Andyson Platinum R1200 Power Supply Review
Andyson is a Taiwanese power supply manufacturer with two Platinum-rated PSUs certified by Ecova Plug Load Solutions, which is responsible for the 80 PLUS program. Nevertheless, on Andyson's product page, there are two series listed as Platinum-class— the Y and S families, consisting of nine PSUs in total. Obviously, the company hasn't provided samples to Ecova for efficiency certification, or the test results aren't ready yet. This must also be the case for its newest release, the Platinum R1200, which, in addition to high power levels, meets the 80 PLUS Platinum requirements according to Andyson. Using our own test equipment, we'll figure out if this is indeed true.
The Platinum R1200 is a high-end PSU designed to match the extra-tough competition in this category. The features that will help it distinguish itself are a fully modular cabling design, an advanced platform, a high-quality and specially designed EMI/transient filter and the premium performance it promises to deliver.
The truth is that we aren't used to seeing Andyson in this top-end league. Surviving against Flextronics (Corsair AX1200i), Seasonic and Super Flower (EVGA P2/G2-1200) will be difficult. However, Andyson is emphasizing this PSU's high performance and isn't afraid of comparisons to the big names in this category. Possibly the biggest advantage of this unit is its low suggested retail price, which is $205 in the Asian market. On the other hand, our U.S. readers cannot get their hands on the Platinum R1200, though that could change if Andyson finds a distributor or another company wants to rebrand this model (similar to Super Flower's PSUs, which are found in the U.S. under EVGA's brand).
The Platinum R1200 offers 1200W of capacity and is 80 PLUS Platinum-compliant, according to Andyson (the official certification was pending at the time of this review). In addition, it features a fully modular cabling design and is equipped with all protection features except Over-Temperature protection, which is sorely missed.
A dual ball-bearing fan handles cooling. There is no semi-passive mode, which is a common characteristic among many high-end PSUs. We believe that, as long as the fan operates at low speeds under light loads and normal operating temperatures, a semi-passive mode isn't necessary. Plus, we're encouraged by an extremely long 10-year warranty.
|Total Maximum Power (W)||1200||Row 2 - Cell 2||Row 2 - Cell 3||Row 2 - Cell 4||Row 2 - Cell 5|
The single +12V rail is powerful; it can deliver 100 amperes. The secondary ones have enough power for any modern system, although it would be nice if they were a little beefier, perhaps adding up to 120W. Finally, the 5VSB rail can deliver up to 3A, which suffices for quickly charging a tablet. If you want to quick-charge two tablets, you'd need a stronger 5VSB rail.
Cables And Connectors
|ATX Connector (600mm)||20 + 4 pin|
|4 + 4-pin EPS12V (600mm)||2|
|6 + 2-pin PCIe (605mm + 150mm)||6|
|6 + 2-pin PCIe (610mm)||4|
|SATA (605mm + 150mm + 150mm + 150mm)||12|
|4-pin Molex (605mm + 150mm + 150mm) / FDD (+150mm)||6 / 2|
Andyson arms this PSU with lots of cables and connectors. Specifically, there are 10 PCIe leads and two EPS connectors. Although the main ATX cable is long enough, the EPS cables should be two to four inches (five to 10 centimeters) longer. The distance between the connectors is reasonable, even if we can imagine some enthusiasts preferring the SATA connectors closer to each other. Finally, the 24-pin ATX connector and the PCIe cables use thicker 16AWG wire for lower voltage drops, while the EPS connectors use a mix of 18AWG and 16AWG wires.
Since this PSU features a single +12V rail, there isn’t much to say about its power distribution.