU at an unrealistically low 25C operating temperature, the true power rating may be significantly less at 50C. The BFG is rated at a more modest 40C, which is certainly more realistic than the 25C ATX specification, but still, this presents an open question. Can it deliver at spec at 50C? Our hotbox test, which brings up the ambient temperature to about 45 to 50C, will definitely uncover any weakness if it exists.

 

The box claims 80 Plus certification, but a quick review of the 80 Plus certification site comes up empty. I checked all the Andyson and BFG units published on the site and found none with a 1200 Watt capacity. However, the logo is on the box which would not be allowed without a passing grade, so one can only assume that the results are probably just not yet public. We will have to follow up on this one. A quick note; all of the certified Andyson units have historically tested at the some of the highest levels of efficiency according to published results. Another good omen for the BFG EX-1200.

 

So, where can you get one? The BFG EX-1200 power supply is available from Newegg as of March 24, competitively priced at $249.99 USD and looks to be a relative bargain for this class of power supply. Factor in the lifetime warranty (if you register your purchase in the first 30 days), the deal gets even sweeter. Now, if you forget to register your power supply, you are rewarded with a one year warranty so make sure you make a quick visit to bfgtech.com, register, and get your warranty in place. That lifetime warranty will be handy since the BFG EX-1200 offers enough capacity and features to last you a very long time.

 

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