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High Performance At A Good Price
This PSU is a pleasant surprise from Andyson. When the company asked for a review of its new Platinum unit, I didn't expect the product to be particularly good. But after all my tests were finished, I was left astonished. Its performance is comparable to the top offerings in this high-end category. Not surprisingly, it's rare for a PSU maker to deliver such a good platform on the first try, but Andyson's engineers did a good job. By exploiting all modern methods, they built something exceptional.
The product, of course, has some minor downsides. For example, I would like to see only Japanese capacitors inside this unit, since they tend to maintain good performance much longer than capacitors made by Taiwanese and Chinese manufacturers. Also, the fan profile is unnecessarily aggressive for such a high-efficiency PSU. Thankfully, that maximum speed is low in absolute terms, so even in the worst-case scenario, it doesn't output too much noise.
One more thing that needs some work is efficiency at light loads, an area where this PSU lags significantly behind the other similar-wattage models. Obviously, Andyson focused more on the middle of its range, since enthusiasts who buy such a high-capacity unit probably will care more about its performance at high loads. Still, the latest CPUs and VGAs have especially low energy demands when they're idle, so even a potent PSU like this one should emphasize high efficiency under low loads.
The new Andyson Platinum R1200 PSU is a high-performing PSU offering tight load regulation and a fully modular design with lots of available cables and connectors. At normal operating temperatures, it is really quiet. In addition, it delivers clean DC outputs. This will enhance your system's longevity and, at the same time, increase its stability (especially if you have highly overclocked components).
Despite the use of Teapo electrolytic capacitors, which are not Japanese-made (they are considered the best among non-Japanese capacitors), Andyson seems to be confident in this platform's reliability. Otherwise, the company wouldn't provide a hefty 10-year warranty. Currently, only EVGA offers such a long warranty on high-end products, with Corsair and SeaSonic following with seven-year coverage. I hope that this PSU finds its way to the United States and other markets, since it is currently only available in Taiwan.
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Aris Mpitziopoulos is a Contributing Editor at Tom's Hardware US, covering PSUs.
Thank you for the read. Did you know that the power feeding this PSU can instead be fed into 3 normal sized machines? The power of choice is yours to make, but electricity will not be infinite.Reply
Now THAT is a detailed review!Reply
Teapo capacitors are a hit and miss. I'd say if your running it 24/7 as a coin mining machine with high load it would not last 10 years. For normal use with a few hours gaming per day it might be ok, but 10 years is a long shot for even the best capacitors not to have some degradation.Reply
Can we have some reviews of really high quality 300-600W PSUs? You know the ones that 90% of us here would actually use/need.Reply
Thank you for the read. Did you know that the power feeding this PSU can instead be fed into 3 normal sized machines? The power of choice is yours to make, but electricity will not be infinite.
Did you know that anyone who cares about this PSU, isnt going to be thinking about the 3 400w HTPCs that it could run. Keep your politics out of a PSU review lol.
I will review mid-level and mainstream PSUs as well, no worries about this.Reply
Always nice to see reviews of the high end stuff but really the 300-850watt range will cover the needs of 99% of readers of the side.Reply
Now lets see if Andyson can follow up and start putting out decent lower power units.
Andyson, the notorious RAIDMAX OEM. Not sure any sane person would pick you for a high end PSU, but thanks for trying.Reply
Can we have some reviews of really high quality 300-600W PSUs? You know the ones that 90% of us here would actually use/need.i disagree, can we get a roundup of complete rubbish generic psu's like low end radimax and the like and watch them burn! i think it needs to be done to show people what not to buy.
15588307 said:15588123 said:Andyson, the notorious RAIDMAX OEM. Not sure any sane person would pick you for a high end PSU, but thanks for trying.
is it andyson's fault that raidmax wants them to supply cheap PSU?
Yes, absolutely. Same with other OEMs like Channel Well that know how to make good PSUs but instead churn out cost-cutting junk because that's the best contracts that they can win. I am not forgiving when it comes to PSUs.