We ring in the New Year with the introduction of some great new power supplies courtesy of Enermax. Enermax has always had a wide selection products ranging from mid- to high-end PSUs in a variety of wattages. Enermax is mostly active in the retail market so they've always had a good idea about how to design products that appeal to end-users. They have maintained a stable business in the retail market, especially in Germany. It comes as little surprise that Enermax was one of the fastest companies to introduce high efficiency power supplies to the market, with a lot of new features. That trend continues with their new 87+ series.


A little while ago Enermax introduced the Modu82+ and Pro82+ and we tested a total of four units. We thought it would be nice to continue with this trend and introduce all of the Modu87+ and Pro87+ series power supplies Enermax released this month. There is one feature on these new power supplies that helps them stand out in a crowded market: they are 80 Plus Gold certified. This alone doesn't make them unique as we already have many other 80 Plus Gold power supplies, but the Modu87+ and Pro87+ series both come with a starting wattage of 500W, making them far more interesting for a large number of end-users. Realistically, few systems really need a power supply that can output more than 500W, and getting a very high efficiency at common power draws is a bonus. Fortunately efficiency isn't the only noteworthy feature on these power supplies, but high efficiencies can only be reached with certain technologies. These technologies alone will make an overall better product out of a higher ranking 80 Plus certified power supply.

Both series are now available in three versions: of 500W, 600W, and 700W. There will be two more models rated at 800W and 900W in Q2 of this year. The good news is that the units we are introducing today have already been shipped and the first units should be on US shelves now or in the near future (we were unable to find any online as we publish this article). Enermax told us that there should also be some mail-in rebates and other incentives available to make these new power supplies even more attractive.

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  • rudolphna - Tuesday, January 19, 2010 - link

    Very nice to see a new PSU review on anandtech, I was worried you guys had forgotten what made you popular- reviews of real products not just blog after blog. I have a suggestion, if I may. The Antec Neo Eco 400W power supply. I actually just bought one, it seems like a good deal. It has a 30 amp 12V rail (360W) a 120mm fan, and is 80plus certified. Not sure who the OEM for it is, I'm thinking Seasonic. But you guys should check it out. Great review by the way. Reply
  • papapapapapapapababy - Tuesday, January 19, 2010 - link

    good luck finding a replacement for that gold monstrosity. so that make this crap a n buy for me. You see, i like to change the fans on my psu ( better fans) in order to control them myself. Reply
  • strikeback03 - Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - link

    Might still use 140mm mounting holes, and just be a 139mm fan to avoid a stupid patent. Reply
  • Calin - Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - link

    Hard to think you'll need a fan better than that - 50 Celsius for the vented air and almost totally silent even at maximum load?
    I have an old Seasonic 350W (12 cm fan) which I felt was totally silent in typical operation (closed case, computer under desk), and after about four years it still is totally silent.
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  • papapapapapapapababy - Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - link

    is not hard to think _ for me_ the big fan dsnt follow a standard, it has no other use for me, if a buy 4 120 fans i could give the multiple uses/ ( psu replacement fan, case fan, cpu fan, low speed fan, high speed fan, etc, - btw cases with big fans are terrible) one huge big ass fan? no other user ¡ difficult to find = no thanks. Reply
  • papapapapapapapababy - Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - link

    is not hard to think _ for me_ the big fan dsnt follow a standard, it has no other use for me, if a buy 4 120 fans i could give the multiple uses/ ( psu replacement fan, case fan, cpu fan, low speed fan, high speed fan, etc, - btw cases with big fans are terrible) one huge big ass fan? no other user ¡ difficult to find = no thanks. Reply
  • Voldenuit - Tuesday, January 19, 2010 - link

    Why use such a cumbersome term as Cable Management (which refers primarily to the neatness of cable routing) when 'Modular' is much more apt (and specifically referred to in the product name)?

    Nobody makes 'cable management' PSUs, but quite a few companies make 'modular PSUs'.
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  • Mumrik - Tuesday, January 19, 2010 - link

    More comparisons (especially in the benchmarking) to competing products (rather than just the other two in the series) would really be nice. I actually have come to expect it at Anandtech.

    To me, this came off as a bit more of a fluff piece. Not a disguised commercial but more like something I'd find at most other hardware sites.
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  • ap90033 - Friday, January 22, 2010 - link

    I thought this was a good article on specific hardware. But then again I am not the uber geek with no life like some seem to be around here.... Reply
  • RaistlinZ - Tuesday, January 19, 2010 - link

    Geez, and I thought the X-Series was overpriced. Sure, these Enermax PSU's are efficient, but certainly not $50.00 more efficient than say, an Corsair 750HX. If they come with a $30.00 MIR then they might be worth the money, but otherwise I'll pass. Reply

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