Rosewill Capstone-G1200 Power Supply Review
Rosewill initially partnered with Super Flower, which made the company's entry into the power supply market easier, since the first Rosewill PSUs featured very high performance-per-dollar ratios. However, a company cannot rely entirely on a single manufacturer, and the truth is that demand for Super Flower's services weighs on its ability to keep up. In addition, the prices of Super Flower's high-end platforms aren't as affordable as they used to be. When enthusiasts weren't as familiar with Super Flower, good performance and low prices brought new customers in. However, when a company no longer needs exposure, then it makes sense to raise prices, matching the competition.
Higher costs, coupled with the fact that Super Flower cannot meet excess demand any more, probably pushed Rosewill to approach Enhance Electronics for its new Capstone G line (even though the older Capstones employed Super Flower platforms).
While the older Capstones were split between modular models and those with fixed cables, the Capstone G line-up consists only of semi-modular units. Actually, only the main ATX cable is fixed; everything else is modular, so in fact these units are close to fully modular. The Capstone G PSUs come in six versions with capacities ranging from 550W to 1200W, covering much of the enthusiast market. Today we're looking at the 1200W model with a specific emphasis on whether the new Capstone is any better than its predecessor.
Rosewill rates its latest effort for 80 PLUS Gold efficiency. In addition, thanks to a couple of DC-DC converters that regulate the minor rails, the PSU is compatible with the C6 and C7 sleep states that Intel's Haswell CPUs introduced. Unfortunately, the maximum operating temperature at which full power can be delivered continuously is limited t 40 °C. The ATX specification recommends at least 50 °C, and we are going to push the PSU above 45 °C during our testing. Thanks to the Over-Temperature Protection (OTP) that all mid- and high-end Enhance platforms feature, we won't have to worry about the PSU's health, even when we push it beyond its limits. Other protection features cover the basics we'd expect.
The physical dimensions and weight of the Capstone-G1200 are normal given its maximum power. We find compatibility with the ATX 2.3 spec since the PSU only employs one +12V rail. The more recent ATX specs require at least two +12V rails. Finally, the warranty is long enough at five years, while Rosewill's price is reasonable for a 1.2kW Gold-rated PSU.
|Total Max. Power (W)||1200|
The single +12V rail is powerful, specified for 100A and easily supporting multiple graphics cards on an aggressively overclocked platform. The minor rails are strong as well with 150W combined maximum output. Meanwhile the 5VSB rail has enough juice to charge a tablet.
Cables And Connectors
|Description||Cable Count||Connector Count (Total)|
|ATX connector 20+4-pin (720mm)||1||1|
|4+4-pin EPS12V (600mm)||2||2|
|6+2-pin PCIe (600mm+150mm)||4||8|
|Four-pin Molex (500mm+150mm+150mm+150mm) / FDD (150mm)||1||4 / 1|
As we expect from a 1.2kW PSU, there are eight PCIe connectors, along with two EPS ones that are all available at the same time. The number of SATA connectors is also huge, while the four-pin Molex connectors are on a single cable, limiting their numbers.
Strangely, the main ATX cable is much longer than the EPS ones. Usually it's the other way around, since the EPS sockets are farther away on most motherboards. Finally, the 24-pin ATX, PCIe and EPS cables use thicker 16-gauge wires for lower voltage drops, while the other leads employ 18-gauge wiring.
Since this PSU features a single +12V rail, we do not have anything to say about its power distribution.