Enermax Modu87+ 500W PSU Review

Editor: Thomas Koflach  Date: 30-04-10   5 Comment(s) - Join the discussion here
Introduction

Product on Review: Enermax Modu87+ 500W PSU
Manufacturer: Enermax
Street Price: Approx £110



Enermax have been in the PSU industry for years now, and really made their name with the superb Galaxy range of PSUs which were considered to be the best PSUs around for what seemed like a lifetime. However, technology moves on and inevitably the Galaxy lost its crown to competitor products. Enermax had to fight back, so last year released their Revolution range of PSUs. Ranging from 850W to 1250W, they’re ideal if you’re building a nuclear reactor, but what about those amongst us that aren’t completely bonkers?

That’s where the Modu87+ and Pro87+ range of PSUs come in. They’re designed to bring some of the engineering excellence found in the Revolution PSUs to mainstream users, with Modu87+ units ranging from 500W to 800W, whilst only 500W and 600W Pro87+ units are available. The Modu87+ and Pro87+ units are very similar, apart from the Modu87+'s use of Modular cabling, which can drastically reduce cable clutter, but obviously adds to the cost of the unit.

Today we will be looking at a 500W model from the Modu87+ range of PSUs, of which here is the feature list:



80PLUS® GOLD
87 to 93 percent efficiency @ 230V and 20 to 100 percent load. 80PLUS® Gold certified

Dynamic Hybrid Transformer Topology
Technological breakthrough topology using a staged dynamic transformer array for extremely high efficiency with the most durable and stable output at any load

Stable and reliable power
Three high-performance and massive 12V rails (Modu87+: four 12V rails). Extremely low ripple noise

Future ready and flexible
All-round modular cable management. 10/12P sockets for possible connector changes of upcoming high-performance CPU and graphics card generations

DXXI ready!
Full support of most current DX11 graphics cards due to minimum two 6+2P (8P) PCI-E connectors

C6 & Hybrid Support
Supports energy saving modes of current and future CPU & GPU generations (C6 & Hybrid Mode) due to ZERO LOAD Design (no minimum load)

Air Cooling by Enermax
Integrated 13.9cm fan with patented Twister Bearing Technology ensures efficient and ultra silent cooling and long lifetime (100,000 hours MTBF)

SpeedGuard
Unmatched 330RPM at low loads. Path breaking and leading patented fan control for optimal cooling and minimum noise (Modu87+ 800W: 700-1.800RPM)

HeatGuard
Keeping PSU fan running for 30-60 seconds after shut down to dissipate the remaining system heat and prolonging system lifetime

Hybrid Capacitor Array
High-performance capacitor array of heavy-duty solid state capacitors and Japanese electrolytic capacitors to ensure tightest DC stability and regulation

SafeGuard
Industry-leading octuple protection circuitry of OCP, OVP, AC UVP, DC UVP, OPP, OTP, SCP & SIP

CordGuard
Fixing the AC cord tightly to avoid accidental shutdowns of your PC

Non-stop @ 50°C
Non-Stop industrial class performance at 50°C ambient

Worldwide Compatibility
100-240V AC input with automatic adjustment and up to 99% active Power Factor Correction (PFC) for global usage

Dimensions (W x H x D)
150mm x 86mm x 160mm / 150mm x 86mm x 175mm (Modu87+ 800W)

Warranty
5 years vendor warranty


I think you’ll agree that the feature list is pretty impressive, most notably the 80PLUS Gold certification. This is a fantastic achievement and the extra efficiency really will have an effect on the electricity bill – especially if energy prices continue to spiral upwards. The CordGuard also caught my eye, and is something I haven’t seen on a PSU before – I look forward to investigating this one for myself.

Enermax also sent me an email with various bits of information relating to their Dynamic Hybrid Transformer Technology. It’s all pretty complicated stuff, with the fundamental advantage of it being able to dynamically adjust the frequency’s and voltage with which the PSU operates- drastically increasing the efficiency and reducing the amount of waste energy. For the most hardcore enthusiasts out there more information on this can be found by clicking the 'DHT Topology' tab on [URL=http://www.enermax.co.uk/index.php?L=2&id=490]this page[/url].


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