Enermax MaxRevo 1800W Power Supply Review: Big Wattage and Noise to Match

Enermax MaxRevo 1800W PSUEnermax MaxRevo 1800W PSU

If you need a ton of wattage, the strongest Enermax MaxRevo can deliver up to 1800W, but only if you connect it to a 230V socket. With 115V, it is "restricted" to 1600W, a power level that will easily cover though every gaming system's demands. With the end of the mining era there is limited competition in this high wattage category and this is probably good news for the EMR1800EXT, since it doesn't achieve high overall performance, it is noisy and its efficiency is low compared to units like the Corsair AX1600i and the EVGA 1600 P2. The platform, on which this model is based, is an older Enermax design which doesn't fare well when compared to more-modern competitors. For the $400 (£306) that Enermax asks for this product,
there are better alternatives.

Enermax used to design and build its own PSU products, but a few years ago it closed its factory and moved its production to the facilities of other manufacturers, with Channel Well Technology (CWT) being so far its closest partner. The MaxRevo line is Enermax's flagship; it is based on an in-house design, among the last ones before it terminated its manufacturing and engineering departments. The original MaxRevo platform was pushed a bit more in order to offer 1800W with 230V input, while with 115V input the max power is lower at 1600W, because a normal AC socket cannot deliver more than 15 Amps (115V x 15A = 1725W).

The EMR1800EXT is large for today's standards, measuring 187mm (7.4 inches) in depth. Given its max power though, its dimensions are justified. Its efficiency and noise certifications are not so impressive. Nowadays, 80 PLUS Gold and ETA-A power supplies are considered mid-end while the LAMBDA-S noise badge from Cybenetics denotes a noisy operation.

The unit comes in a huge box and the bundle is rich. Besides the usual stuff you will also find a fancy cooler for your laptop, which is powered through a USB connector. It is nice to get lots of accessories, but for us what matters the most is the performance that the product achieves.

Specifications

Manufacturer (OEM)Enermax
Max. DC Output1800W
Efficiency80 PLUS Gold, ETA-A (88-91%)
NoiseLAMBDA-S (40-45 dB[A])
Modular✓ (Fully)
Intel C6/C7 Power State Support
Operating Temperature (Continuous Full Load)0 - 50°C
Over Voltage Protection
Under Voltage Protection
Over Power Protection
Over Current (+12V) Protection
Over Temperature Protection
Short Circuit Protection
Surge Protection
Inrush Current Protection
Fan Failure Protection
No Load Operation
Cooling135mm Double Ball Bearing Fan (ADN512XB-A91)
Semi-Passive Operation
Dimensions (W x H x D) 152 x 87 x 187mm
Weight2.4 kg (5.29 lb)
Form FactorATX12V v2.4, EPS 2.92
Warranty10 Years

Power Specifications

Rail3.3V5V12V112V212V312V412V512V65VSB-12V
Max. PowerAmps252520353535353540.5
Watts140133A @115-240VAC - 150A @220-240VAC206
Total Max. Power (W) for input 115-240 / 220-2401600 / 1800

There are six +12V rails which can deliver up to 133A with 115-240V. Only with 220-240V the unit can deliver its full power, 1800W or 150A at +12V.

Cables & Connectors

Modular Cables
DescriptionCable CountConnector Count (Total)GaugeIn Cable Capacitors
ATX connector 20+4 pin (600mm) / 8 pin EPS12V (650mm)11 / 116-22AWGNo
8 pin EPS12V (600mm) / 4 pin ATX (600)11 / 116AWGNo
2 x 6+2 pin PCIe (500mm)61216-18AWGNo
SATA (450mm+150mm+150mm+150mm)31218AWGNo
SATA (450mm+150mm) / 4 pin Molex (+150mm+150mm)12 / 218AWGNo
4-pin Molex (450mm+150mm+150mm+150mm) / FDD (+150mm)28 / 218-20AWGNo
AC Power Cord (1440mm) - C14 coupler1114AWG-

There are plenty of cables and connectors provided, but they are bulky and not so flexible, although they don't use in-line caps. With twelve PCIe connectors someone can build his/her dream gaming system. If we were still in the mining era (thankfully we are not) this PSU would be ideal since it can handle up to six high-end graphics cards.

