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Cougar GX800 800-watt 80 PLUS Gold Power Supply Review

We take our first look at a Cougar power supply and find out they've got what it takes to compete with the leaders in the power supply market.

| 80 PLUS Gold PSUs in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Sep 14, 2012 6:22 am
TweakTown Rating: 90%      Manufacturer: Cougar

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Introduction

 

Today we are taking a look at a power supply from a manufacturer that I'm sure very few of you have heard of, let alone have any experience with.

 

Cougar is a newcomer to the PC industry and was founded in 2007. The company was founded by a group of people in Germany who felt there was a serious stalemate in design and quality within the PC market, especially within the case and power supply segments. They seek to change this by bringing innovative, high-performance and high-quality components to the PC gaming market.

 

The GX series of power supplies are on their second version and have some very promising aspects. Cougar claims the GX V2 power supplies are up to 93% efficient with less than 3% voltage regulation with low ripple. On top of that, they also use their own Vortex fan which they claim improves airflow at low RPMs, thus helping the unit stay quieter.

 

We can talk about the features all day long, but let's just dive into this thing and take a look at them as we go.

 

 

Specifications, Availability and Pricing

 

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DC is exactly what you would expect out of an 800W power supply. Each of the minor rails are rated for 25A and a combined maximum output of 150W. 12V power is provided via four 12V rails. 12V1 and 12V2 are rated for 22A while 12V3 and 12V4 are rated for 24A. Total combined output of the 12V rails is 792W or 66A. The 5VSB rail is rated for 3.5A or 17.5W.

 

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Something that surprised us the most from the start is the fully packed feature list. You don't normally see companies who are new to the industry go all out with features galore, but it seems that Cougar understands what gamers and enthusiasts want. All the protections are present including the over temperature protection. The unit features both native and modular cabling, all of which are fully sleeved. All modular cables are of the flat ribbon type. The Cougar GX V2 power supplies are rated for 80Plus Gold and 100% continuous output at 50C.

 

Newegg is currently the exclusive distributor of Cougar products in the United States. Unfortunately the GX800 is the only power supply that Newegg doesn't currently list and Cougar was unable to give us an MSRP on the unit at the time of publishing. Newegg does list the 700W for $140 and the GX1050 for $180 so it is very safe to assume that the GX800 will fall between there.

 

Since Cougar also offers a 900W unit, it would make even more sense since that you would find the unit somewhere between $150 to $155 based on our math. Cougar backs all GX V2 power supplies with a five year warranty.

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