Our load tests utilize a couple of FAST ATE active load testers and a variety of other equipment such as an oscilloscope, power conditioner, temperature probe and a power consumption meter. You can read more about our standard testing approach here.
The tests being performed are based around six conceivable setups that are out there and progressively load down the PSU up to the power supply's limits or 1000W, whichever comes first. Since our test equipment's limits are equal to the Scythe Chouriki 2 1000W PSU, we can test it to the maximum.
The Scythe Chouriki 2 1000W power supply performed perfectly as advertised and per ATX specifications. It is worth mentioning that during the full load test, our power supply barely snuck by on the 5V rail. In fact, there was a significant reduction in 5V output starting with Test 4. At the end of Test 6, the 5V rail was showing a reading of 4.76V and the lower limit per ATX specification is 4.75V.
Scythe has a solid PSU with the Chouriki 2. It performs within the ATX specifications and shows quite a bit of quality inside and out. Those needing a high wattage power supply will be hard pressed to find a better package elsewhere for the price the Scythe offers it at.
I feel that Scythe does need to work a little on the internal packaging of their power supplies. Plastic and foam are cheap and easy to add to and there is no excuse for not properly protecting a product through its journey from the factory to your doorstep. Our sample arrived safely, but had external packaging and looked to have been handled with care, unlike many others that have been sent my way.
Packaging aside, I worry about the degradation of the capacitors over time and the output of the 5V rail. The 5V rail was extremely close to failing to pass ATX specifications and degradation over time could easily send this power supply below the acceptable levels. It takes quite a rig to load down a full 1000W of power and this represents quite an investment for those in need of something this powerful. That said, I would still recommend this power supply for someone on a budget.