The distance between the peripheral connectors is good at 150mm and the number of 4-pin Molex connectors is quite high. According to our experience, no modern system will ever need so many 4-pin Molex connectors so ten of those is just an overkill. 

Power Distribution

Power Distribution
12V124-pin ATX
12V21x EPS
12V3Left 12-pin CPU/GPU connectors (2x)
12V4Left SATA & 4P Molex, Middle-top 12-pin CPU/GPU
12V5Middle-bottom & Right-bottom 12-pin CPU/GPU
12V6Right SATA & 4P Molex & Top-right 12-pin CPU/GPU

The power distribution on the modular panel is exactly the same as in the lower capacity MaxRevo models. The 12V1 rail should ideally power at least half of the peripheral/SATA sockets and not only the 24pin ATX connector. The 12V2, used by the first EPS connector, could also feed the other peripheral/SATA sockets. In case you need the second EPS/ATX12V connector, you should connect its cable either to the middle top socket or to the top right socket that are fed by the 12V4 and 12V6 rails, respectively. These rails provide power to a single 12-pin socket and to the peripheral sockets, so you won't mix the EPS and PCIe connectors, which can be the case if you use the 12V3 and 12V5 rails.

Component Analysis

We strongly encourage you to have a look at our PSUs 101 article, which provides valuable information about PSUs and their operation, allowing you to better understand the components we're about to discuss.

General Data
Manufacturer (OEM)Enermax
PCB TypeDouble Sided
Primary Side
Transient Filter4x Y caps, 2x X caps, 3x CM chokes,1x DM chokes,1x MOV
Inrush ProtectionNTC Thermistor & Relay
Bridge Rectifier(s)1x Bridge
APFC MOSFETS2x Infineon SPW35N60C3 (650V, 21.9A @ 100°C, 0.1Ohm)
APFC Boost Diode1x CREE C3D10060A (600V, 14A @ 135°C)
Hold-up Cap(s)3x Chemi-Con (420V, 390uF, 2000h @ 105°C, KMR)
Main Switchers4x Toshiba TK18A60V (600V, 18A @ 150°C, 0.19Ohm)
IC DriverTexas Instruments UCC27324
APFC ControllerInfineon 2PCS02 & CM03X Green PFC Controller
Main ControllerTexas Instruments UCC28950
TopologyPrimary side: Interleaved PFC, Phase Shift ZVT Full-Bridge
Secondary side: Synchronous Rectification & DC-DC converters
Secondary Side
+12V MOSFETS8x Infineon IPP015N04N (40V, 120A @ 100°C, 1.5mOhm)
5V & 3.3VDC-DC Converters: 8x Sinopower SM3116NAU (30V, 48A @ 100°C, 6.9mOhm @ 125°C)
PWM Controllers: 2x ANPEC APW7073
Filtering CapacitorsElectrolytics: 8x Chemi-Con (4 - 10,000h @ 105°C, KY), 10x Rubycon (4 - 5,000h @ 105°C, ZLK)
Polymers: 3x Elite (CS), 8x Apaq
Supervisor ICSITI PS238 (OCP, OVP, UVP, SCP, PG)
Fan ModelADDA ADN512XB-A91 (135mm, 12V, 0.66A, Double Ball Bearing Fan)
5VSB Circuit
RectifierTSF10U60C SBR (60V, 10A)
Standby PWM ControllerPower Integrations TOP265EG

This is one of the last Enermax designs. At the time that this platform/design was released, it stacked up pretty well against the competition but, in today's tough field, it doesn't do so well. 

On the primary side, we find an interleaved PFC design where two APFC converters work in parallel, with a phase difference between them. An interleaved PFC converter minimizes ripple and lowers conduction losses, increasing efficiency and doubling the effective switching frequency. The main switching FETs are installed in a full-bridge topology and their controller is a Texas Instruments UCC28950 IC.

On the secondary side, eight Infineon FETs handle the +12V rail. The minor rails are generated through a couple of VRMs, each of which uses a dedicated PWM controller. All electrolytic filtering caps are of high quality and the double-ball bearing fan will have a long lifetime, even under high operating temperatures (but it won't be quiet).

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