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Enermax MaxREVO 1500-watt 80 PLUS Gold Power Supply Review - Cabling Arrangement and A Look Inside

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

Cabling Arrangement




One of the first things that you're sure to notice with the cable arrangement is that there are five PCI-E cables for a total of ten PCI-E 6+2 pin connectors. That is sure to handle any of your GPU needs while leaving the sixth red modular connection available for the additional ATX 4+4 and 4-pin cables. Peripherals are powered by three SATA cables with four connectors, two Molex cables with four connectors plus an FDD connector and a cable with two Molex and two SATA connectors. This gives you 14 SATA connectors and ten Molex connectors.




Rail distribution is kept rather simple despite there being six different 12V rails. 12V1 and 12V2 feed the motherboard and EPS12V connector respectively. The rest of the rails are split up between PCI-E connections and peripherals. 12V3 handles two PCI-E connections while 12V4 handles a single PCI-E connection plus three peripheral connections. 12V5 and 12V6 are respectively identical to that of 12V3 and 12V4.


If this doesn't naturally load balance the rails enough for you, keep in mind the design of the PCI-E cables. As they split about six inches from the end, this allows you to run each connector to a different GPU in most cases and thus provide even more balancing. Enermax has put a lot of thought into the rail distribution and load balancing and it certainly shows. The only thing that would have made this better would be to have the connectors labeled on the front of the power supply. Without the included reference card or user manual, there is no way of knowing which connectors go to which rail. This can be a pain in the butt if you're unsure of where you put them.



A Look Inside




As you would expect, the design of the MaxREVO 1500W is almost identical to that of the 1350W. Several heatsinks provide passive cooling for the unit and assist the fan in keeping temperatures low.




The same three Panasonic capacitors can be found on the primary side of the MaxREVO 1500W power supply.




The secondary side features Nippon Chemi-Con caps all over the place giving the MaxREVO 1500W power supply 100% Japanese capacitor construction.




Active cooling is provided by the Enermax ED142512S-DA 140mm twister bearing fan. It appears to be identical to the one from the MaxREVO 1350W and, if so, is manufactured by Power Cooler.

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