This post is accurate as of the first quarter of 2011 – 2012. Picks have been taken from multiple manufacturer retail websites and modified based on customer reviews. Our quarter 2 PSU picks are in – we’ve removed some models to eliminate redundancy. Check out the PSU / Power Supplies tab above. Also see our post on the best rated modular power supplies.
Here are the top rated power supplies from brands you trust like Corsair, Cooler Master, and OCZ Technology.
1.) The Corsair TX650W 650-Watt Power Supply is perfect for gaming or performance enthusiasts who are looking for durability and power for all of their demanding components and hardware. Corsair is the name you trust because it delivers energy efficient circuitry that is capable of giving builders 80% efficiency across load conditions. It includes a fan (120mm) that is temperature controlled and quiet. Perfect for high-end systems, this is the number 1 selling power supply and number 2 top rated power supply in the market. Feel free to use it with your SLI or Crossfire builds.
2.) Corsair CMPSU-750TX 750-Watt Power supply
While upgrading your system’s video cards, CPU, or other hardware you sometimes just need more power. The 750TX was made for just that. A high-end build with all of your expensive hardware can still freeze up, crash, or cause issues if you don’t have enough power to each of your components. The Corsair CMPSU-750TX efficiently converts energy from your wall socket allowing for less heat within your computer. Components that run hot typically have a shorter life and have performance issues. With Corsair’s included 140mm diameter temperature controlled fan you can feel free to overclock and run your PC at performance speeds.
The Corsaid CMPSU is simple, secure and gives reliable power delivery for your home or office desktop PC. The low noise will keep it from distracting you while you are working and it comes with a detailed started guide for quick installation and modifications. Corsair will keep your system running for years without having to worry about replacements, overheating or power spikes.
If you have the ultimate gaming rig and use SLI and Cross fire, then consider this 1200 watt beast which provides the power, reliability and power levels that you need . Recommended only for the serious performance enthusiast.
Another great option for home or office computer use is the Cooler master Elite 460 Watt power supply. It holds compliance with the newest Intel Standard ATX 12V V2.3 and is more than 70% efficient during typical operations. It has an EMI/Noise filter built into the design for quiet performance. If you’re trying to run a green business, then this power supply also meets Energy Star and Blue Angel requirements.
The Enthusiast Series TX V2 is part of Corsair’s best price-performance range of power supplies, designed to meet the exacting standards and performance needs of demanding enthusiasts. TX Series power supplies are ideal for performance enthusiasts who require an affordable, high-wattage, reliable and highly efficient PSU. Corsair TX V2 Series PSUs are compatible with the latest Intel and AMD platforms and NVIDIA and AMD multi-graphics configurations.
Enthusiasts looking for the optimal in price performance PSU technology will find the Corsair HX series of PSUs will meet even the most demanding of required specifications. The Corsair HX 750W power supply is engineered using advanced technology and components typically found with high performance power supplies. With design features such as a dedicated, single +12V rail, the HX series offers the maximum compatibility with the latest system components. Energy efficient circuitry capable of delivering greater than 80% efficiency ratings across 20%, 50%, and 100% load conditions make the HX family of PSUs ideal for the value/quality conscious enthusiast. With a large 140mm on HX 750w diameter temperature-controlled fan that is ultra quiet, yet still more than sufficient to cool the internals of the system, reliability and stability are no longer worries for the gamer, overclocker or enthusiast and high-end system builder. Each Corsair TX power supply is backed with an industry-leading 5-year warranty and 24/7 on-demand customer service. Corsair Professional Series power supplies set a new standard by which all premium PSUs must be judged. Designed and engineered using cutting-edge technology, each Corsair Professional Series power supply is built to the highest quality standards, and delivers the features and performance that technology enthusiasts demand.
The 850 AX is 80Plus Gold Certified meaning that it can deliver up to 90% efficiency in normal loading conditions. It includes a generous 7 year warranty and has an ultra-quiet fan that helps to deliver airflow in response to temperature spikes. It’s perfect for multi-GPU gaming PCs and is built up to Corsair’s quality standards.
The CMPSU-850HX was built with a modular cable design that allows you to save space where you need it the most – inside your case. It also includes voltage and power protection which allows for maximum safety for your system’s most critical components. Includes a 5 year warranty that is backed by Corsair’s choice customer service.
Moving into Corsair’s market is the OCZ Technology ZX Series power supply. It gives you an incredible 1250 watts of power and includes a 140mm ball-bearing fan that runs super quiet. It also has overvoltage, overcurrent, and short-circuit protection included to protect your expensive components. Perfect for extreme gamers and performance enthusiasts looking for 92% efficiency at normal load.