A few weeks ago, we had our first contact with 1ST Player (or 1STPLayer), a Chinese manufacturer of PC components and peripherals. Although the company is not yet known to the US/EU, they have impressive manufacturing capabilities and produce a great variety of products. And, having successfully made a name for themselves in their homeland, they are actively working on expanding their chain of products into North America and Europe.

Although the company is mostly producing gaming peripherals, ranging from keyboards to chairs, they also produce power and cooling products. They currently market six different power supply series, even going as far as a series specifically designed for cryptocurrency mining machines. But for today's review we'll be sticking to something more useful and consumer relevant, which is taking a look at the SteamPunk 80+ Gold 750W PSU, a power supply designed for advanced users and gamers.

The SteamPunk series essentially consists of two units, one 650W and one 750W, both of which are based on the same platform. There actually are four units in the series but that is because both are also available in white. As its name suggests, the SteamPunk 80+ Gold 750W PSU has an 80Plus Gold efficiency certification and a fully modular cable design. It is meant to be a product balanced between quality, performance, and cost. We will see how well it fares in this review.

Power specifications ( Rated @ 40 °C )
AC INPUT 100 - 240 VAC, 50 - 60 Hz
RAIL +3.3V +5V +12V +5Vsb -12V
MAX OUTPUT 15A 15A 63A 2,5A 0,3A
100W 750W 12,5W 3,6W
TOTAL 750W

Packaging and Bundle

1STPlayer supplies the Steampunk Gold 750W PSU in a typical cardboard box that provides adequate shipping protection. The artwork on the box is basic but more than adequate for a product that will be primarily marketed online.

The bundle of the Steampunk Gold PSU is relatively rich for a product of its class. 1STPlayer supplies wire cable ties, Velcro cable straps, four black thumbscrews, a basic manual, and a typical AC power cable.

The Steampunk Gold PSU is a fully modular design, meaning that no cables are hardwired to the chassis. All of the cables are made of all black wires and black connectors. They are supplied in a roll bag, along with even more cable management wires.

 

1STPlayer Steampunk Gold
Connector type Hardwired Modular
ATX 24 Pin - 1
EPS 4+4 Pin - 2
EPS 8 Pin - -
PCI-E 6+2 Pin - 4
PCI-E 8 Pin - -
SATA - 6
Molex - 3
Floppy - -
The 1STPlayer SteamPunk 80+ Gold 750W PSU
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  • South_DL - Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - link

    Good point! Reply
  • South_DL - Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - link

    Not enough Japanese Caps, design not coming from a well known designer, nor innovative either, so, no thank! Go back with your communist party investment back to mainland China and play games with their money, not ours... Reply
  • PeterCollier - Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - link

    What's the hype behind Japanese caps? Were they always good? Because in the 80s and 90s, there was a "ghost" or a Japanese capacitor plague that affected everything, including cars. Reply
  • The_Assimilator - Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - link

    Pssst! It's no longer the 80s or 90s. Hasn't been for a few decades, in fact. Reply
  • PeterCollier - Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - link

    That's why I asked "were they always [considered] good"? Or are the only people who think they're good the people who were born in the last few years? Reply
  • CrystalCowboy - Thursday, May 14, 2020 - link

    Wikipedia says the "Capacitor plague" lasted roughly 1999-2007. The brands most affected were Taiwanese. A botched formula stolen through industrial espionage was blamed. Following the plague, board and part manufacturers started paying more attention to cap quality. Reply
  • PeterCollier - Monday, May 18, 2020 - link

    This is what I'm talking about:

    https://ednjapan.com/edn/spv/1208/01/news006.html
    Reply
  • Tomatotech - Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - link

    Please do a review of some picoPSU units! Pick some cheap 200w ones from Amazon or eBay, and test them next to the gold standard, a HDPLEX picoPSU unit! Reply
  • Samus - Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - link

    Overall this is a really impressive showing for something built from the ground up, and using Chinese capacitors.

    My concern with those ripple measurements is, over time, component tolerances will deteriorate and ripple will increase. It's already halfway to the bare minimum spec on the 5v rail, possibly implying this thing will only be reliable for a few years. It's almost definitely undersized or lower quality caps causing the ripple, unless the filtering stages are inherently poorly designed.
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  • wilsonkf - Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - link

    This brand is well-known for mediocre quality and cutting corners in Mainland China, though priced very aggressively. Reply

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