StarTech.com WattSmart 750W Power Supply

Posted on March 27, 2008
Author: Sean Potter
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Final Thoughts & Conclusion

While I personally don't see a 750W power supply being a "hard-to-find" component, I'm nonetheless impressed by StarTech.com's WattSmart 750W EPS12V 80 PLUS. We found the unit to provide quad 12v rails, high energy efficiency, dual ball-bearing fans, and more connectors than we'd ever need. There are three PCI-Express connectors, supporting up to three video cards in SLI or Crossfire configurations. Unfortunately, only one eight-pin connector is provided, so don't expect to be able to run dual GeForce 9800GX2's in this machine without a few adapters.

StarTech.com has brought us a very formidable power supply, and proven that you don't have to sacrifice performance for performance to go green. The EPSPOW750PRO provided me with 80% power efficiency at a close to full load, which is an impressive feat. Not many enthusiast power supply manufacturers have come to this point yet.

The EPSPOW750PRO is mean for both desktop and server usage. Judging by the noise levels, I can't suggest the power supply for use in a home theater machine, but it is more than suitable for regular desktop use. I'd like to thank StarTech.com for sending us this unit for review, as it was an excellent unit for our first power supply review.

Pros

  • 750W of Power
  • Energy Efficient
  • Long cables with plenty of connectors
  • Dual ball-bearing fans

Cons

  • Awkward to install in some cases
  • Not the quietest power supply

Rating
9/10

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