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Enermax MaxREVO 1500-watt 80 PLUS Gold Power Supply Review

Enermax gives you tons of power with the MaxREVO 1500W PSU and keeps you from breaking the bank to get it.

| 80 PLUS Gold PSUs in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Sep 26, 2012 2:05 pm
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: Enermax

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Introduction

 

Any PC enthusiast is very aware of the quality products that Enermax has to offer, especially when it comes to power supplies. They have been building some of the most reliable power supplies available for quite some time in both low and high wattages.

 

We've taken a look at many of their units and have always been very pleased with what we've found. Around this time last year, we took a look at the MaxREVO 1350W power supply. It proved to be quite an awesome unit, but what if 1350W isn't enough? Enter the MaxREVO 1500W.

 

The Enermax MaxREVO 1500W is more than just an increase in power. Enermax has taken a look at power consumption and adjusted the maximum current across several of the rails. They have also taken a look at the need for cables and connectors and made some very nice changes. The unit still retains the same great build quality that the 1350W exhibited and all the features are retained as well.

 

Just talking about features and specifications all day long tends to get a bit boring so let's dig into the new 1500W to look deeper at the changes and find out if it performs just as well as we expect it to.

 

 

Specifications, Availability and Pricing

 

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The new Enermax MaxREVO 1500W still supplies 12V power in the form of six rails. As I said above, Enermax changed some of the rails. Most would assume that since this power supply is rated for more power than the last one we looked at that it would be rated for more current on each rail. That isn't the case here. Both 12V1 and 12V2 are rated for 20A each instead of the previous 30A. 12V1 and 12V2 feed the motherboard and combined provide 40A or 480W, of power. It will be very hard to utilize more than that, even with an overclocked dual processor system so it shouldn't be anything to worry about.

 

The remaining four 12V rails are rated for 30A each and are unchanged. Maximum combined output for all six rails is 125A or 1500W, which is 100% of the rated output of the power supply. Both the 3.3V and 5V rails are rated for 25A each with a combined maximum output of 140W. The unit also provides a strong 5VSB rail rated for 4A or 20W.

 

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Enermax always provides some of the most feature rich power supplies that you will ever find. Aside from the standard SCP/OVP/OCP/OPP/OTP, the MaxREVO 1500W also features Surge and Inrush Protection (SIP). Having lost many power supplies over the years to surges, I must say this is a nice feature to have as surge protectors don't always work or have outlived their usefulness without your knowledge. The MaxREVO 1500W is rated for 80 PLUS Gold efficiency and features 100% modular cabling and all of the cables are fully sleeved. Finally, the unit is rated for 100% continuous output at 50C. This is very important to have in a unit of this caliber as it is likely to see extreme temperatures for extended periods of time while pushing multiple overclocked GPU's and CPU's.

 

Enermax says the new MaxREVO 1500W power supply is immediately and readily available. Some quick searching will show that it is cheapest at Newegg for $359.99 plus shipping. This makes it very competitively priced compared to other 1200W-1600W units. Enermax backs its MaxREVO 1500W with a five year warranty.

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