Today Legit Reviews brings you our thoughts on EIGHT power supplies that we tested on two top shelf gaming AMD and Intel gaming platforms to see which ones can hang our torture test. While ATI and Nvidia have their approved power supplies our testing found that some of their approved models couldn't make the cut. Read on and see which THREE power supplies don't pass.
Our goal was to take a sample of the SLI and Crossfire approved power supplies and put them through some torture testing to make sure they perform up to our standards. Armed with a pair of GeForce 7800GTX 512mb video cards in SLI on AMD's new AM2 platform with a 5000+ processor and two X1900XT's in Crossfire on an Intel's 975 Bad Axe motherboard with a 965 Extreme Edition our core testing platforms are what enthusiasts are running. To top off our base systems we added watercooling, numerous casefans, a DVD-Rom and even Ageia's PhysX processor card. We put together everything we could think of that would simulate a high-end system with SLI and Crossfire than then ran it balls to the wall to see what happens. What did happen was shocking, but expected. Three of the eight power supplies are worth avoiding and we tell you which ones and why.
Article Title: 8-way SLI and Crossfire Power Supply (PSU) Roundup
Justin West and Nathan Kirsch (myself) spent a good number of WEEKS testing these 8 power supplies and re-tested duplicates to confirm our results. We hope that you enjoy this roundup and that the results will help you in future purchases. One might notice that we didn't mention noise levels from these power supplies. In all honesty with many having 14cm fans and smart cooling they all were so close the audio meter couldn't show a major difference.